Future attempts to consider draining the Hetch Hetchy Reservoir such as the one that voters rejected in November could face a new hurdle: approval by water agencies representing millions of residents in Alameda, San Mateo and Santa Clara counties. Read More
The rush of money into city political campaigns was not just limited to candidates. Campaigns for several San Francisco ballot measures had price tags in the neighborhood of $1 million.
Based on recent filings with the Ethics Commission, the largest spending on ballot measures was for the $195 million parks bond and on the measure to replace San Francisco’s business payroll tax with a tax on gross receipts. Both campaign war chests were about $1 million. Read More
Mayor Ed Lee batted .1000 when it came to local propositions on Tuesday’s San Francisco ballot, calling his sweep “like a second World Series win.”
Along with the passage of a statewide tax measure destined primarily for schools, the success of several local measures put San Francisco on a stronger economic foundation, Lee said in an interview. Read More
Although San Francisco’s water utility has come under fire this election season for not doing more conservation, the agency is pointing to some successes in updating the faucets, shower heads and toilets for one of its biggest users. Read More
The latest battle in the intermittent centurylong war to drain the Hetch Hetchy Reservoir in Yosemite National Park is intensifying as the Nov. 6 election approaches. Read More
Proponents of a November ballot measure to study the overhaul of San Francisco’s water supply remained unsatisfied Tuesday morning when a Superior Court judge declined to alter the proposition’s wording. Read More
The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission is negotiating with the Modesto Irrigation District to purchase 2 million gallons of water per day over the next 10 years. Agency officials describe the transfer as necessary insurance against droughts, but critics say the water is unneeded and will cost San Francisco ratepayers money. Read More
Ballot language describing November’s Proposition F confusingly suggests the measure would mean swift removal of Yosemite’s Hetch Hetchy Reservoir, attorneys for an environmental group argued
Tuesday. Read More
A fight over wording for a San Francisco ballot measure about the Hetch Hetchy Reservoir’s future is scheduled to be in court today. Read More
A measure on the November ballot will ask voters whether they want San Francisco to study restoring Hetch Hetchy Valley.
The same measure will ask people whether they want to study draining the Hetch Hetchy Reservoir.
Opponents in this upcoming ballot fight are hunkering down in their trenches about the language that will be used to describe the measure to voters. And to an extent, both sides are right. Read More