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
While campus planning officials at UC San Francisco move forward with a long-range construction plan, a separate plan designed to manage the university’s Sutro Forest also is under way.
That project, which calls for the removal of hundreds of trees, has been a point of contention with nearby residents dedicated to halting the destruction of a lush, non-native wilderness in the center of The City. Read More
Jim Albright was the last person to leave Alcatraz the day it closed as a federal penitentiary. Given the choice, though, he’d go back.
The 77-year-old former prison guard started his career on The Rock and learned many things there, including how to be aware of prisoners slipping one another potential material for weapons and how to ignore the lure of prisoners’ stories. He enjoyed life on the island and the structure of his job.
“I loved it here,” Albright said. “If all prisons were on an even playing field, and Alcatraz reopened, I’d come back.” Read More
The popular urban farm located on a 2.2-acre plot on Laguna Street between Fell and Oak streets is leaving the property to make way for a condo development.
Farmers have already begun packing up.
“I’m not sad. It’s a celebration of so much happening that wasn’t an option three years ago,” said Jay Rosenberg, co-director of the farm. “We’re using this as a launching point for amazing projects. I’m looking forward to getting to work on those.” Read More
The San Francisco Unified School District mailed roughly 14,250 school assignment letters to families last week, with roughly 60 percent of them receiving their top choices.
According to district data, more families applied this year than last to place their children in kindergarten, sixth grade and ninth grade.
This year, 4,968 families applied for a kindergarten spot compared to 4,799 last year. At the sixth-grade level, 3,484 families applied for placement, up from 3,252 last year. And for ninth grade, the numbers were 4,334 this year and 4,188 in 2012. Read More
The search is on for a new chancellor at City College of San Francisco.
Now that school officials have submitted their “show cause” report to the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges in hopes of staying open, the board of trustees wants to return to some unfinished business.
On Thursday, trustees are expected to approve a request for bids to contract for up to $150,000 with a private firm to begin preparations for the search, college documents show. Read More
San Francisco is indisputably a Giants town.
But Sunday night, baseball fans took over the Orange and Black’s territory for a semifinal game in the World Baseball Classic. Though the Giants didn’t take the field, fan favorite Angel Pagan and his Puerto Rico team helped bring fans to AT&T Park weeks before Opening Day.
“I’m a baseball fan,” said Manny Lopez, 48, of San Francisco. “I’ve been late to work for the Little League World Series.” Read More
On the eve of the deadline for officials at City College of San Francisco to turn in a report that could decide if the school remains in operation, students, faculty and community members made a last-ditch effort to urge leaders to save the
institution they love.
Hundreds of students, staff and community members marched from the various CCSF campuses to City Hall to call on city leaders for
assistance. Read More
At least one concert by the San Francisco Symphony has been canceled this week after contract negotiations reached a standstill and musicians went on strike Wednesday.
If an agreement is not reached soon, three other concerts at Davies Symphony Hall could be canceled along with an East Coast tour that includes two performances at New York’s Carnegie Hall.
“Our membership instructed us, with unanimity and authority, they do not wish to go on tour without a contract,” said David Gaudry, a violist and member of the musicians’ negotiating team. Read More
A threat to close Bacon Bacon’s brick-and-mortar location on Frederick Street near Ashbury Street over a neighbor’s complaint may have found a resolution in a filtration system.
The complaint stems from the fact that the restaurant owner needed to reapply for permits in order to continue operating because certain permits had changed, according to the Planning Department. Read More
In February, police arrested five people after a melee involving about 200 people broke out on Broadway.
Lisa Dazols and Jenni Chang traveled to East Africa in 2011 in search of inspirational gay men and women, and among the folks they met was a straight reverend in Kenya who felt it was wrong for a church to discriminate against gays.
The man’s beliefs led to him being labeled gay, and he lost his position with his church. Yet he still works with Christian and Muslim leaders to challenge their stances and ways of thinking. Read More
A rise in sexually transmitted diseases and unwanted pregnancies has prompted a local high school district to begin distributing condoms to students who have taken a class in health education.
Daly City’s Jefferson Union High School District approved the Condom Availability Program last month, and now the district’s health center is looking for donations to get it off the ground.
A housing development approved Thursday for the west side of Mount Sutro will feature 34 units in 12 two-unit and 10 one-unit buildings.
It also will create a new road to access the development, 68 parking spaces and a water-catching system to prevent the hillside from getting saturated and potentially creating landslides, according to development plans. Read More
Ten months ago, when Chancellor Pamila Fisher of City College of San Francisco received a package from the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges, she knew her school was in trouble.
Fisher, who had agreed to serve as CCSF’s interim leader for about six months while the institution searched for a new chancellor after the retirement of Don Griffin, knew nothing about the pending document or the accrediting team’s prior visit. Read More