San Francisco just confirmed its mutual respect and admiration for Barcelona, Spain with another sister-city contract.
Mayor Gavin Newsom signed the agreement with Barcelona officials Monday. According to the Mayor’s Office, the partnership will work together to promote and broaden the cultural, academic and economic relations between the two cities. Read More
Parents hoping to get their children in to a different school have until Friday to get their name on a waitlist.
Waitlists could be long considering 20 percent of 13,676 applicants did not receive one of their school choices, according to the San Francisco Unified School District. The deadline for students to be on a waitlist to get into a school of their choice is July 23. Read More
The storefront across from Dan Macchiarini’s business in North Beach has been vacant for years.
In response, the owner of Macchiarini’s Creative Designs said he and other merchants in the neighborhood are banding together to change that by pushing for a fee for landlords the longer a store remains unoccupied.
“They have no incentive to have a real market system,” Macchiarini said. Read More
Laura Hoffman unsuccessfully tried so many avenues in her pursuit to meet the man of her dreams that finding love through reality TV didn’t seem so desperate. Read More
Paul “Moose” Curtis is trying to make the world a cleaner place — or at least make people aware of how dirty the world really is.Using only recycled rainwater and a power washer, Curtis scrubbed away parts of the grit and grime caked on the Broadway Tunnel to create artwork in the form of trees through the stretch that connects the North Beach and Russian Hill neighborhoods. Read More
It was Hector Robles’ first day on the job, and it could have been his last if not for the heroic efforts of his fellow construction workers.
Within moments of being buried alive in the backyard of a Seacliff home, six co-workers jumped onto the unstable ground that had, moments earlier, swallowed Robles and began to claw at the dirt and sand with their bare hands. Read More
Carrie Chen, director of education and conservation for the Aquarium of the Bay helped launch the new ambassador program for California Sea Lions at Pier 39.
What is the ambassador program and how does it work?
[The ambassadors] are down at K dock — which is where the sea lions are — from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day to answer questions and provide information. They’ll also do small talks every 15 minutes. It’s an extension of the program that the Marine Mammal Center started when the sea lions began to haul onto Pier 39. Read More
Parks are safe despite an armed robbery in John McLaren Park on Saturday, but visitors should be aware of their surroundings when out and about in the city, police said.
The warning comes two days after four unsuspecting men having a picnic were robbed at gun point Saturday afternoon in the park.
Police Sgt. Troy Dangerfield said the men were seated at picnic tables near the Gleneagles Golf Course when the robbery occurred.
Though no one was injured in the incident, Dangerfield said, wallets and “personal items” such as cell phones were taken. Read More
Islais Creek, which has been polluted twice in the past by toxic spills, could spring new life for employment in the Bayview-Hunters Point neighborhood.
The creek, located just south of Cesar Chavez, is only one of two watersheds remaining in The City.
For more than two decades, Robin Chang has seen the potential Islais Creek has to bring jobs and economic growth to Bayview-Hunters Point. Read More
Saving on energy bills will net cash for San Francisco schools during a push for sustainability next school year.
Nik Kaestner, director of sustainability for the San Francisco Unified School District, said schools that reduced their gas, heating, electric and water bills will get half of the savings put back into their budgets.
“With budgets the way they are,” he said, “every little bit will matter.”
Kaestner said the district spends roughly $4.5 million annually on gas, electricity, water and sewer. Read More
In a sign the nation’s financial crisis isn’t over, San Francisco’s Wells Fargo, the nation’s third-largest bank, said it would close its division that makes loans to risky borrowers.
At least one Wells Fargo consumer financing branch will close in The City within the next year. Though exact locations were not announced, Wells Fargo spokesman Steve Carlson said all 638 U.S. consumer financing offices will close and 3,800 jobs will be cut in the next 12 months. Read More
Overnight campers and other transients involved in illegal activities in Golden Gate Park will be the focus of increased police patrols in the wake of two violent incidents in a four-day span.On Sunday, 25-year-old Adam Noyes was stabbed to death by 65-year-old Richard Ray. Ray, who claimed he was attacked by Noyes, flagged down a passing car around 9:40 p.m. near John F. Kennedy and Conservatory drives. Ray is homeless and so was Noyes. Ray is being charged with murder, police Officer Albie Esparza said. Read More
A 21-year-old woman is in the hospital with life-threatening injuries after she was shot four times, police said Wednesday.
Police responded to a call that a shooting had occurred in the 5300 block of Diamond Heights Boulevard around 3 p.m., police Officer Samson Chan said.
The victim, a San Francisco resident, was shot twice in the torso and twice in the legs, according to Chan. A least two suspects were involved in the shooting, he said. Read More
Paying for taxi fares with credit cards would become universal in The City under a new rule being considered by the agency that oversees cabs.
Though many cab companies accept plastic as form of payment, the surge in passengers charging their fares has increased the cost of processing the payments. Several cab companies are trying to avoid taking credit card payments to skirt the processing cost, so the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency is considering requiring all to allow riders to charge fares. Read More
One man was arrested and three others have been detained in connection with an early morning shooting that injured two people in North Beach, according to police.
Officers responded to reports of shots fired around 1:30 a.m. Saturday at the intersection of Grant and Columbus avenues. Two men in their 20s were taken to local hospitals with gunshot wounds to their lower extremities. Their injuries are not believed to be life-threatening, San Francisco Police Officer Albie Esparza said. Read More