SF Board of Supervisors Votes Against New Jail

The state of California awarded $80 million to San Francisco out of the $500 million in revenue bonds the state issued through Senate Bill 863 to help expand jails after a federal court order to reduce prison populations. While some San Francisco officials, such as Mayor Ed Lee, were hoping to use the money to build a new $240 million jail, the city’s Board of Supervisors voted unanimously against it, calling for better investments in mental health services and rehabilitative programs instead.

Judicial Council Delays Seven New Courthouses

The Judicial Council recently accepted recommendations from its Court Facilities Working Group to indefinitely delay seven new courthouse projects due to ongoing state budget cuts.

Renovation Under Way at Alcatraz Island

Alcatraz Island has not held inmates since 1963, but construction next to the famous prison is under way. A 72-year-old water tower, the most visible feature on Alcatraz Island from San Francisco, is wrapped in white tarp and scaffolding as it undergoes more than $1 million in repairs.

HMC Merges With Beverly Prior Architects

California-based planning and design firm HMC Architects recently merged with Beverly Prior Architects of San Francisco.

SF Plan Includes $290 Million Jail

San Francisco officials introduced preliminary plans for a 10-year, multimillion-dollar project that could result in the construction of new police and fire facilities, a new jail, and potentially a new San Francisco Superior Courthouse.