An anonymous tipster is set to receive a $250,000 reward for his help in solving a seven-year-old homicide.
The killing happened April 4, 2006, when Willie Allen, aka Johnny Allen, pictured, was exiting a Fillmore Street store and was attacked by a man with a knife. He died that night.
Two years later, then-Mayor Gavin Newsom announced a $250,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of Allen’s killer. Read More
The California Environmental Quality Act is a good law too often used in bad ways. At its root, the law, typically known as CEQA, requires that state and local governments study the impacts of projects to mitigate, when possible, their negative effects.
But while CEQA-type laws around the nation typically only come into play in the case of genuine environmental objections to a project, the law in California is far too often co-opted by anyone with a “not in my backyard” objection. Read More
A new concert piece about Harvey Milk by Tony Award-nominee Andrew Lippa will have its world premiere in June in San Francisco to mark the 35th anniversary of the slain gay rights leader's death.
Lippa said Monday that his "I Am Harvey Milk" — part choral, part theater — will be performed June 27-28 at The Nourse Auditorium as part of the events celebrating the San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus' own 35th anniversary. Read More
San Francisco kick-started the open-data movement three years ago when lawmakers voted to approve the first ordinance in the nation to encourage departments to release their data. But since that time, The City has fallen behind. Read More
A political skirmish has broken out over The City’s costs from the America’s Cup following the emergence this week of new projections regarding fundraising and economic benefits.
Private fundraising was supposed to cover The City’s costs of hosting the regatta, but the money from private donors is still short of the goal. That makes it appear likely that San Francisco will have to cover at least part of the tab. Read More
The projected economic benefits of hosting the America’s Cup sailing race now appear to be significantly lower than promoters once touted when the notion of The City hosting the regatta first surfaced.
Back in 2010, as one of the regatta’s selling points, race supporters cited a report that projected economic benefits as high as $1.4 billion. Tuesday, Mayor Ed Lee said the latest projected benefits, which are detailed in a yet-to-be published report, now hover around $780 million. Read More
New hospitals will grace both Cathedral Hill and the Mission district after a lengthy and contentious development squabble between city leaders and California Pacific Medical Center officials ended in a tentative compromise announced Tuesday. Read More
Following the lead of other cities like Cambridge, Mass., and companies like Google, San Francisco will begin picking up the federal tax bill for health benefits provided to the same-sex partners of San Francisco government workers.
The Board of Supervisors gave final and unanimous approval Tuesday to legislation introduced by Supervisor Mark Farrell that, he said, “counters what is very much a discriminatory federal tax policy.” Read More