An attorney for SF Pride successfully compelled a YouTube user on Thursday to disassociate the shooting of five people on Saturday with the annual LGBT event.David Wilton, a local attorney, originally titled his video “Shooting, Civic Center, Pride Festival … ” which drew the ire of the Pride organization and prompted its attorney, Brooke Oliver, to demand removal of the video, plus $10,000 in damages. The shooting occurred at Seventh and Market streets, blocks away from the center of the traditional Pink Saturday pre-Pride celebration in the Castro district. Read More
A circumcision ban measure on the November ballot contains clearly anti-Semitic campaign material and targets members of the Jewish faith, according to a press release Thursday from the San Francisco City Attorney’s Office.Jewish groups, along with some Muslim individuals, filed a lawsuit over the measure last week against The City’s director of elections and Lloyd Schofield, the San Francisco resident who gathered more than 12,000 signatures to get the proposed ban on the ballot. Read More
Police have identified a person of interest in the case of a young Irishman who suffered major head trauma during a Gaelic football match Saturday on Treasure Island.
Police won’t name the person, but Officer Albie Esparza said he was seen standing over footballer Mark McGovern during an off-the-ball fracas that put the 22-year-old athlete into a coma. McGovern is in critical condition at San Francisco General Hospital.
Exactly what happened is unclear, but the case has become something of an international incident, attracting media coverage in Ireland and England. Read More
A Trader Joe’s store will take the place of Cala Foods at California and Hyde streets in Nob Hill, the popular chain-store grocer announced Tuesday.
Cala Foods’ lease ends in January. At that point, renovations will begin on the 14,000-square-foot building. It’s still unclear when the new Trader Joe’s location will open. Read More
A Trader Joe’s store will take the place of Cala Foods at California and Hyde streets in Nob Hill, according to a press release Tuesday from the grocer.
The new 14,000-square-foot store is set to begin renovations of the 1960s-era building in January. The store was the subject of speculation last summer, when a plan to build a 107-unit condominium and retail development was discussed by the Prado Group, a local firm that eventually began courting other grocers to take over the site. Read More
Bowling and boozing — two inherently related activities — are the subject of city legislation designed to clear the way for a proposed new six-lane alley and bar-restaurant in the Mission district.
Supervisors Jane Kim and Scott Wiener want to tweak the planning code to make way for the new locally owned business, which wouldn’t otherwise be allowed because past problems with the area’s drinking culture prompted restrictions on new liquor licenses. Read More
Ed Lee’s mayoral campaign kickoff Saturday had signs, buttons, balloons, stickers, speeches and spirited chants of “Run, Ed, run!” — all the fanfare you could think of such an event having, except for one critical element.
As a new “campaign headquarters” for the interim mayor was getting packed with loud supporters, a mariachi band and a Chinese parade dragon, Lee was visible only as a speck in the distance, atop Twin Peaks at the annual Pink Triangle dedication for The City’s Pride weekend. Read More
Giovanni Ramirez, the prime suspect in the near-fatal beating of Giants fan Bryan Stow, was moved from Los Angeles to a jail in San Diego on Saturday, according to an L.A. television station. Read More
A plan to build more than 10,000 new homes at the Hunters Point Shipyard could either be the best thing in San Francisco history, or its worst ever development disaster, according to a ruling issued Thursday by The City’s Civil Grand Jury.It all depends on how the defunct U.S. Navy base is cleaned of contamination, and how public officials respond to community concerns over how the cleanup and buildup will be conducted. Read More
Arguing that state law prevents San Francisco voters from criminalizing circumcision, Jewish groups with Muslim supporters filed a lawsuit Wednesday to keep a ban of the practice off the November ballot. Read More
Ryan Fong, an 18-year-old recent graduate of Carlmont High School in Belmont, received a $3,000 annual scholarship from Lockheed Martin to study mechanical engineering at UC Berkeley.
What makes you want to be a mechanical engineer? My dad was an engineer, so he took me to work a lot when I was younger and I was inspired by all the work he has done. He works at Lockheed Martin. Read More
A Board of Supervisors committee hearing Thursday will focus on the Department of Public Health’s role in reporting the potential health impacts of large developments.The 1 p.m. hearing by the Government Audit & Oversight Committee is of interest to activist groups that obtained emails in April between DPH officials and Lennar, the company that plans to build 10,000 new homes at the shuttered U.S. Navy Base at Hunters Point. Read More
Opponents of a measure that would ban male circumcision in San Francisco plan to publicly announce a lawsuit against the proposition.
The measure planned for the November ballot would make circumcising a minor a misdemeanor carrying a $1,000 fine and up to a year in jail.
Members of the Committee for Parental Choice and Religious Freedom plan to gather on the steps of City Hall at 11 a.m. Wednesday. Read More
As state budget wrangling continues in Sacramento, San Francisco’s Redevelopment Agency is waiting for the end — or a significant change — to what it does.
The end of the agency in The City could mean the ax for nearly a dozen projects that would provide hundreds of affordable-housing units, according to Redevelopment Agency Executive Director Fred Blackwell. Read More
If they could understand urban policy, San Francisco’s birds would be happy to know The City’s Planning Commission is considering code changes that would make any new buildings less hazardous for them.
Based on studies that say building collisions cause up to a billion bird deaths annually in North America, a 40-page policy document up for commission approval July 14 defines “bird hazard zones” and lays out new planning standards such as glass treatment to be required for new structures and additions near urban green space. Read More