By Sri Ravipati
Good afternoon and welcome back to Thursday's scoop for San Francisco.
September has come to a close and spooky season is upon us. For busy Bay Area commuters, nothing is spookier than traffic jams, as we'll see in our first story.
Golden Gate Bridge backup to Marin caused by demonstrators protesting the Biden administration's immigration policies
Golden Gate Bridge traffic was brought to a standstill Thursday around 7 a.m. by a group of demonstrators who are calling on the U.S. Senate to include a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants, KRON 4 reports.
Organized by the Bay Area Coalition for Economic Justice and Citizenship for All, the demonstrators used a vehicle caravan to prevent traffic from coming into San Francisco for more than half an hour. The California Highway Patrol shut down the lanes heading into Marin for safety, causing a backup in both directions. At least five people were arrested and four vehicles were towed.
Giants defeat Diamondbacks 1-0 for record-setting 104th win in San Francisco
After defeating the Arizona Diamondbacks 1-0, the Giants now have 104 victories. They are the second team in major-league history to win 104 games after finishing below .500 the previous season, The Chronicle reports.
In 1946, the Boston Red Sox were the first to establish a new bar for success by a team that hadn’t won half its games the previous season. The Giants’ 104-54 mark is their best since 1904.
“We understand the magnitude of what we’ve done to this point and having 104 wins and how hard it is to win 100 plus-games in a season,” pitcher Alex Wood told The Chronicle, “but one of the coolest things about our group of guys is just we’re so micro-focused — it’s just show up the next day, you’re ready to give everything you’ve got.”
San Francisco judge calls out D.A. Chesa Boudin in open court
A San Francisco judge called out District Attorney Chesa Boudin for his disorganization, turnover and lack of public trust during an open court hearing on Tuesday, the San Francisco Examiner reports.
“I cannot express in any more certain terms my disapproval of the manner in which the Office of the District Attorney is being managed,” Superior Court Judge Bruce Chan said during the hearing. Chan later issued a public statement to apologize for his remarks.
It's not a secret that the name "Chesa Boudin" strikes a nerve for many San Franciscans. Throughout the pandemic's crime surge in San Francisco, the district attorney was blasted for his progressive criminal justice reform policies — prompting a pending recall attempt.
General Motors obtains California's first permit to deploy driverless ride-hailing cars
General Motors Co's Cruise self-driving car subsidiary has become the first company to receive a regulatory permit to deploy driverless ride-hailing services from the California Department of Motor Vehicles, U.S. News reports.
The California DMV said that Cruise driverless vehicles can "operate on public roads between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. at a maximum speed limit of 30 miles per hour." Cruise may give rides for free under the permit.
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