Several California Congress members are calling for stronger safety measures on passenger vessels in the aftermath of the Conception dive boat fire that killed 34 people on Labor Day — one of the worst maritime disasters in the state’s history. The Times reported Tuesday that the U.S. Coast Guard, which has the sole authority to mandate safety protocols, has often rejected National Transportation Safety Board recommendations to improve fire-safety measures for nearly 20 years. For the record: 5:01 AM, Nov. 13, 2019 As the House Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation prepares for a Thursday hearing to learn details of the Conception accident, members of California’s congressional delegation say it’s time for the Coast Guard to consider stronger protections. “It is clear that serious changes need to be made, and they need to be made as soon as possible,” Rep. Salud Carbajal (D-Santa Barbara) said in a statement. “As we honor … [Read more...] about Boat fire: Congress members call for stronger safety measures to protect passengers
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Story highlights We've known smoking can kill you for at least 50 years, yet millions still smoke The number of people who smoke has been on the decline, but that number has plateaued Smoking behaviors rewire your brain to want the nicotine and the smoking behaviors (CNN)Smoking can kill you. We've known that for at least 50 years -- and yet millions still smoke, and thousands more pick up the habit every year. Why? Their stories involve strong addictions, passionate defiance -- and billions spent to make people act against their own best interest. How bad is it ? In 1965, 42% of the population smoked. Today, 14.9% of Americans do, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That number sounds comparatively small, but that's still more than 40 million Americans. JUST WATCHED 50 years since Surgeon General's warning Replay More Videos ... MUST WATCH 50 years since Surgeon General's warning 01:21 Photos: Cigarette ads from the … [Read more...] about We know it can kill us: Why people still smoke
In late October, 58-year-old Rodney Randolph will move down the hill from his public housing unit in San Francisco’s once notorious Sunnydale public housing project to a fifth-floor apartment in a new building just completed two blocks away. It’s a five-minute walk from the old spot to the new place. But it feels like a world away. “Instead of facing these old Army barracks, I’m going to be facing the ocean,” said Randolph, an Army veteran who works odd jobs and volunteers for the Sunnydale Food Pantry. “I’ll sit back and look out at the water, the trees, maybe watch some birds flying.” The building Randolph will be moving into is the first replacement housing at Sunnydale, a decaying and isolated 765-unit Visitacion Valley public housing complex, which has traditionally had the city’s highest homicide rate. But it will not be the last. Eventually all the units at Sunnydale, spread over 50 acres at the foot of McLaren Park, will be … [Read more...] about SF’s public housing was crumbling. Is a multibillion-dollar makeover the answer?
The biggest Whole Foods in San Francisco — a 55,000-square-foot store to be located at Market and Eighth streets — is expected to become the hub of a neighborhood that has seen an explosion of new housing and tech offices but lacks the conveniences and amenities of an established neighborhood. The store will open in 2021 during the fourth and final phase of Trinity Place, a 1,900-unit, four-building rental complex that has been under construction for a decade. The location will be the closest full-service grocery store for tens of thousands of residents — not only in Mid-Market but also the Tenderloin, Civic Center and western SoMa. Trinity Place, which replaced the old Del Webb’s Towne House Motel, has been under construction since 2008. So far, it consists of 1,398 units spread across three buildings, two on Mission Street and one on Eighth Street. Trinity Properties started construction on the final 503-unit tower last fall. In addition to the Whole Foods, … [Read more...] about San Francisco’s massive new Whole Foods set to transform Mid-Market
After struggling for more than a year to lure retailers to the shiny new shopping center known as 6x6 on Mid-Market Street, the developer is now seeking to convert space on two floors of the $150 million building to offices. Cypress Equities, the Dallas developer of the five-story project at 945 Market St., has filed a preliminary application with the San Francisco Planning Department seeking permission to lease the majority of the space on floors three and four to office users. That would reduce the amount of retail in the project by about 20 percent from 264,000 to 216,000 square feet. The basement and floors one, two and five would remain retail, and there would still be two retail spaces on the office levels. At present, the building is unused except for the underground parking garage. More by J.K. Dineen PoliticsBy J.K. DineenA postindustrial vision for SF’s old Pier 70LocalBy J.K. DineenWinning team to build Balboa Reservoir housing namedPoliticsBy J.K. DineenHousing … [Read more...] about Change in plan likely for Mid-Market site: less retail, more office space