Think again if you thought it was perfectly legal to chuck your old couch on the sidewalk for anyone’s taking.
The Department of Public Works recently put out a friendly reminder on Twitter warning that residents face fines between $200 and $1,000 for such “illegal dumping.”
Dumping household items on city streets is against the law, the agency said. Read More
Mayor Newsom will conduct meetings in City Hall for part of his day, according to his public schedule.
But that doesn’t mean you won’t be seeing the mayor around town. Last Friday, the mayor attended four public events despite the empty schedule on his calendar. Read More
As The Examiner reported early Friday, a glance at Mayor Gavin Newsom’s schedule can be a false forecast of his day.
The Mayor’s Office released a revised schedule Friday afternoon showing Newsom was out-and-about at various events.
The activity began at 9 this morning when Newsom visited Downtown High School in Potrero to meet with chronically truant students, spokesman Joe Arellano said. Read More
The homeless in San Francisco will have an additional shelter option during the cold days of winter, Mayor Gavin Newsom’s office announced Friday.
A winter shelter program for adult males begins Sunday and runs through Feb. 27, the Mayor’s Office said in a statement.
The so-called San Francisco Interfaith Winter Shelter Program will offer both housing and support services for guests, it said.
The St. Boniface Church at 133 Golden Gate Ave. will be the first program location offering shelter. Spaces are reserved on a
first-come, first-served basis. Read More
Well-known public relations guru Sam Singer has been hired to represent the Hotel Council of San Francisco during the ongoing hotel labor dispute, the council announced Friday.
And not surprisingly, slams against the union have already begun.
Local 2 Unite Here! – which represents 9,000 hotel workers at 61 city hotels – has been staging separate, multiday strikes at various major downtown hotels during the last three weeks in order to obtain a desired contract. The contract between the union and hotels expired Aug. 14. Read More
Mayor Gavin Newsom is conducting meetings at City Hall on Friday and has no public appearances scheduled — at least that is what his official schedule says.
Then again, Newsom has been showing up to events that are not on his schedule. Take Thursday, for instance, when the mayor appeared at a Project Homeless Connect event in Golden Gate Park.
Time will tell where the mayor makes an appearance. Read More
Mayor Gavin Newsom experienced firsthand Thursday morning that outreach efforts to some hard-core homeless in Golden Gate Park are failing.
During a Project Homeless Connect event near Hippie Hill, an area on the eastern end of the park where transients are known to gather only a field away from a children’s playground, the mayor tried — in some cases unsuccessfully — to persuade habitual park campers to utilize the housing and health services offered by The City. Read More
The extended hotel labor dispute in San Francisco could send a negative message to holiday visitors and shoppers, discouraging them from spending money in The City during an already rocky economy.
Stalled contract talks between six major hotel chains and the union Unite Here! Local 2 — which represents 9,000 workers at 61 San Francisco hotels — led to a walkout and strike at the Westin St. Francis in Union Square on Wednesday. It is the third picket at a San Francisco hotel in as many weeks, and there are no scheduled talks between the two sides. Read More
The San Francisco artist who was recently stabbed while painting a mural on Market Street to benefit a city beautification project will resume work on the piece on Saturday.
Glen Park resident Jason Hailey, also known as “Chor Boogie,” has been painting a nearly half-block-long mural in the 1000 block of Market Street as part of a series of city projects intended to beautify the seedy strip and attract more pedestrians and bicyclists. Read More
City Attorney Dennis Herrera’s vigilant attacks on businesses that harm consumers have earned him a national award.
The National Association of Consumer Advocates said Tuesday Herrera won the 2009 Consumer Attorney of the Year Award at their annual meeting in Philadelphia.
Herrera was described by the Los Angeles Times as running “the most effective public office in the country,” NACA said in a release. Read More
Mayor Gavin Newsom continues to lock himself in City Hall, reportedly conducting meetings, according to the Mayor’s Office.
Newsom has been dealing with city budget issues and has also been finalizing his game plan for the remainder of his mayoral term ending January 2012, among other tasks, staffers said.
The third installment of the Arts in Storefronts pilot program will launch Friday in the Mission District with an evening celebration.
Vacated storefronts will transform from failed businesses into art exhibits. The work of San Francisco-based artists will be on display.
The project is a citywide effort that recently kicked off in the Mid-Market and Tenderloin neighborhoods and is set to expand Oct. 30 to the Bayview district.
All installations will remain on view through the end of January, according to the San Francisco Arts Commission. Read More
Mayor Gavin Newsom is conducting meetings in City Hall, but has no public events or appearances on his schedule today.
That doesn’t mean the mayor won’t be out-and-about. Newsom has made a sport out of showing up to events that aren’t on his schedule. And while he may have made commitments to arrive at certain city events, his calendar, which the media tracks closely, often don’t mention them. Read More
Smokers are huffing and businesses fuming over a controversial new proposal to drastically reduce the number of stores in The City that can sell cigarettes.
Since 2003, retailers hawking tobacco products in San Francisco have had to apply for a special permit. The permitting process helps The City keep track of sellers and crack down on those vending to minors, officials said. Read More
If you’re going to have a lot of people over for the holidays, it’s probably best to clean up the front yard before their arrival.
Union Square is about to receive a major cleaning in preparation for a glut of holiday shoppers. Between Nov. 19 and Nov. 25, volunteers and staff with the Department of Public Works will pick up litter, care for trees, paint trash receptacles and remove graffiti in the area. Read More