Bicyclists behaving badly in San Francisco could soon find themselves in a mandatory class to learn the rules of the road. Read More
Neighbors have accused suspended Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi and his wife, Eliana Lopez, of illegally goading them to destroy video evidence in the couple’s domestic violence case, but Lopez now says Mirkarimi wasn’t aware the video existed at the time of the request in question.“That’s absolutely true,” Mirkarimi’s attorney, David Waggoner, said Sunday. “Ross was not even home at the time that happened.” Waggoner also called the assertion that Lopez asked her neighbors to get rid of the video “nonsense.” Read More
The lawsuits are flying faster than bottles in a bar fight at the Gold Dust Lounge in Union Square, where embattled bar owners were recently slapped with litigation over their refusal to shut down the delightfully schmaltzy dive bar.The Handlery family, which owns the building and wants an Express clothing store there instead, has been trying since December to part ways with bar run by a pair of aging brothers who continue to serve drinks beyond the terms of their lease. Gold Dust supporters say the bar is too historic to abandon, but the building owners dispute that. Read More
The San Francisco bicyclist involved in a fatal collision with a San Bruno man could face criminal charges, and his flippant early account of the tragedy may not help his case in a city where bikes, cars and pedestrians must increasingly coexist. Read More
Hailed as one of San Francisco’s largest economic development projects, a sweeping mix of offices, homes, retail and open space will replace the main parking lot for AT&T Park, Giants CEO Larry Baer announced Wednesday.Baer said the project — dubbed Mission Rock — will create a gateway into the Giants’ facility and is designed to connect the Mission Bay waterfront with the surrounding neighborhood, which he said has been a focus of the team since moving to the ballpark in 2000. Read More
The writing has been on the wall ever since the 49ers began talking about leaving town, but now it is clear: Candlestick Park’s days are numbered.The company overseeing the redevelopment of the Hunters Point Naval Shipyard indicated Wednesday that without the 49ers, there is not much use for the 52-year-old concrete stadium.“If and when the 49ers abandon Candlestick, we will initiate discussions with The City to accelerate plans to demolish the stadium,” said Kofi Bonner, Lennar Urban’s president. Read More
As winter set in on the Occupy SF encampments, so did police. And ever since the dramatic dismantling of the tent cities, the movement has been in search of a central gathering place.On Sunday, occupiers briefly found a new home on Turk Street in a dormant building owned by the Archdiocese of San Francisco. Despite their official police escort, demonstrators gained access to the building, put up banners and scrawled anti-corporate and anti-police slogans on walls. Read More
A French sailing team that had signed up to race in San Francisco’s America’s Cup yacht regatta has removed itself from contention, creating more setbacks for the event.The team, called Aleph, announced Tuesday that it planned to drop out of the regatta and wished the other competitors good luck, but didn’t provide a reason for quitting. Aleph finished fourth during races in San Diego in November and was considered the weaker of two French teams in the running. Read More
Organizers of San Francisco’s Best Buck in the Bay gay rodeo say they have taken strides to create an event that treats animals with respect, but activists have two words for them: Goat panties.The practice of two cowboys racing down a dirt arena to quickly outfit the captive goats with dainty undergarments is unique to gay rodeos, and the group putting on this year’s show in mid-September in La Honda was the subject of protest Saturday outside a fundraiser for the event. Read More
Today’s $540 million lottery jackpot is being called the largest prize “in the history of the world,” and the milestone isn’t lost on fortune-seeking San Franciscans.
At 19th Avenue Liquors in the Sunset district — identified by the California Lottery as one of The City’s lucky vendors due to having sold winning tickets in 1987 and 1996 — there has been a tenfold boost in sales of Mega Millions tickets. Owner Elias “Big Lou” Shamieh said the line could be out the door and around the corner by the end of the workday today. Read More
Being no stranger to superlatives, San Francisco can now add “nation’s sugar daddy capital” to the list.The Bay Area outpaces all other urban areas in per-capita numbers of men seeking companionship for cash, according to data released this week by SeekingArrangement.com, the web’s so-called “best sugar daddy fishing hole.”About 3.5 in every 1,000 adult males in the greater San Francisco metropolitan area are involved in the sugar daddy market, where nearly 3,000 “sugar babies” are seeking “sugar parenthood.” Read More
A pair of economic reports this week point to San Francisco’s economy perking up, with both the tourism and tech industries driving the good news.
A UCLA Anderson Forecast conference on Wednesday in Los Angeles revealed The City has experienced a whopping 5 percent growth in jobs over the past three months, mostly due to new tech company activity.
Jerry Nickelsburg, a senior economist who worked on the forecast, said job growth in San Francisco and Silicon Valley doubles that of the rest of the country, which still appears to be showing significant overall sluggishness. Read More
A luxury condo project on San Francisco’s waterfront is facing at least one appeal, and may face a second one by week’s end.
The so-called 8 Washington project has taken many forms over the past 10 years, and the latest plan for 134 new high-end living units was approved last week by The City’s Planning Commission. But now a neighbor — managers of the iconic Ferry Building — have called the project’s environmental impact report inadequate. Read More
Once-tumultuous negotiations to bring the America’s Cup yachting event to San Francisco ended with apparent harmony Tuesday, as the Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a scaled-down deal to prepare for the regatta.“This is a solid set of agreements,” said Board President David Chiu, who fought to remove aspects of the deal’s previous iteration, which would have involved the business arm of the race investing $111 million to fix some of The City’s waterfront in exchange for long-term leases and exclusive development rights. Read More
Embattled San Francisco Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi challenged his ongoing suspension without pay on Tuesday, following Mayor Ed Lee’s initiation of removal proceedings last week.
The mayor suspended Mirkarimi and appointed a replacement sheriff following his court sentencing in a high-profile domestic violence case involving his wife. Mirkarimi pleaded guilty to the false imprisonment charge earlier this month and three other charges were dropped as a result. Read More