The battle over the November ballot measure aimed at restoring Hetch Hetchy Valley to its natural state is so charged that a spirited fight has erupted over wording selected by the Department of Elections to describe it to voters.
The war of words occurred at The City’s Ballot Simplification Committee, which is charged with summarizing ballot measures in voter information pamphlets. Read More
California’s legislature on Friday approved the main bill in a state budget plan advanced by its Democratic leaders to close a $15.7 billion shortfall despite opposition from Democratic Governor Jerry Brown.
The votes by the Assembly and state Senate on the $92 billion budget plan followed vows by Democratic leaders of the bodies that they would meet the legislature’s midnight deadline for a budget plan. Read More
San Francisco Superior Court Judge Loretta Giorgi ruled correctly last week to cut a measure banning male circumcision from the November ballot. The ruling was based on state law that forbids cities and counties from making up their own rules on widely practiced medical procedures. Read More
Tensions over dueling November pension measures intensified Tuesday with a new message sent from backers of Mayor Ed Lee’s effort: Voters should only support one, not both. Read More
The next time you hear cries about transparency in government in San Francisco, you may want to see if the shouts are coming from behind opaque glass.
A city known for its laborious political process — where any decisions are subject to myriad public hearings, debates and community courting — this week became the home of the backdoor stunt, whereby three major policy initiatives were snuck onto the November ballot by our most left-leaning supervisors without any discussion. Read More
With pension costs expected to rise by$400 million over the next five years, San Francisco can no longer afford to kick the can down the road on pension reform. Numerous reports, including those by The City’s Controller and Civil Grand Jury, have found that pension costs will continue to escalate unless something is done. These increases will require city services to be slashed and more fines and fees paid by residents to keep up with pension costs. Read More
The Board of Supervisors could change or even repeal voter-approved ordinances, years after their initial passage, under a charter amendment Supervisor Scott Wiener introduced Tuesday for the November ballot.
Wiener said he is proposing the measure in response to criticism about the number of ballot measures, such as, “Why can’t the Board of Supervisors do its job and pass legislation without asking us to pass it for you?” Read More
Another day, another supervisor campaigning against Proposition B, the pension reform measure on the Nov. 2 ballot. On Monday, opponents of Prop. B, including Supervisor David Campos, firefighters, nurses, teachers and Latino community leaders will walk through the Mission distributing "No on B" campaign signs and talking to voters in the neighborhood. Read More
Alvin Greene, eat your heart out.
No-party candidates are listed in the order in which they filed their official papers — not alphabetically. So it’s Sue Askeland, Bruce Ray Riggs, Bobbie Bean, [Rick] Tyler, [Charlie] Crist and Lewis Jerome Armstrong. Read More
Supervisor Sean Elsbernd’s signature gathering campaign to “fix Muni” was a success. Read More