Polluting businesses beware: San Mateo County’s top prosecutor has made cracking down on environmental violations a top priority of his administration. District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe has assigned one of his deputies full-time to prosecute environmental cases — a duty that only got 25 percent of a prosecutor’s time before.
Lacrouts-Lyonnaise French Laundry, located in the Mission district, has violated San Francisco’s minimum-wage ordinance four times — a city record — and had to pay workers $177,346 in settlements, according to the Office of Labor Standards and Enforcement.
But owner Kevin Lacrouts said he’s struggled to pay The City’s minimum hourly wage — now $9.92 — because most of his competitors are located in Marin, Oakland and South San Francisco and only have to offer employees $8 an hour — the state’s wage limit.
Defying expectations, a Washington, D.C., airport authority declined to name Nathaniel Ford its executive director Wednesday, leaving the status of the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency’s chief in limbo and raising questions about whether the SFMTA needs a leader more committed to The City’s transportation system.
The Police Department is embroiled in a scandal, the FBI has it under a microscope and the former chief is on the outside looking in.
The 49ers may wrap up their decade-old tiff with The City over poor conditions at the run-down Candlestick Park with a settlement proposed by former Mayor Gavin Newsom just before he left office.
The agreement could satisfy both team officials — because it allows them to leave Candlestick earlier than under the current lease agreement — and The City — because it would prevent the 49ers from pursuing a $60 million claim for repairs.
Author Cathleen Schine talks about her latest novel, “The Three Weissmanns of Westport.” [7 p.m., Oshman Family Jewish Community Center, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto]
No, the ruling was not issued by the Ultimate Fighting Championship. It was the National Labor Relations Board that gave the green light to union thuggery in workplace representative elections.
The ruling was handed down by labor board Chairman Wilma Liebman and board member Gary Becker. Liebman was originally appointed by President Bill Clinton, then reappointed twice by President George W. Bush. Becker is President Barack Obama’s recess-appointed former AFL and SEIU lawyer who refuses to recuse himself from multiple cases in which he formerly participated as a union attorney.
San Francisco’s ranked-choice voting is being decided in court, but everyone already knows the verdict: This simply is not a good system to select our representatives. Citywide elections had their downsides; district elections also have their downsides. Why not finally go with the system — proportional elections — that is known worldwide to work well and is fair to all voters?