Amid a heated debate with the public Thursday night, the City College of San Francisco board of trustees approved a 250-page report explaining how the school has adjusted operations to meet accreditation standards and remain open.
The two-hour discussion was nearly disrupted by student protests, but ultimately the plan was adopted. But trustee Steve Ngo did offer a dire warning.
Jason Wu woke early Wednesday morning to the sound of several car alarms ringing in his West Portal neighborhood. Then police lights filled his bedroom window. When he went downstairs to see what the commotion was about, he couldn’t believe what he saw.
More than 100 San Francisco teachers will receive preliminary layoff notices in the next month, a number that is far smaller than last year thanks in large part to voters approving Proposition 30 in November. Read More
A Peninsula state senator has introduced legislation that would require the California Public Utilities Commission to separate its judicial and prosecutorial functions in the wake of its handling of the deadly 2010 San Bruno pipeline explosion.
Senate Bill 611, introduced Friday by Sen. Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo, is a response to CPUC President Michael Peevey’s October effort to halt hearings into the blast. Those hearings, which were designed to set a fine against PG&E, were later continued after a mediator failed to produce an outcome. Read More
A church meal program has become the target of residents seeking to reduce the number of homeless people living in the Duboce Triangle neighborhood.
St. Francis Lutheran Church officials say that despite a recommendation introduced last week to suspend Sunday morning meal service for 90 days to see if it affects the area’s homeless population, they intend to keep feeding people.
A three-alarm fire near San Francisco’s Civic Center was quickly extinguished Sunday thanks to the help of police officers.
About noon, police Sgt. William Conley and another officer were driving on Golden Gate Avenue when they noticed black smoke billowing from the roof of 370 Golden Gate Ave.
“We knew something wasn’t right,” Conley said. Read More
The San Francisco Unified School District stands to gain nearly $4,000 per student under Gov. Jerry Brown’s proposed student-funding formula, which still faces an uphill fight to become reality.
The proposal, released this week by the California Department of Finance, would also give districts statewide more local control over how they spend the money. Read More
A federal agency has found that serious violations at the San Francisco Veterans Affairs Medical Center’s research laboratory contributed to the death of a researcher last year who was exposed to a rare form of meningitis.
Richard Din, an employee of the Northern California Institute for Research and Education, contracted Neisseria meningitidis, a rare form of the disease, last April while working to develop a vaccine for the strand. Din, 25, died as a result of the exposure to the bacteria. Read More
The popularity of certain majors at San Francisco State University is preventing students from getting classes and graduating on time, but the administration is proposing a plan to clear out the bottleneck and put undergraduates in lectures they need.
The proposal would label nine existing majors as “impacted,” which means there isn’t enough room for the number of qualified applicants. As a result, it would be tough for new students to get into the major. Read More
The drought is over.
San Francisco’s fifth-driest January on record received less than 1 inch of rain, while the normal total is closer to 6 inches, according to the National Weather Service. From New Year’s Day through Feb. 10, San Francisco received only 0.89 inches of rain, meteorologist Austin Cross said. The last time any rain fell was Jan. 8.
But that all changes today, Cross said, as a storm from the Gulf of Alaska dips into the area, bringing with it up to one-quarter of an inch of rain. Read More
Emily Cowling and Dominique McDougal were among those who helped create an impromptu flash mob dance at Civic Center Plaza on Thursday for the One Billion Rising movement.
The pair, along with other members of the LINES Dance Center troupe, said they had only learned the moves for “Break the Chain” a few days ago, but the music blasting in front of City Hall made it feel like the right time to perform.
“And it’s for such a good cause,” McDougal said. Read More
There is a new fixture at the historic Cliff House: a 31-foot-tall wind turbine meant to capture enough ocean wind to sustain the nearby gift shop.
The three-year pilot project will determine if enough energy is created to make the building self-sustaining — a longtime goal of the National Park Service, which owns the restaurant. Read More
Paying for a date on Valentine’s Day has taken on a whole new meaning.
A dating website that lets you bid on the chance to spend a few hours with someone has been popular among San Franciscans leading up to the holiday. And as the big day approaches, the price is increasing.
According to the dating website www.whatsyourprice.com, men and women are offering to pay someone to be their date more often in the weeks leading up to Valentine’s Day than any other month of the year. Read More
Five months ago, Kevin Weston and Lateefah Simon were married after five years together, but their venue was not the most ideal: the ICU of Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in Santa Clara.
Today, the couple plans to renew their vows at City Hall while also calling on people to become bone marrow donors. That’s because Weston is in dire need of a transplant; the
44-year-old was diagnosed with a rare form of leukemia six months ago and needs a
transplant to stay alive. Read More
Three years ago when Shawn Vergara opened Blackbird, his Market Street bar, he consciously didn’t label the establishment as specifically targeted for just gay or straight patrons. Instead, he welcomed everybody.
Vergara, who is gay, considers Blackbird a “people bar,” a concept that has proven successful. On any given night, the bar hosts a mix of gay and straight patrons who sip beer, wine and cocktails. Read More