San Francisco officials are increasingly tackling the outdated planning codes that are hindering business growth in neighborhood commercial areas.
The latest proposal introduced Tuesday by District 5 Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi -- which addresses a number of peculiar restrictions -- even prompted laughter from the supervisor: Read More
Amid growing tension about the future use of parkland, The City approved a 15-year deal with a private business to renovate Golden Gate Park’s Stow Lake boathouse and operate a cafe inside. Read More
The shooting of a 9-year-old boy in the stomach in San Francisco’s Western Addition neighborhood on Saturday has been determined to be accidental, although details of the event are still unclear, a police spokesman said. The shooting was reported around noon Saturday in the 1100 block of Turk Street, San Francisco police Officer Albie Esparza said. Read More
Following high-profile incidents involving cops and the mentally ill, questions are being raised about whether the police officers' loss of training on how to handle the mentally ill is resulting in bad choices in the field. Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi, who chairs the Board of Supervisor’s Public Safety Committee, introduced a hearing Tuesday to address this issue. Read More
Members of the Board of Supervisors blasted the University of San Francisco’s decision to sell its radio channel KUSF 90.3 FM to a Los Angeles-based broadcaster. Read More
With at least eight homicides in the first 24 days of the New Year, questions are being raised if The City is doing enough to counter what could be a rising tide of violence. Read More
Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi, once the progressive darling of the city, refused to accept the nomination for Board of Supervisors president Saturday during the first round of nominations. Read More
San Francisco became the first city in the nation Tuesday to mandate a drug-disposal program funded by pharmaceutical companies.
Pharmaceutical companies will be required to set up, fund and operate a program for people to drop off their unwanted and expired prescription drugs for safe disposal by September 2011. Read More
City departments will no longer have to print out documents of more than 10 pages after the Board of Supervisors approved legislation that allows document distribution requirements to be satisfied by distributing an electronic form of the documents instead. The law is meant to reduce government’s usage of paper and also reduce cost. By how much, remains unknown. Read More
Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi found board support Thursday for his proposed legislation that aims to reduce city government’s use of paper. The law requires city departments to not print documents in excess of 10 pages but instead offer such documents electronically.“This is a pretty common sense document,” Mirkairmi said. “It’s time that we do a better job in utilizing paper.” Read More