San Francisco has long been at the forefront of legal efforts to protect consumers, defend the integrity of our public institutions and advance civil rights for every American. I'm proud to continue that tradition as City Attorney, and my office remains committed to providing our City with the highest caliber legal representation. It is my pleasure to offer this Web site as a means to make my office more open and accessible to the people it serves. Thanks for visiting.
DENNIS J. HERRERA
City Attorney of San Francisco
City Attorney Dennis Herrera has announced settlement agreements with 18 local restaurant businesses that voluntarily took part in his office's surcharge enforcement and amnesty program, which seeks to remedy shortfalls between amounts collected from customers to cover the cost of complying with San Francisco's universal healthcare law, and funds actually expended to provide health care benefits to employees. Together with an earlier settlement announced in January, Herrera's restaurant surcharge enforcement effort has now netted a total $844,644 to be distributed among approximately 1,500 eligible employees by 19 different companies.
The program announced in January included a one-time 50 percent amnesty offer for establishments with significant shortfalls -- provided they fully cooperate with city investigators; agree to good faith compliance with the employer spending requirement of San Francisco's Health Care Security Ordinance moving forward; and directly compensate their current and former employees who were the intended beneficiaries of the surcharges paid by customers. All agreements resolve potential disputes with the City over collected surcharges without admissions of liability.
Said Herrera: "I commend these businesses for working cooperatively with us so early in the process, and for understanding our duty to enforce the law even-handedly. These settlements reflect good faith efforts by restaurant owners and managers to do right by their employees, and to honor the intent of fees charged to their customers. I recognize that complying with groundbreaking programs like Healthy San Francisco can sometimes present new and unique challenges. So, I'm grateful to these businesses for their cooperation in reaching settlement agreements with us. I'm glad to continue patronizing these establishments, and I hope other San Franciscans and visitors will join me in doing so, too."
San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera is engaged in litigation against Monster Beverage Corporation for violating California law with its marketing of highly-caffeinated energy drinks to children as young as six-years-old, despite scientific findings that such products may cause "significant morbidity in adolescents" from elevated blood pressure, brain seizures, and severe cardiac events.
City Attorney Herrera has launched a formal investigation into allegations that the State of Nevada was extensively involved in "patient dumping" -- busing hundreds of indigent people who suffer from mental health afflictions to out-of-state locations, including San Francisco, "with inadequate provisions of food and medication, and without prior arrangements for their care, housing or medical treatment upon arrival." The investigation remains ongoing.
The U.S. Supreme Court has granted review in a potentially landmark case to which S.F. is a co-plaintiff, setting the stage for what could be a decisive showdown on what some have described as the civil rights issue of our time. Read the City's history in the fight here.
The City has launched a formal investigation into allegations that the State of Nevada was extensively involved in "patient dumping" -- busing hundreds of indigent people who suffer from mental health afflictions to out-of-state locations, including San Francisco.
Redistricting and its effect on term limits
With the redistricting process underway, a new City Attorney memorandum addresses questions raised about the potential impact of redistricting on current members of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors.
The City Attorney's Office worked with the ACLU and Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights to establish a free administrative process by which individuals named in civil gang injunctions may petition to "opt out."
Students currently enrolled in accredited law schools are eligible to participate in the City Attorney's intern program. Learn more here.