The Board of Supervisors is set to consider the massive redevelopment plan for the Parkmerced neighborhood Tuesday, following a two-month delay to consider whether the rights of displaced tenants will be protected during the multidecade project that seeks to demolish 1,500 homes.
Project developers Stellar Management and Fortress Investment Group have repeatedly promised to uphold the rent-control rights of current tenants and provide them with modern replacement units in advance of demolition. Read More
State Sen. Leland Yee netted an endorsement from the Sierra Club for his San Francisco mayoral run, with Supervisor John Avalos getting the second-place vote.
Sierra Club political chairman John Rizzo said in a news release Saturday that of the nine candidates running for the seat, Yee has the strongest record of environmental stewardship for co-authoring state legislation on climate change solutions and helping to block offshore oil drilling. Read More
A Friday night stabbing aboard Muni’s 14-Mission bus left one man hospitalized after a melee involving a group of teenagers.
Police reported the injured man, approximately 31 years old, was stabbed multiple times with a screwdriver in the torso and suffered lacerations to his head. He was transported to San Francisco General Hospital, and has life-threatening injuries, police Officer Albie Esparza said Saturday. Read More
If Oakland radio preacher Harold Camping is correct, today will be the last tolerable day on planet Earth. On Saturday, Camping’s global forecast calls for a flurry of massive earthquakes and a 100 percent chance of the biblical rapture, in which he said people not chosen for salvation will be “dying like flies.”
Afraid you won’t be among the lucky few snatched up into the bright white glory of the hereafter? You should be. Read More
The bells of Grace Cathedral should remain the loudest noise emanating from atop Nob Hill after a judge dealt another setback to plans for the Masonic Center to become a full-time musical venue with a permanent liquor license, more bars and 85 shows per year.
At the very least, two Superior Court rulings have significantly hampered the ambitions of the event-promotions giant Live Nation.
In late April, the Nob Hill Association neighborhood group won two lawsuits against The City and the Masons. Read More
Doctors at San Francisco General Hospital said Wednesday that they’ve had a chance to do evaluations of comatose Giants fan Bryan Stow, and his condition remains critical. Read More
A promise to relocate tenants in 1,538 units slated for demolition at Parkmerced could not be legally enforced if the owners of the development backed out, putting those tenants at risk, according to a civil grand jury report issued Tuesday.The current development group on the project — made up of the Fortress Investment Group and Stellar Management — has promised repeatedly that modern replacement units would be ready for tenants before demolition of their current homes, so that they would not be forced to move or lose rent-control rights. Read More
The Los Angeles Police Department announced an increased reward Tuesday for information leading to the capture of suspects who brutally attacked Giants fan Bryan Stow on the first game of the season at Dodger Stadium March 31.At an afternoon press conference, police told the public that the department has 17 detectives on the case and the reward is now $200,000, up from $150,000 after another contribution from the Dodgers. Read More
A civil grand jury in San Francisco issued a report Tuesday that says tenant relocation promises in the redevelopment of Parkmerced couldn’t legally be upheld if the owners of the neighborhood back out, and those living in 1,538 units slated for demolition are at risk of having to move elsewhere and lose rent-control rights. Read More
Updated May 16, 2011 at 4:30 p.m.: SFPD has identified the arrestee as Tracy Luong, 22, of San Jose. Luong was booked into San Francisco County Jail on the charge of aggravated assault on a bystander.
A bystander had intervened in an effort to thwart the attack on Joey Hernandez. Luong, who police said was wielding high-heeled shoes, allegedly struck the clubgoer in the face numerous times. Police believe the homicide suspect was part of a larger group that included Luong. Read More
The mark of gentrification is almost everywhere in San Francisco. But the Mission district’s long-shuttered National Guard Armory-turned-Internet-porn-empire is a special case.
Initially met with angry protest when they turned the historic castle fortress into a hardcore fetish-based adult entertainment studio in 2007, the operators of Kink.com now enjoy a more cordial relationship with the neighborhood. Read More
As soon as the Botox mom story went national, the phones of the San Francisco Human Services Agency started a-ringin’ — naturally. Read More
Of the 918 names listed on a memorial for the victims of the Jonestown Massacre, one stands out: “James Warren Jones,” the cult leader who ordered the killing of a congressman and a news crew at his Guyana compound in 1978, then instructed his entire following to swallow a fatal dose of a cyanide-laced drink.
His name appears on one of the four stones recently installed at Oakland’s Evergreen Cemetery, where the bodies of more than 400 unidentified victims are buried in a mass grave. Read More
The massive redevelopment plan for Treasure Island briefly moved forward Wednesday, but then suffered a new setback as a coalition of environmentalists and critics slammed the brakes on a project already more than a decade in the making.
Earlier in the day, the Budget and Finance Subcommittee of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors approved the project’s financial plan for consideration by the full board Tuesday.
But a subsequent appeal of the project’s environmental impact report derailed that timetable and will delay any shoveling of dirt on the ambitious project. Read More
Marey Richins, the 52-year-old kindergarten teacher who was named the San Mateo County Commuter of the Year, bikes every day from her San Carlos Hills home to work in Belmont — sometimes with the class pet rat, Rat Girl. She will bike to work today as park of Bike to Work Day. Read More