A gathering commemorating an earthquake no one could have seen coming at 5:11 in the morning was itself disrupted in the wee hours by a suspicious package no one could have seen comingEvery April 18 at the 5:11 you don't want to be awake for, a contingent of history-minded folk, city officials, and ... More >>
San Francisco politicians like to boast that ours is a "world-class city." It certainly pays like one. Police Chief Greg Suhr will soon become the city's highest-paid employee -- and best-compensated police chief in the nation -- with a pending bump to $307,000. It's been a lucrative year for San Fr ... More >>
Stanford Rhetorician Dissects Mayor's Flaccid Anti-Fireworks "Statement"One of the sad features of modern political life is the proliferation of "statements" written in language that no human would ever say -- and no human would ever wish to read.For some strange reason, these steaming piles of verb ... More >>
Firefighters still don't know what caused the four-alarm fire that ripped through the roof of Pier 29 yesterday afternoon, stopping traffic along the Embarcadero, and hypnotizing tourists near the Wharf.
What they do know is that it caused more than $2 million in damages, Fire Spokeswoman Mindy Tal ... More >>
(Update 4:35 p.m) America's Cup officials released a statement saying they do not anticipate this fire hindering plans for the big race. "We look forward to moving ahead with the future construction of the America's Cup Village at Pier 27/29," the statement read. (Update 4:02 p.m.): Supervisor ... More >>
It wold be hard for San Francisco to forget the tragic day on April 18, 1906 when a catastrophic earthquake rocked city dwellers right out of bed at 5:12 a.m. It was a tragedy that left 3,000 dead, more than 200,000 homeless, and much of city's structures reduced to rubble. Luckily, we still have th ... More >>
Not in my fire house!Update (4:53 p.m.): Firefighters will be picking up the check from strip clubs at the union's distribution center today, followed by a reception at the Gold Club.Original Story ( 3 p.m.)Talk about looking a gift horse in the mouth.San Francisco Fire Chief Joanne Hayes-White h ... More >>
Tough job even without windy conditionsAmid the winds howling around the Bay Area, San Francisco firefighters struggled to put out an apartment blaze early this morning, which left two with critical burns. The fire started at about 4:30 a.m. on the top floor of a three-story apartment building ne ... More >>
Occupy some thick rubber glovesMayor Ed Lee met with Occupy SF protesters yesterday, where he released a set of demands of his own. However, his conditions are less about combating economic inequality and more about dealing with the sanitation disparity in the Financial District. Despite the fact ... More >>
Who's in charge here?The Civil Service Commission has rejected accusations that the San Francisco Fire Department purged itself of African American supervisors by helping white officers cheat on an advancement test. Now, chief Joanne Hayes-White is free to appoint new, high-scoring assistant chie ... More >>
This turkey was brought to you by...These days, if you're a San Francisco politician, mover-and-shaker, or athlete, grayish-brown is the suit color of choice. That way you can match your apparel to the inevitable gravy stains incurred in the season's cavalcade of powerful-serving-the-destitute tu ... More >>
There's one! Count it!
Fire rigs are big, red, and noisy. You'd think that counting them would be a task roughly as difficult as tracking a bleeding elephant in the snow. Well, you'd be wrong. Last week, SF Weekly broke the story that, down to its last two spare rigs, the San Francisco Fire Depa ... More >>
Sorry lads. You're not going to SoCal.Yesterday we reported that, despite the State Office of Emergency Services' pleas to California counties to send five-engine "strike teams" to battle the ongoing Los Angeles-area conflagration, the San Francisco Fire Department declined to do so. Both Fire Ch ... More >>
While much of Southern California is currently blazing away like an old Christmas tree, we've got a little bit of a fire going on up here in San Francisco, too. It's a four-alarm blaze under John Hanley's collar. The head of the San Francisco firefighter's union is incensed that the SFFD has spur ... More >>
The budget battle is under way...A shot across the bow. A brushback pitch. A dropping of the gauntlet. Call it what you will, but when the Board of Supervisors' Budget and Finance Committee yesterday approved $82 million in cuts from San Francisco's police, fire, and sheriffs' departments it was a s ... More >>
Last night, the Board of Supervisors proposed cuts of about $82 million to the budgets of San Francisco police, fire and sheriff's departments. Today, those departments got together and called a press conference.
Police Chief Heather Fong, Fire Chief Joanne Hayes-White, Police Co ... More >>
All Photos | Joe EskenaziQuake survivors William Del Monte, 103, and Rose Cliver, 106. No, they don't let you wear a hat like that until you turn 100.As a convoy of archaic fire trucks led by an ethereally beautiful convertible Jaguar -- of the vintage that Isadora Duncan may or may not have die ... More >>