Mayor Ed Lee came under attack Tuesday for suggesting that San Francisco police officers should employ some form of “stop and frisk” tactics to combat gun violence.
Even as New York City’s version of the policy was under attack by civil liberties groups for encouraging racial profiling, Lee said to reporters last month that he was considering something similar for San Francisco. Read More
One day after Mayor Ed Lee and California Pacific Medical Center hailed a $2.5 billion deal for two new seismically safe hospitals, financial projections showed the chain eventually triggering an escape clause that lets it shutter one hospital.
On Monday Board of Supervisors President David Chiu said the “startling revelations” could let CPMC close St. Luke’s Hospital by 2020, just five years into its 20-year development agreement. Read More
In an effort to help people replace plastic water bottles with reusable ones, Board of Supervisors President David Chiu introduced legislation Tuesday that would require new and renovated buildings to include bottle-filling stations in addition to conventional drinking fountains.
Chiu said his legislation, supported by the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission and the Department of the Environment, would “help enhance the health of our city while reducing plastic waste.” Read More
A major deal for two new seismically safe hospitals is being renegotiated after revelations that the California Pacific Medical Center might be closer to abandoning its facility serving lower-income Mission district residents.
The $2.5 billion project by the Sutter Health affiliate includes a massive new 555-bed hospital at Cathedral Hill and a rebuild of St. Luke’s in the Mission. Read More
Voters will decide what to do about Coit Tower’s state of disrepair during the June 5 primary election, but the situation became a little more complicated Thursday as Mayor Ed Lee announced $1.7 million in funding is being dedicated to fix mounting problems at the landmark. Read More
Come November, moderates could gain two seats or progressives one seat as San Francisco politics remain in a transitional state.
In 2010, the board moved in a moderate direction, marking an end to the progressive majority that had reigned since 2000. The moderate tide could continue to gain ground this year, but when it comes to district elections and ranked-choice voting, incumbents have been unbeatable in past races. Read More
City officials are considering new restrictions on San Francisco’s tour bus industry to reduce its annoyance factor without adversely impacting The City’s high-dollar tourism industry. Read More
Socially responsible businesses may benefit in the bidding process for government contracts in San Francisco under a proposal.
The Board of Supervisors will vote Tuesday on legislation introduced by Supervisor David Chiu that will give bidding preferences to what are known as “benefit corporations.” Read More
If The City opted to modify its business payroll tax instead of switching to a gross receipts tax, it would be easier to administer, but not be as equitable nor act as a job creator, according to analysis by the City Controller’s Office.
Mayor Ed Lee and Board of Supervisors President David Chiu have advocated a new city tax system because they say the payroll tax penalizes job growth and discourages companies from remaining in The City. Read More
Former San Francisco District Attorney Kamala Harris has been one busy lady. As California’s attorney general, she has made online dating sites agree to safety measures, wrestled $2.1 million dollars from Wal-Mart for overcharging customers, and is even going after Bernie Madoff’s estate. One of my favorite legal moves by her office so far is the defense of State Controller John Chiang in a lawsuit brought by State Senator Darrell Steinberg and Assemblyman John Perez. Read More