The use of Tasers by the Police Department is a matter of “when, not if anymore,” Chief George Gascón told The Examiner.
Two recent officer-involved shootings and a high-profile case from last year have kept pressure on the Police Department to approve the use of stun guns, which have been rejected in the past.
In response to construction delays caused by the economic downturn, officials may give developers two extra years to get construction started after a plan has been approved.
Currently, when a housing or commercial project is approved by the city’s Planning Commission, builders have one year to obtain permits for construction or risk jeopardizing the approval.
Hotel workers whose 2004 strike and subsequent lockout by employers crippled The City’s tourism industry have shied away from the word “strike” during their current contract negotiations.
Next Friday, a key a vote is expected to take place that would authorize the issuance of a request for proposals for Community Choice Aggregation, commonly referred to as CleanPowerSF, a city effort underway to supply cleaner power, more energy created by renewable resources like wind, to customers than is currently supplied.
San Francisco’s outdoor public warning system will be used to guide workers, residents and visitors through a mass earthquake training drill scheduled next week.
The Great California Shakeout is an earthquake training exercise scheduled to take place at 10:15 a.m. on Oct 15, two days before the 20th anniversary of the deadly 1989 Loma Prieta Earthquake.
Bold can be beautiful, and with a striking modern house, it pays to take dramatic license with the garden.
That’s what John Merten of Studio Green Landscape Architects did with a striking residence in Millbrae.
The owners, avid collectors of contemporary, midcentury furniture, wanted clarity and spare, clean lines in the garden.
How the state’s high-speed train will run along the Caltrain corridor is the focus of two upcoming community meetings.
The California High-Speed Rail Authority is developing design alternatives for the Caltrain corridor, which runs through the Peninsula, to serve the existing Caltrain routes and planned high-speed rail service.
The fur may be about to fly again, as animal activists revive the fight against building owners who won’t allow animals in rental units.
Aviator Michael Wiskus is currently en route from Minneapolis and will arrive in San Francisco in time to participate in the San Francisco Fleet Week Air Show this weekend.
What do you fly?
The most radical element of a massive public housing reconstruction effort slated to start this year will be dumped due to the real estate slump.
If she decided to run for governor in 2010, U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein -- The City’s mayor between 1978 and 1988 -- would beat our current Mayor Gavin Newsom in the Democratic primary, according to a new poll.
On Oct. 24, San Mateo County residents have the chance to clean up communities and collect food donations.
The projects are part of National Make a Difference Day, which aims to encourage and recruit volunteers to help out in their communities.
There’s a wide range of volunteer events taking place on the Peninsula, including coastal cleanups and graffiti removal.
Despite companies cutting employee travel and canceling conventions nationwide, Oracle is predicting next week’s OpenWorld to infuse its usual $100 million into San Francisco’s economy.
A court hearing to discuss a retrial date for the once-prominent San Mateo child psychiatrist is scheduled for Friday. On Aug. 28, the San Mateo County District Attorney’s Office formally announced it would retry Ayres, 77, on charges of molesting six former male patients. A mistrial was declared in July when the jury deadlocked on all charges.
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, who began his U.S. education at a city college, told a gathering of community college trustees today in San Francisco that the schools will play a vital role in the nation's economic recovery.
Schwarzenegger spoke at the 40th annual Association of Community College Trustees Leadership Congress at the Hilton hotel in downtown San Francisco.
The San Mateo assemblyman has scheduled a town hall meeting Oct. 28 to discuss education issues with state Superintendent of Public Instruction Jack O’Connell. The meeting will be held from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Hillsdale High School, 3115 Del Monte St., in San Mateo. Officials will talk about “priority education issues.” For more information, call (650) 349-1900.
San Francisco has received $10 million in federal stimulus funding to boost solar energy usage in The City, it was announced today.
The City was one of 16 municipalities nationwide to receive American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funding for solar projects, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.
Fall temperatures will descend upon the Peninsula this weekend, according to the National Weather Service, with daytime temperatures ranging from the low 60s along the coast to the mid-70s in cities along the Bay.
Only hours after a Field Poll showed Mayor Gavin Newsom largely trailing Attorney General Jerry Brown in the Democratic primary, his campaign released a statement Thursday morning highlighting the mayor’s popularity among high school and college students in the state.
Local celebrity Tom Sweeney, doorman at the Sir Francis Drake Hotel for 33 years, has to be hands-down the most photographed person in San Francisco.
Bay Area football fans appear grudgingly pleased with the 49ers’ signing of Michael Crabtree, hailing the news as a boon to the team while grumbling about the top draft pick’s lengthy holdout in contract negotiations.
The 49ers reached a deal with the wide receiver early Wednesday after a monthslong stalemate. In July, Crabtree turned down a $20 million, five-year deal.
A body has been found in a home destroyed by a three-alarm fire early this morning, but it will still be a while before firefighters are able to access the home, a fire captain said.
Fitness guru Jack LaLanne arrived by fire truck to his 95th birthday celebration Wednesday at John’s Grill, where his favorite salad is named in his honor. He was welcomed by 95 fitness instructors doing 95 jumping jacks and 95 pushups.
Ouch! The newest governor’s poll doesn’t look good for our mayor.
Only days after former President Bill Clinton publicly endorsed Mayor Gavin Newsom for governor, Field Research Corp. released results Thursday showing he is down 20 points to primary foe Attorney General Jerry Brown -- a deficit that has doubled since March.
Residents will now have to pay more to use some of the city’s recreation facilities or to have city staff on hand for trips and events.
Select fees for facilities and programs most used by residents were increased as part of a revenue-generating effort for the city.
Across the parking lot from the new, $150 million Youth Services Center is the former juvenile hall — a brown, two-story building surrounded by weeds and a chain-link fence topped with barbed wire.
Oakland police are investigating three deaths that stemmed from two separate incidents this morning, police spokesman Officer Jeff Thomason said.
The first occurred at about 5:15 a.m. when officers were called to the 4500 block of Penniman Avenue, where they found a female critically injured, Thomason said. She has since died.
Here we go again. Baseball’s marathon regular season gives way to a first-round playoff sprint that could end a club’s championship dreams as early as Saturday.
Enjoy it, Tiger, and Y.E., and Geoff. This is your week in the city that knows how, the city that takes on recessions and earthquakes and never quits, a city which thinks like a golfer two-down at the 17th tee: How are we going to hang in there?
This is your week and our week, a week to appreciate talent and celebrate sportsmanship.
When big events happen in the city, the Cultural Arts Commission often marks the occasion with a new piece of public art.
But a project planned last year to celebrate South City’s 100-year anniversary was delayed because of uncertainty about funding, and the commission is still looking for a piece of art to commemorate the occasion.
For a guy who lives in New Jersey, Aaron Posner’s work is all around the Bay Area.
SOMETHING TO READ
The Kids Are All Right
By Liz, Diana, Dan and Amanda Welch ($24.99)
The unique memoir, told in alternating voices by four siblings who lost their parents when they were children, is a story of courage, survival and unconditional love. Liz and Dan will be signing copies at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Books Inc., 2251 Chestnut St., San Francisco.
Gary Lightbody's group Snow Patrol sold more than 10 million copies of its last three albums combined — but that didn't stop the Irish rocker from deeming himself a "catastrophe magnet" who couldn't make a relationship work.
Clive Owen doesn’t consider his latest role, as an embattled widower struggling to earn his parenting stripes while raising two rambunctious boys, much of a stretch.
Unemployment is President Barack Obama’s Achilles’ heel, as he and members of his administration heap steadily more debt, more regulation and more spending on the as-yet-productive sectors of the American free enterprise system. Even so, there are limits.
The City’s law-abiding majority will be more than pleased by the significant improvements under way at the San Francisco Police Department. New Chief George Gascón has the agency on track for starting the highly successful CompStat crime-tracking system and a neighborhood-centered departmental reorganization within 60 days.
In August, a Republican majority-leader-turned-lobbyist took to the public with his health care message — and he was derided as a paid shill.
In October, a different Republican majority-leader-turned-lobbyist went public with his health care message — and he was hailed as a bipartisan statesman.
Just when it seems congressional Republicans have finally gotten the message about standing on principle before grasping for power, they go and pull a Dede Scozzafava.
As soon as the Board of Supervisors votes to prohibit the reporting of illegal immigrant youth felons to ICE, Mayor Gavin Newsom should announce that the reporting will continue as before and that he will not condone firing or disciplining any public safety officer for complying with federal law.
WHAT: Lured by the easy money and shorter prison sentences, Mafia figures and other criminals are increasingly moving into Medicare fraud and spilling blood over what was once a white-collar crime. Around the nation, federal investigators have been threatened, an informant’s body was found riddled with bullets and a woman was discovered murdered in a pharmacy.
For most San Franciscans, Masonic Avenue is a convenient — if busy — route from one end of The City to the other.
Traveling 450 mph, the wing tips of the plane mere feet from another aircraft, a quarter-mile above an uneasy crowd, Blue Angels pilot Major Nate Miller waits for the signal for the next dramatic move. Then he hears it, crackling through his headset: “Ohhhhh-K!”
A federal Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request has been filed by a citizens activist group seeking the rest of the story behind the recent gag order issued by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services against health insurance companies to prevent them from providing customers with information about Obamacare.
Democrats in the Senate are secretly adding amendments they favor and removing those they oppose, even after congressional committees have voted on them, according to House Minority Leader John Boehner, who plans to introduce an amendment requiring the full text of all committee-approved legislation to be posted on the Internet within 24 hours of being adopted.
With little hope for meeting President Obama's deadline for closing the terrorist prison at Guantanamo Bay, a new message is emerging from the administration: Disregard our timetable.
Gibbs: This is as close as you get today. (reuters)
This is very exciting. Since the advent of the Internet, everyone has been wondering: “Whither journalism?” Now we know!
As in the past, journalism will bestride the land in order to rake muck, speak truth to power and act as a kind of external conscience for those in power.
That much-ballyhooed Baucus version of Obamacare is irrelevant, according to Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, because Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid will write the real Senate version of Obamacare and he will do it in secret.
The cynics, and the lobbyists, and the special interests who've turned our government into a game only they can afford to play. They write the checks and you get stuck with the bills, they get the access while you get to write a letter; they think they own this government, but we're here today to take it back. The time for that politics is over.
A Democratic health care proposal in the Senate would trim the deficit and cost less than $900 billion, but it would result in as many as 8 million people being pushed out of private insurance.
Well, perhaps he isn’t coming for sure after all.
Yesterday, The Examiner, quoting a city spokesperson, reported that President Barack Obama was confirmed to make an appearance at the closing ceremonies of the Presidents Cup, held at Harding Park.