On Tuesday the San Francisco Board of Supervisors voted 10-1 for final passage of Supervisor Malia Cohen and City Attorney Dennis Herrera’s plainly unconstitutional ordinance known as “False Advertising by Limited Services Pregnancy Centers.” Read More
Candidates vying for a seat on the Board of Supervisors next year could receive up to $150,000 in taxpayer money, a $61,000 increase to the existing public financing cap. The public finance program provides matching funds to candidates running for mayor or supervisor if they agree to a spending cap. If third-party spending exceeds the cap, candidates are entitled to receive more matching funds. Read More
The political angst that has followed an independent commission’s redrawing of 177 California legislative, congressional and Board of Equalization districts is being duplicated on a smaller scale in hundreds of local governments. Read More
With five weeks of summer break, members of the Board Supervisors are traveling to the Jersey Shore, Hawaii, Shanghai and Italy. At least two plan to attend Burning Man. Three others are using the legislative downtime to ramp up their efforts on the campaign trail.
The Board of Supervisors’ annual summer recess officially began Wednesday. The board doesn’t have a meeting scheduled until Sept. 6, providing the supervisors with a chance to get far away from City Hall. Read More
As anyone who’s attempted to open a business in San Francisco knows, this city doesn’t make it easy. Forbes magazine ranks San Francisco 197th worst out of 200 cities in the country in the cost of doing business. So it was refreshing to hear the top-tier mayoral candidates at a forum at the United Irish Cultural Center last week not only acknowledge the problem, but also propose solutions. Read More
The San Francisco Board of Supervisors’ traditional “add-backs” are a particularly embarrassing City Hall ritual played out each summer at the tail end of each year’s budget process. Add-backs have long been recognized as the smoothest way for supervisors to strip cash from things they don’t like in the mayor’s June 1 draft budget and funnel the money to their own preferred purposes. Read More
The $6.5 billion San Francisco budget was officially signed Thursday morning with a celebration. But it also came with financial warnings: Midyear cuts could happen within months and deficits are projected for years to come.
The financial uncertainty leaves services and department budgets at risk for slashing if the economic situation worsens and state and federal cuts come in larger than anticipated. Read More
Some city supervisors continue to stall on job creation and government efficiency, according to the latest scorecard by the Chamber of Commerce set to be released today.
In the midyear report “Paychecks and Pink Slips,” the Chamber of Commerce — The City’s largest pro-business organization — ranked supervisors based on how they voted since January on 10 pieces of legislation. Read More
As the controversial sit-lie ordinance makes its way to the Board of Supervisors for debate Tuesday, Mayor Gavin Newsom is already prepping for potential defeat.
The mayor has started crafting his own ballot measure that would go to voters in November, pre-empting any potential for the board to vote down his proposed legislation banning sitting or lying on city sidewalks between 7 a.m. and 11 p.m., with 30-day jail sentences and $500 fines for repeat offenders. Read More
Somehow the Board of Supervisors doesn’t seem to have received the message that San Francisco joblessness is at its highest since the recession began. Nearly 47,000 people are out of work now, according to this week’s City Controller’s Office report. San Francisco’s unemployment rate jumped to 10.3 percent in January — up from 9.9 percent in October and just 7.7 percent a year ago. Read More