Golden Gate Park’s Speedway Meadow is now officially Hellman Hollow.
The Recreation and Park Commission voted unanimously Thursday to rename the portion of the park after 77-year-old billionaire Warren Hellman upon the urging of Supervisor Sean Elsbernd with the support of the Board of Supervisors.
The renaming drew support from San Francisco’s political elite, including Gavin Newsom, Nancy Pelosi, Willie Brown and John Burton. Read More
It has not been a good week for those whose livelihoods depend on either having access to the power brokers and decision-makers of the Washington federal establishment, or being one of them. Like the great and mighty Wizard of Oz, who was exposed as all too human when Dorothy’s little dog Toto pulled back the curtain, the public’s business in Washington, D.C., was shown to be conducted for private gain. Read More
Under a beautiful sky Saturday morning, The City’s Civic Center turned somber as officials joined police and firefighters to commemorate the eve of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks’ 10th anniversary.
Click on the photo at right to see a slideshow of SFPD and SFFD commemorating the 9/11 anniversary. Read More
A Republican appropriations bill introduced Thursday in the House of Representatives would strip Muni of $942 million for its Central Subway project, the latest potential threat to the proposed rail line.
The bill must survive several votes in the GOP-controlled House and then secure the buy-in of the Democratically dominated Senate. But if passed as written, completion of the SOMA-to-Chinatown rail extension would seem in jeopardy. Read More
Mayoral candidates John Avalos and Dennis Herrera netted the first- and second-place endorsements, respectively, on Wednesday night at the San Francisco Democratic County Central Committee meeting. The committee opted not to endorse a third candidate despite The City’s ranked-choice voting system.
For district attorney, David Onek was the committee’s first choice and Sharmin Bock its second, with no third candidate chosen. Read More
After initially causing alarm among some politicians and activists, the state redistricting commission is expected to vote today on the final draft of its maps — and most local politicos seem OK with the results.
Earlier drafts had created concerns in San Francisco about whether gays would lose their influence and politicians would lose their jobs. Read More
House Republican leaders announced a delay until today for a scheduled vote on Speaker John Boehner’s two-phase debt-ceiling plan, as conservative lawmakers expressed misgivings and congressional budget analysts said the plan did not deliver all its promised savings.
To govern is to choose. To vote is to choose. Voting against Boehner’s plan on the House floor in the biggest showdown of the current Congress would be choosing to vote with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi. Read More
Democratic Congressman David Wu of Oregon already suffered ridicule after photos surfaced of him wearing a tiger costume and sending weird emails to staffers.
Now the congressman is resigning, after the Oregonian newspaper exposed an unwanted sexual encounter with a teenage girl. Read More
In an angry speech on the Senate floor, Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said Republicans and Democrats were tantalizingly close to an agreement to resolve the debt ceiling standoff over the weekend -- until President Obama nixed the deal. "A bipartisan plan to resolve this crisis was literally within our reach this weekend," McConnell said. "We offered the president a bipartisan proposal to avoid default so that we could have the time we need to put together a serious plan for get Read More
House Republicans are finishing work on a new proposal to resolve the standoff over the debt ceiling. The proposal, set to be finished and crafted into the form of a bill by Sunday, will be in two parts. The first will combine a short-term increase in the debt ceiling with spending cuts. The second will lay the groundwork for a longer-term increase in the debt ceiling coupled with far-reaching deficit reduction. Read More