Farrell takes leave of absence from venture capital gig to serve as SF mayor

 by Joshua Sabatini : sfexminer – excerpt

San Francisco’s interim Mayor Mark Farrell is no longer working two jobs — something he had done the entire time he was serving as the District 2 supervisor.

The venture capitalist went on sabbatical from his job at Thayer Ventures, where he is the managing director, after being named Tuesday the interim mayor by the Board of Supervisors. The firm invests in technology companies that focus on the travel and hospitality industries.

The company’s website posted news of his hiatus, also stating he plans to return once his stint as mayor ends in June when the winner of among eight candidates will replace him. Farrell also confirmed his temporary leave on Friday… (more)

Farrell did not hesitate to give up his position as District 2 Supervisor. Why Conway doesn’t keep his mouth shut is beyond comprehension. Doesn’t he know that he poisons everyone he mentions and no one wants to be associated with him? Someone should enlighten the guy.


Supervisor Sheehy fears his key vote to oust Breed as mayor doomed his election campaign

By Joe Fitzgerald Rodriguez : sfexaminer – excerpt

Supervisor Jeff Sheehy is no stranger to breaking barriers. Though he’s now San Francisco’s first openly HIV-positive supervisor, he once was a hardscrabble activist in The City, fighting for representation during the 1990s as his community died around him during the AIDS epidemic.

When he was appointed by the late Mayor Ed Lee to serve as District 8 supervisor in January 2017, he carried that ethos with him into office…

That activists ethos was also key in his decisive vote to nominate Supervisor Mark Farrell as “caretaker” mayor, ousting Acting Mayor and Board of Supervisors President London Breed in the process. Though power players behind the moderate supervisors wanted Breed to remain mayor, Sheehy, who had been aligned with the moderates, said he bucked his allies for his principles…

As far back as mid-December — the week after Breed became acting mayor — Sheehy expressed in interviews that San Francisco’s mayor also acting as the board’s president was an untenable position, that it was too much power for one person.

“It’s a big deal for the budget. It’s a big deal for everything we do,” he said. “It’s just not the way government is supposed to run.”… (more)

Sticking by his principles should not be.grounds for losing the election. There may be other powers at play, but, we need people who are not afraid to speak out for what they believe in.


Bayview tenants get eviction reprieve

By Tim Redmond : 48hills – excerpt

Planning Commission delays action on demolition of rental housing units

The Bayview tenants who are facing eviction because a landlord illegally built their units got a reprieve today when the Planning Commission voted unanimously to delay action on the demolition of the apartments.

Sup. Malia Cohen asked the commission for a continuance of an item that could have authorized the demolition of more than 15 rent-controlled apartments housing military vets, most of them seniors and many formerly homeless… (more)

Thanks Malia. Never let it be said that the Supervisors’ hands are tied. They have a lot more power than some would like you to believe. All it takes is one supervisor to come to the aide of their constituents and most of the others will support that decision. Always start with the supervisor when you have a problem.

Contents under pressure: San Francisco’s boom

By sfexaminer -excerpt

Here in the land of bubbles — the tech bubble, the real estate bubble, the blue state California liberal bubble — a good deal of anxiety is spent wondering when things are going to burst and come crashing down. Is San Francisco at its breaking point?

As if to confirm such fears, the City Controller’s Office last week reported that our maxed-out office space, extreme housing crunch and jam-packed transportation system are stifling further opportunities for growth. There is no more give in the trousers without loosening a button — or popping the balloon…

While these are indeed boom times for The City as whole, the benefits have been, as is usually the case, unevenly distributed. For the most part, this means the poor, the renters, the homeless and semi-homeless, the disabled, and many from other countries, documented and not, are feeling a disproportionate share of the squeeze such growth brings. Issues of gentrification and economic equality have been a decades-long struggle, and a worsening topic, in this quickly changing city… (more)

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