An official call from San Francisco politicians to divest The City’s retirement fund from fossil fuel companies is not going anywhere for a while. And the $584 million invested with the likes of Chevron and Exxon Mobil might just stay put.
San Francisco’s $15.3 billion pension plan has a social justice policy that has in the past led to divestment in tobacco companies and firms connected to genocide in Sudan and apartheid-era South Africa. Read More
When 54-year-old Luther Robinson was stabbed and killed in Mendell Plaza in February 2012, the Bayview district community decided they had had enough of the violence plaguing their streets. Read More
Riders on Muni can be singularly focused on the service issue that affects them at that very moment. And rightly so, for being late to work or to an appointment is a frustrating experience, especially when the delay is caused by a service snag on Muni. Just as infuriating is when Muni stops short of the end of the line — a practice known as a switchback — and riders have to wait for the next vehicle. Read More
Muni’s switchback policy on transit routes gained a new foe last week, but while the practice might be increasing on some lines, it appears to be slowing down on others.
A perennial complaint of disgruntled riders, Muni says its practice of cutting short its scheduled routes is necessary to clear delays on other parts of the system.
At a dinner party Tuesday night, some friends and I were discussing the possibility of a Wal-Mart store in San Francisco.
“I don’t see what the big deal is,” said an Orinda resident. “We like our Wal-Marts out in the East Bay.”
A native San Franciscan responded: “Yeah, we like them out there too.” Read More
The condo conversion debate is gaining more political intrigue less than two weeks before a Board of Supervisors committee holds its second hearing on the controversial legislation. A vote was already postponed to allow the opposing sides to negotiate. Read More
One of the supervisors whose support is seen as instrumental to passing a condo conversion bypass proposal may have committed to support the controversial legislation when on the campaign trail last fall.
The most politically charged issue at City Hall these days is whether there are enough votes on the Board of Supervisors to pass legislation that would give relief to San Francisco tenancy-in-common unit owners who are complaining about high mortgage rates and the long wait to convert to a condo, which would allow them to refinance.
David Chiu became the longest-serving president of the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday when he was unanimously re-elected by his colleagues to a third two-year term.
After having first secured the post in 2009 with the backing of progressives, and retaining the job two years later with the help of moderates whom he rewarded with committee assignments, Chiu managed to secure election this time around with a decisive 11-0 vote. Read More
San Francisco is kicking off the year on strong economic footing with employment outpacing much of the nation and the lowest projected municipal budget shortfall in five years. The America’s Cup, the opening of the new waterfront location for the Exploratorium, and several other events and developments will further boost the local economy as the year progresses. Read More
When I was in high school, both of my older brothers played soccer. To kill time after school while they practiced, I became the “soccer manager.” This was a strange title, because I didn’t “manage” anything or anyone. All I did was fill Gatorade bottles and make sure the equipment was on the bus.
This experience reminds me of the presidency of the Board of Supervisors. Because being the president of the board comes with about as much authority as being the soccer manager. Read More