Mayor Gavin Newsom wants the 49ers to stay in San Francisco, while the 49ers seem intent on leaving for Santa Clara.
But there is one thing the mayor and Niners can agree upon: their win-loss records in the National Football League weren’t amazing this year.
The 49ers ended the season with as many wins as losses, and so did Newsom in his NFL fantasy football league. Read More
Having presumably returned from one of two trips to Hawaii he enjoyed during the holidays, Mayor Gavin Newsom will be locked up in meetings at City Hall today, according to the Mayor’s Office.
The mayor has a plate full of issues to deal with, most importantly The City’s budget problems. City officials are awaiting results from state budget proposals expected this week, which could affect how much The City will receive for services, staffers said. Read More
Big tobacco is challenging San Francisco policies yet again.
Philip Morris USA and several local retailers recently filed a complaint in San Francisco Superior Court accusing The City of violating state law when it imposed a 20-cent charge on packs of cigarettes on Oct. 1 without approval from voters.
The complaint is a precursor to a lawsuit. Read More
Did you know about 14 percent of adult San Franciscans smoke?
Did you also know that the smoking rate for lesbians is 70 percent higher than that for heterosexual women?
These are a sampling of facts that were recently published by city officials as part of a new quit-smoking campaign. As one would figure, anti-smoking groups are making a concerted effort the first week of January – when resolutions are made – to encourage smokers to quit. Read More
There’s a good reason why Mayor Gavin Newsom’s schedule shows he has no public appearances or meetings in The City on Monday.
According to folks around City Hall, the mayor left again last week for a second holiday trip with family in Hawaii. The mayor spent time in Hawaii during Christmas week, returned to The City for a few days the following week and then jetted back to the islands last Wednesday. Read More
Mayor Gavin Newsom has no public events or meetings at City Hall listed on his daily schedule for today, but don’t expect that all will remain quiet following the holiday break.
Word around City Hall is that Newsom’s administration will be active during the first of the New Year with proposals for new legislation and continued meetings on The City’s $522 million budget problem.
Stay tuned. Read More
Knock on wood, but between April and mid-December, no safety incident occurred in more than 100,000 work hours on construction projects to improve and seismically upgrade San Francisco’s water delivery system, according to a video posted on YouTube by the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission.
The video also shows images of progress made on the projects.The Examiner recently published a five-part series on the multibillion-dollar Water System Improvement Project. You can read about it here Read More
Homeowners in San Francisco may have had to face grueling competition when buying their lot, but at least they know that demand and value of their investment will remain relatively stable during a down economy.That can’t be said for homeowners in Las Vegas, where home prices plummeted 26.6 percent between October last year and the same month this year, according to a recent Standard & Poor’s report.Phoenix suffered an 18.1 percent slide, while Detroit, Tampa and Miami saw negative results above 14 percent, the report said. Read More
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