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BCNA urges input on affordable housing at Broadway/Front

(Editor's note: This letter was sent from Barbary Coast Neighborhood Association President Bob Harrer, who has been on a working group to address a proposed affordable housing project for Broadway and Front streets.) Dear Members of the Barbary Coast Neighborhood Association and their neighbors: We want to update you on the affordable housing project proposed in our area. We are also asking for your help in expressing your views on the project.  Information for contacts is included in this message. As you have heard, the City is moving to develop an affordable housing project of 114 units on an existing parking lot at Broadway and Front streets.  The Mayor’s Office of Housing and Community Development (MOHCD) is managing the project, which would be for low-income households.  There will also be a requirement that at least 20% of the units be set aside for formerly homeless families and other special situations.  … Read Full Article

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Mala Bingham has volunteered for CUESA for two years and enjoys learning about the artisans and farmers. Photo by Geri Koeppel.

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March is National Women’s History Month, which gives us all the more reason to recognize and celebrate the amazing women who are transforming our food system—farmers, farm workers, chefs, cheesemakers, jammers, and home cooks. For all the women who touch our food and make the world a better place for all of us, we salute you with a whole month of women-led cooking demos, a hands-on class, and a … Read Full Article

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Attempted robbery at Taco Bell averted due to fake gun

A would-be thief at the Taco Bell at 7 Drumm St. at California Street was thwarted on Monday when an employee grabbed the fake handgun he was brandishing. According to the SFPD Media Relations Unit, the suspect - an African American male in his thirties - walked into the Taco Bell around 8:15 p.m., pointed a gun at a customer, and told the person to get on the ground. The suspect then jumped … Read Full Article

Ai Weiwei's With Wind installation for @Large. Photo by Geri Koeppel.

@Large: Ai Weiwei on Alcatraz closing April 26

In the five months since it opened, artist Ai Weiwei’s acclaimed exhibition @Large: Ai Weiwei on Alcatraz has attracted more than half a million visitors from across the world. Organized by the FOR-SITE Foundation in partnership with the National Park Service and Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy, the exhibition features seven sculpture, sound, and mixed-media works installed across four … Read Full Article

The Bay Lights have become a beloved part of the San Francisco waterfront. Photo by James Ewing.

Bay Lights to be removed for 11 months; public can say goodbye on March 5

The Bay Area will be a little darker for the next 11 months. The monumental LED sculpture The Bay Lights must be removed from the western span of the Bay Bridge in early March to allow for maintenance of the cables.  But thanks to generous private donors and an agreement between the non-profit Illuminate the Arts and Bay Bridge officials, the artwork will be re-installed in time to shine for … Read Full Article

The Queen Elizabeth and Star Princess were both in port on Feb. 7, 2015. Photo by Geri Koeppel./

Port of San Francisco featured on world cruise itineraries

  Three prominent cruise ships visited San Francisco in recent weeks as a featured port on round-the-world cruises, giving adventurous travelers the opportunity to explore the globe in the comfort of a luxury liner. All three ships are owned by Carnival Corporation; one is operated by P&O Cruises – Arcadia – and two are operated by Cunard Line – Queen Elizabeth and Queen … Read Full Article

(Left to right) District 17 California State Assemblyman David Chiu, GGTA President Bill Hannan, District 3 Supervisor Julie Christensen, BCNA President Bob Harrer and FOGG chairman Lee Radner spoke at the group's annual membership meeting Feb. 21.Photo by Geri Koeppel.

GGTA news: Housing, transportation, security, development key issues at annual membership meeting

Affordable housing, transportation, building security and area development were a few key issues at the annual membership meeting of the Golden Gateway Tenants Association, which ran from about 11 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 21, in the banquet room of L'Olivier Restaurant. Speakers included GGTA President Bill Hannan, who moderated the meeting; David Chiu, former District 3 supervisor and San … Read Full Article

Saints Peter and Paul Church in North Beach will be featured on a walking tour of North Beach on Oct. 4. Photo by Geri Koeppel.

SFPD’s Operation Sober Square helping to improve Washington Square Park

  Washington Square Park is a jewel of North Beach, nestled in the shadow of the regal Saints Peter and Paul Church and attracting everyone from exercise groups to sunbathers to people playing Frisbee with their dogs. But the lovely, shaded park also has been increasingly appealing to those who are chronically inebriated. And that causes problems for everyone else. SFPD Central … Read Full Article