“For those of you concerned about whether Pak is still powerful, you’ll see how powerful she is in the People’s Republic of China. Every meeting with every government official was put together by Pak.”
Ed Lee at his best during trip to China [Chron]

“Pak, one of Lee’s longtime friends and someone who helped persuade him to drop his promise to be a one-year caretaker mayor and run for a full term, is viewed by some City Hall watchers as often trying to influence the mayor on issues, including appointments to commissions and boards.”
3 complaints filed over Lee trip to China [Chron]

“Under these unique rules, just about any change to any property in San Francisco can be dragged out or killed by abusing CEQA. To add to this misery, there is no structure or process by which CEQA appeals are handled in San Francisco. Rather, each appeal is dealt with individually on a muddled timeline that lacks transparency.”
It is time for a proper CEQA process in SF [Ex] [Chron]

“The youth and family zoning for the area is more talk than teeth, with no way to block hotels or office buildings or insist on construction of affordable housing, said Commissioner Kathrin Moore.”
Planning commissioners almost apologize for approving SoMa hotel [Chron]

“My evidence attached to the complaint was Gascon’s gifts of travel disclosure form on file with the commission with March 29, 2013, date-stamped on it.”
DA Gascon Broke Ethics Law, Complaint Says, Probe Launched [Petrelis]

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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