Bird count nets near-record result

by Ryder W. Miller The annual Audubon Society bird count had a record turnout for participation and the number of bird species counted in the history of the local chapter count. Throughout the world there are 2,150 such counts. The San Francisco tally is now in its 32nd year. “The real story is the 71,000…

Merchants say sugar tax a concern

by Thomas K. Pendergast Supporters claim it is about public health and fighting diabetes, while opponents counter that it will just be another factor pushing blue-collar working people out of San Francisco. So, it is easy to see why a proposal for a new tax on sugar-saturated sodas and other such sweetened drinks might deliver…

Clement Street project a microcosm for battle over city housing

by Thomas K. Pendergast For a second time the San Francisco Planning Commission has delayed a decision on a controversial building project in the middle of the Richmond District, moving a hearing on it to April 24. The project would construct two buildings on northwest corner lots at the intersection of 26th Avenue and Clement…

City launches zero-waste textile initiative to keep textiles out of landfill

The City and County of San Francisco has launched a Zero Waste Textile Initiative, encouraging residents and businesses to recycle unwanted apparel, footwear and other textiles at an event at the Westfield San Francisco Centre. The effort is intended to eliminate the 4,500 pounds of textiles that are sent to the city’s landfill every hour….

New captain takes the helm

by Thomas K. Pendergast The lunar new year, the Year of the Green Wooden Horse, is supposed to bring speedy success. It already has, as it brings the Richmond District a new police station leader, Capt. Simon Silverman, who replaces Commander Sharon Ferrigno. “This is my first station and I’m full of excitement and enthusiasm…

New charges levied over union pickets

Another person has come forward to accuse Local 648 of the United Food and Commercial Workers Union International of hiring non-union people at minimum wage to picket a chain of markets in San Francisco because they employ non-union workers.

Honoring civil rights leader

Activist groups representing feminism, ethnicity and sexual identity rights were represented (above) at a Dare to D.R.E.A.M festival, honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., which was held at the Richmond District Neighborhood Center, 741 30th Ave., on Monday, Jan. 23. Below left, Maddie Mandich, a case management program manager, stands in a rainbow made out of balloons. In the lower right, parents Candace Lum and Tony Tam, with their children, Olivia, 4, and Theo, 2, watch Jessie Lamb silk-screen T-shirts.

Filmmaker looks to collaboration to create unique short films

Eddie Ahn was at a recent screening of his team’s entry into CAAMFest 2014 when something went wrong. He was representing the Storycake Films group at the Center for Asian American Media’s annual film festival and his short film, “Choose Wisely,” had a problem with the audio. In front of a packed house at the New People Cinema in Japantown, the audio and video portions of “Choose Wisely” did not sync. There was a 10 second lag between the audio and the video.

Outer Balboa St. project a disaster, neighbors complain

by Thomas K. Pendergast Eight years in the making, the Balboa Streetscape Improvement Project will be completed this month, yet some residents in the Outer Richmond District have already turned their noses up and their thumbs down at the final result. The SF Department of Public Works says planning for the $3.2 million project began…

U.C. may sell or lease Laurel Heights campus

The fate of the University of California, San Francisco’s (UCSF) Laurel Heights campus, located at 3333 California St., appears to be in limbo – for the moment – as U.C. regents focus on what to do with the university’s Mission Bay projects.