Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi remained the clear front-runner Wednesday evening in the race to be the next San Francisco sheriff, although his two main contenders remained mathematically alive, with some votes left uncounted.
Click on the photo at right to see a chart on the San Francisco sheriff race results. Read More
Ross Mirkarimi held a lead over Chris Cunnie and Paul Miyamoto in a three-way race for San Francisco sheriff, but the outcome of the contest remains undecided. David Wong also entered the race, but was a distant fourth after Tuesday’s voting. Read More
Word of advice to the future shoppers of San Francisco: Bring your own bag — and not just for groceries. Under new proposed legislation, all bags from all retail operations in The City would cost an extra dime each, and 25 cents by mid-2014. Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi, the legislation’s sponsor, wants all stores to fall in line with the existing ban on noncompostable plastic bags, currently applied only to big grocery stores and chain pharmacies. Read More
A bus rapid transit system on Van Ness Avenue will speed up service, increase reliability, and attract more passengers to public transportation on the crowded thoroughfare. Read More
As if people in San Francisco needed another reason to protest, this week they got one — a proposal that would set up a new protected class of workers, felons.
Realignment appears to be taking place faster than expected. Read More
Candidate for sheriff and Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi introduced legislation Tuesday that would offer tax breaks to employers who hire ex-offenders. Employers would be entitled to a $10,000 reduction in their total payroll tax bill for every ex-offender they hired on a full time basis and a $5,000 payroll tax bill reduction for every part-time ex-offender hired, under this two-year pilot program, which would begin in January 2012. Read More
The City remains at risk of being sued over its public financing program after a proposal to make it comply with a U.S. Supreme Court ruling was rejected Tuesday.Despite facing a legal bill that would be footed by taxpayers, the Board of Supervisors failed to pass legislation that would prevent San Francisco from being sued over its public financing program, which provides matching funds to candidates running for supervisor or mayor. Read More
San Francisco has had the same sheriff for more than 30 years, but this November, as the public safety department faces a new major challenge, voters will select a new leader to take over.
Sheriff Michael Hennessey announced his retirement in February, marking the end of an era of steady leadership by a man well-liked and praised for his innovative programs to help the incarcerated turn their lives around. Read More
The City adopted a film rebate program five years ago to try and breathe more life into a dying film industry. Now five years later, after some success in attracting more film activity, the rebate program was extended Tuesday by the Board of Supervisors in an 11-0 vote to include documentaries and television series. Read More
A proposal to expand the film rebate program to include documentaries and reality television shows appears headed for approval next week, after the Board of Supervisors Budget and Finance Committee supported the rebate legislation Wednesday. Read More