Lobbyists will not have to wear badges whenever they are talking to city officials. The Board of Supervisors voted 7-4 Tuesday to defeat the proposed legislation that would have required those who are paid to influence City Hall decision-makers to wear identification badges. Supervisor Daly, who introduced the bill, said it was intended to make government more transparent. Read More
The rattling roar of a car without a muffler, the booming bass from a nightclub or construction workers who begin too early are all sounds residents in The City may know — and hate.
The City, however, is looking to bring relief to residents’ eardrums by cracking down on noise polluters. Read More
Owners of blighted properties in The City could be punished for allowing their buildings to fall into disrepair, according to new legislation to be introduced today.
The Department of Public Works would be empowered to go after owners of blighted properties and even perform the repair work and stick owners with the bill afterward. Read More
Benches at Civic Center Plaza disappeared overnight about eight years ago to keep the homeless from camping on them. Now Supervisor Sophie Maxwell says it’s time to bring them back.
The plaza plays host to thousands of tourists and visitors and dozens of events each year. It also remains a popular hangout for The City’s homeless population and drug users, said San Francisco Police Capt. Gary Jimenez, head of the Tenderloin Station. Read More
Legislation proposed by the San Francisco supervisor would give families forced out of their homes by the redevelopment of The City’s Hunters Point and Western Addition neighborhoods in the 1960s and ’70s preference for new below-market-rate housing, State law requires that those displaced be given preference in obtaining new housing in redevelopment projects. Read More
Within three months, lobbyists paid to influence City Hall decision making could be forced to wear highly visible identification badges under a proposed law up for a vote Tuesday.
Reported money spent on lobbying efforts is on the rise in San Francisco. In 1996, $2.7 million was spent on lobbying efforts by those required to report the funds; last year, $7.1 million was spent on lobbying efforts, according to reports by The City’s Ethics Commission. Read More
The former District 7 supervisor has filed papers with the Department of Elections declaring his intent to run for the seat in November. Hall will run against incumbent Sean Elsbernd, who once served as Hall’s legislative aide. Hall is making a run even as he is the subject of a hearing before the Ethics Commission about accusations that he violated campaign-finance laws by using election funds to pay off a loan and for other personal expenses in 2004. Read More
The City will legally require San Francisco businesses with 20 or more employees to offer workers one of three transit benefits by the end of the year.
The Board of Supervisors unanimously approved the business mandate Tuesday, but unlike previous measures — including forcing businesses to provide workers such benefits as health care and sick leave that drew the ire of the business community — this one came with the backing of the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce. Read More
The former legislative aide to Supervisor Chris Daly corrected on Monday a mistake he made when filing his campaign contributions with the Ethics Commission on July 31. Instead of raising the $65,973 in contributions during the months of January through June, as he initially reported, the District 11 candidate for the Board of Supervisors said he raised $15,832. Read More
The District 3 candidate for the Board of Supervisors has emerged as the top fundraiser among the field of candidates, having received $109,539 in political contributions between January and June, according to campaign finance statements filed with the Ethics Commission. District 3 is one of the most competitive races among the seven board seats up for grabs this November. Read More