Neighbors in Alamo Square say the number of tour buses coming through their historic district has increased dramatically over the past five years and something needs to change. Read More
City officials are considering new restrictions on San Francisco’s tour bus industry to reduce its annoyance factor without adversely impacting The City’s high-dollar tourism industry. Read More
By now everyone is used to doom and gloom when it comes to news about the economy, but San Francisco’s latest economic update has some positive trends.
First, the unemployment rate has dropped to 8.1 percent, down from 9.3 percent in October 2010 and the lowest The City has experienced since February 2009. Read More
On April 11, 2000, the Giants opened their new ballpark. Even before it opened, it was heralded as “the miracle on Third Street.” But there’s another miracle on Third Street, just a few blocks north of AT&T Park, that’s celebrating its 30th anniversary this month. It’s called the Moscone Center.
On Dec. 2, 1981, the Moscone Center opened to great fanfare. A few days later on Dec. 6, it welcomed its first convention group — the American Academy of Dermatologists. Read More
The SoMa landmark is slated for an ambitious expansion that will claim new space underground and possibly entice more high-profile — and high-spending — conventions to come to San Francisco. Over the past 30 years, the city-owned Moscone Convention Center has helped turn the once-gritty South of Market neighborhood into a red-hot destination. Almost 1 million conventioneers each year visit the sprawling center. Read More
‘Ranked-choice voting is a failed experiment,” according to Supervisor Mark Farrell. Today, Farrell and Supervisor Sean Elsbernd will propose a charter amendment to end ranked-choice voting in San Francisco. It will need a majority of votes from the Board of Supervisors to get on the ballot in June, but I can’t imagine any supervisor will be able to vote against it after the spectacle we are about to witness as we calculate the votes in this mayoral race. Read More
I’m not running for office. Sometimes I feel like I’m one of the few who isn’t. I’ve dropped in on a few mayoral forums and there’s an avalanche of campaign literature in my mailbox every night when I go home.
Almost without exception when the candidates talk and when the public asks questions and when you check out their websites, the issue of homelessness comes up over and over again. Read More
San Francisco tour buses could be banned from traveling down portions of North Beach.
For the past several years, residents of the northern San Francisco neighborhood have complained about large sightseeing buses idling loudly, spewing out fumes and jamming up traffic on narrow streets. Read More
Long-ago inhabitants of Alcatraz wanted to escape the island, but now proposed improvements could make the former prison even more of a destination.
Restoration of buildings, a concession stand and overnight visitors could be some of the changes coming to Alcatraz under a draft management plan that would provide direction for the island for the next 20 years. Read More
As the nation’s economic recovery continues at a slow pace, San Francisco is a bright spot in the region, the state and beyond. Recent indicators are encouraging, showing strong growth in key industries which are in turn creating jobs and moving the economy forward. This is good news, and we can keep the momentum going well into the future.
One critical measure of The City’s economic health is tourism, which generated more than $8.5 billion in spending last year. Read More