Despite concerns about potential cost overruns and a lack of local firms hired to work on the Central Subway project, Muni officials Tuesday approved an $840 million contract for the $1.6 billion transit-extension plan.
The contract — awarded to Tutor Perini, a large contractor based in Southern California — covers the construction and installation of three stations, 1.5 miles of tracks and a new train-control system. Read More
One San Francisco official hopes to use the ballot box to tighten controls on how the fund that pays for retiree health care for city employees can be used.
Historically, The City has paid retiree health care costs on an annual basis, not setting aside dollars and not worrying about future costs. But as medical expenditures escalate, The City faces $4.4 billion in retiree health care costs during the next 30 years. Read More
California community college students could have more summer and winter course options, albeit at more than triple the current cost, under a bill being discussed by the state Legislature.
Assembly Bill 955, which the state Senate has taken up, aims to address the budget cuts-induced course shortfall statewide. It would allow schools such as City College of San Francisco to offer extension courses during the summer and winter to students who could not get classes they need to finish their degrees or complete transfers to four-year universities. Read More
University of California medical center workers in San Francisco and several other cities statewide began a two-day strike Tuesday.
The strike, organized by American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Local 3299, started at medical facilities at UC San Francisco, UC Davis, UCLA, UC Irvine and UC San Diego, union officials said.
Employees represented by AFSCME include respiratory therapists, nursing aides, radiologists, MRI technologists and various technicians, according to the union. Read More
Who’s in town
Comedian Barry Rothbart, seen on “Punk’d” and the “Tonight” show with Jay Leno, performs. [8 p.m., Punch Line Comedy Club, 444 Battery St., S.F.]
Paul Farmer: The physician, medical anthropologist and humanitarian, whose latest book is “Haiti: After the Earthquake,” appears in conversation with Adam Hochschild. Read More
Following the recent violence in East Palo Alto, culminating in Sunday’s killing of a teenager, police Chief Ronald Davis is calling a “crime emergency” for the department, which took effect Tuesday.
Declaring a “crime emergency” allows the department to cancel days off and make assignment changes as needed. It will more than double the number of patrol officers in the field during critical time periods, Capt. Carl Estelle said Monday. Read More
Eminem’s song publisher is suing Facebook and an ad agency in Detroit federal court, saying they appropriated one of the rapper’s songs.
In the complaint Monday, Ferndale, Mich.-based Eight Mile Style says a Facebook ad broadcast online last month copied music from Eminem’s 2000 song “Under the Influence.”
The Detroit Free Press reports the 30-second ad was featured in a webcast by Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg to announce Facebook Home, an interface for Android phones. Read More
An urban search-and-rescue team based in Menlo Park is ready to respond to Moore, Okla., where crews continue to search for survivors of a deadly tornado that struck Monday.
California Task Force 3 Urban Search and Rescue Team Program Director Tim Campbell said the 80-person force is standing by should the call come in from the Federal Emergency Management Agency that more rescue resources are needed to search for victims in the coming days. Read More
A man was rescued by a sailing crew after jumping off the Golden Gate Read More
The 50th Super Bowl will be held in the San Francisco Bay Area and the NFL championship will go to Houston the following year.Team owners voted Tuesday for the 49ers' new stadium as host of the 2016 game. That facility in Santa Clara, Calif., is due to open for the 2014 season.San Francisco beat out South Florida, which was stymied in its bid to stage an 11th Super Bowl when the Florida Legislature did not support financing to renovate Sun Life Stadium. Read More