San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee may be poised to take on a larger political role on the national stage, as the Democratic National Committee’s top official visited him Wednesday asking for help getting out the Asian-American vote for President Barack Obama.
Lee, the first Asian-American mayor of San Francisco, launched the Bay Area campaign for Asian-Americans and Pacific Islanders for Obama at an event in Chinatown with DNC chairwoman U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz and vice chair U.S. Rep. Mike Honda. Read More
City attorneys seeking to permanently remove Ross Mirkarimi as sheriff submitted a proposed witness list Tuesday for an upcoming Ethics Commission hearing that includes his campaign manager, whom they accuse of trying to thwart the Police Department’s domestic violence probe of the sheriff. Read More
A Police Department review has cleared two San Francisco police officers of any impropriety in last year’s shooting of a wheelchair-using man who was causing a disturbance outside a South of Market city health clinic.
In a March 20 report delivered earlier this month to the Police Commission, the department’s Firearm Discharge Review Board determined that Sgt. Noah Mallinger and Officer Terrance Saw acted within department policy on Jan. 4, 2011, when they shot 55-year-old Randal Dunklin, who was armed with a knife and had stabbed Saw after being hit with pepper spray. Read More
Construction of a new public library serving North Beach will move forward after completion of an agreement reached between The City and PG&E to split the cost of utility work on part of the project, the Mayor’s Office has announced.
The project — which was approved last year amid some controversy, with some locals arguing that the existing library at 2000 Mason St. should be preserved — will create a larger and more modern library just up the street at Lombard Street and Columbus Avenue and expand Joe DiMaggio Playground. Read More
Two people were injured in separate shootings early Sunday in North Beach and Potrero Hill, police said.
The first incident occurred at 2:18 a.m. at Montgomery and Vallejo streets near Broadway. According to police, two groups of people shot at each other for unknown reasons.
A man was hit in the leg, police Sgt. Michael Andraychak said. The victim, a 19-year-old from the city of Richmond, was hospitalized and is reportedly in stable condition. Read More
Authorities have released the name of a man who died Friday night after possibly being attacked in Golden Gate Park.
The man — identified by the Medical Examiner’s Office as 55-year-old Robert Musial, of San Francisco — was found by Park Police Station officers on a bench behind the Sharon Art Studio at 7:22 p.m. Police said Musial’s breathing was labored and he appeared to be experiencing a medical emergency.
Musial lost consciousness before an ambulance arrived and could not be revived, police said. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Read More
Despite a split among community groups, unions and residents on the $2.5 billion California Pacific Medical Center hospital project, the San Francisco Planning Commission gave the nod late Thursday to the controversial development that could place a massive new hospital at one of The City’s busiest corners. Read More
As the tech company Dropbox opened a massive new China Basin headquarters Wednesday, Mayor Ed Lee touted the news as further proof of The City’s growing image as a tech capital.Dropbox — which offers cloud data storage services for users of personal computers — joins firms such as Twitter, Zynga and Salesforce as part of the mayor’s effort to portray San Francisco as the “innovation capital of the world.”“You really do represent, in my opinion, the most exciting job creation that we have,” Lee told the company’s 100-plus employees. Read More
Homeless people in San Francisco, many of whom are elderly or disabled, currently have to wait in long lines for hours each day for shelter without the guarantee they will even receive a spot.A new proposal would implement a lottery-based shelter-bed phone reservation system to more efficiently manage the available beds. Read More
Drawing on the specter of a massive earthquake that could leave the sick and injured in the streets, Mayor Ed Lee cautioned the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday not to hold up a proposed deal between The City and California Pacific Medical Center for two major hospital projects.
“I wouldn’t want any of the supervisors to feel the sting that if they didn’t move early on this, that we would fail before the next earthquake to have had two major hospitals in The City rebuilt, to the best interest of our citizens,” Lee told reporters prior to introducing the proposal to the board. Read More
Ross Mirkarimi has joined the ranks of celebrities with the latest addition to his legal team.High-profile Los Angeles attorney Shepard Kopp, who previously represented celebrities Michael Jackson and Winona Ryder, has signed on to help defend the suspended sheriff in his bid to overturn his ouster by Mayor Ed Lee. Read More
As budget season warms up, police Chief Greg Suhr is warning that The City’s low homicide rate could grow if more officers are not put on the streets.The Police Department’s proposed budget for the next fiscal year has increased to $480 million, Suhr told the Board of Supervisors budget committee last week. Nearly 90 percent of that is pre-negotiated pay, he said. Read More
With reservations, the Planning Commission gave initial approval Thursday to major new California Pacific Medical Center construction projects at Cathedral Hill and St. Luke’s.The commission will reconsider the hospitals April 26, and issue recommendations to the Board of Supervisors, which must then make the final decision about the deal, which followed months of negotiations with city officials. Read More
Supporters of Union Square’s Gold Dust Lounge were shown the door by The City’s Historic Preservation Commission on Wednesday, which voted 5-2 against granting the bar landmark status as part of a flagging effort to save it from eviction.Commissioners noted the popular outcry in support of the bar, which has been at Geary and Powell streets since 1966, but the general view was that it didn’t meet the criteria for a historic city landmark. Even if it were declared a landmark, Commissioner Andrew Wolfram noted, the owners could still be evicted. Read More
The California Pacific Medical Center’s proposal to build a $1.9 billion, 555-bed hospital on Cathedral Hill and invest $300 million rebuilding St. Luke’s Hospital in the Mission will be considered Thursday by the Planning Commission.Under a deal, which is backed by the Mayor’s Office, the medical center will make transit, pedestrian safety and streetscape improvements, and invest in affordable housing, community clinics and other health care services for the underserved. Read More