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Phil Ginsburg, general manager of the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department, was unanimously elected chairperson of the California State Park and Recreation Commission. The vote by his fellow commissioners caps his rise that began when he was deputy city attorney in San Francisco in 2000. He previously served as the commission’s vice president . . .  The recent collapse of Silicon Valley Bank and rescue by the government has shaken the markets. State Senator Scott Wiener notes that nearly 90 percent of the bank’s deposits were uninsured; the potential losses didn’t only affect Bay Area tech companies, but also “thousands of San Francisco’s small businesses, nonprofits and climate innovators, and nearly 500 units of affordable housing to be completed” . . . By a vote of 9–2, the Board of Supervisors approved Mayor London Breed’s plan to add $25 million in funding to cover police overtime and to lift a hiring freeze. The vote came three weeks after Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot lost her bid for reelection, primarily over concerns about crime and insufficient policing . . . Piers 30–32 could house new mixed-use projects under a bill introduced by Senator Wiener in mid-March. SB 273 would involve the rebuilding of the piers, removal of bay fill, and opening an adjacent project to hundreds of units of housing, including affordable units. 

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