After nearly five months of cramped conditions on the Golden Gate Bridge, the bike and pedestrian traffic flows on the span were expected to return to normal this weekend — almost.
The bridge district, which normally designates the east sidewalk for pedestrians, and the west sidewalk for bicyclists (most of the time), had to shift the two groups around this year due to needed construction work on the span. Read More
Not every social or economic problem deserves its own law, as our governor said recently while readying his veto pen for dozens of unnecessary bills.
Try selling that concept in San Francisco, where the road of good intentions is paved with shaky legislation.
Take for example the local-hire ordinance approved by the Board of Supervisors, which heard the cries about rising unemployment and a dearth of jobs and decided to run with it. Read More
Having seen the early reports on the jobs package that President Barack Obama is expected to propose tonight in his speech before a joint session of Congress, it appears as if the chief executive will propose a $300 billion stimulus package, consisting almost entirely of familiar elements first seen in February 2009 with his $859 billion stimulus package. That program was supposed to reduce unemployment to below 8 percent. Read More
An accident at a construction site in San Francisco’s Dogpatch neighborhood this morning sent four workers to the hospital, three with serious injuries, a fire battalion chief said. The accident was reported at about 8 a.m. at a six-story building under construction at 19th and Illinois streets. San Francisco fire Battalion Chief Charles Crane said workers were pouring concrete when three men working on the sixth floor fell three stories into the drying concrete. Read More
Monday was a typical busy afternoon on the Golden Gate Bridge. Tourists snapped photos and gawked at the cityscape, parents pushed strollers and held their kids’ hands, and joggers dodged and weaved through dense crowds.
But the span will feel much busier starting today, when the western sidewalk shuts down for four months and thousands of cyclists and pedestrians commingle. Read More
BART riders should expect delays until about 2:30 p.m. today as construction in the Transbay Tube continues.BART has shut one of the two tracks in the Transbay Tube to perform maintenance and repair work to electric cables. Construction will continue next weekend, BART spokesman Linton Johnson said.The repair work means that riders who use the tube to cross the San Francisco Bay could face delays of between 20 and 40 minutes. Read More
City leaders are asking voters to approve a $248 million bond this November to make up for years of neglect and prevent the further deterioration of San Francisco’s streets.
For decades, The City has inadequately funded its infrastructure maintenance to the point where Mayor Ed Lee said Tuesday if a significant investment were not made to repair San Francisco’s ailing streets, a “financial tsunami” was on the horizon. Read More
How do you train people in an environment of constantly evolving business practices, complex regulations and ever-changing technologies when traditional higher education doesn’t offer the relevant coursework you need? For the commercial real estate management industry, we fill that gap. We train our own work force, offering what traditional colleges cannot: education that is timely, affordable, and responsive to very tight workday schedules. Read More
San Francisco’s new local-hire law has been in effect for less than a month, yet it appears to already have had an impact on trade unions — several union members are now claiming to be city residents.
It’s not because union members are suddenly moving into The City, but because dozens have simply changed their addresses on paper, according to union leaders who opposed the local-hire ordinance. Read More
Japan’s devastation following the 9.0-magnitude earthquake is another reminder San Francisco needs to do more before the next big one rocks The City.
But doing more often means spending more money, especially when it comes to retrofitting the thousands of “soft-story” buildings in San Francisco most vulnerable to collapsing during an earthquake. Read More