The standard for removing Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi from office seems straightforward on its face, but history shows that such actions aren’t as easy as they may appear.Mirkarimi pleaded guilty on Monday to false imprisonment, a deal that will lead to the dismissal of three other domestic violence charges against him. The plea agreement allows the sheriff to keep his job — at least for now. Read More
The City’s biotech industry got a boost Tuesday, as Mayor Ed Lee joined the Canadian ambassador to the United States in announcing a new startup incubator in UCSF’s growing hub for such companies.CTA@MissionBay will focus on Canadian life sciences firms and join four other UCSF incubators involved in the California Institute for Quantitative Biosciences, or QB3. In what has become standard fare for news of economic expansion, the mayor said the development is further evidence that San Francisco is the “innovation capital of the world.” Read More
Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi ended his tumultuous domestic violence case Monday by pleading guilty to false imprisonment, but that may not spell the end of his troubles. Mayor Ed Lee said he’s looking into whether the sheriff should now face suspension or removal from office. Read More
Closing time on Saturday night at the Gold Dust Lounge marked the end of the embattled bar’s lease, but the owners want to make one thing clear — it’s not yet last call for the kitschy Union Square dive.Despite the legally binding agreement, the octogenarian Bovis brothers who own the business simply won’t budge, according to their attorney, Justin Berger. The bar and its gregarious supporters have been locked in battle for months with the building owners, who want to replace the notable saloon with an entryway for a clothing store. Read More
As the tech industry’s resurgence gives rise to new ideas about stricter controls on apartment prices in San Francisco, tenant advocates are considering a November ballot measure to discourage rent increases through a proposed high-rent tax. Read More
Class conflict in San Francisco often comes down to rich versus poor. But discussion of the proposed 8 Washington development — which would replace the Golden Gateway Tennis & Swim club with new pools, parks and luxury condos — is shaping up to be a case of rich versus richer.The development is being opposed by a bevy of neighborhood groups, partly on grounds that it “doesn’t fit” and represents another setback for The City’s already-ailing middle class. Read More
New York City could get a taste of America’s Cup yacht action, race organizers say, after a broadcast deal with NBC prompted some possible scheduling changes.Some August racing dates could occur in New York instead of San Francisco, although race officials also tentatively scheduled an additional series of events to coincide with Fleet Week in early October here in The City. Read More
Keeping San Franciscans qualified for tech jobs is the aim of a $5 million federal grant announced Thursday by Mayor Ed Lee, who said local workers should be “reskilled” so they’re not left behind in a developing economic rebound.The money from the U.S. Department of Labor will be used for a new “TechSF” workforce initiative to train or retrain about 1,700 workers, 300 of whom have been unemployed for at least six months. Read More
Ammiano says the mayor should not make the school's use of rainy-day funds contingent on sale of surplus properties.
The City could help the San Francisco Unified School District avoid hundreds of layoffs, but Mayor Ed Lee has indicated that any help would come with strings attached.Facing budget shortfalls and a sizable drop in state funding over the next two years, the Board of Education voted last week to issue 485 pink slips to teachers and staff. The mayor said last week he wants The City to help “as much as we can,” but first he’d like a status update on surplus property no longer used for school functions and whether the district derives enough revenue from the sites. Read More
The America’s Cup regatta will be televised live in the United States for the first time in two decades, after race officials announced Thursday that NBC will carry the international event coming to San Francisco Bay over the next two years.
It’s an exciting development for organizers, who are attempting to remake the sport with larger and faster boats that they hope will draw new sailing fans and impress aficionados. Read More
A June ballot measure aimed at restoring Coit Tower’s historic public murals is now being opposed by a seemingly unexpected source — the city commission in charge of restoring the historic public murals.The ballot item arose from concerned residents who say The City doesn’t dedicate enough to the beloved art pieces, which are suffering due to fog and wear-and-tear from visitors. Read More
Tech migration to San Francisco is continuing on a steady pace, with leases inked for more than 1 million square feet of office space in 2012 alone, according to the Mayor’s Office.The figure was released in conjunction with an announcement Thursday that department store retailer Macys.com signed a 15-year lease for more than 240,000 square feet at 680 Folsom St. in the South of Market neighborhood. Read More
San Francisco wants to take away your paycheck.Not your pay, just the paper part. The Treasurer’s Office wants printed paychecks to become a thing of the past in The City with a new program unveiled Wednesday encouraging businesses to go completely electronic on their payroll systems. The so-called CurrenC SF effort would connect businesses, nonprofits and financial service firms. Read More
Loose lips sink ships. That was the lesson city leaders said should be learned from the sudden breakdown of a massive real estate deal tied to the America’s Cup yacht race.The America’s Cup Event Authority was set to put up long-sought money to fix problematic piers in exchange for lucrative long-term waterfront development rights, but Mayor Ed Lee and race officials announced Monday that the agreement would be greatly “consolidated” to as little as one-tenth of the original scope. Read More