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Despite BART’s promises, 16th Street Mission plaza remains yucky
Sep 21 • 8 min
It’s hard to believe San Francisco was once known as the City That Knows How, a nickname bestowed by President William Howard Taft in 1911. Just five years after weathering a devastating earthquake and fire, San Francisco agreed to host a World’s Fair in…
He took on climate change. Will Michael Bloomberg take on Trump?
Sep 20 • 5 min
The Global Climate Action Summit may or may not save the planet, but it did serve as a great platform for launching former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s run for president in 2020. Not a word was said publicly, but I firmly believe the former maverick…
Cops roll into SF’s troubled UN Plaza — they plan to stay a while
Sep 18 • 2 min
The attempt to clean up San Francisco’s U.N. Plaza has almost become an annual event. It usually starts with the closing down of the plaza’s fountain for cleaning, coupled with an increase in police patrols. The fountain is being cleaned again, but this…
Kamala Harris had Kavanaugh cornered. Then she gave him a way out
Sep 17 • 2 min
California Sens. Dianne Feinstein and Kamala Harris both had big roles in the confirmation hearing for U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. Feinstein was her solid, studious self. Harris scored big on day one, but day two wasn’t so hot.
Trump is right: White House resistance should be exposed
Sep 14 • 6 min
For once I find myself in agreement with President Trump. The anonymous “senior official” who wrote the New York Times opinion piece depicting a secret resistance within the White House should be hunted down and fired. It’s common for senior staffers in…
Missing SF man Brian Egg remembered by friends, family at candlelight vigil
Sep 13 • 4 min
Brian Egg was eccentric and kind, and the kind of generous spirit who gave cashmere coats and planted palm trees to his neighbors. Tuesday night, two dozen of those neighbors — plus family and friends, many of whom had known him for four decades —…
SF’s filthy streets: We’re spending far more on cleaning than other cities
Sep 12 • 5 min
When it comes to street-cleaning costs, San Francisco is in a league of its own. The 47-square-mile city spends more than four times as much as Chicago does to keep streets clean, according to a recent budget and legislative analyst’s report. And Chicago,…
City’s tribal rituals at full force this month
Sep 11 • 5 min
We didn’t make opening night of the San Francisco Symphony on Wednesday, but we were there on the opening of the Opera on Friday. Attending one or the other is one of the great tribal rituals of the city. The swells parade across Van Ness Avenue from City…
Bay Bridge eastern span’s last remaining pieces will live on under boardwalks
Sep 10 • 5 min
The last chunks of the old Bay Bridge eastern span will get a new life next year, when Caltrans transforms them into boardwalks — one jutting out from the Oakland shoreline near the toll plaza, the other at Yerba Buena Island. Three of the bridge’s…
Stairs, strangers don’t faze members of group who gather for fitness, community
Sep 7 • 4 min
Jacqueline Heller finishes her exercise session running through a human tunnel in the November Project fitness workout at the Presidio in San Francisco, Calif. on Friday, Aug. 31, 2018. Ryan Buesser (left) and Patrick Canfield run up a steep trail in the…
Top aide to 3 mayors offers perspective on lost friend, city’s needs
Sep 6 • 8 min
He spent nine years at San Francisco’s City Hall. He served as chief of staff to three mayors (one of whom held the job twice). But in those thousands of days spent helping to run the city, one in particular stands out for Jason Elliott. Dec. 11, 2017.…
Discovery of fatal overdose victim closes Bay Fair BART Station for 2 hours
Sep 5 • 1 min
A fatal drug overdose in a BART bathroom wound up shutting down the Bay Fair station in San Leandro for two hours Wednesday night. The drama started at about 9:20 p.m., when the station agent reported a person being in the restroom for an unusually long…
Muni better than it used to be, but not as good as it should be
Sep 4 • 5 min
It was a typical foggy morning at the end of summer, and I was waiting for the J-Church Muni car at 30th and Dolores streets. I had just read about Mayor London Breed’s stern letter to city transportation chief Ed Reiskin, chewing him out for a big…
Video posted to Twitter shows two men violently pushing a ‘kid’ off Muni train
Sep 3 • 2 min
Two videos posted on Twitter on Thursday night show two men violently grabbing, choking and restraining a young man or juvenile on a Muni train — then forcing open the doors and pushing him out. Anna Sterling, an independent journalist who posted the…
As SF Mayor London Breed calls for less trash, the city generates more
Aug 31 • 1 min
Mayor London Breed, who issued a call Tuesday for other cities to join San Francisco in reducing their garbage output, might want to take a look in her own backyard. Breed is urging cities to cut their solid waste generation by 15 percent by 2030 — and…
Chicken soup for the swimming soul: Teen crosses Lake Tahoe for Triple Crown
Aug 30 • 5 min
Amber More, 10 watches through binoculars as her 15-year-old sister Angel More nears the shoreline of her 21.3 mile swim across Lake Tahoe on Sat. August 25, 2018 in Incline Village, Nevada. Her mother Archana helps to search the waters.August 25, 2018 in…
Muni approves bus lanes on Geary as critics see red over private shuttle use
Aug 29 • 2 min
FILE—A bus using one of the red transit-only lanes and a car driving in the center of the lanes is seen reflected in a sign at 16th and Mission St on Friday, Dec. 16 2016 in San Francisco. Muni recently approved new red lanes on Geary Boulevard between…
Full steam ahead as SS Red Oak Victory ship undergoes restoration
Aug 28 • 5 min
Peeling paint and rust are among the issues that need attention in the restoration of the SS Red Oak Victory ship in Richmond. A 20mm gun is pointed to the west on the aft section of the SS Red Oak Victory ship as restoration work continues in Richmond.…
Ceremony could cast new light on monument to S.F.’s fallen WWI war heroes
Aug 27 • 4 min
Redwood Memorial Grove in Golden Gate park to honor the fallen soldiers of World War I. To the right is the monument to the war dead from San Francisco, 748 men and 13 women. Also known as Hero’s Grove Handout, October 4, 1964 less Redwood Memorial Grove…
SF whaling crews lived to regret it, if they lived
Aug 24 • 7 min
The previous Portals described how a young man named Walter Noble Burns, while eating breakfast in a San Francisco restaurant in the late 19th century, saw an advertisement in a newspaper for whaling crews and impulsively signed up. At the time, San…
KRON’s Roberts leaving for Arizona — “People Behaving Badly” not going along
Aug 23 • 2 min
Web surfers might have been a bit surprised to see a Go Fund Me page set up for Stanley Roberts, star of KRON-4 TVs long-running “People Behaving Badly” segment. Roberts, who just recently announced he was leaving for a similar gig in Phoenix because he…
Pizza Lady helps Polk Street area’s homeless hang on with food, compassion
Aug 22 • 8 min
Edward Lee Truman Kennedy eats a slice of pizza given to him by Andrea Carla Michaels, who hands out food donated by Nob Hill Pizza and Shawerma. Late-afternoon shadows were overtaking the quiet alley off Polk Street when James Hensel glanced up from the…
Lyle Tuttle, early tattoo artist, leaves indelible mark on society
Aug 21 • 5 min
Lyle Tuttle greets people as they pass by while his tattoo shop. Lyle Tuttle, San Francisco’s most noted illustrated man, is still hard at work after 70 years as a tattoo artist. Now he wants to celebrate the fine art of applying color and ink on human…
A commitment to seeing — not looking past — the people on the street
Aug 20 • 7 min
You might’ve noticed Eddie Smith standing at the corner of 35th and Market streets in Oakland. He doesn’t hide his dark, glassy eyes. He wants drivers of cars paused at the stoplight on their way to Highway 24’s on-ramp to make eye contact. He wants you…
‘Super cool’ transit center and park opens in San Francisco
Aug 17 • 5 min
A child plays on a lighted floor at the Salesforce Transit Center on Sunday, Aug. 12, 2018 in San Francisco, CA. People walk by an art piece of moving words at the Salesforce Transit Center on Sunday, Aug. 12, 2018 in San Francisco, CA. John Grunstad…
Children’s Fairyland gets a fancy new sign, in case you didn’t know where it was
Aug 16 • 4 min
The last letter of new sign awaits installation in front the current understated version at the entrance to Children’s Fairyland at Lakeside Park in Oakland, Calif. on Friday, Aug. 10, 2018. The new sign is the finishing touch on an extensive renovation…
BART directors get hit with safety complaints — from public and staff
Aug 15 • 2 min
BART Board President Robert Raburn got a stunning dress-down from an Oakland station agent Thursday after he and other directors took a mixed vote on the general manager’s call for more security on the crime-troubled transit system. Raburn and other BART…
When all the best people shopped at Gump’s
Aug 14 • 5 min
Gump’s was a wonder of another age, a time not so long ago when it was the most exclusive store in the city, and maybe the West. The 157-year-old retailer Gump’s is facing closure of its San Francisco store near Union Square after filing for bankruptcy…
Hundreds gather to bid farewell to Nia Wilson at Oakland funeral service
Aug 13 • 7 min
This July 3, 2017, photo provided by Ebony Monroe shows her cousin Nia Wilson in a selfie, who was killed in an unprovoked stabbing attack at a Bay Area Rapid Transit station in Oakland, Calif., Sunday, July 22, 2018. John Cowell, 27, a recently paroled…
Point Reyes Lighthouse to close for 2-month, $5 million face-lift
Aug 10 • 5 min
Inside the Fresnel lens of the historic Point Reyes Lighthouse that will be repaired during the two-month renovations. There are 308 stairs that lead to the exit of the historic Point Reyes Lighthouse that will close for two months for major renovation.…