The Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival turned 10 this year, and for its anniversary it gave a present to San Francisco.
Warren Hellman, the San Francisco financier who bankrolls the festival, will donate about $75,000 to fix the irrigation system in a portion of Golden Gate Park where the three-day event is held, according to the Mayor’s Office.
The free, three-day music festival has been put on each year in Golden Gate Park. The event is bankrolled by financier Hellman, who appeared Saturday with Mayor Gavin Newsom to announce the gift. Read More
Three burn victims from the San Bruno inferno that are being treated at St. Francis Memorial Hospital in San Francisco are in life-threatening condition.
The hospital is treating four victims who arrived at the center after a natural gas line exploded on Thursday evening, burning a city block and killing several people.
Three of the people had burns on 50 percent of their bodies, according to Francisco surgeon Dr Michael Kulick. Those burns, which are from the waist up, are considered life-threatening. Read More
Gardeners in San Francisco will have a few options to get their hands dirty on Saturday.
The Department of Public Works is partnering with the American Community Gardening Association and the San Francisco Parks Trust for a free event about gardening and growing your own food. Read More
The second in command at Mayor Gavin Newsom’s press office is leaving for Burson-Marsteller, a public relations and communications firm.Erin Garvey, the chief deputy communications director in the office, is the third Newsom staffer to join the firm, and the latest in a string to leave the mayor’s communications office. Read More
Police Chief George Gascón took to YouTube to issue summer safety warnings that include a notification against Fourth of July fireworks.The three videos, available at the Police Department’s website, remind viewers that fireworks are illegal in The City, that parents should keep an eye on kids during the summer months and that you should be mindful to lock your doors when you go on vacation. Read More
The discussion — and possible quarreling — about Mayor Gavin Newsom’s proposed city and county budget resumes Monday, with 14 agencies scheduled to appear before the Board of Supervisors Budget Committee.
Among the topics that may garner attention are the budget for the health department and security costs for the Asian Art Museum and the Fine Arts Museum. Read More
The amount that elected officials will have their pay cut is up for discussion Monday.
According to the City Charter, when rank-and-file workers take reductions in salaries, the elected officials in San Francisco must as well.
The Civil Service Commission on Monday will take up the issue and begin calculating the decrease for the elected officials, which include Mayor Gavin Newsom and the Board of Supervisors. Read More
The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, which oversees Muni, offered a response to an audit that says overtime spending and work rules are draining the agency's budget.The agency in its response responded to the audit as well as took the time to point out other measures it has taken. Read More
Mayor Gavin Newsom has named the appointments and reappointments to several city commissions. Among the better-known names in the appointments are those to the War Memorial Commission, which include Charlotte Shultz, Paul Pelosi Sr., Gina Moscone and Nancy Bechtle.Here is the full list of the commission appointments from the Mayor's Office:Asian Art Museum:Carmen ColetArts Commission:Jessica SilvermanFilm and Video Arts:Debbie Brubaker Read More
Mayor Gavin Newsom called on the union for Muni operators to agree to wage concessions that the mayor said could help reduce service cuts at the transit agency. A collective of city unions agreed this last week to furlough days and concessions that will save The City $200 million over the next two years."Our public employees stepped up yet again," Newsom said of the deal during his weekly YouTube address. Read More
Mayor Gavin Newsom is expected to tell San Franciscans the state The City is in during an address Wednesday evening.
The event is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. and will be held at the Asian Art Museum. Read More
An amendment to the California Vehicle Code took effect on Jan. 1 that allows the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency to adopt higher fees for violations related to the misuse of disabled parking.
The MTA, which oversees parking as well as Muni in The City, is considering raising the base penalty for the misuse of handicap placards to $750. Along with an assessment fee, the total fine for the violations could be $825. Read More
The members of the Board of Supervisors will return from their legislative break on Monday, kicking off the first meetings of the new year.
One item that will likely garner attention is the security legislation that would force city officials who campaign for political causes to pay for their own police protection. Read More
As we move into the first year of a new decade, dozens of big stories are right around the corner, waiting to capture headlines or slowly fade away. The Examiner compiled a road map to keep you well-informed for the next 12 months.
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This coming Board of Supervisors meeting Tuesday is the last full board meeting before the legislative body takes a break for the holidays.
The agenda, which is full of items that includes accepting grants, settling lawsuits and making appointments, also holds a few items that if voted on could prove to be a fight.
Tune in Tuesday for the full details. Read More