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Board of Supervisors

Business improvement districts bill passes committee

The Board of Supervisors will vote on legislation that would make it easier for property or business owners to initiate the formation of a business improvement district, which levies a tax on properties within the district to pay for extra services.

The Board of Supervisors Land Use and Economic Development Committee sent the legislation Wednesday to the full board.

Currently, those businesses or property owners who would pay 50 percent of the tax assessment can initiate the process. The legislation, drafted by Supervisor Aaron Peskin, drops the threshold to 30 percent.

Law enforcement

City receives grant to investigate cold cases

San Francisco received $400,000 in new federal funds to help The City’s law enforcement investigate old unsolved murder and sexual assault cases through the use of DNA evidence. Last year, California began collecting DNA samples from all arrested felons for a state DNA database. The new funds will be used to review San Francisco cases where DNA evidence is available in hopes of finding matches, or suspect identities, through the state database.

Recreation and Park Department

Agency introduces new volunteer guidelines

The Recreation and Park Department introduced a new volunteer policy that will ensure union jobs are protected while defining tasks park volunteers can perform. The new rules will restrict volunteers from performing maintenance and janitorial services. Tasks would be assigned by volunteers’ skill sets, and the department would also offer training services for longtime volunteers to learn new skills. The department has worked on the plan for several years, and it will be voted on in two weeks.

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