Just before midnight, two men on bicycles rode up to a car parked on a dark Parkmerced street. One smashed the window before both began ransacking the vehicle for valuables.
An off-duty officer called police and within minutes both thieves were in handcuffs, Ingleside Police Station Lt. Tom Clary said when recalling the incident.
The eyes in the sky at the San Francisco International Airport will soon have some better vision.
The airport’s surveillance camera system is set to receive $5 million from the federal government to strengthen security at the hub, according to an announcement by SFO officials.
It’s fire station versus fire station in an all-out competition of the “League Of The Strong, Cold And Courageous.”
Firefighters will swim the chilly waters of the bay from Alcatraz to the mainland Friday morning and a trophy will be awarded to the first-place male and female swimmer. The station with the greatest participation will be placed on a perpetual plaque.
It is not a coincidence if a sea of blue takes over schools today.
The City’s teachers are wearing dark blue shirts with the Golden Gate Bridge union logo to participate in a statewide budget protest to educational cuts.
“We’re generally making a blue presence,’’ president of the teacher’s union Dennis Kelly said.
With The City on the verge of finally implementing a long-delayed plan to add an extensive network of bike lanes, local transportation officials will get a little advice from their European friends on how to carry out the ambitious undertaking.
The well-worn Main Library will close its doors this winter, but only for four months so $700,000 in improvements can be made.
Officials say any inconvenience will be worth the wait.
The Main Library, at 840 W. Orange Ave., was built more than 40 years ago. It’s popular, according to Cisca Hansen, president of the library board.
For the fourth and final time, two off-ramps will be closed on Doyle Drive this weekend.
The closures will allow construction crews to remove trees in the Presidio as part of the $1 billion project to rebuild the southern approach to the Golden Gate Bridge.
This weekend’s slate of events in The City will result in plenty of changes to Muni’s bus routes.
Sunday’s staging of the Folsom Street Fair will force alterations to nine separate Muni bus lines, including the 49-Van Ness, and the 30-Stockton.
A San Francisco jury found a 23-year-old illegal immigrant guilty Friday of selling crack cocaine in the Tenderloin despite his claims that human traffickers forced him to do it.
Cracking down on the parents of truant students is adding up to better attendance.
What began as a modest effort in 2006 in which the District Attorney’s Office would take part in mediations involving the school district and parents has grown into a war on school absenteeism with a full-time prosecutor who has taken 20 parents to court.
More than 200 of The City’s public school principals, assistant principals and administrators are trying to get better benefits out of their current contract, despite a $61 million deficit the San Francisco Unified School District is facing during the next two years.
Demolishing or removing any housing in San Francisco without first agreeing to build replacement homes would become illegal, under a proposed new law.
After The City approved the demolition of three apartments in 18 months, Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi drafted legislation requiring all demolished, merged or converted homes to be replaced with similarly affordable housing units.
Authorities are responding to a shooting suspect who has barricaded himself in an apartment building at 74th Avenue and MacArthur Boulevard in Oakland this afternoon, according to police.
Officers remained in the area as of 4:10 p.m.
San Francisco firefighters this morning brought a two-alarm fire that began in a sushi restaurant under control, but not before it spread to adjoining residences and businesses.
Fire Department spokeswoman Mindy Talmadge said at least 16 people living above the Matcha sushi restaurant at 915 Kearny St. were being assisted by the Red Cross to find temporary homes.
Restaurateurs at Fisherman’s Wharf say their businesses will be undermined by a plan to raise parking revenue from a lot that’s used for free by customers.
A coalition of 11 restaurants surrounding the 286-car parking lot between Taylor and Jefferson streets and The Embarcadero operates the triangular lot.
Spiderman fans and mealworm cookie gourmands are both in luck this weekend.
OK, so maybe the former group outweighs the latter by several orders of magnitude. Nonetheless, mealworm cookies will be part of the festivities – as will Marvel Comics’ Spiderman – at this weekend’s celebration of the 30th anniversary of the Insect Zoo at San Francisco Zoo.
Engineers and California Department of Transportation crews have drilled more than halfway through the new tunnels at Devil’s Slide on the San Mateo County coast. The long-awaited twin tunnels are taking shape beneath San Pedro Mountain. They will eventually help to reroute Highway 1 away from the twisting stretch of coastline called Devil’s Slide.
The founder of the nationally acclaimed School of Flower Design is launching a four-week program in San Francisco, kicking off Oct. 1. The school is located at 640 Brannan St. in the heart of the Flower Market.
More than half a million Bay Area residents have signed up for a statewide earthquake drill in October to mark the 20th anniversary of the Loma Prieta earthquake, event organizers said Thursday.
Santa Claus and his reindeer are among the casualties of the San Francisco Zoo’s financial troubles.
The zoo is canceling night tours and will limit free Wednesday admission for city residents. It’s also canceling the holiday ice rink and all related events, including the annual visit from Santa.
There’s at least one good thing about our governor being a former film star: He apparently reads his reviews. And the news clippings for Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s plan to close 100 state parks as a way of saving California money were decidedly hostile.
So guess who’s calling in a rewrite?
Since I seem to be on a Loire kick, let me take the opportunity to introduce many of you to my new favorite grape: Pineau d’Aunis.
Sometimes called chenin noir, it is very much its own grape and despite its relative obscurity, has been used to make wine for a
People familiar with California know that Oroville, about 65 miles north of Sacramento, is home to the nation’s largest and tallest earth-filled dam.
The more knowledgeable are aware the historic, 14,000-resident town on the Feather River had its beginnings in the Gold Rush and is northeast of the Sutter Buttes, the world’s smallest mountain range.
Scottish comic Craig Ferguson, doing well as host of the steadily rising “Late Late Show,” hasn’t always been in such a comfortable place.
The funnyman, whose combination of ad-lib, topical and self-deprecating humor has lit up late-night monologues on CBS since 2005, details his struggles and successes in his new autobiography, “American on Purpose.”
Limon finally reopened a month ago after a fire. In the year and a half it took to rebuild, Peruvian cooking jumped out of neighborhoods onto The Embarcadero, where La Mar Cebicheria burst onto the scene. Straight from Lima, it brought the high-style, cutting-edge excitement of big-city Latin American restaurants to The City.
Mackenzie Phillips has followed up her shocking claim that she had an incestuous relationship with her father, John Phillips, with even more disturbing revelations. The former “One Day at a Time” star told Oprah Winfrey that she terminated a pregnancy because she wasn’t sure whether her husband or her own father was the father.
WHAT: Drinking water at thousands of schools nationwide has been found to contain unsafe levels of lead, pesticides and dozens of other toxins, according to an Associated Press investigation. The problem has gone largely unmonitored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, even as violations multiplied during the past decade.
Residential parking meters are a good idea
Ken Garcia’s Sept. 22 column lambasting the proposed installation of parking meters in residential neighborhoods points out that residents “already paid [taxes] for your street and your sidewalk.” However, he fails to dig a little deeper and distinguish between benign taxes and insidious ones.
There was an international uproar when, on Sept. 4, in Afghanistan's Kunduz province, an American fighter jet under NATO command bombed a group of Taliban fighters who had hijacked two fuel tanker trucks. The trucks exploded, the fighters were killed, and so were a still-undetermined number of Afghan civilians.
Not all uninsured Americans are the same. At one end of the spectrum are those who, despite holding a full-time job, cannot afford coverage to protect their families from illness and bankruptcy. These Americans will benefit from subsidies that will finally make health insurance affordable for all.
Senate Finance Committee chair Max Baucus, D-Mont., has taken center stage in Washington with the release of his highly anticipated health care reform plan. His proposal will likely serve as the foundation of whatever legislation emerges from Congress.
Today, as you read this column in your favorite newspaper, I hope that you can appreciate the irony of where I am choosing to voice my opposition to President Obama’s expressed “happiness” to look at proposals to provide federal funding to help “rescue” the struggling print segment of the Fourth Estate.
I am surprised that The San Francisco Examiner published a column supporting Rep. Joe Wilson’s embarrassing outburst during President Barack Obama’s speech before Congress.
WHO: Substitute teacher and part-time Census-taker Bill Sparkman
What’s the Obama administration thinking?
A close ally of Venezuelan strongman Hugo Chavez sits barricaded in the Brazilian Embassy in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, having been lawfully convicted of attempting a slow-motion coup in the country. Paid bands of his rent-a-thugs are terrorizing and looting the city.
Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi may have rambled in near-incoherent fashion for more than 1½ hours when he spoke to the United Nations General Assembly on Wednesday, but on one point he was crystal clear and also enthusiastically applauded: President Barack Obama is “our Obama.”
While White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel declared that health care reform would clear Congress in the next two months, lawmakers in the House and Senate remained in gridlock over how to move legislation out of either chamber.