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 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 Zannie Alvarez
    GARAGES. (§ 603)

    Thank you so very, very much!!

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  2. Avatar for SupervisorMarkFarrell
    GARAGES. (§ 603)

    Zannie -

    Sorry for the delay in getting back to you here. To answer your question simply, yes it does apply. I actually just authored and passed a change to the law from a constituent who commented on this site who felt the law was outdated as well. Here's a link to the updated "garage law:" Digital democracy in action!

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  3. Avatar for Zannie Alvarez
    GARAGES. (§ 603)

    Can anyone (with an applicable law degree or other actual credentials) explain whether this applies to condo buildings? Or can anyone cite reliable information about whether it does? Our property manager is saying it does apply to condo buildings even though the law is not clear about what an "apartment house" is.

    This law may have been well-intentioned, but it is so badly written that it makes perfectly safe actions illegal. It is extremely frustrating to have dead, empty space in the garage and all of my camping equipment in my bedroom closet. I would like to know about what I can do to help repeal this law.

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  4. Avatar for opengovfoundation
    GARAGES. (§ 603)

    Thanks for the comment. We aren't sure, and aren't lawyers, but will flag for SF Supervisor Mark Farrell. He should respond right here on
    Stand by and thanks again for using SF Decoded!
    - Team OpenGov Foundation

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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.

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