BART reveal new carriages to public, but not all groups approve of updated design
SAN FRANCISCO: A total of nine San Francisco Housing Authority (SFHA) properties and their occupants are to benefit from nearly five and a half million dollars towards elevator repairs.
The funding will go towards critical modernization and repairs according to mayor of the City, Ed Lee, who said that all residents in public housing deserve clean, safe and quality housing.
“Our re-envisioning Plan for public housing in San Francisco paves the way for the preservation, rehabilitation and long-term affordability of thousands of existing units for very low-income people. But in the short term, we must make the critical repairs necessary to ensure elevators are reliable and do not disrupt the lives of our seniors and disabled public housing residents," Mayor Lee said.
City Supervisor, London Breed added that she has seen public housing as a very important topic since he started as a supervisor in the city.
“I am thankful we have finally secured funding for badly-needed elevator repairs, and I will continue working with Mayor Lee to fund additional needs. Today is the beginning of a larger effort to ensure that public housing remains a priority," Supervisor Breed said.
Recent elevator break-downs at San Francisco public housing properties have made living conditions difficult for many vulnerable tenants. It's hoped that with this new, emergency funding in place, SFHA can quickly address the most critical elevator needs and restore proper access to tenants’ homes.
HIGH PRIORITY BLOCKS
Nine SFHA properties have been identified as highest priority:
SAN FRANCISCO: Salesforce.com will be dramatically expanding its presence in San Francisco after today unveiling plans for Salesforce Tower, and an expected one thousand new employment positions.
The tower is currently under construction by Boston Properties and Hines on the site adjacent to salesforce.com offices at 50 Fremont St. and 350 Mission St.
A model of the new tower complex was unveiled earlier today by Mayor Lee and House minority leader Nancy Pelosi.
The company will lease more than half of the 1.4 million square foot building, adding more than 700,000 square feet to its urban campus. As part of their expansion they also expect to hire more than 1,000 people in the Bay Area this year, expanding its footprint as the city's largest tech employer.
Salesforce celebrated its 15th anniversary last month and Mayor Lee described the good news announced today as a "historic investment" in the city.
"I want to thank Marc Benioff and salesforce.com for their commitment to start here, stay here and grow here in San Francisco and I can't wait to see Salesforce Tower added to our world famous skyline," the Mayor said.
Benioff, Chairman and CEO of salesforce.com, said today's news represented an incredible milestone in the company's history.
"It will be the heart of our global headquarters in San Francisco. We founded salesforce.com in San Francisco 15 years ago and this expansion of our urban campus represents our commitment to growing in the city."
Salesforce.com will be the anchor tenant in the new tower, leasing more than half of the 61 story building located at 415 Mission St.
Job postings can be found at http://www.salesforce.com/company/dreamjob/.
Suspect arrested in fatal hit and run that saw woman in her 80's killed as she crossed the road
SAN FRANCISCO: Investigators from the San Francisco Police Department have arrested a female suspect in relation to a fatal hit and run that occurred on March 20th.
The arrest was made in a joint operation by officers from Ingleside Police Station and Traffic Collision Investigations Unit (TCIU) at a residence in the Visitation Valley District of the city.
Officers arrested without incident, and took into custody a 31-year-old female named as Nidra Stubbs at around 11:45 am yesterday morning. Stubbs was booked at the San Francisco County Jail on a felony - hit and run, and misdemeanor - vehicular manslaughter charges.
On March 20 the victim, a female in her 80’s was crossing using a crosswalk on Visitation Avenue when she was struck by a Dodge Durango, driven by Stubbs that was making a left turn onto Bayshore Blvd.
Investigators from the Traffic Collision Investigations Unit worked on investigative leads which identified the suspect.
SAN FRANCISCO: We all do stupid things when we are young, but saying "I do" in your early twenties can significantly lower your auto insurance, according to a new report released today.
The report, by online insurance comparison website 'InsuranceQuotes.com' indicates that an average, married 20-year-old female pays nearly 30% less than her single equivalent. The difference between a married and a single man of the same age is slightly less, at 24%.
But by the age of 25 married women will only pay 7% less than their single counterparts and married men pay 9% less, and it gets even smaller after that.
InsuranceQuotes.com say that factors such as age, gender and marital status significantly affect how much Americans pay for their car insurance, and the variability is highest among younger drivers.
It's true that women typically pay less for auto insurance up to the age of 30. The average single 20-year-old man pays 23% more than his female counterpart for the same policy. The gap narrows to 4% at age 25.
However, from ages 30 to 65, average premiums are actually slightly lower for men (about 1% cheaper). That flips once again after age 65, when women tend to pay about 1% less than men.
"In addition to regularly comparing at least three quotes from different insurers, consumers should review potential discounts with their current insurer. This is even more important for younger drivers because they tend to pay the highest rates," says Laura Adams, insuranceQuotes.com's senior analyst
"Consider things like good student discounts, avoiding small claims and bundling your car and renter's insurance policies with the same carrier," she adds.
Hawaii is the only state that doesn't allow car insurers to use age, gender or length of driving experience when setting their rates.
A second report released today, the California Car Insurance Landscape Report, by WalletHub.com ranks San Francisco as the second most expensive county in California for auto insurance, behind Los Angeles.
The Northern Californian cities of Livermore and Redding were listed fourth and fifth in a list of the cheapest cities for car insurance in California with prices between 12.4 and 12.8% below the state average.
SAN FRANCISCO: University of San Francisco (USF) has elected a 'tech-savvy' reverend to the position of President.
Fr. Fitzgerald, who originally hails from Los Gatos but moved to Southern California as a child has already promised to make it his personal mission to strengthen the links between the university and the Bay Area's burgeoning technology community.
USF Board of Trustees voted unanimously to elect him as the University's 28th president on Tuesday.
"When I received word I was selected as president, I was absolutely elated," Fr. Fitzgerald said. "USF has an impressive legacy. The chance to contribute to this environment of learning and service is a true honor."
He gained first-hand knowledge of Silicon Valley during his 12 years at Santa Clara University. He also understands that Silicon Valley is now moving north, and that the City of San Francisco is now a vibrant center for startups, venture capital, and related industries.
Fitzgerald has worked in higher education for more than 20 years, and is currently the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs at Fairfield University in Connecticut.
He was previously the associate dean at Santa Clara University, and also served on several university boards including the School of Theology and Ministry at Boston College, the Board of Trustees of Loyola University Chicago, and the Board of Trustees of Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles.
Fr. Fitzgerald was ordained to the priesthood at St. Ignatius Church on the USF campus in 1992.
He gained first-hand knowledge of the Silicon Valley during his 12 years at Santa Clara University.
He is fluent in German and French and also speaks some Spanish. He has lived, taught, and studied overseas in China and in Kenya. He also holds a PhD in the Sociology of Religion from the University of Paris - La Sorbonne, and a Pontifical Doctorate in ecclesiology from the Institut Catholique de Paris.
"We believe Fr. Fitzgerald is ideally suited to work with the entire USF community in delivering a Jesuit education to the next generations of USF students," said Thomas E. Malloy, chair of the USF Board of Trustees.
"He has a strong commitment to diversity, brings a global perspective, and is an enthusiastic supporter of intercollegiate athletics. He is excited about leading San Francisco's first university and expanding our partnerships with the community."
Fitzgerald succeeds Stephen A. Privett, S.J., who has served as USF's president from 2000 to 2014—making him the third longest serving president in university history.
Fr. Fitzgerald will officially take up the post on August 1st.
SAN FRANCISCO: BART passengers will soon be able to take a trip to the future, as the transport provider reveals their newly designed and updated train carriages to the general public for the first time.
BART will be making life-size models of the new cars available for viewing at a series of planned events across the Bay Area between April 16th and May 9th.
Members of the public are invited to experience the 'look and feel' of the new fleet during these special outreach events where they will get to walk through the model train car and provide feedback on the new modern features. This tour is the final review of the train car design before manufacturing and testing begin.
The new cars will be manufactured by Bombardier Transportation and will include features such as noise-reducing doors, an updated seat design and a new digital information system.
A sneak peek at the new BART trains for the Bay Area
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