Looking ahead to 2012, an unnamed Republican candidate polls as well as Obama in a new CNN poll: Read More
Imagine that you are back at the height of the housing boom and a banker makes you an offer: You can get the big, beautiful home you’ve always wanted, and during the next four years your monthly budget will easily cover the cost of your mortgage.
What he doesn’t tell you is that he’s offering you a balloon loan, and the entire balance will suddenly come due in the fifth year. Read More
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Members of the Board of Supervisors can now hire more than two legislative aides.
Proposition B was placed on the ballot to remove the specific number of aides allowed per each member of the Board of Supervisors. The City Charter says the 11 members can each only have two aides.
The change allows the members to have as many as they want, within the constraints of the board's budget. Each aide earns between $69,500 and $93,100 annually. Read More
After Bob McDonnell's drubbing of Democrat Creigh Deeds, The Washington Post should be humbled considering the paper waged what can only be seen as a politically motivated crusade to make the race about social issues discussed in McDonnell's decades-old college thesis. Read More
Voters will decide Tuesday whether to restrict the number of advertisements on The City’s street furniture — kiosks, public toilets, benches and newspaper racks.
Proposition E would prohibit an increase in general-advertising signs on street furniture above what’s been allowed since Jan. 1, 2008. Read More
Property owners want to erect billboards to clean up a stretch of mid-Market Street, but the plan needs to be approved by voters Tuesday.
In 1997, the Board of Supervisors killed a plan to allow electronic signs and other advertisements in Union Square. Five years later, more than 77 percent of voters approved a measure that prohibited new outdoor billboards citywide. Read More
You may remember that Tuesday is Election Day. With City Attorney Dennis Herrera and City Treasurer Jose Cisneros both running unopposed, all that’s left to decide are some ballot propositions — many of which I have written about previously. My mother collects my pages, but I don’t expect y’all to do the same. Here are the summaries:
In an effort to reform San Francisco’s budget process, city officials have placed a measure on the November ballot that would put
The City on a two-year cycle.
If approved, Proposition A would implement three central objectives: create a two-year budgeting process; require city officials to draft a five-year financial plan; and ensure all labor contracts are submitted for approval at a specific time. Read More
Mayor Gavin Newsom today accused Attorney General Jerry Brown of spreading lies that the mayor plans to pull out of the governor’s race and instead run for lieutenant governor – on Brown’s ticket.
“You [reporters] have to put to rest the absurdity,” Newsom said at an unrelated event this afternoon. “It’s Jerry Brown who is putting those rumors out, and you guys shouldn’t be taking the bait on that.”