“It’s worth noting that the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission and the Department of Public Works have managed, all on their own, to build successful solar generating facilities — without contract scandals or any other apparent problems.”
City-owned electricity generation works [SFBG]

“Carmen Chu got married last year, so her statement includes all the gifts that she received. Apparently, Rose Pak gave Carmen an ice sculpture worth $300. I imagine it was a cupid chomping on a cigar.”
Politicians report their wacky donations [Ex]

“This practice of “patient dumping” is not only morally reprehensible, it is wholly illegal — a clear violation of federal civil-rights laws.”
San Francisco right to take Nevada ‘patient dumping’ allegations seriously [Ex]

“In order for the process to begin, a member of the Retirement Board must make a motion to begin the first step. It is unclear which board member, if any, would make such a move.”
San Francisco fossil fuel divestment still far from certain [Ex]

“We’re giving Shell millions for clean power and are taking away millions to keep our money clean.”
San Francisco giveth, taketh away from oil company [Ex]

“Another $100,000 budget item that each supervisor got last year was funding for an additional legislative aide. Supervisors Sean Elsbernd and Carmen Chu refused the aide and gave the money to their districts. Now that it’s been a full year with three aides per supervisor, I checked the legislative action to see whether the third aide resulted in more activity.”
More money has supervisors doing less [Ex]

“During a Board of Supervisors Budget and Finance Committee hearing, Supervisor Scott Wiener highlighted the department’s inadequate staffing. There are about 150 gardeners, half the number of gardeners employed a few decades ago, and three park patrol officers on duty at any given time to maintain and patrol 220 parks, or 4,000 acres.”
San Francisco Recreation and Park Department looks to grow after past cuts [Ex]

“The San Francisco Fire Department is asking the Board of Supervisors to allow it to spend another $4 million on overtime pay for this fiscal year that has little more than two months to go. This comes after the department has already spent the $38 million in overtime that had been budgeted.”
Phil Matier: San Francisco Fire Department Asks For $4M More For Overtime Pay [KCBS]

” I think that the proposal as amended that has been introduced strikes the right balance. It addresses some of the concerns that have been raised by TIC owners. It allows for conversions beyond what the lottery allows, but it also tries to protect the availability of rental units by placing a 10-year moratorium. On the whole, that’s a good compromise.”
Conversation With Campos [ML@L]

“The Sutro bust was crafted by sculptor Jonah Hendrickson, who also created the Harvey Milk bust. Nakhodkin said the price tag was a privately raised $35,000; the Sutro bust will occupy a first-floor spot near the Van Ness entrance previously held by a Willie Brown bust that has since moved upstairs.”
Adolph Sutro Bust Coming to City Hall [Weekly]

“It’s uncertain how useful a pair of such pots are. But if you’re seeking a man who received truly useful gifts, look no further than Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi. The man Mayor Ed Lee attempted to boot from office is still there with a little help from his friends — $28,117 worth of help from 156 friends. “
Ross Mirkarimi: 156 Donors Contribute to “Legal Expense Fund” [Weekly]

the author

Eve Batey is the editor and publisher of the San Francisco Appeal. She used to be the San Francisco Chronicle's Deputy Managing Editor for Online, and started at the Chronicle as their blogging and interactive editor. Before that, she was a co-founding writer and the lead editor of SFist. She's been in the city since 1997, presently living in the Outer Sunset with her husband, cat, and dog. You can reach Eve at eve@sfappeal.com.

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