PG&E will pay San Bruno $70 million to help the city recover from the 2010 gas pipeline explosion that wiped out a neighborhood and killed eight people, the city and the utility announced Monday.“As a community, we worked hard to get this restitution to do something important for San Bruno,” Mayor Jim Ruane said at a news conference. “Still, we know that nothing, no amount of money, no amount of apologies, will ever bring back the citizens we lost, the homes that were destroyed, the family heirlooms that were burned, the community that existed before Sept. 9, 2010.” Read More
Michelle Gallemore is passionate about water — especially San Francisco tap water.“We have such great water here!” the San Francisco State University senior enthused as she filled her plastic canteen with water from a spigot in the Cesar Chavez Student Center, one of just three such taps on campus.Gallemore is leading SFSU’s version of a campus campaign called Take Back the Tap, which aims to get students drinking more such water — and less of the bottled stuff, which Gallemore says is bad for the environment and costs thousands of times more than tap water. Read More
Single mother Veronica Garcia attends City College full-time and works a part-time job that pays $12 an hour. On those wages, she can’t afford rent in San Francisco, so she and her two daughters share a bedroom in her parents’ house.“It’s pretty crowded,” she said. “As much as I love San Francisco, I’m now forced to look at other cities to live in.”Garcia offered herself as an example to city supervisors Thursday as they explored the issue of family flight in a hearing of the Government Audit and Oversight Committee. Read More
Across the state, school districts are coping with budget cuts by laying off staff, scrapping programs and delaying maintenance. But several Peninsula school districts also face another challenge: growth.
“Certainly it’s wonderful to know that families want to come to your district,” said Emerita Orta-Camilleri, superintendent of the Belmont-Redwood Shores Elementary District.
While every school official wants their district to be desirable, the increased enrollment comes at a difficult time for districts, which are coping with several years of state budget cuts. Read More
San Francisco Unified School District has backed away from its decision to cancel transitional kindergarten, a program for children whose Fifth birthdays come after a new cutoff date for entering school. But the new plan has drawn criticism from parents.
In January, after Gov. Jerry Brown proposed to cut funding for the state-mandated program, the district said it would scrap it. But Tuesday, district officials announced they would offer it at two early-education schools: Havard in the Bayview and McClaren in Visitacion Valley. Read More
San Francisco officials were alarmed last year when U.S. Census figures showed a net loss of 5,000 children between 2000 and 2010, despite efforts to keep families in town by improving schools and making housing more affordable.
On Thursday, supervisors will hold a hearing to explore why families are leaving The City, as well as what might be done to keep them here. Read More
Black and Latino students are disciplined more often than white and Asian students, according to national data released Tuesday by the Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights Tuesday.The data, from 2009, showed a similar pattern in San Francisco, where black students represented less than 12 percent of enrollment but 60 percent of expelled students and more than 42 percent of out-of-school suspensions. Read More
A kindergartner was injured when she was hit by a car while walking to a Nob Hill school Tuesday morning, police said.The 5-year-old was struck by a sport utility vehicle on Frank Norris Alley near Redding Elementary School, police said. She was taken to San Francisco General Hospital, but her injuries were not considered life-threatening.Police said they had not cited the driver, a woman in her 40s, but the accident remains under investigation.School district spokeswoman Heidi Anderson confirmed that the girl is a kindergartner at Redding. Read More
Two months after the Tenderloin Health Clinic announced its impending closure, the Department of Public Health has assembled a plan for the 3,000 poor and homeless San Franciscans who use its services. The clinic — which provides health care, HIV prevention and housing assistance services — said in January funding shortfalls were forcing it to close. The fate of the clinic’s clients, many of whom have HIV or AIDS, had remained uncertain until Friday’s announcement. Read More
Some 300 people gathered in Civic Center Plaza on Thursday afternoon to demand that California tax the rich to pay for education, as school districts and public colleges prepare for another year of cuts and layoffs. After the rally, 13 protesters were arrested when they refused to leave the atrium of the nearby state office building until their demands that California fully fund education were met. Read More
The surprise loss of $3.6 million in funding has forced City College of San Francisco officials to cancel nearly 100 classes mid-semester and furlough some employees for up to 15 days.Jeffrey Fang, who represents the college’s 90,000 students on the board of trustees, said his classmates were upset that so many courses were cancelled after they had already bought books and attended class for weeks. Some would miss out on the credits they need to transfer to a four-year-school, he said. Read More
The proprietors of the embattled Gold Dust Lounge are inviting their supporters to a “Sing-A-Long for Willie Brown” on Friday night.The gathering at the storied Union Square bar is intended to thank the former mayor for his support of the bar, which is facing eviction in March. Read More
San Francisco's teachers union has slammed the school board’s decision to issue layoff notices to nearly 500 employees while setting aside seniority to save jobs at 14 schools in the Mission and the Bayview.
“It’s arbitrary; it’s based on geography,” Dennis Kelly, president of United Educators of San Francisco, said of Tuesday’s decision by the board.
The board is legally obligated to notify employees of potential layoffs by March 15. In previous years, the district’s financial picture improved, and most layoffs were rescinded by the time a final budget was approved. Read More
In what has become an annual ritual, San Francisco’s Board of Education voted Tuesday night to issue pink slips to 485 teachers, administrators and staff. For the first time, the board also voted to skip layoffs at the 14 schools in the Superintendent’s Zone, setting aside seniority in order to preserve jobs at schools the district argues are the neediest.“We hate having this meeting every year,” Superintendent Carlos Garcia said, laying the blame on the state for once again planning to slash funding for education. Read More
As environmentalists said they will file paperwork today for a ballot initiative requiring city officials to plan for the possible removal of the O’Shaughnessy Dam and the draining of the Hetchy Hetch Reservoir, Mayor Ed Lee denounced their proposal.Restore Hetch Hetchy, a group devoted to returning the valley in Yosemite National Park to its original state, will need to gather 9,702 signatures by July 9 to put the initiative on November’s ballot. Read More