A multiunit condo development in Hayes Valley broke ground earlier this month, adding another element to the Market and Octavia Area Plan that’s aimed at making the neighborhood more inviting.
The 8 Octavia Blvd. development is expected to have 47 housing units — including one- to three-bedroom condos and one- and two-bedroom townhouses — along with ground-level retail and residential parking, according to developers. Read More
Music lovers wanting to hear live tunes without going to a concert or club or leaving the comfort of their home can use new computer apps that connect them to events in venues around the world.
“Going to a concert is about the music. But it’s also about the shared experience of watching that music with all these other people,” said Judy Estrin, the chief executive of Redwood City-based company Evntlive.
Evntlive streams concerts of well known and indie artists on its namesake Web app, which was launched last month and is accessible on mobile devices. Read More
The nursing community has set up a fund to help the families of five women who were killed in a fiery crash on the San Mateo Bridge this month as they headed to a bridal party in Foster City.
The California Nurses Association and National Nurses United have established the CNA Nursing Angels Family Fund to which anyone can make a donation to benefit the families of the women who died while celebrating the marriage of Neriza Fojas, 31, of Monterey.
The former Bay Area resident was a nurse at the Community Regional Medical Center in Fresno. Read More
One way to make Apple CEO Tim Cook uncomfortable is to mention the labor conditions at Foxconn, the tech company’s China-based manufacturer. Ben Field knows that, which is why he broached the subject at a recent Apple shareholders meeting.
But Field, who serves as an executive officer for the South Bay Labor Council, wasn’t actually that interested in Apple’s efforts to improve overseas working conditions, which Cook defended vigorously. He’s more interested in the company’s treatment of workers at home. He’s trying to unionize them to demand better pay and benefits. Read More
Marcus Clarke has gotten his fill of living outside the Bay Area and is ready to make his return to San Mateo city government next month.
Clarke will end a two-year stint in Detroit to take the job as San Mateo’s economic development manager beginning in June. He had previously served as the city’s business liaison and economic development specialist from 2007-11. Read More
Mayor Ed Lee announced Monday that San Francisco is making $12 million in affordable loans available to small businesses through the creation of the Emerging Business Loan Fund.
“The Emerging Business Loan Fund will allow entrepreneurs and small businesses to secure the capital they need to innovate, grow their business and succeed,” Lee said in a statement. Read More
The Federal Highway Administration on Monday said it is investigating California’s response to broken steel seismic safety rods on the new span of the Bay Bridge.
Spokesman Doug Hecox said the agency has launched its review after it received a request by state bridge officials, but it did not have an idea of how long the probe would take. The agency will examine Caltrans’ conclusion about the cause of the rod failure and the state’s recommended fix. Read More
Who’s in town
Best-selling author and Pulitzer Prize nominee Nicholas Carr, whose books include “The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains,” appears in conversation with Thomas Goetz, executive editor of Wired magazine. “The Social Network Effect” is the theme of the evening. [7:30 p.m., Nourse Theater, 275 Hayes St., S.F.]
Jaron Lanier: The computer scientist and virtual-reality pioneer provides insight into what the new information economy could look like. Read More
The soccer players were apparently the hooligans, not the fans, during an attack Saturday at Youngblood Coleman Park in the Bayview.
A 19-year-old man told police he was jumped from behind by four soccer players after watching a game about 9:45 a.m. Police responded to the area of Mendell Street and Galvez Avenue, where the victim stopped at a taco truck after the match. While waiting in line, police said, the man was attacked from behind by four players from one of the teams. Read More
The Rodent King will remain caged for a bit longer.
Robert Hollywood, 55 – the man who made headlines in 2004 following his arrest for keeping hundreds of rats and mice, dozens of them dead, in his Menlo Park home – was sentenced Friday to 16 months in County Jail after pleading no contest to felony possession of methamphetamine. As part of his sentence, he received 181 days credit for time served, according to prosecutors. Read More