Political insiders and outsiders have been crawling out of the woodwork to put in their two cents about who should replace outgoing Mayor Gavin Newsom, who will resign in January to become the state’s lieutenant governor. Read More
Mayor Gavin Newsom is back from his weeklong vacation in Hawaii, where he spent the holidays with his family. Read More
The Telegraph Hill dwellers have -- once again -- chimed in on a City Hall debate. The politically influential neighborhood group has weighed in on whether San Francisco should host the America's Cup, and the answer is yes. Read More
Commercial landlords in San Francisco are losing their upper hand.
A new report shows that due to the influx of tech start-ups locally, the demand for creative space is growing and growing, giving landlords less and less of the negotiating power.
This is part of a larger U.S. trend showing that leasing activity has started to recover with pockets of growth in parts of the market, according to San Francisco-based Jones Lang LaSalle. Read More
'Tis the season for holiday party planning to begin.
There may be one just announced, too, that you want to mark on your calendar, especially if you are into following San Francisco politics.
Mayor Gavin Newsom announced on his Twitter account Wednesday that he and first lady Jennifer Siebel Newsom will be hosting a holiday open house at City Hall.
The event, which could be one of Newsom's last before he assumes his post as lieutenant governor, is scheduled for Sunday, Dec. 12 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Read More
Moving the America’s Cup regatta to a location farther north on the waterfront would save San Francisco tens of millions of dollars, according to city documents that detail the alternative plan.
The America’s Cup was won by the team backed by billionaire Larry Ellison, on behalf of the Golden Gate Yacht Club, in February. Ellison’s team now has the privilege of deciding where and when the next race will take place, and it has said the two sites it is currently deciding between include San Francisco Bay and a European location thought to be in Italy. Read More
San Francisco can add another high-tech company to its portfolio — Foursquare.
The popular mobile app, which allows users to “check in” online and share their location with their friends, has announced plans to expand to the West Coast. The company will share a space at Mission Street until they need a bigger office.
The New York-based company decided on San Francisco because of the area’s diverse talent pool, a company spokeswoman said.
“There’s a lot of great talent in the Bay Area,” said Erin Gleason, PR Manager for Foursquare. Read More
Any good news about the budget is short-lived.
Earlier this month, the controller put out a report showing San Francisco was in better shape financially for the midyear than lawmakers were expecting.
In fact, it showed we had a surplus of some $20 million, which probably didn’t go over well with the labor unions.
But now, Mayor Gavin Newsom’s budget adviser is crunching th Read More
Six months ago, Will Scott got his last unemployment check after 99 weeks — the maximum amount of time someone can draw the benefits.
Since then, he lost his house and eats in soup kitchens in between looking for jobs and working the “maze” of social services.
“I’m just going from sofa to sofa and when that doesn’t work out I sleep in the back of my truck,” Scott said as he left the unemployment office on Turk Street, where he went to browse the Internet for jobs. “It’s an emotionally trying time.” Read More
Some 270 public employees who were canned after the feds cut off San Francisco’s stimulus money for a local jobs program have now been placed into other jobs, thanks to Mayor Gavin Newsom’s JobsNow lite program. Read More
More than 40,000 San Franciscans are out of work, but Mayor Gavin Newsom is still asking them to shop this holiday. After all, consumer spending is one the things that can pull the economy out of the doldrums. Read More
You cannot expect homeless people to find jobs if they can’t dress the part.Firefighters are partnering with a nonprofit organization, Working Essentials, to collect the items homeless people need to prepare for job interviews — shaving cream, toothpaste and soap. It’s the lack of these grooming items that are not surprisingly a major barrier to helping them find jobs.Firefighters are asking for the public to donate these items to help people maintain their personal hygiene. This is a small program making a huge impact. Read More
You could tell Mayor Gavin Newsom was stifling all the obvious jokes he could have made when asked about the recent effort to ban circumcisions in San Francisco. Instead of saying “it won’t cut it with voters” the mayor just went “whoa.” When he heard about the proposal, Newsom immediately called City Hall to find out who had proposed this legislation. Read More
Shoppers could be finding the deal on Aisle 4 of a Target store in the Metreon as soon as early 2012 now that the project has gained approval.On Tuesday, the San Francisco Redevelopment Agency unanimously approved the plans Target needed to build its 100,000-square-foot store on the first and second floors of the Metreon, which has been plagued by vacancies the past year.The latest approval means the Metreon sign will be replaced with Target’s signature bull’s-eye signage. Read More
In the wake of a crumbling tourism industry, the Convention and Visitor’s Bureau seems to be taking on important work to turn things around. The organization took a vote to change its name from the traditional San Francisco Convention and Visitors Bureau to San Francisco Travel Association effective Jan. 11 2011. Read More