Faced with the prospect of a four-figure fine, motorists will probably think twice about illegally using a disabled parking placard in San Francisco — unless they know how to game the system.
But to the chagrin of city officials, drivers can actually clear that $1,000-plus citation by ponying up just enough cash to buy a large pizza, due to a processing glitch at the Department of Motor Vehicles. Read More
San Francisco is poised to pay up to $4 million in damage claims related to the Feb. 27 water main rupture that damaged 25 homes and several cars in the West Portal neighborhood.
Meanwhile, city repairs to the neighborhood’s infrastructure remain ongoing following the break at 15th Avenue and Wawona Street. Read More
The music venue Brick and Mortar Music Hall will operate under heavy restrictions as it works toward needed upgrades, the Entertainment Commission ruled this week.
The restrictions stem from nearly two years of complaints by neighbors of the venue on Mission Street near Duboce Avenue who say they have heard noise from the concert hall since it opened. Read More
A proposed 47-story condominium tower — which also would be the long-awaited permanent home of the Mexican Museum — faces the prospect of a lawsuit from residents of the Four Seasons on Market Street who want to stop it from casting a pall on sunny Union Square.
The 510-foot tower would be built at 706 Mission St. by developer Millennium Partners. At that height, it would drop shadows on the southeast corner of Union Square during part of the morning, according to a group calling itself Friends of Yerba Buena Gardens. Read More
With employees logging an average of 40 unscheduled absences annually, reforming work rules will be a key focus for BART during ongoing labor negotiations.
BART management and its five unions, which collectively represent 3,200 workers, are engaged in contentious contract talks, with the current pact expiring June 30. However, talks so far have yielded little progress, and union groups say they are further apart now than in 2009, when a strike nearly occurred. Read More
These thugs should lay off the caffeine.
Two men have been arrested in connection with separate laptop robberies in San Francisco Tuesday, including a brazen heist at an Ocean Avenue café in which they allegedly threw a woman out of her seat before fleeing with her computer.
Police were called to the coffee shop in the 1700 block of Ocean Avenue about 1:50 p.m. and spoke to the 22-year-old victim, who was not injured during the robbery. Read More
A 48-year-old man was shot in a Bayview district park Tuesday following an apparent argument over drugs, police said.
The shooting was reported about 7:15 p.m. in a small park with a children’s playground at Palou Avenue and Phelps Street. It was not immediately clear whether anyone besides the suspect and victim were in the park at the time of the shooting.
The two argued about drugs, Officer Albie Esparza said, but investigators did not offer details about a possible motive. Read More
A former U.S. Postal Service worker in San Carlos who stole thousands of pieces of mail for their credit cards was sentenced Tuesday to a year in County Jail and three years of probation, and he also was ordered to enter a drug rehabilitation program.
Romeo Maniulit Natan, 39, of San Bruno pleaded no contest in January to identity theft, commercial burglary and credit card fraud, all felonies, and faced up to three years in prison on the counts, San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe said. Read More
Complaints from residents and merchants in the Outer Mission district about double parking on their street reportedly led to a meth bust Sunday.
About 7:30 p.m., officers responding to the complaints in the 5200 block of Mission Street spotted an occupied vehicle blocking two driveways. A passenger in the car was on probation, allowing for a police search that allegedly uncovered methamphetamine. Read More
Facing stiff opposition from within the airline industry and scrutiny from Congress, last month, the Transportation Security Administration tabled its proposed policy to allow knives back onto aircraft. But the delay was only temporary, and agency Administrator John Pistole has remained vague about any plans to revive the proposal. Industry observers say it could be quietly re-implemented as soon as Memorial Day weekend. Read More