When San Francisco Parking Control Officer Lawrence Manu pulled a Fourth of July graveyard shift, he tried to find a co-worker to switch with him. Today, it seems like fate that the plan didn’t work out.
About 5:30 that morning, Manu was patrolling Mission Street in the Excelsior district when he noticed a puff of white smoke rising from a small apartment building.
“When I got there, it went from hazy gray to dark black real fast,” Manu said. Read More
It began with a cough. And then the coughing wouldn’t stop.
“We would cough, cough, cough for like five minutes straight,” said Emily Tobita, 18, of the Richmond district. “At the end of really bad fits, we’d end up throwing up.”
Emily and her twin brother, Zak, had pertussis, a once-uncommon childhood illness that has made a resurgence in recent years. The potentially fatal disease is better known as whooping cough for the gasping sound that sufferers make after each violent coughing session. Read More
BART directors are evidently moving toward naming former Seattle transportation chief Grace Crunican general manager of the transit system.
After interviewing nine candidates over two days, the Bay Area Rapid Transit board settled on Crunican as its top choice to replace Dorothy Dugger, who was forced out in April, Director Joel Keller said. Read More
The crisis pregnancy center targeted by city officials for alleged deceptive advertising respects a woman’s right to choose an abortion, a spokeswoman said today.
First Resort, which has offices in San Francisco, Oakland and Redwood City, was the subject of a cease-and-desist letter from City Attorney Dennis Herrera, who gave the center a deadline of Aug. 31 to correct what he called misleading ads, including a paid Google search result and a website that imply the group refers women for abortions. Read More
San Francisco International Airport will extend its runways next year to meet federal standards designed to reduce dangerous landings and airport collisions.“Basically, it’s to have an overrun at the end of the runway,” SFO spokesman Mike McCarron said. “It’s just complying with a new regulation.”A 2005 federal law required older airports to extend their runway-safety areas — the buffer zones around runways — to meet Federal Aviation Administration guidelines that date to the 1980s. Read More
BART directors are preparing to name former Seattle transportation chief Grace Crunican general manager of the Bay Area’s transit system.
Director Joel Keller said he could not deny reports that Crunican was the board’s choice.
“We haven’t completed everything that needs to be completed – there’s still background and compensation,” he said. “It’s not a final decision.”
Keller said he expected the appointment would appear on the agenda for the board’s August 11 meeting. Read More
San Francisco officials are taking aim at so-called crisis pregnancy centers, which they say masquerade as women’s health clinics to promote an anti-abortion agenda.Supervisor Malia Cohen introduced an ordinance Tuesday to prohibit the centers from making misleading statements about the services they provide, including implying that they refer women for abortions. Read More