San Francisco Board of Supervisors President David Chiu, who became The City’s acting mayor after Gavin Newsom’s swearing-in as lieutenant governor on Monday, has taken a “low-key approach” to his brief stint as The City’s most powerful politician.The Board of Supervisors is expected to approve City Administrator Ed Lee as interim mayor later Tuesday.Until then, under the city charter, the president of the Board of Supervisors is acting mayor. Read More
A gas leak prompted the evacuation of four homes in San Francisco’s Sunset district overnight, a PG&E spokesman said.The leak was reported at 11:05 p.m. Monday at 1831 33rd Ave.San Francisco fire Lt. Mindy Talmadge said firefighters arrived at the scene but were unable to shut off the gas because a valve was rusted shut. PG&E crews got there at about 11:15 p.m. and stopped the flow of gas just before 1 a.m., utility spokesman J.D. Guidi said. Read More
A San Mateo child psychiatrist facing multiple molestation charges appeared in court Monday, where proceedings began in a jury trial to determine whether he is mentally fit to be retried.William Ayres, 79, who used a walker to enter San Mateo County Superior Court on Monday morning, is charged with nine counts of lewd and lascivious acts on a child under 14.Ayres is accused of fondling seven teenage boys during counseling sessions between 1991 and 1996, according to the District Attorney’s Office. Read More
San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom will be sworn in Monday afternoon in Sacramento as the 49th lieutenant governor of California.Newsom, 43, a Democrat, served seven years as mayor of San Francisco. He is known for implementing the Care Not Cash program on homelessness and allowing same-sex marriages in The City during a brief period in 2004.A political moderate, Newsom was sometimes criticized by progressives for his ties to The City’s business community and developers. Read More
The San Francisco Zoo welcomed the first giant anteater born at the zoo in a decade on Dec. 22, zoo officials said.The 2-year-old mother is a first-time mom. The father, 12-year-old Angelo, also fathered the zoo’s last giant anteater, born in 2001.The new baby will ride on its mother’s back for about one year.Adult anteaters can grow up to 8 feet long, not including their tail, according to the zoo.Wild anteaters can eat up to 30,000 ants per day, zoo officials said. Read More
A man was stabbed outside a nightclub in San Francisco's South of Market district early this morning and another man has been arrested in the attack, a police spokesman said.
The stabbing was reported at about 1:45 a.m. near the intersection of Fourth and Brannan streets, San Francisco police Lt. Troy Dangerfield said.
Some sort of physical altercation occurred between two 25-year-old men outside a nearby nightclub, Dangerfield said.
One of the men brandished a knife and stabbed the other man multiple times, he said. Read More
A 20-year-old man suffered life-threatening injuries in a shooting in San Francisco's Mission Dolores neighborhood on Friday night, a police spokesman said today.
The shooting was reported at 10:58 p.m. Friday at the intersection of 20th and Dolores streets, San Francisco police Lt. Troy Dangerfield said.
The victim was standing on a corner of the intersection when a suspect approached and shot him multiple times before fleeing on foot, Dangerfield said.
The victim was taken to San Francisco General Hospital with life-threatening injuries, he said. Read More
Oakland Mayor Jean Quan said she wants to improve the city's image, bring more shoppers to town, and visit China to court more business for the port.
In a briefing with reporters on Thursday, her fourth day in her new post, Quan was optimistic about Oakland's future, even though she admitted it faces crime and budget problems.
Quan said she's disappointed by a "rash of murders" of murders in the city since the first of the year, and conceded that Oakland's murder rate "is still way too high." Read More
South San Francisco police are searching for suspects wanted in connection with a robbery at a Bank of the West on Friday, a police corporal said.At around 10:25 a.m., police were called to the bank located at 2288 Westborough Blvd., police Cpl. Elena Brennan said.Police were initially told that there were possibly two or three armed suspects inside the bank, and about six employees and two customers inside as well, Brennan said.Upon arrival, officers were unable to make contact with anyone inside the bank, Brennan said. Read More
San Francisco police are investigating a frightening drive-by shooting in the Bayview-Hunters Point neighborhood Thursday evening that left a 22-year-old woman’s car riddled with bullets.Police spokesman Lt. Troy Dangerfield said the woman, a city resident, was driving north on Ingalls Street near George Court at about 6:50 p.m. when someone inside a gold sedan driving in the opposite direction opened fire.Dangerfield said the woman heard gunshots and saw a muzzle flash, and later found four bullet holes in her car. She was not struck by the gunfire. Read More
Carbon monoxide that sent four San Francisco Marriott Marquis guests to the hospital Thursday night may have come from a leaking water heater located near the hotel, a fire spokeswoman said Friday afternoon.Firefighters had responded at about 10:40 p.m. Thursday to reports of multiple people suffering from flu-like symptoms at the hotel, located at the intersection of Fourth and Mission streets, San Francisco fire Lt. Mindy Talmadge said. Read More
Reports of a gun sighting delayed BART trains by more than 15 minutes Friday morning at San Francisco’s Civic Center station, a BART spokesman said.BART police responded to reports of a gun sighting at about 8:30 a.m. at the Civic Center station, but officers were unable to find a firearm, spokesman Linton Johnson said.The police activity caused delays of between 13 and 18 minutes for trains leaving from the station in the Millbrae, East Bay and San Francisco International Airport directions, Johnson said. Read More
San Francisco City Administrator Ed Lee released a statement today saying he will agree to serve as interim mayor if he is selected by the Board of Supervisors.Lee, who is overseas, appears to have enough votes from the board to replace outgoing Mayor Gavin Newsom, who will be sworn in as the state's lieutenant governor sometime before Monday. Read More
More than three years after the 2007 Cosco Busan oil spill fouled the waters of the San Francisco Bay and beyond, local fishermen will receive a total of $6 million in damages through a class action lawsuit.The container ship spilled roughly 58,000 gallons of heavy bunker fuel into the bay on Nov. 7, 2007, after it struck a fender around one of the Bay Bridge’s towers and cut a 212-foot gash in the ship’s hull. Read More
A 19-year-old Palo Alto man was struck and killed early Thursday morning by a Caltrain in Palo Alto in what was the agency’s first fatality of the year and possibly “an intentional act,” a Caltrain spokeswoman said.The last southbound train of the day, Train 198, departed San Francisco station at 12:01 a.m., and spokeswoman Christine Dunn said that the man was fatally struck by that train at about 1:20 a.m.It is not yet clear how or why the man was on the tracks, but Dunn said “a preliminary investigation indicates that this was an intentional act.” Read More