Mayor Gavin Newsom continues to lock himself in City Hall, reportedly conducting meetings, according to the Mayor’s Office.
Newsom has been dealing with city budget issues and has also been finalizing his game plan for the remainder of his mayoral term ending January 2012, among other tasks, staffers said.
The third installment of the Arts in Storefronts pilot program will launch Friday in the Mission District with an evening celebration.
Vacated storefronts will transform from failed businesses into art exhibits. The work of San Francisco-based artists will be on display.
The project is a citywide effort that recently kicked off in the Mid-Market and Tenderloin neighborhoods and is set to expand Oct. 30 to the Bayview district.
All installations will remain on view through the end of January, according to the San Francisco Arts Commission. Read More
Mayor Gavin Newsom is conducting meetings in City Hall, but has no public events or appearances on his schedule today.
That doesn’t mean the mayor won’t be out-and-about. Newsom has made a sport out of showing up to events that aren’t on his schedule. And while he may have made commitments to arrive at certain city events, his calendar, which the media tracks closely, often don’t mention them. Read More
Smokers are huffing and businesses fuming over a controversial new proposal to drastically reduce the number of stores in The City that can sell cigarettes.
Since 2003, retailers hawking tobacco products in San Francisco have had to apply for a special permit. The permitting process helps The City keep track of sellers and crack down on those vending to minors, officials said. Read More
If you’re going to have a lot of people over for the holidays, it’s probably best to clean up the front yard before their arrival.
Union Square is about to receive a major cleaning in preparation for a glut of holiday shoppers. Between Nov. 19 and Nov. 25, volunteers and staff with the Department of Public Works will pick up litter, care for trees, paint trash receptacles and remove graffiti in the area. Read More
Mayor Gavin Newsom offered a thumbs-up today regarding a plan to build a 200-kilowatt hydroelectric plant at a Portola District reservoir.
The project is the first in San Francisco to generate clean energy from excess, previously untapped water pressure in The City’s water distribution system, the Mayor’s Office said in a release.
The plant will be built at the University Mound Reservoir, which provides drinking water to eastern districts of The City including the Marina, South of Market and Treasure and Yerba Buena islands, it said. Read More
Spending $250 million on anything raises eyebrows.
But since it means San Franciscans will be able to drink water after a massive earthquake, it is money well spent, according to the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission.
The agency recently approved construction of a 3.5-mile-long water delivery tunnel that is seismically superior to an existing 78-year-old tunnel. Like the aging tunnel, the new tunnel will deliver water from the Hetch Hetchy Water System to 2.5 million Bay Area customers.
The existing tunnel is called The Irvington Tunnel. Read More
Talks are set to resume Thursday between hotel management and workers, though union officials say they have “very low expectations” of an agreement being reached.
Unite Here! Local 2, the union representing 9,000 employees at 61 San Francisco hotels, will be entering Day 3 of a strike at the downtown Palace Hotel. The walkout, involving about 350 workers, is expected to end Friday morning. Read More
With peak flu season swiftly approaching, demand for H1N1 vaccines in San Francisco continues to outweigh supply.
The nationwide shortage caused by delays in the production and distribution of the swine flu vaccine for states has California health officials fearing that those most at risk of contracting the fast-spreading virus will not be vaccinated before the end of December.
The height of flu season occurs anytime between late November and March, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Read More
It will be interesting to see if Mayor Gavin Newsom can continue ignoring the media at a celeb-packed event Thursday to honor Rev. Cecil Williams.
Newsom is one of a number of big-timers listed to attend a lavish ceremony at the San Francisco Opera House honoring Williams’ 45th anniversary with Glide, the Tenderloin-based foundation and church that has long served The City’s poor and disenfranchised.
Event organizers list poet Maya Angelou, actor Danny Glover, San Francisco Giants President Larry Baer and other big-shot attendees. Read More
Mayor Gavin Newsom actually said something publicly today — on Twitter.
The mayor, who has been giving the media the silent treatment for 12 days now, broke an equally unusual silence on Twitter Tuesday.
Newsom is known to love his Twitter account, having announced his candidacy for governor on the site and at one point using it almost daily to make announcements about his campaign or city initiatives. Read More
San Francisco City Hall is closed to the public on Veterans Day, and it seems that will also be the case for Mayor Gavin Newsom.
The mayor has no public events or appearances on today’s schedule.
It has been 12 days now since the mayor has spoken to the press about issues. He last addressed the media in City Hall on Oct. 30 regarding a Bay oil spill that occurred early that morning. Read More
City crews recently pruned 20 New Zealand Christmas trees on Powell Street between Market and Ellis streets, an annual holiday tradition conducted before the glut of shoppers swarm the area to buy gifts.
The Department of Public Works announced the completion of the project on Twitter.
A Potrero Hill group continues to fight the possibility that San Francisco General Hospital will build a helipad.
The so-called Neighbors of San Francisco General Hospital – which operates the Web site, www.stophelipad.com – is hosting a fundraiser for the effort Saturday at the Potrero Hill Neighborhood House.
The cost to attend in $100.
“There’s a state bill that will require SFGH to build a helipad and we need to fight that bill,” according to an advertisement for the fundraiser. Read More
There’s a big difference between art and vandalism – and the former is certainly more productive than the latter.
That’s the key lesson in new anti-graffiti courses being implemented at six San Francisco Unified School District schools. Read More