A court decision in New York City that may create strict restrictions on the Critical Mass bicycle event raises questions as to whether San Francisco could do the same.
A judge ruled Tuesday that New York City can force groups of 50 people or more on bicycles to get a parade permit, a process known to be cumbersome.
The legal battle stemmed from a clash between cyclists and police in 2004 during the Republican National Convention in which hundreds of bicyclists were arrested for alleged unruly behavior. Read More
It was built in 1911, but it can withstand an earthquake from 1906.
The red-brick building at Masonic and Hayes, which houses the John Adams Campus of City College, has been remodeled and seismically renovated but still has that old-school façade, according to the latest newsletter published by the City College of San Francisco. Read More
The associate professor of psychology at San Francisco State University co-authored a new study which found that parents who continue to emphasize ethnic and cultural identity in their children beyond the age of 18 are doing a great service to their kids’ lives. Read More
Despite efforts in recent years to exile rodents taking up residence in Chinatown, local leaders say the hairy creatures continue to thrive.
“They go everywhere,” said Angela Chu, the community organizing manager for the Chinatown Community Development Center. “There are places where people see the rodent problem all the time.” Read More
Mayor Gavin Newsom will be out and about today, attending events regarding earthquake research and Black History Month.
At 10 a.m., the mayor will speak at the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute’s annual meeting at the downtown Park 55 Hotel, the Mayor’s Office said.
Two hours later, the mayor will help “kick off Black History Month” in the City Hall Rotunda, it said. Read More
Mayor Gavin Newsom’s controversial tax break proposals for San Francisco businesses will not be heard next week.Supervisor John Avalos, chair of the Budget and Finance Committee, said Thursday that the earliest the measures will be heard is Feb. 17. The supervisor said the delay is due to an unfinished analysis on one of the measures, a two-year break on the payroll tax for new hires. Read More
Mayor Gavin Newsom will be conducting meetings at City Hall today, according to his daily schedule.As always, his schedule is subject to change. Read More
Mayor Gavin Newsom accused supervisors Wednesday of using scare-tactics to defeat his proposal to open the floodgates for condo conversions on a one-time basis in order to deal with The City’s budget woes. Opponents on the Board of Supervisors say allowing thousands of condo conversions beyond the current 200-unit-per-year limit would increase evictions and reduce the rental stock in The City.Newsom said that’s hogwash. Read More
Approximately 2,000 midsize to small San Francisco businesses and 500 homes will receive a free audit and partial funding to make energy-efficient retrofits as part of a $19.2 million plan aimed at reducing utility bills.
Mayor Gavin Newsom announced the new funding Wednesday at Davies Symphony Hall, where ongoing retrofits such as hyper-efficient light bulbs will save $3 million in taxpayer money that can be redirected to cash-strapped city services, officials said. Read More
Chatting on national talk programs will not be Mayor Gavin Newsom’s launching pad for higher office – at least according to him. Read More
Mayor Gavin Newsom said he is not going to offer advice to Attorney General Jerry Brown anymore regarding the governor’s race. Read More
Mayor Gavin Newsom said he is not – at least not at this very second – considering running for lieutenant governor, despite a new poll that has him as the frontrunner in the Democratic primary hunt.
Reporters bombarded Newsom at an unrelated press conference with inquiries about what the poll might mean for Newsom, who abandoned the governor’s race last year after more than a year of rigorous campaigning. Read More
Some of the sycamore trees in Civic Center Plaza will soon look more bare than usual.
The Upper Crust – the cocoon-like work of art that was installed atop the sycamore trees on the south side of the plaza a year ago – will be removed on Feb. 23, the Arts Commission said. Read More
It’s time to grab a mop and some friends for a major sprucing up of Chinatown as the neighborhood gears up for Chinese New Year.
The Department of Public Works said it is launching “an extensive, public and private weeklong cleaning program” throughout next week.
They’re calling the effort a “super eco blitz.”
It is the second in a series of cleanup programs aimed at supporting merchant corridors during tough economic times, “keeping them clean and inviting for visitors and shoppers,” the agency said. Read More
Property owners tired of waiting for years for the right to convert their multiunit buildings into condominiums will rally Wednesday at City Hall in support of Mayor Gavin Newsom’s proposal to reform San Francisco’s waitlist system.
A 1982 law capped condo conversions at 200 units a year, a limit that forces thousands of applicants to vie for the right via a lottery system. The City’s next lottery draw is Wednesday. Read More