With fewer than 100 days before the November election, well-financed battles have emerged for three seats on the Board of Supervisors.
Although six seats are up for grabs, it appears the big-money fights will be in three districts: the Richmond; the Fillmore, Haight and Western Addition neighborhoods; and the more conservative neighborhoods west of Twin Peaks. Read More
A San Francisco supervisor has suggested that San Francisco consider seeking a better financing deal from the investment bank Goldman Sachs for some of the costs associated with its outstanding airport debt.
The comments came as Oakland leaders took to the firm’s San Francisco doorstep, urging other cities to join them in fighting a bank that has become a lightning rod for criticism of the U.S. financial system. Read More
Four shooting deaths since Sunday have been the result of a raging dispute between members of one vicious gang, police said Wednesday.
“Just a couple of weeks ago these guys were friends,” police Chief Greg Suhr said. “But now they’ve turned on each other.” Read More
Replacing San Francisco’s payroll tax with a gross receipts tax is now up to voters.
On Tuesday, the Board of Supervisors voted 11-0 to send a business tax measure that took about seven months to craft to the November ballot and secure support to improve its chance of passing. Read More
Shootings are down in San Francisco but shooting deaths are up, and a recent surge in gang-related violence has raised community concerns.
The Oceanview, Lake Merced and Ingleside areas have seen five street violence homicides this year, plus a murder-suicide and the slaying of five people inside a home. That is up from last year’s total of just two. Read More
Mayor Ed Lee unveiled a compromise November business tax ballot measure that could end a decadelong debate about changing the way The City taxes businesses. The proposal would replace a 1.5 percent payroll tax long maligned by business leaders as a job-killer. The gross receipts tax that would replace the existing levy would encourage increased investment and innovation in San Francisco, Lee said. “We have to create our own stronger economy,” Lee said. Read More
Tying increased business registration fees to the Consumer Price Index could be the path toward compromise for a single November ballot measure designed to replace San Francisco’s tax on businesses’ payrolls with a tax on gross receipts.
The Budget and Finance Committee of the Board of Supervisors on Wednesday sent dueling gross-receipts tax measures to the full board for a vote next week. Read More
San Francisco voters could have a chance in November to denounce a 2010 U.S. Supreme Court ruling that said the First Amendment allows corporations to spend as much as they want backing or opposing political candidates.
Although critics of the Board of Supervisors often deride such local policy statements about federal affairs as a waste of time, supervisors supporting the so-called Repealing Corporate Personhood declaration defend their proposal. Read More
The City Attorney’s Office argued on Thursday that Mayor Ed Lee’s alleged perjury is irrelevant to the official misconduct hearing against suspended Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi.Lee set removal proceedings in motion in March by suspending Mirkarimi without pay because he pleaded guilty to a domestic violence charge involving his wife. But defense attorneys say the mayor might have lied during his June 29 testimony before The City’s Ethics Commission. Read More
Although agreement remains elusive on a single November measure to replace San Francisco’s business payroll tax with a tax on gross receipts, supervisors revised each of two competing proposals Thursday.
Significant changes are expected next Wednesday, when the Board of Supervisors Budget and Finance Committee must act to meet a July 31 deadline for the full board to place one or both of the dueling measures on the November ballot. Read More