John Avalos

The City is set to spend more than $4 million on events related to Super Bowl 50, while Santa Clara will be reimbursed for its costs.  (Ekevara Kitpowsong/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Santa Clara won’t pay for Super Bowl 50, but San Francisco will

San Francisco’s taxpayers will foot the bill to host a weeklong celebration…

The City is set to spend more than $4 million on events related to Super Bowl 50, while Santa Clara will be reimbursed for its costs.  (Ekevara Kitpowsong/Special to S.F. Examiner)
From left, Cannabis State Legislation Task Force members Barbara Fugate, Laura Thomas, Terrance Alan and Sarah Shradar attend the group's first meeting Wednesday. (Ekevara Kitpowsong/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Pot panel sets high ambitions, seeks to build broad political support

The architects behind the vision of San Francisco when marijuana is a…

From left, Cannabis State Legislation Task Force members Barbara Fugate, Laura Thomas, Terrance Alan and Sarah Shradar attend the group's first meeting Wednesday. (Ekevara Kitpowsong/Special to S.F. Examiner)
San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee is sworn in for his second term by Gov. Jerry Brown in City Hall Friday, January 8, 2016. (Mike Koozmin/S.F. Examiner)

Protest, celebration mark Mayor Ed Lee’s inauguration to second full term

Mayor Ed Lee’s inauguration to his second four-year term was lauded with…

San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee is sworn in for his second term by Gov. Jerry Brown in City Hall Friday, January 8, 2016. (Mike Koozmin/S.F. Examiner)
A project rendering of the Super Bowl City on Market Street. (Courtesy NFL Super Bowl 50 Host Committee)

Memo: Hosting Super Bowl 50 will cost SF $4 million

San Francisco will spend an estimated $3.5 to $4 million to cover…

A project rendering of the Super Bowl City on Market Street. (Courtesy NFL Super Bowl 50 Host Committee)
Supervisor John Avalos has proposed a law deprioritizing enforcement of cyclists yielding, rather than stopping, at stop signs if it is safe to do so.  (Special to S.F. Examiner/Natasha Dangond)

Police captain against Bike Yield Law

The man who started the “bike crackdown,” ramping up ticketing of cyclists…

Supervisor John Avalos has proposed a law deprioritizing enforcement of cyclists yielding, rather than stopping, at stop signs if it is safe to do so.  (Special to S.F. Examiner/Natasha Dangond)
Supervisor John Avalos is hoping to pass a charter amendment that would take away the mayor's power to appoint a new member of the board if a seat opens up before an election. (Cindy Chew/2010 S.F. Examiner)

Voters may be asked to eliminate mayoral appointees to the Board of Supervisors

An effort is underway to strip the mayor of the power to…

Supervisor John Avalos is hoping to pass a charter amendment that would take away the mayor's power to appoint a new member of the board if a seat opens up before an election. (Cindy Chew/2010 S.F. Examiner)
The Board of Supervisors passed the so-called bike-yield law on Tuesday 6-5. The mayor has previously said he would veto that law. (Special to S.F. Examiner/Natasha Dangond)

Supes approve rolling bicycle stop law but mayor to veto

San Francisco’s proposal to allow bicycles to roll through stop signs without…

The Board of Supervisors passed the so-called bike-yield law on Tuesday 6-5. The mayor has previously said he would veto that law. (Special to S.F. Examiner/Natasha Dangond)
A proposed charter amendment to increase spending on city parks during the next 15 years may be on the ballot in June.(Mike Koozmin/S.F. Examiner)

Debate continues over proposed park funding ballot measure

The proposed June charter amendment that would lock in increased spending on…

A proposed charter amendment to increase spending on city parks during the next 15 years may be on the ballot in June.(Mike Koozmin/S.F. Examiner)
The Planning Commission voted against legislation that would skip the need for conditional use permits. (Mike Koozmin/S.F. Examiner)

Planning Commission OKs law to tighten restrictions for removing residential units

City officials must weigh in on the removal of any residential unit…

The Planning Commission voted against legislation that would skip the need for conditional use permits. (Mike Koozmin/S.F. Examiner)
Supervisor Scott Wiener, who created the cannabis task force, stands outside The Apothecarium, a medical marijuana dispensary in San Francsico. (Mike Koozmin/S.F. Examiner

San Francisco prepares for legalization of recreational marijuana use

Expecting California voters will legalize recreational marijuana use next year, San Francisco…

Supervisor Scott Wiener, who created the cannabis task force, stands outside The Apothecarium, a medical marijuana dispensary in San Francsico. (Mike Koozmin/S.F. Examiner
The pension funds of San Francsico's city employees are currently invested in fossil fuel companies like Exxon Mobile (refinery pictured in St. Bernard Parish, La.) Chevron and ConocoPhillips. (Gerald Herbert/AP)

Pension fund invests in dirty fossil fuels

As leaders gather in Paris to discuss climate change, it’s hard not…

The pension funds of San Francsico's city employees are currently invested in fossil fuel companies like Exxon Mobile (refinery pictured in St. Bernard Parish, La.) Chevron and ConocoPhillips. (Gerald Herbert/AP)
Legislation to allow bicyclists to yield at stop signs has moved forward to the Board of Supervisors, but without key support. (Special to S.F. Examiner/Natasha Dangond)

Rolling stop for bikes advances without key support

Supervisor Malia Cohen voted Monday against legislation that would allow bicycles to…

Legislation to allow bicyclists to yield at stop signs has moved forward to the Board of Supervisors, but without key support. (Special to S.F. Examiner/Natasha Dangond)
Super Bowl City, pictured in a rendering, will be the focal point of a nine-day celebration in San Francisco leading up to Super Bowl 50 at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara on Feb. 7. (Courtesy of Super Bowl 50 Host Committee)

Taxpayers to foot bill for San Francisco’s Super Bowl 50 celebration

With less than two months before San Francisco’s nine­-day celebration leading up…

Super Bowl City, pictured in a rendering, will be the focal point of a nine-day celebration in San Francisco leading up to Super Bowl 50 at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara on Feb. 7. (Courtesy of Super Bowl 50 Host Committee)
Bicyclists negotiate The Wiggle on Haight Street in San Francisco. (Special to S.F. Examiner/Natasha Dangond)

Supe. Avalos’ bike-yield law proposal faces key votes

A plan to allow San Francisco’s bicyclists to roll through stop signs…

Bicyclists negotiate The Wiggle on Haight Street in San Francisco. (Special to S.F. Examiner/Natasha Dangond)
Mayor Ed Lee has 10 days to sign off on election results before Aaron Peskin can begin his term as District 3 supervisor. (Mike Koozmin/2014S.F. Examiner)

Mayor Lee to determine when Peskin can begin term

When Aaron Peskin will assume the Board of Supervisors seat he won…

Mayor Ed Lee has 10 days to sign off on election results before Aaron Peskin can begin his term as District 3 supervisor. (Mike Koozmin/2014S.F. Examiner)
Supervisor John Avalos is introducing a charter amendment that would require The City to maintain and care for street trees. (Mike Koozmin/S.F. Examiner)

Voters may have final say on who cares for street trees

James Riley wonders why no one at City Hall will listen to…

Supervisor John Avalos is introducing a charter amendment that would require The City to maintain and care for street trees. (Mike Koozmin/S.F. Examiner)
Former POA president Gary Delagnes has been a vocal defender of police officers as has current president Martin Halloran. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Former SF police union president fined for illegally lobbying last year

The San Francisco Police union’s lead political consultant illegally acted as a…

Former POA president Gary Delagnes has been a vocal defender of police officers as has current president Martin Halloran. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
Divesting San Francisco’s pension fund from fossil fuel lags

Divesting San Francisco’s pension fund from fossil fuel lags

Three years after the Board of Supervisors called for divestment of pension…

Divesting San Francisco’s pension fund from fossil fuel lags
A proposed ordinance from Supervisor John Avalos would make cyclists who yield at stop signs the lowest enforcement priority.

Former state Senator Burton calls proposed rolling stops for cyclists ‘the craziest thing’

Former state Senator John Burton is known for his colorful language and…

A proposed ordinance from Supervisor John Avalos would make cyclists who yield at stop signs the lowest enforcement priority.
Supervisor John Avalos held a City Hall hearing Thursday on illegal gambling dens in the Excelsior neighborhood he represents. (Mike Koozmin/S.F. Examiner)

City seeking ‘kingpins’ of Excelsior gambling shacks

Residents and law enforcement officers have been busy in the Excelsior neighborhood…

Supervisor John Avalos held a City Hall hearing Thursday on illegal gambling dens in the Excelsior neighborhood he represents. (Mike Koozmin/S.F. Examiner)