San Francisco Politics

BART ridership drops on nights, weekends

BART’s once-rocketing ridership has taken a 6.3-percent tumble in the past three years — an 8 million-ride drop compared with the system’s peak …

Trains

Bus driver shortage prompts SF schools' warning of possible delays

The San Francisco Unified School District and some of its individual campuses are warning students, parents and staff that local bus service delays …

Commuter Rail

Beauty Diaries: A Natural-Skincare Founder Shares Her Nontoxic Routine

<i>Welcome to</i> Beauty Diaries<i>, an intimate look into the beauty routines and spending habits of real women in the industry (and beyond).</i> <i>We already spoke</i> …

Skin Care

Giuliani: Trump Tower meeting was 'originally for the purpose of getting information about Clinton'

Rudy Giuliani on Sunday acknowledged that the original purpose of a meeting at Trump Tower between members of the Trump campaign and a Russian lawyer …

Donald Trump

Defense attorneys challenge judges over Trump immigration policies

It was a simple question, but for Benjamin Davis the answer was complicated.<p>Davis, a federal public defender in San Diego, had just been asked by a judge whether his client’s guilty plea to a charge of entering the United States illegally was “knowing and voluntary”.<p>If he said no, Davis’s client …

News (U.S.)

Punish Californians for the crimes they've committed, not for murders they didn't do

A.J. acted as a decoy in an armed robbery committed by her boyfriend in downtown San Francisco in 2005. She was sitting in a parked car a block away when he attempted to rob a second man 15 minutes later, then shot and killed him. Today, A.J. sits in prison in California serving a 25-years-to-life …

Los Angeles

In defense of Nancy Pelosi

FOR SOME OF US — particularly women of a certain age — what’s happening to 78-year-old House minority leader Nancy Pelosi is painfully familiar.<p>Much …

Republicans

What are the dangers of electric scooters?

CLEVELAND, Ohio -- The 21-year-old woman who died late Saturday after she was hit by a car while riding an electric scooter in downtown Cleveland was …

Bike Lanes

Gavin Newsom criticized for flip-flopping on California's most pressing issues

While mayor of San Francisco, Democrat Gavin Newsom supported high-speed rail in California so strongly that he partnered with Republican Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger in 2008 to push for a $10-billion state bond measure to help build it.<p>Six years later, Newsom pulled his support, citing exploding …

San Francisco

Federal court orders alleged hacker to pay for bail with cryptocurrency

Defendants in US federal court cases now have another option for staying out on bail: emptying their virtual wallets. A district court in San Francisco has ordered alleged hacker Martin Marsich to pay the equivalent of $750,000 in cryptocurrency if he wants to live in a halfway house while facing …

U.S. Federal Courts

Bannon: If Trump knew about Trump Tower meeting ‘you have to question it’

Former White House chief strategist Steve BannonStephen (Steve) Kevin BannonBannon announces pro-Trump movie, operation team ahead of midterms: …

Donald Trump

San Francisco takes combating opioid abuse to the streets

City workers in San Fransisco are taking to the streets and offering bupenorphine prescriptions to homeless people addicted to opioids, reports the …

San Francisco

Facebook should be treated as content creator: US attorneys

San Francisco, Aug 19 (IANS) For the efforts it makes to "customise" audience for its advertisers, Facebook should legally be considered as a …

San Francisco

Trump accuses social media of being unfair to conservatives

San Francisco, Aug 19 (IANS) After lambasting certain mainstream media houses for producing what he calls "fake news" for quite some time now, US …

Social Media

California drops wildfire utility liability protection plan

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California lawmakers are abandoning a proposal by Gov. Jerry Brown to shield electrical utilities from some financial …

Jerry Brown

The West Oakland Teacher Everyone Knows

She doggedly told the stories of her Filipino-American community, centered in her hometown of Stockton, and used those stories to advocate for that …

San Francisco

Walters: ‘Biggest rollback of campaign finance law’ weighed

Jesse Unruh, the legendary speaker of the state Assembly during the 1960s, was fond of pithy quips, and one of his more enduring is that “money is …

Campaign Finance

Tree fire shuts down Richmond BART station for over an hour Saturday

A vegetation fire shut down the Richmond BART station Saturday afternoon, causing major delays on the Richmond, Fremont and Millbrae lines.<p>Initial reports indicated that a tree burning near the tracks damaged third-rail cover boards, with smoke from the fire blowing onto the platform, BART …

Transit

Gavin Newsom’s California Dream

“Fourteen people came up to me and said you should be president,” says Melissa Murray, the interim dean of the Berkeley Law School. She is talking to …

U.S. Politics

Jeff Sessions wants to remove immigration judges who aren't deporting people fast enough

Immigration judges are facing pressure from the Trump administration to move deportations faster, but one judge and — and the union representing hundreds of others — aren’t taking it anymore. The National Association of Immigration Judges, a union that represents some 350 immigration judges across …

Immigration

Dog stands on two legs to make room for other commuters on busy train

Four legs are good, but two legs were better on a crowded train Wednesday in California.<p>To make room for other passengers, an owner with his Great …

Great Dane

Judge Advances Lawsuit Over Access to Executions

SAN FRANCISCO (CN) – California cannot dodge a lawsuit claiming it enacted unconstitutional rules to hide the most gruesome parts of inmate …

Death Penalty

California Democrats move quickly to change law on foreclosure funds

Democratic lawmakers in Sacramento are moving quickly on legislation to overturn a court ruling that would require the state to use $331 million to aid homeowners hit with foreclosures, money from a nationwide settlement with banks accused of abusive foreclosure practices.<p>A state appeals court in …

Home Ownership

Bay Area Spare the Air Alert Issued for Sunday

SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — Continued smoke from Northern California wildfires, along with pollution from cars, has prompted the Bay Area Air Quality …

Pollution

The big picture: Why scooters have faced backlash

In the months electric scooters for rent started cropping up in cities across the country, the response hasn’t exactly been positive — especially …

Business

Here's How California's Cities Rank For Raising A Family

The apartment-finding service Zumper ranked the largest cities based on 10 key factors. See how California's cities fared.<p>A new study on the best …

Criminology

Muni track equipment issue snarls morning commute

Civic Center, Cole Valley, Duboce Triangle, Embarcadero, Financial District, SoMaPhoto: Samir Lavingia/TwitterRiders of Muni metro trains and shuttle …

Trains

California’s bill to end cash bail could make history — and splinter the left

California is considering a massive shake-up in the way the justice system treats people accused of crimes—scrapping money-based bail but giving …

Civil Rights

Russia formally protests seizure of U.S. facilities: Moscow

Russia has filed a formal complaint with the Trump administration in response to U.S. authorities seizing several of its diplomatic missions and …

Russia

CityLab Daily: Sidewalks Are a Dumping Ground for Bad Urban Policy

Also: How one kid stopped the contamination of a river, and righting the wrongs of HQ2.<p><i>Keep up with the most pressing, interesting, and important city stories of the day. Sign up for the CityLab Daily newsletter here.</i><p>What We’re Following<p><b>Down in the dumps:</b> San Francisco Mayor London Breed caused a …

Urban Design