Newly-appointed San Francisco Police Chief William Scott addresses the media during a news conference at San Francisco City Hall Tuesday, December 20, 2016. (Jessica Christian/S.F. Examiner)

Top stories of the week: New SFPD chief, Uber drama, Newsom gets busted

It’s been a busy week in San Francisco Examiner’s newsroom. Check out our top stories of the week:

Reformers ‘invigorated’ by new SFPD chief
The choice of an outsider from the Los Angeles Police Department — the second such outsider pick in recent years, but only The City’s second black chief after Earl Sanders — was a surprise to insiders who expected one of their own. Learn more about Bill Scott in our article.

Uber sending its self-driving vehicles to Arizona
Only a day after the California DMV put a kibosh on Uber’s scofflaw self-driving cars in San Francisco, Uber is pulling its program out of the state all together. Learn more here.

Gavin Newsom bust to grace SF City Hall
The bust of San Francisco’s 42nd mayor Gavin Newsom is expected to grace the hallowed space of City Hall as he joins the ranks of other past mayors who were treated with the same honor. Check out how much it’s going to cost here.

City Controller report scathes Muni for chronic absenteeism
Mere days after Muni service was impacted when 10 percent of the fleet’s workforce called in sick, the City Controller’s Office issued a report addressing the agency’s notorious chronic absenteeism. Get the scoop

Contents under pressure: San Francisco’s boom
Here in the land of bubbles — the tech bubble, the real estate bubble, the blue state California liberal bubble — a good deal of anxiety is spent wondering when things are going to burst and come crashing down. Is San Francisco at its breaking point? Our editor in chief asks a good question.

Uber’s security guards displace homeless near self-driving car storage facility
Security guards at Uber’s self-driving car storage facility are responsible for dismantling a tent city and displacing the homeless people who lived there. Learn more about what happened here.

Double homicide at homeless camp highlights vulnerability of street life
Loose bouquets of dried but still-dark blood remained on the sidewalk Monday morning feet from what remained of the Mission District homeless encampment where two people were shot to death the night before. Catch the story here.

California sees largest drought-free patch since 2013
Almost a third of California is not experiencing drought conditions for the first time since 2013, according to new numbers the U.S. Drought Monitor released Thursday. Learn more about our water supplies here.

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