State Sen. Leland Yee wants kids under the age of 18 to wear helmets when they hit the ski slopes in California.
Yee, a San Francisco Democrat, proposed SB 880, extending the current law requiring minors to wear helmets when riding bikes to skiing and snowboarding.
Yee’s office noted that half of all skiing deaths are caused by head injuries, and helmets would significantly reduce the number of head injuries. Read More
While many San Franciscans likely have a favorite farmers market that they shop at, far fewer know that The City also boasts an underground market.
City resident Iso Rabins is the man behind the clandestine San Francisco shopping opportunity, which debuted last month and drew a few hundred people, he said. He has already set the date, Jan. 28, for the second nighttime event, where local foodies sell their homemade and homegrown goods for cash. Read More
Surfers will be out on the slopes snowboarding this week instead of riding the waves as they continue to wait for the prefect weather to hold the elite Mavericks Surf Contest.
“It’s crazy and rainy,” said Katherine Clark, co-director of the Mavericks. “There’s lots of swell but the kind that comes with rain, so my guys are out snowboarding.”
Winds are expected to peak at 45 mph around the Bay Area this week. Surfers decided last Monday not to hold the Maverick Surf Contest because the winds were too powerful and dangerous. Read More
The windy weather and strong storms this week has San Francisco officials preparing for the worst — possible flooding and erosion.
This weekend, San Francisco Department of Public Works officials issued a declaration of emergency to protect the bluffs along the Great Highway, prompted by concerns of further erosion. The agency already realigned the southbound lanes of the highway south of Sloat Boulevard. Read More
The California Chamber of Commerce has filed a lawsuit against the state requesting that it pay back the millions of dollars it borrowed from the recycling fund over the past eight years.
According to the Chamber, the state has “borrowed” a total of $566.7 million from the Beverage Container Recycling Fund to plug shortfalls in the state budget. Read More
Finding Two-Buck Chuck or that special snack is about to become a little easier.
Trader Joe’s inked a deal to move into the former Tower Records shop along Market Street in the heart of the Castro district, according to the property owner.
Pending approval of traffic studies and other permits, residents can expect the grocery store known for its specialty items and low prices to open its doors by next year. This will be the fifth Trader Joe’s in San Francisco. Read More
Police arrested a San Francisco man who allegedly dragged an officer from his car as he attempted to flee the cops, police said.
At 10:10 p.m. Tuesday, police stopped Victor Corbet, 31, for an unknown traffic violation in the Double Rock area.
After checking the vehicle, officers learned Corbet had a warrant for his arrest. He allegedly started the car and drove off, dragging the officer from the driver’s window for about 75 feet, Sgt. Wilfred Williams said Wednesday. Read More
Watch out for harsh winds when traveling the Bay Bridge this morning. The California Highway Patrol has issued a high wind warning for drivers beginning at 4 a.m. when strong crosswinds made driving conditions dangerous, according to the CHP.
The CHP is advising that drivers reduce their speed, use headlights and leave plenty of space between vehicles.
Forecasters say the Bay Area can expect showers throughout the day. Read More
Police are investigating a 911 call they received early Monday morning from a man who said he suspected his roommate is a member of the al-Qaida terrorist group.
Four officers were dispatched to an apartment on the 600 block of Post Street after the call came in at about 4:14 a.m. When police arrived, three men invited officers inside and were described as cooperative. Read More
A group of merchants and neighbors in the Mission Bay area met Monday night to discuss new ways to address auto thefts and other crime in the area.
About 45 people, including police officers and a representative from the District Attorney’s Office, attended the meeting at the South Beach Harbor Community Room.
“Most neighbors are concerned about thefts from autos on the streets and garages,” said Ken Craig, who helped organize the group. “They want more police on patrol, but the reality is that isn’t going to happen.” Read More
Surfers decided Monday afternoon to not hold the elite Mavericks Surf Contest this week, saying the winds were too powerful and dangerous.
Of the 24 surfers, 16 voted against holding the contest and four voted in favor. Four surfers were absent for the vote. Read More
Businesses and residents in the South Beach and Mission Bay neighborhoods are launching a new campaign to combat crime.
The group will meet today at 6 p.m. to discuss strategies to make the area safer, specifically the area bounded by Harrison, Fifth and Berry streets and The Embarcadero.
One of the ideas under consideration is whether to organize a community patrol, modeled after the successful Castro Community on Patrol program. Also, the group wants to send out local crime alerts to merchants and residents. Read More
As a part of National Influenza Vaccination Week, residents can call 211 to get up-to-date information about where to get vaccinated in the Bay Area.
211 is working with public health departments, hospitals and clinics to provide vaccination information to callers in light of the increasing cases of both seasonal and swine flu.
Already this flu season, 211 has handled more than 5,000 calls regarding vaccinations, and more are expected, according to United Way. National Influenza Week was established to highlight the importance of the flu vaccine. Read More
State lawmakers are expected to vote on Tuesday on legislation that would tax and regulate marijuana, making it the first time the Legislature considered repealing the prohibition on marijuana.
The Assembly’s Public Safety Committee will conduct a hearing before Tuesday’s vote at the state capitol at 9 a.m. The bill, A.B. 390, is sponsored by Assemblymember Tom Ammiano of San Francisco, the former San Francisco supervisor who chairs the committee. Read More
In a cosmopolitan city filled with foodies, Laurent Katgely thought it was unfortunate that the street-food scene in San Francisco was limited to taco trucks and hot dog stands.
So in May, the owner of Chez Spencer joined the fast-growing mobile-food movement and opened a French food truck on Seventh Street, selling small bites of escargot dipped in butter and other menu items for cheap. Read More