Tag Archives: Board of Supervisors

Acting San Francisco Police Chief Toney Chaplin fields questions about police reform at Board of Supervisors hearing on October 4. Photo by Laura Waxmann

Supes Grill Acting Chief on Police Reform Recommendations

San Francisco supervisors challenged Acting Police Chief Toney Chaplin on his commitment to reform at a Tuesday hearing at the Board of Supervisors.   Supervisors asked pointed questions about everything from Chaplin’s ability to push back against the influential police union to working towards changing department culture. “We are getting all this talk about things happening and implementation, but I...
An encampment near Division Street after the crackdown by the city in February 2016. Photo: Joe Rivano Barros

Community, Advocates Divided On Homeless Encampments

Community members, homeless advocates and city leaders weighed in Thursday at City Hall  on legislation that would give homeless campers longer notice of impending camp removals and guarantee them shelter. The hearing took place during the Board of Supervisors Public Safety and Neighborhood Services Committee. While all agreed that tent encampments – some 80 of which have been mapped by...
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District 9 Candidates All Rent, None Own Property

This week, we decided to ask candidates for District 9 supervisor to talk about their backgrounds, particularly in regards to housing. We received a series of questions from a reader interested in finding out whether candidates had experiences with evictions and owning property, and how long the candidates have lived in the district they hope to represent. Respuestas en español aquí....
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SF Mission Tech Workers Skeptical Over Proposed “Tech Tax”

Mission tech workers reacted to a proposal for a tech tax to curb the city’s growing inequality with comments ranging from skepticism to wondering why such a tax had not been imposed earlier. Mission-based tech worker Erini Blakey said that while the tax would rightfully “force tech companies to be good citizens,” she questioned its efficacy since it targets only...
Adriana Camarena speaks at a press conference announcing Supervisor John Avalos' proposal.

Supervisor Seeks Action on Police Reform with Budget Constraint

Supervisor John Avalos today announced his intention to mandate reforms to the Police Department’s use of force policies by withholding a portion of the department’s budget until reform metrics are met. The proposed budget amendment would hold $200 million of the budget on reserve, with its release dependent on positive quarterly reviews by the city. Success would be measured in...
Mayor Ed Lee.  Photo by Lola M. Chavez

SF Mayor Says He Has Yet to Read D.A.’s Preliminary Findings on SF Police Problems

Mayor Lee told the Board of Supervisors Tuesday that he had yet to read the recently released findings by a blue-ribbon panel that found a lack of oversight and prevalence of racial bias within the police department. Those preliminary findings emerged from a year-long investigation commissioned by the District Attorney’s Office. “Right now I can’t tell you what that report...
A tech shuttle on 24th and Valencia St. during one of the protests in which demonstrators blocked buses.

SF Supes Adopt Deal for Commuter Shuttle Program

The San Francisco Board of Supervisors voted today to dismiss an appeal calling for an environmental review of the city’s commuter shuttle program. Instead, the Board approved several major modifications to the program including limiting the number of shuttle stops and establishing a six-month review of the program’s impacts on the environment, traffic, and housing. Opponents of the shuttle program and the tech...
From left to right, top to bottom: Hillary Ronen, Joshua Arce, Iswari España, and Edwin Lindo.

Endorsements, Funding Shaking Out in District 9 Supervisor Race

With Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom’s endorsement of Joshua Arce on February 12 and SEIU 1021’s endorsement of Hillary Ronen on Wednesday, the race for District 9 supervisor is becoming clearer — though two of the four candidates have yet to file any campaign financing declarations. Ronen has raised $41,076 and spent half of that by the beginning of January, leaving her with $22,683. Campaign...
Poet and San Francisco staple Diamond Dave Whitaker was recognized on February 2 by the Board of Supervisors, who declared the day in his honor. Photo by Laura Waxmann

Legendary SF Mission Radio Host Honored by City

Diamond Dave Whitaker remembers the first time he stepped foot into San Francisco’s city hall some six decades ago. “It was 1957, and I was in seventh heaven,” said Whitaker. At 19, he had just hitchhiked to San Francisco from Minnesota. Whitaker describes the half century since as a “long, strange trip.” “I sat right there, the benches were different...
From left to right, top to bottom: Hillary Ronen, Joshua Arce, Iswari España, and Edwin Lindo.

SF Mission Candidates Talk Homelessness

This is the third of our “43 Questions” series, in which we ask the four candidates for District 9 supervisor a question a week until November 8, 2016. This week we asked our candidates to weigh in on homelessness. From Supervisor Scott Weiner’s remarks that homeless encampments “need to go away” to Mayor Ed Lee’s plans to move the homeless from downtown...
Iswari España speaking to supporters at his kick-off party. The affair was modest: Some dozen people showed up, mostly friends, family, coworkers, and neighbors. Photo: Joe Rivano Barros / Mission Local.

Underdog Candidate Kicks Off SF Mission Supervisor Campaign

At the campaign kick-off for Iswari España – the least known of four candidates in the District 9 supervisorial race – supporters talked of their frustration with the status quo. “I want someone who can fight for us, the Latinos,” said Maria Freyo, a Mission District resident and España’s neighbor, who came to Sunrise Restaurant for the Friday night launch...
Elvira and Refugio Nieto (second to left and center), listen as the Board of Supervisors call for a federal investigation into the 2014 officer involved-shooting of their son, Alex Nieto. Photo by Laura Waxmann

SF Supervisors Call for Federal Investigations of Mission Police Shootings

The San Francisco Board of Supervisors unanimously passed a resolution declaring July 22 as a ‘day of remembrance’ for Mario Woods, whose December 2 shooting by police officers could have been prevented, some board members said, if the city had taken action to reform police policies sooner.   While this resolution called for an official apology to Woods’ mother, a...
Hillary Ronen with her 3-year-old daughter Maelle Ronen Ugarte at the campaign announcement. Photo: Joe Rivano Barros / Mission Local.

Ronen Pledges Housing, Fights Mayor in Announcement for SF Mission Supervisor

Standing in the drizzle outside of St. Luke’s Hospital, Hillary Ronen officially announced her candidacy for District 9 supervisor Thursday afternoon, pledging the construction of thousands of units of new affordable housing and attacking Mayor Ed Lee for ignoring community input. “I will build 5,000 units of affordable housing in District 9 in 10 years,” she said, flanked by supervisors David...
From left to right: Joshua Arce, Hillary Ronen, and Edwin Lindo.

SF Mission Supervisor Race Heats Up with Two More Candidates

Both Hillary Ronen and Joshua Arce officially announced their candidacies for District 9 supervisor this week, joining Edwin Lindo in the race for the Mission, Bernal Heights, and Portola seat. Ronen, who has served as chief of staff for Supervisor David Campos since 2010, said she would hold an official announcement event Thursday at 4 p.m. outside of St. Luke’s...
Gwendolyn Woods (far right) and supporters of the Justice for Mario Woods Coalition at the Board of Supervisors meeting on January 12. Photo by Laura Waxmann

SF Supervisors Apologize for Police Shootings, Call for Investigation

After introducing legislation that calls for an independent federal investigation into the officer involved shooting death of Mario Woods, District 5 Supervisor London Breed joined three other supervisors on record in criticizing the San Francisco Police Department for its use of force policies. “I’ve mourned the loss of far too many young, African Americans in my life, and since December 2...