The agency that oversees bar pilots — who are specially trained to guide large ships through local bays — is expected to announce its decision today about any possible disciplinary action related to the incident in which an empty tanker struck the Bay Bridge in January.
Guy Kleess, who became a bar pilot in 2005, was at the helm of the 752-foot Overseas Reymar as it was leaving port Jan. 7. As the ship approached the bridge, it changed course and then sideswiped a bumper on the easternmost tower of the western span. Read More
Call it a made connection.
The Bay to Breakers footrace announced Wednesday that San Francisco-based classified ad website Craigslist is the presenting sponsor for the May 19 event.
“This is a wonderful opportunity for Bay to Breakers to partner with one of the world’s most visited websites and another San Francisco original, Craigslist,” Bay to Breakers Race Director Angela Fang said in a statement. Read More
The Transbay Transit Center project will shut down Beale Street over the weekend. Click on the photo to see a slideshow of construction work at the Transbay Transit Center.
People from the business, nonprofit and aviation worlds are expected to be named today to a panel that will address renaming guidelines for San Francisco International Airport, a person familiar with the proceedings said.
The announcement follows legislation introduced in January by Supervisor David Campos that would ask San Francisco voters to add slain Supervisor Harvey Milk’s name to San Francisco International Airport. The renaming, Campos has said, would recognize the civil-rights leader who was fatally shot at City Hall in 1978. Read More
City Attorney Dennis Herrera is announcing a new smartphone app today that allows people to report nonemergency code enforcement and nuisance issues in a quicker, more efficient manner.
The Code Enforcement Team, a group of lawyers inside the City Attorney’s Office, already works with many San Francisco agencies to help enforce codes and laws in areas that include housing, safety and health. Read More
On a recent Saturday at the San Francisco Zoo, families ambled through the art deco entryway of the Pachyderm Building. But they were not heading in to see the zoo’s rhinos or hippos. In fact, there were no animals at all behind the red doors.
Instead, the building housed a temporary exhibit about dinosaurs — one of director Tanya Peterson’s first efforts to create an exhibit not directly involving wildlife. It signaled more plans for the zoo’s future, which Peterson wants to take from “good” to “great.” Read More
The tallest skyscraper west of the Mississippi River broke ground Wednesday in San Francisco.
City officials, dignitaries and the developers were on hand at First and Mission streets for a ceremony for the Transbay Tower, the 1,070-foot office building that also will have ground-floor retail.
Cesar Pelli, who designed the 61-story metal-and-glass-facade tower, said he had been dreaming about the tower and transit center, which he also designed, since his architecture firm, Pelli Clarke Pelli, won the contract six years ago.
“Now, it is a reality,” he said. Read More
The Doelger Building, the former headquarters of one of the most prolific builders of San Francisco's Sunset district, received initial landmark status Tuesday by the Board of Supervisors. Read More
The undulating exterior of the future Transbay Transit Center will likely not be the originally planned glass because of safety concerns, but officials say a metal skin could contain a math- or science-based pattern that would make it educational for visitors. Read More
The land at the heart of the future Transbay Tower was sold Friday, according to people involved in the transaction.
On Friday, the Transbay Joint Powers Authority and developers signed the paperwork to complete the $185 million sale, according to authority Executive Director Maria Ayerdi-Kaplan.
The sale of the property near First and Mission streets was expected to bring in close to $192 million including interest.
Ayerdi-Kaplan said it was a long transaction, with negotiations starting in 2007. The check for the deal was expected on Tuesday, she said. Read More
Tens of thousands of art pieces and artifacts from Latin America are closer to a new, permanent home in The City after a plan to build a museum cleared an important step Thursday.
The Mexican Museum was formed in 1975 by artist Peter Rodriguez in the Mission district, and the facility moved to a temporary site at Fort Mason in 1982. It has remained there since, amassing a collection of more that 14,000 objects that span from pre-Hispanic times to the present. Read More
The sale of land that is expected to eventually house one of the largest skyscrapers on the West Coast could be completed in the next few days, transferring hundreds of millions of dollars for development around the future Transbay Transit Center. Read More
An online petition is asking billionaire Larry Ellison to pay for all The City’s costs of hosting the America’s Cup race this fall.
New figures emerged last week that show The City’s costs for hosting the event lower than in previous estimates. But underperforming fundraising also makes it possible that hoped-for tax revenue from the regatta could be used to offset expenses instead of flowing into San Francisco’s coffers. Read More
When Mark Barden walked his
7-year-old son Dan to the school bus Dec. 14, it would be the last time he saw his child alive. Later that day at Sandy Hook Elementary School, Dan was among the 20 first-graders who were fatally shot in one of the nation’s most gruesome school massacres.
Thursday marked the three-month anniversary of the shooting that has sparked a nationwide debate about gun safety. And Barden and his wife, Jackie, along with other parents who lost children that day, came to San Francisco to launch an initiative that aims to stop gun violence and improve mental health research through technological innovation.
A political skirmish has broken out over The City’s costs from the America’s Cup following the emergence this week of new projections regarding fundraising and economic benefits.
Private fundraising was supposed to cover The City’s costs of hosting the regatta, but the money from private donors is still short of the goal. That makes it appear likely that San Francisco will have to cover at least part of the tab. Read More