With all the controversy surrounding Mayor Ed Lee’s decision to enter the mayor’s race, you’d expect he’d be fielding the toughest questions from voters.But during a campaign event in the Mission district on Tuesday, it was not the mayor, but his supporter, District 6 Supervisor Jane Kim, who faced the fire.While the mayor and supervisor talked to residents and merchants on 16th Street, a Chinese shopkeeper at Sam’s Shoe Services asked Supervisor Kim why she isn’t married. Read More
Could leaders of dysfunctional political processes in Washington and Sacramento actually learn lessons in governance from San Francisco’s elected officials? Just a year ago that would have produced a belly laugh, back when fractious ideological bickering characterized policy debates beneath the gold dome. But the new crowd there has often set a higher standard for taking care of The City’s business — literally. 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
A man who was snapping photographs at San Francisco City Hall just before midnight Monday was pistol-whipped and robbed of his camera, police said.Two juveniles struck the 45-year-old man over the head several times at Polk and Grove streets. They fled in a white 1997 Hyundai, police said. The victim pursued the suspects and was able to provide police a description of the vehicle. Two teenagers ages 16 and 17 were subsequently arrested, police said. Read More
Mayor Ed Lee has left San Francisco for the week, and he has left voters, mayoral candidates and city officials with one of the biggest political enigmas of the year: will he or won’t he run?
What had, at one time, been a definitive “I’m not running” has now morphed into uncertainty. On Friday, he said, “I have not made that decision,” before flying off to Washington, D.C. Read More
University of New Mexico football player Deshon Marman plans to sue US Airways after the flight crew chucked him off the plane for wearing sagging pajama pants, an incident that sparked allegations of racial profiling, his attorney said Wednesday.
The decision to pursue a lawsuit follows the announcement by the San Mateo County District Attorney Wednesday that Marman will not face charges on suspicion of resisting arrest and injuring a cop during the June 15 incident. Read More
Charges have been dropped in the case against college football player Deshon Marman, a San Francisco native who was accused of resisting arrest after a confrontation over his sagging pants on a US Airways flight.Marman, 20, was arrested on suspicion of battery on a police officer, resisting arrest and trespassing June 15 after a member of the flight crew at San Francisco International Airport asked him to pull up his pajama pants. Read More
Mayor Ed Lee celebrated the 40th anniversary of Ping Pong Diplomacy on July 5 at City Hall, declaring it Ping Pong Diplomacy Day.Lee was joined by the Bay Area Sports Organizing Committee (BASOC), the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) and Chinese Consul General Zhansheng Gao in welcoming a Chinese delegation consisting of table tennis Olympians, including members of the original team that played in the 1971 matches. Read More
San Francisco cab drivers and transit workers took to the streets near City Hall today as part of a protest leading up to a San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency board meeting this afternoon. Cab drivers cruised the streets around City Hall and Civic Center Plaza, blocking traffic and honking their horns. Read More
Stow Lake Corp., which has managed the boathouse in Golden Gate Park for more than 65 years, was told they have until the end of the month to get a move on. Read More