This may be cold comfort if you are reading this while stuck on a stalled train, but Muni has actually had dramatically fewer delays in the past six weeks than it did before.September and October were disastrous months for Muni, a period in which light-rail vehicles stalled hundreds of times in The City’s subway tunnels. But Muni leadership said they now have a handle on the persistent breakdowns that were plaguing the system then, and service has been much improved. Read More
A city elections panel is expected to decide Thursday whether former White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel's name will appear on the February ballot in the race to replace retiring Mayor Richard M. Daley, after scores of people challenged his candidacy. Read More
The beat will not go on under a proposal to ban raves in California.The Anti-Raves Act of 2011 would ban public events that boom prerecorded music for more than 3½ hours at night, according to legislation introduced by Assemblywoman Fiona Ma, D-San Francisco, on Wednesday. Promoters would be guilty of a misdemeanor and fined $10,000 or twice the receipts for the event, whichever is greater. Read More
It looks like it may be more than just new tolls contributing to the decline of Bay Area carpoolers.The number of multiperson vehicles crossing the Bay Bridge dropped almost 8 percent between the 2009 and 2010 fiscal years, a decrease that was more than twice as much as overall drop in bridge traffic. That drop-off does not factor in a new $2.50 toll that has caused carpooling numbers to further plummet. Read More
Laughter is the spoonful of sugar that makes the medicine go down.
Clown therapists from the San Francisco-based nonprofit organization ClownZero are healing through humor by clowning around in the pediatric ward at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital.
Yes, they are professional performing artists, but clown therapists are not just everyday circus clowns; they all have a background in therapeutic healing. Read More
SamTrans officials quietly launched the Clipper card this week, giving commuters who use multiple forms of a transit a new option.
All San Mateo County Transit District buses were set to start accepting the card — which allows riders to access at least seven public transit services across the Bay Area — on Wednesday, district spokeswoman Christine Dunn said.
“We’re doing a soft launch,” Dunn said. “Which means we will be accepting Clipper on all of our buses, but we’re going under the radar so far.” Read More
Brett Studebaker’s dreams of opening a recording studio were cut short in February when the 19-year-old died in a drunken driving accident after spending the night drinking on a party bus, according to his parents.On Wednesday, Doug and Linda Studebaker said they hope a new bill from Assemblyman Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo, will help curb underage drinking on party buses and prevent more deaths. Read More
A Grinch is lurking in Foster City, stealing gifts delivered to the quiet Peninsula town's homes while residents are away.At least two home owners waiting for packages full of gifts to be delivered have reported them missing just days before Christmas, according to Foster City Police Capt. John Froomin.The packages were left on porches when residents did not answer the door for delivery, according to police.“It’s really unfortunate people are preying on gifts during the holidays,” Froomin said. Read More
A bill allowing openly gay people to serve in the military was signed into law by President Barack Obama Wednesday, and a military veteran from San Francisco was one of the people invited to Washington to join the president in celebrating the new legislation.The bill to end the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy was passed by the U.S. House of Representatives a week ago and approved by the Senate on Saturday. Read More
Clarity Media Group, the parent company of The San Francisco Examiner, announced today that veteran digital media executive Bob Benz is joining the company as chief digital officer.Benz will oversee interactive strategy and operations at The San Francisco Examiner, Washington Examiner and Weekly Standard. Read More