Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Scott Wiener and the housing industry


Robert Brokl
June 14, 2019

You have to hand it to Senator Scott Wiener. He never gives up flogging for the housing industry. Last year, SB-827, this year, in slightly modified form, SB-50. Wiener's bill has stalled in the Senate, but his mantra and methods haven’t changed much. Cite a manifest problem, in this case homelessness and a lack of affordable housing, relentlessly posit the same, and only, solution over and over---just build more housing, and the problem will be solved. Repeat.

But why should he change? The California Building Industry Association (CBIA) has picked Wiener as Legislator of the Year, and the bulk of his campaign contributions come from builders. (from “Scott Wiener’s SB 50 is a WIMBY Bill.” (Wall St. in My Back Yard.)

As Naomi Klein explained in Shock Doctrine, even crisis and calamities can be opportunities for consolidation and amassing of power and profit.

SB-50, and SB-827 before that, would preempt local zoning "near transit and jobs," eliminating local controls or input to allow up to 85 feet high condo and apartment buildings. In San Francisco, this definition would mean almost all local zoning control would be eliminated by state diktat to solve the housing “crisis.”

But there are reasons why the bills have so many skeptics, including the very groups and people that might seemingly benefit. More market rate housing is NOT going to get housing for people sleeping on the streets or in cars, nor assist the working poor (those with "low-mod” income levels in the Bay Area would be considered wealthy in many parts of the country) who could really benefit from affordable housing. 

According to the June, 2018 Fortune, households of four people in San Francisco, San Mateo, or Marin counties earning $117,000/yr. are considered “low income” according to HUD guidelines.

Wiener and his developer allies make the simplistic argument that building more housing, even all luxury housing, will ultimately bring down the cost of all housing, the-supply-and-demand solution. Never mind that “trickle down” originated with Reagan and that Trump's single-minded pursuit of the recent tax cuts, supposedly to lift all of us up, disproportionately benefited the wealthy...

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California's shameful history


In today's SF Chronicle (Newsom apologizes for native 'genocide'):

...In 1850, the state passed a law that removed tribes from their traditional lands, separated children from their families and forced Native Americans convicted of minor crimes such as loitering into indentured servitude.

The following year, according to the order, California’s first governor, Peter Burnett, told the Legislature that “a war of extermination will continue to be waged between the two races until the Indian race becomes extinct.” 

The state spent $1.3 million subsidizing dozens of militia campaigns against Native Americans over the next decade.

Various scholars have estimated that between 133,000 and 705,000 native people lived in what is now California when Europeans first arrived in the 18th century. The 1900 U.S. Census counted just over 15,000 Indians. Today, about 741,000 Californians identify as American Indian...


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Tuesday, June 18, 2019

The Atlantic on MH370: The pilot did it

Timeline: The above graphic shows how the situation may have developed
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William Langewiesche's near-definitive story in the Atlantic on MH370 makes a fact-based case that the pilot is guilty of murder (What Really Happened to Malaysia’s Missing Airplane).

I've been convinced of that for years based on both the known facts and on the widely ignored facts about that pilot: Media ignoring the obvious: The pilot did it.

Near the end of the article, the author on the pilot's emotional condition:

The truth, as I discovered after speaking in Kuala Lumpur with people who knew him or knew about him, is that Zaharie was often lonely and sad. His wife had moved out, and was living in the family’s second house. By his own admission to friends, he spent a lot of time pacing empty rooms waiting for the days between flights to go by...

Zaharie seems to have become somewhat disconnected from his earlier, well-established life. He was in touch with his children, but they were grown and gone. The detachment and solitude that can accompany the use of social media—and Zaharie used social media a lot—probably did not help. There is a strong suspicion among investigators in the aviation and intelligence communities that he was clinically depressed.

After lengthy analysis of the data, Langewiesche credibly dismisses other theories about MH370:

If the wreckage is ever found, it will lay to rest all the theories that depend on ignoring the satellite data or the fact that the airplane flew an intricate path after its initial turn away from Beijing and then remained aloft for six more hours. No, it did not catch on fire yet stay in the air for all that time. No, it did not become a “ghost flight” able to navigate and switch its systems off and then back on. 

No, it was not shot down after long consideration by nefarious national powers who lingered on its tail before pulling the trigger. And no, it is not somewhere in the South China Sea, nor is it sitting intact in some camouflaged hangar in Central Asia. The one thing all of these explanations have in common is that they contradict the authentic information investigators do possess.

It has always seemed odd to me that the only place I've ever seen the information below is in an Australian paper:

Captain Shah was an ‘obsessive’ supporter of [Anwar] Ibrahim. And hours before the doomed flight left Kuala Lumpur it is understood 53-year-old Shah attended a controversial trial in which Ibrahim was jailed for five years. Campaigners say the politician, the key challenger to Malaysia’s ruling party, was the victim of a long-running smear campaign and had faced trumped-up charges. 

Police sources have confirmed that Shah was a vocal political activist---and fear that the court decision left him profoundly upset. It was against this background that, seven hours later, he took control of a Boeing 777-200 bound for Beijing and carrying 238 passengers and crew (emphasis added).

A New Zealand paper also had a story on the pilot's unsettled "state of mind" before his last flight.

Seems likely that the pilot's motivation was to kill all the passengers and himself and let Allah sort it out.

Langewiesche on the flight simulator the pilot had at home:

Forensic examinations of Zaharie’s simulator by the FBI revealed that he experimented with a flight profile roughly matching that of MH370—a flight north around Indonesia followed by a long run to the south, ending in fuel exhaustion over the Indian Ocean. Malaysian investigators dismissed this flight profile as merely one of several hundred that the simulator had recorded

...Victor Iannello, an engineer and entrepreneur in Roanoke, Virginia, who has become another prominent member of the Independent Group and has done extensive analysis of the simulated flight, underscores what the Malaysian investigators ignored. 

Of all the profiles extracted from the simulator, the one that matched MH370’s path was the only one that Zaharie did not run as a continuous flight—in other words, taking off on the simulator and letting the flight play out, hour after hour, until it reached the destination airport. Instead he advanced the flight manually in multiple stages, repeatedly jumping the flight forward and subtracting the fuel as necessary until it was gone.

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Republicans: Deadbeat dad party

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Monday, June 17, 2019


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Saturday, June 15, 2019

65 Homeless deaths in 2018

It's not clear how accurate that number is, since the data from December, 2018, wasn't included in what the city gave me, which means the total will be over 70.

Last year had a similar total.

Name: Anthony Doe
Date of Death: 1/09/18
Place of Death: IFO Pier 39
Type of Case: IPV
Birthdate: 7/21/72
Sex: Male
Race/Ethnicity: Pacific Isla

Name: Mark Camacho
Date of Death: 1/11/18
Place of Death: SFGH ER
Type of Case: [Murder] Stab
Birthdate: 3/31/58
Sex: Male
Race/Ethnicity: White Hispanic

Name: Joe Thodore
Date of Death: 1/19/18
Place of Death: CPMC Pacific ED
Type of Case: Possible hypo
Birthdate: 9/03/48
Sex: Male
Race/Ethnicity: White

Name: Arthur Salvani
Date of Death: 1/20/2018
Place of Death: 2450 California St. (parking lot)
Type of Case: IPV/Poss.ETOH
Birthdate: 1/15/56
Sex: Male
Race/Ethnicity: White

Name: Rodney Hendricks
Date of Death:1/22/2018
Place of Death: Sidewalk IFO 36 Hoff Street
Type of Case: IPV
Birthdate: 8/14/56
Sex: Male
Race/Ethnicity: White

Name: Kenneth Burch Jr. 
Date of Death: 1/24/18
Place of Death: Bryant St. and Main Street
Type of Case: IPV
Birthdate: 10/24/71
Sex: Male
Race/Ethnicity: White

Name: Jordan Janikowski
Date of Death: 1/25/18
Place of Death: 120 Brewster St.
Type of Case: Unknown
Birthdate: 10/07/93
Sex: Male
Race/Ethnicity: White

Name: Raymond Hudson
Date of Death: 1/26/18
Place of Death: Franklin Square Park
Type of Case: Drugs
Birthdate: 10/06/94
Sex: Male
Race/Ethnicity: White

Name: Francisco Castillo
Date of Death: 1/28/18
Place of Death: Sidewalk IFO 65 Golden Gate Ave.
Type of Case: IPV-Drug
Birthdate: 10/07/57
Sex: Male
Race/Ethnicity: Black

Name: Artis Monroe
Date of Death: 1/30/18
Place of Death: In vehicle at Mariposa St. and Carolina St.
Type of Case: IPV
Birthdate: 9/10/52
Sex: Male
Race/Ethnicity: Black

Name: Valerie Chounet
Date of Death: 2/07/18
Place of Death: St. Francis ED
Type of Case: Unknown
Birthdate: 2/08/58
Sex: Female 
Race/Ethnicity: White

Name: Andrew Emmett
Date of Death: 2/07/18
Place of Death: Sidewalk IFO 524 Post St.
Type of Case: 187 Assault
Birthdate: 7/09/86
Sex: Male
Race/Ethnicity: White

Name: James Williams II 
Date of Death: 2/09/18
Place of Death: Division & Deharo St.
Type of Case: App. 801 Hangin
Birthdate: 9/21/76
Sex: Male
Race/Ethnicity: Black

Name: Phillip Reschly 
Date of Death: 2/12/18
Place of Death: IFO 1951 Evans Ave.
Type of Case: IPV
Birthdate: 3/07/61
Sex: Male
Race/Ethnicity: White

Name: Milkon Isleyen
Date of Death: 2/16/18
Place of Death: Golden Gate Park @ Oak and Shrader Street
Type of Case: App. PC 187 GSW
Birthdate: 4/24/89
Sex: Male
Race/Ethnicity: Other

Name: Charlotte Jordan
Date of Death: 2/17/18
Place of Death: 44 McAllister St. #521
Type of Case: Drug
Birthdate: 4/20/52
Sex: Female 
Race/Ethnicity: Black

Name: Robert Currier
Date of Death: 2/18/18
Place of Death: Sidewalk IFO 1133 Market St.
Type of Case: Drugs vs Natu
Birthdate: 11/06/57
Sex: Male
Race/Ethnicity: White

Name: Alick Dziabczenko 
Date of Death: 2/20/18
Place of Death: 364 9th Street #122
Type of Case: No Resp. Party
Birthdate: 3/13/55
Sex: Male
Race/Ethnicity: White

Name: Michael Campbell
Date of Death: 2/22/18
Place of Death: 1563 Page St.
Type of Case: Drugs
Birthdate: 7/30/85
Sex: Male
Race/Ethnicity: White

Name: David Clark
Date of Death: 2/22/18
Place of Death: 1563 Page St.
Type of Case: Drugs
Birthdate: 4/27/86
Sex: Male
Race/Ethnicity: White

Name: Adam Wilson
Date of Death: 2/22/18
Place of Death: 1563 Page St.
Type of Case: Drugs
Birthdate: 4/07/81
Sex: Male
Race/Ethnicity: White

Name: Donald Rivard
Date of Death: 2/23/18
Place of Death: Parking lot, IFO 1707 Market St.
Type of Case: In public view
Birthdate: 1/31/61
Sex: Male
Race/Ethnicity: White

Name: Michael Coles 
Date of Death: 2/27/18
Place of Death: SFGH ER
Type of Case: Drugs
Birthdate: 6/07/88
Sex: Male 
Race/Ethnicity: White Hispa

Name: Patrick Burke
Date of Death: 2/28/18
Place of Death: Golden Gate Park at Lincoln and 22nd Ave.
Type of Case: IPV
Birthdate: 8/09/49
Sex: Male
Race/Ethnicity:White

Name: Moises Hidalgo 
Date of Death: 3/03/18
Place of Death: SF County Jail
Type of Case: In Custody
Birthdate: 7/09/86
Sex: Male
Race/Ethnicity: Other

Name: Creed Sullenger
Date of Death: 3/03/18
Place of Death: CPMC Pacific Hospital
Type of Case: Drug Related
Birthdate: 5/03/73
Sex: Male
Race/Ethnicity: White

Name: Cleveland Holladay IV
Date of Death: 3/05/18
Place of Death: Train Track on Evans Ave. and Selby St.
Type of Case: Train v. Ped
Birthdate: 1/26/91
Sex: Male
Race/Ethnicity: White

Name: Emory Meyercord
Date of Death: 3/08/18
Place of Death: Golden Gate Park at Lincoln and 45th Avenue
Type of Case: App. 801 Hangin
Birthdate: 2/08/74
Sex: Male
Race/Ethnicity: White

Name: Derick Stewart
Date of Death: 3/13/18
Place of Death: 480 Ellis Street #243
Type of Case: Drugs
Birthdate: 4/05/60
Sex: Male
Race/Ethnicity: Black

Name: Donald Harrill
Date of Death: 3/17/18
Place of Death: 111 6th Street
Type of Case: Fire
Birthdate: 10/09/47
Sex: Male
Race/Ethnicity: Black

Name: Elias Arias Perez
Date of Death: 3/28/18
Place of Death: SF General Hospital
Type of Case: MVC
Birthdate: 3/30/86
Sex: Male
Race/Ethnicity: White Hispa

Name: Parree Foster
Date of Death: 4/11/18
Place of Death: SFGH
Type of Case: Drug OD
Birthdate: 1/19/70
Sex: Male
Race/Ethnicity: Black

Name: Ronald Mellinger
Date of Death: 4/12/18
Place of Death: In Car on Lincoln and 38th Ave.
Type of Case: IPV
Birthdate: 1/02/51
Sex: Male
Race/Ethnicity: White

Name: Quang Truong 
Date of Death: 4/15/18
Place of Death: Sidewalk near 242 Joice Street
Type of Case: PC 187 IPV
Birthdate: 3/04/69
Sex: Male
Race/Ethnicity: Asian Other

Name: Richard Knowles
Date of Death: 4/17/18
Place of Death: 1485 Pine Street #311
Type of Case: Poss. Assault
Birthdate: 4/25/68
Sex: Male
Race/Ethnicity: White

Name: Robert Reid
Date of Death: 4/20/18
Place of Death: Fern St. & Polk Street Alley
Type of Case: IPV Drugs
Birthdate: 5/26/57
Sex: Male
Race/Ethnicity: White

Name: Paul Moore
Date of Death: 4/26/18
Place of Death: 144 Eddy St. #507
Type of Case: Drug Related
Birthdate: 5/12/59
Sex: Male
Race/Ethnicity: White

Name: Elijah Reed 
Date of Death: 4/28/18
Place of Death: SF General Hospital Emergency
Type of Case: Ped vs Auto
Birthdate: 4/08/84
Sex: Male
Race/Ethnicity: Black

Name: Chamlat Phumla
Date of Death: 4/30/18
Place of Death: Great Highway and Judah St.
Type of Case: IPV
Birthdate: 3/06/43
Sex: Female
Race/Ethnicity: Asian Other

Name: Daniel Dowdle 
Date of Death: 5/03/18
Place of Death: SFGH ER
Type of Case: App. HOD
Birthdate: 11/07/74
Sex: Male
Race/Ethnicity: White

Name: Gustavo Contreras
Date of Death: 5/11/18
Place of Death: 1100 Ellis Street
Type of Case: IPV
Birthdate: 9/27/63
Sex: Male
Race/Ethnicity: White Hispa

Name: Kurt Heilmann
Date of Death: 5/12/18
Place of Death: On Alameda St. across from 2277
Type of Case: No Responsible p
Birthdate: 8/23/62
Sex: Male
Race/Ethnicity: White

Name: Andy Lai
Date of Death: 5/19/18
Place of Death: 1415 29th Avenue
Type of Case: 801 Hanging
Birthdate: 3/11/81
Sex: Male
Race/Ethnicity: Asian Chinese

Name: Edward Power Jr.
Date of Death:5/25/18
Place of Death: 360 Ellis St. #11D
Type of Case: Poss. NAT/UNK.
Birthdate: 8/28/64
Sex: Male
Race/Ethnicity: White

Name: Erik Cherney
Date of Death: 5/30/18
Place of Death: Metson Lake @ Middle Drive West
Type of Case: IPV
Birthdate: 1/25/80
Sex: Male
Race/Ethnicity: White

Name: Andrew King
Date of Death: 6/02/18
Place of Death: 380 Eddy Street #217
Type of Case: Poss Drug Rel
Birthdate: 5/16/60
Sex: Male
Race/Ethnicity: Black

Name: Scott Pimentel
Date of Death: 6/05/18
Place of Death: UCSF Parnassus
Type of Case: Unknown
Birthdate: 3/28/57
Sex: Male
Race/Ethnicity: White

Name: Hal Louis
Date of Death: 6/09/18
Place of Death: 1760 Bush Street #511
Type of Case: Drug Related
Birthdate: 5/25/61
Sex: Male
Race/Ethnicity: White

Name: Michael Wells
Date of Death: 6/11/18
Place of Death: IFO Golden Gate Ave.
Type of Case: IPV
Birthdate: 7/10/70
Sex: Male
Race/Ethnicity: White

Name: William Brown
Date of Death: 6/13/18
Place of Death: SFGH ICU
Type of Case: Drugs
Birthdate: 6/03/49
Sex: Male
Race/Ethnicity: White

Name: Travis Lopez 
Date of Death: 6/15/18
Place of Death: Sidewalk IFO 387 Golden Gate Avenue
Type of Case: IPV Drug Relat
Birthdate: 12/17/75
Sex: Male
Race/Ethnicity: White

Name: Benjamin Bloom
Date of Death: 7/02/18
Place of Death: SFGH
Type of Case: Drugs
Birthdate: 1/25/89
Sex: Male
Race/Ethnicity: White

Name: Thomas Ward 
Date of Death: 7/08/18
Place of Death: On Steps inside BART Station Plaza
Type of Case: IPV
Birthdate: 8/16/18
Sex: Male
Race/Ethnicity: White

Name: Juan Sanchez
Date of Death: 7/09/18
Place of Death: Behind 340 Bayshore Blvd.
Type of Case: Drug
Birthdate: 8/31/70
Sex: Male
Race/Ethnicity: White Hispa

Name: Denise Shipman
Date of Death: 7/10/18
Place of Death: SFGH
Type of Case: App. Natural
Birthdate: 3/12/74
Sex: Female
Race/Ethnicity: White

Name: Francois Heafield
Date of Death: 7/11/18
Place of Death: Pier 22 1/2
Type of Case: Floater
Birthdate: 7/02/96
Sex: Male
Race/Ethnicity: White

Name: Chris Eunice
Date of Death: 7/14/18
Place of Death: SFGH ICU
Type of Case: Drug Related
Birthdate: 10/23/59
Sex: Male 
Race/Ethnicity: White

Name: Luis Alfaro Medina
Date of Death: 7/19/18
Place of Death: In Auto, IFO 1355 Sutter St.
Type of Case: Unknown
Birthdate: 10/30/66
Sex: Male
Race/Ethnicity: Other

Name: Rudy Wiseman 
Date of Death: 7/20/18
Place of Death: Euclid Ave. and Presidio Ave.
Type of Case: IPV Inside Vehicle
Birthdate: 11/29/37
Sex: Male
Race/Ethnicity: White

Name: Jonathan Jones 
Date of Death: 8/01/18
Place of Death: In Garage at 725 Greenwich St.
Type of Case: IPV
Birthdate: 7/29/70
Sex: Male 
Race/Ethnicity: White

Name: Brent Garrard
Date of Death: 8/11/18
Place of Death: In Open Lane Way, 300 Selby St.
Type of Case: Drug
Birthdate: 11/18/73
Sex: Male
Race/Ethnicity: White

Name: Ronald Albanesius 
Date of Death: 8/16/18
Place of Death: SFGH
Type of Case: Ped vs. Auto
Birthdate: 8/30/63
Sex: Male
Race/Ethnicity: White

Name: Harold Blevins
Date of Death: 8/19/18
Place of Death: In Front of 49 Geary Street
Type of Case: IPV
Birthdate: 6/29/58
Sex: Male
Race/Ethnicity: White

Name: Francisco Diaz
Date of Death: 8/24/18
Place of Death: 298 Market St. (Embarcadero BART)
Type of Case: IPV
Birthdate: 11/15/83
Sex: Male
Race/Ethnicity: White Hispa

Name: Edison Rivera
Date of Death: 8/31/18
Place of Death: SFGH ICU
Type of Case: Auto vs. Ped
Birthdate: 9/21/60
Sex: Male
Race/Ethnicity: White Hispa

As of September, 2018, the city stopped providing the "Type of Case" information that usually gave the cause of death:

Name: Nathaniel Ortega
Date of Death: 9/02/18
Location Found: IFO Dashiel Hammett Street
Birthdate: 5/06/67
Sex: Male
Race/Ethnicity: White

Name: Julie Demaree
Date of Death: 9/04/18
Location Found: Across from 1 Market Street
Birthdate: 5/29/76
Sex: Female
Race/Ethnicity: White

Name: David Smith 
Date of Death: 9/04/18
Location Found: IFO 200 Larkin Street
Birthdate: 6/10/84
Sex: Male
Race/Ethnicity: Black

Name: Cynthia Hall 
Date of Death: 9/10/18
Location Found: Across 401 Irwin Street
Birthdate: 11/07/62
Sex: Female
Race/Ethnicity: White

Name: Oksana Sirotkina Kovalerchil
Date of Death: 9/15/18
Location Found: IFO 680 Stevenson Street
Birthdate: 10/22/73
Sex: Female
Race/Ethnicity: Unknown

Name: Modesto Fegurdo 
Date of Death: 9/18/18
Location Found: 1300 block of Howard at Washburn St.
Birthdate: 10/4/56
Sex: Male
Race/Ethnicity: Black

Name: Dwayne Reed
Date of Death: 9/23/18
Location Found: 525 Fifth Street
Birthdate: 7/26/68
Sex: Male
Race/Ethnicity: White

Name: Donovan Flores
Date of Death: 9/25/18
Location Found: Van Ness at Fern Street
Birthdate: 1/25/76
Sex: Male
Race/Ethnicity: White

Name: Phillip Baker
Date of Death: 9/26/18
Location Found: 75 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive
Birthdate: 6/21/46
Sex: Male
Race/Ethnicity: White

Name: Angelos Pangalos
Date of Death: 9/30/18
Location Found: IFO 144 Leaveworth
Birthdate: 7/06/82
Sex: Male
Race/Ethnicity: White

Name: David Saenz 
Date of Death: 10/05/18
Location Found: 23rd Street at Portrero Avenue
Birthdate: 11/07/64
Sex: Male
Race/Ethnicity: White

Name: Matthew Roussel
Date of Death: 10/06/18
Location Found: 790 Ellis Street
Birthdate: 8/31/71
Sex: Male
Race/Ethnicity: White

Name: Dante Hayes
Date of Death: 10/16/18
Location Found: SFGH
Birthdate: 10/27/77
Sex: Male
Race/Ethnicity: Black

Name: Lia Bonifacio
Date of Death: 10/22/18
Location Found: IFO 775 Clementina Street
Birthdate: 5/22/86
Sex: Female
Race/Ethnicity: White

Name: Joachim Bonner
Date of Death: 11/03/18
Location Found: Unknown/SFGH
Birthdate: 5/14/59
Sex: Male
Race/Ethnicity: Black

Name: Joangeline O'Conner
Date of Death: 11/03/18
Location Found: 199 Turk Street
Birthdate: 2/15/83
Sex: Female
Race/Ethnicity: White

Name: David Diamond
Date of Death: 11/09/18
Location Found: Unknown/St. Mary's Hospital
Birthdate: 3/15/69
Sex: Male
Race/Ethnicity: White

Name: Kamel Reggad
Date of Death: 11/11/18
Location Found: Golden Gate Park Near Fulton Street
Birthdate: 11/4/79
Sex: Male
Race/Ethnicity: White

Name: Jamal Alloun
Date of Death: 11/16/18
Location Found: 801 Geary St. #101
Birthdate: 3/20/83
Sex: Male
Race/Ethnicity: White

Name: William Wright
Date of Death: 11/20/18
Location Found: Unknown/SFGH
Birthdate: 12/25/79
Sex: Male
Race/Ethnicity: Black

Name: Hector Castro 
Date of Death: 11/21/18
Location Found: Julian Avenue at 16th Street
Birthdate: 3/23/57
Sex: Male
Race/Ethnicity: White

Name: Richard Oppido
Date of Death: 11/23/18
Location Found: IFO 434 Brannan Street
Birthdate: 3/03/53
Sex: Male
Race/Ethnicity: White

Name: Philip Cuneo 
Date of Death: 11/30/18
Location Found: 1001 Polk Street
Birthdate: 10/19/60
Sex: Male
Race/Ethnicity: White

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