Women’s group demands accountability for accused rapist

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Hello, Bay Area. It’s Tuesday, October 12, and activists want the Marin County DA to drop charges against protesters who shot down a statue of Junipero Serra. Here’s what you need to know to start your day.

A San Francisco group wants to be held to account in the case of Jon Jacobo, the affordable housing advocate who has been accused of rape by tenant rights activist Sasha Perigo.

Earlier this year, Perigo made allegations that the rising political star kissed, groped and forcibly raped her at her home in the Mission district. Jacobo took a leave of absence from his non-profit job and resigned his seat on the Building Inspection Commission.

Now, the San Francisco Women’s Political Committee says city and community leaders are welcoming Jacobo into the fold when they should demand that abusers admit their wrongdoing and seek rehabilitation.

“I didn’t ask Jon to lose his friends or his job when I spoke about my assault,” Perigo told The Chronicle. “But I don’t understand why progressive community leaders would want to publicly associate with a rapist.”

Read more from Matthias Gafni and Mallory Moench.

Take me to the ball game

Matthew Farruggio works at the Lefty O’Doul gate of Oracle Park in San Francisco.

Deanne Fitzmaurice / The Chronicle Special

Matthew Farruggio hails from San Francisco through and through. He grew up on the West Side, held a paper trail at the San Francisco Chronicle, attended Lick-Wilmerding High School and San Francisco City College, and, of course, rooted for the Giants.

A few years ago, Farruggio suffered a pair of severe blows that crippled his entire left side. He was already struggling with progressive muscular dystrophy, which he said would delay his dream retirement job in the Giants’ customer services.

But slowly, against all expectations, he retrained to resume the use of his left limbs. And now, thanks to a job recovery program, he’s one of the friendly faces that brings baseball fans to Oracle Park on game day.

Read the rest of the story of Farruggio by Peter Hartlaub.

• Giants 1, Dodgers 0: The Giants’ tight throw, solid defense, and only hit of the night – a home run from Evan Longoria – punctuated the victory, leaving SF one less than the NLCS.

• Also from Peter Hartlaub: Cars ‘violent debuts in Golden Gate Park included police officers tasked with pulling drivers’ tires at high speed.

Around the bay

A statue of Junipero Serra is pulled to the ground by protesters in Golden Gate Park on June 19, 2020.

A statue of Junipero Serra is pulled to the ground by protesters in Golden Gate Park on June 19, 2020.

Jungho Kim / The Chronicle Special

• Acknowledgement: On this day last year, activists knocked over the statue of Junipero Serra outside the San Rafael Mission. Now their supporters want Marin County DA Lori Frugoli to drop the vandalism charges.

• Not quite finished: California lawmakers are done for the year, but explosive fights are on the horizon.

• New normal: The SF school district had expected a rebound in enrollment this year. Instead, he lost 3,500 students in two years, costing him $ 35 million. Also: An elite $ 400 million high school art school faces new obstacles as it comes to life.

• Smoke and smog: The Bay Area is home to thousands of home air quality monitors. Where are they?

• Mist layer: Even though the Caldor fire is 98% contained, it still throws smoke into the air. Here’s why.

• Risk-benefit analysis: With the SF and Marin mask release mandates, what should you be worrying about when dropping your face covers?

• Back to work : About a fifth of the offices in San Francisco were vacant at the end of September, but new rental activity shows the market is returning.

Revise the system

Alvina Wong works in the Asian Pacific Environmental Network's office in Oakland.

Alvina Wong works in the Asian Pacific Environmental Network’s office in Oakland.

Léa Suzuki / The Chronicle

There isn’t a lot of data on who commits hate crimes, but national research that does exist shows that 75% of anti-Asian perpetrators are white.

So, asks columnist Justin Phillips, why are the proposed solutions aimed at blacks and brunettes? Despite the numbers, many want to invest in traditional policing and a ‘tough on crime’ approach.

Communities of color say this is not the route they want to take.

Bay Briefing is written by Gwendolyn Wu and sent to readers’ inboxes on weekday mornings. Sign up for the newsletter here and contact the author at [email protected]


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