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BOARD OF SUPERVISORS

Resolution offered in praise of real estate firm

Supervisor Bevan Dufty has authored a resolution praising one of San Francisco’s largest real estate firms for refusing to represent property owners who have evicted tenants by invoking the power of the Ellis Act, a controversial state law. Zephyr Real Estate, which opened in 1978, has a new policy that prohibits its real estate agents from representing those who use the Ellis Act. While proponents say the law protects the rights of property owners, opponents say it is ruining the lives of families and the elderly.

SFUSD

School district to encourage recycling efforts

The San Francisco Unified School District is expected to boost its recycling efforts this year. On Tuesday, the Board of Supervisors is expected to approve of the school district spending a $17,250 grant to purchase recycling bins and compost bags for classrooms, and to pay custodians a stipend for helping out with recycling programs. The grant is expected to help the district in meeting its goal for recycling 50 percent of its waste this year. It's estimated that 97 percent of a school’s waste is recyclable.

PUBLIC HEALTH

Health department adopts new bedbug rules

In response to increasing complaints in recent years of bedbug infestations, the San Francisco Department of Public Health is adopting new regulations to control the bloodsucking critters. According to the health department, bedbug infestations have exploded worldwide in the past two decades, although the blood-feeding insects have been around for centuries. San Francisco’s residential hotels, youth hostels and shelters have been most affected, especially in the past few years. Tenants or guests should be moved from infested rooms, according to the regulations, which also require a state-licensed pest control companyto eradicate the bugs from all crevices, vacuum cleaners and laundry rooms. If building owners refuse to comply with the new rules, the city is authorized to eradicate the critters.

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