GREEN CITY A broad coalition of politicians and activists is supporting Proposition A, the $185 million parks bond on the February ballot, with the rare unanimous support of the Board of Supervisors and Mayor Gavin Newsom.
But just how big an impact can this bond, which requires 66 percent voter approval, make? Read more »
When retired entomologist Jerry Powell caught two tiny light brown apple moths in a blacklight trap in his Berkeley backyard last winter, he had no idea of the furor his find would unleash especially in the communities that were subsequently sprayed with female moth pheromones, a process that could come to San Francisco this spring.
Native to Australia and now found widely in New Zealand and the United Kingdom, the LBAM (or Epiphyas postvittana, as it's known in bug circles) is classified as a plant pest, but it had never before been reported on t Read more »
After years of letting the free market dictate San Francisco's housing mix as a result steadily losing ground on the city's affordable housing goals the Board of Supervisors appears primed to place an ambitious bond measure on the fall 2008 ballot to address the housing imbalance.
Winning the necessary support from two-thirds of voters won't be easy, coming on a ballot with the majority of supervisorial seats up for grabs, the presidential election, and a likely bond measure for rebuilding General Hospital. But Sup. Read more »
Sen. Dianne Feinstein, former mayor Willie Brown, Sup. Sophie Maxwell, and Mayor Gavin Newsom in recent weeks have come out in support of a proposed ballot measure that would allow Lennar Corp. Read more »
On Nov. 6, while voters were casting their ballots, Sup. Chris Daly and a veto-proof supermajority of the Board of Supervisors approved four ordinances that seek to tighten loopholes in campaign finance law and increase the public financing that will be available to candidates running for at least six openings on the board in 2008.
"The impact of these changes is going to have significant reverberations," Daly told the Guardian. Read more »
The upcoming election hasn't generated much voter interest, with only a couple of measures that seem likely to have an impact. But corporate interests in San Francisco and beyond are still spending big money in ways that are secretive, suspicious, and sometimes contradictory to influence the election and win the gratitude of elected officials.
Although the final preelection campaign statements were due Oct. 25, the money continues to roll in. Read more »