When I was in high school, both of my older brothers played soccer. To kill time after school while they practiced, I became the “soccer manager.” This was a strange title, because I didn’t “manage” anything or anyone. All I did was fill Gatorade bottles and make sure the equipment was on the bus.
This experience reminds me of the presidency of the Board of Supervisors. Because being the president of the board comes with about as much authority as being the soccer manager. Read More
A lucrative garbage contract approved last year in a deal to transport San Francisco’s waste 130 miles away to a Yuba County landfill has been trashed amid three lawsuits alleging improper bidding and inadequate environmental review. Read More
On a day when lawmakers celebrated a $942 million grant approval for the Central Subway, opponents of the project announced plans Thursday to put a ballot initiative before voters that would give the electorate a chance to nix the massive undertaking. Read More
The Board of Supervisors’ decision to support Proposition B — deceptively labeled the Clean and Safe Neighborhood Parks Bond — isn’t a surprise and shouldn’t be a basis to support the measure. It’s symptomatic of City Hall’s mentality of preferring form to substance. Read More
The Recreation and Park Department is placing a massive bond measure before voters for the second time in four years, but unlike the last occasion, this proposition is facing opposition from a high-profile coalition. Read More
After years of perpetual and often-childish bickering at City Hall, interim Mayor Ed Lee has presided over an era of calm that some call progress. Voters knew little about this polite and well-regarded bureaucrat when he was selected to baby-sit the final year of Gavin Newsom’s term. At the time, all most people cared about was that San Francisco’s first Chinese-American mayor wasn’t a politician and had no re-election ambitions. Peace had come to The City. Read More
A high-speed rail compromise designed to please Peninsula lawmakers and save billions of dollars has some backers of the project fearful the alignment will jeopardize the future of the swift-moving trains in San Francisco.
On Thursday, the California High-Speed Rail Authority will consider a proposal responding to concerns that an elevated railway would create barriers and lower property values within Peninsula communities. Read More
The public relations firm awarded a $9 million contract to promote California’s high-speed rail operations announced last week that it would be quitting its role as the agency’s mouthpiece, just before the state authority was set to fire it. Read More
A once budding San Carlos entrepreneur who was convicted 25 years ago of killing his ex-fiancée was denied parole Monday after top Peninsula officials penned letters opposing his release.San Mateo Congresswoman Jackie Speier, Assemblyman Jerry Hill and Judge Quentin Kopp were among those wanting to keep 55-year-old Craig Anderson locked up for the grisly high-profile murder, San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe said. Read More
San Francisco imposes a so-called “payroll” tax upon approximately 6,000 local businesses that have payrolls in excess of $250,000 per year. City Hall extracts a 1.5 percent tax from the gross amount of the payroll. The tax produces over $342.5 million annually. It is a dumb tax; it means every time a business grossing $250,000 or more reduces unemployment by adding a job, City Hall rewards the business with a tax. Read More