Legislators legislate. But legislation alone cannot solve this city’s problems — and, for this legislation to succeed, some of this city’s most hidebound and corrupt institutions will have to change their ways, and begin doing things that, truth be told, they could have done long ago.
Last updated: August 26, 2022 In January, 2020, the first domino fell. Mohammad Nuru, then the director of the San Francisco Department of Public Works, was hit with a raft […]
The City Attorney released a report today, finding no evidence that interim Department of Building Inspection director Patrick O’Riordan shielded influential city builders. It instead heaped blame on former director […]
San Francisco has spawned so many interconnected local and federal corruption probes that it’s beginning to feel a bit like Law & Order. The (ostensible) original has, by now, branched […]
The office of the Controller today released the seventh of nine eventual reports on city dysfunction and corruption — and, this time, it was the Department of Building Inspection’s turn in […]
The president of the Fire Commission is, to the best of our knowledge, not given deference by firefighters to light buildings ablaze. The police do not allow the president of […]
See Part I here Before his recent retirement, Norman Gutierrez was perhaps the Department of Building Inspection’s longest-serving employee. He was hired in 1987 and worked there for 34 years. […]
San Francisco’s job posting boasts a top salary $12K higher than San Jose’s, despite far thinner requirements. You’d think building professionals would factor this into their decisions.
But they don’t. They can read between the lines.
The strange and terrible saga of Mohammed Nuru continued to unfold today, as Department of Justice and FBI officials announced charges against longtime city permit expediter and contractor Walter Wong. […]
A structural engineering company with a series of Mission projects under its belt is making plans to create a cinema school inside the abandoned Tower Theater on Mission Street, and […]
COMUNIDAD! Accion Latina’s Juan R. Fuentes Gallery is pleased to invite you back to a final opportunity to view our “Oda a la Muerte” printmaking exhibition. Join us for an […]
The structural engineering firm Santos & Urrutia has joined Mission Local as a business member. You may know one of the owners, Rodrigo Santos, who led us through the complexities […]
Rodrigo Santos is a co-founder of Santos and Urrutia structural engineers at 2451 Harrison Street. He came to the United States from Ecuador to study engineering and soon earned B.S. […]
Rodrigo Santos, from Santos & Urrita Structural Engineers, had many great things to say during our last interview. Like any good discussion, Santos’ thoughts generated many other more technical questions […]