A complaint filed against the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges requests the removal of the harshest sanction issued against City College of San Francisco, claiming the commission violated “federal law, state law and their own guidelines.”
The California Federation of Teachers and the American Federation of Teachers Local 2121, which jointly filed the claim this week, say the commission is designed to review CCSF’s educational program but that instead it evaluated the administration and finances, among other things. Read More
The family of the researcher who died last year after being exposed to bacteria at the San Francisco Veterans Memorial Hospital is seeking damages in excess of $20 million.
Richard Din, a 25-year-old employee of the Northern California Institute for Research and Education, contracted the rare Neisseria meningitidis in April 2012 while working to develop a vaccine for the strand of the disease. Read More
A project that would transform an old grocery store in the Presidio into a cultural institution was narrowed down to three concepts, the Presidio Trust announced.
Filmmaker George Lucas, the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy, and the Chora Group and WRNS Studio have been invited to submit full proposals to the trust by September.
The three were chosen out of a field of 16 concepts that would transform the site, currently occupied by retailer Sports Basement, into a more inviting space that would use its location to enhance the Presidio and educate. Read More
The wildly popular mini open spaces called parklets are coveted by many businesses, but one on Haight Street is slated for removal.
The parklet in front of Martin Macks gastro pub was installed in 2011, but legal disputes and a change in ownership have left the open space in disrepair. Neighbors want it gone, and that process for removal could begin as soon as next month.
"I was very wary of it even when it went in," said Ted Loewenberg, president of the Haight Ashbury Improvement Association. Read More
City College of San Francisco department chairs will be back in the classroom, albeit in reduced numbers, and working on-site five days a week.
An agreement with the Department Chair Council was approved by the board of trustees Thursday.
“This contract will go a long way toward helping our college achieve a more sustainable economic and management structure, which will be a critical step toward keeping our accreditation,” Interim Chancellor Thelma Scott-Skillman said in a statement. “It is our hope that other campus unions will now follow the DCC’s lead.” Read More
Owners of Live at the Rrazz had to close their Van Ness Avenue location after just six days of performances last month because of noise issues, but a spokesman said the nightlife spot may still return.
The club, which hosted live performances, moved to the former Cadillac dealership at 1000 Van Ness Ave. after holding events at the Rrazz Room in the Hotel Nikko from 2008 through 2012.
But the cost of soundproofing the ex-dealership proved to be too much, according to the venue’s publicist. Read More
A vaccine designed to fight or prevent HIV infections and spur further research in the fight against AIDS was pulled from testing in San Francisco and elsewhere Thursday after researchers found it didn’t prevent the spread of the virus.
Researchers had hoped the vaccine would prevent new HIV infections as well as reduce the viral load of patients who did end up contracting the disease. But it failed to do either. Read More
Residents and businesses in and around Broadway have had enough of the violence and rowdy crowds that have become associated with the North Beach corridor, and many are mobilizing to change things.
Residents and business owners have been trying to clean up the street for years, but an increase in violence over the past few years has added urgency. Most recently, a brawl involving more than 100 people broke out on the street in February. Gun violence, loitering and overserved bar patrons have also plagued the street. Read More
The more than $9,000 bill to house and care for the American Staffordshire terrier that attacked a U.S. Park Police horse last summer will be split between the dog’s former owner and San Francisco.
On Monday, U.S. District Court Magistrate Judge Nathanael Cousins said the costs should be split between David Gizzarelli and San Francisco, considering that Gizzarelli has no means of paying — despite raising roughly $17,000 through online contributions to help save Charlie the dog. Read More
Lea Lunden learned in January that San Francisco State University graduates’ names are not read as part of the school’s official ceremony. For such audible recognition, the psychology major could attend her department’s dinner cruise — but Lunden and any guests of hers would have to fork over $85 apiece. Neither she nor many of her Psychology Department classmates can afford the Hornblower cruise event, so Lunden has been searching for a venue big enough to hold students and their friends and families. She also wants to keep the price at $20 per person. Read More
The owner of an American Staffordshire terrier that attacked a U.S. Park Patrol police horse in Crissy Field last summer was required to file statements Thursday to determine financial responsibility for the dog’s care, but the documents submitted fail to provide that information.A letter from the City Attorney’s Office to owner David Gizzarelli’s attorney Margaret Baumgartener said the 77 pages of PayPal information and 16 pages of personal finances are completely redacted. The only information visible is the dates money may have been received or withdrawn. Read More
More than 13,000 workers throughout the University of California medical system are expected to vote on whether to strike later this month after 10 months of failed contract negotiations.
The strike vote comes roughly two weeks after UC patient care workers and other employees held a rally at UC San Francisco’s Parnassus Campus to protest the nearly 300 positions that are being reduced, which the union that represents the workers claims would affect patient care. Read More
Three supervisors are calling on City College to use millions of dollars from a parcel tax to fund more classes rather than shoring up its financial reserves as college accreditation officials have warned it to do.
The nonbinding resolution, introduced Tuesday at a Board of Supervisors committee, asks CCSF to use the $16 million it will receive from Proposition A each year for the next eight years to fund classes. Read More
A permit to allow Live Nation to hold a summer concert series at the America’s Cup Pavilion has been appealed.
The appeal is scheduled to be heard May 8 by the Board of Appeals. Read More
Residents of the Alamo Square neighborhood could be required to spend more than $100 each year to park near their houses — an idea that could open up spaces in the heavily visited area.
An online petition is asking the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, which manages on-street parking, to add a new residential parking permit zone to the neighborhood.
The proposed permit area would be bordered by Page Street to the south, Masonic Avenue to the west, McAllister Street to the north and Webster Street to the east. Read More