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Labor Day 2021 Parking Rules in San FranciscoLabor Day 2021 Parking Rules in San Francisco
By - posted 9/6/2021
City Insight

If you’ve got a car in San Francisco, in addition to crazy high gas prices, you also have to worry about the insanely complex, nearly impossible to decipher conflicting parking signs and rules. Thankfully on Labor Day, the city of San Francisco is going to reward you with a ticket-free day more...

This is What Stern Grove Looks Like NowThis is What Stern Grove Looks Like Now
By - posted 8/26/2021
Bay Area Updates, City Insight, Festival Updates, Getting Help, What's Closed / What's Open

Sunday‘s final show of the year for the Stern Grove Festival in San Francisco has been canceled because of a water main break that flooded the site, festival organizers announced Wednesday. The rupture of the water main on Monday closed Stern Grove and nearby Pine Lake; however, the west end of more...

List of Bay Area Events & Venues Re-Closing Due to COVID DeltaList of Bay Area Events & Venues Re-Closing Due to COVID Delta
By - posted 8/22/2021
City Insight, COVID-19 Updates, Indoor Dining, Reopening, What's Closed / What's Open

That was fun while it lasted! For a few weeks at least, things were really looking up. While most everything is wide open and many venues are still opening back up, now with SF’s test positivity at a 15-month high, COVID-related hospitalizations matching  summer 2020, Delta on the rise and a more...

SF's Central Subway Testing Anticipates 2022 Start of ServiceSF’s Central Subway Testing Anticipates 2022 Start of Service
By - posted 8/6/2021
Brand New, City Insight, Only in San Francisco, Transportation

The Central Subway Project is moving toward our goal of “substantial completion,” paving the way for the start of critical testing and certification of project elements such as station escalators, elevators, trackwork and radio communications. The next project stage will include rail activation to begin testing train operations, train control and more...

San Jose Home of World Famous Doobie Brothers Poised to be Historical LandmarkSan Jose Home of World Famous Doobie Brothers Poised to be Historical Landmark
By - posted 8/6/2021
City Insight, Museums / Cultural Institutions

By Jana Kadah, Bay City News Foundation The San Jose home that started it all for the world-famous rock band Doobie Brothers is on its way to becoming a historical landmark. On Wednesday night, San Jose’s Historic Landmark Commission unanimously voted to recommend that the City Council make the designation for the more...

SF Gives $6 Million for 24-Hour Bathrooms Around the CitySF Gives $6 Million for 24-Hour Bathrooms Around the City
By - posted 8/6/2021
Brand New, City Insight, Only in San Francisco

San Francisco Supervisor Matt Haney on Thursday celebrated new funding that will allow for the city’s Pit Stop program to continue providing 24-hour access to public bathrooms throughout the city. Back in 2019, the city’s Department of Public Works, which operates the Pit Stop program, moved to make three of its more...

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...