A man killed Friday night in a Bayview district double shooting was identified by the Medical Examiner’s Office as 27-year-old Tony Harper.
The San Francisco resident, along with another man, was shot in the 100 block of Salinas Avenue about 11:30 p.m., police Officer Albie Esparza said. The second victim, an unidentified 23-year-old man, is in life-threatening condition after being shot in the chest.
Both men were able to get to San Francisco General Hospital on their own, Esparza said. Harper was pronounced dead there. Read More
The proposed $100 million regional public safety broadband network to link Bay Area first responders has been put on hold.
In Feburary, the Board of Supervisors voted to include San Francisco in the BayWEB network, to be built by Motorola. The program would provide emergency responders with smartphones and computers for easier communication during disasters. Oakland, San Jose and Santa Clara County all expressed concern about the project’s costs. Read More
Hearings into whether suspended Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi will be permanently removed from office crept forward Tuesday night as commissioners narrowed the scope of admissible evidence, striking significant portions of the statement by a key prosecution witness. Read More
City Attorney Dennis Herrera’s office asked the California Supreme Court Monday to overturn a lower court’s ruling last year that could potentially threaten the permitting of medical marijuana dispensaries throughout the state.
The city of Long Beach is petitioning to overturn a decision by the Court of Appeal last October that found city’s law permitting dispensaries invalid and preempted by federal law. Read More
Longtime sports radio talk-show host Ralph Barbieri sued his former employer Monday, saying he had been wrongfully fired from KNBR (680 AM) in April after 28 years at the station.
In a lawsuit filed in San Francisco Superior Court, Barbieri accused the radio station and its owner, Cumulus Media Inc., of age and disability discrimination, breach of contract and wrongful termination. Read More
New written testimony from Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi’s neighbor contains vivid details of the domestic violence incident that led to Mirkarimi’s suspension by Mayor Ed Lee and starkly contradicts his public explanation of what happened.
In a 22-page declaration filed late Friday in advance of hearings this week before The City’s Ethics Commission, Ivory Madison said Mirkarimi’s wife, Eliana Lopez, described possibly 20 to 30 minutes of verbal and physical abuse on Dec. 31 inside the couple’s home, and in front of the couple’s crying young son, after an argument in the car. Read More
A woman in her late 20s was wounded when someone opened fire from a vehicle in The City’s Visitacion Valley neighborhood early Sunday, police said.The shooting was reported at about 3 a.m. at the corner of Visitacion Avenue and Schwerin Street, according to police.A preliminary report indicates a suspect from a vehicle fired on another vehicle, and the woman was hit in the right arm, police said. She was taken to the hospital and reported to be in stable condition.No suspect information was immediately available, and no arrests were made. Read More
A Wells Fargo executive on vacation with his family in Hawaii died Wednesday while snorkeling, according to the company and police on the Big Island.
Paul S. Tsang, 49, of San Francisco, was pulled from the waters off the Mauna Lani Beach Club early Wednesday afternoon, police said. He died a short time later.
Tsang was a senior vice president at Wells Fargo, heading the bank’s strategic auto investment branch since November 2001, according to an online profile. Read More
A proposed new residential development in Forest Knolls has riled some neighbors who say it’s unsuitable for the secluded neighborhood west of Mount Sutro.
The proposed San Francisco Overlook Development — a three-building, 34-unit project of duplexes and a townhouse, plus 68 parking spaces — would be perched on a steep hillside at the end of Crestmont Drive, offering sprawling views of The City but also standing out in a neighborhood of mainly single-family homes. Read More
The City’s transformation of the mid-Market Street area has begun after Twitter’s weekend move into a historic Market Square building.
The microblogging company said Monday it had begun occupying its “new nest” at 1355 Market St., where about 800 employees are expected to fill at least three of the 11 floors of the formerly vacant building. Constructed in 1937, the art deco palace is being renovated by the firm Shorenstein, which purchased it last year. Read More
Plaques directing San Franciscans to often-hidden public open spaces downtown will be more visible under new rules adopted Thursday by the Planning Commission.
The guidelines for dozens of privately owned public open spaces — small parks, gardens, plazas and sunny sitting areas, some located atop high-rises — aim to create signs that are of uniform size and design, and are easier to notice and read, under legislation introduced by Board of Supervisors President David Chiu. Read More
Whether smokers will soon pay $1 more per pack for a tax that would go to fund cancer research remained unclear Tuesday as the results were too close to call.
Proposition 29 would raise the state’s excise tax on a pack of cigarettes from 87 cents to $1.87. Revenue from the measure, estimated at about $735 million in the first year, would be used to fund research on cancer and tobacco-related diseases, and for smoking prevention measures.
The average retail price for a pack of cigarettes in California is currently $5. Read More
A constitutional amendment to reform rules about state legislators’ terms in office was approved Tuesday by California voters.
Under the current term limits law, legislators can serve a total of 14 years in office, though loopholes can extend that time to nearly 17 years by filling partial terms. Proposition 28 will limit newly elected legislators to a lifetime maximum of 12 years in office. Read More
President Barack Obama — who declared in a TV interview in May that he personally supports same-sex marriage — visits San Francisco Thursday for two fundraisers for his re-election campaign.
Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom is expected to greet Obama at San Francisco International Airport this morning. As mayor of San Francisco, Newsom spearheaded the effort to allow gays and lesbians to marry.
Obama is scheduled to hold fundraisers at two locations in the Financial District: the Julia Morgan Ballroom at California and Montgomery streets and at The Landmark at 1 Market St. Read More
The fight over California’s ban on same-sex marriage is poised to go to the U.S. Supreme Court after an appeals court refused to reconsider its ruling earlier this year striking down Proposition 8.
The decision by the federal appeals court keeps intact a U.S. District Court judge’s 2010 ruling that the state’s ban on same-sex marriage, passed by voters in 2008, is unconstitutional. Read More