“Wiener’s measure contains a veritable minefield of provisions to protect the interests of big developers at our community’s expense, including changes that would drastically reduce public-noticing requirements, make appeals harder to file, and deny the public’s right to argue an appeal of the Planning Commission’s CEQA rulings before the full Board of Supervisors.”
Attacks on CEQA distort the truth [Ex]

“The proposed changes to the appeals process related to the California Environmental Quality Act, commonly called CEQA, have sparked tensions at City Hall, creating divisions among labor unions, community groups and housing advocates, and filling up supervisors’ inboxes with hundreds of emails from residents on both sides of the conflict.”
SF lawmaker hits speedbump in CEQA reform [Ex] [Chron]

“The trip, which cost $11,970, was organized by the Chinese Chamber of Commerce, according to records. Forty people, including former Mayor Willie Brown, who joined Lee and Pak on the trip, helped pay for the trip.”
Complaint: Mayor Ed Lee’s China trip funding skirted law [Ex]

“So far, six pedestrians have been fatally struck by vehicles this year, including 17-year-old Henren Chang, who was killed by a drunken driver while celebrating her birthday.”
Mayor Ed Lee, others plan to participate in first Walk to Work Day [Ex]

“The commission called a special meeting for 2 p.m. Tuesday with one item on the agenda: ‘Resolution authorizing termination of the executive director’s contract.'”
S.F. housing chief Alvarez’s firing likely [Chron]

“Why the heck are San Francisco’s taxpayers footing the bill for this ambitious politician who was not needed at the Supreme Court, to go on this junket and bring at least six underlings with him including his press secretary?”
Tab for 7 SF City Attorney Staffers’ Junket to SCOTUS? [Petrelis]

Companies joining the challenge will pick a particular strategy “to encourage fairness in the workplace for women and men,” and will “commit to sharing it with other companies.”
San Francisco Mayor Lee leads corporate ‘gender equality’ challenge [Biz Times]

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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