Two years ago, a nursing student was arrested at his San Francisco home and faced deportation because of his status as an undocumented immigrant. On Wednesday, that young man, Shing Ma “Steve” Li, was among several students who were honored at City Hall for completing a national summer internship program for undocumented youths. Read More
Aaron Peskin and the progressives no longer run the show at the San Francisco Democratic County Central Committee. Now it’s a moderate who works for PG&E.
Mary Jung, manager of local government partnerships for PG&E, was sworn in Wednesday as chairwoman of the 32-member committee. Peskin, a leader for city progressives, had retired from the post and did not seek re-election. Read More
Much more than a place to get a drink, Sam Jordan’s Bar has been a gathering spot for the Bayview working class since the late 1950s, a refuge for the hungry and a center of community activism. And soon it could have an official place in city history. Read More
In 1987, more than half a century after San Francisco built the O’Shaughnessy Dam, the debate over the Hetch Hetchy Reservoir was briefly rekindled.
Donald Hodel, President Ronald Reagan’s secretary of the Interior Department, may have seemed an unlikely environmentalist, but San Francisco leaders saw no joke in his proposal that the reservoir be drained. Read More
When one of John Howett’s tenants was sued for ADA violations because of a concrete lip that prevented some customers from entering the Grant Avenue business early last month, he sprang into action.
Howett hired a lawyer and ordered a portable ramp the business could set up or remove for wheelchair-using patrons entering and exiting the nail salon. Read More
Democrats vying for state and federal office in a few Bay Area races could be pitted against each other in the November election, depending on the outcome of California’s new open primary system.
The so-called “top two” primary on June 5 — which allows the overall first-place and second-place vote getters to advance to the general election regardless of party affiliation — gets its first test on ballots that were mailed to voters Monday. Read More
San Francisco’s school board voted unanimously Tuesday to levy a special property tax that will cover seismic and safety upgrades to schools.
The board’s decision to levy the tax in 2012-13 was a formality, as voters already authorized the measure by a two-thirds majority in June 2010. Read More
The first streetcar ever used by Muni is being rolled out next month for a trip down The Embarcadero to kick off the transit system’s festivities for its 100-year anniversary. Read More
Assessor-Recorder Phil Ting finds himself battling San Francisco Library Commissioner Michael Breyer, son of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer, for the 19th Assembly District seat vacated by termed-out Assembly member Fiona Ma. Breyer is a businessman who helped found a company called Courtroom Connect, which broadcasts trials. He threw his hat into race on Friday. Read More
Momentum is building among state and federal officials to dissolve the California High-Speed Rail Authority and roll it into a proposed state transportation agency.
Last week, Gov. Jerry Brown suggested folding the authority — along with Caltrans, the California Highway Patrol and the Department of Motor Vehicles — into a new department. He said consolidation of the agencies, an idea in his 2012-13 budget proposal, would save the state money. Read More