In November 2007, voters passed Proposition I, creating the Office of Small Business and directing it to issue, by April 2008, a report that recommended possible streamlining and consolidation of regulatory functions supervised by that agency. The idea was to make life easier for The City’s often-beleaguered small business. Read More
Despite all the vitriol and bad feelings that came out of Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi’s protracted domestic violence scandal, victims in San Francisco might ultimately have that sad saga to thank for increased funding toward enforcement and services. Read More
Muni’s list of preferred alternatives for removing its Central Subway tunnel-boring machines in North Beach doesn’t include an option popular with the community and could result in the agency resorting to a method strongly opposed by many locals. Read More
Muni is exploring new options for retrieving tunneling equipment in or near North Beach, including one that could save the agency $23 million while keeping the machinery underground indefinitely.
As part of its $1.6 billion Central Subway project, which will extend underground Metro service from South of Market to Chinatown, Muni wants to extract a tunnel-boring machine through Columbus Avenue. Preparation for that process began this year and will be finished by Thanksgiving 2013. Read More
Angry nudists briefly disrobed and shouted their disapproval at City Hall on Tuesday, shortly after the Board of Supervisors narrowly voted to approve a citywide ban on public nakedness. Read More
The long argument over whether to allow low-income youths to ride Muni for free appears all but over.
Today, the Board of Supervisors is expected to send the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency’s board of directors a clear message of support for a pilot program to make Muni free for low-income youths. Read More
This election season wasn’t the most offensive, but it produced the usual crop of battered politicians with bruised egos and hurt feelings. But now the elections are over, and San Francisco will soon have two new supervisors who will become part of the process of creating, considering and voting on legislation. Read More
Assessor-Recorder Phil Ting’s election to the California Assembly has set into motion a possible series of personnel changes that could result in the appointment of a new San Francisco supervisor and affect who becomes the next board president.
Ting bested Michael Breyer on Tuesday to capture the Assembly seat representing western San Francisco and parts of northern San Mateo County. After Ting is sworn in Dec. 3, it will be up to Mayor Ed Lee to appoint his replacement. Read More
When I first began writing about local politics, the Board of Supervisors was depressingly funny. There was former (and current) comedian Tom Ammiano, wry Aaron Peskin, “supervisor straitjacket” Chris Daly and the lovable, poetry-quoting Jake McGoldrick. But that was then. The class of 2010 has been relatively calm and grown-up, enjoying a decent working relationship with each other and with Mayor Ed Lee. Read More
At an aptly titled “special meeting” of the City Operations and Neighborhood Services committee last Friday, supervisors Sean Elsbernd, Carmen Chu and Scott Wiener heard public comments on Wiener’s proposed ban on public nudity, except for specific events. It was bound to be entertaining. Read More