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RECREATION AND PARK

Survey: Recreational use best at Lake Merced Boathouse

Most residents who responded to a recent survey about what they would like to see open at the vacant Lake Merced Boathouse said they want a site for recreational purposes instead of a commercial use, according to the Recreation and Park Department.

The department is considering several options for the boathouse, which has been vacant for two years, including recreational, commercial or a mixed-use property. There is no timetable on when the department will make a decision on how the site will be renovated.

POLICE COMMISSION

‘Fajitagate’ scandal hearing postponed

An evidentiary hearing for at least three San Francisco police officers who still face charges in connection with the “Fajitagate” scandal of 2002 was postponed Thursday by the San Francisco Police Commission.

On Thursday, commissioners set a new date for the beginning of the hearing. At the moment, the deliberations are taking place in closed session as the result of a recent state Supreme Court decision, CopleyPress v. San Diego County, which makes police disciplinary matters confidential. The Fajitagate episode, which started as a fight between residents and off-duty police officers, ensnared top police brass, though they were later exonerated.

BOARD OF SUPERVISORS

Tables-and-chairs permit rules may be eased

Legislation that would allow more than 100 existing businesses to apply for a tables-and-chairs permit was supported Wednesday by the Board of Supervisors Land Use and Economic Development.

Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi drafted the legislation after learning that many businesses in neighborhoods are barred from applying for a tables-and-chairs permit because they are considered a “nonconforming use.”

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