Mayor Gavin Newsom did not hesitate one bit when stating his greatest worry for The City on Thursday during a meeting with reporters on midyear budget cuts.
“My biggest concern in The City is the commercial property tax reassessments,” the mayor said. “Not in the residential sphere, primarily in the commercial sphere.”
You could tell he meant it when he said, “It should make everyone pause and be concerned.”
“That’s the number one thing I’m now focused on from a macro-economic perspective,” Newsom said. Read More
After laying out $45 million in midyear budget cuts Thursday afternoon, Mayor Gavin Newsom gets to deliver some good news today.
At noon in City Hall’s North Light Court, the mayor will announce which groups in The City won grants to make improvements to their neighborhoods. Read More
The City has threatened legal action against a potential move by the Oakland A’s to San Jose, saying it would hurt the Giants and reduce the much-needed rent and tax revenue the team brings to San Francisco.
Oakland has been in search of a new venue to replace the outdated Oakland Coliseum. A planned move to Fremont crumbled in February due to various delays. But last week, the city of Oakland unveiled three potential downtown stadium sites. Read More
After a busy day in Washington D.C. Wednesday, where Mayor Gavin Newsom struck a deal on Treasure Island and lobbied for the JobsNOW program, he is back in The City today, according to his schedule. Read More
The Navy has sunk the idea of The City receiving Treasure Island for free or below market cost, placing a $105 million price tag on the 450 acres that have been essentially abandoned since the government left in 1997.
In addition to the $105 million The City has agreed to pay, the feds also will receive a share of potential profit from the hundreds of housing units planned on the island.
The City has been moving forward with a massive redevelopment project despite not owning the property. Read More
City officials not only want to limit where smokers can light up in San Francisco, they’re also trying new ways to discourage them from chucking their cigarette butts on sidewalks and streets.
The Department of Public Works announced at a press conference today that it has partnered with a neighborhood group to test three types of public ashtray canisters, hoping to find a solution to the illegal dumping of butts. Read More
Nearly 9,000 doses of pediatric swine flu vaccines sent to The City were part of a nationwide recall that hinges on the potency of the shots.
Across the U.S., approximately 800,000 doses of the prefilled syringes made by Sanofi Pasteur — the world’s leading vaccine specialist — were distributed in November. The vaccine, which was tested before being shipped, was found to have diminished in strength in subsequent testing, leading to the voluntary recall, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Read More
San Franciscans would see a bevy of more “no smoking” signs in The City if legislation introduced Tuesday is approved.
As The Examiner reported in November, Supervisor Eric Mar reignited the stalled legislation that would forbid smoking in a slew of new settings, adding to existing bans in bars, restaurants, parks, transit stops and taxis.
The bill would expand no-smoking zones to include farmers’ markets, outdoor seating areas of restaurants, cafes and coffee shops, and common areas of multiunit housing complexes. Read More
A return to negotiations last week did not prove fruitful for the ongoing hotel labor dispute, as workers plan to stage a two-day “siege” at the downtown W Hotel starting Wednesday. Read More
Mayor Gavin Newsom has set off on a trip today that will fly him to Las Vegas and Washington D.C., the latter trip to lobby for The City, his spokesman said.
The mayor is scheduled to pitch a speech to labor groups on access to health care in Las Vegas, said Joe Arellano, Newsom’s spokesman.
Then he flies off to Washington D.C. and “has a full day packed” Wednesday, Arellano said. Read More
One would think the official start of the Terry Childs trial would harbor enough drama to keep a high-tech city on the edge of its seat.
But the relentless barrage of computer jargon that saturated the trial’s opening statements in a San Francisco courtroom Monday had the judge wondering if jurors and court officials could be kept from falling asleep. Read More
The new voice of the Mayor’s Office has been revealed.
Tony Winnicker, who has been the public information officer for the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission, is the new communications director for Newsom, according to the Mayor’s Office.
Winnicker replaces Nathan Ballard, who left the administration in early November. Ballard had served in that role since February 2007. Read More
A plaque will be presented Friday to building representatives with the Transamerica Pyramid to acknowledge a newly secured gold rating in the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design green building rating system, according to publicists Singer Associates.
Gold is the penultimate ranking in the LEED system, which was developed by the U.S. Green Building Council.
Mayor Gavin Newsom plans to attend the 10 a.m. ceremony, according to spokesman Joe Arellano. Read More
Legal wrangling that is heating up continues to keep the new sanctuary city policy, which went into place Thursday, in legal limbo.
The supervisor who drafted the legislation — which changes how The City reports illegal immigrant youths to federal authorities if they are arrested for a felony — called on the city attorney to investigate whether Mayor Gavin Newsom can ignore the law passed by the Board of Supervisors. Read More
Supervisor Chris Daly wasn’t about to accept the compliment that Mayor Gavin Newsom paid him Thursday morning.
At a press conference, Newsom called Daly, his main nemesis on the Board of Supervisor, “a smart guy” that should know better than to mislead the public when insulting the mayor’s budget policies. Read More