“By a 15-4 margin, the Democratic County Central Commitee, which makes policy for the local party, endorsed a No vote on the fall referendum that would negate the height limit increase developer Simon Snellgrove says he needs to build the ultra-luxury condos.”
Democrats reject 8 Washington [SFBG] second item [Chron] [Ex]

“Not only are private development projects being built by out-of-towners, he said, no local hire requirement was imposed upon the city’s Central Subway contractors.”
Da Mayor, local hire advocate [SFBG]

“Airbnb and other shareable economy companies are cool, I’ve used them myself, and they’re certainly here to stay. But I just don’t understand their unwillingness to be good corporate citizens and to pay the taxes they owe to support the city services that their customers use.”
Airbnb is still snubbing SF, even after a NY judge rules it illegal there [SFBG]

“Thanks to an assist from Mayor Ed Lee and big labor, the team was able to block a potentially embarrassing vote before the Bay Conservation and Development Commission, which oversees the waterfront.” (third item) [Chron]

“Still to be worked out, however, are the expenses to the city for the extra police, transportation and emergency services that will be needed for the super party.”
City to pick up tab for Super Bowl party [Chron]

“Now that city leaders have reached an agreement with California Pacific Medical Center to build two seismically safe hospitals, the $2 billion deal is sailing through San Francisco’s notoriously slow legislative process.”
SF hospital projects move forward [Chron]

“San Francisco’s public servants got a solid B- from city residents in a biennial survey of how folks feel about the services they get for their tax money.”
A B- isn’t so bad [Chron]

“A slightly scaled-down proposal to house the Mexican Museum in a high-rise condominium building downtown cleared a major hurdle Thursday, but project opponents said their concerns about shadows means the battle isn’t over.”
Mexican Museum project clears shadow hurdle [Chron] [Ex]

“Muni service meltdowns — like the one that struck N-Judah passengers Thursday — cost The City roughly $50 million annually in lost production, according to a new report that will be presented at a special hearing today.”
Muni hearing set to focus on funding, costly breakdowns [Ex]

“A careful reading of the text reveals that most of that space would not be open to the general public but would be available only to residents of the condo complex or to members of a new high-end health club. “
Read the fine print on 8 Washington St. [Ex]

“Nonprofit leaders are calling on Mayor Ed Lee to spare public health services from $25 million in cuts and to spend millions of dollars more on enhancing programs for low-income residents as San Francisco’s tax revenue streams have reached prerecession levels.”
Revenue spike prompts call to curb cuts [Ex]

“On Thursday, the Board of Supervisors Government Audit and Oversight Committee approved moving forward with the renewal and expansion of the Central Market Community Benefit District and the formation of the Top of Broadway Benefit District.”
S.F. to expand mid-Market benefit district, add new one in North Beach [Ex]

“The latest outbreak is in my neighborhood near Yerba Buena Gardens, where rich apartment owners at the Four Seasons high-rise are fighting to stop Millennium Partners from putting up a 40-plus-story high-rise at Third and Mission – and they’re getting PR master Sam Singer to do their bidding.”
Rich stake out high ground in tower row [Chron]

“There are loopholes, rule-evading strategies and an ill-equipped city agency that make lobbying regulations a joke.”
Time to overhaul ethics laws [Chron]

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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