Last week was a dreary week in San Francisco, full of weak and weary souls unable to forget that bleak game in which their proud team's championship hopes ended up as dying embers. Sorrow for the lost Super Bowl! Read More
A plan to make the historic Board of Supervisors’ chamber wheelchair-accessible carried a steep price tag and political overtones, but after years of debate a design plan was finally approved Tuesday with an estimated cost of $450,000.
In 2008, the board rejected the plan for a wheelchair ramp at a cost of about $1 million. But the decision brought sharp words from Mayor Gavin Newsom and Supervisor Michela Alioto-Pier, who uses a wheelchair. She even threatened to sue. Read More
Castro Street residents might finally get Soup Freaks and other specialty eateries they have wanted in the neighborhood.
The Board of Supervisors approved legislation that lifts a longtime ban on new restaurants moving into the neighborhood. The legislation, proposed by Supervisor Bevan Dufty, will give the commercial neighborhood more wiggle room for new restaurants that would otherwise be turned away. Read More
Sellers of cell phones in San Francisco will now be required to disclose radiation levels the devices emit.
As the debate continues about whether cell phone use poses health risks, Mayor Gavin Newsom said consumers have the right to know the radiation levels of the devices they use. Read More
Restricting the construction of parking garages in three San Francisco neighborhoods appears headed for a veto-proof approval under a compromise announced Tuesday.
The amendments of legislation to impose restrictions on building garages — like banning such construction if there were Ellis Act evictions within the past 10 years — are meant to secure support for the bill, which had appeared one vote shy of the eight votes needed to overturn a mayoral veto. Read More
A $412 million bond to upgrade public safety buildings comes before voters in June, but Mayor Gavin Newsom said he would have preferred November.
The Board of Supervisors voted 9-1 on Tuesday to place the bond measure on the June 8 ballot. City officials say it’s necessary to pay for various public safety needs to better prepare San Francisco for a major earthquake. Read More
In the latest battle about landlord and tenant issues, Mayor Gavin Newsom successfully vetoed legislation Tuesday that would have extended eviction protections to all rental units in San Francisco.
The legislation would have extended the eviction protections in place for those living in units built prior to June 1979, as they are covered by The City’s rent control ordinance, to units built afterward. Read More
San Francisco is cracking down on city workers’ overtime by restricting the number of extra hours logged.
Under a new law adopted unanimously Tuesday by the Board of Supervisors, the number of overtime hours, which are paid at 150 percent of normal hourly rate, will come under the scrutiny of a board committee.
The bill was introduced by Supervisor Jake McGoldrick and Mayor Gavin Newsom. Read More