A major deal for two new seismically safe hospitals is being renegotiated after revelations that the California Pacific Medical Center might be closer to abandoning its facility serving lower-income Mission district residents.
The $2.5 billion project by the Sutter Health affiliate includes a massive new 555-bed hospital at Cathedral Hill and a rebuild of St. Luke’s in the Mission. Read More
As modern-day pirates and subterranean thieves with electrical expertise drive San Francisco’s illegal metal trade, The City is moving to crack down with new regulations for both suppliers and buyers of the pilfered loot.
The price of copper peaked last summer, when metal bandits made up to $4 per pound after ravaging underground utility infrastructure, knocking out power and costing more than $20,000 in repairs on at least one occasion. Read More
Owners of foreclosed properties in San Francisco, such as banks, are coming under fire for allowing some of those homes to fall into disrepair. Supervisor Malia Cohen, whose District 10 includes the Bayview, has introduced legislation that would subject foreclosed properties to The City’s nuisance law, which allows for court abatement injunctions and fines. It also would triple the nuisance penalties for owners of 10 or more foreclosed properties. Read More
A proposed citywide 1 percent art fee on San Francisco development was scaled back Monday to address developers’ concerns, but public art fans were none too happy.For 25 years, San Francisco has required downtown developments in excess of 25,000 square feet to spend 1 percent of their construction budget on onsite art. Read More
We shouldn’t be surprised that Ross Mirkarimi’s mugshot shows him with his eyes closed. Appearing arrogant and obtuse, the sheriff is pretending like nothing is wrong. Read More
The year started out with a giddy Board of Supervisors, whose members believed they had found the perfect temporary mayor. Yes, unassuming bureaucrat Edwin Lee seemed like the perfect replacement for that other guy who lives in Marin now. Unfortunately, they were too busy patting themselves on the back to realize they were readying the area to be stabbed when Mayor Mustache decided to stay in the job.
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Mayor Ed Lee is vacationing with his wife Anita in Hong Kong this week, where they are visiting her family, according to the mayor’s office.
Malia Cohen, supervisor in District 10, has been appointed acting mayor until Lee’s return on the morning of Dec. 31.
Lee’s first official day back in office will be Tuesday, Jan. 3. Read More
The City has approved tax breaks for biotech companies, film productions and Twitter, but it drew the line Tuesday at providing them for businesses that hire ex-felons. Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi, who introduced the legislation that would offer a $10,000 tax break for each hire, said it was intended to prevent crime. But the proposal was blasted Tuesday by the more moderate members on the Board of Supervisors and failed in a 6-5 vote. Read More
A San Francisco pregnancy center has filed a federal lawsuit claiming that a law allowing The City to take legal action against centers that mislead women into thinking they can get abortions there violates its First Amendment right to free expression. Read More
The Board of Supervisors’ effort to close a loophole in San Francisco’s landmark universal health care law remains the center of debate despite months of discussions and political wrangling over how to fix the problem.But it appears a compromise has emerged that everyone can live with.One proposal introduced by Supervisor David Campos was approved by the board, but only with six votes, and then Mayor Ed Lee vetoed it last week. Read More