close Video Taxpayers could foot the bill for homeless staying in San Francisco hotels President Biden orders to increase federal assistance set at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic to 100 percent; San Francisco resident Richie Greenberg says taxpayers should be outraged. San Francisco has charged taxpayers $16.1 million to shelter more than 300 people experiencing homelessness in the city , according to reports. The 262 tents used, which with services and food cost taxpayers about $61,000 apiece, are set up in six public lots called "Safe Sleeping Villages," where officials also offer food and other services such as bathrooms and 24-hour security to the city's homeless, the San Fransisco Chronicle reported Thursday. San Fransisco Mayor London Breed announced the city's first Safe Sleeping Village in series of tweets on May 15, 2020. "During normal times, two of the main ways we help people out of homelessness are shelter placements … [Read more...] about San Francisco’s homeless cost taxpayers $16.1M
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Despite claims of a “mass exodus,” from California in the past year, a new study released Thursday from a nonpartisan think tank found that 2020 exits from the most highly populated American state largely mirrored historical patterns. California Policy Lab, which partners with governments in the state to provide data on key issues, said in a press release announcing the report’s findings that most of the moves by California residents in 2020 happened within the state. The group found that the most significant change recorded was a drop in the number of people moving into California. ADVERTISEMENT The city of San Francisco, however, did see a record number of people leave throughout the coronavirus pandemic. From last March to the end of 2020, net exits from the Northern California city increased by 649 percent when compared to the same period in 2019, from 5,200 departures to 38,800, the Policy Lab reported. “While a mass exodus from California clearly didn’t … [Read more...] about Study shows there was no ‘mass exodus’ from California last year
The Supreme Court on Thursday night dismissed three cases that arose during the Trump era over “sanctuary” policies that restrict local police from helping federal authorities enforce immigration laws. The justices’ move came at the request of the Biden administration and a number of state and city governments that had been locked in a legal standoff with the Trump administration over its efforts to withhold federal funds in response to sanctuary laws. The dismissals were hailed by Dennis Herrera, city attorney for San Francisco, one of the jurisdictions involved in the litigation. ADVERTISEMENT “We’re glad this issue has finally been put to rest,” Herrera said. “Federal officials can do their job in San Francisco, just like anywhere else in the country." "San Francisco is not stopping them," he continued. "But we were not about to let our police, firefighters and nurses be commandeered and turned into the Trump administration’s deportation force.” As part of his … [Read more...] about Supreme Court dismisses Trump-era ‘sanctuary city’ cases
It took Sheila Ford Hamp about one second to respond when asked about the potential for women in key roles in the NFL. “The sky is the limit for anything females want to do,” said Hamp, the principal owner of the Detroit Lions. Echoing that statement was Dee Haslam, the Cleveland Browns’ co-owner: “We’re seeing more and more women that love the sport and who want a career in sports. The door has swung wide open and I am so excited. I look forward to the moment when we don’t have to talk about how we get the door open for women and people of color, that the door is wide open.” Those words were embraced by the 40 young women — and potential pro football employees — attending the league’s fifth annual Women’s Careers in Football Forum late last month. Although it was held virtually for the first time due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the forum’s message came through loud and clear. No more so than when listening to Hamp, who took over running the Lions before last season from her … [Read more...] about Female NFL owners encourage young women to pursue football path
Denver Post sports writer Patrick Saunders with the latest installment of his Rockies Mailbag. Pose a Rockies — or MLB — related question for the Rockies Mailbag. Hey Patrick, I hope you’re enjoying the weather in Arizona. I have a question. I know it just started, but has anyone surprised you so far in spring training? Anyone who might make the major-league roster come opening day that we may not know of or is under the radar? Love you work. — Keith, Aurora Thanks, Keith, and thanks for reading. You’re right. It is early in camp so it’s difficult to say who might be turning heads at this point. In a typical spring, I’d be able to hang out around the batting cages, talk to players in the clubhouse, talk to the coaches, etc. With the pandemic, none of that is possible, so it’s much tougher to get a read on the team. I don’t see a major surprise coming, although I think Chris Owings has a real shot to make the opening-day roster as a utility player. I wrote … [Read more...] about Rockies Mailbag: Did Nolan Arenado betray fans, franchise by asking for an out?