A portion of the Noe Valley neighborhood in San Francisco was cordoned off Wednesday night after potentially dangerous materials were found in a house, officials said.
Police were investigating an undisclosed type of “ordnance” discovered in a house on the 1100 block of Sanchez Street between Vicksburg and Noe streets, a police spokesman said.
The bomb squad was called out and streets within a one-block radius of the scene were closed.
No further information about the incident was immediately available.
Kale Williams is a San Francisco Chronicle staff writer. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Twitter: @sfkale
Posted: October 23, 2014, 3:06 am
The unidentified men, who were between the ages of 34 and 66, were fishing in a 12-foot inflatable boat about 300 yards offshore just south of the mouth of the Gualala River about five miles north of the community of Sea Ranch around 1:45 p.m., a Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office spokesman said.
A rogue wave washed over the bow of the small boat, the men later told sheriff’s deputies, flipping the vessel and tossing all three into the water.
Posted: October 23, 2014, 2:24 am
The fatal shooting of a San Francisco woman in her South of Market home this month — the city’s fourth domestic violence homicide this year — prompted Supervisor Jane Kim to introduce a resolution Tuesday calling for the reconvening of the city’s domestic violence fatality review panel.
The state passed legislation 20 years ago that gave counties the right to hold such meetings to analyze how authorities might have prevented a killing.
Though three alleged killings have been reported this year, the panel — which includes police, the Department of Public Health and the Department on the Status of Women — has not met in nearly four years.
In one instance, officers booked Young into County Jail on suspicion of public intoxication, but he was released from the “drunk tank” a few hours later and went on to attack Lam.
Posted: October 23, 2014, 12:27 am
The project, scheduled to take 15 to 20 years, includes up to 8,000 homes, 25 percent of them classified as below-market affordable housing, along with commercial and office buildings, 500 hotel rooms, a ferry terminal, and 300 acres of parks, playgrounds and open space.
The suit said the study lacked details of street layout and building design and failed to spell out plans to remove the many hazardous materials in the soil, groundwater and existing buildings.
The court also said the Navy is required to remove all toxic substances — including oil, pesticides, asbestos, lead paint and low-level radioactive material — from each parcel before transferring the land to developers.
Posted: October 23, 2014, 12:17 am
At the downtown San Francisco clothing store Wingtip, the discerning customer can find a $2,500 leather briefcase, a $495 pair of tasseled loafers or a $3.25 Epoxy Golden Stone Nymph.
Located at the back of the haberdashery, it’s the place to go in San Francisco to cast a fly rod on the roof, try on a pair of bib-front waders or just show off photos of your latest catch.
[...] it would be a lazy stereotype to suggest that fly fishermen are generally wealthy, middle-aged men with lots of discretionary income.
Fly fishermen are a very good demographic — generally a six-figure income with plenty of disposable income.
Fly fishing provided an introduction to his girlfriend (he invited her to a fly-tying night for a first date), a lifelong avocation and now, a business.
The Golden Gate Angling and Casting Club and its fly-casting pools have been a feature of Golden Gate Park since 1933.
Revel used to come to the city to compete in casting competitions there when he was a teenage “fly-fishing nerd” living near Redding.
Posted: October 22, 2014, 11:53 pm
LOS ANGELES — Photographer Alfred Wertheimer got a call in 1956 to take publicity pictures of a young singer he had never heard of.
[...] most of Mr. Wertheimer’s photos offered rare, off-stage glimpses into Presley’s life before press access to him was tightly controlled.
Mr. Wertheimer captured shots of Presley hanging out with friends shopping, greeting fans, rehearsing and, in one of the most famous photos of the singer, playfully stealing a kiss from a fan backstage.
Mr. Wertheimer, a fledgling freelancer who did several publicity shoots for RCA Records, got the call from a publicist to take pictures of Presley, who was to be a guest on “Stage Show,” a TV series headlined by big-band leaders Tommy and Jimmy Dorsey.
[...] any time you can find a performer, even today, who could make the girls cry, real tears streaming down their face and the mascara, and they don’t care how they look anymore and they’re hugging each other, bet on that person.
When the Grammy Museum exhibit opened, Murray gave Priscilla Presley, the singer’s ex-wife who met him in 1959, a tour of the black-and-white photos.
After a two-year stint in the Army, he worked as an assistant for fashion photographer Tom Palumbo and then struck out on his own.
Posted: October 22, 2014, 11:37 pm
Steep fees tossed for Ellis Act evictions,
Oct. 22, Front Page
The story about a federal judge’s ruling on a San Francisco housing law incorrectly reported the severity of the tenant relocation fees required of landlords. The fees can exceed $100,000 but are usually much less.
Posted: October 22, 2014, 11:28 pm
Wednesday was a sad day for exotic animal lovers in the North Bay as Six Flags Discovery Kingdom in Vallejo announced the death of one of their oldest inhabitants, a 25-year-old female reticulated giraffe named Nairobi.
Known to munch on green onions and leafy foliage, Nairobi was the largest and most independent of her herd, which included two other females and a young male.
Posted: October 22, 2014, 11:27 pm
From Pacific Heights to Hayes Valley, Potrero Hill and the Castro, strips of curb are being legally blocked off as tow-away zones by construction crews, both private and public — an incursion that can last weeks, if not months.
The red tow-away signs on plywood stands claim spots for contractors to leave their equipment or park their trucks, or they simply provide the space needed to work on a difficult-to-access site.
Contractors can apply for construction parking permits through the Department of Public Works, paying a $125-a-month fee for each 20-foot spot.
Currently there are 1,231 active construction parking permits, as well as 542 excavation permits for the installation and repair of utilities within the roadway, said Rachel Gordon, a public works spokeswoman.
In Hayes Valley over the summer, as crews paved Haight Street and converted a one-lane stretch into a two-lane express bus route, street parking on both sides of the road from Gough Street to Laguna Street was blocked during the day.
Supervisor Malia Cohen, who represents the southeast area of the city, said she’s been working with the city attorney’s office in recent months to draft legislation that would improve the construction parking permit system.
Parking has become “increasingly more difficult,” Cohen said.
[...] we get more robust transit options, we need to make sure that everyone can live in San Francisco.
Posted: October 22, 2014, 11:09 pm
BART’s Embarcadero Station in downtown San Francisco was closed and service was briefly delayed Wednesday afternoon after a person was reported stuck under a train on the eastbound tracks, authorities said. The incident was reported at 2:54 p.m. Several commuters at the station posted on Twitter that they saw a man either fall or jump on the tracks, but get back on the platform safely before a train arrived.
Posted: October 22, 2014, 10:47 pm
California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones on Wednesday accused Anthem Blue Cross of imposing “excessive” rate hikes on 120,000 customers covered by the company’s small-business policies.
The announcement gave Jones another opportunity to urge voters less than two weeks before the November general election to vote for Proposition 45, a state ballot measure that would give the elected commissioner the power to reject increases the regulator deems unreasonable.
Jones also accused the insurer of raising prescription drug benefit costs by 21.4 percent and using an “accounting maneuver” to mask its profits.
Posted: October 22, 2014, 10:38 pm
Mayor Ed Lee on Wednesday threw his weight behind Supervisor David Chiu in the race to represent San Francisco in the state Assembly, one day after his opponent, Supervisor David Campos, was touting the endorsement of California Democratic Party Chairman John Burton.
Lee’s endorsement of Chiu comes as something of a surprise, given the mayor’s lukewarm relationship with the supervisor (they ran against each other in the mayor’s race three years ago) and Lee’s reticence, until now, to weigh in on any of the most controversial issues on the Nov. 4 ballot.
Lee praised Chiu’s work on pension and business tax reform and improving city infrastructure, as well as his 2012 vote to oust Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi, who earlier in the year had pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor domestic violence offense.
Supporters of Proposition E, the measure to levy a 2-cents-per-ounce tax on regular sodas and other sugary drinks, have filed an ethics complaint against the No on E campaign for not disclosing who is really behind it.
The campaign actually is disclosing who is funding it — that would be the very deep-pocketed American Beverage Association, which as of the last filing deadline had sunk $7.7 million into the campaign to defeat the tax.
The American Beverage Association sounds more innocuous than saying up front it’s paid for by Coke and Pepsi,” said Maureen Erwin, campaign manager for Yes on E. “If they named the companies that are paying, it would make it a lot clearer.
[...] a recent opinion poll found that most of the 620 randomly selected city residents surveyed by professional pollsters gave favorable ratings to both Muni and the agency, which also controls traffic, parking, taxis and other things transportation in the city.
Posted: October 22, 2014, 10:34 pm
A federal judge’s decision striking down San Francisco’s attempt to charge substantial relocation fees to landlords who evict all their tenants threatens local regulation of land use and will be appealed, City Attorney Dennis Herrera said Wednesday.
The ordinance, which took effect in June, requires property owners who decide to go out of the rental business to pay their former tenants an amount equal to two years of the difference between their current rent and the rent of a comparable unit in the city at market rates.
Posted: October 22, 2014, 10:17 pm
Creators haven’t been shy about their desire to make the large-scale light show permanent, but an initial push to raise funds for a 10-year reinstallation sputtered this summer.
[...] there’s an evolving agreement that if “Bay Lights” boosters can raise the $4million necessary to reinstall an upgraded version, bridge crews will keep an eye on things from there on out.
Staffers at that agency have been crafting a draft memorandum with Caltrans, which owns the 78-year-old western span, and the nonprofit that conceived “Bay Lights,” Illuminate the Arts.
The programmed but seemingly random installation by artist Leo Villareal consists of 25,000 LED lights attached to 300 suspender cables on the side of the bridge that faces the Financial District and Telegraph Hill.
Even as the agreement with transportation agencies evolves — the earliest vote on a full memorandum of understanding would be in November — “Bay Lights” has received attention of a different sort from a national design advocacy group.
Most of the highlighted creations are under physical pressure rather than financial strains, such as the Wells Petroglyph Preserve in northern New Mexico, threatened by erosion, and the garden designed by British landscape architect Russell Page in 1973 at New York’s Frick Collection.
Posted: October 22, 2014, 10:00 pm
San Francisco apartment owners scored a major victory Tuesday when a federal judge declared unconstitutional the city’s attempt to shield evicted tenants from soaring rents by substantially increasing the relocation fees the tenants must be paid by landlords who decide to get out of the rental business.
The law, which took effect in June, requires property owners to pay displaced tenants the difference for two years between the current rent and the amount needed to rent a comparable unit in the city at market rates.
Breyer stayed his ruling until Friday to give the city time to ask a federal appeals court to intervene.
An earlier city ordinance, enacted in 2005 and upheld by the courts, required landlords to pay displaced tenants $4,500 plus inflation adjustments, an amount that Breyer said was roughly equal to the expenses they face in moving out.
The eviction was still pending when the new ordinance took effect, requiring the couple to pay their tenant nearly $118,000, the difference between the current rent and two years’ payments on a comparable unit elsewhere.
“San Francisco’s housing shortage and the high market rates that result are significant problems of public concern, and the city (supervisors’) attempts to ameliorate them are laudable,” Breyer said.
Posted: October 22, 2014, 7:28 pm