Police Chief George Gascón was extra clear Wednesday about wanting to hold the Police Department accountable for crime trends in The City.
Gascón told the 10 district station captains during the first of many regular CompStat meetings that they cannot be insincere with him about the crime trends. Read More
The oft-campaigning Mayor Gavin Newsom has some city business to mind to this afternoon.
At 1 p.m., Newsom – who is running a city while running for governor – will help break ground on a new headquarters for the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission at 525 Golden Gate Ave., according to the Mayor’s Office.
Delayed vaccines for the swine flu may arrive in The City next week, although it’s more likely the shipment to fight off the potentially deadly virus will arrive weeks later.
The fear is that stalled shipments will leave the high-risk population in The City vulnerable to the extremely contagious H1N1 virus just as flu season begins to gain steam.
The federal government is supplying free vaccine doses to municipalities in an effort to combat potential infections and hospitalizations. Read More
They’ve not only stayed afloat in pricey San Francisco, they’ve turned a crippling recession into an opportunity for success.
Four city businesses that are beating the odds are finalists in the small-business category for the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce’s 17th annual Excellence in Business (or Ebbies) Awards. Winners will be announced at a ceremony tonight at the downtown Palace Hotel. Read More
Composting bins are rolling into place, as the law that mandates proper refuse sorting in The City begins this week.
Starting Wednesday, residents who fail to properly sort their trash will face fines. The rules are part of Mayor Gavin Newsom’s plan to boost The City’s recycling rate beyond 72 percent.The ordinance is the first in the country to make composting mandatory.
The Board of Supervisors approved the law in June, despite concerns that inspectors would aggressively penalize residents. Read More
Mayor Gavin Newsom has no public appearances scheduled today or meetings at City Hall. The mayor, who spent much of last week on the gubernatorial campaign trail, is gearing up for another online town hall meeting.
The money has run out — again — for a long-running plan to turn blighted alleyways in Chinatown and surrounding neighborhoods into pedestrian-oriented pathways.
An 11-year-old proposal to renovate 31 of the neighborhood’s 41 alleys has hit yet another funding snag since work began in 2000, said the Rev. Norman Fong of the Chinatown Community Development Center, which commissioned a study during the mid-1990s to identify which of the neighborhood’s narrow passageways needed a serious sprucing up.
Like all else, the economy is to blame, Fong said. Read More
Water that is now reserved for San Francisco and the Peninsula will go toward the drought-ravaged state, but how much and when is being hammered out in Sacramento.
Drought conditions, an aging distribution system and environmental restrictions on water usage have dried up farms and left 23 million Californians who get their drinking water from the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta with a shortage. Read More
California contractors would be limited from doing business with Iran’s energy sector if Mayor Gavin Newsom is elected governor, his campaign announced today.
The Gavinator “would sign an executive order requiring disclosure of any connection” with Iranian energy interests “or any firm assisting the regime with sensitive technology,” a campaign statement said.
The mayor in the statement said he is “committed to divesting our state’s interests” from an “oil-based Iranian regime.”
Graduates of The City’s first training program for green jobs received praise today from Mayor Gavin Newsom.
The students successfully passed the “Environmental Field Technician” training program, preparing them for jobs in a growing environmental remediation field, according to the Mayor’s Office.
Students learned to sample, analyze and monitor groundwater, storm water, surface water, sediments and air and dust, among other entities.
“Times are tough, so we need to get creative about how we find
The murder trial for former BART police Officer Johannes Mehserle will be moved out of Alameda County due to the massive amount of publicity the case has received, a judge ruled today.
Mehserle, 27, who is charged with murder for the shooting death of unarmed passenger Oscar Grant III, 22, at the Fruitvale station in Oakland early New Year's Day, is “a real lightning rod for the community,” according to a consultant for Mehserle’s defense team.
After a week of gubernatorial campaigning around the country, including in Pennsylvania, New York and Texas, Mayor Gavin Newsom is back in City Hall today conducting meetings, according to staffers.
He has no public events scheduled.
Mayor Gavin Newsom will spend part of today in Texas under the label of being a unique person who gets to hang out with fellow unique people.
Newsom has been invited to speak this morning at the annual UP Experience conference in Stafford, Tex. (near Houston), where organizers are calling invitees “some of the most unique people on our planet.”
Now you know what the U and P stand for. Read More
It doesn’t seal the deal, but a bill signed by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger Sunday would make it easier for the San Francisco 49ers to build a new stadium down in Santa Clara.
The legislation, authored by Sen. Elaine Alquist, D-Santa Clara, exempts the team from having to garner competitive bids on their proposed Santa Clara stadium, allowing them to go with whatever company they select.
Santa Clara’s city charter would ordinarily require work on the project to be publicly bid. Read More
Luis Cancel, The City’s director of cultural affairs, and Arts Commissioner Lorraine Garcia-Nakata have been elected to serve on the National Museum of the American Latino Commission.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi appointed Cancel and Garcia-Nakata to the commission posts, according to the San Francisco Art Commission.
The two will join 23 other prominent Latinos – including actress Eva Longoria-Parker – in helping to study a proposed national museum for American Latino culture in Washington D.C. Read More