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Missing $1.3 million reportedly won’t impact South Park improvements

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by JIM MEKO

Clarke Howatt, a financial official with ABAG (the Association of Bay Area Governments), allegedly skipped town with $1.3 million of development impact fees collected for South of Market infrastructure projects but the financing authority has agreed to use its own reserve funds to restore the money, according to the City Authority’s office. At stake, among other projects, was $300,000 for bulbouts and crosswalks to increase pedestrian safety around South Park.   Continue reading

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Mid-Market development loses highly touted arts center plan

arts center

by JK DINEEN
San Francisco Chronicle

A Mid-Market developer is pulling the plug on plans to include a community-based performing arts center as part of a flashy mixed-use hotel and residential complex at 950 Market St. Continue reading →

 

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Supervisor London Breed takes aim at your “right to quiet enjoyment”

by JIM MEKO

London Breed, the newly elected President of the Board of Supervisors, has been dragged into the perennial conflict between neighbors and nightclubs, siding with the entertainment lobby of course, as it continues to buy influence at city hall to pursue its mean-spirited agenda.  Continue reading

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110 The Embarcadero is not just historic because it is 100-years-old

It was Harry Bridges’ headquarters during the 1934 waterfront strike


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DAVE OSGOOD

If you support historic preservation, you’ll want to join the effort to protect one of the most historic buildings in town. 110 The Embarcadero is not just historic because it is 100-years-old, it was Harry Bridges’ headquarters during the 1934 waterfront strike. According to the July 1934 phone book, both the strike committee and union were headquartered there. History was made in this building. On “Bloody Thursday” the SFPD fired teargas through the windows on both sides of the building. The Commonwealth Club is trying to cover-up this history so they can avoid preservation requirements.   Continue reading

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Flower Mart developer announces new deal but opponents cry foul 

by JONAH LAMB
San Francisco Examiner

A signature drive will start at month’s end for a ballot measure filed earlier this year, and refiled with a new name Thursday — the Flower Mart and Jobs Protection Act. The measure would prevent anything from operating other than what is currently zoned for the Flower Mart site.  Continue reading →

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The Priesthood

SOMA dies

Photo by Allan Berube, from the collection of Gayle Rubin

by JIM MEKO

In his role as chair of Budget and Finance, former Supervisor Chris Daly was rather blunt when the Planning Department came before his committee looking for money: you’re not gonna see one dime of this funding until you listen to the community and start cooperating with them.

Harsh? They deserved it.  Continue reading

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Jane Kim wins another 4 years

Supervisor Jane Kim

Supervisor Jane Kim

With only a handful of credible opponents, Jane Kim collected the lion’s share of the votes cast to win a second term representing District 6 on the Board of Supervisors. Kim received 6,121 votes to Jamie Whitaker’s 1,049 and Michael Nulty’s 1,032. Topping 50% in the initial count, ranked choice voting was unnecessary.

The race between Supervisors David Chiu and David Campos stands at 51%-48%, far too close to call with tens of thousands of votes uncounted. Department of Elections Director John Arntz said he expects to count all the ballots by next week.

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