In the center of the new Exploratorium building on the waterfront sits a 40-foot-tall clock. At the top of each hour, a gong goes off alerting visitors of the time of day. Its numbers retract around the concrete column it circles to make an interactive exhibit.
For instance, there’s a small “tinkerer” with a wrench waiting to fix the number two once it moves back to its place, and another with a saw works on the six. These tiny tinkerers are controlled by visitors who can crank a wheel to put them to work. Read More
When 54-year-old Luther Robinson was stabbed and killed in Mendell Plaza in February 2012, the Bayview district community decided they had had enough of the violence plaguing their streets.
Within two months, a group of residents had mobilized to turn the plaza from a center of drug dealing and violent behavior into a community gathering space. A year later, the efforts appear to have paid off. Read More
The southern approach to the Golden Gate Bridge will be completely transformed when it’s completed in 2015, and with it will come a new look for The City’s northern waterfront.
The rebuild of Doyle Drive is bringing new parkland and pedestrian access between Crissy Field and the Main Post of the Presidio, a former Army base. The seismically unsafe roadway is being replaced by a pair of tunnels, and they will be covered with greenery.
Last month, Sophia kept her 8-year-old daughter out of school because of alleged bullying that she thought was not being properly addressed by school administrators.
Tired of waiting for a satisfactory official response to a situation that she says began in August, Sophia called police after her daughter was allegedly thrown to the ground by her neck. That’s when she removed the girl from class. Read More
The historic Armory building at 14th and Mission streets will soon be home to a community center where trade shows, sporting events and theater can be held.
Andrew Harvill, director of the community center, said the space will serve as a hub for the surrounding neighborhood.
“We’re excited about this project,” Harvill told the Entertainment Commission on Tuesday. “This used to be a premier venue in The City in the ’20s and ’40s, and then it sat empty for the past 40 years. We’re trying to resurrect that.” Read More
State and local officials are joining UC San Francisco Medical Center employees today for a rally to protest against the decision to cut nearly 300 positions.
The medical center says the staff reductions are being made to prepare for costs associated with the Affordable Care Act, the sweeping health care reform signed into law by President Barack Obama in 2010. Read More
The entertainment permit that would allow dozens of concerts to be held at the America’s Cup Pavilion was approved unanimously Tuesday night by the Entertainment Commission, despite objections from surrounding neighborhoods.
When GK Callahan began working to transform a blighted plot of land into the Please Touch Community Garden in 2010, he and his volunteers were astounded at the volume of hypodermic needles piled up in the empty lot.
“When I started the garden project, it had been desolate for years,” Callahan said of its Grove Street location. “I collected about 2,000 needles. That’s when it became apparent to me there was a need.”
Although San Francisco began needle-exchange programs in 1993, that didn’t begin to take all the needles off The City’s streets. Read More
The number of concerts planned for the America’s Cup Pavilion on the northern waterfront is being scaled back ahead of a hearing for the venue permit at the Entertainment Commission on Tuesday.
Instead of as many as 40 concerts between May 31 and Oct. 15, there will be up to 30, according to pavilion organizers and neighbors.
Big-name acts including Sting, Train and Jason Mraz have already been booked. Seven concerts are already scheduled according to the America’s Cup entertainment website. Imagine Dragons is scheduled to be the first show on May 31. Read More
All-electronic tolling on the Golden Gate Bridge began Wednesday, but some drivers may have been a little too eager to take advantage of the lack of congestion.
Some drivers were clocked at speeds of 60 mph going through the now-vacant toll plaza, according to the California Highway Patrol.
That’s more than double the posted 25 mph limit through the toll booths, which are narrow. Read More
Inside the Nourse Auditorium on Hayes Street, construction and sound crews are working diligently to upgrade the 86-year-old facility.
Scaffolding that rises to the ceiling on the side walls is assisting in the installation of acoustic paneling, sound engineers are finalizing checks on speakers and lighting fixtures are awaiting installation. Read More
The 330 Ritch nightclub, where three people were injured in a weekend shooting, is no more.
The owners agreed to surrender their entertainment permit Monday, which means the club will no longer operate, according to Entertainment Commission Executive Director Jocelyn Kane. The decision is indefinite, she said. Read More
A rare shooting inside a South of Market club over the weekend is bringing attention back to nightlife violence in San Francisco.
City College of San Francisco will more than double its course offerings this summer in order to reflect the demand and specific classes.
Class offerings will go from 469 courses available in 2012 to 981 this summer. The increase is reflection of demand and college officials responding to the data they received from analyzing enrollment. Read More
In 1996, the University of California system’s regents adopted a long-range development plan for UC San Francisco that called for the creation of an entirely new campus and relief of crowding at the school’s Parnassus Avenue site.
The ambitious new Mission Bay campus progressed as planned, but the university never reached its goal for the Parnassus facility. Read More