San Francisco’s election season is just getting under way, but it’s never too early for scandals both big and, well, silly. It seemed more the latter when former Supervisor Tony Hall attempted to meet an endorsement deadline to support business owner Bob Squeri for his former seat representing The City’s southwestern District 7. Read More
By upholding a portion of Mayor Ed Lee’s official misconduct charges against suspended Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi on Thursday, the Ethics Commission essentially told the Board of Supervisors he should be removed for good.Nine of 11 supervisors will have to agree in order to permanently oust the sheriff-in-limbo, who has been suspended without pay since March 20 — one day after he pleaded guilty to misdemeanor false imprisonment in connection with a Dec. 31 incident in which he bruised his wife’s arm during a spat at the couple’s San Francisco home. Read More
Mayor Ed Lee was correct in suspending Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi for bruising his wife’s arm during a spat at the couple’s home, The City’s Ethics Commission ruled Thursday in a complex decision that ended with attorneys for both the mayor and the sheriff claiming their own versions of victory.
The nine-hour hearing produced a 4-1 commission vote to sustain two of the mayor’s six charges of official misconduct. Mirkarimi was suspended after pleading guilty to misdemeanor false imprisonment in a domestic violence case involving his wife, Eliana Lopez. Read More
Organizers of the 34th America’s Cup have long been touting the “natural amphitheater” of San Francisco as one of the regatta’s best venues ever, and there are plenty of waterfront and hilltop locations from which to view the race free of charge.
While the action has traditionally played out on the open ocean and was seen almost exclusively from television, The City’s terrain will allow large crowds to get a look at the races, which organizers say will include dramatic crashes a la NASCAR. Read More
Nearly eight months after San Francisco’s sheriff was arrested on domestic violence charges involving his wife, The City’s Ethics Commission will weigh in this morning on whether he’s fit to hold elected office.
Mayor Ed Lee brought official misconduct charges to begin removal proceedings against Ross Mirkarimi in March when the sheriff pleaded guilty to misdemeanor false imprisonment in exchange for dismissal of three other misdemeanor domestic violence charges. Read More
The history of the stately but dormant Hibernia Bank Building at Jones and Market streets reads like that of its once glorious but now blighted Mid-Market Street surroundings. But a renewed push to revive the building could be indicative of the neighborhood’s block’s next big shift. Read More
Milton Marks III, a member of the City College of San Francisco board of trustees, died Thursday afternoon due to complications from a brain tumor.Fellow board member and political ally John Rizzo said Marks will be remembered as a bold reformer who was kind and professional, but also not afraid to take on entrenched interests during past tumult at the school. Read More
Another eventful weekend in The City will be marked by several large sporting and cultural festivities — and unfortunately, plenty of chaos on the roads.
The three-day Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival starts tonight in Golden Gate Park and will impact some Muni lines and mean road closures for much of the northwest area of the park. The festival is expecting a daily influx of 60,000 people, 75 percent of whom will come from outside The City. Read More
San Francisco’s criminal justice community wants to lead the way in changing how California sentences criminals and how they are monitored when they are released from prisons. Read More
Twitter co-founder Evan Williams hopes to tear down his $3 million home in San Francisco to build an entirely new one for his young family — and his Planning Department application has already exceeded 140 characters. Read More
After weeks of bitter opposition from civil rights and religious leaders in San Francisco’s black community, Mayor Ed Lee announced Tuesday that he would drop plans to institute a controversial stop-and-frisk policy in The City.
The idea, floated by Lee in June, was to be modeled after a similar New York City policy that allows police to strategically stop, question and search people they deem suspicious. The New York law has drawn voluminous criticism and a federal court challenge alleging Fourth Amendment violations, racial profiling and general ineffectiveness. Read More
Two San Francisco museums are facing labor strife, with the vast majority of union workers at the de Young and Legion of Honor voting to allow their bargaining team to call a strike.
The nonprofit workers represented by SEIU Local 1021 say they’re angry that their health benefit costs are increasing, despite nearly $20 million in increased assets over the past two years for the Corporation of Fine Arts Museums, which runs the two facilities. Read More
The first of two final judgments on suspended Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi’s future will be made this month by The City’s Ethics Commission, which has now heard every last account, opinion and expression of outrage that San Francisco could muster. Commissioners spent months at the center of an epic maelstrom of public intrigue and mounting legal paperwork. Read More
In a move certain to be seen as provocative by some, the Vatican named a new San Francisco archbishop who is renowned for his support of immigrants but infamous for his role in the success of California’s same-sex marriage ban. Read More
The resurgence of San Francisco’s technology industry and the related property boom helped to add $6 billion to city tax rolls over the past year, Assessor-Recorder Phil Ting announced Wednesday. The total property-tax roll now amounts to nearly $170 billion in gross value, up 4.2 percent since the past fiscal year.
“We continue to feel the real estate market is coming back,” Ting said, noting that much of the boost has been realized in commercial office spaces in the tech-heavy South of Market neighborhood. Read More