A deal Mayor Ed Lee struck with police and fire unions was not embraced Wednesday by two members of the Board of Supervisors Budget and Finance Committee, who expressed concerns about the cost to The City and why these public safety unions should enjoy protections from Public Defender Jeff Adachi’s Proposition D pension measure while the other city labor unions would not. Read More
San Francisco’s paperless movement took another step forward Tuesday with the adoption of an opt-out option for voter information pamphlets.
Local governments throughout California are starting to allow voters to receive election guides electronically instead of in hard-copy form under a state law passed last year that took effect at the beginning of this year. Read More
The paperless movement gained ground Tuesday when the Board of Supervisors unanimously approved legislation that would allow voters in San Francisco to opt out of receiving a hard copy of voter information pamphlets. Read More
San Francisco’s live music scene could get a whole lot richer. The Board of Supervisors -- in a second and final vote Tuesday -- unanimously approved a new kind of permit that will make it more inviting for restaurants and cafes to offer live music. Read More
A series of missteps and controversial decisions has provoked pointed criticism of BART in recent weeks, prompting questions about who is actually in charge of the agency as it faces international scrutiny. Read More
Mayoral candidates John Avalos and Dennis Herrera netted the first- and second-place endorsements, respectively, on Wednesday night at the San Francisco Democratic County Central Committee meeting. The committee opted not to endorse a third candidate despite The City’s ranked-choice voting system.
For district attorney, David Onek was the committee’s first choice and Sharmin Bock its second, with no third candidate chosen. Read More
Four candidates for San Francisco sheriff are cemented on the November ballot as of Wednesday afternoon, when Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi filed signatures to make it official in the last waning hours before the deadline. The candidate list also includes Chris Cunnie, Paul Miyamoto and David Wong. Cunnie, the former San Francisco police union boss, has netted endorsements from U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, Attorney General Kamala Harris and Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom. Read More
Candidate for San Francisco sheriff Chris Cunnie picked up a couple of high-profile endorsements in Chinatown this morning from former police Chief Heather Fong and retired Judge Harry Low.In a news conference at the historic Portsmouth Square, Cunnie — a former cop as well as undersheriff — emphasized his connection to the Chinatown area, where he said his father lived for many years and Cunnie worked at the Central police station. Read More
The political fight that erupted over San Francisco’s Care Not Cash homeless program has ended after its would-be reformers backed down following a compromise that will change The City’s shelter system.
Details of the compromise were released Thursday in a statement from Mayor Ed Lee, who thanked supervisors Jane Kim, Ross Mirkarimi and Eric Mar for withdrawing their proposed reform measure from the November ballot. Read More
Vertigo, urban blight, feeling packed in like sardines, those are some complaints heard from riders when they are in a Muni bus wrapped in an ad.
But the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, which operates Muni, is cash-strapped and has proposed wrapping buses in ads to generate $500,000. Read More