Parents and students who fail to fill out a two-page meal application form for the San Francisco Unified School District are costing the district millions of dollars.
The tri-lingual application, which consists of nine sections, is used to determine whether a student qualifies for free or reduced-price lunches.
Just in case you were wondering where Supervisor and 2011 mayoral candidate Bevan Dufty stands on the divisive issue of tap water – he loves it.
You can watch this brief interview with Dufty about the completion of the south of Market Street segment of the Noe Valley Transmission Replacement project.
Muni’s oft-debated efforts to reroute bus lines in the wake of the department’s $129 million budget deficit will be discussed in detail at a community forum on Monday.
As a way to save money and make the lines more efficient, Muni has combined, cut, or extended the service on several of its transit routes, with the changes going into effect sometime next month.
The head of the San Francisco Employees’ Retirement System is, well, retiring.
The local backlash is starting to get serious against a proposed set of traffic management signs on Fell and Oak streets.
Supervisors Bevan Dufty and Sophie Maxwell had asked the Arts Commission and the City hall Preservation Advisory Commission to figure out if it were possible to “provide a home to the statue of Thomas Starr King” -- which is slated to be lose its home at the U.S. Capitol in 2010 – at City Hall.
It doesn’t sound too possible.
Those soccer fields over by the Beach Chalet have got some major potential.
Muni employees may soon get up to speed on the best way to diffuse precarious situations.
The Civil Service Commission will vote on Monday on a $175,000 contract with an outside agency to provide mandatory conflict resolution training for employees in Muni’s Security and Enforcement Division.
If you’re strolling down Ocean Beach on Saturday and come across a giant frog with a beaming grin on its face, don’t be alarmed.
In a bid to keep the high-speed rail project in California on track, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger will submit paperwork today for more than $4.5 billion in federal stimulus funds.
Construction of the rail line, which is projected to whisk passengers from downtown San Francisco to Los Angeles in 2 hours 40 minutes,
Fears about the spread of swine flu have led to the purchase of hand sanitizer for hundreds of recreation centers around San Francisco and several swimming pools.
The cash-strapped Recreation and Park Department ordered more than 200 dispensers to be put near the entrances to its six clubhouses, 20 recreation centers and
Oscar the Grouch would just love all the extra room in San Francisco’s garbage cans these days.
The City sent 560,330 tons of trash to landfills last year, nearly 10 percent less than 2007 and “the lowest amount on record,” Jared Blumenfeld, director of the Department of Environment, said in a recent report.
Nestled in the southwest corner of Golden Gate Park, a 100-year-old cottage that sits next to a windmill will soon start a new chapter in its life.
Sitting off Martin Luther King Jr. Drive near Lincoln Way, the vacant Millwrights Cottage could soon be transformed into a destination spot where people go to eat sustainable foods.
Getting evicted from your home stinks – especially when you’ve been a reliable renter and cannot afford the cost of moving to a new place.
Fear not, San Franciscans.
A $23 million improvement project in South San Francisco has the potential to bring hundreds of jobs to the area, but has neighboring San Bruno officials concerned about traffic impacts.
When Darrell Imperatrice was a boy, California's San Joaquin River teemed with so many king salmon his father could catch 40-pound fish using only a pitchfork.
Then the salmon vanished from the icy river for nearly 60 years, after a colossal federal dam built to nurture the croplands below dried up their habitat.
In 2007, Alice Mabry was raising her son, confident that with her ambition and education, things would only get brighter.
But in a matter of months she lost her job, and it all crumbled. The pair landed in a San Francisco homeless shelter.
Mayor Gavin Newsom is set to make an announcement this afternoon that a company is moving its headquarters to Mission Bay.
According to the San Francisco Business Times, which the mayor’s office said had an exclusive, the company has 150 employees and is making a short move from San Carlos to Mission Bay.
The technology that will beam The Presidents Cup from Harding Park Golf Course into bars and homes in 231 countries starting Tuesday hadn’t even been imagined when Sandy Tatum was born in the Roaring ’20s.
A DJ and promoter by night, a child psychologist by day, Syd Gris is one of the originators of LovEvolution, an electronic music parade and festival that moves up Market Street for an all-day party at the Civic Center on Saturday.
How did this festival begin?
Mayor Gavin Newsom says he’s tired of outsiders causing trouble in The City.
The magical world of Disney, and the man who made it be, is the newest draw for San Francisco tourists.
Visitors — many of them from out of town — poured into the Presidio on Thursday to attend the opening of The Walt Disney Family Museum, though the story of the museum was apparently not told to everyone in The City.
In the days since his death, Gap Inc. co-founder Don Fisher is finally receiving his due for being a civic giant in San Francisco. And it’s heartening to know that The City will remain home to he and his wife’s priceless art collection — a gift that his critics appeared willing to sacrifice.
As the Giants turn their focus to the 2010 season, here are the moves they should make — and those they will probably make:
Drew Barrymore will never forget her first all-girl roller-derby adventure, the rough-and-tumble spectacle that inspired her critically acclaimed directorial debut, the lighthearted coming-of-age drama "Whip It."
American art song — a half-undiscovered, half-buried genre that is nevertheless a vital part of the nation’s culture — is more than
250 years old, going back to a time before the birth of the country and the birth of Beethoven.
Virgins & Rejects, a new festival established at the Art Institute of California in San Francisco, features 20 entries — first films and films rejected by other festivals. As festival director and faculty member Richard Walsh says, “One person’s reject is another person’s diamond.”
Added 3-D effects are one good reason to see the new re-released double feature of “Toy Story” and “Toy Story 2,” in theaters today for a two-week engagement.
Getting prepped for the 2010 release of “Toy Story 3” is another reason. Pixar and Disney know a thing or two about marketing family entertainment.
“Whip It,” Drew Barrymore’s 111-minute rush of roller-derby gusto, is a Hollywood formula picture that benefits immensely from the positive spirit that actor-turned-director Barrymore infuses into every swerve, tumble and beer session experienced by her fun-loving fishnet-clad protagonists.
Late-night host David Letterman acknowledged on Thursday's show that he had sexual relationships with female employees and that someone tried to extort $2 million from him over the affairs. CBS says an employee has been charged with attempted grand larceny in the case.
Jon Gosselin may have been booted from the reality show now dubbed “Kate Plus 8” — but he’s trying to take the production down with him. After TLC announced that the father of eight would no longer be a principal player on the hit-turned-trainwreck, he retaliated with an order to stop filming the kids.
There they go again — Obama administration officials, that is. They’re throwing billions of tax dollars (borrowed from China and other foreign lenders) to bail out mortgagors and thus keep them from suffering the consequences of the toxic assets created by their ill-advised lending.
I was amused by your Sept. 28 editorial making much ado about one cell phone paid for by some private merchants for the SFPD foot patrol officer serving Bernal Heights. One contributing Bernal merchant called it a “brilliant idea,” and in general, I concur.
WHO: Long Island attorney Kevin Cohen
WHAT: He advertised that his own experience as an adopted child inspired him to help people seeking to start families. But Kevin Cohen, 41, is now charged with operating a Ponzi-type scheme that cheated couples from New York to Texas by promising to find them children that didn’t exist.
Roman Polanski raped a 13-year old girl. After plying her with Quaaludes and Champagne wasn’t enough to make her succumb to his charms, he ignored her protests and did what he wanted.
This was not a consensual affair, or a misunderstood romance. It was a wealthy, powerful man, doing what he wanted to a powerless young girl.
TARP, the Troubled Asset Relief Program, is a year old now. On Sept. 19, 2008, former Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson announced the need for a $700 billion program to purchase toxic assets held by banks to prevent a financial meltdown, and after some modification Congress rapidly approved TARP on Oct. 3. Looking back after a year, was TARP necessary? Did it work?
If you watch C-SPAN for awhile, you’re sure to hear a politician or pundit criticizing some idea by comparing it to “rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic.” It’s a vivid illustration of the short-sightedness and futility of so much of what Washington, D.C., does superficially to improve failed programs.
WHO: Big 3 credit rating agencies
Ex-Democratic fundraiser sentenced to 24 years
Churches seek civility in health care debate, stimulus funds are easier to monitor, an unintended donation is returned, more people take HIV drugs, and a hero returns to duty.
President wants country’s children to spend more time in the classroom
Your Sept. 18 story “Lyme disease doc ‘scariest’ film of year” sends a wrong message. Contrary to the article’s claims, the Infectious Diseases Society of America holds no “corrupt control” over Lyme disease or its treatment.
In 1962, presented with U2 spy plane photos of Soviet missile sites in Cuba, President John F. Kennedy ordered his Ambassador to the United Nations, Adlai Stevenson, to directly confront the Soviets. At a tense emergency meeting of the Security Council, Stevenson exposed the Soviets’ denials as lies by showing the world the U2 photos.
A move by the Obama administration to begin regulating greenhouse gas emissions was intended to get Congress moving on global warming legislation, but the message was largely lost on lawmakers mired in the health care debate.
Their response to Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson: Climate change will take a back seat to health care.
Gen. Stanley McChrystal, President Barack Obama’s choice to lead U.S. and coalition forces in Afghanistan, has made a request for between 30,000 and 40,000 additional troops. He asserts that without this troop infusion, we run a very real risk of failing to meet our military objectives in Afghanistan.
The "pot-hunting" culture of the Southwest dates back to the 1800s, when a Colorado ranching family began exploring and excavating the ruined cliff dwellings of the Anasazi, an ancient civilization that flourished centuries ago.
IBM Corp. is trying to stymie Google Inc.'s expansion into the business software market.
The weapon: a bare-bones e-mail service that IBM is selling to companies for $36 annually per worker, undercutting a more comprehensive package of software applications that Google sells for $50 per user annually.