San Francisco will consider allowing medical marijuana dispensaries to open in more locations following controversy over one city supervisor’s proposal to make it even harder for such businesses to locate in the Outer Mission neighborhood. Read More
After security camera footage helped track down the Boston Marathon bombing suspects, Police Chief Greg Suhr said law enforcement here could live-monitor a network of private and public surveillance cameras to patrol large events.
The April 15 bombing in Boston has local law enforcement reassessing security measures for the 300 special events that occur in San Francisco annually. As this broader discussion continues, adjustments have already been made for the Craigslist Bay to Breakers footrace that is expected to attract 100,000 attendees to The City on May 19. Read More
City officials on Wednesday attempted to tamp down a “big problem” between a labor union and the Recreation and Park Department over a gardener apprentice program.
The conflict was evident during a Board of Supervisors Budget and Finance Committee hearing. Even though Rec and Park chief Phil Ginsburg said he is fully committed to the program, the union representing gardeners, Laborers International Union of North America Local 261, called that into question. Read More
Local-hire law supporters such as Mayor Ed Lee and the law’s author, Supervisor John Avalos, have celebrated its success, but the real test is yet to come.
San Francisco’s groundbreaking ordinance could change as a result of an ongoing review of how the requirements have impacted the construction industry during its first two years. Read More
The Recreation and Park Department is defending its hiring practices in the face of scathing accusations related to a gardener apprentice program.
Union officials have accused Executive Director Phil Ginsburg of shortchanging the celebrated state-certified program — a partnership between the union, Rec and Park, and City College of San Francisco — while boosting upper management at the expense of hiring more gardeners. Rec and Park called the accusations nothing more than “locker-room chatter.” Read More
Enforcement of San Francisco’s 2010 law to reduce city government vehicles was supposed to begin two years ago. Now that it has finally started, the requirement is being put to the test.
Nine city department heads have submitted waivers to protect hundreds of trucks, sedans and other vehicles from elimination.
The total number of vehicles in The City’s fleet is not exact, but an indication comes through a $29 million annual fuel contract for 6,000 vehicles and 700 pieces of equipment, including generators. Read More
As the Recreation and Park Department works to climb out of an era of service cuts, operations remain hampered by severe staffing shortages, officials said Wednesday.
Department head Phil Ginsburg said that despite the budget challenges, the park system is being spared service cuts in the next two fiscal years.
“We are not actually reducing our programs and services,” Ginsburg said. “Quite to the contrary, we have figured out strategies to grow.” Read More
Many people working in the shadows of City Hall to land government contracts, obtain permits and sway decision-makers could soon be forced into the public eye.
Permit expeditors and attorneys doing routine business with city departments can operate with little public scrutiny under The City’s existing regulations, but City Attorney Dennis Herrera and Board of Supervisors President David Chiu announced a proposal Tuesday to expose more of the inner workings of City Hall.
A condo conversion proposal headed closer to approval Monday after tenant advocates partnered with key members of the Board of Supervisors to counter an initial version whose author now opposes the legislation as amended.
Supervisor Mark Farrell first introduced legislation to allow tenancy-in-common owners to pay a fee to bypass the lottery that allows 200 condo conversions a year. Board President David Chiu amended the proposal last week with the backing of tenant advocates. Read More
As Mayor Ed Lee is drafting his proposed two-year city budget, questions are being raised about whether San Francisco should advance plans for four separate public safety communication systems totaling about $270 million during the next five years.
The debate over the investment comes as The City is attempting to turn around a long-troubled technology history, rife with wasteful spending, duplicative efforts and outdated software. Read More
A proposal to create no-protest zones around women’s health clinics such as the Planned Parenthood site in the Mission district advanced to the full Board of Supervisors on Thursday.
Supervisor David Campos has gained enough support from his colleagues to ensure its passage at the full board May 7. The law would prohibit anyone from standing within 25 feet of the entrances, exits and driveways of such facilities; in 1993, The City adopted a law that created an 8-foot “bubble zone” around anyone who is within 100 feet of such facilities. Read More
New bars along Lower Polk Street were banned Tuesday as The City attempts to mitigate the rowdy nightlife scene that has increased there in recent years.
While the legislation was unanimously approved by the Board of Supervisors with little debate, the proposal had inspired a spirited back-and-forth among community members and bar owners about the proper character of Polk Street and how best to address the impacts of the popular nightlife scene. Read More
A proposal to allow for more than 200 condo conversions each year took an unusual turn Monday as tenant advocates who have long battled the idea celebrated a plan supported by key members of the Board of Supervisors.
For years, condo-conversion proposals have collapsed amid political fighting, but the board is now closer than ever to approving legislation that would allow tenancy-in-common owners to bypass The City’s lottery system by paying up to $20,000 a unit to convert into a condo. Read More
San Francisco’s publicly funded employment programs remain “too fragmented” and pressure is mounting to make improvements as the technology industry booms and the local economy improves.
The City spends tens of millions of dollars annually on employment programs, but inefficiencies and lack of job placements have plagued the effort. These employment programs are seen as crucial efforts to help those struggling as housing prices and other cost-of-living expenses increase in San Francisco. Read More
San Francisco committed this week to boost its open-data movement, but the impact of the decision will depend on the information released and how tech companies and advocates put the information to use.
After admittedly falling behind in the open-data movement, the Board of Supervisors approved legislation this week that officials say will put The City back on the frontier. Read More