Sting operations using high-tech devices to nab bicycle thieves will be conducted by police in a move to curb the thefts as bicycle commuting increases in The City.
Transponders that allow electronic tracking by police will be hidden on decoy bicycles positioned to be stolen, according to preliminary plans by police and bicycle advocates. The program is expected to begin this summer. Read More
Tenderloin residents are battling plans for a new pharmacy that will be located where illegal street sales of prescription pills run rampant.
An investigation by The Examiner confirmed that prescription pills — including Percodan, OxyContin and Vicodin — are openly sold by dozens of drug dealers, particularly along Leavenworth Street between Golden Gate Avenue and Turk Street.
Meanwhile, plans are in the works to add a community pharmacy at 281 Turk St., an idea that concerns the Police Department’s top brass. Read More
The gunman charged with the deadly shooting in the Castro district during gay pride celebrations Saturday is suspected as a gang member who knew the 19-year-old man he killed in front of throngs of revelers.
Ed Perkins, 20, of San Francisco was apprehended near the chaotic scene in which shots were fired into a large crowd at Castro and Market streets during the Pink Saturday street party at 11:30 p.m., police said. Read More
A deadly shooting at the Pink Saturday street party in the Castro district late Saturday night that sent throngs of revelers running for cover will not likely spell the end of the annual gay pride event, city officials said. Read More
The plague of illegally selling prescription drugs on city streets is under siege by the police, who are attacking the problem at its source.
As the Police Department struggles to monitor the cocktail of powerful pills being sold on the streets, it’s teaming with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency to bust pharmacists who accept fake prescriptions and the doctors that overprescribe them, police Chief George Gascón said. Read More
A new, scaled-down version of the planned subdivision known as Ascension Heights that planners say would be less harmful to neighbors is facing a critical vote by county lawmakers next week.
Late last year, the original proposal to build 25 single-family homes on a steep hill in unincorporated San Mateo that is vulnerable to landslides was rejected by the county’s Planning Commission. Neighbors of the project site have stood vehemently against the project, saying years of construction would create significant health and safety hazards. Read More
City schools will have fewer school days, programs, teachers and administrators, reducing their chances of maintaining the steady improvements made in recent years.
A long list of cuts was approved Tuesday by the Board of Education for next fiscal year, as the San Francisco Unified School District tries to remedy a historic two-year, $113 million deficit.
The cuts include four fewer days on the school calendar, pink slips for hundreds of teachers, no summer school for most students, and cuts to physical education, the arts and counseling services, the district said. Read More
Parents and teachers at Horace Mann Middle School are furious that their students next fall will have to share their Mission district campus with high school students from a charter school.
They said Tuesday they were blindsided by the San Francisco Unified School District’s decision to merge campuses. Until last week, Horace Mann’s teachers and parents said they did not know that Metropolitan Arts and Technology High School was granted a one-year lease to share the campus at 23rd and Valencia streets. Read More
The green light to vastly expand the number of bike lanes in The City may finally come this summer.
Today, Superior Court Judge Peter Busch, who imposed an injunction on San Francisco’s long-awaited bike plan in 2006, will hear the city attorney’s final arguments about why he should lift the ban.
The bike plan would add 34 miles to The City’s current 45 miles of on-street bicycle lanes during the next several years, along with parking spots and traffic signals for cyclists and colored lanes on some streets. Read More
CVS Pharmacy is moving forward with plans to open two new stores in The City, including in a long-vacant site in the Outer Richmond district.
The national retailer — which recently acquired Longs Drugs — has been pursuing several new locations in San Francisco in addition to the former Longs Drugs it operates on Van Ness Avenue near Pacific Avenue.
The company is preparing to open a downtown location — where Market and O’Farrell streets and Grant Avenue converge — early next year, spokesman Mike DeAngelis said. Read More
Late-night drivers are being asked to plan ahead for overnight closures of the northbound lanes connecting state Highway 1 to U.S. Highway 101 this evening, as work continues on the Doyle Drive replacement project.
The shutdown of the bridge just north of the tunnel on Highway 1 will last from 10 p.m. to 11 a.m. and will require long detours, Caltrans said. Read More
For many coaches and athletes who pursue sports as a profession, life is a game.
But that’s only half the equation for the Bay Area fathers that have managed to build successful careers in athletics while tending to the far more daunting challenge of raising children.
For coaches and athletes, there’s the incessant traveling, the early-morning and late-night practices, and the weekend games that keep them from home for extended periods. For coaches, there’s the realization that they might spend more time with other people’s children than their own. Read More
Plans are in the early stages to revamp the Marina Green trail, a scenic stretch shared by runners, walkers, cyclists and bicycle tours that currently offers no lane assignments, uneven pavement and obstructions.“There’s a lot of space, but it can be confusing,” said walker Monica Feldman, a Marin County resident who said she frequents the trail along Marina Boulevard between Lyon and Buchanan streets. Read More
They might be relatively new to the food business, but they’re already ensuring that the Bay Area’s lustrous restaurant scene will not soon lose its epic status.
A new class of rising stars who prepare our amazing meals, mix our fabulous drinks and make our dining experience one we will never forget has been selected by the national online magazine, StarChefs.com. Read More
Muni riders no longer have to post YouTube videos of fights between passengers on buses in order to get the Police Department’s attention.
San Francisco police are implementing a new method to crack down on rising crime on Muni — along with complaints about the lack of police officers monitoring the system — that relies on operators and passengers to report any illegal activity they see to authorities. Read More