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
New self-checkout kiosks in San Francisco grocery stores could soon become alcohol-free.Supervisor Eric Mar introduced legislation Tuesday that would prohibit the sale of alcohol at such machines. Instead, the transaction would have to be conducted the old-fashioned way, with a human being. He said the bill is meant to prohibit the sale of alcohol to minors. Read More
Commuting to work in downtown San Francisco on a bike has its drawbacks — figuring out where to lock it up, and risking whether it will be stolen or vandalized.
As bicycling becomes more popular, so does the importance of bike accommodations.
As soon as January, San Francisco’s downtown building owners could be required to allow employees to bring their bicycles into offices, or provide secure storage onsite or within 750 feet of a building. Read More
The minds behind Burning Man are melding with the minds behind City Hall as Mayor Ed Lee is helping the organizers of the annual gathering in the Nevada desert launch a new nonprofit today. 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
Supervisor Eric Mar took some heat for carrying legislation that banned toys in McDonald’s Happy Meals. But in the end, it appears his effort has paid off. McDonald’s announced changes to the Happy Meal on Tuesday. Read More
Mayor Ed Lee and others were quick to blast a proposal that would alter former Mayor Gavin Newsom’s legacy homeless program Care not Cash. Read More
The next time you hear cries about transparency in government in San Francisco, you may want to see if the shouts are coming from behind opaque glass.
A city known for its laborious political process — where any decisions are subject to myriad public hearings, debates and community courting — this week became the home of the backdoor stunt, whereby three major policy initiatives were snuck onto the November ballot by our most left-leaning supervisors without any discussion. Read More
A battle over former Mayor Gavin Newsom’s legacy homeless program Care Not Cash erupted Tuesday when five progressive supervisors placed on the ballot a measure that Mayor Ed Lee said would "dismantle" it. Read More
In a city famous for its chain-store battles, the national pet store chain Petco is threatening to sue over a proposed law that would prevent it from moving into the Richmond neighborhood.
With more than 100,000 households reportedly owning pets, San Francisco is a thriving market for pet supply stores. But the healthy marketplace has ignited a fight between independently owned pet supply stores and larger chains. Read More