Soon, the public could talk about anything under the sun at Board of Supervisors committee meetings, held routinely most weeks.
The Board of Supervisors currently allows members of the public to comment on items not on the agenda during its Tuesday meeting when all 11 members are present.
Supervisor Chris Daly wants to prevent city employees from engaging in fundraising efforts for nonprofit organizations that support city departments.
Legislation he has introduced to prohibit such an occurrence is before the Board of Supervisors Rules Committee on Thursday. It would require approval by the full board to become law.
What kind of businesses should pop up in the western SOMA neighborhood? Zoning discussions are heating up about what to prohibit and what to allow – from bars, medical marijuana dispensaries, large retail stores and movie theaters.
On Thursday, residents and city officials will discuss the matter at the Business and Land Use Committee Meeting.
Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson frequently traveled during the 12 years he spent playing professional basketball in the NBA and was never robbed on the road.
San Francisco put an end to that streak.
The rip-off happened Friday while the mayor was helping an elderly man near Union Square.
Wildlife enthusiasts hoping to get a glimpse of their favorite animals at the San Francisco Zoo may have their window shortened slightly starting next month.
On Thursday, commissioners for the Recreation and Park Department, which co-manages operations at the Zoo, could vote on shortening visiting hours at the establishment by one hour during the winter months.
Mayor Gavin Newsom has reappointed Claudine Cheng to the Treasure Island Development Authority Board of Directors for four-year term ending February 2010.
For that to happen, she must pass muster before the Board of Supervisors. On Thursday, the board’s Rules Committee meets to vote on the appointment.
The injunction against San Francisco’s bike plan will continue, at least for a few more weeks.
The expected effects of a major earthquake on the new eastern span of the Bay Bridge, which is under construction, have been explained by Caltrans in a new video simulation.
The backers of a plan to put billboards along a two-block stretch of Market Street may have picked up some key endorsements, DA Kamala Harris and Board of Supervisors President David Chiu among them.
While their repairs aren’t likely to generate as much publicity as the major renovation work at the Bay Bridge, 18 small spans in San Francisco are set to undergo important maintenance upgrades.
Treacherous conditions are expected to stick around for the evening commute, forecasters said Tuesday morning.
Bicycle riders will be able to park their two-wheelers at the Embarcadero BART station for longer periods of time, but some worry the new system will increase bike thefts.
Since the transit agency put a new system in place at the busy station, commuters can park their bikes whenever it’s open. The previous setup restricted parking to commute hours on weekdays.
Today’s stormy weather has forced setbacks for commuters travelling on local transit lines and passengers flying into San Francisco, where flights are delayed up to three hours.
Emergency crews have responded to five pedestrians hit by cars and nine separate vehicle accidents Tuesday morning in The City.
None of the incidents, reported between 5:30 and 8:15 a.m., was fatal, San Francisco Fire Lt. Mindy Talmage.
Approximately 24,000 Pacific Gas and Electric Co. customers remained without power in the Bay Area Tuesday night due to storm-related outages, a utility spokeswoman said.
When Art and Sherry Agnos walk their chocolate Labrador from their Potrero Hill home to the Ferry Building farmers market on weekends, the former mayor and his wife take the waterfront route, passing AT&T Park and following the T-Third Street light-rail track to the Bay Bridge.
Two westbound lanes are blocked on the Bay Bridge due to an overturned white sedan, California Highway Patrol Officer Kevin Kroncke said.
The crash was reported at 12:09 p.m. on the S-curve along the temporary section of the bridge near Treasure Island.
At about 12:20 p.m., two lanes remained blocked and crews were arriving to upright the vehicle.
Heavy winds tore down trees as incessant rain flooded neighborhoods throughout San Francisco Tuesday.
A construction worker fell off scaffolding Monday morning in San Francisco's Mission District but was not seriously injured, San Francisco
fire Lt. Ken Smith said.
The worker had been on the scaffolding at about 9:10 a.m. at 3570 21st St. when he stepped on an unsecured board and dropped about 12 feet, Smith said.
A new law that bans gender discrimination in health insurance prices will bring a welcome end to a lawsuit filed by San Francisco against the state, San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera said today.
The new law is one of 478 bills signed by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger before Sunday's deadline.
The state can now sell 23 acres of land that is mostly used for parking lots in southeastern San Francisco to benefit a city housing development.
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed legislation this week allowing the transaction.
A two-alarm residential fire in San Mateo that caused an estimated $200,000 worth of damage and displaced four people early this morning has been extinguished, according to fire officials.
The fire was reported at about 2:40 a.m. at a building in the Scotchollow Apartments complex at 113 Laurie Meadows Drive, a San Mateo County fire dispatcher said.
A 75-year-old woman was killed in a three-car crash on state Highway 1 at Devil's Slide this morning, according to the California Highway Patrol.
The crash, reported at about 7:45 a.m., closed the roadway until about 11:30 a.m., CHP Officer Kevin Kroncke said.
Nearly 3,000 Pacific Gas and Electric customers in San Francisco and on the Peninsula are without power Tuesday morning due to storm-related outages.
In San Francisco, 1,540 customers in the Hunter’s Point Shipyard area remain in the dark after a 7:30 a.m. outage that originally affected 2,600, PG&E spokesman Joe Molica said.
Software giant Oracle Corp. welcomed more than 40,000 attendees to its OpenWorld 2009 conference, which will be held at the Moscone Center in San Francisco through Thursday. The global business and technology conference includes educational sessions, live Oracle product demos and countless opportunities for networking, among other features, according to the Redwood City-based company.
Tuesday is expected to be cold and wet across the Bay Area, as a cold front and the remnants of a typhoon mix, creating a stormy combination.
It is likely that Tuesday morning’s commute will be “ugly with a capital U,” a National Weather Service forecaster said.
The storm was forecast to roll into the region overnight, forecaster Diana Henderson said.
San Francisco Municipal Railway service has been restored along the L-Taraval line after an earlier disruption that was initially believed to
have been a derailment.
The disruption began at about 2:05 p.m. on Taraval Street between 35th and 36th avenues. Service was restored shortly after 4 p.m.
The U.S. Geological Survey is reporting an earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 3.8 jolted Alameda County tonight.
According to the USGS, the earthquake struck shortly before 8:30 p.m. and was centered two miles north-northeast of Sunol and three miles
south of Pleasanton.
As Blue Angels pilots and their fans found out last weekend, in precision acrobatic flying, there’s just not a lot of room for do-overs.
That’s why we can applaud the Navy aviators for giving it a go Sunday after clipping their own wings and canceling a much-anticipated Fleet Week show Saturday that left tens of thousands of fans with a head-shaking question.
Jon Gruden appears to be the frontrunner in Dan Snyder's offseason search for his seventh coach in 11 seasons.
Organizers of the Presidents Cup estimate the event drew 26,000 fans to San Francisco’s Harding Park Golf Course on both Saturday and Sunday.
The crowd numbered 25,000 on both Thursday and Friday, as the event sold out all tickets for its four days of game play, Presidents Cup Executive Director Tom Clark said Monday.
And now, your regularly scheduled Jon-plus-Kate-equals-hate update. Last week, after her estranged husband allegedly withdrew $230,000 from their joint account, leaving her broke, Kate Gosselin filed for alimony. The reality star is seeking child support and temporary spousal support.
Republicans sent a fellow named Lemieux out to make the case against Obamacare in Saturday’s national radio address, which followed the president’s weekly turn on the airwaves.
Last week, President Barack Obama won the Nobel Peace Prize, eight months into a presidency in which he’s done virtually nothing about world peace.
Surprised? You shouldn’t be. The truth is, you should have seen this travesty coming from light years away, for at least two reasons.
I am a property owner who owns three dogs and I consider myself an animal lover. But, I waited until my children were grown and out of the house before I got the dogs because my son has always been asthmatic and is highly allergic to animal dander.
If past is prologue - as it surely is - then we can expect discouraging unemployment numbers for at least another year and no official announcement from the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) that the recession ended this summer until 2011. That's according to Mark J. Perry, writing on Enterprise, the AEI blog.
President Bush left a confused situation. A mission undertaken with reasonable clarity had become vague and muddled. Many feared that the mission was creeping away from its initially limited aims to a full-up attempt at nation building in a collapsed state. His Democratic successor recognized the importance of the mission, but his priorities lay on domestic affairs.
West Virginia Democrat Rep. Alan Mollohan apparently is undeterred by an ongoing Justice Department investigation of his earmarking practices because his 2010 earmark requests includes a $2 million item for a project that will benefit several of his campaign contributors, and a former staff member who is also a real estate investment partner.
As he navigates a range of politically unappealing options for health care reform and the Afghan war, President Obama is finding the two to be linked
The liberals in his own party are dismayed by Obama's apparent retreat on a public, government-run insurance program for health care, and his contemplated embrace of a ramped-up war plan for Afghanistan.
President Barack Obama will be in San Francisco Thursday for a Democratic National Committee fundraiser.
The president is scheduled to arrive at San Francisco International Airport late Thursday afternoon and leave Friday morning,
according to the White House.
Thanks to her "frivolous arguments and disrespectful personal attacks" in court, the lawyer who leads the so-called "birther" movement has been slapped with a hefty fine today for abusing her privileges as a lawyer.
Senate Democrats, knocked off their feet by a critical insurance-industry report about their health care reform plan, started fighting back late Monday, more than 12 hours after the report was put forward by the industry's top lobbyist, America's Health Insurance Plans.
The top two items right now on Jake Tapper's political blog at ABC News are about Republicans backing Max Baucus's health-care bill. Tapper reports on Bush 41's HHS Secretary Louis Sullivan, who is backing the Baucus bill.
Congress faces two politically unpalatable options on health care: Higher fines for working-class Americans who don't buy insurance or increases in spending and taxes after insurance providers predicted huge increases in premiums under the main Democratic plan.
The House Republican leadership team sent a list of suggestions to the White House last week they said would help small businesses create jobs, such as implementing new tax breaks and allowing small businesses to pool together to purchase health insurance.
Senate Republicans will back a request for a surge of 40,000 troops in Afghanistan, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said on Sunday.
McConnell said on Face the Nation that despite strong evidence that Afghanistan is being run by a "flawed administration," the country is a haven for terrorists who threaten America.
Now that dreams of a 2010 victory are dancing like sugarplums in Republicans’ heads, and although they may turn out to be only dreams, it may be time for conservatives and Republicans to think more seriously about how they would govern if voters give them a chance.
Liberal discontentment with President Obama knows many forms, and will no doubt grow as he continues to, in labor-union terms, "slow wobble" the jobs on Afghanistan, gay marriage, Guantanamo, etc.
A key Senate panel voted in favor of an $829 million health care proposal that would expand insurance coverage to an additional 29 million people and be paid for with taxes and cuts to Medicare. Much of the support from members was conditional, however, and passage by the full senate remains uncertain.
SNL didn't pass up the chance to mock the president for winning of the Nobel Peace Prize. In case you missed it over the weekend, I've included the clip. This marks the second week in a row that SNL mocked Obama's lack of accomplishment after last week's "to do" list sketch.
Obama (played by Fred Armisen) announces in a press conference: