An oil tanker Friday morning spilled “less than a few thousand gallons” of fuel into the Bay, rather than the 100-gallon figure reported by officials earlier in the morning, Mayor Gavin Newsom said.
The spill, which has produced a 1-mile-long sheen on the Bay, was reported at 6:48 a.m. from a vessel anchored at Anchorage Nine, located about 2.5 miles southeast of the Bay Bridge, the U.S. Coast Guard said.
A Panamanian-flagged tanker, named Dubai Star, was reportedly fueling up when one of its fuel lines ruptured, the Coast Guard said. Read More
Mayor Gavin Newsom has no public appearances today or meetings at City Hall – at least not according to his calendar.
For Halloween Saturday, the busy bees supporting Newsom’s gubernatorial run will be working the phones at campaign headquarters, according to his schedule. Read More
The lines were long but not unbearable this afternoon at city clinics offering swine flu vaccinations to at-risk San Franciscans.
The Department of Public Health opened nine vaccination clinics citywide after receiving the largest shipment of swine flu doses to date this week. Read More
Just days before the November election, Mayor Gavin Newsom has thrown his support behind Proposition D.
The proposition would create an exception to a law banning new billboards and other general advertising signs citywide, allowing property owners to erect them solely on Market Street between Fifth and Seventh streets. Read More
Despite their persistent pleas to shut down the Mirant power plant in Potrero Hill in its entirety in 2010, residents and city officials who have been battling to close the heavily-polluting facility will have to remain patient, state regulators said this afternoon. Read More
After vetoing sanctuary city legislation and trumping successes of his homelessness initiatives Wednesday, Mayor Gavin Newsom appears to be having a much quieter day today.
The mayor has no public appearances scheduled, the Mayor’s Office said.
His gubernatorial campaign calendar also shows no events today.
Stay tuned, of course. Newsom is known to abruptly spring into action.
The second installment of the Arts in Storefronts pilot program starts Friday in the Bayview district, city officials said.
Vacated storefronts will morph from failed businesses into art exhibits. The work of San Francisco-based artists will be on display.
The idea is billed by city officials as a creative way to inject vibrancy into neighborhoods hit hard by the downward economy.
The project is a citywide effort, having kicked off last Friday in the Mid-Market and Tenderloin districts. Read More
Bay Area researchers were awarded a significant portion of the $250 million in grants announced by the state’s stem cell institute.
Researchers at the UC San Francisco, were members of teams that received nearly $20 million to discover how to implant insulin-producing cells in diabetes patients, and $19.2 million to develop a treatment for brain tumors.
Stanford University researchers were on teams that received $20 million to treat stroke using implanted stem cells and $20 million for leukemia therapy, among other funding.
An estimated 6,000 to 12,000 people are homeless on any given night in San Francisco, according to officials with Project Homeless Connect, which was launched by Mayor Gavin Newsom. But the program, and others he’s championed, has resulted in 10,000 people leaving San Francisco’s streets and shelters since 2004, he said. Read More
As expected, Mayor Gavin Newsom has vetoed legislation amending The City’s controversial sanctuary policy.
The legislation, introduced by Supervisor David Campos, prohibits city officials from reporting undocumented youth arrested on felony charges to federal authorities for possible deportation. They can only be reported if there is a conviction.
The legislation was adopted by supervisors Tuesday in an 8-3 vote. Read More
City Attorney Dennis Herrera has sent a scathing letter to Kellogg Co. today for claiming that Cocoa Krispies and other of its “sugar-laden” breakfast cereals will help boost children’s immunity to illnesses.
In the letter sent to the company’s president and CEO, Herrera expressed “serious concerns” about the large font printed on the Cocoa Krispies cereal box that reads, “Now Helps Support Your Child’s Immunity.”
State legislators will debate the implications of taxing and regulating marijuana similarly to alcoholic beverages — an idea proposed through legislation earlier this year by state Assemblyman Tom Ammiano.
Ammiano, a former San Francisco supervisor who had made marijuana offenses the lowest priority for The City’s police to pursue, introduced AB 390 earlier this year, legislation to decriminalize marijuana statewide and tax it to address California’s budget deficit. Read More
The reward has increased from $250 to $2,500 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of whoever vandalized a freeway sign at Highway 101 at Bayshore and Third streets two weekends ago.
The City’s Department of Public Works typically offers $250 for help busting graffiti vandals, but has upped the reward as an extra incentive to prevent continued graffiti at the site.
The vandalism occurred at the southbound 101 off-ramp during the early morning hours of Sunday, Oct. 18, DPW said in a release.
Mayor Gavin Newsom envisions Market Street without cars — and without the nearly dozen Muni bus lines and the historic F-line.
The City is in the midst of a six-month trial that aims at limiting the amount of private automobiles on the major thoroughfare, and the mayor says that if the data backs it up, he favors an expansion of the vehicle ban — and also moving toward removing Muni from the street. Read More
San Francisco officials are backing the latest bill to overhaul the state’s water system, saying it addresses protection of The City’s water supply unlike previously proposed legislation.
The show of support is a significant step forward following weeks of strenuous negotiations between lawmakers and officials in Sacramento and San Francisco. Read More