City College of San Francisco’s board of trustees will have a mixture of old and new members following Tuesday’s election, but who exactly will be on the board is too close to call.
Incumbent Steve Ngo took the lead in early results, while incumbents Natalie Berg and Chris Jackson and challengers Rafael Mandelman and Amy Bacharach followed closely behind.
As of press time, Bacharach was in fifth, behind Jackson by only 720 votes. Read More
Matthew Haney will join three incumbents on the San Francisco Unified School District’s Board of Education after coming out on top in Tuesday’s election.
Twelve candidates vied for four open spots on the board, which oversees the operations and policy decisions of 50,000 students in The City’s lone school district. Read More
A breakdown of what San Mateo County propositions passed and failed in the 2012 election.
Measure A: PASS
SALES TAX: County voters approved a measure that increases the sales tax throughout San Mateo County. The measure will increase the sales tax by half a cent for the next 10 years and will help fund child abuse protections, 911 dispatch, fire prevention, and after-school library and homework programs, among other county services. Read More
It’s been hella hot outside, but the heat wave is over.
In San Francisco, temperatures soared into the high 70s on Monday and Tuesday, but a cooling pattern today is expected to bring more typical weather for November, with rain possible.
According to the National Weather Service, temperatures in The City today will peak in the mid-60s — a whopping 20 degrees lower than the start of the week. By Thursday, rain is even forecasted. Read More
As Kimberly Bellinger watched the devastation of Superstorm Sandy strike her fellow New Yorkers, she knew she had to do something.
As a resident of the Upper East Side in Manhattan, Bellinger, 31, never lost power. But she watched the devastation unfold across several social media platforms, including Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Read More
The window for the Mavericks Invitational surf contest will officially open Friday.
The big-wave competition gives 24 contestants 24 hours of notice to arrive at Pillar Point near Half Moon Bay to surf some of the world’s largest and most elusive waves. The window closes March 31.
The last Mavericks contest was held in 2010.
Organizers will host an opening ceremony Friday on the Pillar Point beach, and they hope this season will bring bigger swells than last year. Read More
The San Francisco Unified School District has a lot riding on Tuesday’s election.
The district, along with every other education body in the state, will be closely watching how two tax increase measures fare. If they pass, the SFUSD can operate as usual without having to make additional cuts. But if propositions 30 and 38 fail, the district will face drastic budget reductions.
The school district will have to cut an additional $23 million from its budget, through furlough days and hiring and pay freezes. Read More
Darrel Dominguez and his brother Dee missed the 2010 World Series parade, but they weren’t going to let that happen again. This time, the brothers traveled nearly 1,100 miles by plane, car and train to get to the corner of Market and Main streets by 6:30 a.m. Wednesday for the parade’s 2012 edition.
“We moved to Albuquerque in 2009, and in 2010 they go and win the World Series,” said Darrel Dominguez, who still lives in Albuquerque, N.M. “That was heartbreaking.”
The Dominguez brothers were among the hundreds of thousands of fans who descended upon San Francisco for the second parade in three years.
The U.S. Supreme Court could make a decision as soon as December on whether it will consider the legality of California’s ban on same-sex marriage.
On Nov. 20, justices will consider whether or not to hear the case, and that decision could go public as soon as Nov. 26. If the high court does not consider the case, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruling issued in February will be upheld. That judgment deemed California’s Proposition 8 unconstitutional.
It’s a decision Stuart Gaffney of the nonprofit Marriage Equality USA is ready for. Read More
It took a lot of determination for the Giants to become baseball champions in 2012. But it only took one pitch for the entire city of San Francisco to erupt in celebration.
The moment Giants closer Sergio Romo’s final pitch hit the glove of catcher Buster Posey to seal the 4-3 World Series win in Game 4 in Detroit, fans screamed with joy and ran into the streets to celebrate the victory.
“We wouldn’t be anywhere else,” said Katherine Bent of San Mateo, while standing in the mix of the celebration in front of AT&T Park. “You can just feel the energy.”
“Panda-monium” is no longer just an expression. At AT&T Park, it embodies Giants fans.
On Thursday night at Game 2 of the World Series, thousands of people donned white or orange panda hats or jerseys to honor and celebrate Pablo “Kung Fu Panda” Sandoval’s dominance over the Detroit Tigers the night before.
Sandoval’s three home runs helped propel the Giants to an 8-3 victory Wednesday night, and as a result fans were elated to show their appreciation by wearing gear related to the third baseman.
While Pablo Sandoval was hitting home run after home run inside AT&T Park on Wednesday night during the World Series opener, fans outside the ballpark were searching for creative ways to see the action.
According to police spokesman Officer Albie Esparza, one determined fan was arrested for trying to climb the Lefty O’Doul Bridge just outside the south entrance of the ballpark in order to see the game.
But he didn’t get that lucky. The fan was pulled down from the bridge and cited for trespassing, Esparza said. Read More
While hundreds of thousands of baseball fans watched Wednesday’s opener of the 2012 World Series on TV or in the stands at AT&T Park, Mario Barajas had the opportunity of a lifetime.
The 18-year-old San Franciscan had the honor of walking the baseball for the ceremonial first pitch to the mound. It’s an opportunity Barajas said he never thought he would have.
“I’m so excited,” he said before the game. “I didn’t believe it when they first asked me to do it. I thought it was a joke. It was said so casually.”
Politicians and reform groups are denouncing the California Public Utilities Commission’s recent decision to retain an outside mediator to preside over settlement negotiations with PG&E regarding the San Bruno blast.
Mark Toney, executive director of The Utility Reform Network, called the selection of former U.S. Sen. George Mitchell as a mediator and postponement of the commission’s hearings a backroom deal that will prevent the public from getting information about the negotiations. Read More
The interim chancellor at City College of San Francisco fully believes the struggling institution can survive, but administrators will have to make tough decisions to do so.
During a candid discussion Wednesday morning between interim Chancellor Pamila Fisher and members of SPUR, a nonprofit urban research association, she said she wasn’t aware of the magnitude of CCSF’s problems until she received the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges’ scathing report. Read More