Much is said about marriage equality for same-sex couples, and this paper fully supports the right of gay couples to wed. But at a broader level, there is vast inequality in other ways in which the government treats same-sex couples.
Consider health insurance. Read More
Mayor Ed Lee on Wednesday ended months of speculation when he appointed District 4 Supervisor Carmen Chu to serve as assessor-recorder.
Chu, a former budget analyst who was first appointed to the Board of Supervisors in September 2007, will be sworn in by March 4, Lee said.
“It comes as no surprise that I chose Carmen,” said Lee, whose choice of Chu was an open secret at City Hall for several months. “She’s fiscally smart, and brilliant.” Read More
Assemblyman Phil Ting is part of the largest field of new state lawmakers since 1966. But when he was named to one of the Assembly’s top leadership posts on the first day of his term, it was a sign that San Francisco’s outgoing assessor-recorder is determined to stand out in Sacramento. Read More
It is easy to spark a lively debate in California with just six syllables: Proposition 13. Arguments over the voter-approved 1978 tax reform initiative have reverberated through the state capital for decades. Politicians — even the many who opposed it — have generally avoided the measure like unfavorable publicity.
But the political winds are shifting. Talk of Prop. 13 reform is all the rage, with several San Francisco state legislators taking up the cause. 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
Nearly six months ago, the nation’s five largest loan providers — Ally/GMAC, Bank of America, Citi, JPMorgan Chase and Wells Fargo — agreed to the $25 billion National Mortgage Settlement in response to the ongoing foreclosure crisis.
The terms of the settlement just went into full effect.
Thanks to California Attorney General Kamala Harris, almost half the settlement — $12 billion — was set aside for our state. Read More
Two Democrats vying to represent the west side of San Francisco and the northwest corner of San Mateo County will face off on this November’s ballot, with one claiming to be an alternative to “politics-as-usual” in Sacramento.
Legal services company co-founder Michael Breyer says if he’s chosen to represent District 19, formerly District 12, he’ll bring the change that won’t be priority for his opponent, San Francisco’s current elected Assessor-Recorder Phil Ting. Read More
A cavalcade of new tech workers — 13,000 to be exact — is being credited for an accelerating economic boom in San Francisco.
The number of tech jobs has increased by almost 42 percent in just the first half of 2012, from 31,000 to 44,000 — a surge being driven by 150 new technology firms in The City, according to data released last week by the civically plugged-in San Francisco Center for Economic Development. Read More
The resurgence of San Francisco’s technology industry and the related property boom helped to add $6 billion to city tax rolls over the past year, Assessor-Recorder Phil Ting announced Wednesday. The total property-tax roll now amounts to nearly $170 billion in gross value, up 4.2 percent since the past fiscal year. Read More
The 10 precincts that make up the Portola neighborhood have become ground zero in the latest row between San Francisco moderates and progressives. As the Redistricting Task Force attempts to draw new supervisorial districts that will remain in place for the next 10 years, everyone is looking to keep and gain an advantage.And how this skirmish plays out could determine which faction controls the Board of Supervisors in the coming decade. Read More