San Francisco News

Crystal & Co. Makes Four Leadership Appointments in California

Crystal & Co. has appointed four executives in the firm’s San Francisco and Los Angeles offices. Shawn Ram has joined as executive managing director and western region head leading California operations in San Francisco and Los Angeles. He also has …

Airbnb Alters San Francisco Rental Market, Report Shows

Lodging sharing service Airbnb has taken a bite out of San Francisco’s already limited stock of rental housing as some landlords and housing activists contend, a newspaper reported Sunday. The San Francisco Chronicle commissioned a data harvesting company to analyze …

Firefighter Involved in California Asiana Rescue Files Lawsuit

A San Francisco firefighter accused of accidentally running over a passenger thrown from the wreckage of an Asiana Airlines flight that crashed at San Francisco International Airport is suing the San Francisco Fire Department. Elyse Duckett alleges that she is …

Landlords Who Evicted Tenants For Airbnb Sued by San Francisco

The city of San Francisco has sued two landlords for allegedly evicting tenants to rent out rooms on such websites as Airbnb, opening a new front in a controversy over increasingly popular home-rental services. In separate lawsuits filed by City …

San Francisco Considers Ending Ban Renting Homes

San Francisco lawmakers are considering making it legal for city residents to rent out their homes on sites such as Airbnb, but only if they have liability insurance and meet other requirements, a newspaper reported. Supervisor David Chiu introduced legislation …

Family Of Bicyclist Killed In San Francisco Files Suit

The family of a 24-year-old woman hit by a truck and killed while riding her bike in San Francisco has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against a Bay Area food distributor and its truck driver. KGO-TV reported the initial police …

No Heat Technology On Rig That Hit SFO Asiana Survivor

The fire rig that ran over and killed a 16-year-old Asiana Airlines crash survivor was not equipped with heat sensing equipment that might have saved her life. A San Francisco Chronicle story says fire officials acknowledge the older-model engine that …

San Francisco Sues Gun Companies Over High-Capacity Magazines

San Francisco is suing three gun accessories companies and one gun show promoter for selling disassembled high-capacity magazines disguised as gun magazine repair kits in violation of California law. The lawsuit was announced by City Attorney Dennis Herrera in a …

San Francisco Drops Fight For Cellphone Radiation Warning Law

San Francisco appears to be giving up its battle for an ordinance that would require retailers to warn customers about cellphone radiation and its health effects. The San Francisco Chronicle reported the Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to approve a …

San Francisco Hires Quake Safety Czar

A building permit consultant in California has been hired as San Francisco’s first earthquake safety czar. The San Francisco Chronicle reported Patrick Otellini is a certified building inspector who served on the mayor’s task force examining soft-story building risks. So-called …