Soccer enthusiasts have reason to cheer after scoring a major victory toward realizing an upgraded soccer complex at the Beach Chalet on the west end of Golden Gate Park.
The project would replace the existing grass fields with synthetic turf and install 60-foot-high lights to allow for nighttime play on the 9-acre site, along with upgrades such as improved bathrooms and spectator seating. Read More
Mayor Ed Lee came under attack Tuesday for suggesting that San Francisco police officers should employ some form of “stop and frisk” tactics to combat gun violence.
Even as New York City’s version of the policy was under attack by civil liberties groups for encouraging racial profiling, Lee said to reporters last month that he was considering something similar for San Francisco. Read More
After spending the past two weeks reviewing and making cuts to Mayor Ed Lee’s proposed $7.3 billion city budget, the Board of Supervisors Budget and Finance Committee will decide today how to allocate millions of dollars.
While the committee will have in excess of $10 million in its pot to dole out — from a combination of cuts and unexpected revenue — various interests have made $57 million worth of funding requests. Read More
At Tuesday’s Board of Supervisors meeting, Supervisor John Avalos derailed a final vote on a tax break for small businesses, claiming it is unfunded and unnecessary. And Avalos is an expert on unfunded and unnecessary legislation. Read More
The City’s patchwork of tax breaks for various industries will live on even if voters replace its payroll tax on businesses with a gross-receipts tax under Mayor Ed Lee’s proposed November ballot measure. Read More
City officials have proposed a ballot measure for November that would force banks to pay a tax when they repossess a property — a move that aims to curb foreclosures in San Francisco, especially in the poorer southeastern neighborhoods. Read More
A city supervisor attempted to summon the spirit of Harvey Milk using a Ouija board Tuesday after uncertainty escalated over whether to support the naming of a Navy ship after the famous gay-rights advocate. Read More
Big oil and eco-conscious San Francisco may sound like the strangest of bedfellows, but The City is on the verge of signing a contract with Shell Energy North America to launch a public-power program. Read More
Former San Francisco District Attorney Kamala Harris has been one busy lady. As California’s attorney general, she has made online dating sites agree to safety measures, wrestled $2.1 million dollars from Wal-Mart for overcharging customers, and is even going after Bernie Madoff’s estate. One of my favorite legal moves by her office so far is the defense of State Controller John Chiang in a lawsuit brought by State Senator Darrell Steinberg and Assemblyman John Perez. Read More
With Ross Mirkarimi out of office for the time being, it’s time to assess what comes next in the trial of our overly enthusiastic jailer. Having pled guilty to false imprisonment of his wife on New Year’s Eve, he now refuses to resign. Moderates must be thrilled. Read More