San Francisco’s overall economy isn’t getting better, but it’s not getting worse.
The overall jobless rate has remained the same this time last year at an unfortunate 9.7 percent, according to a new economic report issued by The City.
In addition, the housing price recovery has been inconsistent, showing some signs of improvement for a few months, followed by average prices retreating in August, with a reported average price virtually unchanged from year-end 2009. Read More
San Francisco’s Public Defender Jeff Adachi is getting no love from many of his colleagues at City Hall when it comes to supporting Proposition B, Adachi’s controversial pension reform measure on the Nov. 2 ballot. Read More
Back from Sacramento, Mayor Gavin Newsom is at City Hall today, where he is expected to make a big crime announcement with police Chief George Gascón at 1 p.m.
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A corps of homeless people has moved deeper into Golden Gate Park, resisting attempts at providing them services.Overall, calls to police reporting homeless people in Golden Gate Park have declined since 2008, records from the Department of Emergency Management show.In 2008, there were 441 calls reporting homeless people in the park, compared with 401 in 2009. To date, police have received 272 calls. Read More
As events such as baseball playoff games and the Nike Women’s Marathon draw visitors to San Francisco, hundreds of workers at the Hilton Hotel Union Square walked off the job Wednesday, leaving executives scrambling to maintain business as usual for the patrons at the fully booked property.
More than 850 hotel workers — including housekeepers, bellman and servers — began a six-day strike after a year of combative negotiations with the company went nowhere. Read More
These days, it seems there is an app for everything, including your taxes. The Board of Equalization has released a new mobile application that will allow users to access their tax information from their iPhone. The free Board of Equalization App for your iPhone is now available to download on Apple’s iTunes App Store. Read More
There’s something ironic about government giving “trustworthy” advice about finance, but San Francisco, seems to believe it has the chops. This weekend Mayor Gavin Newsom will team up with The City’s treasurer at an all-day event where residents can get free financial advice. Read More
It’s official: Mitch Katz, Director of the San Francisco Health Department, is leaving.
Wednesday morning, he sent out an e-mail to his staff announcing his departure come January. “Twenty-four years after starting as an intern in the emergency department of San Francisco General Hospital, I will be leaving our Department the first week of January to become the Director of the Los Angeles Health Services Department,” Katz said. Read More
There are 20 days left until the Nov. 2 Election Day when voters will cast their support for or against Mayor Gavin Newsom in the race for lieutenant governor. Newsom is wasting no time. Today, the mayor is in Sacramento all day, campaigning, campaigning, campaigning. He will be back in San Francisco on Thursday for a special announcement with police Chief George Gascón.
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Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, the nation’s first and largest nonprofit organization for veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, teamed up with Mayor Gavin Newsom to launch San Francisco’s Veterans 311 Portal. Read More
We’ve been throwing around the number $450 million as the upcoming budget deficit, but Mayor Gavin Newsom says that’s inflated. He’s more optimistic about next year’s fiscal fiascos now that the state has moved on passing a budget. Read More
Mayor Gavin Newsom is basking in the Giants victory, not only because the team moves forward in the playoffs, but because he won an “offensive” bet between him and the mayor of Atlanta.
The competitive mayors last week agreed that the losing city would have to fly the winning baseball team’s flag over their city hall. Newsom has already sent the Giants flag to Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed to raise over Atlanta's City Hall. Read More
The long-awaited renovation of the Moscone Center has started, which tourism officials hope will make San Francisco a little more competitive when it comes to luring conventions and other major events.
The $55 million project is the most extensive of its kind on the 1.2 million-square-foot facility since Moscone North opened in 1992. Read More
Here’s a phrase that local restaurant owners never hear: free of charge.
They are strapped with increasing fees, health care mandates and minimum wage restrictions, making it harder and harder to do business in San Francisco. Read More
Under Darwin’s theory, some 1 billion birds across the nation just aren’t fit for city life.
But being the highly evolved species that we are, San Francisco planners are considering new bird-safe building standards that would significantly curb the number of fowl killed every year by flying into buildings.
Planners claim that many of these deaths are preventable, using methods including window treatments, lighting design and lighting operation. This week, planners will present a three-pronged approach to curbing bird vs. building deaths. Read More