The San Francisco mayor race is looking a lot like Bay to Breakers — plenty of entrants, many characters and a few professional runners.
Yet given that the winner will be decided by the chaotic and confusing system called ranked-choice voting for the first time, the theme of the campaign is becoming clearer.
Hello, whiskey — it is us, San Francisco’s unsteady voters. Read More
Former District 2 Supervisor Michela Alioto-Pier filed to run for mayor with the Department of Elections on Monday morning at 10:19 am. She had long been thought to be planning a mayoral run and now makes it official.
Just a short while ago, Alioto-Pier’s political future was on a different path. She had attempted to run for state insurance commissioner, but bowed out of that race. Read More
For years, Michela Alioto-Pier, who uses a wheelchair, fought for a ramp in the historic Board of Supervisors chamber in City Hall. Now, after much arguing, officials are finally talking about the details of installing the $529,000 ramp, and work could begin in August. The rub is that Alito-Pier is no longer on the board. She was termed out in January. And no current supervisor uses a wheelchair. Read More
A self-proclaimed City Hall outsider is looking to change the political tenor, reduce labor costs and help small business thrive.
Venture capitalist Mark Farrell seemingly beat the odds by besting a more politically connected challenger to win the November District 2 race to represent the Marina and Pacific Heights neighborhood. He is now looking to bring what he stood for during the campaign to City Hall. Read More
As we wind down 2010 and look forward to 2011, let us recap some of the biggest stories in city politics this year:
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Amid crime lab scandals, The City established timeline goals Tuesday for the testing of DNA in sexual assault cases. Read More
With the holiday season, City Hall becomes quiet. On Wednesday, the Board of Supervisors officially begins winter recess.That means no meetings until Jan. 4, which is the first scheduled full board meeting following the break. The last long break supervisors enjoyed was over the summer, when many decided to travel. Read More
Swans may not only gain an official welcome from The City but also protection.
The Palace of Fine Arts has a distinct look that makes it recognizable around the world — that includes the swans that have long made the lagoon on the grounds their home. Read More
A Planning Commissioner apologized Thursday for making remarks about Sicilians and cash bribes, three days after drawing public condemnation from a city supervisor.
Planning Commissioner Hisashi Sugaya said in his apology that what he said “was not meant to be a disparaging comment,” but acknowledges that it was “very inappropriate” and “offensive to those with Italian heritage.” Read More
A planning commissioner’s joke about Sicilians and cash bribes has no one laughing.The comedic attempt came during a hearing on a permit application by an owner of a North Beach Italian restaurant for an opera singer during dining hours. Read More