The news that the city's nascent cruise ship terminal could well lose the city boatloads of money is disturbing -- but hardly unanticipated. Last year, SF Weekly obtained a January 2012 e-mail from Port of San Francisco Director Monique Moyer to members of her staff lamenting the proposed cruise shi ... More >>
Most San Franciscans picking up the paper the day after the Super Bowl would be reading sad headlines about the 49ers' agonizing loss. That's bad. But, hypothetically, those headlines could have noted that the city had been spared an expensive and destructive post-win riot. That's ... good? This is ... More >>
The news over the weekend that the city could be left holding the bag for millions the America's Cup Organizing Committee has failed to provide is a revelation in the same sense that it's revelatory that promiscuous couples in horror films tend to be killed off. The very real possibility of San ... More >>
In most American suburbs, Sunday is a chance for respite, which means driving from strip mall to strip mall, consuming crap. But in San Francisco, Sunday respite comes in the form of free parking and a nice mimosa brunch. Sadly, that one day local drivers can count on to be stress-free will be no m ... More >>
The classic film On the Waterfront involved plenty of fighting -- with both longshoreman's hooks and bare fists. The battles on San Francisco's own waterfront are far rougher. But, upon reflection, they resemble high-stakes -- and very grown-up -- versions of the Marshmallow Test. Would San Franc ... More >>
Federal agents announced today that they seized 13 kilograms, or close to 29 pounds, of cocaine from a cruise ship docked in San Francisco last month.According to a statement from U.S. Customs and Border Protection, a joint operation among federal agencies and local law-enforcement led to two sep ... More >>
GrossSince seagulls are mysteriously dying by the dozens at Pier 94 rendering plant after feasting on offal, the Board of Supervisors has been urged to enforce a larine version of a junk food ban.At its Feb. 10 meeting, the city's Animal Care & Control Commission introduced a drafted letter t ... More >>
Joe EskenaziThe bunny's sign reads, 'Welcome America's Cup.' You can't accuse this float of not being a civic boosterJonathan Stern's official position with the Port of San Francisco is listed as "Assistant Deputy Director, Waterfront Development Projects." But you can just call him the human Pow ... More >>
San Francisco has finalized its bid for the America's Cup. Is it enough to win the battle?By an 11-0 vote, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors adopted the so-called "Northern Waterfront Alternative" bid to host the America's Cup -- a deal race officials over the weekend deemed insufficient. Th ... More >>
During a lengthy Wednesday hearing regarding the America's Cup -- which was far less thrilling than a yachting race and had far more nautically themed public comment -- the city's budget analyst made an emphatic point. Based on the "Northern Waterfront Alternative" plan which is currently en vogu ... More >>
Coming to San Francisco?With the Board of Supervisors' Budget and Finance Committee today bracing for the cold wind of hours of contentious testimony on the fiscal feasibility of hosting the America's Cup, here comes just what everyone wanted: Yet another financial study! The regatta has already ... More >>
Onward...A new plan for hosting the America's Cup was today emphatically blessed by Port of San Francisco officials as the best deal the city could get. Yet the city's Budget Analyst warned that even under these "best" terms, the city could still end up giving away some $55 million to billionaire ... More >>
Vincent Van GoghWill the latest report take the wind out of the city's sails? The latest Budget and Legislative Analyst's report analyzing the potential costs and benefits of hosting the America's Cup regatta has finally hit dry land. But, crunching the numbers, the city's numerical mavens still ... More >>
Them boats is expensiveEarlier this week we reported that the city's budget analyst was at work on a report to answer the big question: Can you actually make money hosting the America's Cup? The report is out, and, according to the city's official number-cruncher, the answer is no. A resounding n ... More >>
Begone, critters.Following Tuesday's election, San Francisco may seem like a political island in a sea of shellacking states. Judging from a recent report from the Department of Environment's Integrated Pest Management Plan, we're an island under constant attack.Last year San Francisco bought 2,2 ... More >>
Matt SmithWe're all on the same team, after all...Did you know the City and County of San Francisco of San Francisco runs a ticket-scalping operation, much of which is routed through the online reseller StubHub?The enterprise is run out of the Port of San Francisco, which is landlord to the San F ... More >>
Will the remains of cows like this soon be powering your Land Rover?A proposal to make large quantities of biodiesel fuel in San Francisco has sparked opposition from the city's Green Party. The Greens assert the fuel -- which is in vogue as an eco-friendly alternative to traditional fossil fuels ... More >>
Please file a report explaining all that paper..The city's Local Business Enterprise program, which gives preference to San Francisco businesses bidding on government contracts, is in shambles, an audit reveals. Paperwork required to prevent widespread fraud is routinely ignored -- and cont ... More >>
Joe EskenaziWith a view like that, no Port employee has an excuse for being out of shapeWandering down Terry Francois Boulevard and hanging a left at the distillery, one ambles into an open, airy warehouse. Walking through the warehouse, one comes face to face with ... another warehouse! Finally, ... More >>
By Ashley Harrell and Will Harper Over the past decade, we have oftentimes felt as though we are living in an adult playground run by a feisty bunch of hypocrites, philanderers, and drunk-dialers. This, we have to admit, makes San Francisco a pretty exciting city in which to gather t ... More >>
What might a developer, city contractor, union leader, or other person with a financial stake in the decisions of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors pay for a one-on-one night on the town with the president of the board? It can cost millions to go through the political hoops necessary to get a b ... More >>
Anna McCarthyNo more seaside views for this Mission Bay resident.When SF Weekly reporters saw the Port of San Francisco cracking down on our bay side neighbors, we had to snap some shots of the demolition. This lean-to was so elaborate that tearing it down required more than five workers, multipl ... More >>
What were the odds of this happening? In examining Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger's letter to the California State Assembly in which the letters I F-U-C-K Y-O-U appear vertically down the left-hand side, it is hard to imagine that it could have happened randomly. The letter purportedl ... More >>
The adoring public may have a problem with what San Francisco has in store for its troublesome invaders, the sea lions.
Courtesy of the Department of Boating and WaterwaysSome inconsiderate bastard left this boat to rot in the San Joaquin DeltaLast week we reported that the administrator of the California's Abandoned Watercraft Abatement Fund told us that San Francisco does not participate in the state program. Th ... More >>
It isn't often that you misplace a 100-foot-long boat, but that's just what happened late Monday with the ex-U.S.S. Wenonah. The 69-year-old boat slipped beneath the waves while berthed on eastern Treasure Island; when the sun went down it was up and when the sun came up it was down. Naturally, t ... More >>
Dishonest and unsavory fishermen have found a home at the docks, where rent is cheap.
A room with an expensive view, and din with your dinner.
Nobody knows for sure what kind of oily polutant is seeping into the water at Fisherman's Wharf
The easy choice between a destitute Port Authority and acres of rotting piers, or a beautified waterfront with some hotel rooms
Why the tacky political giveaway called Pier 39 shouldn't be used as a model for the coming redevelopment of San Francisco's waterfront
Planning Commission gives up most authority over waterfront development
The Giants' new stadium site is almost certainly seeping a stew of toxic chemicals into the bay. Why doesn't the government care?