Whether suspended Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi is fit to remain one of San Francisco’s top law enforcement officials consumed City Hall on Thursday and Friday with lengthy hearings that appear to have established only one clear fact so far — he forcefully grabbed and bruised his wife’s arm during a Dec. 31 argument. Read More
It took until about 5 in the morning, but spending changes in Mayor Ed Lee’s two-year budget were finally agreed upon Friday.
Pay raises for nonprofit workers, $1.2 million for a third legislative aide for members of the Board of Supervisors and $2 million for additional homeless services were among the changes. Read More
Suspended Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi testified under oath Thursday night for the first time since abusing his wife, Eliana Lopez, during a Dec. 31 argument that has thrust his political and personal life into turmoil. Read More
UPDATE: Early Friday morning the Board of Supervisors Budget and Finance Committee unanimously approved Mayor Ed Lee’s proposed two-year city budget after making a total of $32 million in spending changes, of which $17.1 million is for the fiscal year beginning July 1 and includes such things as $1.2 million for members of the board to hire a third legislative aide, $4.1 million for a cost-in-living increase for nonprofits doing business with the city, $2 million for increased services in hom Read More
Rainbow flag, colorful chatter
The annual Alice B. Toklas LGBT Democratic Club Pride Breakfast is one of my favorite events of the year. Amid the festive air of the parade, gaggles of politically minded locals meet at Yank Sing on Spear Street at the crack of dawn to schmooze, gossip and make promises to get drinks with each other soon. Read More
Giants fans, try not to hassle that Los Angeles Dodgers fan braving this weeks games at AT&T Park. He or she might be a cop.
Undercover officers are donning gear from the hated Dodgers during the current three-game series in an effort to enforce civility and prevent episodes like the one last year at Dodger Stadium in which Giants fan Bryan Stow was beaten until he was comatose. Read More
San Francisco is closer than ever to reforming its business tax code to better encourage job growth. Today’s system, which levies a 1.5 percent payroll tax on all businesses with a total payroll in excess of $250,000, has been scrutinized, studied and challenged for a decade, yet no alternative has come close to becoming a reality — until now. Read More
San Francisco’s police and fire departments are preparing for hundreds of retirees.
To address the imminent staffing shortages, Mayor Ed Lee is funding the beginning of a six-year hiring plan for both departments in his proposed city budget. The mayor’s budget includes three 50-member police academy classes next fiscal year and a 42-member firefighter academy class. Read More
Competing real estate transfer tax proposals were placed on the November ballot Tuesday, but both are being used as leverage around a plan to change how San Francisco taxes businesses. Read More
San Francisco is home to 35,000 children under 5, and many of their parents rely on a patchwork of public programs for day care and preschool. The school district, three city agencies and a bevy of nonprofit groups offer options for all kinds of families — but navigating the system can be confusing. Read More