San Francisco is claiming a legal victory over the National Rifle Association, but an attorney for the group says its fight against local gun control laws is just beginning. Read More
Regulatory agencies established to watch over public utilities often become too close with the companies they oversee. The latest example of such cozy relations involves the ongoing investigations into the deadly San Bruno blast and the conduct of the power company behind that tragedy, PG&E. Read More
Politicians and reform groups are denouncing the California Public Utilities Commission’s recent decision to retain an outside mediator to preside over settlement negotiations with PG&E regarding the San Bruno blast. Read More
Of all the items on the November ballot that will garner voter attention, a plan to realign the election schedule for citywide offices might get lost in the mix.
Proposition D would move the city attorney and treasurer races into the same cycle as contests for mayor, district attorney and sheriff. The measure, which was placed on the ballot by unanimous approval from all 11 members of the Board of Supervisors, has not drawn any funding for support or opposition. Read More
The Thug Lords have been evicted.
A vicious street gang known as the Cambodian Crips was stripped of its headquarters, City Attorney Dennis Herrera announced Tuesday, as part of a settlement with the landlord of a reportedly bedbug-infested, crime-ridden Tenderloin apartment building. Read More
An opponent of the 8 Washington St. waterfront luxury condo development is calling for an investigation into whether Port of San Francisco officials misused city resources for political purposes. Read More
We know there are at least 36 miles of old cast-iron pipeline under the streets of San Francisco being used to transport natural gas to customers. We know these pipelines are unsafe and need to be repaired. We know that in February 2011, an old cast-iron pipeline ruptured and exploded in Allentown, Pa. And we know from the September 2010 San Bruno blast the deadly damage a large explosion and fire can cause in a community. Read More
Evoking the firestorm that devoured San Francisco after the 1906 earthquake, a state regulator suggested Thursday that replacement of old cast-iron natural gas lines is being halted by city street-paving guidelines, leaving 43 miles of dangerously unsafe pipes underground. Read More
Thousands of people who rely on pricey payday lending and check cashing stores across the state may be entitled to millions of dollars in restitution for predatory lending practices by some of the industry’s biggest players, San Francisco officials said Thursday.
City Attorney Dennis Herrera announced an outreach effort for those who have not yet filed claims outside a Money Mart on a forlorn corner of Seventh and Market streets, one of the company’s 10 locations in The City. Read More
Officials hope that problem landlords note an $800,000 settlement recently reached with a property owner who amassed numerous building code violations.
Supervisor Malia Cohen, who represents the Bayview, held a news conference Monday afternoon to highlight the neighborhood violations. She said tenants endured deplorable conditions such as fallen ceilings, mold infestations, and flooding and human feces flowing up on the grounds. Read More