Many a library patron has faced a financial penalty for borrowing material and failing to return it. Now San Francisco's top librarian can identify with them just a little more. Luis Herrera, San Francisco's city librarian, is slated to be fined $600 by the state's Fair Political Practices Committee ... More >>
Seriously, dealing with these brick houses is "unworkable"Given the chance to complain to whatever newspaper covered the land of fairy tales, the Big Bad Wolf would probably remonstrate that houses of bricks were too cumbersome to be blown down -- even with much huffing and puffing. Given the cha ... More >>
Bad dog! Homophobic! The Week in GayDid you miss me? I spent the last week in Buffalo, N.Y., visiting family and NOT getting groped by anyone at any of the four airports I visited. Granted, I had to pass inspection at only two of the four airports, but I kept an open mind about being fondled and ... More >>
The rabble-rousers of the ABU have helped to achieve local hiring goals.
Sorry, CharlieSo you remember the iconic furniture art building we wrote about yesterday? It turns out the city is going to be demolishing the building whether the artist Brian Goggin restores it with $75,000 in donations or not.Goggin tells us the original plan was to just demolish the building ... More >>
A local artist is hoping this installation, "Defenestration," won't be tossed out the window...San Francisco artist Brian Goggin is facing a tough dilemma: Either raise the $75,000 to restore the iconic furniture dancing on the walls of the above derelict building at Sixth and Howard, or see all ... More >>
Monday, Nov. 16, 2 p.m. - Public Safety CommitteeIt's an exciting time to be on the Public Safety Committee. Swine flu is rampant, there's a new top cop in town, and SOMEBODY needs to decide if Hugues de La Plaza was: (a) the victim of a grisly murder, or; (b) a committed neat freak to t ... More >>
As promised, city controller Ben Rosenfeld this afternoon released a report detailing the hit San Francisco will take as a result of state borrowing, filching, and other creative accounting tactics. What, you were expecting good news? How about this: Hundreds of Muni vehicles didn't crash today. ... More >>
Sorry Bob -- no money for you.Gov Arnold Schwarzenegger has taken to brandishing unsubtly lethal cutting implements of late. But when it comes to the sharpest cut of all, the pen really is mightier than the sword. Today the governor is wielding his "blue pen," administering an additional billion ... More >>
Don't scream -- there's a perfectly sound place to put all Don Fisher's art: Where it already is.Kudos to the Chronicle's John King for today's scoop on Donald Fisher's decision to abandon his contentious plan to house his modern art collection at the Presidio National Park. "Doris and I will take s ... More >>
Like a bloody steak, the Ethics Commission earlier this week sent back a bevy of proposed rule changes for more cooking and seasoning. Along with good government types, even some members of the commission were flummoxed by the staff-generated proposed changes to the Campaign Finance Reform Ordinance ... More >>
Take a close look at Don Fisher and his motivations for a Presidio museum
Visitacion Valley might have its dream transit village in a few years, if only Ingersoll-Rand will get out of the way
Could it be the activists who claim they're trying to rebuild it?
If Mayor Newsom lives up to his promises, there's no reason Market Street can't become a thriving theater district -- and very quickly
Mayor Brown is pushing for quick approval of a Hunters Point Shipyard redevelopment plan that gives a lot to homebuilding giant Lennar, and not nearly enough to the city or the shipyard's neighbors
The Navy says radiation levels are within federal safety guidelines, but are higher than what is legally acceptable for the property to be transferred
Asthma, cancer, and other illnesses occur at higher-than-average rates in Hunters Point. Many residents blame the nearby Navy shipyard, one of the most contaminated ex-military bases in the nation.
Flash mobs: serious social movement or quirky entertainment (or both)?
The Nuclear Witnesses
How nuclear researchers handled -- and grossly mishandled -- the Cold War's most dangerous radioactive substances at a top-secret lab inside the Hunters Point Shipyard. The same shipyard the city wants to remake as San Francisco's newest neighborhood.
After years of delays and millions in public funds, Brava opened its inaugural season in a still unfinished theater
A federal audit reveals the waste and mismanagement that ruined a once-promising minority aid program
Forget about live-work lofts. The newest fight for San Francisco's soul is over multimedia office space.
Why did the school district give $12,000 to the mayor's buddy?
Mayor Willie Brown has made official decisions benefiting business entities that are partners in the mayor's own private business endeavors. Is this intersection of Brown's public decisions and private finances a coincidence - or a conflict of interest?
San Francisco is planning to take title to the decommissioned Hunters Point Naval Shipyard before the military completes an environmental cleanup. The move could cost the city hundreds of millions of dollars -- or more.
Years of reckless borrowing have sent the city's Redevelopment Agency spiraling into debt. Mayor Brown's pet projects may flush it down the drain entirely.
San Francisco gave away the store to help The Gap Inc. and its politically connected chairman build an upscale headquarters with a bay view. But more than $18 million in subsidies apparently won't bring the city anything it couldn't have had free.
Will paving one of S.F.'s last dirt streets improve or ruin east Bernal Heights?
Superintendent Rojas says he was just trying to avoid red tape; a lawsuit claims he willfully ignored city law
The art of survival -- and the universe -- finds new meaning at the Goodman 2
For 25 years, Harvey Ross has rooted out the waste and lies of politicians and bureaucrats. But some say he's too lost in the line items to see the big picture