Seventy-year-old Arthur Scampa has lived on Marina Boulevard for about three decades and says he has never complained to City Hall. But he’s complaining now.
Scampa and his wife, Fataneh, are fighting the Recreation and Park Department’s proposal to allow a seafood restaurant on Marina Green at the site of a building formerly owned by the U.S. Navy.
“This is a major change of a public park,” Scampa said. “It’s just crazy.” Read More
The government commission overseeing public housing in San Francisco could soon face increased accountability.
As public-housing projects undergo renovation, tenants complain about living conditions, and finer points of operating The City’s 6,000 units of low-income public housing are debated, the San Francisco Housing Authority Commission escapes the public scrutiny experienced by other city commissions because its meetings are held outside of City Hall and aren’t broadcast live. Read More
A little-known section of the San Francisco police code has the owners of some secondhand stores feeling like criminals.
Supervisor Scott Wiener is leading the charge to eliminate rules requiring the owners of such businesses to provide fingerprints and mug shots, pay a licensing fee of as much as $1,500, and supply daily transaction records and descriptions of people purchasing and selling at their stores. Read More
Labor negotiations between Mayor Ed Lee and about 18,000 nurses, dentists, lawyers, managers, and other city and county workers resulted in the employees’ compensation increasing by a combined $41 million during the next two years, according to an analysis by the City Controller’s Office. Read More
With San Francisco expected to bust its overtime budget by nearly $40 million, stronger controls are being proposed to rein in costs.
While overtime spending had been on a two-year downward decline, this year the spending will increase by $12 million compared to last fiscal year.
That isn’t sitting well with some supervisors, who are proposing additional overtime restrictions. Read More