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Avoid SF Parking Tickets w/ Help from Brand New AppAvoid SF Parking Tickets w/ Help from Brand New App
By - posted 12/30/2023
Brand New, Getting Help, Transportation

Thanks to the San Francisco Standard for sharing the news about a brand new app to help prevent parking tickets. A local San Francisco couple, Pablo Felgueres and MaryLouise Howell, was sick of getting parking tickets for forgetting to move their car for street cleaning. So, over a weekend, they got more...

SF's Beloved (and Oldest) Toy Shop "Jeffrey's Toys" May Close After HolidaysSF’s Beloved (and Oldest) Toy Shop “Jeffrey’s Toys” May Close After Holidays
By - posted 12/22/2023
Bay Area Favorites, City Insight, Getting Help, San Francisco

Sadly, ABC7 has shared the news that San Francisco’s oldest toy store, Jeffrey’s Toys, located at 45 Kearny Street, may sadly close its doors permanently after the holidays. If you have any last-minute Christmas shopping, consider stepping into Jeffrey’s Toys to help keep the family-owned and operated toy store afloat. more...

SF Pays Displaced Mission Street Vendors $1,000SF Pays Displaced Mission Street Vendors $1,000
By - posted 12/14/2023
Getting Help, San Francisco

Thanks to CBS News for sharing the story that Mission Street vendors who have been displaced are being offered $1,000. San Francisco has cracked down on illegal street vending on Mission Street by implementing a temporary 90-day ban to help tackle unpermitted street vendors selling illegal goods. However, those with legal more...

How to Volunteer for Thanksgiving 2023 in SFHow to Volunteer for Thanksgiving 2023 in SF
By - posted 11/21/2023
Causes, Community, Getting Help, Support the Bay, Thanksgiving

Take a moment and give back to the community this Thanksgiving. Read on below for organizations across San Francisco and the Bay Area in need of volunteers to help spread food and warmth to those less fortunate. Know of another volunteering opportunity for Thanksgiving 2023? Let us know. San Francisco City Impact’s more...

Berkeley is Giving Away 50 Free E-Bikes via a LotteryBerkeley is Giving Away 50 Free E-Bikes via a Lottery
By - posted 2/20/2023
Freebies, Getting Help, Green

Low-income Berkeley residents – such as a family of four making less than $106,000 annually or an individual making less than $74,200 – can apply for a lottery to get an electric bike for long-term use as part of a City-funded program. The 50 selected households – who can also qualify more...

Oakland's New "Tiny Home" Cabin Community OpensOakland’s New “Tiny Home” Cabin Community Opens
By - posted 2/8/2023
Brand New, Getting Help, Housing, Oakland

Oakland opened a new cabin community this week to temporarily house unhoused residents, particularly in the Wood Street area where scores of people were living under freeway overpasses. The location of the new cabin community is 2601 Wood St., where there will be housing for up to 100 people. The more...

SF's Largest Permanent Supportive Housing Just OpenedSF’s Largest Permanent Supportive Housing Just Opened
By - posted 2/2/2023
Brand New, Getting Help, Housing, San Francisco

Mayor London N. Breed recently joined federal and local government leaders and community partners for the grand opening of 1064 Mission Street, a new Permanent Supportive Housing (PSH) development serving adults exiting homelessness. With a total of 256 studio apartments, 1064 Mission is San Francisco’s largest PSH site. 153 apartments more...

Someone Ditched a Zipcar Stuck in the Sand at an SF BeachSomeone Ditched a Zipcar Stuck in the Sand at an SF Beach
By - posted 1/24/2023
Getting Help, Jerk Alert, San Francisco

Thanks to itsthebay on for sharing an unusual sight. The Instagram account shared a video from @rolemodelrick showing an abandoned Zipcar stuck in the sand on the beach in San Francisco. We have questions. How did the person get their car onto the beach and how much did that mistake cost more...

President Biden Visits Bay Area to Assess Damage from Recent StormsPresident Biden Visits Bay Area to Assess Damage from Recent Storms
By - posted 1/19/2023
Bay Area Updates, Getting Help

President Joe Biden will visit Santa Cruz and Santa Clara counties Thursday, January 19, to see first-hand the damage from a series of atmospheric river storms in the past three weeks. During the trip, the president plans to meet with business owners and residents affected by recent storms, as well as more...

SF Pushes for Privately-Funded Overdose Prevention SitesSF Pushes for Privately-Funded Overdose Prevention Sites
By - posted 1/19/2023
Getting Help, San Francisco

Mayor London N. Breed and Supervisor Hillary Ronen recently announced local steps the City is taking to address a recently identified permitting barrier to move forward with a non-city-funded Overdose Prevention Site. As the City has continued to wait for federal guidance around whether it can fund an overdose prevention program more...

SF Launches Flood Relief Grants for Residents & Small BusinessesSF Launches Flood Relief Grants for Residents & Small Businesses
By - posted 1/18/2023
Getting Help, San Francisco

By Olivia Wynkoop, Bay City News Foundation San Francisco residents, property owners, and businesses that were badly impacted by January’s series of winter storms may be eligible for financial relief, Mayor London Breed announced on Tuesday. Since the beginning of the year, San Francisco has been hit by a series of more...

SF's Bay Bridge "Bay Lights" to Go Dark Unless $11 Million is RaisedSF’s Bay Bridge “Bay Lights” to Go Dark Unless $11 Million is Raised
By - posted 1/10/2023
Artsy Fartsy, Getting Help, San Francisco

San Francisco’s gorgeous twinkly Bay Lights may be going dark soon. One of the largest light sculptures in the world with 25,000 LEDs has illuminated the 1.8-mile-long bridge since 2016. The installation by artist Leo Villareal was only supposed to be temporary. Originally installed as a temporary two-year artwork, this more...

Emergency Storm Shelters Open in SF & OaklandEmergency Storm Shelters Open in SF & Oakland
By - posted 1/5/2023
Getting Help, San Francisco, Storm Watch

By Olivia Wynkoop, Bay City News Foundation In response to the forecasted stormy weather conditions and flood warnings in the region, San Francisco opened emergency beds for unhoused residents seeking shelter for the next week and a half. From Tuesday through Jan. 15, the San Francisco Department of Homelessness and Supportive Housing more...

BART's Future Looks Bleak Unless It Receives More Public FundingBART’s Future Looks Bleak Unless It Receives More Public Funding
By - posted 12/5/2022
Bay Area Updates, Getting Help, Transportation

By Eli Walsh, Bay City News Foundation Cutting BART service enough to shore up its projected nine-figure annual deficits in the coming years would result in a “death spiral” for the transit agency, officials said Thursday. BART planning officials prepared a five-year financial outlook at the behest of the Metropolitan Transportation more...

SF to Provide Free Graffiti Clean-up for BusinessesSF to Provide Free Graffiti Clean-up for Businesses
By - posted 12/1/2022
Getting Help, San Francisco

Property owners in neighborhood commercial districts throughout the City whose buildings are tagged with graffiti will now have the option of requesting graffiti abatement at zero cost. San Francisco just launched a new courtesy graffiti abatement program for storefronts and other private properties in neighborhood commercial corridors. The pilot program will work more...