Marking the end of slavery in U.S., African-Americans in San Francisco and much of the country are taking to the streets this weekend to celebrate Juneteenth with music, food and parades.
The celebration in Civic Center Plaza drew hundreds of people for festivities Saturday. Today’s celebration kicks off at 11 a.m. and will last through 7 p.m. R&B performers, gospel choirs and dancers perform between 2 and 4 p.m. Read More
In the 12 years Vilma Patel has owned the El Rincon night club in the Mission she hasn’t had a police-involved incident. That was until Saturday morning, when a police officer was shot and Patel’s operating license was suspended.
Around 1:30 a.m., as partygoers were clearing out of the club after a night of revelry, a fight broke out between a group of women.
According to the San Francisco Police Department, a veteran police officer and two training officers were making rounds near the 16th and Harrison location and responded. Read More
Have an issue, idea or praise for your neighborhood park?The Neighborhood Parks Council is meeting with Mayor Gavin Newsom, Phil Ginsberg, general manager of the Recreation and Parks Department and many park commissioners Thursday to discuss the state of city parks. Read More
It has been more than a year since a woman visiting the Richmond district parked her car, walked toward a nearby house and then had a limb crush her vehicle — and though work has been done on the perennials in the area, neighbors say hazards remain.
The deadly issue of falling trees has plagued the deficit-ridden Recreation and Park Department for years, but residents along a 15-block stretch of Park Presidio are calling on the agency to do more. Read More
The Board of Supervisors Rules Committee will meet Friday to discuss the proposed amendment to The City’s charter that would share the appointees to the Park and Recreation commission.
Organizers behind the grass roots group “Take Back Our Parks” have been advocating for support of a charter amendment that would give the mayor three appointees, the board of supervisor three appointees and a shared appointee between the mayor and president of the Board of Supervisors.
Currently all seven positions on the board are appointed by the mayor’s office. Read More
The complicated intersection where Great Highway and La Playa Street meet Judah Street in the Outer Sunset district could get safer for pedestrians, bicyclists and cars if efforts by local groups to address the problems are recognized.
Steve Ward, a resident of the Outer Sunset and advocate for changes to the area, said the problems are several decades old, but the main concern remains safety. Read More
Nearly 2,000 trauma patients are transported out of San Mateo County for treatment each year because there is no critical-care center, according to San Mateo county health officials, but transporting patients is more cost-effective than building a new facility.Registered nurse Jan Ogar, a clinic services manager for San Mateo County emergency services, said the county works closely with San Francisco General Hospital and Stanford Hospital to treat critical patients. Read More
In an effort to provide quality education, some schools in the Jefferson Elementary School District will begin offering students breakfast to start their day.
Enrique Navas, the district superintendent of business services, said the correlation between breakfast and the ability to concentrate was one reason the district decided to create a pilot program that would allow students to buy breakfast before class. Read More
With few jobs and a stubbornly high unemployment rate, college students and recent graduates are finding creative ways to build résumés and stay active.
Beverly Madden, spokeswoman for the College of San Mateo, said students enrolled in Peninsula community colleges are not immune to the economic downturn.
She said because of the economy, more students are turning toward unpaid internships or even study-abroad programs. Read More
The Department of the Environment wants less overhead when it comes to other city departments using pesticides, so it’s taking steps to make using light chemicals easier.
When a ban on pesticide use was passed in the 1990s, any city department planning to use harmful chemicals for weed or insect abatement on city property — including parks, medians and sidewalks — was required to post a sign three days prior to any spraying and keep the sign posted four days after the chemical was used. Read More
Discussions on the sit-lie ordinance keep standing around.The City’s Civil Sidewalks Coalition will discuss the proposed law again Monday afternoon.A sit/lie ordinance was first introduced following months of complaints of the abuse and intimidation from street dwellers from a group of residents and merchants in the Haight neighborhood. Read More
Paula Hatch has a love of working with youths in her Bayview neighborhood.
That’s one of many reasons why she was at the Joseph Lee Recreation Center on Thursday afternoon giving pointers on dribbling and jump shots to nearly a dozen kids from the Bayview and Hunters Point communities.
The afternoon camp is part of Stone Oaks Athletics Shaping Preparing Youth efforts to offer free team, instruction and developmental camps to inner-city youths. Read More
Rather than stare at a computer all day watching stocks rise and fall, Milt Gregory’s comrade wanted to do the same from a boat.
Since 2004, Gregory — an electrical engineer with a computer science background — has been working to offer a connection to the Internet aboard ferries, cargo ships and even sailboats that would allow commuters and water enthusiasts to do just that: work from the water.
Gregory, president of Cupertino-based Sunrise Wireless, said his company plans to wire the water that is the San Francisco Bay starting this month. Read More
Muni’s executive director is not pleased with the union’s decision to vote down a labor contract.Friday, operators of the San Francisco transit agency rejected a proposed labor concessions package that would have restored service and cut Muni spending by allowing part-time drivers and extended existing contracts for another year.A majority of the Members of Transport Workers Local 250-A union, which represents about 2,000 Muni operators, voted against adopting the concessions. Read More
Moments before the start of United States’ first appearance in the 2010 FIFA World Cup on Saturday morning, Maura Brosnan took a step outside Kezar Pub to grab a breath of fresh air.
The sports pub, located on Stanyan Street and featuring 27 flat-screen TVs, was jam-packed with U.S. and England fans in jersey’s, T-shirts and hats supporting their favorite team.
Brosnan said she and her friends arrived at 9 a.m. to ensure a seat for the match up. Read More