Incumbent Eric Mar was apparently re-elected to his post as District 1 supervisor following a heated battle with the more moderate David Lee. Read More
A breakdown of what San Francisco propositions passed and failed in the 2012 election. Read More
San Francisco is a center of tech innovation, but The City’s own technology wastes taxpayer money and hampers governmental operations, according to numerous reports. The question now is whether any of those studies will lead to improvements. Read More
The days of San Francisco’s tolerance for public nudity appear to be about over.
Members of the City Operations and Neighborhood Services Committee voted 3-0 Monday to advise their colleagues on the full Board of Supervisors to approve legislation banning public nudity on city streets, sidewalks and plazas.
Amid complaints from business owners and residents of the Castro, Supervisor Scott Wiener recently authored legislation that builds on a similar ban in place for public parks. A majority of supervisors are expected to support the ban. Read More
The woman who initiated the domestic violence investigation against Ross Mirkarimi made her most public statement about the incident in a political ad attacking Supervisor Christina Olague just four days before the election.
In a minute-long video released Friday, Ivory Madison says Olague “made sure the system didn’t work after all” by casting one of four votes on the Board of Supervisors to reinstate Mirkarimi as sheriff. Read More
Violence erupting from Mission district gang tensions has led to two memorial services for gunned-down youths in just five days and a response from city officials who say they are flooding the area with resources to cool things down.
The Police Department has increased the number of officers and undercover cops in the streets and is making more contacts with known violent offenders. Meanwhile, The City has allocated an additional $30,000 for the Community Response Network, which reaches out to youths to calm tensions and steer kids away from gang life. Read More
Although San Francisco’s summer jobs initiative failed to create all 2,500 of the desired private-sector positions, it surpassed Mayor Ed Lee’s overall goal of 5,000 jobs by placing more youths in positions with city government.
Advocates and city officials are hailing Lee’s Summer Jobs+ as a first step in the right direction. City officials and youth advocates are evaluating the program as they prepare for next year’s effort, in which they hope to attract more participation from private employers while smoothing out other issues, such as improving the program’s Web site. Read More
Small businesses that are growing could benefit from a payroll-tax break during the next several years even if voters in The City do away with that tax on Election Day.
While such a tax break had been previously approved, the Board of Supervisors is deciding today whether to award it even after the possible passage of Proposition E, which proposes to do away with San Francisco’s tax on what businesses pay their employees. Read More
Sustained neighborhood complaints about raucous nightlife have led one San Francisco official to suggest prohibiting new bars, liquor stores and shops selling tobacco products from opening along a six-block stretch of Polk Street.
Board of Supervisors President David Chiu, whose District 3 includes the portion of Polk Street dotted with such businesses, said the concentration of watering holes has resulted in unruly behavior that causes problems for area residents. Read More
Despite previously raising concerns about the Department of the Environment’s mid-Market Street lease for its new headquarters, the Board of Supervisors approved the deal Tuesday with no debate.
The department can now sign a lease for 24,490 square feet of office space at 1455 Market St., a 22-story building a block away from Twitter’s headquarters that mobile payment company Square is moving into as well. Read More
While Mayor Ed Lee says he is unhappy with his supervisorial appointee Christina Olague for voting to reinstate Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi, he has not withdrawn his endorsement of her bid to be elected to a full term as District 5 supervisor.
His powerful friends, however, are speaking out. Read More
District 5 incumbent Supervisor Christina Olague may have enjoyed a campaign boost from progressives after her vote to reinstate suspended Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi against the wishes of anti-domestic violence advocates, but now she is up against a newly formed political committee supported by a prominent ally of Mayor Ed Lee — Silicon Valley angel investor Ron Conway, along with his wife, Gayle. Read More
San Francisco’s lack of care for its urban forest was underscored during a hearing Thursday that was called by Supervisor Scott Wiener, who is attempting to figure out how to reform The City’s tree care system.
San Francisco oversees 110,000 street trees and 130,000 park trees. Including both public and privately owned areas, there are 670,000 trees in The City.
But lack of funding has historically plagued the urban forest, resulting in sick trees, trees that topple and a thinner canopy compared to other cities. Read More
Within weeks, two proposed San Francisco leases with big real estate firms have drawn criticism from supervisors over costs, and the debate has also revealed that a new “green” requirement can hike The City’s lease payments. Read More
San Francisco’s law banning the delivery of Yellow Pages is being sent to the trash can after a federal court ruled that a similar law enacted in Seattle violated First Amendment protections.
Board of Supervisors President David Chiu had authored local legislation that prohibited the delivery of the phonebooks to anyone who did not request them or who was not home to personally accept them. Read More