In June, The City will vote on Proposition D, a proposal that aims to chip some ice off San Francisco’s glacier-size retirement obligations. Read More
You might think that the San Francisco Board of Supervisors would learn to not place unnecessary restrictions on the types of businesses that might come to The City, especially during an economic funk.
You would be wrong.
It appears the board is about to consider interim zoning rules that would require big-box retailers to secure a conditional-use permit before opening a store. It’s a pointless legislative exercise for the following reasons: Read More
San Francisco firefighters have controlled a two-alarm fire that burned Thursday morning at a home near Glen Park owned by the parents of Supervisor Sean Elsbernd, a fire lieutenant said.
The fire was reported shortly before 9 a.m. at 31 Marietta Drive, San Francisco fire Lt. Ken Smith said.
Firefighters arrived to find thick black smoke and flames coming from the two-story building, and a second-alarm response was activated, Smith said. Read More
With about two months before a proposed balanced city budget is due, a reduced workweek plan, 20 percent department budget cuts and other assumptions still show The City in the red — by more than $100 million.
Even as labor unions push back against Mayor Gavin Newsom’s implementation of a reduced workweek with a counter-proposal, The City will face deeper cuts to close its $515 million budget deficit for the fiscal year that begins July 1. Read More
Irwin Lum, president of Transport Workers Union Local 250-A, had some sharp words about Supervisor Sean Elsbernd’s plan to gather signatures to put a charter amendment on the November ballot that, among other things, would eliminate the mandate that drivers are at least the second highest paid transit operators in the nation. Read More
Voters could have the opportunity to eliminate Muni drivers’ guarantee that they receive the second-highest wage in the nation every year.
Supervisor Sean Elsbernd filed a charter amendment Monday initiating the process for gathering 70,000 signatures by July 6 to place it on the November ballot. Read More
In response to Supervisor Sean Elsbernd’s intent on getting a charter amendment measure on the November ballot to reform Muni payment methods, the embattled operators’ union has hired political guru and one-time Gavin Newsom confidant Eric Jaye to help freshen up their campaign image. Read More
The Board of Supervisors is taking up an issue near and dear to police Chief George Gascon’s heart, reforming the police disciplinary process to rid the Police Commission of a serious backlog.
Board of Supervisors President David Chiu called for a hearing on a charter amendment that may make it to the June ballot. By most accounts, the system is broken, Chiu said. Read More
There was talk about placing a bond to pay for the much-needed overhaul of the city’s Auxiliary Water Supply System on the November ballot, but it either wasn’t ready in time or the timing wasn’t right. Perhaps June 2010. Read More
Supervisor Bevan Dufty wanted to send a message to the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency that it needs to install traffic calming measures, like speed bumps, along Addison Street in Diamond Heights in short order.
He has concerns over speeding and violence associated from those who are speeding. Read More