The 15-year old girl who was gang-raped by over a dozen males in a remote courtyard outside Richmond High School during a homecoming dance Oct. 24, 2009, has settled a civic suit for $4 million. She will get $2.5 million right away and the other $2.5 million will be doled out over the course of 40 years. I guess this is one positive thing to come out of such a tragic, horrific story.
SF State has a $32 million deficit and with state and education funding quickly drying up, the university is facing a monetary crisis. To this end, the school created the 12-member University Planning Advisory Council [UPAC], who released a report today detailing the possible steps SF State would need to take to ease their financial woes.
Squeeze into your corsets and don your top hats because this weekend’s the Edwardian Ball! Taking place tonight and Saturday at the Regency Ballroom, this two-day fest let’s you revel in all your be-costumed Gorey (Get it? Gorey as in Edward Gorey. Ahem). This event will be a turn of the century celebration of music, theatre, circus arts, bands, DJs, ballroom dance and fashion.
SF Appeal reports that the SFPD will be holding a sobriety checkpoint in Potrero Hill (at Potrero Avenue and 23rd Street) on Saturday, January 22nd from 8:30am going on till the wee hours of the night. Why they are announcing the DUI checkout days ahead of time is anyone’s guess. Now all the reckless drunkards will know to avoid Potrero as they’re slamming home Four Lokos.
Women all over SF now have a new clinic they can go to for safe, clean and affordable OB/GYN care. After having the one and only clinic (Golden Gate Planned Parenthood) in the city stripped of its affiliation, Planned Parenthood has now reopened an office in the Mission.
Get them while they’re hot! (pun intended). Tickets for the festival on the Playa went on sale at 10am today and range from $210 to $320. Ah, I remember the good ol’ days when tickets were only $40 and you could spend the rest of your cash on creating art and costumes and goodies to trade. Oh, well. This year’s theme is Rites of Passage.
Just when you thought the political antics of the new year had settled, city politicos have gone ahead shaken things up again. They are trying to redraw supervisors’ districts. This means, for example, that if you live in a progressive stronghold like the Mission (Dictrict 9) and the district boundary was altered to include a more conservative neighborhood, then the chances of a more liberal supervisor getting elected from that region would be diminished. This scheme could profoundly change the city’s political climate.
At least for the time being. The CEO is going on a mysterious, undisclosed medical leave (the 2nd in 2 years) while COO Tim Cook holds down the fort. The mere announcement of his leave caused Apple stocks to plunge 6.4% (in the European market as today the Stock Market is closed). Maybe he’ll go back to Flour+Water to grab a pizza while he’s off work?