San Francisco’s planning approval process is notoriously difficult, often taking months — and sometimes a decade or more — to approve a project. The City’s lengthy process can add significantly to a developer’s costs. These costs are impacting the pace of development and the type of projects that get built in The City. Read More
A collective shriek rang out Wednesday when Judge Katherine Feinstein announced she’ll be stepping down from her position as a San Francisco Superior Court judge and may run for public office.
Why a shriek? Because the bench of California politicians hoping for a promotion is already very crowded. Read More
The state Legislature doesn’t even meet until Jan. 7, but already our star-struck elected officials are eager to ingratiate themselves with the glamorous Hollywood film industry.
This past week, Assemblyman Mike Gatto, D-Los Angeles, introduced a bill to increase the penalties for “swatting.” If you’re not a teenage girl or the parent of one, you might not be aware of this phenomenon. Read More
Assembly Speaker John Perez (D-Los Angeles) has opened an account to collect funds for a run to be Lieutenant Governor in 2018. Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento) has already collected over $500,000 in contributions to run for the same position, but it’s unlikely that the Democratic Party powerhouses will run against each other. Read More
To borrow a phrase from Whoopi Goldberg’s character in the movie “Ghost”: Proposition 13, you in danger, girl.
Backers of Proposition 32 smacked a beehive, inadvertantly handing the Democratic Party its first supermajority since 1888. The tax increases and constitutional amendments that are certain to follow are the true legacy of the Yes on 32 campaign. Read More
In the weeks leading up to the June election, a campaign ad in support of the ballot’s tobacco tax measure blasted a doctor who spoke against the tax, telling voters to “Get a Second Opinion.”
And that’s just what one man is doing.
The $1 tobacco tax, Proposition 29, failed by the narrowest of margins — 24,076 out of 5,161,506 votes cast. Now San Francisco doctor John Maa is demanding a statewide recount, the first in California history. Read More
When one of John Howett’s tenants was sued for ADA violations because of a concrete lip that prevented some customers from entering the Grant Avenue business early last month, he sprang into action.
Howett hired a lawyer and ordered a portable ramp the business could set up or remove for wheelchair-using patrons entering and exiting the nail salon. Read More
Former San Francisco District Attorney Kamala Harris has been one busy lady. As California’s attorney general, she has made online dating sites agree to safety measures, wrestled $2.1 million dollars from Wal-Mart for overcharging customers, and is even going after Bernie Madoff’s estate. One of my favorite legal moves by her office so far is the defense of State Controller John Chiang in a lawsuit brought by State Senator Darrell Steinberg and Assemblyman John Perez. Read More
California has long prohibited counties from levying their own income taxes, but a bill by state Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, D-Sacramento, that passed out of a committee last week would allow just that.
If the bill is signed into law, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors could ask voters to subject themselves to an income tax, but it would need two-thirds approval. Read More
California Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg is nothing if not adaptable, as demonstrated by his latest dealings with the Sacramento Kings NBA team. The team’s current owners, the Maloof family, have fallen on bad times and clearly want to move the team to greener pastures, specifically Anaheim. Read More