As a judgment looms for suspended Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi, he and his supporters are making eleventh-hour pleas for his political future.
The longtime supervisor was the only member of the progressive political faction to win citywide election last November, but a domestic violence scandal involving his wife quickly overtook his first two months in office. After Mirkarimi pleaded guilty in court to misdemeanor false imprisonment, Mayor Ed Lee suspended him without pay, beginning a rare removal process for elected officials. Read More
A phony voting booth that was set up last October in Chinatown to help elderly voters cast their mail-in ballots won’t spur any criminal charges, the District Attorney’s Office announced on Thursday.
The booth — set up by supporters of then-candidate Mayor Ed Lee — was a lightning rod for his many opponents, who called for a full investigation of the operation. The alleged malfeasance included accusations that a bevy of blue-shirted campaign workers supplied voters with plastic stencils that could be placed over ballots to single out specific candidates and issues. Read More
New life could be in store for the shuttered site of San Francisco’s last active power plant — not to say it will be burning natural gas again anytime soon.
City officials and environmentalists worked for nearly two decades to shut down Potrero Hill’s former PG&E facility, which was later sold to Atlanta-based Mirant Corp. The plant was officially closed in January 2011. Now GenOn, the corporate successor to Mirant, is trying to drum up interest in some nonindustrial development. Read More
A city program designed to provide low-income residents with discounts on their water bills is a comprehensive mess, according to a new audit by the City Controller’s Office.
The report, released Tuesday, found failures in almost every aspect of the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission’s Customer Assistance Program. Critical problems were identified with the program’s implementation, maintenance and users — including potentially more than 500 city employees, most of whom don’t come close to meeting low-income thresholds. Read More
Proponents of a November ballot measure to study the overhaul of San Francisco’s water supply remained unsatisfied Tuesday morning when a Superior Court judge declined to alter the proposition’s wording. Read More
Police are seeking two suspects in connection with a Lower Pacific Heights shooting death during the Labor Day weekend.
The victim, identified by the Medical Examiner’s Office as 38-year-old Jonathan Bullock, was shot multiple times in his upper body about 4:20 a.m. Saturday in the 1500 block of Broderick Street.
Bullock was pronounced dead at San Francisco General Hospital on Sunday, police said.
The two male suspects fled, and no arrests have been made. Police would not provide additional information Tuesday. Read More
Hundreds of city workers may have been taking their own small piece of a $2 million public-assistance lifeline offered annually by the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission for low-income water users. Read More
This being San Francisco, an ambitious bid by the Warriors to install an NBA arena on The City’s waterfront by 2017 will need solid community support to go smoothly. And the community, it seems, is bouncing on the rim.
An online poll circulated last week by the South Beach/Rincon/Mission Bay Neighborhood Association asked its members to weigh in on their fears and hopes about the facility, slated for the prime location of Piers 30 and 32, set between the Giants’ AT&T Park and the Bay Bridge. Read More
The confidential court settlement for a teenage girl who was burned in the 2010 San Bruno PG&E pipeline explosion was mistakenly released earlier this month by San Mateo County Superior Court officials due to a “technology error.”
The mistake — first reported by the San Mateo County Times — was on public display beginning Aug. 21, but was rectified Thursday, according to court officials. The details of the deal are the first glimpse into the type of settlements being offered by the utility to victims of the blast, which killed eight people and destroyed 38 homes. Read More
Two men who attacked Falun Gong practitioners this summer over their unflattering views on China were ordered by a San Francisco neighborhood court to write apology letters and were told to stay 10 feet away from the victims. One of the men also must take anger management classes. Read More
The high price of HIV/AIDS medication in the U.S. could be the subject of a November 2013 ballot measure set to launch in San Francisco.
The Los Angeles-based AIDS Healthcare Foundation announced Wednesday that it will push an initiative seeking to encourage local, state and national officials to employ all opportunities to bring down the price of prescription drugs. Among the proposed strategies would be to require government officials to negotiate directly with drug manufacturers to pay less for medications that they purchase. Read More
Ballot language describing November’s Proposition F confusingly suggests the measure would mean swift removal of Yosemite’s Hetch Hetchy Reservoir, attorneys for an environmental group argued
Restore Hetch Hetchy’s lawyers noted that their proposal merely asks city voters to spend $8 million to study how San Francisco could replace the water and power supplied by the reservoir. Any decision to remove the reservoir’s O’Shaughnessy Dam would require another vote, possibly in 2016. Read More
A cavalcade of new tech workers — 13,000 to be exact — is being credited for an accelerating economic boom in San Francisco.
The number of tech jobs has increased by almost 42 percent in just the first half of 2012, from 31,000 to 44,000 — a surge being driven by 150 new technology firms in The City, according to data released last week by the civically plugged-in San Francisco Center for Economic Development. Read More
While new cases of HIV have continued to decline, other documented instances of sexually transmitted diseases are on a continuous multi-year rise in San Francisco and across California.
Some local clinics are attempting to combat the spike with additional testing methods for syphilis, gonorrhea and chlamydia that involve checks of the throat and rectum — steps not currently endorsed as essential by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Read More
Political pressure is mounting for the Board of Supervisors to permanently remove suspended Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi from elected office, following an Ethics Commission determination last week that he committed official misconduct in a domestic violence incident involving his wife. Read More