Visiting the San Francisco Botanical Garden at Strybing Arboretum is not what it used to be. Locals used to enter as late as seven in the evening or later behind the Hall of Flowers. While never well-maintained or administered, it afforded a rustic charm, a lovely wabi and sabi respite from the commercialism of the Avenues.
I am happy to report that we were able to beat back the attacks on Ranked Choice Voting in both San Francisco and Oakland. These were very serious and well-coordinated attacks by conservative forces.
Open-government activists believe, and with good reason, that the Board of Supervisors’ May 22 vote to oust three incumbents from the Sunshine Ordinance Task Force was in retaliation for a pair of task force actions that cast the board – and particularly President David Chiu and Supervisors Scott Wiener, Malia Cohen and Eric Mar – in an unfavorable light.
Olague has long ties to the progressive community and was appointed by Mayor Ed Lee to the District 5 seat, one of the city’s most progressive, in January after Ross Mirkarimi was elected Sheriff. This week, she joined Sean Elsbernd, Carmen Chu, Scott Wiener, and Malia Cohen – all considered moderate/conservative supervisors – in supporting Sup. Mark Farrell’s proposal to replace RCV with runoff elections for the mayor’s race and other citywide offices.
District 2 Supervisor Mark Farrell stated that he was “honored to recognize a great district 2 resident who has been part of our lives for many years at ABC.” Farrell presented Tyler with a commendation signed by the Board.
The City instituted a curb on condo conversions in response to increases in “no fault” tenant evictions, limiting conversions via a lottery to 200 per year. Currently there are 2,391 homeowners waiting in line for their chance to convert their tenancy-in-common mortgages into less costly and restrictive joint tenancy instruments.