Call volume to San Francisco’s 311 center have increased by 40 percent since Muni’s service changes took effect Saturday, according to Mayor Gavin Newsom and transit chief Nathaniel Ford.
The schedule changes are the most extensive in 30 years and are designed to make operations more efficient and save the cash-strapped transit agency $3.2 million annually.
More than 60 percent of transit lines have been altered, with many passengers seeing service expanded, reduced or eliminated entirely. Read More
The City is opening all these cool, newly-renovated recreation centers in San Francisco, but doesn’t have enough cool stuff to put inside them.
The San Francisco Parks Trust says city budget cuts have kept the Recreation and Parks Department from filling five recreation centers serving tots to seniors with the right amount of facilities and equipment.
The five centers are located at 1900 Geary Blvd, 280 Olympia Way, 50 Scott St., 236 Monterey Blvd., and at Foerster and Melrose Avenue. Read More
Mayor Gavin Newsom is holding meetings in City Hall on Friday, but The Examiner has learned that one of them is with a high-ranking official from Germany.
The Mayor’s Office said Newsom will be holding a half-hour meeting with Klaus Wowereit, the mayor of Berlin.
Wowereit, an openly gay official, has been the mayor of the German city since 2001. Read More
Everyone loves before and after pictures.
Check out these posted by the Department of Public works, which recently resurfaced the pavement on a once crumbly section of Van Ness Avenue between Market to McAllister streets.
The heavily-trafficked segment has been getting quite a sprucing lately. The projects include a bunch of new greenery, including a landscaped center median and sidewalk planters with blooming shrubs and trees, among other improvements, according to DPW.
A cold day for San Francisco is a good time to keep indoors.
Mayor Gavin Newsom will be conducting meetings in City Hall today, according to the Mayor’s Office.
However, the mayor’s schedule is known to change, so stay tuned. Read More
Nearly half the 120 dry cleaners in San Francisco may have to increase prices or face closure as the deadline looms for them to comply with new environmental policies.
Shops in question own equipment that uses the solvent perchloroethylene, or perc, in the cleaning process. The popular solvent is widely used around the country, but it’s been found in recent decades to be extremely toxic and exists in “elevated levels” in apartments above dry cleaning shops, according to the San Francisco Department of the Environment. Read More
Mayor Gavin Newsom was on a sister city trip in India when bicyclists on Tuesday rejoiced The City’s first newly-striped bike lane in three years.
More street has been striped since then, and now that the mayor is back in The City he says he wants to give a heads-up to residents about the work that is under way and the work that will come. Read More
The promised H1N1 vaccines have arrived in San Francisco – six weeks late, according to the San Francisco Department of Health.
As of last week, The City had received 100,000 vaccine doses to combat the fast-spreading flu virus, said Eileen Shields, DPH spokeswoman.
The City had expected a shipment in that amount in mid-October, and around 30,000 each week thereafter. Delays in production and distribution held them up, officials said.
The federal government is providing the vaccines to states, which are tasked with distributing them to localities. Read More
The City is testing a new strategy to help small-business owners weather the stormy economic climate: reaching out to their accountants.
Officials are making an aggressive push to educate certified public accountants and tax preparers about the tens of millions of dollars in local, state and federal tax breaks that go unclaimed each year, hoping they will pass them on to their small-business clients in San Francisco. Read More
Mayor Newsom was expected to be back in The City today following a three-day relationship-building adventure in Bangalore, India, which is one of San Francisco’s sister cities.
But there will be little rest after the long flight. The mayor will spend part of his day in meetings in City Hall, the Mayor’s Office said. Read More
A Target store is coming to San Francisco — but only for three days.
On Tuesday, Target revealed plans to open an outdoor store in Mint Plaza from Dec. 11 to 13, saving residents from having to venture to the suburbs to access some of the bargain retailer’s holiday items.
Target selected the 18,000-square-foot Mint Plaza — a European-style pedestrian space located at Jessie Street between Mint and Fifth streets in SoMa — as one of three locations nationwide to open an outdoor holiday store. Read More
Mayor Gavin Newsom continues to plan ahead for a possible 49ers departure from San Francisco, striking an agreement Tuesday with potential tenants of a proposed global warming study center that would replace the stadium at the shuttered Hunters Point Shipyard.
Newsom has been visiting Bangalore, India, since Sunday as part of a sister city initiative that was struck last year. Read More
The traveling Mayor Gavin Newsom has another busy day of relationship-building in Bangalore, India, a San Francisco sister city.
Newsom signed a memorandum of understanding with Cisco on Tuesday morning and attend a ribbon-cutting at the Cisco Globalization Center East, the Mayor’s Office said.
At noon Tuesday (local time in India) Newsom was set to tour the campus of Infosys’ headquarters and meet with the company’s CEO, the Mayor’s Office said. Read More
Mayor Gavin Newsom says his trip to Bangalore, India, has offered a “wake-up call” about public education in the United States.
Newsom is visiting the San Francisco sister city through Wednesday, reportedly meeting with business leaders and government officials while there in order to strengthen ties.
On Monday, the mayor signed seven memorandums of understanding agreements with Bangalore that are meant to establish tangible ways the cities can offer each other assistance and expertise, the Mayor’s Office said. Read More
If economy-wary Bay Area residents went on a shopping diet last holiday season, this year it seems the goal is to keep that weight off.
“[The economy] is still bad,” said Warren Hong, 79, of the Richmond district, who was eating lunch in Union Square the day after Thanksgiving and watching shoppers stream in and out of the nearby Macy’s.
Hong said he would rather his wife and daughter not buy him anything this year.
“I don’t need anything,” Hong said. Read More