A three-alarm fire at an apartment building on San Francisco’s Mission Street on Monday morning sent one person to the hospital and left 26 residents displaced, a fire dispatcher and an American Red Cross spokeswoman said. Hein Oo, 22, who lives at 4018 Mission St., said he was awakened around 6 a.m. by someone ringing the doorbell at his home, the second unit of a duplex.
Monday may have been the Fourth of July, but for pedestrians and bicyclists trying to cross the Golden Gate Bridge, it was no vacation.
Because Bud Selig ignored his professed guidelines, he and the sport he administers are in deep trouble over the Los Angeles Dodgers. Now, he’s embroiled in a mess with the Dodgers that could have been avoided. Selig is retiring after the 2012 season. You won’t be missed, Bud.
S.F. Opera Celebrates the Ring Cycle: On June 20, George and Charlotte Shultz hosted a party celebrating San Francisco Opera’s three complete cycles of Richard Wagner’s “Der Ring Des Nibelungen” (The Ring of the Nibelung), the composer’s epic four-opera cycle widely considered one of the greatest works ever conceived for the operatic stage. Guests included S.F. Opera officials, sponsors and cast members, including baritones Mark Delavan and Gordon Hawkins.
California’s brand-new budget is set to shut down 70 state parks. Oakland has virtually abandoned dozens of its parks and San Carlos outsourced its park maintenance last year. In San Francisco, more than $14 million has been cut from Recreation and Park Department funding, and the department has lost some 100 employees since 2008.
The letter from Luxor Cab management on June 17 had some misstatements and evasions. The electronic waybill that drivers are kicking about is not the same thing as GPS tracking. Until now, all the companies have used only the traditional paper waybill filled out by the taxi driver.
If President Barack Obama’s economic stimulus really did “add or save” the 2.4 million jobs it claimed, the program cost taxpayers $278,000 per job. The White House’s own Council of Economic Advisers quietly slipped out its Seventh Quarterly Report on the $666 billion stimulus just before the holiday weekend. The data also revealed the government could have saved $427 billion by simply sending a $100,000 check to everyone whose employment the stimulus supposedly made possible.
Workers at Japan’s 40-year-old Fukushima nuclear power plant are now coming forward with eyewitness accounts contradicting the official government version of the triple reactor meltdown.