The Board of Supervisors could change or even repeal voter-approved ordinances, years after their initial passage, under a charter amendment Supervisor Scott Wiener introduced Tuesday for the November ballot.
Wiener said he is proposing the measure in response to criticism about the number of ballot measures, such as, “Why can’t the Board of Supervisors do its job and pass legislation without asking us to pass it for you?” Read More
Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi, who advocates banning things like plastic bags, cat declawing and foie gras, wants to stop it. Supervisor David Chiu, the census-loving mayoral candidate, wants to form a committee to study it. And Supervisor Mark Farrell, the newbie with a venture capital background, wants to eliminate it altogether. I’m referring, of course, to San Francisco’s tax on stock options. Read More
San Francisco officials are bracing for about $7 million in cuts to federal funding for anti-poverty and community-development programs.While the exact cuts have yet to be determined, officials estimate that Community Development Block Grants will decrease from $22.2 million to about $15 million for San Francisco alone. Read More
San Francisco Supervisor John Avalos fired up his rarely used Twitter account Monday to post links about … Twitter. Read More
San Francisco’s best shot to prevent Twitter from migrating south faces a key vote Wednesday on whether to give the microblogging service a six-year tax break.
The growing San Francisco-based company has explored a move to Brisbane, where its business costs would be lower. San Francisco has a 1.5 percent payroll tax whereas Brisbane does not have one. Read More
Anti-leash-law protests reached a new peak at a Golden Gate National Recreation Area open house Monday, with one supervisor even suggesting The City should take the park land back if proposed regulations are enforced.Supervisor John Avalos yelled his comments to a boisterous crowd of more than 100 protesters gathered outside the open house, some clad in dog costumes and carrying signs with slogans such as “Yes we canine.”“Take it back! Take it back!” the crowd responded. Read More
A planned June ballot measure that would allow Mayor Ed Lee to return to his former post as city administrator was quietly withdrawn this week.
When Lee was appointed interim mayor on Jan. 11 by the Board of Supervisors, it was known that a rule change on voter-approved post-employment restrictions would be necessary to let him to return to his post as city administrator, as he said he wants to do. Read More
Supervisor John Avalos wants to put “a little more spontaneity” into question time with the mayor. Read More
A subcommittee of the Board of Supervisors will consider a resolution on Monday that would direct The City’s Recreation and Park Department to rescind the eviction of the HANC Recycling Center from Golden Gate Park. The resolution would direct the department to establish a comprehensive parks recycling program using “the expertise, volunteer base and facilities” of HANC. Read More
Four months away from expiration, the $7 fee for nonresidents at the Botanical Garden in Golden Gate Park will go before the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, who will decide whether it will remain permanently or be eliminated early. Read More