Local-hire law supporters such as Mayor Ed Lee and the law’s author, Supervisor John Avalos, have celebrated its success, but the real test is yet to come.
San Francisco’s groundbreaking ordinance could change as a result of an ongoing review of how the requirements have impacted the construction industry during its first two years. Read More
An official call from San Francisco politicians to divest The City’s retirement fund from fossil fuel companies is not going anywhere for a while. And the $584 million invested with the likes of Chevron and Exxon Mobil might just stay put.
San Francisco’s $15.3 billion pension plan has a social justice policy that has in the past led to divestment in tobacco companies and firms connected to genocide in Sudan and apartheid-era South Africa. Read More
Three supervisors are calling on City College to use millions of dollars from a parcel tax to fund more classes rather than shoring up its financial reserves as college accreditation officials have warned it to do.
The nonbinding resolution, introduced Tuesday at a Board of Supervisors committee, asks CCSF to use the $16 million it will receive from Proposition A each year for the next eight years to fund classes. Read More
San Francisco’s publicly funded employment programs remain “too fragmented” and pressure is mounting to make improvements as the technology industry booms and the local economy improves. Read More
State and local officials are joining UC San Francisco Medical Center employees today for a rally to protest against the decision to cut nearly 300 positions.
The medical center says the staff reductions are being made to prepare for costs associated with the Affordable Care Act, the sweeping health care reform signed into law by President Barack Obama in 2010. Read More
Like many of you, I was disappointed that the U.S. Supreme Court didn’t spend more time discussing the core issue of civil rights when it heard arguments about same-sex marriage this week.
The unique nature of the Proposition 8 case was one reason it was surprising that the court agreed to review it. All the talk about “standing” was like the boring parts of a celebrity autobiography, just something you sit through waiting for the juicy parts. Read More
An online petition is asking billionaire Larry Ellison to pay for all The City’s costs of hosting the America’s Cup race this fall. Read More
A political skirmish has broken out over The City’s costs from the America’s Cup following the emergence this week of new projections regarding fundraising and economic benefits.
Private fundraising was supposed to cover The City’s costs of hosting the regatta, but the money from private donors is still short of the goal. That makes it appear likely that San Francisco will have to cover at least part of the tab. Read More
The projected economic benefits of hosting the America’s Cup sailing race now appear to be significantly lower than promoters once touted when the notion of The City hosting the regatta first surfaced.
Back in 2010, as one of the regatta’s selling points, race supporters cited a report that projected economic benefits as high as $1.4 billion. Tuesday, Mayor Ed Lee said the latest projected benefits, which are detailed in a yet-to-be published report, now hover around $780 million. Read More
➤ Quote of the Month: Supervisor John Avalos praising late Hugo Chavez, Melissa Griffin, Local News, Thursday Read More