San Francisco Defends Right of Non-Citizens to Vote in School Board Elections

A GOP operative filed a lawsuit challenging a local ordinance granting non-citizens a say in SFUSD races, and the city is fighting back.

Tax on Empty SF Housing Units to Appear on November Ballot

A proposed tax would apply to San Francisco landlords, with proceeds intended to fund the creation of affordable housing. But there are a few key exemptions.

Supes Roundup: Leaning Into Compromise on Housing

The board also started the clock on the DA appointment, paving the way for the mayor to appoint a replacement.

Mayor, Supes Agree on Budget That Preserves Police and Downtown Funding, Boosts Affordable Housing

The mayor’s office and supes agreed on a citywide spending plan in the wee hours of Tuesday morning. It must be approved by the full Board of Supervisors in July.

Supervisors Preview: Fish or Cut Bait on Fourplexes

The board finalizes the June election results, finances affordable projects, and revives a pair of housing bills that have dragged out for months.

Restaurants and Bars Are Relying on City Money to Liven Up SF’s Downtown. Now the Future of That Funding’s Uncertain

Downtown businesses still reeling from the pandemic hope an economic recovery program that funds pop-ups and other events survives the coming round of budget talks.

Supervisors Call for Cuts to Police Budget, But Chief Scott Balks

SFPD is the only department to reject all recommended reductions, citing urgency of staffing shortfalls and reforms.

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‘News’ Website Propping Up Supervisor Dean Preston Hides Information on Authors After Report That Some Are Fake

A “news” website secretly created by the San Francisco chapter of the Democratic Socialists of America no longer allows access to author bios following a report that some writers don’t appear to be real people.

Explainer: How Ballot Measures Are Made in San Francisco

Those often confusing policy questions get on the ballot in a variety of ways.

Supes Preview: San Francisco’s Budget Battles Begin

Budget Chair Ronen has laid out an ultimatum for city departments, and the grilling happens this week.