A chaotic scene spilled out of a San Francisco courtroom Tuesday after a prosecutor accused a homicide suspect’s friends of intimidating the key eyewitness to a murder on a notoriously violent North Beach strip.
Supervisor Chris Daly introduced an ordinance Tuesday that if approved would have the City spend $150,000 in emergency aid relief. The money would be split equally in three ways for the people of the Philippines, Samoa and Indonesia, countries hit hard by either a typhoon or an earthquake.
Supervisor Michela Alioto-Pier said a temporary closure of the Presidio Boulevard “has caused a great deal of unrest” and called for hearing Tuesday to learn about the findings of the closure.
On Sept. 29, the boulevard was closed to vehicles between West Pacific Avenue and Simonds Loop, and Crissy Field Avenue was shut down on its one-way uphill portion.
Two San Francisco supervisors will count among protesters rallying outside the San Francisco Hall of Justice Friday morning in defense of Francisco Torres, the only remaining defendant of eight arrested in 2007 for allegedly killing a police officer nearly 40 years ago.
Instead of having to analyze and approve several, sometimes more than 100, contracts at every Board of Education meeting, four of the commissioners tonight had a discussion about whether they should even be voting on them in the first place.
Impoverished citizens ought to tap the $300 million in government resources that go unclaimed in The City each year, and Mayor Gavin Newsom says he knows one way they should use those funds.
A long-running dispute over how to hand over a valuable collection of cable car artifacts to The City has been resolved.
The City has reached an agreement with Friends of the Cable Car Museum Inc., which own the artifacts on display at the popular Cable Car Museum that the nonprofit group operates in the Nob Hill neighborhood.
After serving for 12 years as a San Francisco Redevelopment Agency Commissioner, Ramon Romero announced Tuesday he will step down from the commission after its next meeting.
“It’s been a wonderful experience,” said Romero, who currently serves as the commission’s president, during a meeting. “It’s been very trying at times.”
Don’t be startled by the roar of engines overhead this afternoon — it’s just the Blue Angels.
The Navy’s flight demonstration team will kick off San Francisco’s 29th annual Fleet Week — which officially starts Thursday — by flying over the opening ceremonies for The Presidents Cup about 4:25 p.m.
Courtesy of the folks Down Under, Muni is adding a new streetcar to its fleet.
A green- and cream-colored tram built in 1946 is set to be unveiled this morning near the Ferry Building on The Embarcadero in a special joint celebration between Muni and foreign ambassadors from Australia.
Mayor Gavin Newsom is going to spend a good portion of today in southern sections of The City.
At 11 a.m., the mayor will appear at a dedication ceremony for the new First Tee Grounds at Visitacion Valley Middle School. At 1 p.m., he will zoom to City College to launch a pilot program benefitting impoverished families.
Barry Zito, a pitcher for the San Francisco Giants, helped launch the 20th annual Macy’s Christmas Tree Lighting on Tuesday in an event benefiting UCSF Children’s Hospital. The official tree lighting takes place at 6 p.m. the day after Thanksgiving, Nov. 27, in Union Square.
Delayed shipments of swine flu vaccine will leave most of San Francisco’s high-risk population vulnerable to the extremely contagious virus.
If an outbreak were to hit The City, the Department of Public Health said it fears an epidemic would overwhelm hospitals because of a shortage of beds.
If you just can’t wait to vote in next year’s gubernatorial elections, pay a visit to Mayor Gavin Newsom’s campaign Web site.
There, you will be able to vote on six campaign logos the mayor might display on signs, billboards and newsletters throughout his 2010 hunt for the governor’s seat.
San Francisco Public Utilities Commission crews responded to a water main break in Noe Valley Wednesday afternoon, a utility spokesman said.
A 12-inch water main began leaking water into the roadway in the area of 24th and Douglass streets at about 3:20 p.m., SFPUC spokesman Tony Winnicker said. The main was shut off and by 3:50 p.m. most of the water had drained out of the street.
The attorney for a man charged in the 2008 killing of another man outside a nightclub in San Francisco's North Beach neighborhood told a judge today he might have to withdraw from the case because of allegations of witness intimidation.
Police are searching for as many as five suspects that shot a 26-year-old Redwood City man with a shotgun Tuesday night, according to police.
Officers responded to a 911 call reporting a shooting in the 700 block of Cedar Street at around 8:15 p.m., according to the Redwood City Police Department.
Lygia Stebbing, the Bay Area director of the nonprofit Jumpstart is kicking off “Read for the Record” at the San Francisco Public Library at 10 a.m. Thursday. The organization invites adults across America to read with young children and set the world record for the number of children reading the same book in a single day.
Send us a sign, Al. Give us a word, Al. Tell us “pride and poise” still has meaning, there truly is a commitment to excellence. That the Raiders — your franchise, Al Davis — is more than a punch line from Keith Olbermann.
Khloe Kardashian and Lamar Odom are insisting that their made-for-TV wedding was the real deal. Yet multiple reports claim the pair aren’t legitimately married yet, and they won’t sign papers to make the union legal until their attorneys finish hammering out a pre-nup. Ah, young love.
When then-Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama promised not to sign major legislation until it had been posted on the Internet for public reading at least five days, trusting voters took him at his word.
If some commentators had their way, the conservative movement would toss out the raucous “tea party” people and remake itself as a gaggle of eggheads. We would be fools to do so. Here’s why:
Immigration has temporarily faded as a hot-button issue, for the moment overshadowed by health care reform. Expect it to return to attention, not least because of the scale of our current immigrant population.
‘Macho Again” is the name of a race horse, one upon which President Barack Obama seems unlikely to bet. Likewise for Fareed Zakaria, who praised Obama’s resolve to reset his song in the key of humility by being kinder and meeker in foreign affairs.
Harold Meyerson is right in his Sept. 30 Washington Post column. But he doesn’t understand why. Free-market economists do theorize about a world that doesn’t exist.
WHAT: The Treasury Department bought $2.3 billion in preferred shares of embattled commercial lender CIT to save it at the height of the financial crisis. Now CIT is in a last-ditch struggle to prevent bankruptcy by offering a debt exchange that would virtually wipe out stockholders — including U.S. taxpayers.
Democratic Rep. Donna Edwards, a vice chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, attended the premiere of the anti-war film, "Rethink Afghanistan" in Washington last night. In remarks afterward, Edwards quoted a House colleague, whom she did not identify, saying anti-war Democrats must work to rescue President Obama from his commitment to escalate the war in Afghanistan.
House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md., just announced that he will move to table a forthcoming GOP resolution that would strip Rep. Charles Rangel of his chairmanship of the House Ways and Means Committee.
Gratuitously hot Don Draper photo asks: Obama ranked where?
Senate Democrats desperate to find a way to pass a health care bill that includes a federal insurance plan may have come up with a way to do it without putting moderate members who oppose it in political jeopardy.
In trying to understand what is happening in the nation and world, we all employ narratives -- story lines that indicate where things are going and what is likely to happen next. We can check the validity of these narratives by observing whether events move in the indicated direction. If so, the narrative is confirmed.
President Obama’s political arm is looking to mobilize Virginia Democrats on behalf of gubernatorial candidate Creigh Deeds, an apparent reaction to reports of the White House cutting its losses on the governor’s race.