A new San Francisco startup is aiming to find a use for Muni’s decommissioned buses while also helping to address The City’s chronic homelessness.
Lava Mae, founded by entrepreneur Doniece Sandoval, proposes to transform old Muni buses into mobile showers and toilets for use by homeless residents.
With Social Security disability benefits as his only source of monthly income, Bill Shomer decided that he needed to live without a phone. The San Francisco resident could barely pay for food and public transportation, so something had to go.
“It got to the point where I was eating only two meals a day,” Shomer said. “I’ve been giving everything up; the phone was the last thing I was holding on to.” Read More
As the sun rose over Mission Bay condos on King Street near Interstate 280 on Monday, a couple dozen people who were living under the onramp packed up their belongings as city and state officials moved in with a new approach for dealing with the encampment. Read More
A little more than a year ago, Bevan Dufty took what may be one of the least enviable jobs in San Francisco — working as the point person in City Hall on homelessness.
Among the top 10 complaints in San Francisco, aggressive panhandling and homeless people living on the streets typically rank as high as Muni service. But in speaking with Dufty, you would be hard-pressed to conclude that he has anything but enthusiasm for his job.
Lingering concerns about the impact on homeless people are delaying enforcement of San Francisco’s ban on overnight parking of motor homes and other large vehicles in certain neighborhoods. Read More
In response to a fatal stabbing, San Francisco has tightened admission rules for homeless shelters to bar access to people who are acting violently or making such threats outside a facility. Read More
Impoverished California residents, many of them homeless and without access to landlines, will finally get a little help paying for their monthly cellphone bills.For years, the California Public Utilities Commission has offered discounted rates for low-income residents who use landline telephones. But with those devices becoming increasingly rare, that financial aid package offered little assistance to many. Read More
At Tuesday’s Board of Supervisors meeting, David Campos announced that he is asking the budget and legislative analyst to conduct a performance review of the San Francisco Housing Authority. He repeatedly stated (so you know it’s true) that “the focus is not on individuals or personalities” but “what is happening to address the needs of the residents.” Read More
Supervisor Scott Wiener is trying hard to fix Muni, but no one wants to pay for it. With $420 million in deferred maintenance and a $100 million deficit each year, the prospect of getting our public-transportation system on track is getting more remote. Read More
San Francisco sure is in the doghouse with PETA.
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals has piled on The City over the past few weeks with complaints from the animal-rights group about our track record when it comes to all manner of beasties.
There is AT&T Park, which PETA dropped from its annual list of the top 10 vegetarian-friendly ballparks; even the Oakland Coliseum made the list. Read More