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Nonpermitted Cartouche Causes Russian HIll Uproar

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Russian Hill! A magical place where a resident will complain to the city about a medallion installed on the exterior of a neighboring home. Michael and Marilyn Cabak were cited by the city for applying a cartouche to their home's exterior without first completing an environmental and historic review. Clearly, the homeowners are upset. "This is heartbreaking, when I work five days a week to make this city a better place and someone wants to come and destroy the whole front of my home," said Marilyn Cabak. "Every time I walk out of our garage I am told how beautiful our home is," she said at a recent public hearing about San Francisco's historic planning regulations. "Tourists stop and take pictures of our home all the time." The current law imposes a $250 daily penalty for nonpermitted installation of a cartouche. Thankfully, Supervisor Scott Wiener has introduced legislation that exempts "painting, paper, cartouches, and similar finish work" from permit requirements. Godspeed, nonpermitted cartouche.
· San Francisco officials want medallion removed from Russian Hill home [SF Examiner]