Starting in July, San Francisco customers will pay their water bills once a month instead of on the current bi-monthly schedule, a San Francisco Public Utilities Commission spokesman said.
Charges for water and sewer services will be switched to a monthly billing cycle to allow for easier budgeting and quicker leak detection, SFPUC spokesman Tyrone Jue said.
“By doing a monthly billing cycle (customers) will see if they have a leak a lot sooner,” Jue said. “Within a month you can see if there is a spike in your usage.” Read More
An interim chief was named to take the reins at a Peninsula fire agency that leads a task force of a nationally recognized search and rescue team while the head of the fire district recovers from a back injury.
Menlo Park Fire Protection District Chief Harold Schapelhouman is recovering from injuries sustained while doing yard work at his home last weekend.
The Menlo Park Fire Protection Distict’s board of directors voted in Douglas Sporleder, the chief who preceded Schapelhouman, at a special meeting Thursday, according to fire district President Steve Nachtsheim. Read More
Two men who apparently were Golden State Warriors fans were killed after the basketball team's playoff game Thursday night when a gunman opened fire on their Porsche on Interstate Highway 880 in Oakland, authorities said.
The victims were traveling north on Highway 880 in the slow lane near the Jackson Street exit when someone in a dark-colored SUV fired several shots into their car at 10:36 p.m. Thursday, California Highway Patrol spokesman Sam Morgan said. Read More
A group involved in a scuffle with San Francisco State University police Thursday night was part of a squatter's collective that was evicted from an abandoned church in the city earlier this week, according to a statement from a member of the group.
An SFSU police officer was injured and several people were arrested in the confrontation Thursday night when police sought to remove alleged trespassers from a dormitory, according to a university spokeswoman.
Scroll down to see video from the incident. Read More
After years of legal wrangling, Dr. William Ayres, an 81-year-old former San Mateo psychiatrist accused of molesting boys during examinations in the 1990s, admitted to the charges against him Thursday.
A wheelchair-bound Ayres pleaded no contest to eight felony molestation charges just four days into jury selection in his second trial in San Mateo County Superior Court. His first trial ended in a hung jury and a mistrial in 2009. Read More
Police are investigating a fatal shooting in San Francisco's Bayview District this afternoon.
Officers responded at 3:43 p.m. to reports that a male victim had been shot in the 1100 block of Hudson Avenue, Officer Carlos Manfredi said.
The officers performed CPR on the victim until medics arrived and transported him to San Francisco General Hospital.
However, the victim succumbed to his injuries at the hospital, Manfredi said. Read More
A Peninsula fire chief who leads a task force of a nationally recognized search and rescue team is recovering from back surgery after falling at his San Jose home over the weekend.
Menlo Park Fire Protection District Chief Harold Schapelhouman was injured when he fell while doing yard work at his home Saturday, a fire dispatcher said.
Schapelhouman underwent an 11-hour surgery on Monday and “came through it well,” the dispatcher said. Read More
South San Francisco police are hunting for a person who smashed the window of a car and lit it on fire early Tuesday morning.
Witnesses say that just after midnight a person wearing a black hoodie and a mask used a brick to smash the window before throwing a lit container with flammable liquid inside, police said. The suspect then fled in a white four-door sedan.
The fire in a neighborhood near U.S. Highway 101 and Sister Cities Boulevard did not injure anyone. Read More
A Woodside man who is on trial for allegedly murdering his wife to cash in on $30 million worth of insurance money admitted he faced financial ruin in the days before her death.
Pooroushash “Peter” Parineh, 67, took the witness stand Monday in his own defense in San Mateo County Superior Court.
Parineh said his real estate holdings before 2007 were worth an estimated $150 million, but by early 2010, they were worth only a few million dollars.
Five properties — including the family home in an exclusive neighborhood in Woodside — were in foreclosure, Parineh said. Read More
Organizers of a bid to have the 49ers host Super Bowl L in 2016 announced Monday that they have already raised more than $30 million for the event and will contribute a quarter of that total to local charities.
Members of the Bay Area Super Bowl Bid Committee made the announcement as they prepare to make a presentation to the 32 NFL owners at a meeting in Boston on May 21. The committee last week submitted its bid to the owners to have the Super Bowl at the 49ers’ new $1.2 billion stadium in Santa Clara in 2016. Read More
The nursing community has set up a fund to help the families of five women who were killed in a fiery crash on the San Mateo Bridge this month as they headed to a bridal party in Foster City.
The California Nurses Association and National Nurses United have established the CNA Nursing Angels Family Fund to which anyone can make a donation to benefit the families of the women who died while celebrating the marriage of Neriza Fojas, 31, of Monterey.
The former Bay Area resident was a nurse at the Community Regional Medical Center in Fresno. Read More
When contract talks continue this week between AT&T Park workers and the company that manages the concessions at the ballpark, it will be under the cloud of a threatened strike approved over the weekend.
The concession workers, who are represented by the union Unite Here Local 2, have said they had not had raises in several years. They said the management company Centerplate is seeking to cap health care benefits and is offering a 25-cent-an-hour raise this year and another 25 cents an hour next year. Read More
A funeral service is scheduled for Tuesday for Nadia Holober, the Millbrae vice mayor who passed away last week from cancer.
Holober worked for the city for 14 years after she moved with her family to Millbrae in 1991.
She was first elected to the City Council in 1999 and served as mayor in 2003 and 2004. She was elected to her third term on the council in 2009, after which she worked her second term as vice mayor. She was working up until her death, city officials said.
She is survived by her husband, Richard, and her sons, Ruben and Evan. Read More
Police are asking for the public’s help in locating a suspect who beat and seriously injured a driver after a car crash in Pacifica last month.
Police said officers responded to reports of the assault at the Fairmont Shopping Center, off of Hickey Boulevard, around 11:55 p.m. on April 27.
The victim and suspect had been involved in a car crash on southbound state Highway 35 near Hickey Boulevard prior to the assault, according to police. Read More
A large sinkhole that appeared Monday in the Presidio Heights neighborhood will likely take the rest of the week to repair, a spokesman for the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission said Tuesday.
The sinkhole, which is about 20 feet in diameter and 10 feet deep, was reported about 5 p.m. Monday at Lake Street and Second Avenue, SFPUC spokesman Tyrone Jue said.
Investigators believe the sinkhole occurred when a 19-inch brick sewer line below the roadway ruptured, Jue said. Crews estimate that the line is at least 100 years old, he said. Read More