Ten months ago, when Chancellor Pamila Fisher of City College of San Francisco received a package from the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges, she knew her school was in trouble.
Fisher, who had agreed to serve as CCSF’s interim leader for about six months while the institution searched for a new chancellor after the retirement of Don Griffin, knew nothing about the pending document or the accrediting team’s prior visit. Read More
A daytime shooting in South Beach neighborhood sent one man to the hospital with a chest wound and shut down Market Street in downtown for more than an hour Thursday afternoon after the victim and his driver tried to find help in the Financial District.
The shooting, which occurred just after 3:45 p.m. Thursday, happened in the first block of Bryant Street, near The Embarcadero. The victim was described by police as a man in his 30s. Read More
A 46-year-old man from Texas died while competing in the 33rd Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon, according to race organizers.The man, whose name has not been released, is from Austin and is believed to have suffered a heart attack during the swim portion of the event, race organizers said in a released statement. Read More
Amid a heated debate with the public Thursday night, the City College of San Francisco board of trustees approved a 250-page report explaining how the school has adjusted operations to meet accreditation standards and remain open.
The two-hour discussion was nearly disrupted by student protests, but ultimately the plan was adopted. But trustee Steve Ngo did offer a dire warning.
Jason Wu woke early Wednesday morning to the sound of several car alarms ringing in his West Portal neighborhood. Then police lights filled his bedroom window. When he went downstairs to see what the commotion was about, he couldn’t believe what he saw.
More than 100 San Francisco teachers will receive preliminary layoff notices in the next month, a number that is far smaller than last year thanks in large part to voters approving Proposition 30 in November. Read More
A Peninsula state senator has introduced legislation that would require the California Public Utilities Commission to separate its judicial and prosecutorial functions in the wake of its handling of the deadly 2010 San Bruno pipeline explosion.
Senate Bill 611, introduced Friday by Sen. Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo, is a response to CPUC President Michael Peevey’s October effort to halt hearings into the blast. Those hearings, which were designed to set a fine against PG&E, were later continued after a mediator failed to produce an outcome. Read More
A church meal program has become the target of residents seeking to reduce the number of homeless people living in the Duboce Triangle neighborhood.
St. Francis Lutheran Church officials say that despite a recommendation introduced last week to suspend Sunday morning meal service for 90 days to see if it affects the area’s homeless population, they intend to keep feeding people.
A three-alarm fire near San Francisco’s Civic Center was quickly extinguished Sunday thanks to the help of police officers.
About noon, police Sgt. William Conley and another officer were driving on Golden Gate Avenue when they noticed black smoke billowing from the roof of 370 Golden Gate Ave.
“We knew something wasn’t right,” Conley said. Read More
The San Francisco Unified School District stands to gain nearly $4,000 per student under Gov. Jerry Brown’s proposed student-funding formula, which still faces an uphill fight to become reality.
The proposal, released this week by the California Department of Finance, would also give districts statewide more local control over how they spend the money. Read More
A federal agency has found that serious violations at the San Francisco Veterans Affairs Medical Center’s research laboratory contributed to the death of a researcher last year who was exposed to a rare form of meningitis.
Richard Din, an employee of the Northern California Institute for Research and Education, contracted Neisseria meningitidis, a rare form of the disease, last April while working to develop a vaccine for the strand. Din, 25, died as a result of the exposure to the bacteria. Read More
The popularity of certain majors at San Francisco State University is preventing students from getting classes and graduating on time, but the administration is proposing a plan to clear out the bottleneck and put undergraduates in lectures they need.
The proposal would label nine existing majors as “impacted,” which means there isn’t enough room for the number of qualified applicants. As a result, it would be tough for new students to get into the major. Read More
The drought is over.
San Francisco’s fifth-driest January on record received less than 1 inch of rain, while the normal total is closer to 6 inches, according to the National Weather Service. From New Year’s Day through Feb. 10, San Francisco received only 0.89 inches of rain, meteorologist Austin Cross said. The last time any rain fell was Jan. 8.
But that all changes today, Cross said, as a storm from the Gulf of Alaska dips into the area, bringing with it up to one-quarter of an inch of rain. Read More
Emily Cowling and Dominique McDougal were among those who helped create an impromptu flash mob dance at Civic Center Plaza on Thursday for the One Billion Rising movement.
The pair, along with other members of the LINES Dance Center troupe, said they had only learned the moves for “Break the Chain” a few days ago, but the music blasting in front of City Hall made it feel like the right time to perform.
“And it’s for such a good cause,” McDougal said. Read More
There is a new fixture at the historic Cliff House: a 31-foot-tall wind turbine meant to capture enough ocean wind to sustain the nearby gift shop.
The three-year pilot project will determine if enough energy is created to make the building self-sustaining — a longtime goal of the National Park Service, which owns the restaurant. Read More