San Francisco Mayor Mark Farrell has pledged that one of his main priorities while in office will be to strengthen the city’s police department. In order to do this, the mayor is proposing a new budget that will include an additional $34.2 million in spending for law enforcement.

Most of the money will be spent on hiring additional police officers for the force. $22 million will go to adding 225 officers. The hiring will take place over a four year period. In addition to the new officers on the street, the funds will also pay for 25 civilian employees. These civilians will work in jobs that are now held by officers. By moving civilians into these positions, an additional 25 officers will be back out on patrol.

In addition to spending on new personnel, the budget will allow for the purchase of new police vehicles. $7.5 million will go towards the department obtaining 130 new vehicles over the course of the next two years.

$3 million will be spent on the purchase of tasers. The rest of the funds will go to funding items such as computer database upgrades and additional administrative items.

The mayor is hopeful that more officers on the street will help to reduce crime within San Francisco. In the last year, the city has seen a significant increase the number of crimes committed against property. The main criminal activity has been people breaking into automobiles. There were 30,000 car burglaries last year. Less than two percent of these crimes were ever solved by the police.

The additional officers on the street will also help with homelessness problems within the city. The city runs the Healthy Streets Operations Center. Part of this center’s mission is to respond to complaints that residents have concerning homeless people in a given area. More officers will allow for quicker response times.

The amount of plastic that makes its way into landfills is staggering. Plastic that is thrown away is also a scourge to the planet’s oceans. More and more marine animals are being found with plastic in their systems.

In order to help reduce landfill waste and protect the environment, the city of San Francisco is contemplating banning plastic straws from being used in dining establishments. If San Francisco is to ultimately adopt this particular measure, it would join several other cities in California that also have this ban in place.

In reality, the plastic straw ban would not be complete. It would prohibit restaurants, bars and dining establishments from putting straws within drinks as a matter of course. A customer would have to ask for a plastic straw specifically in order for the establishment to provide one for the customer. The hope of those seeking the plastic straw measure is that establishments will begin to use straws that are made out of compostable materials such as straws made from paper.

This measure would be just another in a long-line of measures adopted within the city of San Francisco in order to cut down on landfill waste. The city has also banned the use of Styrofoam cups in the city. The use of plastic shopping bags in stores is also not allowed.

Environmental advocates hope that the proposed straw measure will be just the first measure in cutting down on waste from dining establishments. One study has shown that as much as two-thirds of San Francisco’s landfill waste comes from food packaging from restaurants.

San Francisco has the goal of becoming waste free by the end of 2020. Several measures such as the one to ban plastic straws will need to be implemented if the city is going to come close to reaching that goal.

April 22, 2018 · San Francisco · (No comments)

In San Francisco, the Central Subway is about to be finished. One source has projected that passengers will be able to ride it by December 2019. However, according to Tutor Perini, a subway contractor, the subway might be opened in 2021.

The Central Subway is 1.7 miles long, and it is a part of MUNI’s T-Third line. The last station of the subway line is currently being erected under Stockton Street in Chinatown. The station is rising to the street as construction is being completed.

Some officials think that the opening of the subway will be delayed due to delayed construction. Construction was delayed because of the fact that certain methods were used in order to keep streets open above ground. Commuters and businesses needed to have the streets and sidewalks reasonably clear.

The workers are currently putting rebar on the floors of the subway and installing waterproofing. The next step is to install the mechanical systems, tracks, electrical systems and station entrances.

By the end of the year, it is expected that subterranean stations at Union Square and Yerba Buena/Moscone Center will be completed.

For those who don’t know, MUNI is a “Bus and Metro” system that runs all throughout San Francisco. The Metro is a light rail system that contains about 71.5 miles of track. There are 7 light rail lines—one of them being a shuttle for peak hours. There are 24 surface stations, 3 tunnels, 87 surface stops and 9 subway stations. On average, 173,500 passengers ride the Metro during each weekday.

The city hopes that these new subway stops will increase foot traffic to local businesses. The construction may have been a monkey wrench in the accessibility of local businesses, though it will all be worth it in the long run once the subway is completed.

San Francisco’s Board of Supervisor recently voted unanimously to support the development of Pier 70 and an excellent exit strategy for city workers who served the old Hall of Justice. Pier 70 has been under preparation for decades. The project will transform 35 acres of the wrecked dockyard into state-of-the-art facilities that include a commercial space, houses, art studios, and waterfront parks. Forest City is the company that will be in charge of the development of the Pier 70. According to the senior VP of the firm, Jack Sylvan, the community is glad that the project has been approved since many people have worked for it.

The decision of the board was a win for the workers of the Hall of Justice since it authorized a lease for the new premises at 350 Rhode Island Street. Before the vote, Supervisors Aaron Peskin, Ahsha Safai, and London Breed had discredited the arrangements by arguing that the city could save a lot of money by acquiring new buildings instead of paying $150 million to rent the Rhode Island Street building for 15 years. The deal was highly supported by the city’s law enforcement staff and the San Francisco Labor Council, which is the organization that represents public servants.

Individuals who worked at the Hall of Justice, which was established 59 years ago, have been complaining for decades about its condition. Employees and inmates at the facility had been affected by leakage of raw sewage, blackouts, exposure to asbestos, broken elevators, and flooding. According to a report from the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s hazard analysis software, over 100 people could lose the lives at the facility if a 7.9 magnitude earthquake hit the San Andreas fault. A considerable percentage of supervisors were against the lease, but none of them was willing to defy the will of city employees.