“San Francisco Controller Ben Rosenfield said on Thursday the city would end its current fiscal year running through June with a budget surplus of $96.0 million, or $58 million above his office’s previous estimate.”
San Francisco’s budget surplus seen rising to $96 million [Reuters]

“On Thursday, May 9, a few protesters were out in front of the Planned Parenthood clinic on Valencia Street. They said they were not deterred by the board’s vote.”
Supervisors Move to Pass Planned Parenthood Buffer Zone [ML@L]

“San Francisco City Hall was the scene of a protest Thursday by homeless families who want Mayor Ed Lee to do more to help get people off the streets and into housing.”
Homeless Families Visit SF City Hall To Voice Concerns [KCBS]

“After the rally, when Chiu was asked if he planned to take a stand for protected bike lanes on Polk, he declined to do so, instead characterizing himself as a mediator between street safety advocates and parking-obsessed merchants. “
Bike to Work Day at City Hall: Lots of Pro-Bike Talk, Few Real Commitments [Streetsblog]

“The Chiu-Herrera reforms will now require permit expediters to register and disclose their clients and all permit-related contacts with city officials. In effect this closes the loop of those seeking administrative or legislative approvals on behalf of clients just as lobbyists must do.”
The Chiu-Herrera Reforms [CitiReport]

“Within memory, Ethics staff has yet to seek public input on how the Commission is meeting its mandate or to hear from us our proposals on steps that are long overdue. We note that even when members of the Board or a state judge recommended action by Ethics to protect the public trust, Ethics staff did not act. This significantly impacts our confidence in the Commission and its oversight.”
Open Letter to Ethics Commissioners: Get to Work! [CitiReport]

“These hidden persuaders are playing a significant role in the current debate over waiving restrictions on the waterfront to allow 8 Washington’s luxury condos to rise higher than the former Embarcadero Freeway did, to position a new Warriors arena on piers sunk into the Bay with a cash cow of condos, office space, retail and housing linked at the seawall, and were intimately involved with Mayor Lee’s decision to support tax breaks for social media last year and the Mid-Market revival.”
The Ethics Reform On the table [CitiReport]

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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