Monster Beverage is suing San Francisco’s city attorney over demands that the company reduce the amount of caffeine in its energy drinks and stop marketing to minors.
The company, based in Corona, says it’s being unfairly singled out by City Attorney Dennis Herrera, who late last year had asked Monster to produce documentation showing that its drinks are safe. Since then, Monster says Herrera has asked it to reformulate its drinks and change its labels and marketing materials. Read More
Several years ago, I was on a panel for a community event at which the topic was Healthy San Francisco, our local mandate that forces employers to provide health care or pay The City to do it on the employer’s behalf. When it was time for questions from the audience, one person asked, “Who makes sure those restaurant surcharges are actually going to pay for employee health care?”
I had to answer with the sad truth: “No one.” Read More
City Attorney Dennis Herrera’s office asked the California Supreme Court Monday to overturn a lower court’s ruling last year that could potentially threaten the permitting of medical marijuana dispensaries throughout the state.
The city of Long Beach is petitioning to overturn a decision by the Court of Appeal last October that found city’s law permitting dispensaries invalid and preempted by federal law. Read More
When I cast my vote about 6 p.m. Tuesday, I was only the 62nd person to do so at my precinct. Less than 10 percent of registered voters in our fair city actually went to the polls. Combined with the vote-by-mail ballots, that brings us to a total 23 percent voter turnout. The last time participation was that low was November 2009, when City Attorney Dennis Herrera and Treasurer Jose Cisneros each ran unopposed for re-election. Read More
Employees of a janitorial services firm never received health care benefits required under The City’s Healthy San Francisco program, and now the company must pay $1.3 million to cover the past medical expenses of 275 current and former workers.
Calling the decision by an administrative hearings officer a “groundbreaking case,” City Attorney Dennis Herrera’s office said Friday that the ruling sends a message that the health care policy has teeth. Read More
City Attorney Dennis Herrera has filed a lawsuit to prevent the owner of a 164-unit residential building at 639 Geary St. from increasing rents beyond the means of 33 low-income residents.
In 1988, The City issued $18 million in tax-exempt bonds to help fund the development in exchange for 20 percent of the units being rented to low-income tenants at affordable rates. Read More
City officials struck a similar chord Monday when reacting to the appeals court ruling that same-sex marriage is on hold pending the outcome of the appeal.
They said that although the ruling was disappointing, the court’s decision to hold an “expedited” hearing schedule was a positive, and ultimately, the courts will support the right for same-sex couples to tie the knot. Read More
In the ongoing battle to keep her name on the ballot, Supervisor Michela Alioto-Pier on Friday filed a brief with the court asking that it deny the city attorney’s appeal of a recent court decision. Read More