As a founding member and past chair of the Lake Merced Task Force, I’d like to commend the SFPUC for its Watershed Master Plan. This thorough, fair-minded document raises the question of whether it makes long-term sense to continue the open shooting of guns in a city park.
What is not widely known is that the people of San Francisco subsidize this use. The shooting club members do not begin to pay for its real value. Their lease lets them rent public land back to the public to fund a private activity. Read More
A Swedish artist who angered Muslims by depicting the Prophet Muhammad as a dog was assaulted Tuesday as furious protesters interrupted his university lecture about the limits of free speech.
Lars Vilks told The Associated Press a man leaped from the front row and head-butted him as he was delivering his lecture at Uppsala University, breaking Vilks' glasses but leaving him uninjured. Read More
Tiger Woods' longtime swing coach resigned Monday night, leaving the world's No. 1 player without one of his top advisors as he tries to rebuild his game.
Hank Haney said in a statement to the Golf Channel that he enjoyed working with Woods but he thinks it's time for him to step aside as his coach. Read More
An envelope containing a suspicious white powder was found at the Social Security Administration office in Redwood City Monday afternoon, prompting a three-hour hazardous materials investigation, a Redwood City fire battalion chief said.
Firefighters responded to the building at 601 Allerton St. at about 3:35 p.m. and evacuated occupants as they worked to determine whether the chemical posed a threat, Battalion Chief Geoffrey Balton said.
Investigators concluded there were no dangerous chemicals present and cleared the scene by about 6:40 p.m., Balton said. Read More
WHAT: Los Angeles doesn’t have the $1.2 billion needed to fix the 4,600 miles of its sidewalks that need repairs. So, the City Council will soon vote on whether to make property owners pay.
WHY: Until the 1970s, L.A. property owners were responsible for maintaining sidewalks. That changed with a federal grant, but after the money ran out in 1978, the city kept paying. Read More
Times Square has 82 police surveillance cameras, but when jihadist Faisal Shahzad tried to set off a car bomb there May 1, they were no help in catching him.
That failure hasn’t cooled public officials’ camera craze, however. NYPD Commissioner Raymond Kelly wants an electronic eye on every block from Central Park to 34th Street, and New York Sen. Charles Schumer demanded $30 million from the feds to help complete the Lower Manhattan Security Initiative, which includes a centralized camera network based on London’s “Ring of Steel.” Read More
PG&E is an easy target to attack, but which is more reliable: your electricity or your morning bus? Which has a better response time to emergencies?
I think that PG&E overreached by having Proposition 16 require a two-thirds vote for localities to create an alternative to their service. But the citizens of San Francisco have overwhelmingly voted “no” on public power. The Board of Supervisors is not listening to us; they want to rush through their public power experiment without proper vetting. Tell them “no” again. Read More
Now that President Barack Obama has nominated Solicitor General Elena Kagan for the U.S. Supreme Court, the Senate begins what is likely to be among its most difficult confirmation processes.
Kagan has no previous experience as a judge and a less-than-stellar performance in her present position, so it becomes critically important that the Senate not rush to complete its consideration of her nomination. Detailed questions must be asked of her, and senators should demand that she provide detailed answers explaining her views. Read More
2010 SFJAZZ Gala: The event Saturday at the Four Seasons Hotel included performances by vibe great and honoree Bobby Hutcherson, bluesman Charlie Musselwhite, Les Claypool of Primus and the SFJAZZ Collective. SFJAZZ officials Randall Kline, Srinija Srinivasan and Felice Swapp — excited about plans for a new building in Hayes Valley dedicated to jazz that will be designed by architect Mark Cavagnero — were in attendance at the party, a benefit for the organization’s education programs. Read More
A body found in rural Napa County on Friday morning is that of missing Suisun City resident Bichphuong “Phuong” Le, the Solano County coroner’s office confirmed Monday.
Coroner’s deputy Adrian Garcia said he could not comment on the preliminary cause of death or when Le died. Fingerprints were used to confirm her identification, Garcia said.
Le, 25, had been missing since April 25 when she was last seen at the Barnes & Noble bookstore in Fairfield. Her car was found in the parking lot. Read More
SOMETHING TO READ
By Christine Carter ($24)
The Bay Area mother of two, executive director of the Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley, uses her own real-world examples in this manual that offers “10 simple steps for more joyful kids and happier parents.” Read More
The warm temperatures that hit The City during the past couple days are expected to give way to cooler breezes this weekend, according to Will Pi, meteorologist with the National Weather Service.
Today is predicted to be mostly sunny with a high of 69 degrees and no chance of precipitation. Saturday is looking like “it will be a nice day, but a little bit cooler,” said Pi, who added highs should be in the lower 60s to upper 50s. Sunday is expected to be partly cloudy with a 20 percent chance of showers, he said. Read More
State Sen. Leland Yee was honored with the Service Award by Community Overcoming Relationship Abuse for his efforts to save California’s domestic violence shelters from closure due to severe budget cuts and his legislation to assist domestic violence survivors. The organization offers domestic violence services. Yee has authored several bills to assist child victims of domestic violence, including mental health access and legal protections. Read More
WHAT: Oil rig operators generally are required to submit a detailed “blowout scenario” for every site. But an unexplained rules change in 2008 by the federal Minerals Management Service allowed BP to avoid filing a plan specifically for handling a major blowout spill at its Deepwater Horizon rig — exactly the disaster that happened in the Gulf of Mexico. Read More