FBI wiretap hints at Shipyard bid-rigging scheme as trial begins for indicted contractors

By Michael Barba : sfexaminer – excerpt New transcripts of a phone call the FBI wiretapped during an investigation into San Francisco political corruption reveal an alleged bid-rigging scheme involving a contract for the development of the Hunters Point Shipyard. The U.S. Attorney’s Office filed excerpts of the transcripts last week as new evidence in … More FBI wiretap hints at Shipyard bid-rigging scheme as trial begins for indicted contractors

Gov. Newsom must mop up Brown’s water mess

By Jonas Minton : secbee – excerpt Despite many high priority issues on his plate, one of Gov. Gavin Newsom’s first tests will be how he deals with California’s water challenges and opportunities. Unfortunately, in the last days of his term Gov. Jerry Brown made a bad bargain with the Trump administration and special interests. … More Gov. Newsom must mop up Brown’s water mess

Macy’s Selling Another Union Square Building

By Julie Litman : bisnow – excerpt Macy’s plans to sell its 240K SF building in San Francisco’s Union Square at Stockton and Geary streets. The I. Magnin building is separate from the Union Square Macy’s flagship store, which will remain the largest department store in the Bay Area with 700K SF… (more) See this … More Macy’s Selling Another Union Square Building

What the regional housing “compact” amounts to — so far

By Zelda Bronstein : 48hills – excerpt Plenty of bills that will please developers and landlords; not so many for tenants and vulnerable communities. The first installment of my CASA story listed bills introduced in the state Legislature on December 3, most notably Scott Wiener’s do-over of his failed SB 827, SB 50, that incorporate … More What the regional housing “compact” amounts to — so far

City officials celebrate Moscone Center Expansion project completion

By Examiner Staff : sfexaminer – excerpt (includes photos) City and project officials gathered to celebrate the completion of the Moscone Center Expansion project at a ceremony that also featured tours of the facility on Thursday, Jan. 3, 2019… (more) None of the Supervisors appear in these photos of the ribbon-cuttn ceremony. opening. Maybe they … More City officials celebrate Moscone Center Expansion project completion

Finally, a crackdown on misuse of taxpayer money

By Dan Walters : pasadenastarnews – excerpt The FPPC voted unanimously to impose a $7,500 fine on BART for failing to report its spending on a bond issue as a campaign contribution. It also asked the attorney general and Bay Area district attorneys to prosecute the transit district for violating the law prohibiting the use … More Finally, a crackdown on misuse of taxpayer money