ReimagineSF

San Francisco-area students: how would you change the law. Win $1,000. Make an impact.

Reimagine SF from Supervisor Mark Farrell on Vimeo.

How would you improve the laws of San Francisco? This is your chance to redesign the rules of the city, and earn a shot at a $1,000 scholarship. Here's how it works:

  1. Imagine A Better San Francisco: Think about what you like best - and like least - about living in San Francisco. Odds are, there's a law to match. How would you fix what you don't like, or build on what you do? Sky's the limit.
  2. Find the Laws You Care About: Now that you have a vision for improving city life, visit SanFranciscoCode.org. Browse and search through the laws to find what you care about most.
  3. Read, React, ReimagineSF: Read the laws. Decide how you'd improve them. Post your changes to each law right at the bottom of the page using Disqus. Your ideas will go straight to the Board of Supervisors for action. The top suggestions will be collected right here.
  4. Tell Your Friends to Upvote: Share a link to your ideas with your friends, family, and the world. Ask them to upvote your idea, or leave a comment in support. That makes your idea float to the top, which is where you want to be to win a $1,000 scholarship.

San Francisco Supervisor Mark Farrell will select the 5 best ideas, turn each into actual legislation, then put them to the Board of Supervisors for a vote. Oh, and those 5 student-legislators will each earn $1,000 for school. Make an impact. Win a scholarship. ReimagineSF.

Top Comments

  1. Avatar for Rachael Chan
    RESIDENTIAL/CARPOOL PARKING (§ 7.2.20.)—San Francisco Decoded

    I just got a ticket. I have a residential parking for my area. Can someone tell me about what it is?

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  2. Avatar for Gibarian
    PUBLIC EDUCATION ENRICHMENT FUND (§ 16.123-2.)—San Francisco Decoded

    Note the double negative:

    "the City shall not reduce the amount of such City appropriations (not including appropriations from the Fund and exclusive of expenditures mandated by state or federal law)"

    so the City shall not not exclude state expenditure mandates. Namely ERAF. In other words, PEEF = ERAF

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  3. Avatar for Charlene Alexandria Whyte
    DRIVING IN TRANSIT-ONLY AREA (§ 7.2.72.)—San Francisco Decoded

    How could I know that passing a car in the left lane with no traffic in the bus lane was a problem? How would I know? I got a ticket today and EVERYONE I talked to today said they had NO IDEA. Why am I being penalized? This is not fair. I would NEVER intentionally disobey the traffic rules. I am only grateful that I could tell all my friends so they avoid it. I've never been down in the Mission driving and it was all new to me, so how could I know? I usually take Alemany but there has been so much construction, I tried Mission wondering if it was better. How could I know this?

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  4. Avatar for Tim Bracken
    GARAGES. (§ 603)

    The language above is out of date. Section 603(b) was amended in 2014 to add the following exception:

    (b) Use. Private and public storage garages shall be used only for storage of automobiles.

    EXCEPTION:
    In buildings defined as a dwelling or apartment house in this Code, or buildings defined as a residential hotel in the Residential Hotel Unit Conversion and Demolition Ordinance (Chapter 41 of the San Francisco Administrative Code), garages may also be used for the storage of bicycles, scooters, and other personal items of the tenants, provided that this storage satisfies the automatic sprinkler system requirements set forth in Section 904 of this Code.

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    About ReimagineSF

    San Francisco-area students have a stake in our city but too often don't have a voice. Together, we can fix that. Just like SF resident Gary Rabkin fixed a dumb bike law.. Giving young San Francisco residents the chance to have a say in city government is what ReimagineSF is all about. The ReimagineSF Civic Engagement Scholarship is brought to you by Supervisor Mark Farrell and The OpenGov Foundation. Please read the contest rules, terms and conditions.

    About SanFranciscoCode.org

    SanFranciscoCode.org, part of the America Decoded network, is the first Internet-Age edition of the city's municipal code, running 100% open-source software and fueled by 100% open law data. Learn more.