Mayor Gavin Newsom on Monday challenged the Board of Supervisors to come up with a viable plan to create jobs in The City, saying they shouldn’t strike down his ideas without coming up with their own.
Newsom said he is still awaiting a response from the Board of Supervisors about his proposed package of business tax breaks. Read More
Mayor Gavin Newsom has called upon The City’s nearly 28,000 workers to voluntarily contribute some of their paycheck toward the Haitian earthquake relief effort, while requesting union workers to make concessions in order to help San Francisco’s troubled budget situation.
“We compensate our employees extraordinarily well. Their benefits are second to no one,” Newsom said. “I’m proud of that, but let’s be honest about it.” Read More
Mayor Gavin Newsom has vetoed legislation that would extend “just cause” eviction protections to nearly all renters in San Francisco.
The legislation, introduced by Supervisor John Avalos, extends those protections — which are currently in place for tenants living in units built prior to June 1979 — to those living in units built after that time period. Read More
Earth Day isn’t until April, but you can catch a glimpse of how The City will commemorate that day this Saturday at the Bayview Opera House.
To celebrate Earth Day, the Urban Forest Project will line the streets of San Francisco with 100 banners designed by renowned local artists, designers and students. The banners will include the form, idea or a characteristic of a tree to make “powerful visual statements about the environment,” organizers said. Read More
A vote to recall Supervisor Sophie Maxwell could appear on the June ballot.
Maxwell presides over District 10, which includes Potrero Hill, Bayview Hunters Point, Visitacion Valley, Dogpatch and the Portola districts. Read More
The City’s unemployment rate fell slightly in recent months.
The rate in December was 9.4 percent, down from 9.9 percent in October, the state’s Employment Development Department said Friday.
In December, 41,000 people were unemployed, the report said.
Then again, the total number of jobs in the West Bay Area counties – SF, San Mateo and Marin – decreased by 5,700 from November to last month, the agency said. Read More
In the latest push to boost government transparency, Mayor Gavin Newsom and Supervisor David Chiu announced a new policy Friday that requires city departments to “consider” purchasing open source software when spending more than $100,000 on such a product.
The policy says departments must “consider open source software equally with commercial products when purchasing new software.” Read More
After a busy, newsmaking few days in Washington, D.C., Mayor Gavin Newsom returned to drizzly San Francisco early this morning.
Newsom may avoid the rain today. The schedule released by the Mayor’s Office says only that he will conduct meetings in City Hall. Read More
More than a half-dozen officer-involved shootings would not have occurred in the past five years if police were armed with Tasers, a new San Francisco Police Department study said.
And police Chief George Gascón, who ordered the study, supports equipping SFPD officers with Tasers. Current members of the Police Commission have expressed some interest in allowing officers to carry the stun guns that subdue violent suspects. Read More
We thought Mayor Gavin Newsom might have plans to host a talk show on politics and policy when his term ends in January 2012.
But could the mayor be making a painful transition into the profession he likely despises most: Television journalism?
Newsom sure looked like a correspondent in this new YouTube video in which he is “on-the-scene” at the White House.
In the web video, the mayor was reporting about his meetings with top officials about the JobsNow program. Read More
Hours before criticizing President Barack Obama on a morning talk show, Mayor Gavin Newsom was set to meet with the president and his staffers at the White House today to chat about jobs and the economy.
On the talk show, Newsom responded to questions about his attacks on Obama’s stance on gay marriage to the New York Times by offering even more choice words. Read More
You’d think Mayor Gavin Newsom would have thought he’d said enough after lashing out at President Barack Obama during an interview last week with New York Times op-ed columnist Maureen Dowd.
Newsom, only hours before he was scheduled to attend meetings at the White House, appeared on MSNBC’s Morning Joe program Thursday morning and couldn’t get enough of pointing out Obama’s shortcomings. Read More
As expected, supervisors on the Budget and Finance Committee requested slight amendments Wednesday to Mayor Gavin Newsom’s proposed $45 million in midyear cuts.
In total, the supervisors are asking to restore nearly $1.3 million for various city services. Newsom has already agreed to restore funding for one of those services, the trauma recovery center, through the end of the fiscal year, said Greg Wagner, the mayor’s budget director. Read More
Supervisor David Campos is calling for an all-out audit of the managers who run the fiscally troubled Municipal Transportation Agency, saying a detailed review of their decision-making hasn’t been done in 14 years. Read More
A five-year, $118 million contract between the Municipal Transportation Agency and a private paratransit contractor gained support from San Francisco lawmakers Wednesday.
The three-member Budget and Finance Committee unanimously approved the contract. It will next go before the full Board of Supervisors for final authorization. Read More