April 15 wasn’t just Tax Day, it was the deadline for public officials to file their statement of economic interests. State law requires anyone serving in elected office or appointed to a commission to announce any gifts, property or income other than what he or she earns as a public servant. The files are all publicly available on the Ethics Commission website, and here are a few insights from the finances of our leaders in 2012. Read More
Rose Pak, a polarizing Chinatown power figure, violated campaign finance laws when she helped pay for Mayor Ed Lee’s recent trip to China, complaints filed with state and local ethics watchdogs allege. Read More
Negotiations over San Francisco’s biggest redevelopment projects in a generation — and just how involved state-owned Chinese enterprises will be in building them — are expected to be a key part of Ed Lee’s first visit to China as mayor, which begins today.
Lee is expected to sit down with officials from the China Development Bank during his eight-day trip to the People’s Republic of China. Over two days in Beijing, the Chinese-American mayor also will meet with key political leadership, which just changed hands.
A self-described “blue-collar politician,” the 63-year-old Norman Yee is set to become the oldest member of the Board of Supervisors when he’s sworn in Jan. 8. He said he wants to bring a thoughtful, independent style with a mix of progressive and moderate politics to his new job. Read More
When I first began writing about local politics, the Board of Supervisors was depressingly funny. There was former (and current) comedian Tom Ammiano, wry Aaron Peskin, “supervisor straitjacket” Chris Daly and the lovable, poetry-quoting Jake McGoldrick. But that was then. The class of 2010 has been relatively calm and grown-up, enjoying a decent working relationship with each other and with Mayor Ed Lee. Read More
At an aptly titled “special meeting” of the City Operations and Neighborhood Services committee last Friday, supervisors Sean Elsbernd, Carmen Chu and Scott Wiener heard public comments on Wiener’s proposed ban on public nudity, except for specific events. It was bound to be entertaining. Read More
It is amazing what a single vote can do.
Once not even worthy of a second- or third-choice endorsement by progressive leaders, Supervisor Christina Olague is now lapping up her reward for voting to reinstate Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi. Read More
In 2010, students at three underperforming middle schools sued the Los Angeles Unified School District on the grounds that seniority-based teacher layoffs unfairly impact poor schools. This is because difficult schools tend to be staffed by newer teachers, what with more senior teachers choosing high-performing schools. Read More
The Board of Supervisors may have ended the official misconduct proceedings against Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi, but political fallout reverberates with talk of a recall effort, a wave of media statements and the revelation of threatening text messages from a high-ranking mayoral aide.
Observers called it a significant political defeat for Mayor Ed Lee, who had expended lots of political capital during the 10-month ordeal that began with Mirkarimi’s domestic violence incident on New Year’s Eve.
When former Mayor Willie Brown threw a Ferry Building breakfast fundraiser Friday morning for Supervisor Christina Olague, he was confronted by a handful of area residents who objected to her support for the 8 Washington St. luxury condominium development. Read More