Riders on the 43-Masonic got a shorter ride than expected Tuesday afternoon when the smoke was spotted from its rear forcing the coach out of service.According to San Francisco Municipal Transportation Authority spokesman Paul Rose, smoke was reported coming from the rear of the bus around 4:30 p.m. at Presidio and Geary avenues, nearly three-quarters the way through the inbound lines route.The reason for the smoke is unknown, Rose said.Rose said the bus was immediately taken out of service. No injuries were reported, Rose said. Read More
In an attempt prevent his vehicle from being towed, a San Francisco resident told city employees he had explosives the rear of his car.The suspect, described only as a male in his 30s, came across his vehicle being towed by the Department of Transportation after he’d “racked up a number of parking tickets.” He then tried to prevent the department from taking his vehicle by first attacking one of the transportation department employees then stating he had explosives in the rear of his car, according San Francisco Police Officer Samson Chan. Read More
When the Potrero Hill neighborhood library closed for renovations, merchants didn’t realize the impact it would have on the 20th Street business corridor.
The 23-month project to overhaul the 60-year-old library left the area lacking pedestrians and ultimately hurt local businesses. But, since its reopening in March, the Potrero Hill Merchants and Business Association and merchants themselves say business has improved. Read More
Dan Harrington, the cofounder of Books for the Barrios, helps the nonprofit distribute millions of educational materials to impoverished children.Why did you start delivering books to war-torn countries? We saw poverty in a former colony and decided that we’d observed the aid and they were missing the mark. We built schools, found funding to provide teacher development and give them math materials and books. It’s been very successful. Read More
Five people who were hit by an SUV while waiting for a bus Tuesday morning were recovering in the hospital Wednesday as police continued their investigation.
Erika Acosta Delgadillo of San Francisco was driving on San Bruno Avenue near Arleta Avenue just after 9:30 a.m. when she approached a curve in the road. She told police the steering wheel and brakes failed on her Ford Explorer, causing her to lose control.
Delgadillo was cited for a misdemeanor for no proof of insurance and an infraction for driving without a license, according to police. Read More
High school students in San Francisco are making significant gains when it comes to passing the exit exam, which is required before receiving a diploma.
More San Francisco Unified School District sophomores are taking and passing the exam, which was implemented in 2006, though the district trailed the statewide average by a small amount.
The results of the 2010 California High School Exit Exam were released Tuesday. Students are required to take the math and English tests as sophomores and are given five chances to pass before graduation. Read More
Hundreds more sophomores statewide are passing the high school exit exam on their first try according to state data, a trend students in San Francisco Unified School District classrooms are following.
According to data released by the California Department of Education on Tuesday, 181 more city sophomores passed their English-language arts test last spring in San Francisco than the year before and 128 more San Francisco students passed their math tests compared to the previous year. Read More
A 19-year-old man was killed Thursday after he was shot several times in the Oceanview neighborhood.Officer Samson Chan said police were called to the intersection of Capital Avenue and Lobos Street around 6:40 p.m., where they located a victim with “several gunshot wounds.”Chan said the victim, who is only described as a black male, was transported to San Francisco General Hospital, where he later died from his injuries. Read More
The lines have been drawn for school assignments, but the draft documents may not end the controversy about where kids in The City go for their education.
It’s not the determining factor — sibling preference and standardized tests have larger pulls — but a family’s address will play a bigger role in the campus-assignment process. Read More
Barbara Ockel may have bitten off more than she can chew.
Planned renovations, subsequent delays and newly discovered safety concerns at the Bayview Opera House have become her pet projects and she wants to see them all through — even if it takes several years.
Ockel took over as managing director of the cultural nonprofit organization last year as it battled myriad financial problems. Its two previous managers were fired over allegations of money mismanagement. Ockel has stepped up as interim director, helping push the renovations forward. Read More
City College of San Francisco’s chancellor Don Griffin just completed his two years on the job with rave reviews from the school’s governing board.
But Griffin opted forego his contractual 6 percent raise and instead donate what would’ve added to his estimated $287,000 salary to the school’s “Save the Classes Project.” Read More
Free and reduced-price meals are being taken advantage of at an increased rate following intensive campaigns and outreach, according to San Francisco Unified School District officials.
Based on federal standards, a family of four with an average income of less than $28,655 — 130 percent of the poverty level — qualifies for free lunch at a public school. Children from families between the 130 and 185 percent poverty level, or less than $40,793, qualify for reduced-price lunch. Read More
Filling up a water bottle on the University of San Francisco campus will become easier this fall after dozens of existing water fountains are upgraded to encourage the use of reusable bottles.
The upgrades come as the result of a three-year campaign by students on the school’s “green team” to get the campus to stop selling single-use water bottles in cafeterias and school stores. Read More
The 154-unit apartment complex remodeled at the former site of the Public Health Service Hospital will give the public a glimpse of the new homes today during a public meeting and tour.
The Presidio Landmark’s management are inviting the public see the inside of the 78-year-old building that had been blighted for years until construction began in 2008.
The building, located at the 15th Street gate, features one and two-bedroom homes for up to $4,325 per month. Read More
The California State Board of Education unanimously approved academic standards Monday that will allow the state to continue to compete for $300 million in Race to the Top funding.
The deadline to approve the standards and continue with its application for millions of federal dollars was Monday.
Nearly 30 states have already adopted the standards, according to the state board of education. The standards, though, require districts to buy new textbooks and retrain teachers for new tests. Read More