Max and Lubov Azria, owners of a Los Angeles-based fashion house, are in The City this week to receive honors from the Academy of Art University and from Mayor Ed Lee, who issued a proclamation declaring Wednesday the couple’s official day in San Francisco.
But the honors might come as a surprise, since the BCBGMAXAZRIAGROUP has an environmental and gay-rights record that’s not quite in line with San Francisco values. Read More
Four years ago, students at Everett Middle School were afraid to walk the halls. The campus, located on the border of the Castro and Mission districts, had a reputation for violence and low test scores. The San Francisco Unified School District decided to turn to the federal government for help.
Now, the changes made possible through the School Improvement Grants program are noticeable — and federal and state officials have taken notice as well, citing San Francisco as a model for how to approach underperforming schools and how to fund them. Read More
I’m definitely in favor of abortion rights, but I understand that abortion is a complicated subject over which reasonable minds can differ. However, there were few, if any, reasonable minds at Tuesday’s Board of Supervisors meeting commenting on a recent abortion-related law.
The law at issue would expand the size of the “bubble zone” around the entrances of reproductive health care facilities from 8 feet to 25 feet. People are not permitted to demonstrate, picket or distribute literature inside that bubble zone. Read More
The former director of the San Francisco Housing Authority was a “discourteous” and “unprofessional” bully, but an investigation conducted by a former city attorney found that there is insufficient evidence that Henry Alvarez committed the racial discrimination and retaliation against former employees of which he is accused in lawsuits.
Alvarez led The City’s troubled public-housing agency from 2007 until April, when his contract was terminated. Under Alvarez, the Housing Authority took a turn for the worse. Read More
The San Francisco International Airport’s proposed advertising contract took off Wednesday despite the Board of Supervisors’ number-cruncher recommending rejection, saying The City could lose out on revenue.
The proposed eight-year contract for Clear Channel to continue to advertise at the airport has sparked an unusual amount of debate. A vote was postponed in March over concerns about The City using a different revenue model for the contract. Read More
Every little thing has not been all right for this Rastafarian.
Robert Joseph Simmons, 33, believes he doesn’t need a medical card to possess marijuana because buds are a “core tenet” of his religion. At least, that was the Belmont resident’s claim after he was busted in April 2011 with more than 2½ pounds of pot and 13 pills of hydromorphine, San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe said. Read More
Who’s in town
Susan Bissell, UNICEF’s chief of child protection, speaks at the World Affairs Council. “Protecting Children in Times of Crisis” is the theme. [7 p.m., World Affairs Council, 312 Sutter St., S.F.]
Sister Helen Prejean: The author, death-penalty abolitionist and subject of the film “Dead Man Walking” speaks. Read More
The 49ers are moving to the South Bay, but the football team will keep ties to The City by naming its new stadium after a San Francisco-based apparel company.The team and Levi Strauss & Co announced on Wednesday that the $1.2 billion stadium in Santa Clara, set to open in 2014, is going to be called Levi’s Stadium. The jeans maker landed the naming rights for the state-of-the-art facility by reaching a $220 million, 20-year agreement with the club.“Our colors aren’t exactly the same, but they’re close enough,” 49ers CEO Jed York said. Read More
A vehicle carrying three people, including a 71-year-old man, was hit by a bullet in the Sunnydale neighborhood on Tuesday, the second shooting in the area in as many days.
The victims, two men ages 50 and 71 and a 36-year-old woman, were driving eastbound in the 100 block of Blythedale Avenue, near Santos Street, when they saw two men in their 20s running toward them at about 6:30 p.m., police said. Read More
A callous killer has shocked a judge with his lack of remorse.
"He's dead. Everybody dies," 25-year-old Tyler Hutchinson said about his victim, 88-year-old Albert Korn, according to San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe.
Hutchinson added, "I'm gonna die. You're gonna die. I don't care," Wagstaffe said.
The statement helped increase Hutchinson's sentence Tuesday to life in prison without the possibility of parole. Read More