Under threats of losing a world-class yachting event that some say will pump billions into the Bay Area economy, San Francisco is poised today to approve a plan hosting the 34th America’s Cup race.
The agreement approval is expected despite weekend reports that the terms raised concerns from members of billionaire Oracle CEO Larry Ellison’s BMW Oracle Racing team. Read More
Diana Scott, the chair of the Workmen’s Circle/Arbeter Ring of Northern California, has partnered with SFSU’s Jewish Studies Department to bring a new course offering to students and the community, entitled “Yiddish History, Literature, and Society” beginning in spring 2011. Read More
Americans are the most generous people on Earth. Eighty-nine percent of us make a charitable donation each year. Generosity is our most widely shared value, committed by the wealthy and the not-so-wealthy and across all races and ethnicities. Read More
What’s surprising about Washington, D.C.’s ongoing anti-Wikileaks conniption isn’t what the purloined cables disclose about American foreign policy. Even Defense Secretary Robert Gates admits that, despite a few “awkward” exposures, the consequences for U.S. national security will be “fairly modest.”No, what’s really telling is how Washington has reacted to Wikileaks. As they see it, anyone who threatens to undermine government secrecy is morally equivalent to Osama bin Laden. Read More
It was the ’50s, and the Air Force had a problem.The brass was responsible for building a new fleet of intercontinental ballistic missiles, but state-of-the-art electronics just didn’t cut it. Even the most advanced circuits were too heavy, too big and not nearly dependable enough.The brass needed something that didn’t exist — an integrated chip. So they did what they usually did in such circumstances: They turned to scientists to work out a solution. Read More
Mistermayor is determined to have some fun in his final days as our chief executive. He’s been toying with us about whether he’ll delay his swearing-in as lieutenant governor to allow the incoming Board of Supervisors to choose an interim mayor. Of course, Swearing-In-Gate isn’t the only way for Newsom to scandalously punctuate his tenure.
Allow me to suggest another: appointing three people to the elections task force before he leaves office. Read More
The true extent of violence in Golden Gate Park is unclear, police say, in part because many people who sleep illegally in the park aren’t reporting robberies and assaults against them.
The 1,117-acre park has been a hot spot of violence in the last year, including the July 7 dog mauling in the park that kicked off a police enforcement campaign. That same month, a man was stabbed to death in the park. Read More
Alex Smith justified Mike Singletary’s decision to start him and made a strong case to stay in San Francisco as the 49ers trounccd the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday.
Singletary’s decision was roundly criticized by the know-nothings in the Bay Area media. One pointed to Troy Smith’s winning record as a starter, without noting that the wins came over the 3-10 Broncos, 4-9 Cardinals and 6-7 Rams. Whoop-dee-doo. Read More
The Concert for UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital: Neil Young headlined and Joanna Newsom opened the Dec. 8 benefit, which featured special guest Colin Powell, who lent his support with a lively speech and presented an award to cancer survivor Paddy O’Brien. Proceeds from the event, held at Nob Hill Masonic Auditorium and underwritten by Salesforce.com, will go to UCSF Benioff Children’ s Hospital, a state-of-the-art Mission Bay facility slated for completion in 2014. Read More
PERSON IN TOWNDonald M. Berwick, administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, speaks at the Commonwealth Club. The topics of his sold-out lecture include how the new health care reform bill will affect the longevity and viability of our medical system, and his goals of improving patient care while reducing waste.LECTURES Read More