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David Chiu

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San Francisco Moves Closer To Legalizing Airbnb, Other Short-Term Rentals

In an effort to regulate short-term rentals—made popular by services such as Airbnb, San Francisco passed its first legislative test Thursday at City Hall, where the planning commission gave tentative approval a controversial proposal after a four-hour long public hearing.

08/08/2014

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San Francisco Supervisors Consider Tax Breaks To Seed Urban Garden Growth

A new proposal before the Board of Supervisors would give significant tax breaks for property owners willing to set aside their empty lots as urban gardens.

07/20/2014

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Airbnb Starts Collecting Hotel Tax In Portland— San Francisco Likely To Be Next

Airbnb began collecting hotel taxes Tuesday for all of its reservations in Portland, Oregon and is expected to soon do the same in San Francisco.

07/01/2014

San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee Proposes To Raise Minimum Wage To $15 An Hour By 2018

San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee on Tuesday afternoon introduced a proposed measure that would gradually bump San Francisco’s minimum wage to $15 an hour by July 2018.

06/10/2014

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San Francisco Supervisors To Face Each Other In Runoff For State Assembly Seat

Two San Francisco supervisors will face each other in a runoff race for one of the city’s state assembly seats this November following Tuesday’s primary election.

06/04/2014

Solar panels installed on the roof of Louise M. Davies Symphony Hall (photo credit: Margie Shafer)

San Francisco’s Davies Symphony Hall Goes Solar, Gets Called ‘Green And Clean’

558 solar panels were installed on the roof of Davies Symphony Hall, as part of the GoSolarSF incentive that aims to shrink the city’s carbon footprint and conserve energy.

04/30/2014

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San Francisco Seeks To Regulate Home-Sharing Services Such As Airbnb Over Eviction Concerns

As the popularity of online services like Airbnb have risen, legislation was introduced in San Francisco on Tuesday to halt people from converting their apartments into short-term vacation rentals.

04/15/2014

Giants mascot Lou Seal rappelled down the Hyatt Regency in San Francisco on March 27, 2014, as part of the "City Skyline Challenge" fundraiser for Outward Bound. (Sascha Lekach at Bay City News Service)

Leaders, Giants Mascot Rappel Down San Francisco Hotel For Charity

A state senator, a San Francisco supervisor, a former 49ers football player—even the Giants mascot Lou Seal—jumped off a downtown hotel building Thursday afternoon as part of a fundraiser for Outward Bound California.

03/27/2014

Leland Yee arrives at the San Francisco Federal Building in custody. (CBS)

SF City Hall Shocked by State Sen. Leland Yee’s Alleged Criminal Activity

While there had been rumors of improper behavior by State Sen. Leland Yee, the scope of the indictment has many at City Hall by shocked after his arrest Wednesday.

03/27/2014

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San Francisco Board of Supervisors Ban Sale Of Bottled Water In Unanimous Vote

San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors voted unanimously on Tuesday to ban the sale of bottled water on public property.

03/04/2014

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