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
Mayor Ed Lee batted .1000 when it came to local propositions on Tuesday’s San Francisco ballot, calling his sweep “like a second World Series win.”
Along with the passage of a statewide tax measure destined primarily for schools, the success of several local measures put San Francisco on a stronger economic foundation, Lee said in an interview. Read More
A breakdown of what San Francisco propositions passed and failed in the 2012 election. Read More
Although San Francisco’s water utility has come under fire this election season for not doing more conservation, the agency is pointing to some successes in updating the faucets, shower heads and toilets for one of its biggest users. Read More
After many years of ministry devoted to deepening the connection between ecology and faith, I have come to realize that most people have a strong sense of the divine in nature. Nature, for many, is the place where we meet God and taste the beauty of creation. San Franciscans especially thrive on the natural wonder around us and have been famously progressive and forward-thinking when it comes to sustainable living and preservation of our natural resources. Read More
The latest battle in the intermittent centurylong war to drain the Hetch Hetchy Reservoir in Yosemite National Park is intensifying as the Nov. 6 election approaches. Read More
Proponents of a November ballot measure to study the overhaul of San Francisco’s water supply remained unsatisfied Tuesday morning when a Superior Court judge declined to alter the proposition’s wording. Read More
A fight over wording for a San Francisco ballot measure about the Hetch Hetchy Reservoir’s future is scheduled to be in court today. Read More
Proposition F, a ballot measure to increase The City’s oversight of campaign consultants, failed to pass Tuesday.
The measure, introduced by the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, would have required consultants to file disclosure reports with the Ethics Commission monthly instead of quarterly, and electronically instead of only with paper copies. Read More
An attorney working part time for the Rent Board took home $78,153 in wages while also collecting a $3,994-per-month pension last fiscal year. Meanwhile, a lawyer in The City Attorney’s Office was paid $77,427 for up to 120 days of work while receiving a $96,588 pension. A part-time nurse earned $67,068 while collecting a $72,540 pension. Read More