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
Today will presumably be another day in San Francisco without Mayor Gavin Newsom – as far as we know.
The mayor’s schedule indicates no public events or meetings at City Hall.
Newsom has not talked issues with the local press since Oct. 30, when he quit the 2010 governor’s race. That time period is long enough to launch a daily counter – it’s now been 11 days of relative silence.
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A San Francisco artist who was chosen by city officials to paint a mural on Market Street was stabbed last weekend, and his paint was stolen while working on the piece.
Glen Park resident Jason Hailey, known among artists as “Chor Boogie,” has been painting a 100-foot-long mural in the 1000 block of Market Street as part of a series of city projects intended to beautify the seedy strip and attract more pedestrians and bicyclists.
But on Saturday, the aerosol artist became a victim of that effort. Read More
No resolution was in sight Monday for The City’s growing hotel labor dispute — despite involvement of Mayor Gavin Newsom, who rushed home from a Hawaiian vacation last week to address the clash.
The City’s major hotel chains are trying to hammer out deals with their workers to avoid a strike, which could cripple The City’s tourism industry. The union contract expired Aug. 14. Read More
The late North Beach artist Peter Macchiarini might have applauded the crafty sculpting job accomplished by the Department of Public Works.
On Friday, city crews finished work on refurbishing a steep set of steps on Kearny Street between Broadway and Vallejo streets that are named after Macchiarini, an award-winning jeweler, sculptor and photographer.
You can view the DPW’s finished product here.
Mayor Gavin Newsom has been giving the media the silent treatment for 10 days now, and doesn’t appear ready to end that streak today.
The mayor has yet to speak to the press or appear at a city event since he dropped out of the 2010 governor’s race on Oct. 30. Today will not see a break in that trend, spokesman Nathan Ballard said.
The author of “Love God Heal Earth: 21 Leading Religious Voices Speak Out on Our Sacred Duty to Protect the Environment” is a homemaker-turned- priest trying to reverse global warming from the pulpit. She is an environmental minister at Grace Cathedral, site of the annual Energy Oscars on Tuesday. Read More
The scorecard has been published on the race to see which San Francisco agency is most eager to increase its transparency.
Mayor Gavin Newsom in recent months announced the launch of DataSf.org, a Web site where The City publishes all kinds of government information in hopes that tech professionals will harness it and make user-friendly applications. Newsom has called on city agencies to release as much data as possible as soon as possible. Read More
If you care to know what those trees are that you pass on the way to work, there’s an app for that.
A new software application allows you to search and identify trees in San Francisco from where you’re standing, using information provided by the San Francisco Department of Public Works.
Just type in an address, the cross streets or even a ZIP code and mapping software will pop up with images of the trees on your block. Read More
Hotel walkouts such as the one at the Grand Hyatt Union Square on Thursday will be occurring regularly in coming weeks as union workers move to pressure 61 San Francisco hotels to approve a contract.
The six major hotel chains are trying to hammer out deals with their workers to avoid a strike, which could cripple The City’s tourism industry. The contract between the hotels and their employees expired Aug. 14. Read More
Mayor Gavin Newsom will be back in City Hall on Friday, his spokesman said Thursday afternoon.
Newsom has presumably been at a resort in Hawaii since Tuesday. It has been six days since the mayor has appeared publicly following his withdrawal from the 2010 governor’s race.
The mayor announced his return to work while a major labor dispute is brewing in The City. Hotel workers at the Grand Hyatt Union Square went on strike Thursday morning. Read More
Mayor Gavin Newsom remains out of The City — presumably still at a resort in Hawaii — while a labor dispute grows.
Hotel workers at the Grand Hyatt Union Square went on strike Thursday morning.
Nathan Ballard, the mayor’s spokesman, said he has been in contact with Newsom about the hotel strike. Read More