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SF's New Central Subway Is Now Testing Trains (Finally!)SF’s New Central Subway Is Now Testing Trains (Finally!)
By - posted 7/21/2021
Bay Area Updates, City Insight, Only in San Francisco, Transportation

San Francisco’s Central Subway, a public transportation project criticized for being delayed and over budget, started testing trains in the underground tunnels last week, transit officials said Tuesday. The project, which began construction in 2012, is slated to open for public use by the spring of 2022, according to the San more...

SF Unveils New "Shine" Plan to Clean Streets & SidewalksSF Unveils New “Shine” Plan to Clean Streets & Sidewalks
By - posted 7/15/2021
Bay Area Updates, Brand New, City Insight

San Francisco Mayor London Breed on Tuesday announced a new partnership between the city and several organizations and businesses to launch Shine On SF — a new initiative encouraging cleanliness along city streets. Shine On SF brings together more than 40 neighborhood groups, benefit districts, nonprofit organizations, and businesses to engage more...

SF's Car Break-ins Decline; Gun Violence RisesSF’s Car Break-ins Decline; Gun Violence Rises
By - posted 7/14/2021
Bay Area Updates, City Insight

By Daniel Montes, Bay City News San Francisco Police Chief Bill Scott and Mayor London Breed on Monday announced the mid-year crime statistics, showing that since mid-2019 auto break-ins are down while gun violence and homicides are up. According to the data, homicides mid-year in 2019 were the lowest in 58 years more...

SF Could Get More 24/7 Bathrooms on the StreetsSF Could Get More 24/7 Bathrooms on the Streets
By - posted 6/27/2021
City Insight, COVID-19 Updates

With possible cuts to a program providing 24 public bathrooms in San Francisco, Supervisor Matt Haney on Friday proposed a plan to fund the program and save it from being eliminated. The city’s Pit Stop program offers public bathrooms for anyone to use, with most locations in the city’s downtown areas. In more...

SF City Hall Lights Up Rainbow for Pride (June 7-27)SF City Hall Lights Up Rainbow for Pride (June 7-27)
By - posted 6/7/2021
Celebrations, City Insight, Pride

Every evening at sunset, over 220 state-of-the-art LED lighting fixtures illuminate City Hall’s exterior. Normally, a soft white glow shows off the play of light and shadow on the full façade and dome. Frequently, special plaza façade lighting schemes honor or celebrate events, seasons, and holidays. City Hall will be lit more...

SF is Testing Out "Smart" Traffic Signals Prioritizing Transit & PeopleSF is Testing Out “Smart” Traffic Signals Prioritizing Transit & People
By - posted 6/2/2021
Bay Area Updates, Brand New, City Insight, Only in San Francisco, Travel

Have you ever wondered how traffic signals could better balance the needs of all road users, whether driving, bicycling, walking or taking Muni? SFMTA is rolling out its Connected Corridor Pilot this month to use transit platform and traffic signal sensor data to inform signal timing adjustments. The pilot also aims to more...

SF Named Top 10 in USA for Its City ParksSF Named Top 10 in USA for Its City Parks
By - posted 6/1/2021
Bay Area Updates, City Insight, Only in San Francisco, Outdoorsy, Parks & Beaches

By Jeff Ballinger, Bay City News Bay Area cities rose on the annual ParkScore index, an annual study released Wednesday night by the San Francisco-based nonprofit The Trust for Public Land that ranks park systems in the 100 largest U.S. cities. Four Bay Area cities made the list again this time, with more...

Caltrain Considers Fare Changes As Part of Pandemic RecoveryCaltrain Considers Fare Changes As Part of Pandemic Recovery
By - posted 5/18/2021
Bay Area Updates, City Insight, Travel

By Astrid Casimire, Bay City News Foundation Caltrain will hold a public hearing to get feedback on a proposal to extend its monthly pass fare discount to 2023. Currently, a 20 percent discount on the monthly pass is in place through September 2021. The proposal — which would extend the more...

Oakland's "Miracle Village" Under the 880 FreewayOakland’s “Miracle Village” Under the 880 Freeway
By - posted 5/13/2021
Bay Area Updates, City Insight, Getting Help

Thanks to The Guardian for letting us know about the new artist-built community built under the 880 freeway overpass in West Oakland. The “Cob on Wood” community broke ground in December to provide amenities for the nearby homeless encampment, one of the largest in the city. Made out of foraged materials, more...

Data Shows Tents on SF Streets Down By 65% from 1 Year AgoData Shows Tents on SF Streets Down By 65% from 1 Year Ago
By - posted 5/6/2021
Bay Area Updates, City Insight, Getting Help, Housing

The number of tents housing homeless residents on San Francisco streets dropped by 65 percent over the last year, marking the lowest tent count seen in the city over the last two years, city officials said Wednesday. According to newly released data from the office of Mayor London Breed, as of more...

Historic Home of Lesbian Rights Movement Will Be SF LandmarkHistoric Home of Lesbian Rights Movement Will Be SF Landmark
By - posted 5/6/2021
Brand New, City Insight, LGBTQ+, Only in San Francisco

Thanks to CBS News for sharing the story that San Francisco will have a new historical landmark. The first lesbian couple to legally wed in San Francisco, late lesbian activists Phyllis Lyon and Del Martin formed the Daughters of Bilitis, a political and social organization for lesbians in 1955. Their home located more...

"Nash Bridges" Reboot Filming in SF“Nash Bridges” Reboot Filming in SF
By - posted 5/6/2021
Bay Area Updates, Brand New, City Insight, Only in San Francisco

Thanks to JR Stone at ABC 7 News and KTVU for sharing that a reboot of “Nash Bridges” has started filming in San Francisco. USA Network’s former police procedural TV show “Nash Bridges” is getting the movie treatment with Don Johnson and Cheech Marin reprising their original roles. The revival has been more...

Crossing SF's Geary Street Just Got a LOT SaferCrossing SF’s Geary Street Just Got a LOT Safer
By - posted 5/5/2021
Bay Area Updates, Brand New, City Insight

Thankfully, SF’s hideous pedestrian bridge at Geary & Steiner has been replaced with accessible crosswalks. The Steiner pedestrian bridge was originally built in 1962, before the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) set standards to ensure that public spaces are accessible to people of all abilities. The ramps to access the bridge more...

UCSF Medical School Goes Viral for Epic Parody Dance VideoUCSF Medical School Goes Viral for Epic Parody Dance Video
By - posted 5/4/2021
City Insight, Support the Bay, Uplifting

Thanks to SFGate for sharing the story about UCSF School of Medicine’s parody video. A longstanding tradition at medical schools across the country is to create fun music video spoofs that give a taste of what it’s like at their campus. UCSF Medical School’s first year students recently dropped their music parody more...

SF's Brand New $3 Million Fund for Music VenuesSF’s Brand New $3 Million Fund for Music Venues
By - posted 4/19/2021
Artsy Fartsy, Brand New, City Insight, COVID-19 Updates, Getting Help, Support the Bay

The Music and Entertainment Venue Recovery Fund will offer grants of at least $10,000 to every eligible entertainment venue in San Francisco, which have been struggling to remain in business as a result of COVID-19 Mayor London N. Breed today announced the City’s Music and Entertainment Venue Recovery Fund will begin more...