The City’s top cop asked the Police Commission on Wednesday to consider a pilot program to arm 74 officers who have completed crisis intervention training with nonlethal devices such as Tasers.
Commissioners were at odds over how to proceed or whether officers should have them at all, but all agreed to at least continue to explore the proposal. Read More
Legislation to prevent the conversion of San Francisco housing to strictly student usage was approved Tuesday by the Board of Supervisors.
The ordinance encourages universities to create new student housing instead of purchasing existing buildings or blocks of units to offer just to students.
“We have a huge need to house many students,” said Supervisor Scott Wiener, the legislation’s sponsor. “We need to do it in a way that does not undermine other housing needs, but encourage new student housing through incentives.” Read More
One year after a UC San Francisco research team tested for and administered treatment to nearly 200 adults infected with HIV in Uganda, many showed few signs of having the disease.According to the research — known as SEARCH, or Sustainable East African Research in Community Health — if testing for the deadly disease became routine and treatment became more immediate, the threat of HIV and AIDS could essentially end. Read More
Jeff Kod is a member of the Olympic Club, but three or four times a week he goes to Golden Gate Park to play golf on the course there with his son.
The 63-year-old San Francisco resident, however, fears that the new managers of the nine-hole par 3 course will change in a way that will prevent him from spending quality time with his 9-year-old, Elliot.
“I think if they’re going to come in and operate this facility they should add something to San Francisco rather than cannibalizing it,” Kod said during a community meeting this week with more than 60 golfers. Read More
Seventy-five years ago, Gunter Ullmann and his family left the only home they knew in Germany to flee the Nazis before World War II and the Holocaust. Now, six weeks before his 90th birthday, the San Francisco resident joyfully recalled a recent reunion with an old friend on only his second visit back to his homeland.With the help of the Red Cross, Ullmann made the 5,800-mile journey to see Elfriede Hubner, now Elfriede Haas, a neighbor and friend he had not seen since leaving the country in 1938.Ullmann said the journey was well worth it, even if it was emotional. Read More
The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency wants to boost revenue through better parking enforcement, but it has hit a bump in the road because the agency is not equipped with enough officers to adequately cover The City, according to a report released this week by the Controller’s Office.
The report highlights other issues, such as the agency’s inability to be reimbursed for officers’ time during festivals and sporting events, low hiring levels and a lack of ongoing training. It also offered 39 recommendations to improve parking enforcement. Read More
The University of California system regents voted Wednesday to freeze tuition and student fees as long as a tax measure on the November ballot passes.
Otherwise, all bets are off for how to make up a massive funding deficit.
The decision, however, was not made lightly. Regents’ opinions varied, students protested the potential consequences while wearing zombie costumes and Gov. Jerry Brown even stopped by the San Francisco meeting to urge support of his tax measure. Read More
The only gun club in San Francisco has less than 30 days to pack up and find a new home.
The Pacific Rod and Gun Club was notified last week by the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission that it’s 78-year-old month-to-month lease will end Aug. 15, after months of negotiations to create a new lease went stale.
An eviction notice sent to the gun club from the SFPUC says the desired lease would be month-to-month but require the club to provide liability insurance, abide by anti-discrimination laws and share profits with the SFPUC for any nonlease agreement uses. Read More
There’s a lot at stake for California State Universities on the November ballot.
Attending one of the university systems’ 23 campuses could be more expensive, tougher to get in to or tuition could even be reduced, depending on what voters decide for the pending tax measure. Read More
A local congregation rejoined the Lutheran Church on Sunday after 17 years of separation brought on by its inclusion of a gay pastor.
Members of the First United Lutheran Church in Cathedral Hill unanimously voted for the reunion. The move now gives the local church a vote and a voice in the larger church.
“It’s a hard decision to make,” the Rev. Susan Strouse said, “but it gives us a voice and it’s a huge opportunity to look at the denomination and say, ‘You made the right decision and that’s good, but there’s more to do.’” Read More
Amid an ongoing budget crisis, a proposal to increase the salaries of three California State University campus presidents, including San Francisco’s, by 10 percent more than what their predecessors were paid is being questioned.
The 23-campus CSU system stands to lose $250 million in funding if Gov. Jerry Brown’s tax measures are not approved by voters in November. The public universities already cut $750 million from their budgets last year. Read More
It’s been two months since the Rockit Room’s self-imposed 30-day entertainment suspension, and Richmond district police say things couldn’t be better at the club.
According to Permit Officer Tobius Moore, incidents and calls for service are virtually down to zero since the club took a month off to revamp its operations and take a long look at the way it ran the 21-and-over venue.
“There are no permit violations,” Moore said. “The communication between myself and management is night and day. There are no complaints from neighbors and no major incidents.” Read More
The City College of San Francisco board of trustees is vowing to keep the institution open despite a recent scathing report from the Accreditation Commission for Community and Junior Colleges.
At a special meeting Tuesday, the seven-member board said it will do whatever it can to prevent CCSF from losing accreditation or closing.
“We will not let that happen” said board President John Rizzo. “Everyone in this room, everyone in this community, will not let that happen.” Read More
Decades ago, Dr. Diane Havlir thought she would never say “cure” and “HIV” in the same sentence.
Havlir was doing a residency at San Francisco General Hospital in 1985 amid a global crisis in which the number of new HIV/AIDS cases was rising, but there was no known origin or treatment regimen. Those infected were simply given a death sentence.
Now the chief of UC San Francisco’s HIV/AIDS Division at San Francisco General, Havlir smiled as she said these words: Read More
Last year, when Luke Bartels and three other independent businessmen were looking for a commercial space that would allow them to build their own homemade goods, they turned to the Outer Sunset.
Bartels said the area is quiet and affordable, and it gave each of them the large work spaces their ventures demanded, as well as storefronts to attract customers. Bartels said he’s noticed growth in the neighborhood in the past few months, and even people peering through his shop’s windows at Noriega Street and 45th Avenue. Read More