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Proposition B: Paid Parental Leave for City Employees

Noah Arroyo, San Francisco Public Press — Oct 5 2015 - 4:13pm

Proposition B would increase paid parental leave for qualified city government workers.

Proposition C: Registering Lobbyists

Noah Arroyo, San Francisco Public Press — Oct 5 2015 - 4:11pm

Proposition C would require more people to register as official lobbyists if their behaviors merited that title, potentially increasing transparency in government.

Proposition D: Mission Rock Waterfront Development

Noah Arroyo, San Francisco Public Press — Oct 5 2015 - 4:08pm

Proposition D would make it possible for the Mission Rock waterfront development to move forward in the Mission Bay neighborhood.

Proposition E: Requirements for Public Meetings

Noah Arroyo, San Francisco Public Press — Oct 5 2015 - 4:06pm

Proposition E would give members of the public more access to, and control over, the meetings of San Francisco government’s “policy bodies,” which direct City Hall’s political agendas.

Proposition F: Regulating Short-Term Rentals

Noah Arroyo, San Francisco Public Press — Oct 5 2015 - 4:05pm

Proposition F would actively regulate the city’s short-term rental industry, much of which operates largely outside of City Hall’s knowledge and control.

Propositions G and H: Defining ‘Clean’ or ‘Green’ Energy

Noah Arroyo, SF Public Press — Oct 5 2015 - 4:03pm

To wrap your head around these dueling ballot measures, you first need to understand CleanPowerSF, San Francisco’s forthcoming municipal utility system that breaks Pacific Gas & Electric’s monopoly on delivering electricity to city residents.

Proposition I: Mission District Housing Moratorium

Noah Arroyo, San Francisco Public Press — Oct 5 2015 - 4:00pm

Proposition I would block the construction, demolition or conversion of nearly all new, unpermitted market-rate housing in the Mission District for 18 months, giving city officials and community groups time to create a long-term plan for helping low- to middle-income people who live in the neighborhood. Projects for 100 percent affordable housing would not be affected.

Proposition J: Legacy Business Historic Preservation Fund

Noah Arroyo, San Francisco Public Press — Oct 5 2015 - 3:54pm

Proposition J aims to help longtime businesses continue operating in San Francisco.

Proposition K: Using City Land for Affordable Housing

Noah Arroyo, San Francisco Public Press — Oct 5 2015 - 3:38pm

Proposition K aims to make it easier for developers to build affordable housing using city-owned land.

Major S.F. Bayfront Developments Advance Despite Sea Rise Warnings

Kevin Stark, Winifred Bird and Michael Stoll, San Francisco Public Press — Jul 29 2015 - 2:39pm

Builders plan to invest more than $21 billion in offices and homes in flood-prone areas, where waters could climb 8 feet above today’s high tide by the end of this century. Land-use records reveal that the building boom, fueled by a white-hot tech economy, is moving too fast for regulators to keep pace. (Cover story from the summer 2015 print edition)

Mission Bay Pioneers: Working and Living in a New Waterfront Neighborhood

Tanya Dzekon, Caroline Cakebread and Sophie Murguia, San Francisco Public Press — Jul 29 2015 - 2:31pm

As cranes and bulldozers continue their work to build Mission Bay, residents and workers say they love the new waterfront area. Few say they have any knowledge of, nor are they much concerned about, the long­-term flooding risk.

Four Ways to Guard Against Sea Level Rise

Winifred Bird, San Francisco Public Press — Jul 29 2015 - 2:30pm

Water brings both life and risk to the shoreline, so seaside residents have long built barriers, canals and other protections to guard against storms and floods. Now sea level rise is adding an extra challenge.

Bay Area Governments Study Sea Level Rise, but Few Set Limits on Development

Emily Dugdale, San Francisco Public Press — Jul 29 2015 - 2:29pm

The San Francisco Public Press surveyed 13 Bay Area cities and counties where building projects are planned in waterfront areas vulnerable to sea level rise. While most are studying the issue, few have passed new regulations to limit growth or require developers to flood­proof their properties.

With Dozens of Local and Regional Governments, Baywide Planning Is Hard

Winifred Bird, San Francisco Public Press — Jul 29 2015 - 2:28pm

Regional coordination will be essential if Bay Area cities and counties are to minimize flooding as the sea rises. A few initiatives have launched, but none yet has the legal authority or resources to align all 41 governments that border San Francisco Bay.

Experts Weigh In on Sea Level Rise

San Francisco Public Press — Jul 29 2015 - 2:27pm

Experts weigh in on the local effects of sea level rise. Hear from an oceanographer, an academic, a climate scientist, a policy professional and an environmental planner.

Interactive Map: A Baywide Building Boom Threatened by Rising Waters

Lulu Orozco, San Francisco Public Press — Jul 29 2015 - 2:26pm

We found 27 proposals for major construction projects that could be flooded in decades due to climate change. View our interactive map.

As Science Gets Better, Dramatic Sea Rise Seems More Certain

Kevin Stark, San Francisco Public Press — Jul 29 2015 - 2:25pm

Sea level rise of 8 feet is an unlikely but worrisome possibility. Many objections to preparing aggressively for sea level rise center on the uncertainty in projections about how quickly global warming will cause the oceans to expand. But the science is increasingly clear.

Once a Long Shot, Affordable Housing Bond Picks Up Momentum

Sophie Murguia, San Francisco Public Press — Jun 25 2015 - 5:09pm

Last summer, the prospect of a bond to help fund affordable housing projects in San Francisco seemed remote. What a difference a year makes. Early Wednesday morning the Board of Supervisors reached an agreement on a proposal to borrow $310 million to finance affordable housing construction and acquisition.

New York Reform Effort Shows How San Francisco Rent Control Dialogue Lags

Caroline Cakebread, San Francisco Public Press — Jun 19 2015 - 3:08pm

Reforms to rent control are finally a topic of hot debate — but not in San Francisco.

Last year the Public Press wrote about the city’s curious rental laws, which somewhat arbitrarily helps some tenants by limiting yearly rent increases but not others, depending on when the building was put up.

Since then, not much has been done to revisit the issue, even though local leaders have been grasping for ideas to ease the housing crisis here, such as a housing bond of at least $250 million, and additional taxes on home sales to fund affordable housing programs.

School Board Stalls on Effort to Address Racial Isolation

Tanya Dzekon, San Francisco Public Press — Jun 12 2015 - 3:02pm

All the members of San Francisco’s Board of Education agree that the city’s public schools should be more racially, ethnically and economically diverse, but they have not been able to settle on the first steps to take.