A crumbling Glen Park cottage was analyzed after it was demolished Tuesday and officials determined that it was not, as they had feared, a historic earthquake shack.
The City has reached a $1.75 million settlement agreement with the surviving family members of a 66-year-old woman who was struck and killed in a crosswalk by a Department of Public Works employee driving a pickup truck.
The Board of Supervisors Public Safety Committee will hold a hearing Monday on the illegal marijuana growing operations in the Sunset District.
On Monday, The City’s Immigration Commission holds a meeting in Supervisor John Avalos’ District 11 to discuss such things as the impact of the economic crisis on the Excelsior neighborhood and immigrant communities, home foreclosures and car impoundments. The meeting, which begins at 5:30 pm, includes opening remarks from Avalos.
A $650,000 settlement in a lawsuit filed by the family of a woman killed in April 2008 when a branch fell from a redwood tree in Stern Grove and crushed her vehicle is being introduced to the Board of Supervisors Tuesday for approval.
The settlement will need to be heard by the Board of Supervisors Rules Committee before the full board can vote on it.
Muni is planning a major renovation of the heavily trafficked area around Church Street and Duboce, and the Arts Commission has been charged with picking the candidate to provide the art.
The Commission is showing the three concept finalists, starting today until Oct. 14 at the newly renovated Harvey Milk Recreation Center, 50 Scott St.
At a press conference Wednesday about fire dangers sparked by illegal marijuana grows, Police Chief George Gascon was quick to point out – repeatedly – that police enforcement efforts were not aimed at marijuana users.
The City’s Chinese community is getting some legal advice from Public Defender Jeff Adachi on Friday – in English, Cantonese and Mandarin.
District Attorney Kamala Harris kicks off Domestic Violence Awareness month at Galileo High School Thursday and is pointing to Chris Brown’s assault of his pop star girlfriend Rihanna as a prime example of the crime.
Imagine answering your phone on a Sunday afternoon only to be greeted by an angry caller complaining about milk on the floor at the Safeway on Market and Dolores streets — only you don’t work for Safeway, you work for a San Francisco supervisor.
Welcome to the world of legislative aides.
Shannon Cody got word recently that she’d won a top honor — the fourth-grade teacher was named San Mateo County’s Teacher of the Year.
The 39-year-old Wisconsin native teaches at Clifford Elementary School in Redwood City and first came to the district 13 years ago.
As superintendent of Harding Park Golf Course, Wayne Kappelman can control a lot of things in preparation for The Presidents Cup.
Caltrain’s back-and-forth efforts to soften the sound of its horns may be calming annoyed Peninsula residents, but the work is stirring up the agency’s balance sheets.
After abandoning a brief experiment to place horns on top of trains, Caltrain is in the midst of moving them back to their original location in an operation that will cost the department some $200,000.
The construction of Oyster Point Ferry Terminal, which has been beset by delays in recent years, received a boost this week.
The $51 million project secured $3 million in federal stimulus funds to help build a new ferry terminal.
The project has been postponed several times in the past five years because of funding constraints.
A dispute about a ticket at San Francisco International Airport that ended with an Oregon man threatening to blow up a plane has landed him behind bars.
Faced with an $8 million shortfall within the next two years, Daly City officials are asking residents for guidance on which city services should be cut and which spared.
As a result of the economic downturn, cities nationwide are facing financial hardships, said City Manager Pat Martel.
A 13-year-old girl remained hospitalized in critical condition today after a car crashed into her family's South San Francisco home Tuesday evening, police said.
State Sen. Joe Simitian, who is responsible for California’s hands-free cell phone law, was one of about 200 participants at a summit on distracted driving in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday. The summit was called to identify ways to reduce traffic collisions and fatalities caused by distracted drivers.
The mayor’s schedule appears calm today, with no public appearances listed or important meetings at City Hall.
The state Board of Equalization chairwoman will be the keynote speaker at the California Women Lead San Mateo County chapter’s membership luncheon Friday. Yee will speak about her experiences on the board, in addition to addressing topics such as the economic situation in California and her perspectives on currently circulating ideas of tax reform.
Traffic gridlock at 49ers games extends to the fight about keeping the team in The City.
There’s nothing like a lil’ competition to lure local tech whizzes into developing software applications that will benefit The City’s residents and make local government more transparent.
He was on the lam for nearly four decades, but a suspected member of an LSD distribution ring was arrested at San Francisco International Airport last weekend.
San Francisco police Lt. Bill Darr said Brenice Lee Smith was taken into custody after arriving from Nepal.
There must be something in the water because the sea lions are making an epic splash this year.
More than 1,500 are piled on top of each other on the docks at Pier 39. That’s not only a record-breaking number of the massive creatures at the pier, it’s also three times more than normal. And it’s not just at the pier, it’s up and down the coast.
Shortly after the oldest courtroom in the Redwood City Courthouse was renovated and turned into a museum, a man peeked in to admire the elaborate antique stained-glass skylight, which takes up most of the ceiling.
He’d been in the building before, but had never noticed the skylight — he was getting sentenced, the man told museum director Mitch Postel.
A 14-year-old boy was struck by a sport utility vehicle as he crossed a street on his way to Aragon High School in San Mateo this morning, a police lieutenant said.
The boy was crossing Alameda De Las Pulgas at Aragon Boulevard in a crosswalk when he was hit at about 7:45 a.m.
An entire block in the Sunset district could easily go up in flames due to the combination of wind, closely packed wood-frame houses and illegal marijuana growing operations, authorities say.
After driving 250 miles each way to the Oakland Coliseum, a caller to last Sunday’s Raiders postgame talk show said when his beloved Silver and Black played as poorly as they did against the Broncos, they deserve to be booed.
Songwriting isn’t easy — especially when you’ve been at it for three decades and 22 albums, like Texas troubadour Guy Clark.
With every passing year, many more tunes are copyrighted and many more melodic possibilities are nipped in the bud.
While not as deliciously convoluted as his previous comedy seen locally, “As Bees in Honey Drown,” Douglas Carter Beane’s “The Little Dog Laughed” is quite funny enough, thank you very much.
It isn’t merely a No. 1 hit. “Second Chance,” the recent platinum-certified single from Florida rock firebrands Shinedown, is an irresistible anthem that practically defined the summer.
Because the wind can have a major effect on gardens, smart gardeners plant foliage that will thrive in big breezes.
A Golden Gate Heights garden faces all the challenges wind can bring: soil disturbance and dry plants.
WHO’S IN TOWN
Nashville-based bluegrass artist Gillian Welch performs at the Fillmore. [8 p.m., 1805 Geary Blvd., S.F.]
AT THE COLLEGES
Brace yourself: Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel may be back on the market! The “SexyBack” singer called his actress girlfriend of two years and informed her that “it’s over,” a friend of the pair told Us magazine.
But they’ve apparently been keeping the breakup on the DL: “It was about a month ago,” the pal said.
Those immortal words “I’m from the government and I’m here to help you” are now being spoken to newspaper owners and their employees, all of whom are desperate to survive in the Internet age. The main voice behind the words is Sen.
San Francisco lost Donald G. Fisher to cancer on Sunday. The 81-year-old was the co-founder of the 3,100-store Gap Inc. casual-clothing empire and a remarkable philanthropist, education reformer and art collector.
Years ago a friend advised me that I should think through well in advance what family rules I'd expect my teenagers, once I had them, to follow. I remember looking down fondly at the pack of little children around my ankles and thinking, yadda yadda, whatever, I've got ages - ages! - before I need to establish a grand system of Rules for Adolescents.
Nike has relinquished its spot on the board of directors of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce to protest the chamber’s opposition to federal climate-change regulations. The shoemaker is lobbying hard for a cap-and-trade scheme to curb greenhouse gas emissions in the U.S.
Lawmakers have made it abundantly clear to bailed-out banks and automakers that federal money comes with strings attached. New rules on executive compensation are only the tip of the iceberg for TARP-funded banks. For bailed-out automakers, Congress has inserted itself into decisions about plant closings and dealerships. The president even fired GM’s CEO.
It's hypocrisy of the highest sort to censure Rep. Joe Wilson, R-S.C., for his inappropriate "you lie" outburst during President Obama's recent health care speech, while largely ignoring the apparent criminality and breach of the public trust by House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Charlie Rangel, D-N.Y.
WHO: 244 NFL retirees projected to suffer memory related diseases.
There is a drawing in the main foyer at 428 Capp St. The undated drawing is of a stately, three-story mansion. This building, it says, is 428 Capp St., built for San Francisco contractor A.H. Wilhelm in 1875. At that time, Capp Street was the latest home for San Francisco’s elite. Similar mansions lined the road on both sides.
Chardonnay is the most widely planted wine grape in the Golden State. According to the Wine Institute, it accounted for 46 percent of all table wines made in 2007. It is grown in nearly every region from Temecula to Potter Valley.
The story of humankind is reaching back another million years as scientists learn more about "Ardi," a hominid who lived 4.4 million years ago in what is now Ethiopia.
The 110-pound, 4-foot female roamed forests a million years before the famous Lucy, long studied as the earliest skeleton of a human ancestor.
Austan Goolsbee, a member of the White House Council of Economic Advisers, took part in the "DC's Funniest Celebrity" contest last night at a Washington comedy club. Goolsbee won the contest with a routine that mimicked the famous "Mr.
As President Obama weighs his options for the future mission in Afghanistan, his options include -- but are not limited to -- to two discrete strategies.
Among the first things journalists once learned was the Chicago News Bureau maxim that "if your mother says she loves you, check it out." Dan Zak of The Washington Post must have missed that lesson in j-school, judging by his review of last night's D.C.'s Funniest Celebrities charity event at the Improv.
At the National Republican Congressional Committee, the House GOP's camaign arm, the bean-counters and strategists claim that former Rep. Pat Toomey, the presumptive Republican nominee for Senate next year in Pennsylvania, runs very well in the House districts where they are expecting competitive races. They believe he will be an asset on the top of the ticket.
Democrats on the Senate Finance Committee, which is considering President Obama's health insurance reform plan, has voted down an amendment which provides that "no tax, fee or penalty imposed by this legislation shall be applied to any individual earning less than $200,000 per year or any couple earning less than $250,000 per year.”
The Senate defeated on a party-line vote a move by Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz to set a Nov. 15 deadline for the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan and other military brass to testify before the Senate about the need for additional troops and resources to fight the war.
I've been drawing caricatures for the Examiner Sunday covers since July 2008. For a bulk of the time, I was doing three each week for the newspapers in Washington, San Francisco and Baltimore. But now my days on the Sunday cover have come to a close as the newspapers will be running a more news-oriented front page. I have mixed feelings about the change.
General Electric is the beneficiary of a provision on green jet engines in the Senate climate bill, according to author and activist investor Steve Milloy. Milloy writes:
Kevin Jennings, President Obama's Assistant Deputy Secretary of the Office of Safe and Drug FreeSchools at the U.S.
You probably don’t recognize the name Donald Fisher, co-founder of The Gap stores, who recently died. But if you care about educating disadvantaged children you should be grateful to him. Chester Finn of the Thomas B.