“The proposed amendment to the Public Works Code would provide the city an opportunity to lay fiber-optic cable any time a department or company asks to dig up the ground along a public right-of-way.”
Plan could open SF up to better Internet [Chron]

“The total amount the DA charged to The City for these junkets comes to $1,438, a drop in the budget for the DA’s office.”
Gascon’s Alumni Award Trip Paid for by Taxpayers [Petrelis]

“While Chiu offered more amendments to Wiener’s legislation in an effort to reach a consensus that could then go to the full board for a vote, the larger debates remain unresolved. They include when the clock should start ticking for someone to file a CEQA appeal — either at the project’s first approval or second approval. For some advocates, waiting until second approval is pivotal.”
SF lawmakers’ move to reform CEQA narrows, is still divided [Ex]

“After three medical marijuana dispensaries were permitted in the Outer Mission within close proximity of one another — two on one block — Supervisor John Avalos, whose district includes the neighborhood, introduced an anti-clustering proposal that would prohibit clubs from opening within 500 feet of one another in that neighborhood. The effort has stirred up a hornet’s nest of medical marijuana advocates who say it could undermine the entire regulatory system.”
Medical marijuana dispensaries could be allowed in more areas of San Francisco [Ex]

“Despite the traffic dysfunction caused by free parking, which leads motorists to cruise fruitlessly in search of an open space, Cohen made her anti-parking meter stance clear at the introduction of the hearing.”
Supes Farrell and Cohen Have Yet to Grasp Why Free Parking Hurts SF [Streetsblog]

“The plaintiffs have stipulated to not seek attorneys’ fees if the city agrees to dump the notification law. Activists, concerned about cell phone radiation danger, are pushing the supervisors to stand their ground.”
SF Supes Faced With Tough Decision Over Fate Of Cell Phone Disclosure Law [KCBS]

“Those involved in the negotiations say the legislation will likely to be returned to the Land Use Committee because of amendments being introduced today that the City Attorney’s Office has deemed substantial enough to require another public hearing. They include a provision pushed by tenant groups that would scuttle the lottery bypass if the 10-year lottery moratorium is challenged in court.”
Condo bypass legislation now before the full board [SFBG]

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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