Extending the hours during which alcohol could be sold makes sense in a city like San Francisco, which has a dynamic and diverse nightlife scene that draws people from around the Bay Area, country and world.
But state Sen. Mark Leno’s legislation to allow municipalities to decide whether they want to extend the current alcohol-sales cutoff time from 2 a.m. to 4 a.m. instantly created opposing sides and nothing in between. Read More
The last time a major earthquake struck The City, thousands of shocked residents instinctively flocked to the Ferry Building for guidance, but the venerable port institution had little information to offer them.In the event of the next major disaster in San Francisco, things will likely be much different. Read More
Writing about San Francisco often brings letters from outsiders with the shared sentiment questioning whether I am making stories up.
Things like banning Happy Meal toys and “meatless Mondays” — you know, stuff we make laws about here. Read More
Each year, San Franciscans are bombarded with reports of budget cuts that will close recreation centers, cut homeless programs, reduce library hours and place fewer police officers on the streets.
For the 2011-12 fiscal year, which began July 1, $173 million was cut from the general fund — the portion of the city and county budget that pays for basic services such police, fire, libraries, parks and street maintenance. Read More
In December 2009, then-Mayor Gavin Newsom, three supervisors, numerous activists and a throng of media representatives descended upon Scott and Oak streets to watch politicians lay down a coat of fresh green paint for The City’s first colored bike lane.
At the time, Newsom said the new lanes would put San Francisco in the class of internationally recognized bike-friendly cities such as Copenhagen and Amsterdam. He might have been a bit hasty in that proclamation. Read More
The day of justice may have arrived for JUSTIS. This tech project is one of those that has all the ingredients for embarrassment, delays in implementation and skyrocketing costs. In 2009, a report found the project was 10 years overdue and 40 percent over budget. Read More
A recent proposal to close Golden Gate and McClaren parks at night has made its way to the trash heap, but that doesn’t mean the late-night violence in parks has ceased.
So, if you can’t change the rules, throw more resources at the problem, says the San Francisco Police Department. Read More
The Bay Area is beginning to recover from the economic recession, but still faces high unemployment, depressed real estate values and other challenges in returning to long-term prosperity. During difficult economic times like these, it is hard to get business and labor to agree on anything. Read More
Taxpayer dollars have gone mostly to San Francisco’s jails and the Sheriff’s Department over the last two decades while less money has been allocated to prosecutors, police and probation officers, according to a preliminary Harvard study on public safety spending.
The information, compiled by District Attorney George Gascón using data from the California Attorney General’s Office, casts a different light on The City’s priorities when it comes to fighting crime. Read More
In its first five weeks, the San Francisco Community Ambassadors pilot program has shown signs of being a solid success in making Muni transit safer for some of its most vulnerable riders. Unfortunately, the ambassadors will be gone as of Sept. 29 if no funding can be found. Read More