WHAT: The Interior Department has quietly been charging the Border Patrol millions of dollars to supposedly pay for environmental damage caused by its everyday protection of the U.S.-Mexico border.
WHY IT’S OUTRAGEOUS: The Department of Homeland Security, which oversees the Border Patrol, is already paying the Interior Department $50 million for environmental “mitigation” from effects of the border fence. Read More
San Francisco Superior Court Judge Katherine Feinstein, a member of the bench for 10 years, was elected by her colleagues Tuesday to serve as presiding judge of the court.
Feinstein, 52, will serve a two-year term as presiding judge beginning on Jan. 1 and will replace Judge James McBride in the post.
She is the daughter of Sen. Dianne Feinstein and was appointed to the Superior Court by former Gov. Gray Davis in 2000. Read More
A 26-year-old man fatally shot in Daly City early Monday morning was remembered Tuesday by a co-worker as a conscientious, honest and hard-working person.
“It broke all of our hearts,” the Baby Blues BBQ employee said of the murder of Alexander Castanon, who was gunned down about two blocks from his apartment shortly after midnight.
Castanon had just stepped off a 14-Mission San Francisco Municipal Railway bus at Mission Street and San Jose Avenue when he was shot once in the head, Daly City police Sgt. David Mackriss said. Read More
A 46-year-old San Francisco man found severely beaten early Sunday in The City’s Lower Haight neighborhood is expected to survive but remained in intensive care at the hospital Monday, according to police.
Police arrested William Valentine, 42, of San Francisco, after Valentine allegedly tried to run over the victim with his pickup truck near Webster and Waller streets at about 2:30 a.m.
Valentine crashed the truck into a telephone phone, then allegedly got out and beat the victim several times on the head and body with a bat, according to police. Read More
Auditions for the 10th season of Fox’s hit TV show, “American Idol,” are coming to San Francisco. AT&T Park will be the only location west of Texas for singers to show off their voices for judges Aug. 19. “Idol” executives lowered the minimum age requirement for performers from 16 to 15; the maximum age is 28. Other sites are Nashville, Tenn.; Milwaukee; New Orleans; East Rutherford, N.J.; and Austin, Texas. Read More
WHAT: All 172,000 square feet of Los Angeles’ new $70 million Metropolitan Detention Center sit empty because the city has a $500 million deficit and cannot afford to staff it.
WHY: The Police Department desperately wants to close its outdated and vastly overcrowded downtown jail. But a strict citywide hiring freeze makes it impossible to bring in the 100 additional jailers needed. Read More
We are truly blessed to have America’s most challenging and beautiful golf courses along the Pacific Coast of Northern California.
Harding Park hosted the 2009 Presidents Cup, Pebble Beach was the site in 2010 of the U.S. Open for the fifth time and the Olympic Club will host its fifth U.S. Open in 2012.
We must treasure, preserve and protect not just championship courses, but all of our magnificent coastal courses — particularly those under threat, as is the case with Sharp Park and also Lincoln Park. Read More
Voters are right to think our addiction to federal deficit spending is killing our economy. A thorough new study from Carmen Reinhart of the University of Maryland and Kenneth Rogoff of Harvard University takes a look at the relationships between rising debt, inflation and economic growth for 44 developed and developing countries. The findings bode poorly for a spend-crazy Washington, D.C. Read More
Wayfare Tavern grand opening: On Sunday night, celebrity chef Tyler Florence of the Food Network celebrated the establishment of his first restaurant in The City. Located at 558 Sacramento St. the former home of Rubicon, the eatery is billed as an “authentic American-style restaurant featuring dishes inspired by the restaurant scene of the late 1800s.” Read More
A 49-year-old mother suspected of assaulting her two kids at their Redwood City home early Monday morning could face attempted murder charges, a police sergeant said.
The mother, Philomena Brown, is being questioned by police but has not yet been arrested, Redwood City police Sgt. Sean Hart said.
Officers responded to the family’s home at 1010 Vera Ave. at about 5:30 a.m. on reports of an assault. Brown’s 23-year-old daughter and 13-year-old son were found injured and taken to Stanford Hospital. Read More
The California Supreme Court on Monday clarified when evidence of a rape victim’s previous sexual activity can be allowed in an exception to the state’s rape shield law.
The court issued its unanimous decision in the San Francisco case of Danny Fontana, who was sentenced to 89 years to life in prison for crimes including forced oral copulation, digital penetration and assault of a 19-year-old woman. Read More
For Roger Federer, Wimbledon nearly ended at the beginning.
The six-time champion overcame a two-set deficit to avert a monumental first-round upset, beating Alejandro Falla 5-7, 4-6, 6-4, 7-6 (1), 6-0.
Federer has reached the tournament final each of the past seven years, but Monday he barely survived the traditional opening match on Centre Court as defending champion.
"I live another day," Federer said. "This one is one I should have lost. That's sometimes how grass-court tennis works." Read More
A San Francisco police officer shot in the foot while responding to a fight outside a hip-hop concert in The City’s Mission district early Saturday left the hospital Monday, police spokeswoman Lt. Lyn Tomioka said.
Tomioka said the male officer, a five-year veteran of the force, was hit by gunfire at about 1:30 a.m. outside the El Rincon nightclub at 2700 16th St.
As the officer and two new recruits on patrol arrived and tried to break up a fight between several women, between four and six gunshots were heard and the officer was struck, Tomioka said. Read More
A state Assembly committee will conduct a hearing Monday afternoon on a proposal to allow authorities to spend future Bay Bridge toll funds to construct a bike and pedestrian pathway for the western span of bridge, from Yerba Buena Island to San Francisco.
The proposed pathway would connect to the pathway currently under construction on the new eastern span.
An alliance of bicycle advocacy groups and environmental organizations successfully lobbied for the inclusion of the bike and pedestrian pathway on the new eastern span. Read More