When it comes to second-hand smoke, San Francisco scores a ‘D’ by American Lung Association standards, according to a report supporting legislation to further limit where cigarettes can be lit in The City. Read More
Even though it’s been a rocky year for Muni, Mayor Gavin Newsom offered up some praise for the embattled agency — kind of.Speaking at a end-of-the-year address he recorded for YouTube, Newsom acknowledged Muni’s improvements with its on-time arrival performance, although the mayor was quick to put those compliments in context. Read More
The Bohemian Club gained state approval for a hotly-contested plan to harvest timber at the exclusive campsite retreat property it owns near Monte Rio in Sonoma County.
The San Francisco-based club acquired the 2,700-acre plot of forestland along the Russian River in 1872 and has been using the property to host lavish summer retreats for a highly secretive membership that includes former U.S. presidents, corporate tycoons and celebrities. Read More
Mayor Gavin Newsom wants to step up efforts to remove gum, glass and cigarette butts from The City’s streets in reaction to less-than-stellar results in a recent city litter audit.
“We still have less litter out on the streets than we did two years ago, but the numbers started to creep up in this last audit,” Newsom said in a year-end address posted on YouTube.
Some major problem areas include big commercial corridors, including Mission Street and Geary Boulevard areas, Newsom said. Read More
Mayor Gavin Newsom’s public schedule for today shows no events or meetings at City Hall.
However, his schedule is always subject to change, the Mayor’s Office said. Read More
A major green project city officials say will help revitalize the downtrodden Civic Center area and boost local employment will be spearheaded by a San Francisco company.
Downtown-based Hathaway Dinwiddie Construction Co. recently netted a $3.37 million contract to help renovate and modernize the 73-year-old building at 50 United Nations Plaza, which has been vacant since 2007, spokeswoman Gene Gibson said. Read More
Drivers caught illegally using disabled parking placards in The City will face stiffer penalties after a state law takes effect Jan. 1 that allows local agencies to hike fees for the misuse.
Fed up with rampant placard abuse in California, the state recently passed a new law that allows localities to hike fines for offenders up to $1,000 — 10 times higher than the current fine in The City. Read More
During a down economy, it’s always nice to see a job opening online – particularly when it pays between $131,000 and $167,000 annually.
The San Francisco Department of Environment is now soliciting applications for a new director on its Web site. Read More
Mayor Gavin Newsom looked well-rested Tuesday after returning last weekend from a weeklong Christmas vacation with family in Hawaii.
But we’ll never know whether he spent time at luaus, beaches or on hiking trails, because our celebrity mayor reiterated that he’s done with chatting about his personal life with the media.
Newsom said one of his goals for the New Year is to “focus on policy and outcome, not process and personality.” Read More
Mayor Gavin Newsom and Police Chief George Gascón are set to announce The City’s year-end crime and homicide statistics at City Hall this morning.
We’re guessing the news will be rather positive.
The announcement will be made in Room 200 at 11 a.m., the Mayor’s Office said. Read More
David Magidson, a 46-year-old Inner Sunset district resident and former Ringling Bros. clown, is taking his act to the theater, performing “Here Comes Boswick The Clown” at The City’s Boxcar Theatre through Friday.What can families expect at your show? The theme of the show is that I forgot I invited a bunch of friends to my house and I have to entertain them, and to do so, I do things like magic, juggling, cooking [and performances involving] audience interaction. Read More
City Attorney Dennis Herrera was re-elected to his post in November for a third term, but the victory was relatively subdued by the fact that he was uncontested in the race.
If you missed the post-election celebrations, you will have another chance soon to congratulate Herrera.
On Jan. 7, Herrera will be officially sworn in during a 4 p.m. ceremony in City Hall’s North Light Court, according to an invitation recently sent by the city attorney to supporters. Read More
If your tap water appears “cloudy or milky” on Monday, don’t worry — it’s perfectly drinkable, the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission said. Read More
Although she battled through cluttered sidewalks in The City’s central shopping district Thursday, Bethany Gonsman wouldn’t say she was a last-minute shopper panicking to make the Christmas deadline.
“I got all my main gifts last month,” the 34-year-old Hayes Valley resident said. “I’m browsing for deals … and stocking stuffers.” Read More
Some people may question a day job that requires standing at the edge of a steep hillside while grasping onto a growling chain saw.But that’s just a day at the office for San Francisco’s arborists.
On Wednesday, three veteran arborists with the Department of Public Works appeared unfazed as they cut into trees that had grown awkwardly out of an acacia tree stump on a daunting Telegraph Hill slope. Read More