Supervisor David Campos has proposed a charter amendment to “tweak” San Francisco’s ranked-choice voting system by expanding the number of votes each of us gets from three to “however many candidates are running for office.” For example, if his law had been in place this past November, each voter would have been able to rank all sixteen mayoral candidates in order of preference. Read More
My fascination with watching politics is a constant source of amusement for my family and friends. They don’t see what is so interesting about televised sausage-making, but I think there are gems in every Board of Supervisors agenda. For example, here are some items that are going before the board today. Read More
San Francisco is blessed with an abundance of meadows, but what it really needs is a new generation of civic-minded philanthropists with deep roots in The City’s history and politics. Read More
San Francisco officials showed great restraint in dealing with the local Occupy movement, something you might expect when about half of its elected leaders spent quality time squatting in the Embarcadero camp. Yet now that the mayor and police have finally acted on their threat to remove the tent city for a host of legal, health and safety violations, the general reaction isn’t outrage, but one of widespread relief. Read More
It appears to be a leaderless organization with multiple representatives and no discernible agenda. No, I’m not talking about Occupy SF; I’m referring to The City’s leadership in dealing with Occupy SF. Read More
On Wednesday, the Budget and Finance Committee of the Board of Supervisors will take up a bill that would give a payroll tax credit to local employers who hire ex-felons. I imagine this new law, if enacted, would lead to lots of employment rejection letters for nonfelonious citizens. Letters like this:
Click on the photo at right to see a chart of current hiring-based payroll tax breaks available to businesses.
Dear Mr. Morgan, Read More
Leave it to a group of nurses to start a healthy Thanksgiving tradition in San Francisco, one that’s lasted 50 years and traces its origin to New York and Ireland.
There’s also a mansion at the heart of the tale, though the gathering was never fancy. As the size of the group grew each year, its attendees were required to bring their own metal folding chairs — no small feat when you consider that there are 82 stairs leading to the front door. Read More
The Thanksgiving holiday is here. It has been a tough year for most everyone I know. Luckily, San Francisco politics never cease to entertain even in the worst of times. Let’s consider what some of our local politicos are probably thankful for this year:Ed Lee: Having endured numerous public lashings by his opponents during the mayor’s race, Lee is thankful that he can stop smiling like a chump and start exacting revenge on his “people I secretly hate” list. State Sen. Leland Yee had better hope it is alphabetical by last name. Read More
One of the biggest winners in last week’s election wasn’t even a topic of discussion for most of the campaign.
And that’s not that easy to do when you’re talking about the largest nonprofit medical center in San Francisco’s history.
That would be the plan to build a new $2 billion California Pacific Medical Center hospital in the heart of San Francisco that has trudged along for years, but somehow managed to bypass the usual rhetoric generated in heated mayoral campaigns. Read More
The votes are in and political partisans are either celebrating or mourning the election results.
The only item that hangs in the balance is one of the more controversial measures: Proposition H, a policy statement asking the school board to give all students the right to go to neighborhood schools (as opposed to a lottery in which geography is just one of several factors). Read More