The San Francisco Zoo is poised to receive an upgrade for young creatures of the human variety to enjoy.
The dilapidated playground on the northern side of the zoo, named the Elinor Friend Playground, was the focus of a lawsuit about disability access that was settled in 2005. Now the site is set for a full makeover, pending approval from the Recreation and Park Commission. Read More
Assessor-Recorder Phil Ting’s election to the California Assembly has set into motion a possible series of personnel changes that could result in the appointment of a new San Francisco supervisor and affect who becomes the next board president.
Ting bested Michael Breyer on Tuesday to capture the Assembly seat representing western San Francisco and parts of northern San Mateo County. After Ting is sworn in Dec. 3, it will be up to Mayor Ed Lee to appoint his replacement. Read More
Mayor Ed Lee batted .1000 when it came to local propositions on Tuesday’s San Francisco ballot, calling his sweep “like a second World Series win.”
Along with the passage of a statewide tax measure destined primarily for schools, the success of several local measures put San Francisco on a stronger economic foundation, Lee said in an interview. Read More
California’s new online voter registration process added more than 614,000 registered voters to today’s state electorate — almost half of them registered as Democrats. But beyond the presidential race, experts say, party officials shouldn’t count on support from such first-time voters.
Younger people and first-time voters tend to vote more independently and less along party lines than other voters, noted Corey Cook, an associate professor of politics at the University of San Francisco. New voters also tend to vote for the president and then leave many other items blank on their ballots.
The celebratory parade for the World Series champion Giants cost San Francisco about $225,000 — a price the Mayor’s Office said was more than offset by the financial benefits of hosting the championship games here.
Numbers released by the Mayor’s Office on Monday tallied The City’s unique staffing expenses and other costs, according to mayoral spokeswoman Christine Falvey. The Giants footed the parade’s basic setup costs of roughly $1 million, Falvey said, including the confetti and presentation in Civic Center Plaza. Read More
The sediment in San Francisco Bay, once thought of as a renewable resource, is eroding and being removed much more quickly than nature replenishes it — which could affect two companies’ requests to increase their sand-mining operations.
Sand has been removed from the Bay for more than 100 years, first for harbors and channels and later for use in construction. For decades it was assumed the sediment was quickly replenished. But new research shows that only 15 percent of the coarse sand mined for construction purposes is replenished. Read More
Gov. Jerry Brown came out swinging for Proposition 30 – the tax measure he’s backing on Tuesday’s ballot – and against people who have negative views of California during an appearance at the Commonwealth Club of California in San Francisco on Thursday.
Prop. 30 would raise the income tax for seven years on people who make more than $250,000 annually. The measure also would increase for four years the state sales tax by a quarter percent. The money would go to education and other needs. Read More
A barrier planned for the median of the Golden Gate Bridge to prevent head-on collisions took a step toward completion Friday when the agency that operates the span approved a contract for the project’s final design. Read More
The developer of the 1,070-foot Transit Tower, which will be the tallest skyscraper on the West Coast, secured a partnership with a financial partner and is expected to purchase the land for the building in early 2013.
The tower is one of the centerpieces of the Transit Center District Plan, which will redevelop the area around the new Transbay Transit Center being rebuilt at First and Mission streets in South of Market. The transit hub will eventually house a station for Caltrain and high-speed rail, and it will be a regional connection for bus systems.
The San Francisco Unified School District is often recognized as a leader in the effort to improve student nutrition. In 2003, it began phasing out sodas and unhealthy snacks. In 2007, it installed salad bars at dozens of schools. Other initiatives have improved the quality of food in vending machines and increased the number of students who eat breakfast.
Click on the photo to the right to see information about meal participation and more photos of school food. Read More
Gov. Jerry Brown met with business leaders in San Francisco on Thursday to advocate for Proposition 30, the tax measure on the November ballot that has recently slipped in the polls just weeks before the election. Read More
Support is slipping for two tax measures just weeks before voters decide the outcomes in the Nov. 6 election, new polling numbers show.
Proposition 30 is the measure backed by Gov. Jerry Brown. It would increase for seven years the tax on annual incomes that exceed $250,000 and raise the state sales tax by a quarter percent for four years. Proposition 38, proposed by millionaire Molly Munger, would increase the income tax for nearly all Californians for 12 years. Read More
The greens at TPC Harding Park are about to become a little more environmentally friendly.
On Friday, the state gave final approval for a project to use recycled water at the course, the latest in a string of golf links in The City that will forgo using potable water on lawns. Read More
Square, the mobile payment system company started by Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey, is the latest tech startup to announce that it’s relocating to the mid-Market Street area.
On Monday, the company said its corporate headquarters will be moving to 1455 Market St., less than a block away from Twitter.
“We’re grateful for San Francisco’s commitment to technology, and we’re thrilled The City will remain our home,” Dorsey said in a statement. Read More
A 1,070-foot tower that will become the largest skyscraper on the West Coast received its final approvals from the Planning Commission on Thursday.
It marks a significant step forward for the project, which is a key piece of the Transit Center District Plan that will redevelop the area around the new Transbay Transit Center in South of Market. The new hub, which is being rebuilt at First and Mission streets, will eventually be the downtown terminus for Caltrain and the future state high-speed rail network. Read More