Arena clears final legal hurdle

The City Attorney's Office's starting lineup in the Warriors Event Center litigation includes (from left to right): Deputy City Attorney Jim Emery, Chief Assistant City Attorney Jesse Smith, and Deputy City Attorneys John Malamut and Brian Crossman.
The City Attorney’s Office’s starting lineup in the Warriors Event Center litigation includes (from left to right): Deputy City Attorney Jim Emery, Chief Assistant City Attorney Jesse Smith, and Deputy City Attorneys John Malamut and Brian Crossman.

Supreme Court denies legal challenge to Warriors event center

City Attorney Dennis Herrera today issued the following statement on the California Supreme Court’s decision to deny an appeal from a small group of opponents trying to derail the Golden State Warriors event center and mixed-use development project in the City’s Mission Bay neighborhood:

“The Warriors project is an important civic priority for San Francisco. It’s widely supported and has been thoroughly vetted. A world-class city like San Francisco deserves to have an event center like this. A small group of opponents had threatened to litigate ‘until the cows come home,’ despite losing in court every step of the way. Well, guess what? The cows have come home.” [Read more]

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City College

In a bid to save City College of San Francisco from virtually certain closure after its accreditation was slated for termination, City Attorney Dennis Herrera sued the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges, or ACCJC, in August 2013 for unlawful business practices in its evaluation of the college.

Academy of Art University

City Attorney Dennis Herrera announced that he had reached terms for a proposed settlement valued to San Francisco taxpayers at more than $60 million in the lawsuit his office brought against AAU. The agreement includes $20 million in cash, including penalties and a major contribution to a program that helps low income tenants who are at risk for evictions.


Bail Reform

City Attorney Dennis Herrera declared that the state’s current bail system is unconstitutional, and, in a court filing, Herrera said he will not defend the bail system in a federal class-action lawsuit brought by a national civil rights group against San Francisco’s sheriff.

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Abusive landlord lawsuit

City Attorney Herrera has sued San Francisco landlord Anne Kihagi over unlawful business practices that include waging “a war of harassment, intimidation, and retaliation” to force tenants from their rent-controlled homes.  Once vacated, Kihagi re-rents the units at higher market rates.

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Intern applications due December 12

Pictured: San Francisco City Attorney interns from our Summer 2013 program explore City Hall.
Pictured: City Attorney’s Office interns from our Summer 2013 program explore San Francisco City Hall.

The San Francisco City Attorney’s Office’s Law School Internship Program is a unique and competitive educational offering that draws applicants from across the nation.  Participants are chosen based on their promise to emerge as leaders and difference-makers in government and public-interest law, and they work closely with mentors on a wide range of meaningful cases.  But you can’t be accepted if you don’t apply on-time.  Applications for the Summer 2017 program must be received by December 12, 2016.

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Major Cases Map

Our new major cases map feature (still in beta) enables users to browse neighborhoods, navigate the city, and click on geo-tags for informational pop-ups about the City Attorney’s Office’s work there. Each pop-up  links to news releases to read more on the case. 

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Political activities

The City Attorney’s Office’s annual political activities memo offers a useful overview of basic rules that city officials and employees must follow if they choose to take part in activities for political campaigns.  There is also helpful guidance for commissions and departments.

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Good Government

Check out the extensive resources that the City Attorney’s Office offers to help ensure adherence to good government practices by city officials and employees. Most of these are also helpful for residents, to further their understanding of local law and government.

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