The year 2016 has been a bumpy ride. From the smack in the face that was the November presidential election, to the tragic deaths of too many beloved celebrities, most people in San Francisco and beyond are ready for 2017.
Before we move on to next year, though, we thought we’d share our most popular local news stories of 2016.
1. End of an era: KGO Radio lays off news staff (March 31)
At least 20 full-time staffers, and perhaps more, were laid off from KGO Radio and KFOG 104.5, a local rock station, by parent company Cumulus Radio. The layoffs were a blow to the local news scene, as KGO is one of few remaining for-profit news radio stations in San Francisco.
2. Yellow Cab to file for bankruptcy (Jan. 6)
San Francisco’s largest taxi company Yellow Cab Co-Op said challenges from tech rivals Uber and Lyft, as well as mounting lawsuits from traffic collisions, contributed to the fiscal Hail Mary.
3. Great 98.1 old-school KISS succumbs to dull Breeze (April 14)
The former KISQ (98.1 KISS) in April became the adult contemporary “The Breeze,” with an announcement saying it will play 10,000 songs commercial-free — the likes of Celine Dion, Rod Stewart, Whitney Houston, Michael Bolton and Vanessa Williams. Ugh.
Uber launched a fleet of its much anticipated self-driving cars in San Francisco in December, and by late morning the day of the launch, the effort already hit a bad-driver milestone: running a red light.
5. Another tech CEO in hot water for insensitive comments (April 28)
Tech CEO Mark Woodward last spring became the latest leader in the industry to draw public ire for his use of social media to express contempt for disadvantaged Bay Area residents.
There’s $6.1 million in unclaimed citation repayments sitting at the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, meaning those who paid a traffic citation twice by mistake, accidentally paid higher than they owed, or any other citation mistake, may be due a refund from the SFMTA’s bank account.
7. Why is the Mission burning? (June 28)
The sixth major fire to displace residents of the Mission District and Bernal Heights in the last two years broke out in June, leading people to believe that arson played a part in the rash of fires that destroyed dozens of homes.
An attempt to engineer diversity in student government at a public high school in San Francisco drew scrutiny from parents who claimed faculty tried to replace an appointed student leader with another student because of his Latino last name.
Drivers are crashing into the Golden Gate Bridge toll plaza more than ever before, prompting a new possible plan for the toll plaza: simply eliminating it.
A grandmother. Two rappers. A supervisorial candidate. An educator. This handful of activists — dubbed the “Frisco Five”— refused to eat until (now former) Police Chief Greg Suhr is fired or resigns.