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Free rides on Ford GoBikes tomorrow

Ford GoBikes will be free for riders tomorrow in San Francisco, the East Bay, and San Jose. Free day passes cover an unlimited number of 30-minute rides for a 24-hour period ending a minute before midnight tomorrow. A ride that goes longer than 30 minutes costs $3 for every additional 15 minutes. Getting a pass requires an app download and credit...

17th and Folsom to get $200 million flood protection

An improved $200 million drainage system is coming to 17th and Folsom streets to protect against flash floods that have menaced residents and businesses for more than a decade. The catch: it will take six years to build. The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission will dig a 3,500-foot-long tunnel that is roughly 12 feet in diameter. It will begin near...

Man stabbed in arm in SF Mission

Police report a man believed to be in his 30s stabbed a 26-year-old man in the arm on 23rd and Guerrero streets at 5:12 a.m. Wednesday. The suspect fled the area, and the victim was transported to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. No arrest has been made. Recent calls for service to police can be found on CrimeMapping. Crime is trauma and...

Mission residents brainstorm ways to preserve district’s unique culture

The melody coming from Francisco Herrera’s guitar was the same as it was three weeks ago, when he sang a plea to community members: “Organize, my brother, organize, my sister. If we organize, we can change the world.” The message at Tuesday night’s second meeting hosted by United to Save the Mission was slightly different, more straightforward. “No more monsters in...

After decision to end protections for some immigrants, advocates push back

The Trump administration’s decision Monday to end temporary protections for Nicaraguans has put hundreds of thousands of other Central American immigrants on edge. Advocates urged all residents on temporary protected status to look at ways in which they might become permanent immigrants. “We’re calling all TPS holders from all 13 countries, as well as Dreamers, to continue to seek legal...

SF legislator to Uber, Lyft: Get out of the bike lane

San Francisco District 9 supervisor Hillary Ronen sent a letter to ride-hailing giants Uber and Lyft Tuesday, asking them to use geofencing technology to find safe places for pick-ups and drop-offs — and to test such a system on Valencia Street, notorious for ride-share cars blocking the bike lanes. “At this point, Valencia is completely out of control with bikes,...

Homeless men and trash spark separate turf tussles in Dolores Park

While the SFPD tries to solve the gang problem that they believe has led to recent shootings in Dolores Park, two other turf tussles have park-goers worked up: the relocation of both trash cans and the homeless. On Sunday, Love Dolores, a campaign sponsored by the Recreation and Park department and two separate volunteer groups, joined to host “A Day...

Hayward man charged in SF Castro Halloween shootout

A man who police suspect of wounding an officer in a shootout in the Castro on Halloween night has been charged with attempted murder and other crimes, police say. Sesar Valadez, a 32-year-old Hayward resident, has been charged with two counts of attempted murder, being a felon in possession of a firearm, possessing a firearm with an obliterated serial number,...

Police seize 70 pounds of meth, other drugs, from SF Noe Valley residence

The San Francisco Police Narcotics Unit on Wednesday seized two pounds of heroin, 70 pounds of methamphetamine and $46,000 in cash from a residence near 25th and Sanchez streets, police report. At 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, police served a warrant at the residence. The search resulted in the arrest of 44-year-old Alejandro Alvarez, a San Francisco resident. He was booked on charges...

Exclusive: SF takes action on needlessly idling, polluting hybrid buses

The cost of one of Muni’s new diesel-electric hybrid buses approaches three-quarters of a million dollars. That’s roughly twice what a regular old diesel bus costs, but San Francisco is a city that’s willing to pay more. After all, can you really put a price tag on appearing to care about environmental issues? This city is a place easily pegged...

SFPD makes case for Tasers ahead of Police Commission vote

San Francisco Police Department Commander Peter Walsh on Friday afternoon made one last case for the adoption of Tasers, just hours before the Police Commission was set to vote on whether to arm the SFPD with the stun guns. The commission’s vote will be the culmination of a tense dialogue between community members, activists and police that has taken place...

Kate Steinle’s accused killer gives erratic account of Embarcadero murder

The lead homicide detective in the Kate Steinle case testified Wednesday about the dramatic twelve hours that followed Steinle’s death, beginning with the first 911 call to report a shooting on Pier 14 and ending with a four-hour interrogation. Prosecutor Diana Garcia played a video of the interrogation in court, and argued that it shows Jose Ines Garcia Zarate, who...

Gun that killed Kate Steinle was not fired by accident, expert testifies

On Tuesday, the sixth day of the Kate Steinle murder trial, a San Francisco Police Department criminalist testified that the gun involved in Steinle’s death could not have fired as a result of being hit or dropped. But the defense’s main argument is that the shooting two years ago on Pier 14 was an accident. “My opinion is that the...

Three daylight robberies in SF Mission District

Police report a 47-year-old woman was robbed at knifepoint inside of a store near 16th and Mission streets at 10:40 a.m. Wednesday. The woman was approached by a man believed to be in his 50s, who pulled out a knife and demanded the woman’s money. The man took the cash and ran away northbound on Mission Street. No injuries were...