Nestled a block off Market Street, near City Hall and across from the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium, is a nondescript parking lot that will soon house one of the newest residential towers in a burgeoning neighborhood.
A project to add 162 rental units to the area garnered key approvals Thursday from the Planning Commission.The plan calls for a 13-story building at the intersection of Polk and Hayes streets that will include a mix of studios and one- and two-bedroom units, according to planning documents. Read More
The Warriors on Sunday unveiled new detailed designs for their proposed San Francisco waterfront arena and nearby development ahead of a bevy of public hearings in the coming weeks.
The new design incorporates more maritime uses, more open space on Piers 30-32 just south of the Bay Bridge, and lowered building heights and scaled-back retail, the team announced.
The Warriors presented their first plans in October for the piers. Since then, many state and local agencies, along with the public, have given feedback. Read More
Three Bay Area counties had the fastest-growing populations in California over the past year, according to new data from the state.
San Francisco, San Mateo and Alameda counties all had growth rates of more than 1 percent between January 2012 and the beginning of this year, according to Department of Finance figures released Wednesday.
Statewide, the population grew by nearly 300,000 to 37.97 million, which was a 0.8 percent jump. Read More
Police and organizers of the massive Craigslist Bay to Breakers footrace announced new security measures Monday that include an increased crackdown on unregistered runners and a ban on most backpacks and bags.
The security measures, which will include an increased law enforcement presence, come as The City prepares for the first large footrace since two bombs exploded at the Boston Marathon on April 15, killing three people and injuring hundreds. Read More
A federal judge ruled that a lawsuit against Pershing County, Nev., by the organizers of Burning Man can move forward.
Judge Robert Jones on Friday denied Pershing County’s motion to dismiss the entire lawsuit, which Black Rock City LLC, the nonprofit that organizes the yearly event, filed in August over a new fee for the festival.
“The ordinance is nothing more than the county’s thinly veiled attempt to exact more fees or drive the internationally renowned art event out of Nevada,” said Raymond Allen, who does government relations and legal affairs for Burning Man. Read More
City planning staff approved an overhaul of the dilapidated Alexandria Theater in the Richmond district Thursday, but not before asking the building’s owner to provide better security to protect the decades-old structure.
Planning Commissioner Kathrin Moore asked a project spokesman about recent vandalism during which the building was broken into. The spokesman said vandals did spray-paint parts of the interior of the building and that they stole three small plaques from a wall. Read More
The Alexandria Theater in the Richmond district has been closed for nearly a decade, but a plan that could revitalize the corner where it sits on Geary Boulevard is up for a key city vote today.
The Planning Commission is expected to consider a project that would revamp the theater, add commercial space and build new housing. The theater closed in 2004 after eight decades of operation, but has since fallen into disrepair. Read More
Alvarado Elementary School in Noe Valley is a white-walled, two-story building that stretches for a city block just east of Twin Peaks. Nothing on the exterior of the building, constructed in the early 1900s, would lead passers-by to realize that what sits atop it is a first for San Francisco. Read More
When water comes out of a tap in The City, one thing is certain. It didn’t originate in San Francisco.
The tens of millions of gallons of potable water delivered each day by the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission are entirely piped in from elsewhere. But agency officials want to change that. Read More
The ban on overnight parking for recreational vehicles on city streets was approved months ago, but now the exact streets for the prohibition have been decided.
The ban targets vehicles that are more than 22 feet long or 7 feet tall, and it includes the hours between midnight and 6 a.m. The Board of Supervisors approved the restrictions in late September, but the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, which manages parking, is now moving forward with the exact streets. Read More
The talk in the Wall Street West conference room at the Omni Hotel on Friday was all about money.
Two out-of-state governors — Gary Herbert, R-Utah, and Bob McDonnell, R-Va. — were holding meetings in San Francisco into the evening, wrapping up the second day of a swing through California to raise awareness about the business opportunities that are available in their states. Read More
State Assemblyman Tom Ammiano wants the state’s drivers to be aware of the dangers of distracted driving — and to swear to it.
The San Francisco Democrat’s legislation, Assembly Bill 840, would require that people who are applying for or renewing a driver’s license sign a statement to acknowledge “that he or she knows the dangers of distracted driving,” according to the bill.
The issue of distracted driving has been in the spotlight recently with an appeals court ruling that holding a cellphone for directions is against the law. Read More
As San Francisco celebrates the nation’s first Walk to Work Day today, Mayor Ed Lee will unveil a strategy that aims to cut in half the serious injuries and deaths of pedestrians by 2021.
The San Francisco Pedestrian Strategy will focus on 44 miles of roadway that are the most dangerous for walkers by having city agencies approach pedestrian safety, including infrastructure upgrades and enforcement, in a holistic way, said Gillian Gillett, the Mayor’s Office director of transportation policy. Read More
Two San Francisco Public Utilities Commission employees have been fired and more than a dozen more punished for emailing pornographic images and conducting gambling activities while on the job, the department announced.
In all, 17 employees, including supervisors, were investigated after a whistle-blower complaint about misuse of city resources in two divisions within the agency. Read More
The state agency that oversees the bar pilots who guide large ships through local waterways is taking action to suspend or revoke the license of Guy Kleess, the man in control of the empty tanker that struck the Bay Bridge in January.
The California Board of Pilot Commissioners recommended on Thursday that the issue be sent to an administrative law judge, who will hear the evidence and issue a ruling about whether Kleess’ license should be suspended or revoked. It will remain suspended until the conclusion of the hearing, which should be heard by a judge within 40 days. Read More