Politics

Megan Rose Dickey
Jan 26, 2023 - News

San Francisco school board's leadership shifts left

kids with their hands in the air

Photo: Lea Suzuki/The San Francisco Chronicle via Getty Images

San Francisco's school board selected a new president this week, marking an ideological shift for the panel, the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

What's happening: The San Francisco Board of Education voted 4-3 to elect Kevine Boggess to serve a one-year term.

San Francisco supervisors elect Aaron Peskin as board president

Aaron Peskin

Supervisor Aaron Peskin during a board meeting in June 2019. Photo: Santiago Mejia/San Francisco Chronicle via Getty Images

Outdoing the 15 rounds of votes it took in the U.S. House for speaker, San Francisco's Board of Supervisors on Monday went 17 rounds before choosing District 3 Supervisor Aaron Peskin as its president for the next two years.

Details: It took about two hours to finally elect Peskin to the position. Three supervisors were initially nominated: District 10's Shamann Walton, the now-former president of the board, District 1's Connie Chan and District 8's Rafael Mandelman.

San Francisco's supervisors outline 2023 goals

Illustration of San Francisco City Hall with lines radiating from it.

Illustration: Brendan Lynch/Axios

New year, same problems. We caught up with a handful of San Francisco supervisors to discuss their 2023 goals for the city.

Why it matters: San Francisco faces a number of challenges and city supervisors are tasked with addressing them.

Megan Rose Dickey
Dec 14, 2022 - News

SF supervisors push for city to fund safe consumption sites

Safe consumption site

A person uses a safe consumption site in New York City. Photo: Kent Nishimura/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images

Eight San Francisco supervisors introduced legislation on Tuesday, calling on the city to commit $5.5 million to open supervised drug consumption sites.

Why it matters: San Francisco is in the midst of a deadly drug overdose epidemic, largely driven by the opioid fentanyl. While accidental overdose deaths were 11% lower in 2021 than 2020, the 625 overdoses last year represented 41% more than pre-pandemic levels, per the city's Department of Public Health.

San Francisco's most powerful people in 2022

San Francisco Power Players

Illustration: Brendan Lynch/Axios

San Francisco is the epicenter of Big Tech — so it's only right that our metro has a lot of powerful people who call it home.

As 2022 comes to a close, we wanted to reflect on who's made the biggest difference in our city this year.

Nick Bastone
Dec 8, 2022 - News

Bikers and walkers add another win with Great Highway closure

People walking and biking on the Great Highway.

People walking and biking along the Great Highway. Photo: Gabrielle Lurie/San Francisco Chronicle via Getty Images

A yearslong debate over the future of the Great Highway has been resolved, at least for now.

What’s happening: In a 9-2 vote on Tuesday, the Board of Supervisors decided to keep the southern stretch of the Great Highway (from Lincoln Way to Sloat Boulevard) closed to auto traffic on weekends through 2025.

Megan Rose Dickey
Dec 6, 2022 - News

Lethal police robots in San Francisco draw protest

Police officers standing in front of rally outside city hall where protesters are holding sign that says "No killer robots"

Rally at City Hall on Monday to protest police policy to use robots for lethal force. Photo: Shirin Mori/Electronic Frontier Foundation

Members of the Electronic Frontier Foundation was among those at a rally outside City Hall Monday to demand a halt to a program to allow "killer robots."

Driving the news: The San Francisco Board of Supervisors last week voted 8-3 to approve an ordinance allowing the city's police department to use robots for lethal force.

Nick Bastone
Dec 2, 2022 - Politics

San Francisco launches graffiti cleanup program

Local politicians paint over graffiti

Small Business Commission president Sharky Laguana, Mayor London Breed and Supervisor Myrna Melgar paint over graffiti during Wednesday's announcement. Photo: Courtesy of Mayor Breed's office

San Francisco officials say they want to make life easier for small business owners in the city, and this week they did just that.

What's happening: SF Public Works launched a two-year pilot Wednesday that lets business and property owners request city crews to clean up graffiti tags on their buildings for free.

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