#collegesafety | Women’s group demands accountability in case of accused rapist

Good morning, Bay Area. It’s Tuesday, Oct. 12, and activists want the Marin County D.A. to drop charges against protesters who took down a statue of Junipero Serra. Here’s what you need to know to start your day.

A San Francisco group wants accountability in the case of Jon Jacobo, the affordable housing advocate who was accused of rape by tenants rights activist Sasha Perigo.

Earlier this year, Perigo came forth with allegations the rising political star forcibly kissed, groped and raped her at her home in the Mission District. Jacobo took a leave of absence from his nonprofit work and resigned from his seat on the Building Inspection Commission.

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

“I didn’t ask for Jon to lose his friends or his job when I came forward about my assault,” Perigo told the Chronicle. “But it’s baffling to me why progressive community leaders would want to publicly associate with a rapist.”

Read more from Matthias Gafni and Mallory Moench.

Take me out to the ball game

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

Deanne Fitzmaurice/Special to The Chronicle

Matthew Farruggio is a San Francisco native through and through. He was raised on the west side, held a San Francisco Chronicle paper route, attended Lick-Wilmerding High School and San Francisco City College and of course, rooted for the Giants.

A few years ago, Farruggio suffered pair of severe strokes that paralyzed his entire left side. He was already struggling with progressing muscular dystrophy, which he feared would delay his dream retirement job in Giants guest services.

But slowly, against all odds, he retrained himself to regain use of his left limbs. And now through a job recovery program, he’s one of the friendly faces ushering baseball fans into Oracle Park on game day.

Read more of Farruggio’s story from Peter Hartlaub.

Giants 1, Dodgers 0: The Giants’ airtight pitching, strong defense and their one run-producing hit of the night — a home run by Evan Longoria — pace the victory, leaving S.F. one win short of the NLCS.

Also from Peter Hartlaub: The violent early history of cars in Golden Gate Park includes policemen instructed to shoot speeding drivers’ tires.

Around the Bay

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

Jungho Kim/Special to The Chronicle

Recognition: This day last year, activists toppled the statue of Junipero Serra outside of Mission San Rafael. Now, their supporters want Marin County D.A. 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 S.F. school district expected a bounceback in enrollment this year — instead, it lost 3,500 students over two years, costing it $35 million. Also: A $400 million elite arts high school is facing new hurdles as it comes to life.

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

Layer of haze: Even though the Caldor Fire is 98% contained, it’s still shooting smoke into the air. Here’s why.

Risk-benefit analysis: With S.F. and Marin loosening mask mandates, what should you be worried about when dropping your face coverings?

Return to work: About a fifth of San Francisco’s office space stayed vacant at the end of September, but new leasing activity shows the market is coming back.

Revising the system

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

Lea Suzuki / The Chronicle

There isn’t much data about who commits hate crimes, but the national research that exists shows 75% of perpetrators in anti-Asian incidents are white.

So, asks columnist Justin Phillips, why are the proposed solutions geared at Black and brown people? Despite the numbers, many want to invest in traditional policing and a “tough on crime” approach.

Communities of color say that’s not the path they want to take.

Bay Briefing is written by Gwendolyn Wu and sent to readers’ email inboxes on weekday mornings. Sign up for the newsletter here, and contact the writer at gwendolyn.wu@sfchronicle.com.

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