Some of the $28 million San Francisco receives in yearly federal funding for AIDS and HIV programs can instead be going to southern and rural states.
The shift in endowment is part of a taken as a whole program to move some funding from urban areas to the rural regions of the country.
After a nearly unanimous vote by a Senate health committee, San Francisco may lose as much as one-quarter of the yearly funding it receives or $6 million.
Former City Health Director Dr, Mervin Silverman tells KCBS journalist Tim Ryan the loss of funding would be felt because the city still sees 1,200 new HIV/AIDS infections each year. "We are an epicenter of this problem and we need to do everything possible to reduce to zero the number of new infections and make sure we can still provide the appropriate drugs and counseling for those who are already infected," he said.
Under the same plan, Sacramento may lose all of its HIV/AIDS funding and Orange County may also lose as much as 80-percent of its funding.
The funding shift plan still should go through before the full House and Senate.
The multiple Tony Award-winning idealistic musical, 'The Light in the Piazza' plays San Francisco's Orpheum Theatre August 1st through 27th.
The Light in the Piazza tells the heart-warming tale of a mother and daughter vacationing in the Tuscan countryside, where true love is surprisingly found in this contemporary, witty and elegant production. 'The Light in the Piazza', composed by Adam Guettel, is obtainable as part of the 2006-2007 Best of Broadway season, brought to you by Citibank, below the direction of Carole Shorenstein Hays. No cast has yet been announced.
The Light in the Piazza initially opened at the Vivian Beaumont Theatre at Lincoln Center. The musical earned 6 Tony Awards in 2005 as well as Best Score with music and lyrics by Adam Guettel (grandson of Richard Rodgers), Best Orchestrations, and Best Scenic, Costume, and also the Lighting Design. Craig Lucas (Book) adapts Elizabeth Spencer's novella, aimed at by Bartlett Sher. The Light in the Piazza that won more Tony Awards than any other Broadway show in 2005 was described by The New York Times as "the most romantic score of any Broadway musical since West Side Story."
San Francisco's Orpheum Theatre is located at 1192 Market Street. The presentation schedule is Tuesdays through Saturdays at 8:00PM; Wednesdays, Saturdays, and Sundays at 2:00PM.
Tickets for The Light in the Piazza would range in price from $35 to $90 and will go on sale to the general public in July. To get tickets or information for groups of 20 or more, please call (415) 551-2020. For information on SHN, please visit www.shnsf.com.
SAN FRANCISCO - More than 400,000 open breathing space acres near growing Bay Area cities could be swallowed up by housing and other growth within the next three decades if local governments don't ratify stricter ordinances containing sprawl, a new study found.
The Greenbelt Alliance review released Thursday found improving open space protections all through the nine-county region, with more than 1 million acres now enduringly secluded from development, up 27 percent since 2000.
But 125,300 open space acres are at "high risk" of development within the next 10 years, and 276,300 more are at "medium risk" within the next 30 years, the report found.
"The region is doing better than it was in 2001, but 400,000 acres is still an enormous amount of land at risk," said Tom Steinbach, the group's executive director.
Developers criticized the findings, in conflict that more land is needed to meet demand for a ballooning inhabitants and that growth restrictions have limited supply and driven housing prices further than what many buyers can pay.
"I have a fundamental difficulty with urban limit lines," said Joseph Perkins, president of the Homebuilders Association of Northern California. "They artificially restrict land use, which makes it more difficult to build affordable housing."
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Major League Soccer and the Oakland Athletics announced a deal Wednesday to get a soccer team back to the Bay area if the team's owners could develop a stadium plan.
The team will replace the San Jose Earthquakes, who moved to Houston following last season following public financing for a new facility in San Jose fell through
Lew Wolff and John Fisher, the A's principal owners, would have three years to buy a team and develop a stadium solely for soccer.
The location of the new stadium has not been strong-minded but the new offices would be located in downtown San Jose. The price of the contract was not disclosed.
Wolff said the decision was aggravated by growing interest in the sport and is not related to his bid to move the A's out of Oakland over financing squabbles for a substitute for the aging Coliseum.
San Jose has long required welcoming the A's but Wolff has reportedly said he will honor Major League Baseball's rules that say San Jose defensive rights belong to the San Francisco Giants.
"We think we're hitting the soccer world perhaps at exactly the right time," Wolff said. "It's not a simple task even to find land in the Bay area, but we think there are lots of opportunities, and we can be creative if we have to."
San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom on Monday named a director from mobile communications giant Motorola to lead the city's Emergency Communications Department that oversees 911 calls and the planning for potential disasters and terrorist attacks.
Laura Phillips, a manager in Motorola's government relations separation after spending 12 years with Sunnyvale's Department of Public Safety, takes over a department with a budget of $69 million and more than 240 employees after she was chosen in a national search conducted by City Controller Ed Harrington.
Laura Phillip will take over the Emergency Communications Department that has a budget of $69 million and more than 240 employees.
"We are very pleased to have Laura as a part of our public safety team," Newsom said in a written statement after the announcement late Monday afternoon. He said he is confident that Phillips would become a "proud part" of San Francisco's "unmatched commitment to the vitality of its emergency services." Mayor Gavin Newsom said in a written statement on Monday.
The announcement comes after a recent audit criticized the city''s Office of Emergency Services, which is division of the Emergency Communications Department.
San Francisco officials have already selected a proposal from Google and EarthLink to provide a wireless network throughout the city, which doesn't mean they can't ask for caveats during negotiations on the details. City officials say they would ask the companies to give people a choice of whether they want to share personal information or may be not, according to an IDG News Service article on Monday.
"In negotiations with the companies, expected to begin soon, the city will seek an 'opt-in' system for users to share personal information, notification of users when there are legal requests for their information and a promise from the operators on how long they will keep user data they collect, said Brian Roberts, a senior policy analyst for the city's Policy, scheduling and Compliance Division. He spoke at the latest hearing by the Local Agency Formation Committee, a utilities oversight body for the combined city and county of San Francisco," the article said.
The Electronic Frontier Foundation and other solitude advocates have complained about the lack of privacy protections in the Google-EarthLink proposal.
Google representatives were not obtainable to comment late on Monday.
Meanwhile, San Francisco is studying the option of finally offering broadband over fiber to every home, according to the article.
City-run medical clinics would no longer require written permission and counseling sessions before testing people for HIV in a bid to raise the number of people screened for the virus, officials said Wednesday.
The city, at the forefront of the AIDS fight, becomes the primary known entity in the U.S. to formally release consent and counseling requirements. The new policy was implemented Tuesday in the city clinics and two hospitals that test patients. Last year, 242 people tested positive out of the 6,500 tested in San Francisco.
The federal Centers for Disease manage and Prevention is contemplating making alike recommendations. The aim is to expand trying to find as many as 252,000 of the 1 million Americans with HIV who don't know they are infected and are most accountable for the spread of the virus.
San Francisco doctors would now be necessary to get only verbal patient permission for testing, lessening paperwork and burdensome bureaucracy.
"We hope others follow this ordinary sense approach," said Dr. Jeffrey Klausner, director of the city's sexually transmitted disease prevention.
"Unfortunately, HIV follows women of color and HIV follows poverty," said Diana Bruce of the Washington-based AIDS Alliance for Children, Youth & Families.
"This population needs testing that is culturally competent, that builds their trust," and of which they have been informed in writing.
The city's General Hospital "has provided model care for HIV throughout the epidemic and I trust them to building good decisions about these changes," Van Gorder said in an e-mail.
A 41-year-old San Francisco man with an account of mental illness faces attempted murder, stabbing and elder abuse charges for allegedly attacking his mother with a hammer on Mother's Day, police said.
Christopher Coleman appeared in court Wednesday on charges stemming from the May 15 attack that police said left the 76-year-old victim hospitalized with a fractured skull. He relics held on $500,000 bail and is predictable to be arraigned Friday.
Police said Coleman told them he was trial voices that were calling him names. "He was telling them to stop and belongings got out of hand,' said Inspector Gianrico Pierucci of the domestic violence detail.
The victim told police that her son was on medication, and that she knew he was inquiry things.
The incident happened before one more son was coming over to take their mother out for a Mother's Day dinner, police said. Christopher Coleman went into his mother's bedroom and struck her multiple times, police said. He then called another brother, who lives next door, and the brother summoned help.
Love, Janis -- a new musical celebrating the life and music of rock legend Janis Joplin -- makes its Bay Area premiere at San Francisco's Marines Memorial Theatre for the limited 8-week engagement beginning July 7th. Tickets go on sale Sunday, May 21st.
Love, Janis is a persuasively intimate portrayal of one of America's the majority celebrated icons that goes at the back the music to offer a glimpse at the soul of a legend both during the letters she wrote home and the songs she made famous. The limited eight-week engagement begins Friday, July 7th with a press breach scheduled for Sunday, July 16th.
Conceived, adapted and directed by Randal Myler (It Aren't Nothing But The Blues, Hank Williams: Lost Highway) and encouraged by the best-selling book of the same name by Laura Joplin, Love, Janis paints a stunning portrait of the legendary blues rocker -- both of the singular player who defied traditional musical definitions, and the responsive, intelligent person remembered by family and friends -- from her meteoric rise to fame in the '60s to her tragic death in 1972. Janis' journey is told in her own words; the whole spoken text comes directly from Janis' actual letters and her many print, radio and television interviews
Tickets range in price from $35-$67 for regular performances. Reduced-price previews (July 7th-15th) are $30 for all seats. Tickets go on sale Sunday, May 21st at the Marines Memorial Theatre box office, even by phone at 415-771-6900, and on the web at ticketmaster.com.
At least three Silicon Valley bike shops were hit by smash-and-grab burglaries in current weeks and thieves absconded with tens of thousands of dollars worth of apparatus, authorities said.
The latest break-in occurred May 3 at the Cupertino Bike Shop, where about $26,000 worth of merchandise was stolen or injured, the store's owners said.
Two other burglaries occurred hours apart on April 28 when $7,000 worth of merchandise was stolen from the Evolution Bike Shop in Cupertino, and $8,000 worth of gear was swiped from the Calabasas Bike Shop in San Jose.
Authorities have no suspects, and bike owners are sending out e-mail alerts to keep other owners side by side of new break-ins and checking online auction Web sites for the stolen bikes.
"We honestly don't know what's going on," said Robert Cormia, a co-owner of the Calabasas store. "But it's getting quite worrisome."
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) - A police officer shot a robbery suspect Monday (15.05.06) after he allegedly rammed a patrol car with a stolen vehicle.
The suspect, whose name was not immediately released, is in critical condition at a hospital police refused to identify, officer Enrique Garcia said. The officer whose car was rammed was treated for minor injuries and then released. Garcia declined to name the officers involved.
Police tried to stop the suspect early Monday morning when they noticed he was actually driving a stolen car linked to several robberies, including a home invasion in which a 74-year-old woman was locked in a room and threatened with a handgun.
The driver fled and was shot after slamming into a police car. A gun was also found in the suspect's vehicle, police said.
The officer who fired the shots would be placed on routine administrative leave pending an investigation of the incident.
A 49-year-old woman was kidnapped in the San Francisco Friday night and was brought to South San Francisco in the van where she was raped, sodomized and also robbed, South San Francisco police reported today.
According to police, the victim was actually walking near 16th Street and Van Ness Avenue around 8 p.m. Friday when two men driving a white van grabbed her and forced her into the van.
The men drove the victim to South San Francisco where one of the criminal raped and sodomized the woman. The suspects also stole the victim's identification, $18, and two methadone pills, police reported. One of the men also broke one of the victim's toes by stepping on it during the assault.
The suspects took off it in an unknown direction.
The victim reported the incident to police around 1.30 a.m. on 14.05.06.
Anyone with information on this incident is asked to contact South San Francisco police Officer McNichol at (650) 877-8900.
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. - Google's employee cafeterias would no longer serve eggs that come from caged hens.
Google employs roughly 6,500 workers, who eat about 350,000 eggs annually in the cafeterias. Company officials said that they want to incorporate social values into food choices.
"We're happy to do it," John Dickman, Google's global food services manager, said Wednesday. "There's a ripple effect that I think will happen. Other companies also will want to ensure humane treatment of animals."
Animal rights groups have pushed companies to make up the change, saying six and even more hens are confined in a single wire cage in factory farms.
"This is a matter of common decency," said Paul Shapiro, director of the factory-farming campaign at the Humane Society of the United States.
SAN FRANCISCO San Francisco is a step closer to banning smoking on public golf courses.
The Board of Supervisors yesterday voted six-to-five in favor of the ban.
The ordinance will need to survive another board vote before final passage.
Some city officials worry the smoking ban will result in a drop in revenue because some golfers may avoid using the courses.
San Francisco investigators do not think a fatal shooting outside an auto repair shop in the city's Bayview district is actually related to another shooting last week in the same part of town.
Police say 32-year-old Robert Lee was shot and then killed late yesterday morning outside the repair store on Mendell Street.
Police have still not named any suspects in yesterday's shooting.
Last week in the same part of town, another man in the police witness protection was also shot and killed in front of an auto repair shop.
Police is still carrying the investigation.
A pedestrian died Thursday evening after he was struck by a vehicle while walking near John Mc Laren Park in San Francisco.
The man was struck at about 8:29 p.m. when walking near the intersection of Geneva Avenue and Prague Street, San Francisco police inspector Elaine Economus said.
The driver of that vehicle remained at the scene following the incident, according to Economus.
Next month Sunday evening, June 4 at 6 pm, there would be a special "for-mature-audiences-only" performance at San Francisco's The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. On this night, especially the kids should be left home with their sitter, because no one under the age 17 would be allowed to Parent/Teacher Night at the Post Street Theatre!
Spelling Bee is the Tony Award-winning musical with the music and also lyrics by William Finn, book by Rachel Sheinkin, conceived by Rebecca Feldman and then directed by James Lapine.
Jay Reiss, who originated the role of Vice Principal Douglas Panch on the Broadway and wrote some of the definitions and unhelpful sentences prepared in the show, explains the genesis of the special performance: "During rehearsals, I would occasionally cross the line a bit with the definitions and sentences and use some material that was pretty filthy. The cast would crack up, and director James Lapine would say, 'That is so wrong.' On Sunday, June 4, the Bay Area will get to hear some of that material, which is sure to leave them suitably outraged...but laughing."
In The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, six young people in the throes of its puberty, overseen by grown-ups who actually barely managed to escape childhood themselves, and then learn that winning isn't everything and that losing doesn't necessarily make you a loser.
This sit-down production of Spelling Bee officially opened at San Francisco on March 1 and had been capturing the hearts and funny bones of theatergoers and also of the critics ever since. It is playing at the Post Street Theatre (450 Post St., 2nd floor, San Francisco, CA). This engagement is an open-ended. The performance schedule is as follows: Tuesday through Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 2 & 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2 & 7 p.m. Tickets range in price from $40-$66. Sunday performances (including June 4), all seats are $40.
A limited number of $25 rush tickets are available at the Post Street Theatre box office two hours prior to each performance. Tickets are for same-day performances only and must be purchased with cash. Spelling Bee tickets are on sale at the Post Street Theatre box office, by phone at 415-771-6900 and on the web at www.ticketmaster.com. For more information visit www.spellingbeethemusical.com.
SAN FRANCISCO - A new newspaper, the San Francisco Daily News, was launched in the city on Wednesday with an initial daily circulation of about 5,000.
The free daily, which concentrates on community news, would be distributed Monday through Friday in neighborhoods throughout San Francisco, said James Pavelich, who is the owner of Denver Daily News.
The new San Francisco tabloid is owned and run by Pavelich, Dave Price and Amando Emendoza. Price and Pavelich formerly owned the Palo Alto Daily News, the Burlingame Daily News, the Los Gatos Daily News, the Redwood City Daily News and the San Mateo Daily News.
In February 2005, Price and Pavelich sold those Bay Area newspapers to San Jose-based Knight Ridder Inc. In March, Sacramento-based McClatchy Co. announced it will buy Knight Ridder for $5.5 billion in cash and stock.
SAN FRANCISCO - Two unrelated fatal shootings in the city San Francisco have been arrested the two suspects, San Francisco police reported today.
Boualuang Vongkoth, 22, of San Francisco who was booked for murder in connection with the death of 20-year-old Peter Perez of Daly City after police arrested him around 8 p.m. Friday at a home in the South of Market District.
Police believe Vongkoth shot Perez around 4:20 a.m. at Sixth and Natoma streets, striking him in his head while he was in a sport-utility vehicle with other companions.
The SUV's driver tried to take out Perez to a hospital but a tire blew out and the car stalled at Mississippi and was Cesar Chavez streets in Potrero Hill, police reported.
Vongkoth still remains in the custody, according to police.
Around 2 a.m. today police arrested a 18-year-old San Francisco resident at his home in the Miraloma Park District in connection with the slaying of 20-year-old Karl Bartolome, also of San Francisco.
Bartolome was shot and then was killed around 4:30 p.m. Sunday while walking in the area of Persia Avenue and Lisbon Street in the Excelsior District, according to police.
SAN FRANCISCO Authorities had identified the driver who died last week in a fiery crash that destroyed eight cars in the city San Francisco's Castro District.
The medical examiner's office says 60-year-old San Francisco resident Frederic Lee Carver was killed in the Thursday night's crash.
Police believe that another driver -- a 52-year-old Paso Robles wine merchant -- had a seizure, ran through the red light and also crashed into Carver's B-M-W. Carver died at the scene
SAN FRANCISCO - San Francisco police are hunting for a man they say shot another man Saturday night near a San Francisco Zoo.
The shooting occurred at about 11:55 p.m. after the victim and suspect got into some type of dispute, San Francisco police Officer Mike Baglin said.
The victim was transported to the nearby hospital. His condition was unknown, according to Baglin.
The suspect is described as an Asian man in his 20s that was last seen wearing a beanie and Oakland Raiders jacket.
A San Francisco man is laid in the custody after police said that he had drove a Cadillac limo to a bank robbery.
Officers arrested Roy Westry Tuesday afternoon after he had actually allegedly held up Affinity Bank on the 25-hundred block of Noriega Street.
The 47-year-old Westry had taken into custody after witnesses wrote down the license plate of the limo he allegedly drove to rob the bank.
Police said that they recovered 15-hundred dollars from Westry and also an alleged accomplice.
Westry has worked for a South San Francisco-based limo company since being released from state prison during January.
He had served about five years for bank robbery.