Opponents of the 8 Washington St. luxury condo development are casting a shadow on the project by zeroing in on its precarious proximity to a city sewage line carrying 20 million gallons of human waste a day. Read More
An effort to allow building owners to bypass the annual condo conversion lottery suffered a setback Tuesday when the Board of Supervisors sent the proposal back to committee for further debate.
The setback puts the proposal on shaky ground given that for years condo-conversion proposals have collapsed amid political fighting. Read More
The gap narrowed Monday between dueling proposals to change rules for environmental appeals of construction projects, but weighty issues remain unresolved.
For weeks now, a debate has raged at the Board of Supervisors Land Use and Economic Development Committee over how to reform the appeals process under the California Environmental Quality Act, also known as CEQA. Read More
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
San Francisco government is known for nothing if not its vigorous public hearings, a process in which the comments and input of citizens are heartily solicited — at times to the chagrin of some people. When issues provoke a hearing in The City, there are clear protocols for openness, public notice and the like. Read More
At Tuesday’s meeting of the Board of Supervisors, board President David Chiu told Mayor Ed Lee about his recent experience with community budgeting, whereby citizens get to decide how to spend a certain amount of money from city coffers.
Recently, after years in office, members of the Board of Supervisors have taken a shine to divestment of The City’s public-pension money as a way to punish certain industries. For instance, the San Francisco Employees’ Retirement System has about $15 billion in assets, and the supervisors don’t want that money going to gun and bullet manufacturers or fossil fuel companies.
Residents and businesses in and around Broadway have had enough of the violence and rowdy crowds that have become associated with the North Beach corridor, and many are mobilizing to change things. Read More
Many people working in the shadows of City Hall to land government contracts, obtain permits and sway decision-makers could soon be forced into the public eye.
Permit expeditors and attorneys doing routine business with city departments can operate with little public scrutiny under The City’s existing regulations, but City Attorney Dennis Herrera and Board of Supervisors President David Chiu announced a proposal Tuesday to expose more of the inner workings of City Hall.
A condo conversion proposal headed closer to approval Monday after tenant advocates partnered with key members of the Board of Supervisors to counter an initial version whose author now opposes the legislation as amended.
Supervisor Mark Farrell first introduced legislation to allow tenancy-in-common owners to pay a fee to bypass the lottery that allows 200 condo conversions a year. Board President David Chiu amended the proposal last week with the backing of tenant advocates. Read More