Electricity rates could increase if the California Public Utilities Commission approves a plan to fund a $152 million research project by the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.
The cost and the project itself are strongly opposed by The Utility Reform Network, along with state legislators who say the commission’s president is too close to the project to cast a vote. Read More
When Matt Haney is sworn in as the seventh and newest member of the San Francisco Board of Education in January, he will be entering a challenging world.
“I’m terrified,” Haney said. “But I think I should be terrified because the responsibility is that important.”
The 30-year-old executive director of the University of California Student Association and his new colleagues will face budget deficits and a loss of federal funding dollars for certain programs while attempting to address the student achievement gap, among other tasks. Read More
School officials want to encourage contractors to hire local workers under a resolution the Board of Education is expected to discuss in the coming weeks.
Although the San Francisco Unified School District currently encourages the practice, the resolution would firmly state the goals of the district: supporting the local workforce. Read More
Charlie the death row dog is the talk of the town, but the American Staffordshire terrier’s victim is mending his wounds and has finally returned to work after more than two months off.
Stoney, the horse who was bitten by Charlie in August, is a retired thoroughbred. He joined the U.S. National Park Service mounted patrol four years ago in Washington, D.C., before transferring to San Francisco in May with his rider, Officer Eric Evans. Read More
More than 200 San Francisco workers received nearly $500,000 in back pay and overtime owed to them by employers, according to the local Wage and House Division of the U.S. Department of Labor.
An investigation by the agency found numerous businesses in the Richmond and Sunset districts and Chinatown were in violation of minimum wage, record-keeping and overtime-pay laws. A total of 207 workers from 18 restaurants will benefit from the settlement, which amounted to $491,852. Read More
Another single-screen movie theater in The City is set to close at the end of the month.
The Bridge Theatre, located in the Inner Richmond district, will shut its doors Dec. 27, but the reasons for the closure are not being discussed.
Steve Indig, a spokesman for Bridge operator Landmark Theatres, declined to state why the theater was closing.“We’re not commenting further than the basic fact,” he said. “Our last day of operation is Dec. 27.”
The effort to recall Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi was reinvigorated Wednesday with the creation of an online petition.
Grass-roots organization Citizens for an Accountable Sheriff is seeking 50,000 signatures to present to Mirkarimi and ask him to resign, but it gave no deadline for reaching that goal.
The organization’s volunteers said the petition, which can be viewed at www.rossresign.org, is meant to give supporters a place to voice their opinion. Read More
The owner of San Francisco’s death row dog, Charlie, says he will fight a decision issued late Monday night to go through with euthanizing the American Staffordshire terrier.
“I’m devastated,” David Gizzarelli said. “There seems to be a lot of bad things going on.”
But new information obtained by The San Francisco Examiner on Tuesday shows that Charlie has not been a model pooch.
Chris Jackson was re-elected to his position on the City College of San Francisco board of trustees last month, but he might have to forfeit the seat if he does not submit certain paperwork before the official swearing-in ceremony.
According to the Ethics Commission, Jackson failed to file updated campaign finance reports on July 31, Oct. 5 and Oct. 30. He also has not satisfied the requirements to complete training on campaign finance. Read More
Nicole Macias is one of tens of thousands of pet owners who has been touched by the story of Charlie, the San Francisco dog now on death row. During his incarceration, Charlie has made more human friends than he will ever know, including Macias. By Monday night, more than 90,000 people had signed an online petition at www.Causes.com to free Charlie, and the City Attorney’s Office’s Facebook page had been inundated with comments from around the world seeking his release. Read More
There is another financial crisis looming for City College of San Francisco.
In addition to the reforms the college must make both structurally and financially, it will face more financial hardship if it does not meet enrollment goals for the second year in a row.
“We are not on pace to make our base target of 34,000 at this time,” Vice Chancellor of Finance and Administration Peter Goldstein told the board of trustees in October. “And I was very disturbed for assumption for spring because it was so high. It indicates huge turnaround for the semester.”
The recycling center and nursery next to Kezar Stadium will still be evicted, but when exactly is unknown.
An eviction notice was given to the Haight Ashbury Neighborhood Council’s recycling site Nov. 29. By law, the center and native plant nursery had until Wednesday to voluntarily pack up and move out of Golden Gate Park, according to Sheriff’s Department spokeswoman Kathy Gorwood. But that did not happen. Read More
The third rainstorm to pound the Bay Area in the past five days disabled public transit, flooded storm drains and caused thousands of power outages across San Francisco on Sunday.
According to the National Weather Service, 1.03 inches of rain had fallen in downtown San Francisco by 11 a.m.
“It was a pretty intense band of rain that moved right through The City,” said Austin Cross, a meteorologist with the weather service. “It was a similar amount of rain as the previous storm, but it happened rather quickly.”
A 19-year-old man was injured in a shooting early Sunday morning while talking with a friend on a Mission district street corner.
The incident occurred at 1:40 a.m. at 18th and Mission streets, according to San Francisco Police Department Sgt. Michael Andraychak. The victim and his friend were standing outside when the suspect walked up, pulled out a gun and started shooting, Andraychak said, adding that the victim and his friend ran to 18th and Valencia streets. The suspect fled. Read More
The Haight-Ashbury Neighborhood Council Recycling Center received its final eviction notice from San Francisco on Thursday, giving it until Wednesday to vacate the Golden Gate Park property it has occupied for 40 years.
The notice came three months after the California Supreme Court declined to hear the recycling center’s case that it was wrongfully evicted in June 2011.
Recycling center Director Ed Dunn said the notice was not a surprise, but the timing certainly was. Read More