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    Sep 30, 2009
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  • Immigration Commission visits District 11

    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.

  • Tree death to cost city $650k

    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.

  • The invisible, thankless job

    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.

  • Horn debate will cost Caltrain about $200K

    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.

  • Ferry project receives funds

    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.

  • State senator joins national summit on distracted driving

    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.

  • Alleged drug kingpin nabbed at SFO

    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.

  • Taking the lion’s share of docks

    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.

  • 14-year-old student hit by SUV near school

    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.





  • Environmental organizations are biting the hand that feeds them

    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.


Nation & World

  • Before Lucy came Ardi, new earliest hominid found

    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.

  • Yes, Toomey can win.

    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.

  • Senate Finance Committee dumps Obama's tax promise

    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.”

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