Labor leader F.X. Crowley retained a 98 vote lead over Board of Education President Norman Yee as more ballots were counted in the race for the District 7 seat on the Board of Supervisors.
Department of Election employees counted another 527 District 7 ballots on Friday, leaving about 3,700 votes still uncounted as of the weekend. Department staff intend to continue counting votes through the weekend and into next week. Read More
Opponents of the proposed renovation of the Beach Chalet athletic fields in Golden Gate Park sued The City on Thursday, alleging that environmental planning for the project failed to comply with the California Environmental Quality Act. Read More
Evoking the firestorm that devoured San Francisco after the 1906 earthquake, a state regulator suggested Thursday that replacement of old cast-iron natural gas lines is being halted by city street-paving guidelines, leaving 43 miles of dangerously unsafe pipes underground.
California Public Utilities Commission General Counsel Frank Lindh sent an incendiary letter asking City Attorney Dennis Herrera to instruct the Department of Public Works “to stand down” and let the utility finish its work. Read More
Mayor Ed Lee thrust engineer Rodrigo Santos into the battle to save City College of San Francisco on Tuesday by naming him to the board seat recently vacated by the late Milton Marks III.Santos was already a formidable candidate in November’s board election, and his appointment adds the advantage of incumbency to his run. He joins three incumbents and six challengers in a race for four vacant trustee posts on the seven-member board. Read More
In its fifth year of existence, the Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival has fully realized its artistic and commercial potential.
It’s not as if the first four festivals lacked appeal, but in the wake of last year’s near-capacity crowds, festival organizers apparently planned for the completely full house that they announced last week. In response, they took an already-compelling experience and enhanced it, adding a compelling comedy lineup, expanded bike parking, and separate new concession areas dedicated to beer and chocolate. Read More
Since 2009, the general manager of the Recreation and Park Department has presided over a large city department responsible for a vast and diverse land mass in The City. He is also an active user of his own system, typically taking morning runs through Golden Gate Park five to six times per week.
When you took over the seemingly tranquil Recreation and Park Department, did you ever imagine it would end up being so high-profile and occasionally contentious? Read More
A new study of statewide charges for various medical procedures suggests that consumers should compare surgical prices in much the same way that they shop for homes, cars and other large-ticket expenditures.When the median prices of 12 common surgeries were compared by the California Public Interest Research Group Education Fund, Bay Area hospitals were vastly more expensive than those elsewhere in the state. However, hospitals owned by Kaiser Permanente — which has locations throughout the Bay Area — were not included in data used to compile the report. Read More
The politics of Proposition A are exactly backward from what one might expect.The progressive activist who wants Recology to compete with other garbage companies for its franchise hopes voters endorse the fundamentals of capitalism on Election Day, June 5. Meanwhile, the venerable company and its coalition of friends in business, labor and government say competition would be harmful to The City’s role as a pioneer in recycling and waste diversion. Read More
In a deal likely to set the tone for an entire wave of government labor negotiations, the second-largest union representing public employees in The City struck a deal with San Francisco last week in contract negotiations.
Negotiators for Local 21 of the International Federation of Professional and Technical Engineers, which represents more than 4,000 city and county employees, have agreed to contract terms that the union said in a statement would end “years of wage concessions given to The City by its employees.” Read More
San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón disagrees with a legal brief in which his office argued that marijuana sales are illegal, and he said Wednesday that prosecuting marijuana cases will not be a priority for his administration.
The brief, filed this month in the case of a woman arrested on suspicion of possessing and attempting to sell cannabis products, argued that any sale of marijuana is illegal under state law. Read More
One San Francisco 49ers fans was critically injured and another wounded Saturday outside a Georgia restaurant by a New Orleans Saints fan who was angered by their cheering for the team, a TV station reported.
Niners fan Corey Adams told WSB-TV that he and friend Chris Middleton were approached in the parking lot of an Applebee’s restaurant by a Saints fan who had departed angrily after arguing with them during Saturday’s game. Read More
The Amgen Tour of California will revisit its birthplace in 2012, returning to San Francisco after a one-year hiatus.Stage 2 of the eight-day race, the largest and most prestigious American professional cycling race, will start in San Francisco near the Golden Gate Bridge and venture south along the coast to Santa Cruz.The race will run from May 13 through May 20, returning to The City on May 14.While the exact course has not yet been revealed, the broad parameters of the race’s route were released on Thursday. Read More
Hundreds of protesters lined the streets in San Francisco outside the hotel where President Barack Obama held a fundraiser Tuesday.
The demonstrators lined the corners of Howard and Third streets in San Francisco in opposition to everything from war and budget cuts to a proposed transcontinental oil pipeline and the federal government’s crackdown on medical marijuana.
Click the picture for a gallery showing Occupy SF protesters and San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee greeting Obama at the airport. Read More
San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh embellished his growing reputation for tense relations with competing coaches Sunday following a postgame skirmish with Detroit Lions Coach Jim Schwartz. Read More
Jimmie Dale Gilmore gave Saturday’s Hardly Strictly Bluegrass audience a little insight into how “hardly” came to be part of the festival’s name.
Festival benefactor Warren Hellman was trying to accommodate Gilmore, a Texas singer-songwriter lacking formal bluegrass credentials. So he renamed his “Strictly Bluegrass” festival and opened the door to a broader range of acts.
For a selection of our favorite photos from Hardly Strictly Bluegrass, click here. Read More