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S.F. supervisor's creative proposal: Make it hard to build McMansions, easier to build small apartments

Take a walk around the Glen Park neighborhood, as I did the other day with Supervisor Rafael Mandelman, and you’ll run into reminders that San Francisco often operates in open defiance of the values we say we hold dear.

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San Francisco Supervisor Wants City to Declare a Climate State of Emergency

San Francisco Supervisor Rafael Mandelman introduced a resolution Tuesday that would declare a state of climate emergency for the city. 

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San Francisco could foot the bill for school board recall to help cash-strapped district

With San Francisco’s school district already facing a massive $112 million budget shortfall, the likely recall election of three school board members would add up to $8 million to that tab, an unanticipated financial hit that could increase cuts to classrooms — unless the city steps in to cover the costs. Supervisor Rafael Mandelman hopes to make that happen, saying he will announce legislation Tuesday that would pull money from city coffers to pay for the expected recall election of President Gabriela López, Vice President Faauuga Moliga and board member Alison Collins.

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San Francisco Celebrates the Passage of an All-Electric Building Ordinance For Newly Constructed Buildings and Framework for a Just Transition

On Tuesday, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors unanimously voted to pass the all-electric new buildings ordinance introduced by Supervisor Rafael Mandelman and co-sponsored by Supervisors Dean Preston, Gordon Mar, Shamann Walton, and Matt Haney.

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Castro homeless woman known for wandering into traffic is dead. Why couldn't S.F. save her?

Neighbors in the Castro knew her as Princess Leia because she often wore her long hair in two buns on the sides of her head, sometimes held together with syringes. Supervisor Rafael Mandelman knew her as Individual M, a reference to her placement on his list of 17 distressed and distressing people in his district whom he tries to help with intensive services. 

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San Francisco Supe Calls For Allowing 4-Unit Apartments In Corner Lots To Alleviate Housing Crunch

San Francisco Supervisor Rafael Mandelman on Tuesday proposed legislation that would allow for small apartment complexes with up to four units to be built in areas of the city currently reserved for single-family homes.

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Amid drought concerns, S.F. supervisor wants new large buildings to recycle and use less water

As California struggles with an intensifying drought, new San Francisco legislation would seek to make large buildings consume less water after they’re occupied.

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SF Supervisor Wants to Limit 'McMansions,' Allow Fourplexes Where Single Family Homes Roam

San Francisco Supervisor Rafael Mandelman is coming for the city's mansions, while also turning up the heat on housing production.

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Supervisors Propose Expanding San Francisco's Safe Sleeping Villages

Two San Francisco supervisors have introduced legislation that would require the city to expand its system of safe sleeping sites for homeless people.

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San Francisco Could Ban Natural Gas in New Buildings

On Tuesday, a San Francisco district supervisor unveiled a proposal to ban the use of natural gas in new construction and for major building renovations.

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New Meth 'Sobering Centers' Top San Francisco's Plans to Address Drug Crisis

San Francisco Mayor London Breed convened a task force in February to address the fast-growing numbers of meth overdoses and hospitalizations, and on Tuesday the force issued its report, detailing 17 recommendations on how to improve crisis response and treatment options for people with problematic meth use.

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