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A proposed 1.5 percent payroll tax on technology companies was shot down Monday at the Board of Supervisors’ Budget and Finance Committee. (Ryan McNulty/Special to S.F. Examiner)

No effort to build consensus on tech tax

Earlier this week the “tech tax” — a proposed 1.5 percent payroll…

 

Artists facing displacement from their homes, studios or apartments is a growing concern in San Francisco. The Redlick Building at 17th and Mission streets was one such place where artists faced displacement because of a development boom. (Mike Koozmin/S.F. Examiner 2015 file photo)

Measure to protect SF artist, manufacturing space makes November ballot

In the last regularly scheduled meeting before summer recess, the Board of…

 

Protesters march down Market Street from Twitter headquarters to the offices of Uber during a rally against tax cuts for tech companies in San Francisco on Wednesday, July 20, 2016. (Ryan McNulty/Special to S.F. Examiner)

SF’s tech tax fails to make November ballot

San Francisco’s short-lived tech tax proposal for the November ballot was officially…

 

Under a measure that could be placed on the November ballot, The City would take back responsibility for maintaining all street trees in San Francisco. (Mike Koozmin/2015 S.F. Examiner file photo)

SF may reclaim responsibility for urban forest

San Francisco’s urban forest is in crisis, but a solution is in…

Under a measure that could be placed on the November ballot, The City would take back responsibility for maintaining all street trees in San Francisco. (Mike Koozmin/2015 S.F. Examiner file photo)
(Mike Koozmin/S.F. Examiner file photo)

Mayor’s veto could improve housing

There’s a high-stakes chess game playing out in the state Capitol that…

(Mike Koozmin/S.F. Examiner file photo)
San Francisco City Hall. (Mike Koozmin/2015 S.F. Examiner file photo)

Special Board of Supes meeting showcases political divide

There was perhaps no better image of City Hall’s political divide than…

San Francisco City Hall. (Mike Koozmin/2015 S.F. Examiner file photo)
In this file photo, former Assemblyman Tom Ammiano, right, sits with supervisors Eric Mar, center, and David Campos while discussing plans at City Hall for San Francisco to have an elected public advocate. (Jessica Christian/S.F. Examiner)

Political tensions rise ahead of deadline for November ballot measures

Political tensions remained high at City Hall on Thursday as the Board…

In this file photo, former Assemblyman Tom Ammiano, right, sits with supervisors Eric Mar, center, and David Campos while discussing plans at City Hall for San Francisco to have an elected public advocate. (Jessica Christian/S.F. Examiner)
A tax on technology companies that could go before San Francisco voters in November is expected to generate $120 million annually. (S.F. Examiner file photo)

Business leaders call proposed SF tech tax political, counterproductive

The technology sector Tuesday blasted a proposed tax on tech companies as…

A tax on technology companies that could go before San Francisco voters in November is expected to generate $120 million annually. (S.F. Examiner file photo)
A tax on technology companies that could go before San Francisco voters in November is expected to generate $120 million annually. (S.F. Examiner file photo)

Voters may be asked to tax SF tech companies

San Francisco five years ago lured technology companies like Twitter to the…

A tax on technology companies that could go before San Francisco voters in November is expected to generate $120 million annually. (S.F. Examiner file photo)

Reform Slate is what SF Democrats deserve

San Franciscans can take a major step toward preserving The City’s unique…

Ashante Jones talks with an SFPD officer outside his tent space while San Francisco Department of Public Works and San Francisco Police sweep the homeless encampment along Division Street in San Francisco, Calif. Tuesday, March 1, 2016. (Jessica Christian/ S.F. Examiner)

SF’s sit-lie law may be told to take a hike

San Francisco police officers should stop citing homeless residents for sleeping on…

Ashante Jones talks with an SFPD officer outside his tent space while San Francisco Department of Public Works and San Francisco Police sweep the homeless encampment along Division Street in San Francisco, Calif. Tuesday, March 1, 2016. (Jessica Christian/ S.F. Examiner)
In San Francisco, only about one or two of these 100 percent affordable projects are produced each year, given the heavy public subsidies these projects require. (Michael Ares/S.F. Examiner file photo)

Build affordable housing the right way

Recently, my colleagues on the Board of Supervisors announced a proposal: “Density…

In San Francisco, only about one or two of these 100 percent affordable projects are produced each year, given the heavy public subsidies these projects require. (Michael Ares/S.F. Examiner file photo)
San Francisco firefighters search for two missing teens at Ocean Beach on Saturday, April 16, 2016. (Courtesy Bryan Carmody)

Supervisor calls for Ocean Beach safety improvements after teens swept out to sea

After two Vallejo teens were swept out to sea at San Francisco's…

San Francisco firefighters search for two missing teens at Ocean Beach on Saturday, April 16, 2016. (Courtesy Bryan Carmody)
(Mike Koozmin/2011 S.F. Examiner file photo)

SF strives to eliminate hunger by 2020

San Francisco must spend more than $13 million in the next fiscal…

(Mike Koozmin/2011 S.F. Examiner file photo)
Under a proposed rule by the National Park Service, areas within the Golden Gate National Recreation Area could limit — and in some cases ban — the presence of dogs. (Marcio Jose Sanchez/2011 AP)

Dog owners aren’t only ones to consider

The proposed National Park Service dog management rule is an opportunity for…

Under a proposed rule by the National Park Service, areas within the Golden Gate National Recreation Area could limit — and in some cases ban — the presence of dogs. (Marcio Jose Sanchez/2011 AP)
An Academy of Art University graphic design student Shantih Cannon, 18, smokes a cigarette in front of his school on New Montgomery Street, Monday, February 29, 2016. “I feel like going to be a backlash, lot of people of my age will be upset,” Cannon said. (Ekevara Kitpowsong/ Special to S.F. Examiner)

San Francisco raises tobacco purchase age to 21; voters to decide affordable housing requirements

San Francisco became the first major California city Tuesday to raise the…

An Academy of Art University graphic design student Shantih Cannon, 18, smokes a cigarette in front of his school on New Montgomery Street, Monday, February 29, 2016. “I feel like going to be a backlash, lot of people of my age will be upset,” Cannon said. (Ekevara Kitpowsong/ Special to S.F. Examiner)
Noe Valley resident Kathy Lipscomb talks during public comment at the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency board of directors meeting before they approved changes to the commuter shuttle program. (Emma Chiang/Special to S.F. Examiner)

SFMTA board approves changes to tech commuter shuttle program

San Francisco’s transit agency agreed to modify the commuter shuttle program Tuesday,…

Noe Valley resident Kathy Lipscomb talks during public comment at the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency board of directors meeting before they approved changes to the commuter shuttle program. (Emma Chiang/Special to S.F. Examiner)
A woman sits on a Facebook commuter shuttle as protesters block buses at the corner of Valencia and 24th streets on Feb. 9. (Emma Chiang/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Progressive bloc leading on commuter shuttle, affordable housing debates

The political power of San Francisco’s newly formed progressive majority on the…

A woman sits on a Facebook commuter shuttle as protesters block buses at the corner of Valencia and 24th streets on Feb. 9. (Emma Chiang/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Gun owners in San Francisco are now required to secure any firearms left in a parked car by keeping them in the trunk if inaccessible from inside of the vehicle or in a lock box affixed to the car out of view such as under the seat. (Mike Koozmin/S.F. Examiner)

SF requires safer storage of firearms left in vehicles

San Francisco added a new gun control law to the books Tuesday…

Gun owners in San Francisco are now required to secure any firearms left in a parked car by keeping them in the trunk if inaccessible from inside of the vehicle or in a lock box affixed to the car out of view such as under the seat. (Mike Koozmin/S.F. Examiner)

City planners cite challenges in proposed law to regulate chain store subsidiaries

San Francisco is looking to regulate chain store subsidiaries the same way…