A woman who is perhaps better known in the society pages has a new job shaping policy for city government. Read More
Budget talks have been ongoing, but has any progress really been made? Mayor Gavin Newsom claims he and the board are 99 percent there, meaning $40 million away from agreeing to the budget, which will go before the Board of Supervisors next week for a vote. Read More
Mayor Gavin Newsom, a Democrat, said he has been running his campaign for lieutenant governor under the assumption that Republican gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman would be injecting millions of her own money into the Republican Party, giving the GOP a significant boost this election season. Read More
San Francisco residents will be able to tap The City again to help purchase their first home — a sign that there may be new life in the local housing market.
Starting Aug. 1, Mayor Gavin Newsom’s Office of Housing will restart its stalled program of loaning low- and moderate-income residents money for the down payment on their first home. Read More
It’s true that earlier this year Mayor Gavin Newsom had floated the idea of increasing The City’s transfer tax – again – as a way to help pay for affordable housing. Read More
Amid a budget stalemate and tussling over tax measures, Mayor Gavin Newsom is taking a break — from City Hall, that is. On Thursday afternoon, the mayor is headed to Sacramento for no other reason than to campaign. Read More
A movement known as “Take Back Our Parks” has formed around a charter amendment that could end up on the November ballot that would strip the mayor of sole appointing authority of all seven Recreation and Park Commissioners. Read More
Mayor Gavin Newsom uses every opportunity he can to oppose the pending tax measures being pushed through by city supervisors – and Tuesday’s luncheon sponsored by the SF Convention & Visitors Bureau was no exception.
“Folks down at City Hall don’t think you have taxed yourself enough; they actually want to increase the hotel tax by additional 2 percent,” Newsom told the audience, mostly made up of business representatives. Read More
The Board of Supervisors Rules Committee meets Thursday to vote on a proposed charter amendment that would take away the mayor’s sole appointing authority of the Recreation and Park Commission. As it works now, the seven commissioners are appointed by the mayor. The 11-member board can reject an appointment with eight votes. Read More
The Board of Supervisors and Mayor Gavin Newsom failed to come to an agreement Wednesday about the proposed $6.5 billion city and county budget. The board’s Budget and Finance Committee, chaired by Supervisor John Avalos, had planned on taking a final vote on the budget proposal at its 5 p.m. meeting Wednesday. That meeting, however, was postponed as negotiations between the supervisors and mayor dragged on. Read More