A Richmond District blogger interested in preserving the horse shoe courts in Golden Gate Park, posted details for a clean-up on Saturday for the Coast Live Oak Woodland grove in the area.
Stepping off a Muni light rail vehicle can be an adventure at times, especially in the Sunset District, which has miles of above ground tracks that run on bustling city streets — a situation that has drawn the attention of Supervisor Carmen Chu, whose district includes much of the western neighborhood.
The show will go on for high speed rail in the Peninsula.
In a tentative ruling issued Thursday, a Sacramento judge announced that engineers from the California High Speed Rail Authority (CHSRA) can continue to conduct environmental review studies, despite an ongoing lawsuit from the Peninsula towns of Atherton and Menlo Park.
A trial-setting hearing for Terry Childs, the former San Francisco Department of Technology employee who refused to turn over passwords to The City’s network, has been pushed back yet again pending a decision by an appeals court.
Oregon resident Thad Starr will return to Half Moon Bay on Monday to defend his title in the Safeway World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off. Starr secured his victory last year with a 1,528-pound Atlantic Giant gourd. This year’s pumpkin weigh-off will begin at 7 a.m. at IDES Grounds, 735 Main St. Growers are competing for the title and a hefty share of about $20,000 in prize money.
An unexpected delay in funding for the new Transbay Terminal could set construction plans back months and cost the project another $100 million.
The transformation of the existing Transbay Terminal, a 70-year-old building on Mission and First streets, into a modern regional transit hub is expected to provide 45,000 jobs.
Attorney General Jerry Brown has committed the political version of adultery, according to Mayor Gavin Newsom’s campaign.
Newsom’s people say Brown, the mayor’s Democratic nemesis in the 2010 gubernatorial race, slept with the enemy by raising money for “rightwing Republican leaders.”
Can’t afford your home mortgage payment and afraid of going into foreclosure?
San Mateo has teamed up with the nonprofit Housing and Economics Rights Advocates to present a three-hour seminar to answer questions and inform homeowners of their rights if they are on the verge of going into foreclosure.
Blame it on the wars, drugs and pirates — the Navy is only sending one ship to San Francisco for this year’s Parade of Ships.
Starting up a football league in the midst of a global recession — and while competing against the established behemoth known as the NFL — may be the challenge of a lifetime for most people.
For Dennis Green, it’s just one more obstacle to overcome in a career defined by persistence.
The founder and CEO of the recently launched San Francisco-based nonprofit Global Citizen Year is helping give young people an opportunity to work as apprentices in Asia, Africa and Latin America for a year between high school and college.
The dean of San Francisco State University’s College of Ethnic Studies is presiding over an international conference about race in the classroom, with 120 panelists and workshop sessions through Saturday. The conference is called “Ethnic Studies 40 Years Later: Race, Resistance and Relevance.”
San Mateo — Warning that a budget deficit may force drastic cuts to city services and public safety agencies, city officials are asking voters to support a quarter-cent sales tax increase in November.
If approved, the sales tax would generate roughly $3.2 million, according to San Mateo City Manager Susan Loftus.
Mayor Gavin Newsom has released a beefy list of California politicians who have endorsed the mayor for governor.
Nearly 40 elected officials and Democratic party leaders are supporting Newsom’s gubernatorial bid, the campaign said.
Carlos Siordio, the man who killed a 9-year-old boy outside Mollie Stone’s grocery store in San Mateo in 2008 will go to trial Oct. 13. Siordia, who is charged with misdemeanor vehicular manslaughter, faces up to one year in prison for the death of Tyler Fahy and for seriously injuring his mother.
With The Presidents Cup, the Italian Heritage Festival, Fleet Week, the beginning of Oracle Convention and a 49ers home game all coinciding today, San Francisco will be as busy as ever.
The California Highway Patrol is searching for a hit-and-run driver who is believed to have fatally struck a pedestrian on southbound Interstate Highway 280 in San Francisco on Thursday night.
The pedestrian was struck at about 10:15 p.m. in the southbound lanes of the highway near Ocean Avenue, CHP Officer Peter Van Eckhardt said.
After the Presidents Cup comes to a close at Harding Park, work will begin on a project between Daly City and San Francisco that will bring recycled water to the famed golf course.
Recycled water is wastewater from homes and businesses — from sinks and toilets — that is cleaned at a treatment facility for reuse.
Graffiti vandals beware: Before you mark up that storefront, know that police have started using new software to better track where you will strike next and how many incidents you will be charged with.
The mayor’s schedule has been quiet in the last two days.
Mayor Gavin Newsom has no public appearances today or meeting at City Hall, according to his schedule. Word around town is he’s spending part of his days working on his campaign, which took a hit in an early poll released Thursday.
Mayor Gavin Newsom would play hopscotch with a Republican, too, according to Attorney General Jerry Brown’s camp
If she decided to run for governor in 2010, the U.S. senator from San Francisco would beat Mayor Gavin Newsom and presumed candidate state Attorney General Jerry Brown in the Democratic primary, according to a new poll. Feinstein was backed by 40 percent of respondents, versus Brown’s 27 percent and Newsom’s 16 percent, in a random telephone survey of 1,005 voters.
As controversial legislation about San Francisco’s sanctuary policy moves toward a vote, the new police chief told The Examiner he’s seeking a balance between opposing sides.
Supervisor David Campos has proposed legislation that would make it so illegal immigrant youths charged with felonies are reported to federal authorities only if they are convicted.
San Mateo -- With the launch of Twitter and Facebook pages by the San Mateo Union High School District, officials hope communication with parents, students and the community will improve.
"In today’s world you have to communicate with people in a variety of ways," District Superintendent Scott Laurence said. "You can’t depend on just one."
The first rain showers since midsummer are expected to fall over The City on Monday, part of a storm system headed toward the region.
Daytime temperatures won’t rise above the 60s starting this weekend and continuing through early next week, National Weather Service meteorologist Diana Henderson said.
The economic downturn has allowed a set of Tenderloin neighborhood studios where famous artists recorded to survive and to share in Woodstock 40-year anniversary celebrations in The City later this year.
Proposed legislation from San Francisco supervisor Chris Daly that would bar city employees from soliciting donations for nonprofit organizations that fund city departments when they work for that department goes before the Board of Supervisors Rules Committee on Thursday.
A San Francisco gang member convicted of murder for ordering an attack on an innocent man he mistook for a rival was sentenced to 15 years to life in prison today.
It doesn’t get much better than this. For the world’s best golfers. For a muni called Harding Park. For a sellout crowd which knows this sort of an event may never come along again in San Francisco.
If you want a really good laugh, try the Jim Harbaugh-to-the-Raiders rumor. Harbaugh was the Raiders’ quarterbacks coach for two years, so he knows firsthand how dysfunctional the organization has become. He won’t be a lifer at Stanford, but he won’t be on the Raiders’ sidelines, either.
Inspired by Simon Carr’s popular memoir, “The Boys Are Back” might have been reduced to sentimental mush in the hands of a lesser director, but Scott Hicks (“Shine”) and star Clive Owen rarely strike a false note in this engaging, serious-minded tale of a widower struggling to raise two boys in the Australian outback.
The 13th Arab Film Festival (featuring 17 films from seven countries) opens Oct. 15 in San Francisco with "Pomegranates and Myrrh," the story of Kamar, a Christian Palestinian dancer who, while her husband is imprisoned, develops an emotional bond with her new choreographer.
I’ve written about cava, prosecco and other sparkling wines, but it occurred to me the other day that I have yet to write a column about sekt.
With his twinkly eyes and infectious smile, Roland Passot, the chef-owner of La Folie, proves that a fancy French meal doesn’t have to be stuffy.
Is George Clooney finally getting serious about a girlfriend? The notorious ladies’ man has famously proclaimed he’ll never wed again — but things appear to be moving in that direction with Italian gal pal Elisabetta Canalis. He’s moved her into his California bachelor pad — and given her a Cartier diamond, a pal of the actor tells In Touch magazine.
River Rock Casino has opened its new poker room, moved from a dark, back corner to the best real estate in the house.
The new-six table poker room is right in the front of the casino, in a former banquet and overflow area of the Quail Run restaurant. Large glass windows offer a panoramic view of the Alexander Valley wine country and Russian River.
David Chiu’s unanimously approved legislation limiting stores selling tobacco devices is another meaningless token attempt to clean up Polk Street. Perhaps the real issues that David and other political officials seem to overlook are too numerous. Daily panhandling and verbal harassment, prostitution, drug sales and public intoxication are clearly evident.
WHAT: Besides shouting “You lie,” Assemblyman Tom Ammiano also used seriously bad language in inviting Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to kiss his … [posterior].
According to the Congressional Budget Office, the Senate Finance Committee’s health care bill “will result in a net reduction in federal budget deficits of $81 billion between 2010 and 2019 and reduce the federal budgetary commitment to health care.” But the positive score isn’t winning converts.
As our health care system is debated in Congress and we continue to face down pro-choice challenges in the bill, I want to take the time to remind all of us of another vulnerable segment of our population.
Conservative critics have a long list of objections to gay activist Kevin Jennings, the controversial head of the Education Department's Office of Safe and Drug Free Schools.
It turns out the joke was on us.
In August — while thousands of Americans were dutifully attending town hall meetings to let their elected representatives know they oppose big government, big bureaucracy and high-tax health care — unelected congressional staff huddled in Washington, D.C., writing their own health care bill.
‘W.” It’s back, and sending tremors through the business community. Especially as it seems to be displacing “V.”
If you had a 12 percent chance of contracting cancer, what would you do?
That’s the situation all women face as the National Cancer Institute estimates that one out of eight women born today will be diagnosed with breast cancer during their lives. In 2009, 192,370 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer, up from 178,480 new cases in 2007.
If the Board of Supervisors mandated that certain residences must be equipped with a radio that has no volume control, station selector or off switch, outrage against that governmental intrusion would be universal.
WHAT: More California hotels are being pushed into foreclosure as tourists and businesses scale back their travel plans and owners are unable to pay their mortgages. Statewide, more than 300 hotels were in foreclosure or default on their loans as of Sept. 30 — a nearly fivefold increase since the start of the year, according to an industry report.
We went underground this week to hang out with Eris Del Beccaro, an amazing bartender at the Academy of Sciences’ best-kept secret, The Moss Room. This super-sleek bar and restaurant is, unbeknownst to many, underneath the museum. How cool is that? Even cooler is the 28-foot moss wall for which the restaurant is named.
La Folie: The stylish restaurant proves that a fancy French meal doesn’t have to be stuffy. La Folie knows that a plate of bite-size cheese puffs or a slice of foie gras can make someone hungry for more. [2316 Polk St., (415) 776-5577, www.lafolie.com]
Everything you should know about government transparency and accountability under President Barack Obama and the Democratic Congress was made crystal clear by two events this week.
As the White House mulls a smaller, second round of economic stimulus, a key concern for Democrats is how best to help hard-hit political swing states with mounting unemployment.
NASA smacked two spacecraft into the lunar south pole Friday morning in a search for hidden ice. But the big live public splash people anticipated didn't quite happen.
Instruments confirm that a large empty rocket hull barreled into the moon at 7:31 a.m. (1131 GMT), followed four minutes later by a probe with cameras taking pictures of the first crash.
The announcement drew gasps of surprise and cries of too much, too soon. Yet President Barack Obama won the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday because the judges found his promise of disarmament and diplomacy too good to ignore.
A Senate plan to expand health insurance coverage to an additional 29 million people would not come cheap, with taxpayers, businesses and the elderly poised to foot most of the bill.
OSLO – President Barack Obama won the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize on Friday in a stunning decision designed to encourage his initiatives to reduce nuclear arms, ease tensions with the Muslim world and stress diplomacy and cooperation rather than unilateralism.