The wait is over! The Board of Supervisors is back! And I’m happy to watch the meetings so you don’t have to. Here are the highlights from Tuesday (along with my interpretations of debate excerpts): Read More
Mayor Gavin Newsom and an advisory panel that he put together have suggested that the Golden Gate Bridge district should pursue alternative means to a suicide barrier, a position that is in contrast with The City’s previous stance on the subject.
The Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District is currently weighing five alternatives for a suicide barrier on the bridge. The district also left open the option to keep the bridge without a physical barrier. Read More
Just a mouse click away from The City’s official Web site, T-shirts, coffee cups, canvas bags and other products advertising Mayor Gavin Newsom’s programs are being sold on a site that illegally displays the city seal, the city clerk told the mayor late Tuesday. Read More
As a proposal to turn the San Francisco Zoo into a rescue center heads to a vote Tuesday, Supervisor Bevan Dufty is looking for other ways to bolster the future of the facility and its animals and Mayor Gavin Newsom has come out against the rescue plan. Read More
Menlo Park residents will have the chance to share their views on the job performance of City Manager Glen Rojas as part of the City Council's annual review of Rojas on Thursday morning, according to the city clerk's office.
Residents will be allowed speak for up to three minutes during the public comment portion of the review, which will be followed by a closed-session public employee performance evaluation by the City Council. Read More
While funding for Muni and road resurfacing, comes up short, members of the San Francisco agency that approves funding for transportation-related projects is spending thousands of dollars on furniture, cell phones, computers and other office supplies. Read More
Almost $5 million in city services — from homeless outreach services to child care — will not receive funding this fiscal year, Mayor Gavin Newsom’s office announced Tuesday. 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
The redevelopment of Hunters Point Shipyard and Treasure Island is heavy with The City’s hopes and fears about its future. So heavy, in fact, that life must be perpetually breathed back into the projects, just to keep them from falling over dead of their own weight.
The man assigned to perform this special form of urban-planning necromancy is Michael Cohen, director of the Mayor’s Office of Economic and Workforce Development. 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