Trips to the Middle East — and Midwest — gave The City’s legislative branch a break from business as usual this week, and more elected officials are scheduled to go abroad later this month. Read More
New Supervisor London Breed sent out an invitation Thursday for a fundraiser later this month to help pay for, among other things, her lavish inauguration ceremony — which, by her own estimates, topped $10,000.
Breed said the invitations to the ceremony alone cost around $2,000. Read More
San Francisco International Airport activity is at a record high — a recent report says more than 44 million people traveled through the hub last year. As a supervisor in 1977, Harvey Milk objected to SFO expansion, so he might not be pleased with this frenetic pace. Read More
One of the supervisors whose support is seen as instrumental to passing a condo conversion bypass proposal may have committed to support the controversial legislation when on the campaign trail last fall.
The most politically charged issue at City Hall these days is whether there are enough votes on the Board of Supervisors to pass legislation that would give relief to San Francisco tenancy-in-common unit owners who are complaining about high mortgage rates and the long wait to convert to a condo, which would allow them to refinance.
City officials, community leaders and residents came together at City Hall Wednesday night to honor some of San Francisco's most dedicated volunteers.
The 5th annual Neighborhood Empowerment Network Awards recognized 12 organizations and volunteers who have worked hard at improving where they live in The City. Read More
David Chiu became the longest-serving president of the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday when he was unanimously re-elected by his colleagues to a third two-year term.
After having first secured the post in 2009 with the backing of progressives, and retaining the job two years later with the help of moderates whom he rewarded with committee assignments, Chiu managed to secure election this time around with a decisive 11-0 vote. Read More
San Francisco is kicking off the year on strong economic footing with employment outpacing much of the nation and the lowest projected municipal budget shortfall in five years. The America’s Cup, the opening of the new waterfront location for the Exploratorium, and several other events and developments will further boost the local economy as the year progresses. Read More
The charismatic and outspoken London Breed, 38, is bringing passion and a breadth of experience from a tough childhood in the Western Addition to City Hall, where she wants to connect residents to meaningful jobs at flashy tech companies and reform public housing policies.
In November, Breed decisively won the District 5 race and will represent the Fillmore and Haight-Ashbury neighborhoods on the Board of Supervisors when she is sworn in to office Jan. 8. Read More
While David Chiu is considered the odds-on favorite to become the first person to lead the Board of Supervisors for three straight terms, no fewer than four colleagues are jockeying to replace him as president.
Moderate Supervisors Malia Cohen and Scott Wiener and progressives David Campos and Jane Kim are all seeking the post, City Hall sources say. Progressive supervisors first elected Chiu as their president in 2009, but two years later he cut a deal with moderates to secure a subsequent term.
With nude protests at City Hall and a steady stream of consumer-product bans, it’s not a stretch to say that San Francisco’s politics are unconventional. But this year’s supervisorial races added a new chapter — with a moderate Democrat and former Willie Brown protege winning one of The City’s most leftist districts, and a progressive candidate narrowly leading the most conservative district.
London Breed pulled off a shocker last week when she beat out a cavalcade of progressives in District 5, which includes the Fillmore, Western Addition and the former hippie haven of Haight-Ashbury. In a race that pitted a bevy of left-leaning politicians against each other in a contest to determine who was a “true progressive,” none of them will end up on the 11-member board.