A proposed 47-story condominium tower — which also would be the long-awaited permanent home of the Mexican Museum — faces the prospect of a lawsuit from residents of the Four Seasons on Market Street who want to stop it from casting a pall on sunny Union Square.
The 510-foot tower would be built at 706 Mission St. by developer Millennium Partners. At that height, it would drop shadows on the southeast corner of Union Square during part of the morning, according to a group calling itself Friends of Yerba Buena Gardens. Read More
Eighty-two days, more than $400,000 in donations and 500 volunteers have saved Carnaval.
The Mission district’s most important street festival — and the highlight of the cultural calendar for many Latinos across the Bay Area — will go on this weekend, less than three months after Carnaval’s then-organizers said there was not enough time, money and energy to put on the 35th annual parade and two-day block party.
“This is a testament to what a jewel this tradition is,” said Ani Rivera, executive director of Galeria de la Raza. Read More
The young autistic girl found dead Wednesday near her family’s Lake County vacation home was a student at Sunset Elementary School in San Francisco.
Mikaela Lynch, 9, was last seen Sunday in the backyard of the Clearlake home. She was reported missing after walking away from the backyard, where she had been playing with her brother. Read More
The 34th America’s Cup will go on as planned on San Francisco Bay this summer with the same large catamarans despite last week’s fatal training accident, regatta officials said Tuesday.
But in an effort to ensure future races are safe — and to find out what went wrong when Artemis Racing strategist Andrew “Bart” Simpson drowned after his team’s boat capsized near Treasure Island on Thursday — a team of sailing experts from around the world will conduct a review of all race procedures, including the crafts’ design. Read More
Yet another salvo has been launched in the ongoing, polarizing and divisive Israel-Palestine debate — and it’s on Muni.
Several San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency buses bearing a pro-Palestine, anti-Israel advertisement are currently ferrying The City’s commuters.
The ads, paid for by American Muslims for Palestine, feature a quote from Nobel Peace Prize winner Desmond Tutu comparing the situation in the Holy Land to apartheid in South Africa, along with a reminder that Israel receives about $3 billion in foreign aid from the U.S. Read More
Revenue projections show that the Port of San Francisco could take a fiscal bath on the new Pier 27, but officials insisted Monday that those losses can be offset through passenger spending at local businesses.
Built with $53.7 million in bond money, the James R. Herman Cruise Ship Terminal is scheduled to take its first boatload of visitors in August 2014, according to Elaine Forbes, the Port’s deputy director of finance. Read More
The U.S. Department of Justice is moving to seize a Mission district building that houses a city-licensed medical marijuana dispensary — the first time such an action has been taken in San Francisco.
Melinda Haag, the U.S. attorney for Northern California, filed a forfeiture proceeding May 6 against 2441 Mission St., a commercial building between 20th and 21st streets where Shambhala Healing Center has operated on and off since early 2011. Read More
The adults have had their say, and sometime soon the children will at long last play.
The San Francisco Recreation and Park Department’s controversial plan to overhaul the Beach Chalet soccer fields at the western edge of Golden Gate Park appeared to clear its final hurdle Thursday when the field replacement project — which was approved by the Board of Supervisors nearly a year ago — received unanimous approval from the California Coastal Commission. Read More
Max and Lubov Azria, owners of a Los Angeles-based fashion house, are in The City this week to receive honors from the Academy of Art University and from Mayor Ed Lee, who issued a proclamation declaring Wednesday the couple’s official day in San Francisco.
But the honors might come as a surprise, since the BCBGMAXAZRIAGROUP has an environmental and gay-rights record that’s not quite in line with San Francisco values. Read More
The former director of the San Francisco Housing Authority was a “discourteous” and “unprofessional” bully, but an investigation conducted by a former city attorney found that there is insufficient evidence that Henry Alvarez committed the racial discrimination and retaliation against former employees of which he is accused in lawsuits.
Alvarez led The City’s troubled public-housing agency from 2007 until April, when his contract was terminated. Under Alvarez, the Housing Authority took a turn for the worse. Read More
Tens of thousands of San Franciscans are living in under-the-radar apartments that are hidden from census takers, a new report indicates.
About 33 percent of single-family homes in the Excelsior district contain secondary rental spaces commonly known as “in-law” units, according to a survey conducted by the Asian Law Caucus. Read More
Rock ’n’ roll is a simple thing — it’s about sex. And moving, walking, talking. Living, in other words. And The Rolling Stones embody that.
The wiry 69-year-old lead singer, strutting and skipping around an enormous stage shaped like his own enormous mouth and tongue, with a microphone occasionally shoved down the front of his extremely tight jeans, is not hiding anything from the roughly 17,000 people who paid stupendous sums to see him do what he and his friends have been doing for 50 years.
It’s all out there. Read More
Evictions from San Francisco homes have increased to levels not seen since the early 2000s, while the cost to rent continues to climb.
There were 1,757 eviction notices filed with the San Francisco Rent Board from March 1, 2012, to Feb. 28, 2013, a 12-year high. The prior year, there were 1,395 notices recorded. The Rent Board tallies figures from March 1 to Feb. 28, unlike the regular fiscal year that runs from July 1 to June 30. Read More
Trips to the Middle East — and Midwest — gave The City’s legislative branch a break from business as usual this week, and more elected officials are scheduled to go abroad later this month.
The big trip was Board of Supervisors President David Chiu’s junket to Israel. The Jewish Community Relations Council flew the supervisor and 24 others, including San Francisco State University President Leslie Wong and nonprofit and religious leaders, into Jerusalem on April 25. The party is scheduled to arrive in Tel Aviv today before returning to San Francisco over the weekend. Read More
The long-awaited and much-debated plan to change the shabby grass of the Beach Chalet soccer fields into artificial turf could be derailed by a state agency that oversees development along the coastline. Read More