A bill by state Sen. Joe Simitian, D-Palo Alto, to curb “pension spiking” in the state’s two largest pension systems has passed the Legislature and now moves to the governor’s desk. Pension spiking is the practice of boosting an employee’s final salary before retirement by cashing out on vacation time or administrative leave, among other methods. Read More
The San Francisco General Hospital Foundation is accepting submissions for its annual “Hearts in San Francisco” public art and fundraising project.
Selected small works will be auctioned during the 2011 Heroes & Hearts luncheon, with proceeds benefiting efforts to enhance patient care. In addition, large works will be displayed in Union Square.
Submissions for large hearts should measure 5 feet tall, 5 feet 9 inches wide and 3 feet 3 inches deep. Tabletop-size hearts must be 14 inches tall, 17 inches wide and 8 inches deep. Read More
Several key city offices are changing counter hours beginning July 1 due to budget constraints. Administrative services will operate 9 a.m. to noon, 1 to 3 p.m. and by appointment. Four other departments — Building, Community Development, Planning and Public Works — have counter availability from 9 a.m. to noon and by appointment, while Police Records is available 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays; it is closed Fridays. Read More
“The Wizard of Oz” kicks off Redwood City’s free weekly movie series tonight at sundown, approximately 8:45 p.m. at Courthouse Square. A series of 12 movies will be shown, including “Raiders of the Lost Ark” (July 1), “The Blind Side” (July 15), “Star Trek” (Aug. 12), “Up” (Aug. 19) and “Jaws,” which finishes the series Sept. 9. For a complete list of movies, visit www.redwoodcity.org/events/movieschedule.html. Read More
Police could be given another tool to deal with unacceptable behavior, under a November ballot measure Mayor Gavin Newsom will introduce today on sit-lie legislation at the Board of Supervisors meeting, spokesman Tony Winnicker said.
The measure will restrict sitting or lying on sidewalks citywide from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m., and provide access to social services for those who need it.
A warning must be given before a citation can be issued and exceptions will be made for free speech and assembly. Read More
After Mayor Gavin Newsom did early-morning interviews with Univision TV and radio, he returned to City Hall where he is expected to hold meetings all day.
We also suspect he will be tuning into the Board of Supervisors meeting, as the supes are scheduled to discuss Newsom’s cell phone radiation legislation.
Also being handled by the Board of Supervisors today, which should be of interest to the mayor, is the introduction of more ballot measures for the November election. Read More
District 1 Supervisor Eric Mar and public health advocates will discuss a potential new trade deal that threatens to reverse The City’s tobacco-control efforts.
The deal is being discussed in San Francisco at the Trans Pacific Partnership negotiations.
Mar and the health advocates will hold a news conference at 9:30 a.m. Monday at the InterContinental Hotel, 888 Howard St. Read More
The United Film Festival comes to San Francisco for its second year, opening today and running through Thursday at the Roxie Theater.
The festival has 20 humorous, provocative short and feature films.
Opening night features the romantic comedy “How to Make Love to a Woman,” about one man’s quest to learn what it really takes to please his girlfriend. Screening at 7 p.m., it stars Josh Myers, Krysten Ritter, Ian Somerhalder and Ken Jeong. Read More
After months of campaigning for not one but two state offices, Democratic Lt. Governor candidate Mayor Gavin Newsom plans to spend a quite weekend with his family.
Making an escape from The City to a nearby undisclosed location, the mayor will most likely be resting for his upcoming trip to China next week as well as two weeks of negotiations with the Board of Supervisors over next year’s budget. Read More
It’s official: The 2010 lineup for the third annual Outside Lands Music & Arts Festival includes headliners Kings of Leon on Sunday and Furthur featuring Phil Lesh and Bob Weir on Saturday, along with the Strokes, My Morning Jacket, Phoenix, Social Distortion, Levon Helm and Al Green.
Also in the lineup for the show, which is Aug. 14-15 in Golden Gate Park, are “emerging” artists such as Gogol Bordello, Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, Janelle Monáe, Tokyo Police Club, The Temper Trap, Bassnectar, Dawes and a few dozen more. Read More
Some San Francisco restaurants are participating in an event Tuesday and Wednesday in which they will donate proceeds to a wildlife program.
Dining for Wildlife will benefit WildCare's wildlife rehabilitation and environmental education programs and is taking place in San Francisco and Marin County. Reservations must be made through the WildCare office at (415) 453-1000.
WildCare helps the public live with the friendly creatures around us. Read More
Three seats will be filled on The City’s Mental Health Board on Thursday.
Lara Arguelles is expected to be reappointed to her position during the Board of Supervisors Rules Committee meeting. Mary Ann Jones also is expected to be reappointed, while Anida Zabala and Ellis Joseph are up for the lone contested seat, replacing termed-out Thomas Purvis. Appointments run through Jan. 31, 2013. Read More
The public on Tuesday is invited to discuss plans and projects for the Golden Gate National Recreation Area and the San Francisco Maritime National Historic Park.
The open house takes place at 4 p.m. at the Acquatic Park historic bathhouse building, at the foot of Polk Street. Read More
Legislation that would allow restaurants to open along 24th Street if they obtain a conditional-use permit goes before the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday.
Last week, Supervisor Bevan Dufty's legislation was passed by the Land Use and Economic Development Committee. Currently, a moratorium is in place for new restaurants. The Planning Commission supports the change. Read More
Mayor Gavin Newsom is conducting meetings in City Hall on Wednesday. Read More