Angry nudists briefly disrobed and shouted their disapproval at City Hall on Tuesday, shortly after the Board of Supervisors narrowly voted to approve a citywide ban on public nakedness. Read More
The long argument over whether to allow low-income youths to ride Muni for free appears all but over.
Today, the Board of Supervisors is expected to send the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency’s board of directors a clear message of support for a pilot program to make Muni free for low-income youths. Read More
Seventy-year-old Arthur Scampa has lived on Marina Boulevard for about three decades and says he has never complained to City Hall. But he’s complaining now.
Scampa and his wife, Fataneh, are fighting the Recreation and Park Department’s proposal to allow a seafood restaurant on Marina Green at the site of a building formerly owned by the U.S. Navy.
“This is a major change of a public park,” Scampa said. “It’s just crazy.” Read More
The recent delivery of $6.7 million to Muni has the agency pondering a difficult choice — should the funds be used to shore up an aging and decrepit fleet of vehicles, or to provide The City’s youth with unparalleled access to San Francisco’s public transit system?
That debate has split transit advocates and youth activists, and it will be the focus of a hearing today at the Board of Supervisors Government Audit and Oversight Committee. Read More
Although they often butt heads, landlords and tenant advocates have joined forces in support of a proposed new ordinance that apartment owners believe could increase the supply of smoke-free rental housing in The City.
Supervisor Eric Mar, no stranger to health-conscious lawmaking, has introduced legislation that would make landlords designate their apartment units as smoking or nonsmoking and disclose this information to tenants and in advertising. Read More
Board of Education President Norman Yee declared victory Thursday in one of the closest recent contests for a seat on the Board of Supervisors, but the second-place finisher has not ruled out requesting a recount. After an arduous 10 days of vote counting, Yee emerged as the winner of the nine-candidate District 7 battle by 131 votes to serve as successor to termed-out Supervisor Sean Elsbernd. The district includes the neighborhoods west of Twin Peaks. Read More
The San Francisco Examiner made a fine start in enumerating issues the supervisors, new and returning, should take up (“Lee, board must pull together to solve big issues,” Editorial, Nov. 9). There are more. Maybe readers should propose some and winnow them down?
I’ll toss my three into the ring, all involving the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission, which handles water, sewer and power issues: Read More
Rancor over a proposal to allow “micro apartments” in San Francisco played out Thursday at The City’s Planning Commission, where a proposed 375-unit cap on such “experimental” living spaces was rejected. Read More
While the Board of Supervisors appears poised to approve the initial financial terms of a proposed $1 billion waterfront arena for the Warriors, the debate over the project details is only just beginning.
With the expected approval, The City would be authorized to work out the financial terms and lease and sale agreement details, and initiate the state-required environmental review. If all went according to schedule, construction could begin in summer 2014. Read More
During the tumult of Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi’s official misconduct hearings, he and his attorneys said that a public recall election — not the rarely used removal process employed by Mayor Ed Lee — was the proper way to oust an elected official.
But now that a recall effort appears to be forming, the newly reinstated sheriff has changed his tune. Read More