State legislators will debate the implications of taxing and regulating marijuana similarly to alcoholic beverages — an idea proposed through legislation earlier this year by state Assemblyman Tom Ammiano.
Ammiano, a former San Francisco supervisor who had made marijuana offenses the lowest priority for The City’s police to pursue, introduced AB 390 earlier this year, legislation to decriminalize marijuana statewide and tax it to address California’s budget deficit. Read More
The reward has increased from $250 to $2,500 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of whoever vandalized a freeway sign at Highway 101 at Bayshore and Third streets two weekends ago.
The City’s Department of Public Works typically offers $250 for help busting graffiti vandals, but has upped the reward as an extra incentive to prevent continued graffiti at the site.
The vandalism occurred at the southbound 101 off-ramp during the early morning hours of Sunday, Oct. 18, DPW said in a release.
Mayor Gavin Newsom envisions Market Street without cars — and without the nearly dozen Muni bus lines and the historic F-line.
The City is in the midst of a six-month trial that aims at limiting the amount of private automobiles on the major thoroughfare, and the mayor says that if the data backs it up, he favors an expansion of the vehicle ban — and also moving toward removing Muni from the street. Read More
San Francisco officials are backing the latest bill to overhaul the state’s water system, saying it addresses protection of The City’s water supply unlike previously proposed legislation.
The show of support is a significant step forward following weeks of strenuous negotiations between lawmakers and officials in Sacramento and San Francisco. Read More
The largest shipment of swine flu vaccines to date has arrived in San Francisco, though the allotment is smaller than expected and could mean long lines at vaccination clinics scheduled to open Thursday.
The shipment came after President Barack Obama late last week declared the swine flu outbreak a national emergency.
The federal government has provided around 28,000 doses of the injectable H1N1 vaccine to The City’s Department of Public Health. Read More
It was an odd vision: Mayor Gavin Newsom spray-painting a public wall on the seedier section of Market Street, an area he's trying to clean up.
The mayor was actually helping an artist from Glen Park, Chor Boogie, create a colorful mural that is meant to help transform Mid-Market into a cleaner, safer and more attractive region for residents and visitors.
Newsom strolled down Market Street from Eighth Street to Sixth Street Friday to point out how new improvements made by The City are reshaping the area. Read More
As promised, Chief George Gascón has scheduled the first major realignment of the Police Department command staff in decades. Read More
If you didn’t think volunteers make a big difference, consider this: Between February and October, more than 3,300 volunteers clocked in nearly 10,000 hours to clean and green The City’s neighborhoods as part of one city program, according to the Department of Public Works.
They planted 1,155 trees, bushes and plants; removed more than 58 tons of litter and debris from the sidewalks and parks, plus 22 tons of “green waste”; and cleaned and weeded 55,400 square feet of center islands and lots, DPW said. Read More
Mayor Gavin Newsom will stroll down Market Street on Friday, possibly to admire how few cars are on the road following recent traffic adjustments.
What the mayor will be doing there is slightly a mystery. The Mayor’s Office has called this a “wait and see” event. But the language promoting the event in Newsom’s schedule provides enough clues: Read More
City crews are now repairing the ceiling of the Broadway Tunnel that was damaged in July when a too-tall truck attempted to squeeze through it.
The truck, ignoring the maximum vehicle height for entry, scraped off light fixtures and tiles from the tunnel’s ceiling.
The big-rig truck was able to drive into the tunnel, but struck the ceiling at the point where it becomes narrower inside.
Workers will conduct repairs daily between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. so as not to interrupt traffic, the Department of Public Works said Thursday. Read More
The talks between four major hotels in San Francisco and 9,000 union workers need to stay calm to avoid an approved strike that would deal a blow to tourism, a hotel manager said.
Four major chains — Hyatt, Hilton, Starwood and Intercontinental — are trying to hammer out new deals with their employees, which include room cleaners, bellhops and food-service workers. The union contract expired Aug. 14.
Hotel management told The Examiner Thursday that an impasse over union contracts is far off and that preliminary talks have been cordial. Read More
After a long-running fight about what type of store should be built on Bayshore Boulevard, the construction of a Lowe’s at the site has begun.
The shovel hit the dirt Tuesday to build the home improvement chain store at 491 Bayshore Blvd., near the border of the Bayview and Bernal Heights neighborhoods, Mayor Gavin Newsom said. Read More
Mayor Gavin Newsom today accused Attorney General Jerry Brown of spreading lies that the mayor plans to pull out of the governor’s race and instead run for lieutenant governor – on Brown’s ticket.
“You [reporters] have to put to rest the absurdity,” Newsom said at an unrelated event this afternoon. “It’s Jerry Brown who is putting those rumors out, and you guys shouldn’t be taking the bait on that.”
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.