Tag Archives: Board of Supervisors

Longtime Police Commissioner Joe Marshall is out — again

Joe Marshall, who served on the San Francisco Police Commission for 14 years, will serve no longer. The Board of Supervisors voted 8-3 on Tuesday to reject Mayor Mark Farrell’s nomination of Marshall to the commission, which sets the San Francisco Police Department’s policy and conducts disciplinary hearings for its officers.  Marshall’s latest rejection followed a 6-5 Board of Supervisors...

Developer threatens to sue as SF Supes delay Mission project

Robert Tillman, the self-described “newbie developer,” was on Tuesday foiled again by the San Francisco Board of Supervisors in his efforts to develop a 75-unit building on Mission Street between 25th and 26th streets. It is currently the site of a laundromat he owns. The board voted unanimously to uphold an appeal of the project, saying that not enough analysis has...

Gang injunctions grilled by Board of Supervisors panel

There are 53 people still covered by San Francisco’s four gang injunctions — down from 139 when the City Attorney began reviewing the program this year in response to mounting pressure. But, in an appearance yesterday before skeptical members of a Board of Supervisors committee, Deputy City Attorney Yvonne Mere firmly opposed scrapping the program altogether. She said the controversial...

SF Real estate powers pounce on Measure C

One assumes that the city’s real estate powers — Blackstone, Shorenstein and roughly 50 others — hate all measures that hike taxes on commercial real estate. After all, their No on Props C and D PAC — innocuously named the Committee for an Affordable SF — has over $1 million to stop either measure from succeeding. But only one of...

London Breed continually flouts public records law, District Attorney now involved

Mayoral candidate London Breed apparently has no patience for public records requests or the task force that oversees them, and on Wednesday, the Sunshine Ordinance Task Force asked the District Attorney to step in. In the letter, the Task Force requested that the District Attorney enforce the law that says Breed must turn over public records and appear at their...

SF supervisors thumb noses at SB 827

Board of Supervisors candidate Sonja Trauss escorted off by sheriff’s deputy after wading into crowd of opposing protesters Following dueling press conferences, protests and counter-protests, the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday went on record about SB 827, Sen. Scott Weiner’s bill in the California legislature that would reduce restrictions on height and density for residential developments near transit lines. They...

New SF police contract huge deal for community policing

The slogan of the day was, “No justice, no deal.” That’s what activists chanted outside the main chamber of City Hall on Wednesday in preparation for a Board of Supervisors hearing aimed at ongoing contract negotiations between the city and the San Francisco Police Officers Association, or POA. Much of the hearing revolved around the minutiae of the contract —...

London Breed’s ballot designation to be changed from “acting mayor”

Mayoral candidate Mark Leno last week took legal action to compel rival London Breed to alter her ballot designation as “acting mayor” because she is, in fact, not acting mayor. That, Mission Local has learned, led Breed’s representatives to initiate discussions, which postponed a scheduled Thursday hearing. And, today, an agreement has been publicized between Breed, Leno and the Department of...

In dual endorsement, Hillary Ronen backs Jane Kim for Mayor

Hillary Ronen has endorsed Jane Kim, a fellow progressive supervisor, for Mayor. She has also endorsed former State Senator Mark Leno, another progressive, for the Mayor’s seat. It’s unclear if Ronen prefers one over the other, but the dual endorsement can give voters a sense of two candidates they can use as their first or second choices on a ranked-choice...

Dueling SF ballot measures for housing, childcare reveal a city more adept at politics than governing

A tax measure boosting childcare can beat a tax measure aimed at providing housing and homeless services, even if the former garners far fewer votes. How does that make sense? And why are voters forced to choose one or the other? Art Agnos was early. The former mayor had intended to merely endorse the reappointment of a city commissioner at...

Can the city clean up the 16th Street BART plaza?

The 16th and Mission BART station is looking a lot cleaner these days, and if city and BART officials succeed in their plans, throwing on your blinders every time you walk through the plaza may no longer be necessary. “The bottom line is, for a transit hub as big as the 16th Street BART station, it is absolutely unacceptable that...

Political disclosure bill unsubtly takes aim at Ron Conway

City lefties are in their happy place: They get to target a gauche tech billionaire in a good-government campaign. Supervisor Aaron Peskin was this morning flanked by a minivan’s worth of his legislative colleagues, as well as the District Attorney, the inveterate good-government activist, and a front-running mayoral candidate. They were gathered in a City Hall antechamber to talk about...

Mark Farrell is your new mayor — and pandemonium ensues

Moments after he provided the sixth and deciding vote to oust London Breed from the position of acting mayor and install Mark Farrell as caretaker, Supervisor Jeff Sheehy, all six-foot-four of him, was sprawled out in a seat in his City Hall office. He looked spent. He was spent.   He had voiced his “ayes” for Farrell in a willowy...
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Supes extend controls on new restaurants in SF Mission

Those hoping to open a restaurant or extend their storefronts in the Mission District will continue to face bureaucratic hurdles with the city. In an effort to curb gentrification in the Mission, the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday voted unanimously to extend so-called “interim controls” for a 15-month period on businesses wanting to convert spaces to restaurants in the Mission....

Ronen wants answers on mental health beds and 16th Street BART station

Mission Local checked in this week with Hillary Ronen about her first year on the job as District 9 Supervisor and some of the changes in the neighborhood. Ronen talked about her goals for building 5,000 affordable units of housing in the Mission over the next 10 years, her priorities for public safety, and the complicated needs evident at the...