The rush of money into city political campaigns was not just limited to candidates. Campaigns for several San Francisco ballot measures had price tags in the neighborhood of $1 million.
Based on recent filings with the Ethics Commission, the largest spending on ballot measures was for the $195 million parks bond and on the measure to replace San Francisco’s business payroll tax with a tax on gross receipts. Both campaign war chests were about $1 million. Read More
A breakdown of what San Francisco propositions passed and failed in the 2012 election. Read More
Commission hears about roof repair and other structural plans for the Telegraph Hill landmark. Read More
The Board of Supervisors’ decision to support Proposition B — deceptively labeled the Clean and Safe Neighborhood Parks Bond — isn’t a surprise and shouldn’t be a basis to support the measure. It’s symptomatic of City Hall’s mentality of preferring form to substance. Read More
The Recreation and Park Department is placing a massive bond measure before voters for the second time in four years, but unlike the last occasion, this proposition is facing opposition from a high-profile coalition. Read More
After a contentious fight over restoration and maintenance policies at Coit Tower in the spring, the Board of Supervisors is getting down to the tricky business of interpreting and implementing a vague policy statement that requires San Francisco to “strictly limit” private events at the landmark and to “prioritize” revenue earned there for its upkeep. Read More
San Francisco is often rated No. 1. This is the No. 1 place to trick or treat, with the No. 1 city park system and the No. 1 healthiest city for women. Well, we have a new distinction to add to the list. Read More
Like beauty, city policy is in the eye of the beholder. And just weeks after voters approved a new policy to prioritize the beautification of Coit Tower, backers of the ballot measure don’t like what they see. Read More
Voters will decide what to do about Coit Tower’s state of disrepair during the June 5 primary election, but the situation became a little more complicated Thursday as Mayor Ed Lee announced $1.7 million in funding is being dedicated to fix mounting problems at the landmark. Read More
Given the sorry state of San Francisco’s streets, it’s not surprising that voters approved Proposition B, the $248 million bond measure to repair streets and sidewalks.
This is, of course, good news for The City’s 850 miles of roads and sidewalks. In the next few years, $148 million will be spent for street repaving, $50 million for pedestrian and bike safety enhancements, $20 million to improve Muni’s traffic signal infrastructure and $22 million in disability access upgrades. Read More