A San Francisco homeless shelter on Polk and Geary streets is increasingly frustrating nearby business owners who have turned to City Hall for help.
For the second straight year, BART is projecting a very healthy operating budget. But despite bucking nationwide trends again, the transit agency is still likely to move forward with ousting its general manager.
Even with flat ridership numbers and sales tax revenue that is below 2001 levels, the agency projects a budget surplus this fiscal year, and is not projecting any deficit for the upcoming fiscal year, which starts July 1, according to BART documents.
Through labor concessions, salary freezes and fare increases — all approved under General Manager Dorothy Dugger — BART has managed to find $70 million in annual savings.
For Dwight Clark, it all started with a phone call that wasn’t even intended for him in the first place. More than 30 years later, the former 49er is one of four new inductees into the Bay Area Sports Hall of Fame, which celebrated its 2011 class on Monday at the Westin St. Francis Hotel.
Mid Winter Gala: The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco — the Legion of Honor and de Young museums — celebrated its seventh annual Junior Committee-sponsored benefit Saturday at the de Young. About 400 art patrons and civic leaders attended the event, a salute to the exhibition “Olmec: Colossal Masterworks of Ancient Mexico” on view through May. Designer Stanlee Gatti created the environment, which was inspired by the El Morocco nightclub.
Oil prices have been on the rise recently with supply worries from the unrest in the Middle East and short term commodities speculation helping to bring prices to over $106 a barrel as of this morning, the highest in two years. Americans are feeling the sting of these prices most immediately in their gas costs, currently averaging $3.50 a gallon across the country but is reported as high as $5 a gallon in some areas such as L.A.
The Obama administration has issued contradictory statements on the high oil prices. On Friday the Obama administration had issued an appeal on a Judge's ruling that the Department of Interior stop holding up the application process of several deepwater drilling permits, effectively continuing the de facto ban on deepwater drilling in the Gulf. On Sunday however, White House Chief of Staff Bill Daley said the Obama administration is considering tapping into the U.S. Strategic Petroleum Reserve as one way to help ease soaring oil prices.
A representative of the National Education Association (NEA), the nation’s largest teachers union, recently told attendees at a United Nations conference on the status of women that “oral sex, masturbation, and orgasms need to be taught in education” worldwide. The advice for promoting sexual activity among children comes union-run schools in the U.S. continue failing to teach children basic reading and math, despite a doubling of education funding in the U.S. since the 1970s.
Diane Schneider, the NEA reprepsentative, didn’t explain what such graphic sex education for middle-schoolers has to do with helping women and girls gain access to “education, training, science and technology” – the theme of this year’s Commission on the Status of Women.
Schneider also railed agains “heterosexism and gender conformity,” adding that “we must make these issues a part of every middle and high-school student’s agenda.
Hot Air reports that Schneider, a high school health teacher in Spring Valley, N.Y., is also “a leader in the radical Gay Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN)“ and an NEA “Trainer of Trainers.”