City Hall News: Public Utilities Commission 

The commission authorized The City’s first fuel cell project for the Southeast Wastewater Treatment Plant. The project is expected to be finished by the end of 2007. The 600-kilowatt fuel cell will convert waste gas into electricity for use by the plant. The process will reduce the plant’s need to burn the gas.

Planning commission

Discussion on loss of residential units delayed

The San Francisco Planning Commission is set to put off indefinitely Thursday’s discussion of a proposed control on the loss of residential units. The ordinance would amend the planning code to require a commission hearing on any project that would include the conversion or destruction of so-called "dwelling units."

Police commission

Search begins for director of Office of Citizen Complaints

The search is under way for a replacement for Kevin Allen, director of the civilian body that investigates citizen complaints against police officers. A report on the status of that search is expected at the San Francisco Police Commission on Wednesday. Allen resigned as Office of Citizen Complaints director last week.

Courts

Appeals court rules on gang prosecution

The California Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Monday that the identifications of witnesses in a federal gang prosecution are not subject to discovery by the defense. The decision stemmed from an impending federal prosecution of alleged members of the Down Below gang in San Francisco. The gang members are accused of carrying out at least seven murders in the Visitacion Valley neighborhood.

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