Friday, September 18, 2020

The Agenda

Supes consider major changes in business taxes

The Board of Supes Budget and Finance Committee will consider Thursday/16 a series of tax measures that could raise more than $100 million for the city and change the...

Public toilets—and public corruption

The deepening public works scandal, which now involves political connected permit expediter Walter Wong, appears to have links to a big corporation that has been doing business in SF...

Wearing a mask is a political statement—that you care about community

Donald Trump has – no surprise – turned a basic public-health practice into a political issue, putting millions of lives at risk. Trump has consistently refused to wear a mask,...

Breed’s choices on cops and homeless face challenges

The full Board of Supes will decide Tuesday/8 whether to reject Mayor London Breed’s two nominees to the Police Commission. The vote will come as protesters all over the world...

The Agenda: Why isn’t the Police Commission meeting?

Two members of the SF Police Commission are asking Mayor London Breed to allow the panel to start meeting again – and it’s past due. The mayor’s Shelter-in-Place order bars...

Why turn affordable SROs into tourist hotel rooms?

While the supervisors and the mayor are engaged in a critical, and bitter, debate about moving homeless people into hotels, the Planning Department is moving forward a plan to...

Developer wants huge density bonus — should we know why?

Fascinating housing discussion last week at the Board of Supes. The issue involves a large site at Geary and Masonic that for years was home to the now-shuttered Lucky...

Hotel rooms debate comes to the Board of Supes…

The next step in the effort by five supervisors to mandate that the city procure 8,250 hotel rooms for homeless people during the COVID-19 pandemic comes before a special...

A city line of credit to help small businesses

Almost everything at City Hall is closed, cancelled, shut down right now. That’s obviously the right thing to do. Although I must admit, it’s a bit infuriating that housing developers,...

Stopping evictions and price-gouging in the coronavirus crisis

Sup. Dean Preston is calling for a moratorium on all evictions in San Francisco during the coronavirus outbreak. And District Attorney Chesa Boudin has set up a special hotline...