San Francisco International Airport activity is at a record high — a recent report says more than 44 million people traveled through the hub last year. As a supervisor in 1977, Harvey Milk objected to SFO expansion, so he might not be pleased with this frenetic pace. Read More
San Francisco’s decision to not do a lengthy and costly environmental review of the possible impacts of its ban on plastic bags could imperil the law if a new lawsuit is successful. Read More
Shoppers will have to start bringing their own bags if they want to avoid a new fee.
San Francisco on Tuesday became the latest California city to impose a fee on bags provided to customers, 10 cents a tote, as part of a growing effort to change consumer habits by hitting them in their wallets. Read More
San Francisco on Tuesday could become the latest on a growing list of California cities to impose a fee on shoppers who fail to bring their own bags. In December, the Board of Supervisors postponed a vote on legislation that would have banned all single-use plastic bags and required merchants to impose a 10-cent charge per bag they provide to customers. The merchants would keep the revenue from the fee. Read More
Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi failed on Tuesday to expand his plastic bag ban law and build on his legacy as a legislator.
Five years ago, Mirkarimi gained national attention for banning single-use plastic bags in grocery stores and pharmacies. San Francisco was the first city in the nation to do so, but other cities have since followed suit and gone much further. Read More
As San Francisco looks to build on its green image, Asian-American merchants are worried about the potential impacts of charging shoppers up to 25 cents per bag provided.News of the proposal, which is before the Board of Supervisors, is only now reaching the ethnic merchant communities, according to David Lee, a San Francisco State University political science professor who runs a nonprofit to increase civic engagement of the Asian-American community. Read More
The Thanksgiving holiday is here. It has been a tough year for most everyone I know. Luckily, San Francisco politics never cease to entertain even in the worst of times. Let’s consider what some of our local politicos are probably thankful for this year: Read More
Cities around the county have toyed with the idea of banning plastic bags — but they tend to drop the idea as soon as the word “lawsuit” is heard from bag manufacturers.
In an effort to fend off legal challenges, several cities are now calling for the City/County Association of Governments to conduct a countywide environmental review of the project — a move they say could free each city to choose to ban the bags without worrying about repercussions. Read More