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Giants Hall of Famer Willie McCovey at the 2012 World Series Champion Parade.

Rookie of the Year. Six-time All Star. 521 left-handed home runs.

San Francisco Giants Hall of Famer Willie McCovey died Wednesday. He was 80 years old.

Fans gathered by the metal statue of the legendary player outside AT&T ballpark to mourn. A celebration of McCovey’s life will held at a later date.

A City Hall program for buying small apartment buildings to prevent tenant displacement has stopped taking applications due to a lack funds. The Mayor’s Office of Housing and Community Development’s Small Sites Program spent $50 million to purchase 26 buildings with a total of 184 units. City Hall is seeking sources of funding to restore the program.


This week, the US Department of Housing and Urban Development will give the San Francisco Housing Authority $10 million to help cover an unexpected $30 million shortfall in exchange for the agency taking over administrative and accounting responsibilities. Supervisor Aaron Peskin introduced a motion directing the Board of Supervisors budget analyst to audit the Housing Authority.


An incident that led to a San Francisco Fire Department paramedic and a San Francisco Police Department officer losing their jobs for their conduct while attending a suicidal woman raises questions about the number of SFFD employees who have crisis intervention training.


Calling for higher wages, more than 2,000 members of labor union Unite Here Local 2 walked off the job a month ago at the Courtyard Marriott Downtown, the Marriott Marquis, the Marriott Union Square, the Palace Hotel, the St. Regis, the W and the Westin St. Francis. The San Francisco Board of Supervisors were rebuffed in a bid to negotiate with Marriott International’s CEO to end the dispute.


Zuckerberg General Hospital’s Hummingbird Place, a unit that exclusively serves homeless patients with psychiatric and addiction disorders, will add seven more beds and add 70 – 90 new mental health stabilization beds by next year, Mayor London Breed announced. Earlier this month, Breed said she plans to add 1,000 more shelter beds over the next two years.


Restaurants facing temporary closure due to a mandatory seismic retrofits may soon be able to open food trucks outside their locations during construction. Supervisor Rafael Mandelman is crafting the legislation.

The Neighborhoods

South of Market

Supervisor Jane Kim’s new ordinance to allow City Hall to build 100 percent affordable-housing units on 24 lots zoned for light industrial use was passed by the Board of Supervisors.

On Halloween, Salesforce Tower shined with the Eye of Sauron, giving Lord of the Rings fans a moment to rejoice.

Inmates to be sent to Santa Rita Jail in Alameda to empty seismically unsafe County Jail No. 4. Sheriff Vicki Hennessy opposes the idea.



The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency will install underground a new traction power electrical circuit and other equipment along Church Street between Market and Duboce streets to improve service.



While 150 video rental stores have closed in The City over the last thirty years, Faye's Coffee and Video at 3614 18th St. will celebrate its 20th anniversary this fall. Stocked with more than 10,000 titles, it's one of only three video rental stores remaining.

The San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department has shutdown Garfield Pool at 1271 Treat Ave. for renovation. The construction period is expected to last 18 months.

The 108-year-old Women's Building at 3543 18th St. was awarded a $160,000 grant for retrofitting the historic building’s windows. The funds were won in a contest organized by the National Trust For Historic Preservation and American Express.



The historic Balboa Theater and beloved House of Bagels have been awarded Legacy Business status, joining the list of 151 businesses on the registry. House of Bagels will open a second location at 325 Mason St. by the end of the week.



An ode to Dimples, one of Japantown’s subterranean hostess bars.


Civic Center

BART has permanently closed Civic Center station’s northern entrance at Eighth and Market streets to build a power substation.

The Columnists
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Robyn Purchia, Green Space: San Francisco needs a can — do attitude toward creating a public bank

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Jaya Padmanabhan, In Brown Type: Migrant caravan from Central America pressing forward despite all odds

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Kelly Dessaint, I Drive SF: Driving home a weeping, staggering dinosaur

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Joe Eskenazi: Mayor London Breed and Marc Benioff joust over Prop. C from opposite sides of massive room packed with city’s elites

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Phil Matier and Any Ross, Matier & Ross: Benioff uses personal and corporate power to get San Francisco Prop. C passed

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Broke-Ass Stuart, Broke-Ass City: Be a superhero for your country: Vote!

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Joe Fitzgerald Rodriguez, On Guard: Why my former student needs Prop. C to pass