City Hall News: City off the hook for $13 million 

San Francisco’s successful legal battle against Macy’s was reaffirmed Wednesday, assuring that The City will not have to pay Macy’s more than $13 million but a "few hundred thousand dollars" instead. The California Superior Court denied a review of the lawsuit between Macy’s and The City, bringing to a close years of legal wrangling over a local business tax effective between 1995 and 1999.

Ethics Commission

City attorney names new member to panel

City Attorney Dennis Herrera named Jamienne S. Studley to the San Francisco Ethics Commission. The president of Public Advocates, Inc., Studley served as president of Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., and as associate dean and lecturer in law at Yale Law School. She was also a scholar in residence at the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, executive director of the National Association for Law Placement and the adjunct lecturer at UC Berkeley School of Law/Boalt Hall. As acting general counsel from 1997-99 at the U.S. Department of Education, Studley oversaw the ethics division.

Planning Commission

Panel to amend plans for classroom building

The San Francisco Planning Commission will meet to amend approved plans for the site at 120 Lathrop Ave. to demolish a 1,815-square-foot classroom building and construct a 4,300-square-foot multipurpose building at the lot. The site is occupied by the Korean First Presbyterian Church. The commission will also meet to discuss a request to remove a portion of the ground-floor bay and construct a garage at the 1300 block of McAllister St. The commission meets at 1:30 p.m. in Room 400 at City Hall at 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place.

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