On the America’s Cup to-do list for the next two years: Make plans and review the heck out of them. Demolish some buildings, build others. Design and erect yachts, then race them. Attract hundreds of thousands of people and then entertain them. And what else?
Oh yeah — pay for it all.
Two entities — the America’s Cup Organizing Committee and the America’s Cup Event Authority — are tasked with raising a total of $300 million. Read More
Some insurers jack up the prices of some vital medications to “specialty tiers”, a practice that Assemblywoman Fiona Ma hopes to stop.Ma will today announce legislation that would eliminate the expensive specialty tiers, and also cap monthly co-pays.Ma will announce the legislation at 3:30 p.m. today in the lobby of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, joined by patients and advocates. Read More
San Francisco could rarely be described as hot – but apparently plenty of people describe it as sexy.
An Orbitz.com poll placed San Francisco as the nation’s sexiest city. The City received 18 percent of the votes, edging out Miami, Las Vegas and New York. Read More
An argument over a chubby Chihuahua in a pink polka-dotted sweater resulted in a Haight Street merchant shooting and critically injuring a customer in front of his market, according to police. The victim, identified by friends as a Haight resident named Mike, was under the knife Wednesday afternoon, clinging to his life. The Chihuahua, named Gizmo, is fine and being cared for by friends. Read More
A pair of massive natural-gas pipelines snake through the Palo Alto hills on Page Mill Road, then hug Junipero Serra Boulevard as it cuts through the Stanford University campus past the front and back yards of faculty housing and through a golf course. The pipelines then take a left onto Sand Hill Road, where they carry their volatile contents past the world’s longest linear accelerator. Read More
The last thing a mayoral candidate in this town wants to do is to annoy its gay constituents, but that’s precisely what Dennis Herrera did with a poorly chosen word on his campaign website.The offense? His site uses the term “sexual preference” rather than “sexual orientation,” according to an article in the Bay Area Reporter, San Francisco’s local weekly that serves The City’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered communities. Read More
San Franciscans are accustomed to fast sailboats on the Bay. But fast acceptance of a big development project? Not such a familiar occurrence in The City.The City’s habit of slowly chewing over development projects will have to be broken in order for the America’s Cup to take place here. The project is on a tight timeline and things must go relatively smoothly because construction has to start early next year to prepare for the 2013 regatta. Read More
Two women reunited in the lobby of a waterfront hotel one recent morning, with one embracing the other, the other awkwardly hugging back, both laughing.
“She’s like that, she gets all touchy-feely on me,” said the giggling tall blonde in black, Sally Kennerson. “Oh, I know you’re not a hugger — I don’t mean to hug you so much,” said a broadly smiling Shar Carlyle, but not before giving Kennerson another squeeze. Read More
It is not often charges will be dropped midtrial — and even less often that a jury will applaud and offer to write letters to try to help the accused retrieve their job.But that is what happened in a felony domestic violence case in San Francisco Superior Court this week when prosecutors gave up on the case after the alleged victim kept switching her story on the stand, the Public Defender’s Office announced Thursday. Read More
Don’t you hate it when your SmartCar gets stuck in a pothole and you can’t get it out? Read More
A statewide survey of Pacific Gas & Electric’s pipeline system has discovered 21 additional gas leaks than previously found, including three in South San Francisco.
The results of the inspection were released Tuesday, along with an update on PG&E’s search for documents that prove its pipeline system is safe.
PG&E had been ordered by state regulators to survey its entire pipeline system after a transmission pipeline it owned in San Bruno exploded Sept. 9 and killed eight people. Read More
It’s unlikely to be as entertaining as Chris Daly’s roast nor as star-studded as Gavin Newsom’s Holiday Open House in City Hall but if you’re looking to hang out with drinking politicos, Tony Winnicker’s Send Off Party might be your best bet this week. Read More
Eight of Muni’s drivers were involved five or more accidents in 2010, but because most of the collisions were determined not to be their fault, they’re still behind the wheel.
Last year, two drivers were involved in seven accidents each, three were in six, and three more were in five apiece, according to data provided by Muni in response to a public-records request. Read More
How many San Franciscans are hired for a project at the University of California San Francisco’s new hospital project in Mission Bay will continue to spur protests, despite the hospital making it clear that they hope to hire at least 20 percent local residents.
The Aboriginal Blackmen United have been picketing the hospital construction site for several days because they say UCSF is not hiring enough workers from the neighboring Bayview-Hunters Point district, where unemployment far outpaces much of the rest of The City. Read More
After hearing complaints that the investigation into last year’s pipeline explosion in San Bruno was being conducted behind closed doors far too often, on Thursday the president of the California Public Utilities Commission said he intends to open those doors a crack.
At a hearing, commission President Michael Peevey announced he would ask his colleagues to formalize their multiple investigations into one public process, which will allow advocacy groups more access to the details being uncovered by regulators about the tragedy. Read More