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Across the Bay

newspaper29After a recent car collision, Oakland Mayor Jean Quan is being accused by the other driver’s attorney of not providing proof of insurance.

Saturday, August 4th, 2012

You’re on Candid Camera! (And it’ll cost you.)

Muni is adding more cameras to their busses. Nope, not to catch you and your friends and the whacky shenanigans that you get into, but to ticket you for driving or parking in the bus lane! I know, it’s less cool once you get the details.

Friday, May 18th, 2012


Need to use the restroom while in a BART station? Sorry. Although, on the bright side, you can still get harassed by Scientologists.

Friday, April 27th, 2012

Keepin’ it safe

The Examiner tells us about new legislation aimed to address safety conditions in parking lots outside of entertainment venues.

Thursday, April 19th, 2012

Does this mean we’re friends again?

After a back and forth battle about the safety conditions of Muni’s operations, the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) and the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) might have finally come to a resolution. Nothing like a story about two public agencies getting along to start your Monday off right!

Monday, March 19th, 2012

Muni Muggers Beware

Crime as a whole is down on Muni (yay!), but larceny rates on Muni are up (notsoyay!). In reaction to the rise in mostly mobile device related crime, Muni has started a public service campaign that reminds passengers that people still get mugged, and those who flash $600 devices are even more likely to get mugged.

Wednesday, March 14th, 2012

One Billion Rising

City officials are throwing their support behind the One Billion Rising for Justice campaign, which is focused on ending violence against women and girls. A coordinated, worldwide event will take place on Valentine’s Day.

Sunday, February 19th, 2012

A Different Kind of Recreation

The Metro Theater in Cow Hollow may see new life as a center for physical fitness.

Thursday, February 9th, 2012

Communication Breakdown

A controversial plan to build a regional emergency communications system was approved by the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday.

Thursday, February 2nd, 2012

chickity-check yo self before you wreck yo self

With Chinese New Year approaching on February 3, local electeds are making sure business owners are well equipped to report crimes in case some celebrations get out of hand.

Friday, January 21st, 2011

Let’s Talk Safety

A Muni operator who was caught texting while presumably driving may be kicked to the curb after finding out that Jamie’s boyfriend’s sister-in-law Mary’s friend Becky’s brother also got a job at Muni.  Watch out for him.

Tuesday, January 18th, 2011

Stop or I’ll Wave My Hands Wildly

The San Francisco Police Department is considering a new rule that would restrict police officers’ ability to shoot at moving cars.

Wednesday, November 17th, 2010

Exploding manholes

…or not, thanks to the City’s persistence!  San Francisco officials are credited with pressuring PG&E to make sure that all of San Francisco’s gas lines (and manhole covers, transponders, and other gas-related-thing-a-ma-jiggies) are up to par and as safe as possible.  Kudos to the folks over at City Hall for being ahead of the curve on this one!

Tuesday, November 16th, 2010

Shaken not stirred

As voters are considering Proposition A come November, the Chron takes a look at what would happen if the city was hit with a major quake.  Let’s just say that I’ll be using my lunch break to buy bottles of water and canned tuna fish… and vodka, of course.

Monday, October 4th, 2010

Can you hear me now?

SF Weekly takes a look at the issue of killer cell phones and the antennas that emit the aforementioned death rays.  Turns out that we’re way more risk averse about things that likely won’t kill us while we ignore things (like, I dunno, cars and gas lines) that most definitely will.  I’m not sure if should be more or less worried after reading this article…

Wednesday, September 22nd, 2010

Problematic Pipeline

San Francisco to the federal government: You got served!! In the effort to improve pipeline safety, City Attorney Dennis Herrera filed a lawsuit on Tuesday to force U.S. regulators to provide better oversight on California’s pipeline system. The Chron and Ex provide the details.

Monday, September 20th, 2010

Seals and sea lions and sharks, oh my!

…with a strong emphasis on SHARKS.  Nope, this isn’t political, but in today’s public service announcement (and because it’s a fairly slow news day), your friends at Usual Suspects want to warn you that sharks have been sighted here in the Bay Area, off Ocean Beach.  If you’re out there trying to take advantage of the last few days of summer, be careful!

Monday, August 23rd, 2010


In the days of advanced technology, it’s about time that our public safety systems are brought up to speed.   Yesterday, our City received a whopping $50 million from our friends in Washington to increase communication efficiency between departments in the event of a major disaster.

Thursday, August 19th, 2010

Naptime Made Easy

Downtown San Francisco will get its first medical marijuana facility, despite concerns about its proximity to two childcare centers.

Monday, July 26th, 2010

Wreck and Park

Supervisor Michela Alioto-Pier introduces legislation that would require background checks on any would-be parking lot operators in San Francisco.

Monday, July 19th, 2010

Not so happy meal

If you see cops at the McDonald’s just outside of Golden Gate Park, don’t be too quick to assume they’re getting a Big Mac. Turns out this fast food joint has logged over 412 calls for police assistance in the past year. While the area has always seen its fair share of homelessness, some neighbors feel the new sit/lie ordinance is to blame for the spike in problems.

Friday, July 16th, 2010

Burning Down the House

San Francisco firefighters seek tougher standards for solar panel installations in hopes of reducing rooftop injuries and fires.

Thursday, July 15th, 2010

Fire on the Mountain

The Fire Commission considers a new permit for allowing the use of outdoor fire pits in private or public space.

Monday, July 12th, 2010

Only online

Matier and Ross cover BART politics, Transocean holdings, inappropriate cozying up with vendors, and how George met Gavin.  Willie Brown covers BART police functions, money laundering, what happens when your school closes, movies and lays, and more…

Sunday, July 4th, 2010

Hot town, summer in the city

Okay, so maybe it’s more like “foggy town,” but regardless, summer is here.  And with summer comes an annual spike in crime throughout the city.  This year both the SFPD and City Hall are bracing for it to be worse than usual thanks to that darn global economic crisis.

Thursday, June 24th, 2010