Mike Ege

Palo Alto native Mike Ege has been following San Francisco politics for over 25 years, and brings that perspective to the Standard’s City Hall desk and newsletters. Previously Mike covered policy and politics at the Bay City Beacon, worked as a housing activist, moderated The Wall, a popular message board on city politics, and worked at the San Francisco Daily Journal on the commercial side for over a decade. His other passions include film and photography, and arguing about the quality of the city's cigar lounges and cheesesteaks.

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Peskin Shoots Down Measure to Speed Development of Middle-Class Housing

Mayor London Breed’s proposal to streamline certain housing construction through a City Charter amendment put to voters this summer was killed Wednesday in an unusual decision by the Rules Committee.

SF Board of Supes in 5 Mins: Castro Bars, Evictions, Police Shootings and More Omicron

Among the items up for consideration at Tuesday’s San Francisco Board of Supervisors meeting: new bars in the Castro, more eviction protections, and hearings on police shootings and Omicron response.

SF Police Investigate Antisemitic Covid Propaganda Found in Pacific Heights

The antisemitic flyers were found this past weekend along Pacific Avenue between Baker and Scott streets by a resident who then called the SFPD tip line and posted about the incident on Nextdoor.

Special Election: Everything You Need to Know about SF’s Voter Information Pamphlet

What are the key things in the pamphlet for the upcoming special election? Some statements by or on behalf of persons being voted on are missing—why is that?

SF Board of Supes in 3 Mins: What Went Down at Tuesday’s Meeting

San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors meeting Tuesday addressed Covid policies, Great Highway plans and Recology reform, and it also included one testy exchange between the mayor and a supervisor.

Explainer: Breaking Down San Francisco’s Bizarre Feb. 15 Special Election

In the first heat of a marathon election year, SF voters have the option to remove up to three school board members, as well as elect the city’s assessor-recorder and a state assemblymember.

San Francisco Scrambles to Prep for Lawsuits after Rejecting 800 New Housing Units

The policy fight over new housing in the Tenderloin and SoMa neighborhoods is flaring up in what will likely be the first round of lawsuits filed against San Francisco.

Explainer: What SF Voters Need to Know About 2022 Ballot Measures

Several proposed charter amendments aim at corruption, others could shift the balance of power at City Hall.

Street Safety: Transit Agency Gets a Start on Cutting Car Speeds

New state law opens the way to cutting speed limits–and reducing deaths.

New School Board Recall Group Launched With $350,000 from Tech Investor Arthur Rock

A fierce battle is shaping up over the February vote on the fate of San Francisco’s Board of Education.