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Last month, Mayor London Breed instructed city departments to submit budget proposals that cut spending by up to 6 percent over the next two years to help close a projected $270 million budget deficit.

Departments cannot create new positions without approval from the Mayor’s Office.

“My priorities are to reduce homelessness by providing housing and shelter, address behavioral health needs, build more housing, and clean up our streets and make them safer for our residents,” Breed stated.

Departments were also instructed to to focus on equity and accountability.

“I want to make sure we are helping those residents of our City who have the greatest needs, and that we are spending City funds effectively and efficiently,” Breed stated.

SFist, the online chronicler of The City, returned Wednesday, one year and two months since it was shuttered. Zack Chen, a native San Franciscan who co-owns Impress3 Media, bought the publication for an undisclosed amount. It will relaunch in two months.


More than 70 city departments and a number of local companies have agreed to take on at least one intern as part of Mayor London Breed’s initiative to offer paid internships and job training to all San Francisco high school students by summer. One-third of the initiative’s $2 million goal for operating costs at non-profits and departments has been secured.


Animal rights activists rallied outside Saks Fifth Avenue on Jan. 1 to demand the luxury retailer provide proof of compliance with The City’s fur ban. Proponents claim the Department of Public Health is slow to adopt its enforcement responsibilities. A statewide ban on new fur products has been put forth in the state assembly.


On Jan. 1, a new state law allowing home cooks to apply for permits to sell food made in their own kitchens went live. However, a local government cannot participate until it opts in. The San Francisco Department of Public Health plans to craft legislation to do just that.


Strip clubs and strippers across The City are grappling with a California Supreme Court ruling from April that set new standards for determining whether workers should be classified as employees or independent contractors. Now classified as employees, strippers and management say the new rules are costing them money.

The Neighborhoods


After two months, bakers from the shuttered La Victoria Bakery will return to 24th Street in a new location. The shop will be called Victoria SF and should be open Friday for pick-up orders.


South of Market

If they include on-site affordable housing, two housing development proposals put forth by Macy Architecture may be authorized to exceed density limits by a state law known as the “density bonus” program. The San Francisco Planning Department expects to complete procedures for applying for a state density bonus later this year.



Noe Valley

Doggy Style, a retail store and members-only dog daycare, will soon open on 24th Street. Co-owners Cameron Silva and Rachel Swann said their experiences balancing the demands of work and the needs of their pets led to the idea for the unique store.


Potrero Hill

The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency is proposing to update its Potrero bus yard at 17th and Bryant. Plans include three levels of bus storage topped with apartments.


Fisherman’s Wharf

San Francisco Chronicle Librarian Bill Van Niekerken put together a retrospective of Fisherman’s Wharf, the popular tourist destination that once made San Francisco a premier fishing city.

San Francisco Chronicle


South of Market

"Geneses," Christine Corday’s 30-foot-tall, 8-ton stainless steel statue, looms over Moscone Center. The crescent moon-shaped artwork cost $1.45 million.

The Columnists
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Joe Fitzgerald Rodriguez, On Guard: Union Says Experienced Firefighters Knocked Out of Running for Fire Chief Job

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Joe Eskenazi: SFist to Return as ‘Software-assisted Reporting and Writing’ Site

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Joe Fitzgerald Rodriguez, On Guard: Yee Backed for Board President by Chinese Community

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Kelly Dessaint, I Drive SF: Getting Stalked by a Bad Aura

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Joe Eskenazi: San Francisco Failed to Provide Hospital Workers a Promised Childcare Center — for Decades. In 2019, It May be Forced to Make It Happen.

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Tim Redmond, The Agenda: Celebrating the New Supes


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David Mamaril Horowitz edited today’s edition.