Out-of-work San Franciscans are in line to benefit from one of the most aggressive local-hiring laws in the nation.The City’s goal to have half the jobs on public construction projects go to those living in San Francisco has long fallen short, averaging about 20 percent. Read More
Another meeting, another postponed decision on who should be San Francisco’s interim mayor.Residents will have to wait at least until next Tuesday to learn who the Board of Supervisors will pick to fill the shoes left by Mayor Gavin Newsom when he bids farewell, most likely Jan. 3, to assume his statewide office as lieutenant governor. It takes at least six votes to appoint someone to the post. Read More
Within three years, The City may require that half the work on publicly funded construction projects be filled by San Francisco residents. The City has failed to meet its longstanding goal that 50 percent of the hours worked on taxpayer-funded construction projects are done by San Francisco residents. Just 20 percent of the 4.3 million project hours were worked by local residents last year. Read More
Needed street repairs are forcing The City to assume debt, prompting scrutiny of the increasing use of long-term borrowing. On Wednesday, The City moved forward with a plan to borrow $48 million for street resurfacing and other infrastructure work even though the repayment is expected to total $85.8 million over 20 years. Annual payments are estimated at $4 million. Read More
The cracked and pothole-filled streets of The City could be repaved using borrowed money, but San Francisco would end up paying double the amount of the $48 million loan over 20 years.
Road repairs in The City have been underfunded for years, leading to the deterioration of 850 miles of pavement on the streets. Read More
Whether a wheelchair ramp will ever be installed in San Francisco City Hall legislatives chambers has come down to money.
The City plans to borrow the estimated $450,000, as part of a larger borrowing proposal for street repair, to fund the installation of a wheel chair ramp in the Board of Supervisors chambers.
Today, the Board of Supervisors Budget and Finance Committee will vote on the borrowing proposal. Read More
The City is hopeful in its race to host the America’s Cup despite failing to land the Olympics, the World Cup and seemingly, in four years, future 49ers games.
The BMW Oracle Racing team — backed by Oracle CEO and billionaire Larry Ellison — will select whether San Francisco, Spain or Italy will host the 2013 regatta. Read More
On Tuesday, the Board of Supervisors is scheduled to vote on whether to override Mayor Gavin Newsom’s veto of legislation that would impose an alcohol fee on wholesalers.
The board was scheduled to vote on the possible veto override of Supervisor John Avalos’ legislation Sept. 28, but he asked that the vote be postponed a week.
The legislation passed 6-3, but would need a two-thirds vote to override the mayor’s veto. Read More
A plan to create a Civic Center Benefit District to improve public safety, make those attending the city’s prized art venues more comfortable, and better maintain the area has drawn concerns that the government could outvote other property owners.
It takes a weighted vote of 30 percent to initiate formation of a community benefit district, which, once formed, requires property owners in the district to a pay an annual fee. Read More
The Superior Court’s request of more than $2 million was supported by the Board of Supervisors Budget and Finance Committee, who on Wednesday sent the request to the full board for a vote. The money would come from the budget’s general fund reserve and the release of the money would require a two-thirds vote by the board. Read More