“The public has a right to see who is trying to influence its decision-makers. San Francisco already has some of the state’s toughest regulations when it comes to lobbying. This proposal from Herrera and Chiu would bolster those rules by shining a light into what are currently dark corners of the lobbying practice at City Hall.”
Lobbying reform proposal would be good for San Francisco [Ex]

“Although federal officials rated the San Francisco Housing Authority as ‘troubled’ when former Executive Director Henry Alvarez exited his post, the agency actually improved during his last year on the job and might have received a passing grade if not for steep federal budget cuts.”
Under its controversial former director, San Francisco Housing Authority improved [Ex]

“Union officials have accused Executive Director Phil Ginsburg of shortchanging the celebrated state-certified program — a partnership between the union, Rec and Park, and City College of San Francisco — while boosting upper management at the expense of hiring more gardeners.”
Union claims S.F. Rec and Park not living up to intentions of city gardener apprentice program [Ex]

“I’m OK with putting a pause on the lottery for a number of years. I would prefer that the moratorium be calculated by the number of people who participate in the bypass. So that if a smaller number of people participate, it’s a shorter moratorium. Having a minimum 10 years is a bit long.”
Q&A With Scott Wiener: Condo Conversion, Video Surveillance [ML@L]

“We’re looking at close to $1.8 million to print all this material”
SF’s Largest Ever Voter Guide Could Prove Costly To Print [KCBS]

“As soon as the Polk Street redesign hit a political rough patch, drawing fire from merchants with a cars-first mentality, Chiu had no bold words about making SF more bike-friendly. Instead of setting the record straight when merchants spread misinformation about the project and throwing his support behind a real-life protected bike lane proposal, Chiu said he had not taken a position.”
SF Still Waiting for David Chiu to Stand Up for Protected Bike Lanes on Polk [Streetsblog]

“Monster Beverage is suing San Francisco’s city attorney over demands that the energy drink maker reduce the amount of caffeine in its drinks and change its marketing practices.”
Monster Beverage Sues San Francisco Over Caffeine Demands [CBS5]

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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