More than 16 percent of Muni drivers were at fault in at least one accident last year, and a handful of them were in three avoidable collisions in 2010 alone.
But of the 348 drivers who were in preventable collisions in 2010, only seven might be fired.
Those who remain employed have to make sure to avoid being at fault in another accident within 12 months, after which their records will be cleared. Read More
The homeless count: Important measurement or asinine, arbitrary exercise? The debate rages on, even as hundreds of volunteers prepare to fan out across The City tonight to count people who appear to be homeless. Some 500 volunteers are anticipated to participate in the count, which the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development requires San Francisco and other municipalities to do every two years. Read More
Tell your friend who’s been unemployed for eight months and keeps drinking your beer that you’ve found just the right job for him.The San Francisco Police Commission is advertising the job of police chief on their website as they try to fill the shoes of former Chief George Gascon, who left the position at the beginning of January when he was appointed district attorney. Read More
A woman calls police because she is the victim of a domestic violence incident. Police arrive, but the attacker accuses the woman of being the aggressor. Unable to sort out blame, police arrest both people.
Charges are dropped against the woman, but because of a new federal program that The City has been forced to participate in, her fingerprints are sent through a federal database.
Federal immigration officials find out she is an undocumented immigrant who they have been trying to deport and demand the sheriff keep her in custody. Read More
In the midst of the 11-year Laguna Honda Hospital rebuild, state inspectors showed up to check out the ground that had just been broken on the newest tower.
They quickly realized something was wrong. Very wrong. Read More
The waves at Maverick’s have been pretty puny lately. And if the trend keeps up, the annual contest at the fabled surf spot would be washed out this year.“It has been a less-than-stellar year,” said Mark Sponsler, a surf forecaster for the contest. So far this winter, the famous big-wave spot near Half Moon Bay has had just four swells. Last year, some 23 broke there. Read More
Advocates of an America’s Cup race in San Francisco promised that it would spur long-desired development on the southern waterfront. But critics worried the deal would force the Port of San Francisco to spend money it does not have.
It turns out the deal might be creating both scenarios already. Read More
Teatro ZinZanni will have to take a cue from the limber gymnasts who wow their audiences: If they want to stay on waterfront property, they’ll have to be flexible, according to Port officials.The nonprofit dinner cabaret theater, a popular waterfront destination for visitors to The City, has had a home at Pier 27 for close to a decade. But it’s among the 80 businesses on port property that will likely be forced to move to make way for the America’s Cup yacht race, scheduled for 2013. Read More
Some have wondered whether former Mayor and current Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom would be able to stand life outside of the limelight.The answer, for now, appears to be no.In the middle of Mayor Ed Lee’s press conference announcing his very first executive order of his new mayoral career, Newsom sidled into the back of the crowd. Read More
Seafood companies, wine companies, pedicabs, a local theater and even The City’s Police Department could all be forced to find new homes to make way for software mogul Larry Ellison’s yacht race.
Some 80 businesses are on a list of Port of San Francisco tenants that could be forced out of their current locations when the America’s Cup comes to town, but the Port is still trying to sort out exactly who will need to go and who can stay. Read More
Author Heidi Durrow will be reading from her new novel, “The Girl Who Fell From The Sky,” at Book Passage in Corte Madera on Monday at 7 p.m. Read More
Fire officials have doused a house fire in the Richmond, but one man is being evaluated for smoke inhalation.
Firefighters were alerted to the fire at 12:12 p.m. on Saturday. The fire occurred at 551 Third Avenue, between Anza and Balboa streets.
The fire was under control quickly and never required firefighters to call for backup.
Examiner Staff Writer Kamala Kelkar contributed to this report. Read More
Now that San Francisco has won its bid to host the America’s Cup race in 2013, event leaders are wasting no time in hiring the people who will make it happen. Read More
The viewpoint from The City’s iconic Twin Peaks became the site of a homicide early Saturday morning.
A man was shot around 3:19 a.m. in the Twin Peaks viewpoint parking lot and did not survive. The Medical Examiner's Office identified the man as 23-year-old Luis Venegas of San Mateo. Read More
As city officials try to keep Twitter from flying the coop, a plan is beginning to recirculate to keep the entire business community a little happier with its henhouse.
Last week, news reports revealed that Twitter — born and raised in San Francisco — has been quietly considering a move to Brisbane, where it could have more space and pay fewer taxes. While San Francisco charges businesses a 1.5 percent tax on payroll, Brisbane doesn’t and leaders “don’t have any intention of going down that road,” according to Brisbane City Manager Clay Holstine. Read More