The Board of Supervisors will decide Tuesday whether to approve a costly lease for the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency’s towing operation after missing a chance to purchase the property for itself.
Last week, the board’s Budget and Finance Committee put the brakes on the deal, requesting more details. But Wednesday, the committee voted to send it to the full board for a vote, albeit without a recommendation. Read More
In 2010, students at three underperforming middle schools sued the Los Angeles Unified School District on the grounds that seniority-based teacher layoffs unfairly impact poor schools. This is because difficult schools tend to be staffed by newer teachers, what with more senior teachers choosing high-performing schools. Read More
The Board of Supervisors may have ended the official misconduct proceedings against Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi, but political fallout reverberates with talk of a recall effort, a wave of media statements and the revelation of threatening text messages from a high-ranking mayoral aide.
Observers called it a significant political defeat for Mayor Ed Lee, who had expended lots of political capital during the 10-month ordeal that began with Mirkarimi’s domestic violence incident on New Year’s Eve.
The plastic bag surcharge is in effect in just about every store in The City — and, for better or worse, we all have suspended Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi to thank. Back when he was on the Board of Supervisors, plastic bags, PG&E and brevity were his enemies, although he only pushed through a law banning one of them. As of Oct. 1, stores must charge a dime for any bag they have to provide to customers. Read More
At Tuesday’s Board of Supervisors meeting, the subject of the day was a proposed renewable energy plan, CleanPowerSF. No member of the board objected to the notion that the plan would give San Franciscans the option of using 100 percent renewable energy instead of just contracting with PG&E. Read More
Concerns about radiological contamination at Treasure Island reverberated Tuesday at City Hall amid worries from residents and advocates over possible health concerns on the man-made island owned by the U.S. Navy.
That Navy’s Aug. 6 release of a study identifying nine new sites of possible contamination, and recent reports of tension between state regulatory agencies and the military, prompted the Board of Supervisors to hold a special hearing Tuesday. Read More
The quaint practice known as “question time,” in which the Board of Supervisors has a chance to grill the mayor, started with a whimper and never picked up speed.
And as of today, participation drops to an all-time low, with just one question submitted for Mayor Ed Lee to answer. Seen by some as a boring waste of time, the voter-mandated Q&A session between the legislative and executive branch will have the shortest run time in its history. Read More
In the latest skirmish involving The City’s Sunshine Ordinance Task Force, the Rules Committee of the Board of Supervisors voted Thursday to ask the full board to reappoint a member whose absence has kept the task force from meeting.
Bruce Wolfe was a member of the task force that attracted criticism for having long meetings and spotty attendance records, and changing its own voting rules last year in possible violation of the City Charter. Read More
Instead of paving paradise and putting up a parking lot, the Recreation and Park Department is planning to unpave a parking lot and put up a paradise. Read More
Voters will decide the fate of the 8 Washington St. luxury condominium development after the Board of Supervisors declined on Tuesday to reverse its decision approving the project.
Following the June approval, opponents gathered enough signatures to place a referendum on the ballot, which under state law triggers a re-vote by the board. Read More