Fielder Outlines Indigenous Wildfire Plan

by Benjamin Schneider : sfweekly – excerpt State Senate candidate Jackie Fielder wants California’s Indigenous tribes to play a much larger role in wildfire prevention, as they did before colonization. As skies finally begin to clear following a week of smoke that can only be described as hellish, many Californians are probably thinking, how can … More Fielder Outlines Indigenous Wildfire Plan

Nearly 200 Golden Gate Bus, Ferry Operators Warned Of Possible Layoffs Amid Low COVID-19 Ridership

By Andria Borba : cbslocal – (excerpt) LARKSPUR (KPIX 5) – Many workers who help run Golden Gate Transit buses and ferries between the North Bay and San Francisco could soon be out of a job, after the agency warned of nearly 200 potential layoffs. One glance at the ferry terminal parking lot in Larkspur … More Nearly 200 Golden Gate Bus, Ferry Operators Warned Of Possible Layoffs Amid Low COVID-19 Ridership

‘Debate is over,’ California’s governor says. ‘This is a climate damn emergency.’

By Rachel Becker : calmatters – excerpt California Gov. Gavin Newsom vowed today to accelerate the state’s efforts to tackle climate change, announcing “this is a climate damn emergency” after surveying the fire-ravaged Oroville State Recreation Area. Ten people have died in the North Complex Fire, which has burned more than a quarter million acres … More ‘Debate is over,’ California’s governor says. ‘This is a climate damn emergency.’

California Supreme Court Declines to Find Permit Regime “Categorically” Discretionary Under CEQA

By Daniel Golub, Jennifer Hernandez, of Holland and Knight : jdsupra – excerpt In its first major decision on the California Environmental Quality Act’s (CEQA) distinction between discretionary and ministerial acts, the California Supreme Court held in Protecting Our Water & Environmental Resources v. County of Stanislaus (POWER) that permits issued under an ordinance are … More California Supreme Court Declines to Find Permit Regime “Categorically” Discretionary Under CEQA

Agreement signed to sell SF’s ‘Monster in the Mission’ site for affordable housing

By Roland Li : sfchronicle – excerpt Developer Crescent Heights has agreed to buy a controversial site next to San Francisco’s 16th Street BART Station for affordable housing, a deal that would resolve a seven-year battle over the Mission District property. Seller Maximus Real Estate Partners previously proposed a 304-unit market-rate housing project with some … More Agreement signed to sell SF’s ‘Monster in the Mission’ site for affordable housing

Bold SF waterfront proposal on controversial site: 850 homes and floating swimming pool

By J.K. Dineen : sfchronicle – excerpt San Francisco’s Pier 30-32, once the site of a proposed Golden State Warriors arena, would be redeveloped with an audacious mixed-use project that would include a floating public swimming pool and more than 850 housing units, according to a proposal that city staff recommends go forward. Developers Strada … More Bold SF waterfront proposal on controversial site: 850 homes and floating swimming pool

Former Department of Public Health official charged in corruption case

Bay City News – excerpt San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin on Thursday announced that a former official with the San Francisco Department of Public Health has been charged for helping arrange a DPH contract that netted her then-husband a $65,000 commission. Heather Zalatimo, 45, a former chief information security officer at DPH, has been … More Former Department of Public Health official charged in corruption case

SF Landlords of Single-Family Homes Can’t Triple Rent to Force Tenants Out, Court Rules

By Joe Fitzgerald Rodriguez : kqed – excerpt Can landlords double, triple or even quadruple a tenant’s rent just to force them to leave? Not in San Francisco. Landlord and realtor groups lost a lawsuit on Friday which was seeking to overturn a city law passed in January 2019. That law bars landlords of single-family … More SF Landlords of Single-Family Homes Can’t Triple Rent to Force Tenants Out, Court Rules

Why Can’t Restaurants Make It on Takeout Alone?

By Beck Duffett : eater – excerpt An explainer on why it’s so hard, for anyone who still isn’t getting it Hi Eater SF, Why can’t restaurants make it on takeout/delivery alone? I keep reading this everywhere, including here at Eater SF, but could you please do an “explainer” on why this is? Is it … More Why Can’t Restaurants Make It on Takeout Alone?

Newsom, lawmakers strike pandemic eviction deal. Here’s what you need to know

By matt levin : calmatters – excerpt The proposed deal has some eviction protection provisions for tenants, but no rent forgiveness. Proponents of the bill insist that it’s a stopgap measure meant to help Californians in need until — they hope — federal aid comes through… AB-3088 rental payment default: mortgage forbearance: state of emergency: … More Newsom, lawmakers strike pandemic eviction deal. Here’s what you need to know