San Francisco’s shuttle buses for commuting tech company employees are getting on the nerves of some residents and the city officials who have to deal with complaints.
While the tension is nothing new, City Hall appears closer to proposing a solution to an increasingly common situation that can create traffic problems and delay Muni. Read More
Civic Center Plaza has been shut down to host large-scale events for extended periods during the past two months, prompting a San Francisco supervisor to complain about the Recreation and Park Department’s stewardship of the space.
Since last week, the plaza between City Hall and the Main Library has been closed down for preparations leading up to the Dew Tour, a skateboarding, bicycle and freestyle motocross event that will begin today.
Supervisor John Avalos called the event “troubling” since it closes down the park for what he called an “inordinate” amount of time. Read More
The illegal practice known as corporate hotelization could be shut down under a law adopted Tuesday by the Board of
When corporations sign long-term apartment leases but then allow short-term stays, other residents complain of feeling like they are living in a hotel. The practice also takes away housing that could otherwise go to San Franciscans. Read More
Mayor Ed Lee defended the rules governing his monthly question time sessions with the Board of Supervisors, while also chiding the board Tuesday for a degeneration of behavior during last week’s vote to reinstate Ross Mirkarimi as sheriff.
Despite criticism that question time seldom yields meaningful interaction, Lee said a rules change could potentially turn the sessions into “a gotcha game” and “would erode the respectful dialogue that I have worked hard to develop with all of the Board of Supervisors.” Read More
For the first time, preliminary results of ranked-choice voting will be released on Election Night, which should help to calm nerves and lessen suspense.
In the past, the Department of Elections would wait days to run the first tabulation of ranked-choice voting, which left many guessing where people’s second- and third-place votes would go in the close races.
After more than a decade of conversation, San Francisco voters will finally have the opportunity this November to replace The City’s tax on employee payrolls with a tax on the revenues that businesses bring in.
The 1.5 percent tax on business payrolls in excess of $250,000 has long been maligned as a “job killer” and a disincentive for companies to do business in San Francisco, the only city in California with such a tax. Read More
The Board of Supervisors will decide Tuesday whether to approve a costly lease for the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency’s towing operation after missing a chance to purchase the property for itself.
Last week, the board’s Budget and Finance Committee put the brakes on the deal, requesting more details. But Wednesday, the committee voted to send it to the full board for a vote, albeit without a recommendation.
Supervisors have raised questions about the deal, as has Budget Analyst Harvey Rose. Supervisor John Avalos said he isn’t sure if he can support it. Read More
As required by a voter mandate, the San Francisco Public Library is now re-examining its library hours.
In November 2007, voters approved Proposition D, which extended for 15 years the Library Preservation Fund, which requires that a portion of property taxes go toward library operations. 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.
Third-party contributions opposing Supervisor Eric Mar or supporting challenger David Lee have flooded into San Francisco’s District 1 supervisorial race with less than 30 days until the election.
The huge infusion of cash has transformed a previously close fundraising contest into a lopsided spending battle in which Lee and his supporters maintain an almost five-to-two advantage over Mar. Total fundraising on behalf of Lee was $473,557, while Mar had raised just $192,969 as of Sept. 30. Read More
In Citizens United v. Federal Elections Commission, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the First Amendment to the Constitution allows corporations, much like individuals, to make independent political expenditures without restriction. The ruling helped spawn a new wave of so-called super PACs that are dominating political spending in the 2012 presidential campaign. Read More
Mayor Ed Lee’s answer to the pressing need for more housing in San Francisco is November’s Proposition C, which would establish a housing trust fund.
If approved by voters, $1.5 billion would be invested in low- and moderate-income housing construction and related programs during the next 30 years. The bulk of the funding would be used to help develop up to 30,000 units of housing affordable to households earning up to 120 percent of the area’s median income. The City’s existing affordable housing requirements also would be relaxed to encourage more construction. Read More
Questions are flying about the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency’s costly proposed lease of a 13-acre site for auto towing.
Curious timing and questionable terms and costs surrounding a proposed 20-year contract between the agency and the real estate firm Prologis prompted the Board of Supervisors Budget and Finance Committee on Wednesday to put the brakes on the deal, which took 14 months to negotiate.
“I don’t believe that we should move and move into something that is essentially a bad deal,” Supervisor David Campos said. Read More
Supervisor John Avalos is going straight to the people in an effort to inject excitement into the monthly question time sessions with Mayor Ed Lee.
“I’ve been a bit underwhelmed with QT so I thought I’d mix it up and troll for QT from my FB friends,” Avalos wrote on his Facebook page. “Please submit QT questions — serious ones or not — for my staff and me to choose from.” Read More
San Francisco’s most common type of infill residential developments were exempted Tuesday from The City’s affordable housing requirements as part of a deal to help ensure passage of Proposition C, the Housing Trust Fund, in November’s election.
On Tuesday, the Board of Supervisors voted 10-0 to increase the threshold for affordable-housing requirements from five or more units to 10 or more. Projects of between five and nine units are The City’s most common type of infill developments. Read More