Students of City Arts and Technology High School 12th-grade government teacher Ben Rosen presented films they created about the American prison system and mental health institutionalization at a film festival in late January.How did you come up with the film festival idea? It was a collaboration between some of the teachers at the school, trying to decide how to give kids an opportunity to access some of their research materials. Read More
Cracks in the foundation of development finance are threatening the creation of new affordable housing for families, seniors, people with disabilities and other San Franciscans.
Development experts are hopeful that planned funding initiatives can sustain some local projects. But if not, the industry could be in trouble. Read More
A porn company has backed off its opposition to a condominium building the company’s owner said would cast a shadow on his property, but the neighborhood uproar over the project is far from over.Representatives of Arriba Juntos, an organization that serves at-risk youth and minority families, said they will fight plans for an eight-unit condominium building at 49 Julian Ave. in the Mission district. Read More
Greve is the founder and president of Unlikely Heroes, an organization dedicated to helping child sex trafficking victims. A silent auction and viewing of the film “Sex + Money: A National Search for Human Worth” fundraiser takes place Sunday with an auction (5 p.m.) and film (6 p.m.) at the Promised Land Fellowship, 1663 Market St. For more info, visit www.plfsf.com. Read More
San Francisco International Airport has a message for stressed-out travelers: Om.A new yoga room in the recently renovated Terminal 2 will soon provide travelers a place to relax and recollect after clearing security. The amenity is among the offerings intended to set Terminal 2 a chic head above the rest.“The whole theme of Terminal 2 was adding back a sense of glamour to travel, a sense of humanity to travel,” said Charles Schuler, SFO’s associate deputy director of communications and marketing. “Adding a yoga room seemed like a natural extension.” Read More
Bay boaters can toss their tide charts to the wind — they won’t need them anymore.
A new iPhone application that can provide live readings of currents and tides, as well as predictions for future conditions, is intended to give boating enthusiasts an alternative to the paper maps and charts that previously helped them navigate. Read More
It looks as if the battle between the Nob Hill Masonic Center and its neighbors isn’t over yet.Neighborhood groups that took the center to court over its expansion plans last year will likely appeal a decision by the Planning Commission to allow the entertainment venue to increase its annual events by 25 percent. Read More
As surging demand from technology companies propels rents skyward and vacancy rates lower in the South of Market Area, the neighborhood is reaching its limits and prospective tenants are looking to the once-uncool Financial District.And Financial District property owners — who suddenly can’t attract rental rates as high as those in SoMa — have taken note of the type of office space popular among tech firms. Read More
Thousands of people marched through downtown San Francisco on Saturday to protest abortion the day before the 39th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion.
In its eighth year, Walk for Life West Coast was expected to attract more than 55,000 people. The demonstrators gathered outside City Hall for a rally before shutting down Market Street with a march to Justin Herman Plaza. Read More
The parking lots at Candlestick Park will start filling up hours before the gates open Sunday, but not even the most hard-core tailgaters will beat Roger Revel to the stadium.Revel, the main groundskeeper for the stadium, will be hard at work putting the finishing touches on the field at 6 a.m. Preparing the football field for the big game is a labor of love that began the moment Drew Brees and his crew exited last Saturday. Immediately after a game, grounds workers sweep, fix divots and mow. They come back the next morning to spread seed and water, if needed. Read More
Fans headed to Sunday’s game should pack a poncho and an extra sweater to ensure that wet weather doesn’t dampen their experience.
The first major winter storm will arrive this weekend, drenching the region, National Weather Service forecaster Steve Anderson said.
The brunt of the storm should arrive Friday night, bringing 1 to 2 inches of rain. A short reprieve is expected Saturday afternoon.
On game day, about a half-inch of rain is expected, with showers beginning in the afternoon and continuing into the evening. Read More
Bay Area cities topped the nation for rising apartment rental prices in 2011, according to a new report.In the greater San Francisco and San Jose markets, average rental prices increased by 10.4 and 12.2 percent, respectively, making the two areas the markets with the greatest rent appreciation in the country, according to a report by RealFacts, a company that analyzes rental data. The S.F. region includes parts of the East Bay, and San Jose includes other parts of Santa Clara County. Read More
The recent closure of Tenderloin Health, which served the neighborhood’s homeless and uninsured population, might only be the tip of the iceberg when it comes to free clinics shutting their doors.
Some public health experts have been optimistic that the trend of health clinics consolidating or closing because of the growing gap between the number of uninsured clients and funding would stop under national health care reform that takes effect in 2014. But after digging into Gov. Jerry Brown’s proposed budget, others fear the situation could worsen before it improves. Read More
City College of San Francisco’s board president vowed Friday to bring the school’s Internet security system up to speed after learning a virus had been lurking in campus computers for the past 10 years.Board of trustees President John Rizzo said Friday that the college’s IT department recently discovered that a virus on computers throughout the district — including the administrative system that logs financial information — had been capturing keystrokes and screenshots and potentially transmitting personal information to IP addresses in Russia, China and other locations. Read More
The Presidio Trust is making good on its mission to turn a profit in the Presidio, but with a major cut to its funding next fiscal year, its leaders are expecting to tighten their belts.The Presidio has covered its operating costs since 2004. But federal appropriations, including $12 million this year, have supplemented the trust’s net operating income, allowing it to invest in costly capital projects in the park. Read More