• Blogs

    February 8, 2013

    Mel Murphy Tapped for Port Commission by Mayor Ed Lee

    With little fanfare, Mayor Ed Lee has nominated controversial developer Mel Murphy to the influential Port Commission. The limit of public notice appears to be this blink-and-you-miss-it statement on page 15 of next week's Board of Supervisors' agenda. Murphy's long-rumored nomination appeared to be ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 11, 2011

    Busted: San Francisco's Biggest Marijuana Grow to Date

    Moonlighting for techies ​Aside from a January raid of a licensed growhouse -- and a very angry law professor's threats to sue the SFPD -- it's been a quiet year for marijuana busts in San Francisco. Until now.Police said today they arrested three people and seized 1,400 marijuana plants on April ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 21, 2010

    A New Strategy for Combatting Growhouses?

    Puff, puff, pass indeed...​Last week, we reported on how Supervisor Michela Alioto-Pier, in the wake of a rare massive pot bust in her district, wrote a terse letter to the Department of Building Inspection. The crux of the letter: Can't you folks do more to catch pot growers illegally "jumping th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 16, 2010

    Marijuana Growhouses Burn Up Supervisor Michela Alioto-Pier

    Look! A Growhouse! Let's bust 'em...​Finding a marijuana growhouse in the Sunset is like bumping into a celebrity on Los Angeles' Sunset Boulevard: It happens all the time, and they invariably stink of pot. But a growhouse in Laurel Heights? It's just not done! And yet, police earlier this week ha ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 14, 2010

    Contractor in Yesterday's Sea Cliff Collapse Didn't Have Proper Permit

    ​Hector Robles, the worker yesterday buried to his neck in a collapse at a Sea Cliff construction mishap is alive and recovering after a four-hour extraction. But the contractor on the project now has some explaining to do, as, according to the city's Department of Building Inspection, he did not ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 21, 2010

    Report: In 2009, S.F. Housing Production Highest in 45 Years

    Sorry kids! Busy here...​But good luck affording one...A new Housing Inventory report put out by San Francisco's Planning Department says the last time builders created more apartments than they did in 2009 was 1964.But citywide opposition to new housing construction -- as evidenced by last night' ... More >>

  • News

    October 22, 2008

    Checkin' It Out

    Former building commish took money from woman with business before the commission.

  • News

    January 16, 2008

    Department of Building Inspection Mutinies, Warns Mayor of Building Code Violations

    Staffers' Letter Anonymously Asks Mayor For Investigation

  • News

    December 26, 2007

    Tapioca Takedown

    The ball-filled beverage wars in the Sunset may have brought down Ed Jew.

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