The 2012-13 school year is right around the corner, and on Monday, 54,200 public-school students and 8,189 staff members will fill 131 child development centers and elementary, middle and high schools throughout our beautiful city. Read More
After Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of false imprisonment in connection with an argument he had with his wife, Mayor Ed Lee suspended him and brought charges to remove him for official misconduct. Mirkarimi exercised his right to contest the removal before the San Francisco Ethics Commission and Board of Supervisors. Read More
The back-to-back bankruptcy filings of Stockton and San Bernardino, following Vallejo’s insolvency a few years earlier, have sparked finger-pointing about causes and speculation about whether more California cities may go under.
Those on the political right say the bankruptcies resulted from local politicians’ caving in to pressure from unions for higher pay and better pension and health benefits. Read More
It’s high time to correct some of the myths that are perpetrated about commercial real estate, myths that can cause bad public policy.
Myth: Commercial buildings are owned by old fat cats who limo around town stuffing their pin-striped silk suits with gobs of rent money. Read More
Jerry Brown devoted the first months of his second governorship last year to dickering with Republicans on placing a multibillion-dollar tax increase before voters.The negotiations failed, and eventually Brown turned to an initiative. His tax-hike measure, Proposition 30, will be on the November ballot.During his drive for Republican votes, Brown cited repaying “a wall of debt” as a major justification for a tax increase. Read More
As the Summer Olympics continue with much fanfare in London, San Francisco is preparing for its own world-class sporting event — the 34th America’s Cup. In less than three weeks, the first sailing races will commence on the Bay, ushering in a series of regattas expected to generate nearly 9,000 jobs and more than $1 billion in economic activity across the region over the next year and a half. Read More
From housing to creating jobs to our parks and playgrounds, I am working with the members of the board to give San Franciscans a real opportunity to shape the future of our city this November. Read More
Earlier this month, the state Legislature passed Senate Bill 1029, authorizing the issuance of $2.7 billion in state bonds to begin construction of the nation’s largest transportation project — California high-speed rail — as well as authorizing an additional $2 billion in bonds to match local and federal funds for related projects. Read More
San Francisco will be the seventh city in the world to host the America’s Cup sailing competition since the first race around the Isle of Wright in 1852. Last week, the Board of Supervisors gave its unanimous approval for our great city to host the 34th America’s Cup in 2013 and preliminary races in 2012.
The America’s Cup is the oldest trophy in international sport and will be the world’s only major international sporting event in 2013. Read More
The passage of Gov. Jerry Brown’s infrastructure initiative for California high-speed rail is an important milestone in bringing modern electric train service to the Bay Area.
The initiative ensures funding for the modernization of Caltrain — a project that is critical to the Bay Area and the state. Read More