The construction downturn has helped bring down the cost for projects and supplies to rebuild San Francisco General Hospital, according to the latest report from Department of Public Health Director Mitch Katz.
“Because of the market downturn, the rebuild team has brought in a number of major trade packages at a total cost 12 percent below estimates,” the report said. Read More
San Francisco District Attorney Kamala Harris and Assemblywoman Norma Torres, D-Ontario, will introduce legislation this morning that would ban registered sex offenders from using social networking sites. The legislation would “protect children and bring laws governing sexual predators in line with current technology,” the District Attorney’s Office said. San Francisco Police Lt. Daniel Leydon, who heads the SFPD’s sex crimes unit, and Oakland Police Capt. Read More
A murderous street gang accused of terrorizing Hunters Point during a crime spree spanning at least five years has been taken down following the recent grand jury indictment of nine members and an affiliate, San Francisco District Attorney Kamala Harris said Monday.
Eight of the accused were in custody as of Monday afternoon, the District Attorney’s Office said.
The gang, named BNT, has been implicated in dozens of violent crimes in The City, including three murders, Harris said. Read More
Juniors attending The City’s public high schools can receive free online SAT and ACT test preparation classes from Kaplan Test Prep if they sign up for the courses this month, the company has announced.
Students “simply need to contact their college counselors for an access code” in order to receive the free online courses, the company said.
Kaplan’s donation comes as part of the grand opening Thursday of its new center at 149 Montgomery St., the company said.
Kaplan was previously located at 50 First St. Read More
Supervisor Carmen Chu and Fire Chief Joanne Hayes-White are scheduled to make an earth-shattering announcement on Friday.
One of the city officials, or possibly both, might say aloud quite declaratively: “I do not like green eggs and ham.”
And would you blame them?
All kidding aside, Chu, Hayes-White, a top Police Department official and other community volunteers will be reading from Dr. Seuss’ "The Cat in the Hat" and "Green Eggs and Ham" to students at Sunset Elementary School between 11 a.m. and noon Friday. Read More
They’re too young to purchase alcohol, but they’re old enough – and certainly skilled enough – to prepare your tax returns.
On Saturday, students at Philip & Sala Burton High School’s Academy of Finance – who happen to be certified by the Internal Revenue Service – are scheduled to prepare tax returns for low-income residents in The City, according to the San Francisco Unified School District. Read More
An oversupply of unsold condos in has local Realtors pleading with the state Legislature to extend and expand a hefty tax incentive they claim has helped revive The City’s housing market.
The state credit — which has been offered since March 1 of last year and expires today — provides up to $10,000 for each buyer purchasing a never-lived-in single-family home or condo. The incentive has helped boost condo sales in The City during the past year, said John Lee, president of the San Francisco Association of Realtors. Read More
On Thursday throughout the Bay Area, thousands of teachers, parents and students are scheduled to partake in a day filled with rallies and marching and all the impassioned speeches and protests one would expect when drumming up the topic of massive state cuts to education.
A series of events protesting budget cuts to education will swarm The City Thursday, according to the United Educators of San Francisco. Read More
The feds have laid down the law on a South City salami processing plant responsible for two separate ammonia leaks last year — one which injured nearly 30 people in the densely-populated area, including employees at the nearby Genentech campus.
The federal Environmental Protection Agency recently ordered Columbus Manufacturing Inc., which operates a meat processing plant on Forbes Boulevard, to take corrective action within three months or face fines after post-incident inspections revealed several safety violations at the facility. Read More
If you can read, speak and write in more languages than one by the time you graduate high school, you should get an extra star on your diploma.
Or how bout a seal?
The San Francisco Unified School District is working on regulations that would allow students that achieve a certain level of academic achievement in English as well as other world languages to receive a special seal on their diplomas. Read More
Jennifer Turpin, the dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of San Francisco, was chosen following a nationwide search to become the university’s next provost, who acts as the school’s chief operating officer.
What drew you to USF initially in 1991? I’m a sociologist by background, and sociologists are very concerned with issues of social justice and diversity. Education [at USF] is really meant to have a transformative effect on society. Read More
Yes, San Francisco has got some serious money trouble.
Yes, Muni has got some serious money trouble.
No, I haven’t yet decided if I’m going to run for lieutenant governor.
And it’s darn tough to be mayor – maybe tougher than being a Muni driver.
Those were some of the sentiments shared by Mayor Gavin Newsom during his online town hall meeting tonight. The video conference, we are told, allowed city residents the opportunity to log-on and ask questions about The City’s fiscal woes. Read More
Following a heartfelt meeting Tuesday in which tears were shed by a member on the Board of Education, the board voted to rename San Francisco’s School of the Arts High School the Ruth Asawa San Francisco High School of the Arts.
Asawa is a world-famous artist who led the effort to establish the school in 1981, the San Francisco Unified School District said. Read More
The City College of San Francisco will consider raising nonresident tuition fees by $4 per unit starting this summer at its Thursday meeting.
The cost for out-of-state and out-of-country residents will increase from $179 to $183 per unit, the school’s figures show.
“This increase will leave City College’s nonresident tuition at the lowest rate allowed by the state chancellor’s office,” the school said. Read More
While considering hundreds of layoffs and other cutbacks to close an epic budget gap, the Board of Education on Tuesday unanimously agreed to fund a pilot program adding ethnic studies courses to its high school curriculum.
Three years in the making, the pilot curriculum set for the 2010-11 school year will include a minimum of two new sections in five high schools that have yet to be named. The cost to the district for the pilot, which will include 250 students, is $253,540, according to San Francisco Unified School District figures. Read More