Head of SF taxis to retire

Head of SF taxis to retire

Chris Hayashi, head of San Francisco’s taxi industry during arguably its most tumultuous times, told The San Francisco Examiner on Thursday that she would step down from her post June 20. The tall, hard-to-miss, curly-haired blonde took over as deputy director of the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency’s Taxis and Accessible Services Division in December 2008, a time when the industry was in dire need of reform. A lawyer by trade, Hayashi, 51, maneuvered the…

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Demographics play into state race

Demographics play into state race

Less than a week away from the Tuesday primary election, many of the political chips have already fallen for David Campos and David Chiu, colleagues on the Board of Supervisors running against each other for the state Assembly, and the race for first place is heated though voter turnout is expected to be low. Both candidates are expected to face each other again in a decisive November election due to California’s new top-two primary system,…

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Tech commuter shuttles riding wave of controversy

Tech commuter shuttles riding wave of controversy

On weekday mornings, San Francisco residents, mostly in their 20s and 30s, many in jeans and hoodies, a few in khakis and tucked-in dress shirts, form a single-file line against a mural-graced wall by the Muni bus stop at the southeast corner of 24th and Valencia streets. They know each other well enough to line up following a system that lacks public signage, but rarely engage in conversation. Here they wait to catch a ride…

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Protesters stage Google bus ‘performance’ hours before pilot program could move forward

Protesters stage Google bus ‘performance’ hours before pilot program could move forward

In the spirit of April Fools’ Day — and just hours before the Board of Supervisors is scheduled to address an issue related to commuter shuttles — several dozen Eviction-Free San Francisco protesters blocked a Google bus at 24th and Valencia streets this morning, handing out fake “Gmuni” passes for San Franciscans to board the vehicle. “The Google bus is going to wait because the bus has a place for us,” a suited woman wearing…

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SF marks 10 years since Winter of Love launched push for same-sex marriage rights

SF marks 10 years since Winter of Love launched push for same-sex marriage rights

John Lewis and Stuart Gaffney attended a rally at City Hall a decade ago not knowing that it would be the start of a national movement born right here in San Francisco. On Feb. 12, 2004, The City would open the door for same-sex marriage and Lewis and Gaffney would emerge as one of the first 10 couples to tie the knot. The next month would become known as the Winter of Love. The ceremony…

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Injured SF pedestrian’s medical bill highlights gap in insurance coverage

Injured SF pedestrian’s medical bill highlights gap in insurance coverage

Jikaiah Stevens was left with more than just massive injuries — which include permanent brain damage — after being struck by a car at a crosswalk. A $141,760.24 medical bill now follows around the San Francisco hairstylist and photographer. The driver at fault had little to no assets, so all Stevens can receive is $15,000 — the state minimum liability to cover bodily injury or death. That figure became state law four decades ago and…

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Uber driver accused in fatal collision told police he was awaiting fare

Uber driver accused in fatal collision told police he was awaiting fare

San Francisco-based ride service Uber announced Thursday that it had cut ties with a driver involved in a fatal collision with pedestrians on New Year’s Eve in The City, denying that the man was working at the time of the incident. However, Syed Muzzafar reportedly told police he was driving around awaiting a fare. The 57-year-old Union City resident was charged with vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence and failure to yield to pedestrians in a…

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Candlestick Park bid farewell by San Francisco 49ers fans

Candlestick Park bid farewell by San Francisco 49ers fans

Just as they had hoped, the 49ers and their Faithful gave Candlestick Park the victorious sendoff on Monday night that will be etched in the memories of many long after the stadium’s cessation. For players and spectators alike, many of the special moments at the team’s last regular-season game at the Stick involved honoring memories of the past. Tailgating with 50 fellow San Francisco natives hours before kickoff, Paul Gaus, 24, said he first started…

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Spending accusations spin Elks Lodge into ‘turmoil’

Spending accusations spin Elks Lodge into ‘turmoil’

Co-reported with Jesse Garnier Splashed across the screen in blindingly patriotic red and blue,the mission statement of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks opens with the four core tenets of of Elkdom. “Charity, Justice, Brotherly Love and Fidelity.” From the third floor of its 15-story, multi-million dollar headquarters a half-block from Union Square, San Francisco’s Elks Lodge No. 3 — the oldest in continuous operation, since 1876 — prides itself in donating hundreds of…

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SF Sheriff’s Department offers unique eviction assistance

SF Sheriff’s Department offers unique eviction assistance

On a Thursday afternoon, two men — one in a lavender shirt and paisley tie, and the other in a pale blue shirt and plaid tie — stepped out of a white Ford minivan and knocked on the door of a home in the Bayview. A woman answered the door, and, prompted by their questions, revealed a laundry list of problems: she recently had been robbed and raped, and was being evicted for the $2,000…

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