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
Downtown San Francisco was certainly brimming with shoppers this morning – but The City’s sidewalks and retail centers were not as clogged as in years past, a sign that the economy may still be lingering on people’s minds.
Seas of shoppers toting bags stocked with gifts streamed in and out of large retail centers such as the Westfield San Francisco Centre and Macy’s in Union Square. Many wanted to get their holiday shopping done early, while the shelves are still filled with discounted items. Read More
A soaring state budget deficit blamed on legislative gridlock has frustrated a coalition of business and civic groups who have rallied together to kick-start the process of rewriting the California Constitution.
The aim of the coalition, named Repair California, is to revamp the state constitution, which is partially blamed for the Legislature failing to pass a timely budget 22 times in the past 30 years. The process of rewriting the document, which spells out the functions of the state and how it’s run, is bold and faces numerous challenges. Read More
While a bevy of San Franciscans are shopping or resting from turkey hangovers, Mayor Gavin Newsom was set to spend Friday preparing for a trip to Bangalore, India, the Mayor’s Office said.
The mayor is also scheduled to make an appearance at the Macy’s 20th annual Tree Lighting Ceremony in Union Square at 5:45 p.m.
On Saturday, Newsom will jet off to Bangalore for some relationship-building sessions as part of the San Francisco-Bangalore Sister City Initiative, a partnership established last year, the Mayor’s Office said. Read More
Will Mayor Gavin Newsom be eating turkey on Thanksgiving?
Hard to know. The Mayor’s Office has been tight-lipped about Newsom’s plans for the holiday, saying only that he is spending Wednesday and Thursday with family.
But don’t worry. Newsom won’t be out of sight long. The mayor plans to attend the Macy’s 20th annual Tree Lighting Ceremony in Union Square on Friday at 5:45 p.m., spokesman Joe Arellano said. Read More
The holidays are a time when city crews halt roadwork on bustling commercial corridors so as not to disrupt shoppers and businesses during the height of the shopping season.
The Department of Public Works today issued a moratorium on street excavation and construction between Thursday and Jan. 3.
“During this time, DPW will not issue street excavation permits to private contractors and halts its own road construction work on busy commercial corridors,” DPW said in a statement. Read More
Mayor Gavin Newsom’s schedule a day before Thanksgiving shows no public events or meetings at City Hall.
However, the mayor’s schedule is always subject to change.