Update 8:15 a.m.: A bus bridge is up and running between the California Ave. and Palo Alto train stations. Trains will turn at the California Ave. and San Antonio stations. "It usually takes about an hour and half to restore normal service after a fatality. Passengers are advised to be patient," sai ... More >>
Santa Clara County divers announced they conducted their final search for 15-year-old Sierra LaMar's body in local reservoirs where sonar had detected irregularities in the waterways. Monday's search of the Uvas Reservoir was the last one, and future water searches will be based strictly on t ... More >>
Binh Thai Luc, the man accused of brutally murdering an entire family last Friday, was reportedly ordered by a judge to leave the country six years ago and return to his native Vietnam after serving prison time for robbery and assault. But federal authorities told the Associated Press that L ... More >>
San Jose Police say they caught up with 38-year-old Steve Ruiz in a Fremont motel this weekend, where he was arrested on suspicion of killing fellow Hells Angels member Steve Tausan. Police say they "developed information in their investigation" revealing Ruiz's whereabouts: a Days Inn Motel on W ... More >>
Earlier: Happy Meal Ban: McDonald's Outsmarts San FranciscoHow the Happy Meal Ban Explains San FranciscoIt seems the phrase "like stealing candy from a baby" is due for retirement. When describing a malicious act committed with ease, the new phrase is "easier than eluding San Francisco's Happy Me ... More >>
Should he stay or should he go?To paraphrase T.S. Eliot, the ongoing showdown between the progressive supervisors and erstwhile Mayor Gavin Newsom regarding the naming of his successor will end with a bang or a whimper. Or lots of whimpering. Or lots of banging. The supes are slated today to vote ... More >>
You guys -- out of this city! The moment your humble narrator heard that legislation was introduced at yesterday's Board of Supervisors meeting aiming at regulating how nutritious a meal must be for a restaurant to be permitted to hand out a toy, I thought "This must be Eric Mar's doing." Yup.&nb ... More >>
It turns out at least four women groped along the Saratoga Creek Trail were apparently dealing with a really sweet man ... with issuesA rarity has emerged from a San Jose investigation: A story about an alleged serial groper who terrorized women jogging along a trail for months -- that's upliftin ... More >>
Dan Balsam' s favorite Monty Python sketch, bar none...Note to the world: Dan Balsam is tired of his wife receiving e-mail messages promising her a bigger penis. And he has no interest in getting larger breasts. How much does the San Francisco lawyer hate spam? Enough to initiate the DanHatesSpam ... More >>
Schools are trying to contain their truancy epidemic. How're they doing? Just ask the students smoking pot less than a block from campus.
In this space we've detailed the increasingly strident and -- at times -- surreal game of "budget chicken" between Public Defender Jeff Adachi and the mayor and his allies. Mayor Gavin Newsom is set to submit a budget on June 1, and Newsom Spokesman Nathan Ballard has repeatedly said that if Adachi ... More >>
Tick, tick, tick...As we noted earlier this week, hope springs eternal on Opening Day -- but the Oakland A's tenure in the East Bay may not be nearly as perpetual. For those of you who were unaware that Oakland owner Lew Wolff and the South Bay -- a region that craves Major League sports franchises ... More >>
Do you know the way to San Jose? It's a good bet that more Americans know that snippet of the old song (written by Burt Bacharach and Hal David for Dionne Warwick, by the way) than actually do know the way to San Jose. It's also a good bet that Lew Wolff knows the way to San Jose -- the Oakland A's ... More >>
Rebecca and Terry Solomon face charges of fleecing almost $20 million from investors, but not even the feds know where the couple is hiding.
Who's to blame for that finger in the Wendy's chili? Are you Hannibal Lecter? Take quiz, find out.
A domestic worker from Kenya has accused her employer -- a prominent African journalist -- of human trafficking
Taylor's lawyer was suspended from practicing during the robbery trial.
Albert Johnson was exonerated for a crime he didn't commit, but not before spending over a decade in prison. Why guiltless people get jailed -- and how to stop it.
Why San Francisco and its outside accountants are a little too close for comfort -- and how it could threaten the city's financial integrity
Prosecutors, judges, governors, a sex offender, and a woman with a penchant for poor judgement entangle California and Texas in an epic child custody war with two sure losers -- aged 7 and 9.
Two-plus months after police shot Idriss Stelley 20 times, they still won't release their reports on the death
Kevin Yaeger struck it rich and partied with the prettiest boys in Silicon Valley -- until his lies caught up with him
Are you ready for a real newspaper rivalry?
A con man squeezed $26 million out of 140 victims. Then a U.S. bankruptcy trustee squeezed them again.
How a supervisor with just $42,500 in income services $1 million in mortgages
A young software engineer has a plan to teach Silicon Valley to change its tightfisted ways
What's really wrong with Muni? For starters, one third of its employees don't show up to work, causing systemwide delays and costing the agency more that $20 million a year in overtime. First in a two-part special report
The enforcement of drug laws should be less hurtful than the dangers inherent indrug use itself, say the "harm reductionists" at Prevention Point, who practice what they preach by distributing 1.5 million needles to the city's drug users
Police watchdog agency the Office of Citizen Complaints braces for its fifth lame director
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