San Francisco has stopped reporting undocumented youth arrested on suspicion of felonies to the federal government for possible deportation if they have family in The City, Mayor Ed Lee announced during Tuesday’s Board of Supervisors meeting.
The change in The City’s policy on how it handles illegal immigrant youth caught up in the juvenile justice system is the latest development in one of the biggest political fights of recent years. Read More
Even with a recovering San Francisco economy, The City’s operating costs will "steadily outpace" revenue increases for years to come, according to a new report released Tuesday by Mayor Ed Lee.
The gap between revenues and The City’s spending will increase from next fiscal year’s projected $283 million deficit to $829 million in five years, according to the first ever five-year financial plan. Read More
Beloved Sheriff Mike Hennessey certainly picked a good time to get out of the lawman business. After almost 32 years of service, Hennessey will not seek re-election in November. Instead, six men have officially declared their intention to run for the office of sheriff, including Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi and 13-year veteran of the Sheriff’s Department, Matthew Haskell. Read More
At the swearing-in ceremony of new police Chief Greg Suhr on Wednesday, one thing really stood out — and it wasn’t the terrible acoustics in the rotunda at City Hall.
It was the crowd, consisting of conservative judges, lefty lawyers, retired city department heads, former classmates, enough police officers to hold back a riot and a wide cast of colorful friends, gay, straight and narrow. Read More
With pension costs expected to rise by$400 million over the next five years, San Francisco can no longer afford to kick the can down the road on pension reform. Numerous reports, including those by The City’s Controller and Civil Grand Jury, have found that pension costs will continue to escalate unless something is done. These increases will require city services to be slashed and more fines and fees paid by residents to keep up with pension costs. Read More
In an urban setting in which the term "produce" is synonymous with supermarkets, city farmers can now return to their earliest agricultural roots to cash in on homegrown crops.
About 70 farmers, politicians, reporters and ordinary folk gathered at the Little City Garden urban farm in the Excelsior district Wednesday to witness Mayor Ed Lee sign an ordinance to allow city farmers to legally sell their produce. Read More
Mayor Ed Lee’s plan to allow the Fairmont Hotel atop Nob Hill more time to convert 23 stories of hotel rooms into luxury condos has stalled along with talks between hotel workers and the owners. Read More
BART said it might have to halt service during the peak of the Friday morning commute due to a tsunami that was expected to hit San Francisco and the Bay Area.
The tsunami was expected to reach the western coast at 8:08 a.m., the aftermath of a devestating 8.9 earthquake in Japan. Read More