Two emergency dispatchers have reached a tentative $762,000 settlement in a lawsuit against San Francisco for employment retaliation, harassment, gender discrimination and violation of the federal Stored Communications Act.
The lawsuit, filed in federal court in October 2010, paints a troubling picture of the Department of Emergency Management, which handles 911 dispatch. Read More
Although agreement remains elusive on a single November measure to replace San Francisco’s business payroll tax with a tax on gross receipts, supervisors revised each of two competing proposals Thursday.
Significant changes are expected next Wednesday, when the Board of Supervisors Budget and Finance Committee must act to meet a July 31 deadline for the full board to place one or both of the dueling measures on the November ballot. Read More
Soccer enthusiasts have reason to cheer after scoring a major victory toward realizing an upgraded soccer complex at the Beach Chalet on the west end of Golden Gate Park.
The project would replace the existing grass fields with synthetic turf and install 60-foot-high lights to allow for nighttime play on the 9-acre site, along with upgrades such as improved bathrooms and spectator seating. Read More
Mayor Ed Lee came under attack Tuesday for suggesting that San Francisco police officers should employ some form of “stop and frisk” tactics to combat gun violence.
Even as New York City’s version of the policy was under attack by civil liberties groups for encouraging racial profiling, Lee said to reporters last month that he was considering something similar for San Francisco. Read More
Officials hope that problem landlords note an $800,000 settlement recently reached with a property owner who amassed numerous building code violations.
Supervisor Malia Cohen, who represents the Bayview, held a news conference Monday afternoon to highlight the neighborhood violations. She said tenants endured deplorable conditions such as fallen ceilings, mold infestations, and flooding and human feces flowing up on the grounds. Read More
Mayor Ed Lee will deliver the opening remarks today at a major solar convention at the Moscone Center, but his appearance is surprising to some, since he cut millions of dollars from The City’s GoSolarSF program.
John Rizzo, a member of the San Francisco chapter of the Sierra Club, is among a group of solar energy advocates campaigning to restore funding to the GoSolarSF program, which was launched in 2008 and has led to 1,826 solar installations, or 5.75 megawatts of energy. Read More
Few details have emerged yet about why San Francisco police abruptly interrupted Mayor Ed Lee’s testimony and temporarily suspended Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi’s official misconduct proceedings on June 29.
Law enforcement agencies have declined to discuss details about the City Hall bomb threat, which no other occupants of the building were warned about. But information obtained through a public records request shows that 22 minutes elapsed between when the call was received and Lee’s removal. Read More
Although there may not be a towering construction crane on every corner of San Francisco, it can sometimes seem that way.
From the second Rincon Hill tower to the Central Subway transit project, San Francisco is undergoing a massive wave of new construction. Some 56 major developments — totaling $3.137 billion in construction costs, 500 stories and 5,188 residential units — are in various stages of the approval process, according to The City’s Department of Building Inspection. Read More
It took until about 5 in the morning, but spending changes in Mayor Ed Lee’s two-year budget were finally agreed upon Friday.
Pay raises for nonprofit workers, $1.2 million for a third legislative aide for members of the Board of Supervisors and $2 million for additional homeless services were among the changes.
The hours had dragged on at City Hall as supervisors put together $39 million from Lee’s budget submission to address needs in their neighborhoods and those requested by nonprofits providing social services under city contracts. Read More
UPDATE: Early Friday morning the Board of Supervisors Budget and Finance Committee unanimously approved Mayor Ed Lee’s proposed two-year city budget after making a total of $32 million in spending changes, of which $17.1 million is for the fiscal year beginning July 1 and includes such things as $1.2 million for members of the board to hire a third legislative aide, $4.1 million for a cost-in-living increase for nonprofits doing business with the city, $2 million for increased services in homeless shelters and $460,000 for Department of Public Works to increase street cleaning and landscapi Read More
After spending the past two weeks reviewing and making cuts to Mayor Ed Lee’s proposed $7.3 billion city budget, the Board of Supervisors Budget and Finance Committee will decide today how to allocate millions of dollars.
While the committee will have in excess of $10 million in its pot to dole out — from a combination of cuts and unexpected revenue — various interests have made $57 million worth of funding requests. Read More
Several solar energy companies that made business decisions based on a city solar incentive program have warned Mayor Ed Lee that reducing of that subsidy could darken their industry’s future.
In 2008, The City launched the GoSolarSF program, which has since spent $18 million on incentives for the installation of solar panels — creating jobs and boosting San Francisco’s clean energy portfolio. But next fiscal year, city funding will reach an all-time low. Read More
In an effort to help people replace plastic water bottles with reusable ones, Board of Supervisors President David Chiu introduced legislation Tuesday that would require new and renovated buildings to include bottle-filling stations in addition to conventional drinking fountains.
Chiu said his legislation, supported by the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission and the Department of the Environment, would “help enhance the health of our city while reducing plastic waste.” Read More
San Francisco’s police and fire departments are preparing for hundreds of retirees.
To address the imminent staffing shortages, Mayor Ed Lee is funding the beginning of a six-year hiring plan for both departments in his proposed city budget. The mayor’s budget includes three 50-member police academy classes next fiscal year and a 42-member firefighter academy class. Read More
Competing real estate transfer tax proposals were placed on the November ballot Tuesday, but both are being used as leverage around a plan to change how San Francisco taxes businesses.
Mayor Ed Lee proposed a real estate transfer tax increase of .2 percent on property sales in excess of $1 million, which would raise $13 million annually for a city trust fund for affordable housing. But Lee says he is willing to withdraw this tax measure if there is a consensus on his proposal to replace the payroll tax with a gross receipts tax. Read More