San Francisco developers are being encouraged to start putting shower water or rainwater to better use in their new large developments.
Calling on developers to reach new heights in green building, Board of Supervisors President David Chiu has introduced legislation that will create new and clear regulations for developers opting to incorporate advanced water-recycling systems. Read More
Shootings are down in San Francisco but shooting deaths are up, and a recent surge in gang-related violence has raised community concerns.
The Oceanview, Lake Merced and Ingleside areas have seen five street violence homicides this year, plus a murder-suicide and the slaying of five people inside a home. That is up from last year’s total of just two. Read More
The waterfront luxury condo development known as 8 Washington St. won City Hall approval, but the project is threatened by a possible ballot measure and now a lawsuit from the Ferry Building.
Equity Office Properties, the Ferry Building’s management company, filed a suit Friday against the development’s environmental impact report, arguing that it fails to adequately address parking and traffic. Read More
Under the proposed process for supervisors to decide whether to permanently remove Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi from office, the board would forgo the testimony of witnesses and rely primarily on opening statements and the deliberations of The City’s Ethics Commission. Read More
San Francisco voters will decide this November whether to spend $1.5 billion on affordable housing development and related programs during the next three decades.
As city officials say San Francisco has a housing crisis on its hands with skyrocketing rental and home prices forcing many to rethink living in The City, Mayor Ed Lee has come up with a Housing Trust Fund Charter Amendment. Read More
Mayor Ed Lee unveiled a compromise November business tax ballot measure that could end a decadelong debate about changing the way The City taxes businesses. The proposal would replace a 1.5 percent payroll tax long maligned by business leaders as a job-killer. The gross receipts tax that would replace the existing levy would encourage increased investment and innovation in San Francisco, Lee said. “We have to create our own stronger economy,” Lee said. Read More
For a while, the new political law in San Francisco was “Hands off Mayor Ed Lee.” The progressive opposition that routinely growled and snipped at the ankles of former Mayor Gavin Newsom was nearly silenced.
But last week, political reality came crashing down on the mayor, who suddenly no longer seemed untouchable.
The man who made the term “city family” fashionable suddenly had a family feud under his roof that even the neighbors could hear. Read More
San Francisco Police called the Department of Emergency Management at 1:02 p.m. on June 29 to report an apparent City Hall bomb threat made by a man who called the Mission Station’s landline, an audio recording released upon request shows. A San Francisco Police Officer and a Department of Emergency Management dispatcher discuss the threat during a call which ran just under two minutes, according to the audio recording provided by the department. The bomb threat call itself is not recorded by the department since the caller did not call 911. Read More
Opponents of the 8 Washington luxury condo development said they turned in enough signatures Thursday to place a referendum on the ballot to overturn city approval of the waterfront project.
Jon Golinger, who is leading the effort, said his group turned in 31,371 signatures and believes it succeeded in securing at least the 19,405 valid signatures needed. The Department of Elections has 30 days to determine that. Read More
On the very day that ethics commissioners considered whether to investigate alleged perjury by Mayor Ed Lee, police released bizarre new details surrounding the apparent bomb threat that interrupted the testimony at the heart of the allegations. Read More
Tying increased business registration fees to the Consumer Price Index could be the path toward compromise for a single November ballot measure designed to replace San Francisco’s tax on businesses’ payrolls with a tax on gross receipts.
The Budget and Finance Committee of the Board of Supervisors on Wednesday sent dueling gross-receipts tax measures to the full board for a vote next week. Read More
After months of debate over tweaking San Francisco’s ranked-choice voting system, the effort to put a measure on the November ballot was killed by the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday. That means voters will continue to rank their top three candidates for citywide and district board elections.
The ranked-choice system has come under attack by San Francisco’s more conservative base, while the more left-leaning political faction adamantly defends it. Read More
Mayor Ed Lee’s re-appointment of Michael Antonini to another four years on the Planning Commission hit a roadblock Tuesday when the Board of Supervisors postponed its decision after heated debate.
It takes six votes to reject a mayoral appointee, and Antonini’s fate now appears to rest with the swing vote of Supervisor Malia Cohen. Read More
San Francisco voters could have a chance in November to denounce a 2010 U.S. Supreme Court ruling that said the First Amendment allows corporations to spend as much as they want backing or opposing political candidates.
Although critics of the Board of Supervisors often deride such local policy statements about federal affairs as a waste of time, supervisors supporting the so-called Repealing Corporate Personhood declaration defend their proposal. Read More
The City Hall battle over a condo development at 8 Washington St. has moved into the streets, as opponents hope to collect enough signatures by Thursday to place a referendum on the project before voters.
“We are getting very close,” said Jon Golinger, who is leading the campaign, which includes support from Board of Supervisors President David Chiu and former Board President Aaron Peskin. Read More