The Sierra Mountains may be low on snow this winter, but San Francisco’s Sierra water source is far from running dry.
The Hetch Hetchy Reservoir, the utility system’s primary source of drinking water, is at 85 percent of its capacity, according to the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission.
Tuesday, the California Department of Water Resources announced that the January snowpack for the Sierra Nevada is lower than it has been in decades, at just 19 percent.
Two former San Francisco mayors will commemorate the new Ed Lee administration Sunday at City Hall during a public inauguration ceremony that’s also set to include lots of music and dance.
Former Mayor Willie Brown will act as emcee and U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein will administer Lee’s oath of office. In November, Lee handily won four years in office while acting as interim mayor to serve out the last year of former Mayor Gavin Newsom’s second term.
The days are running out for Mayor Ed Lee to decide who will sit in the District 5 seat on the Board of Supervisors when Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi becomes sheriff on Sunday. Lee, who is charged with appointing someone to serve out Mirkarimi’s term, has yet to announce who he will pick. There has been a long list of names as possible picks.
Mayor Ed Lee is vacationing with his wife Anita in Hong Kong this week, where they are visiting her family, according to the mayor’s office.
Malia Cohen, supervisor in District 10, has been appointed acting mayor until Lee’s return on the morning of Dec. 31.
Lee’s first official day back in office will be Tuesday, Jan. 3.
Mayor Ed Lee is thinking about taking a holiday trip to Hong Kong, but first he wants to take care of some important business — football business, to be exact.“I would like to get a few days between Christmas and New Years,” Lee said on Thursday. “I just want to make sure we’re handling the issues with Candlestick.”
Despite pleas for a delay and the prospect of a looming audit, a proposal to relocate the headquarters of the Bay Area’s lead transportation agency took a significant step forward on Wednesday.
The Metropolitan Transportation Commission, which directs long-term policies for the region and administers funding from seven Bay Area toll bridges, is in the midst of purchasing an office building at 390 Main Street in San Francisco for $179 million.
The public comment period has been extended on the proposed bus-rapid transit network for Van Ness Avenue, but residents have just two more days to offer feedback on the project.The San Francisco County Transportation Authority, a local transportation planning agency, recently completed its environmental impact report on the project, which will feature heavy-duty buses traveling down Van Ness Avenue in grade-separated, transit-only lanes.
Increasing service on the F-Market line, submitting a nearly $1 billion application to the federal government for the Central Subway project, and introducing several new parking meter programs are some of the accomplishments made in 2011 by the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, according to a year-end letter posted by executive director Ed Reiskin.