More tense testimony and pivotal decisions are in store this week for the growing cast of characters involved in the official misconduct proceedings against suspended Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi. Read More
Officials hope that problem landlords note an $800,000 settlement recently reached with a property owner who amassed numerous building code violations.
Supervisor Malia Cohen, who represents the Bayview, held a news conference Monday afternoon to highlight the neighborhood violations. She said tenants endured deplorable conditions such as fallen ceilings, mold infestations, and flooding and human feces flowing up on the grounds. Read More
The city attorney is hoping to launch a consumer protection unit.
Launching the proposed pilot program would require hiring an attorney and a legislative assistant, something City Attorney Dennis Herrera has yet to persuade city officials is a necessary new expense. Read More
A documentary about people who spend their free time painting over graffiti is being promoted with — you guessed it — graffiti.
Department of Public Works graffiti-abatement squads have been cleaning up dozens of wheat-pasted posters and stickers plastered around the Mission district in recent weeks promoting “Vigilante, Vigilante: The Battle for Expression.” The film, made by Bay Area graffiti proponents, opened Friday. Read More
A lawsuit asserting a constitutional right to sell cigarettes was dismissed Friday by a federal judge, who upheld a motion by the City Attorney’s Office to have it tossed from court. The Safeway grocery store chain was fighting city legislation that prohibits tobacco sales in any store containing a pharmacy. Read More
A new website and Facebook page urges people to send in their horror stories about being slapped with parking tickets in The City, with four lucky winners having their tickets paid for by a group called San Francisco Small Business Owners for Fairness. Read More
The mother of a mentally disabled San Francisco County Jail inmate who died after being physically restrained by sheriff’s deputies in 2009 will receive a $350,000 settlement from The City, attorneys said Tuesday.Esther Downes sued The City for $50 million following the death of her 31-year-old son Issiah Downes on Sept. 7, 2009. She alleged deputies used excessive force and unconstitutional restraint procedures, involving placing their weight on his back and neck. Read More
The City Attorney’s Office has sued a chef who allegedly tricked recent immigrants into paying up to $4,000 for job training, then had them working catering events without pay on the false promise of future employment. Read More
They pore over the use of the word “or” in a sentence.
They wrestle for hours over whether a paragraph should explain that “retirement benefits” includes more than just “pensions.”
And if that sounds like nitpicking editing, know that political insiders refer to these wordsmiths as the most powerful force in City Hall you have never heard of, arguably as powerful as San Francisco’s lawmakers. Read More
The City Attorney’s Office again called on the U.S. Supreme Court to drop a case regarding San Francisco’s employer-mandated health care law.
The brief claims that because there’s now a national health care reform bill, local initiatives such as Healthy San Francisco are not expected to be initiated across the nation and therefore should not be a case taken up by the nation’s highest court. Read More