A chaotic scene spilled out of a San Francisco courtroom Tuesday after a prosecutor accused a homicide suspect’s friends of intimidating the key eyewitness to a murder on a notoriously violent North Beach strip.
After a picture of Michael Jordan was published smoking a cigar on Harding Park, San Francisco residents immediately noticed that it violated park code.
In 2006 the Board of Supervisors banned smoking in public parks, including golf courses.
A long-running dispute over how to hand over a valuable collection of cable car artifacts to The City has been resolved.
The City has reached an agreement with Friends of the Cable Car Museum Inc., which own the artifacts on display at the popular Cable Car Museum that the nonprofit group operates in the Nob Hill neighborhood.
After serving for 12 years as a San Francisco Redevelopment Agency Commissioner, Ramon Romero announced Tuesday he will step down from the commission after its next meeting.
“It’s been a wonderful experience,” said Romero, who currently serves as the commission’s president, during a meeting. “It’s been very trying at times.”
Instead of having to analyze and approve several, sometimes more than 100, contracts at every Board of Education meeting, four of the commissioners tonight had a discussion about whether they should even be voting on them in the first place.
Thousands of kids get sent home from San Francisco’s public schools every year for disciplinary reasons — a disproportionate number of them black students.
It’s only appropriate that library connoisseurs would be at a historic preservation commission meeting on their extended lunch breaks.
Supervisor John Avalos said Tuesday that he is requesting legislative analyst survey skateboarding laws in different cities in California and elsewhere in the nation “and see what we might be able to apply here.”
Impoverished citizens ought to tap the $300 million in government resources that go unclaimed in The City each year, and Mayor Gavin Newsom says he knows one way they should use those funds.
Two San Francisco supervisors will count among protesters rallying outside the San Francisco Hall of Justice Friday morning in defense of Francisco Torres, the only remaining defendant of eight arrested in 2007 for allegedly killing a police officer nearly 40 years ago.
Supervisor Michela Alioto-Pier said a temporary closure of the Presidio Boulevard “has caused a great deal of unrest” and called for hearing Tuesday to learn about the findings of the closure.
On Sept. 29, the boulevard was closed to vehicles between West Pacific Avenue and Simonds Loop, and Crissy Field Avenue was shut down on its one-way uphill portion.
San Francisco receives more complaints about their cops than pretty much every city in the nation that has police oversight.
Supervisor Chris Daly introduced an ordinance Tuesday that if approved would have the City spend $150,000 in emergency aid relief. The money would be split equally in three ways for the people of the Philippines, Samoa and Indonesia, countries hit hard by either a typhoon or an earthquake.
The first of what police Chief George Gascón plans as a twice-monthly meeting to discuss crime statistics and police performance will be on Oct. 21.
Don’t be startled by the roar of engines overhead this afternoon — it’s just the Blue Angels.
The Navy’s flight demonstration team will kick off San Francisco’s 29th annual Fleet Week — which officially starts Thursday — by flying over the opening ceremonies for The Presidents Cup about 4:25 p.m.
Courtesy of the folks Down Under, Muni is adding a new streetcar to its fleet.
A green- and cream-colored tram built in 1946 is set to be unveiled this morning near the Ferry Building on The Embarcadero in a special joint celebration between Muni and foreign ambassadors from Australia.
A San Rafael man has been indicted by a federal grand jury in San Francisco on five counts of evading taxes for the years 2002 through 2006.
Frank J. Laereman was indicted on Monday, according to U.S. Attorney Joseph Russoniello.
The attorney for a man charged in the 2008 killing of another man outside a nightclub in San Francisco's North Beach neighborhood told a judge today he might have to withdraw from the case because of allegations of witness intimidation.
Mitch Katz, the director of the Public Health Department, is scheduled to give an update on influenza planning to city officials, including Mayor Gavin Newsom, on Friday.
Delayed shipments of swine flu vaccine will leave most of San Francisco’s high-risk population vulnerable to the extremely contagious virus.
If an outbreak were to hit The City, the Department of Public Health said it fears an epidemic would overwhelm hospitals because of a shortage of beds.
As the immigration debate rages on national talk shows and at Board of Supervisors meetings, Angel Island is injecting history into the conversation.
San Francisco Public Utilities Commission crews responded to a water main break in Noe Valley Wednesday afternoon, a utility spokesman said.
A 12-inch water main began leaking water into the roadway in the area of 24th and Douglass streets at about 3:20 p.m., SFPUC spokesman Tony Winnicker said. The main was shut off and by 3:50 p.m. most of the water had drained out of the street.
Lygia Stebbing, the Bay Area director of the nonprofit Jumpstart is kicking off “Read for the Record” at the San Francisco Public Library at 10 a.m. Thursday. The organization invites adults across America to read with young children and set the world record for the number of children reading the same book in a single day.
Barry Zito, a pitcher for the San Francisco Giants, helped launch the 20th annual Macy’s Christmas Tree Lighting on Tuesday in an event benefiting UCSF Children’s Hospital. The official tree lighting takes place at 6 p.m. the day after Thanksgiving, Nov. 27, in Union Square.
Police are searching for as many as five suspects that shot a 26-year-old Redwood City man with a shotgun Tuesday night, according to police.
Officers responded to a 911 call reporting a shooting in the 700 block of Cedar Street at around 8:15 p.m., according to the Redwood City Police Department.
If you just can’t wait to vote in next year’s gubernatorial elections, pay a visit to Mayor Gavin Newsom’s campaign Web site.
There, you will be able to vote on six campaign logos the mayor might display on signs, billboards and newsletters throughout his 2010 hunt for the governor’s seat.
Mayor Gavin Newsom is going to spend a good portion of today in southern sections of The City.
At 11 a.m., the mayor will appear at a dedication ceremony for the new First Tee Grounds at Visitacion Valley Middle School. At 1 p.m., he will zoom to City College to launch a pilot program benefitting impoverished families.
Send us a sign, Al. Give us a word, Al. Tell us “pride and poise” still has meaning, there truly is a commitment to excellence. That the Raiders — your franchise, Al Davis — is more than a punch line from Keith Olbermann.
On Thursday night, strong safety Tony Parrish will be staked out in the defensive backfield, carefully surveying the eyes of quarterback Mike McMahon, looking for any clues that could lead to a game-changing interception or bone-jarring open-field tackle.
Doug Dorst’s fascination with the dead falls short of compulsion.
“I’m not a ghost hunter — it just seemed like a great idea,” says the author of “Alive in Necropolis,” a novel in which residents of Colma’s cemeteries magically come to life.
Who’s in town
Robert S. Mueller III, director of the FBI, discusses cyber threats to national security and what his agency is doing to combat diverse dangers. [Noon, Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]
Khloe Kardashian and Lamar Odom are insisting that their made-for-TV wedding was the real deal. Yet multiple reports claim the pair aren’t legitimately married yet, and they won’t sign papers to make the union legal until their attorneys finish hammering out a pre-nup. Ah, young love.
When then-Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama promised not to sign major legislation until it had been posted on the Internet for public reading at least five days, trusting voters took him at his word.
If some commentators had their way, the conservative movement would toss out the raucous “tea party” people and remake itself as a gaggle of eggheads. We would be fools to do so. Here’s why:
‘Macho Again” is the name of a race horse, one upon which President Barack Obama seems unlikely to bet. Likewise for Fareed Zakaria, who praised Obama’s resolve to reset his song in the key of humility by being kinder and meeker in foreign affairs.
Harold Meyerson is right in his Sept. 30 Washington Post column. But he doesn’t understand why. Free-market economists do theorize about a world that doesn’t exist.
Immigration has temporarily faded as a hot-button issue, for the moment overshadowed by health care reform. Expect it to return to attention, not least because of the scale of our current immigrant population.
WHAT: The Treasury Department bought $2.3 billion in preferred shares of embattled commercial lender CIT to save it at the height of the financial crisis. Now CIT is in a last-ditch struggle to prevent bankruptcy by offering a debt exchange that would virtually wipe out stockholders — including U.S. taxpayers.
Reared on cult classics like “Planet of the Apes,” “Silent Running” and “Westworld,” Francis Kohler, a horror flick maniac and science fiction buff, found a way to translate his affinity for the fantastical into an art career.
House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md., just announced that he will move to table a forthcoming GOP resolution that would strip Rep. Charles Rangel of his chairmanship of the House Ways and Means Committee.
In trying to understand what is happening in the nation and world, we all employ narratives -- story lines that indicate where things are going and what is likely to happen next. We can check the validity of these narratives by observing whether events move in the indicated direction. If so, the narrative is confirmed.
Two Americans and an Israeli scientist won the 2009 Nobel Prize in chemistry on Wednesday for atom-by-atom mapping of the protein-making factories within cells — a feat that has spurred the development of antibiotics.
Bronze or pottery are the traditional gifts for an 8th anniversary. (afp)
Former Sen. John Warner, R-Va., is lobbying on behalf of foreign and U.S. satellite operators to loosen U.S. export controls aimed at preventing the Chinese military from copying American technology and potentially using it to make weapons.
As House Speaker Nancy Pelosi hunts around for ways to raise enough revenue to fund the Democratic plan to reform health care, her caucus is warning her against an excise tax on luxury insurance plans.
A reader sends in an oldie but goodie, from 1983.
Democratic Rep. Donna Edwards, a vice chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, attended the premiere of the anti-war film, "Rethink Afghanistan" in Washington last night. In remarks afterward, Edwards quoted a House colleague, whom she did not identify, saying anti-war Democrats must work to rescue President Obama from his commitment to escalate the war in Afghanistan.
President Obama’s political arm is looking to mobilize Virginia Democrats on behalf of gubernatorial candidate Creigh Deeds, an apparent reaction to reports of the White House cutting its losses on the governor’s race.
Virginia Democrats see Creigh Deeds -- who spent recent weeks trying to kneecap his Republican opponent -- switching the focus of his campaign to a much-needed positive message in the last month of the governor's race.
Gratuitously hot Don Draper photo asks: Obama ranked where?
Senate Democrats desperate to find a way to pass a health care bill that includes a federal insurance plan may have come up with a way to do it without putting moderate members who oppose it in political jeopardy.