After nearly four hours of debate Monday afternoon, a vote on a proposal that would give San Francisco tenancy-in-common owners a one-time opportunity to bypass The City’s condo-conversion lottery system by paying a fee was postponed by a Board of Supervisors committee.
Emotionally charged tenant advocates and homeowners squared off against one another over the years-in-the making legislation proposed by Supervisor Mark Farrell with the backing of Supervisor Scott Wiener. Read More
Doubts are being raised about the likelihood of the success of San Francisco’s ambitious CleanPowerSF just months before its planned launch.
The worry is that the rates customers of the public power program would have to pay are too high compared to those offered by PG&E. And some advocates are disappointed that the proposed 100 percent renewable energy program does not include a more aggressive expansion of local renewable energy projects, which would create jobs and bring down rates.
San Francisco is on the verge of settling for $465,000 a lawsuit filed 10 years ago in federal court over strip searches conducted by the Sheriff’s Department.
Political activist Mary Bull filed the lawsuit after she was arrested, along with other anti-war demonstrators, on Market Street in November 2002. She was charged with vandalism. Bull repeatedly refused to sign consent forms for a strip search. Read More
The first of three scheduled community meetings over a proposal to equip a number of San Francisco officers with stun guns showed the sharp divide between top Police Department brass asking for the devices and community members fighting to keep them out of cops’ hands.
Ultimately, the seven-member Police Commission will decide whether to approve Police Chief Greg Suhr’s proposed stun-gun pilot program. The devices are intended to incapacitate someone by delivering 50,000 volts of electricity. Read More
An area code is not only three digits, but also a valuable brand identity.
That’s according to the Small Business Commission, which is worried about the impacts of proposed changes to San Francisco’s 415 area code. Read More
In an effort by Police Chief Greg Suhr to equip San Francisco police officers with stun guns, the first of three community meetings is expected to take place today.
Last month, Suhr told members of the Board of Supervisors that he would like to launch a pilot program to give stun guns to about 103 officers specially trained to handle mentally ill people. The devices are capable of shooting 50,000 volts of electricity through a person’s body. Read More
San Francisco is charging ahead with automatic enrollment of electricity ratepayers in the CleanPowerSF program and is poised to spend $1.4 million on marketing and outreach.
Those efforts come amid several concerns. While customers may unwittingly end up in a program they can’t afford, the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission also might face an anti-CleanPowerSF effort by PG&E, which maintains a power monopoly in San Francisco. And the program launch is dependent upon 90,000 customers being enrolled. Read More
A homeowner advocacy group is targeting three city supervisors to ensure passage of legislation that would give some San Francisco homeowners a one-time opportunity to bypass The City’s condo-conversion lottery system by paying a fee.
The owners of more than 2,000 tenancy-in-common units are seeking permission to convert their homes into condos — typically so they can refinance their homes at a lower mortgage rate. But The City’s lottery system only lets 200 units a year be converted into condos, forcing other owners to wait for years. Read More
After calling a proposal to extend two city parking garage leases “strange,” the Board of Supervisors budget committee on Wednesday postponed a vote and demanded more answers from the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency.
The City Controller’s Office had advised in an audit that the transit agency stop having nonprofits manage its parking garages, yet it still proposed 10-year leases to continue using the model for the Japan Center and the Sutter Stockton garages. Read More
Hundreds of San Francisco government workers exceeded the limit on overtime last fiscal year, as the time-and-a-half spending continues to climb.
The City first placed a cap on the amount of overtime a worker could accrue in 2009, but it also allowed for special exemptions and waivers to exceed the threshold. According to a report recently released by the City Controller’s Office, 863 workers exceeded the cap last fiscal year. Read More
San Francisco city officials are threatening to revive legislation requiring that the pharmaceutical industry operate a drug disposal program if it does not cough up money to keep The City’s existing one going.
San Francisco is among a number of cities grappling with what to do with unwanted drugs and questioning who should carry the burden of the cost.
Board of Supervisors President David Chiu said Tuesday that he will send a letter to Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America, a trade group, asking for funding. Read More
San Francisco’s anti-smoking laws intensified Tuesday with the passage of a law banning smoking at outdoor public events and another requiring landlords to disclose the number of on-site smoking units in buildings.
Not surprisingly, the Board of Supervisors unanimously approved both pieces of legislation introduced by Supervisor Eric Mar, who championed them as protecting the public from unwanted exposure to secondhand smoke. Read More
As tech-sector jobs explode in San Francisco, city officials are considering installing a local-hiring mandate for companies.
The idea for such a requirement follows the success of a 2-year-old local-hire law for city-funded construction projects and a multimillion-dollar investment in training residents for tech jobs.
San Francisco’s payroll tax was kicked to the curb in the November election and replaced with a levy on businesses’ gross receipts. Now comes the hard and costly part: implementing the new and complex tax structure.
To that end, The City plans to spend $2.57 million this fiscal year alone on increased staff and technology services to plan for phasing out the payroll tax and setting up the gross receipts system. Read More
San Francisco’s pilot program for drug disposal is being hailed as a success, but it will end in June unless more funding can be found.
The City has suffered setbacks during its long struggle to ensure the safe disposal of unwanted medicines. Most recently, lawmakers were on the verge of passing legislation requiring pharmaceutical companies to fund and operate a drug take-back program.