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SF woman is well into her 2nd century
Jan 23 • 6 min
With her 110th birthday on the horizon, Doris Sperber, who lives at… Doris Sperber, who is probably the oldest person in the Bay Area, turns 110 years old on Sunday. Or maybe a week from Sunday. Not being sure about your 110th birthday is part of having…
Study finds riskiest times, routes for Bay Area drivers
Jan 22 • 4 min
“Help me get my bicycle shuttle started for the western span of the Bay Bridge, which will then expand to the San Mateo Bridge and numerous freeways around the Bay Area.” “Help me get my bicycle shuttle started for the western span of the Bay Bridge,…
Sheds for homeless in Oakland are proving to be a useful tool
Jan 19 • 5 min
Oakland’s shed site plan is working — so far.The city’s first site to temporarily house homeless people in sheds sits on an empty lot on Sixth Street between Castro and Brush streets. At first, its success was in doubt. Only three people moved in the week…
Muir Woods’ parking reservation system off to quiet start
Jan 18 • 5 min
A parking ambassador assists a visitor arriving on the first day of a reserved parking system at Muir Woods National Monument in Mill Valley. A parking ambassador assists a visitor arriving on the first day of a reserved parking system at Muir Woods…
Salesforce Tower represents the best of the new San Francisco
Jan 17 • 5 min
Salesforce Tower is reflected in the new 33 Tehama skyscraper near the new Transbay Transit Center in San Francisco. Salesforce Tower is reflected in the new 33 Tehama skyscraper near the new Transbay Transit Center in San Francisco. Salesforce Tower is a…
Donald Trump has a frightening trait. He believes his own lies
Jan 16 • 5 min
President Trump, unlike many politicians who cross a line, refuses to admit that he has done it. President Trump, unlike many politicians who cross a line, refuses to admit that he has done it. President Donald Trump gestures as he boards Air Force One at…
Orphaned mountain lion cubs at Oakland Zoo part of trend in California
Jan 15 • 5 min
Cabins are installed on the cable of a gondola system that will carry visitors to the Oakland Zoo’s new California Trail exhibit in Oakland on Feb. 23, 2017. The gondola and restaurant, with a sweeping view of … more Cabins are installed on the cable of a…
Breed, Leno, Kim and Alioto trounced in SF poll by ‘Undecided’
Jan 12 • 5 min
San Francisco City Hall is lit with white and blue lights on New… San Francisco’s mayoral race is wide open, with acting Mayor London Breed, former state Sen. Mark Leno and Supervisor Jane Kim running neck and neck, a new poll shows. None of the three…
Don’t have a Clipper card? You’re giving BART a big cash windfall
Jan 11 • 5 min
A commuter enters the BART system with a Clipper card at the… BART’s stated goal in adding a 50-cent surcharge on paper tickets is to encourage riders to switch to Clipper cards, which are easier and cheaper for the transit system to handle. But the…
It’s crunch time for SF’s wannabe mayors
Jan 10 • 2 min
San Francisco City Hall is lit with white and blue lights on New… As San Francisco’s mayoral machinations roll out, two key dates are on the horizon that will finally crystallize who is in and who is out of the race. On Tuesday, Aaron Peskin will call for…
SF has always been a great place to be a kid, and it still is
Jan 9 • 6 min
SF has always been a great place to be a kid, and it still is LeRoy Gunning of Utah Street, Vincent Merritt of Guerrero Street, Richard Hesketh of Alabama Street and Macario Joseph of Detroit Street prepare to embark on a treasure hunt in March 1929,…
As 2017 slips away, we welcome a new start
Jan 8 • 5 min
It wasn’t much of a year, was it? And now it’s over; Sunday is the last day of 2017, and good riddance.Walking to work on Friday, we see the remnants of the season: discarded and forlorn Christmas trees on the sidewalk. Nothing goes out of style faster…
Trump will stay in check till 2020. He’ll also stay in office
Jan 5 • 3 min
San Francisco Assessor-Recorder Carmen Chu could keep her job while running for mayor and also win over Ed Lee’s Chinese American supporters. San Francisco Assessor-Recorder Carmen Chu could keep her job while running for mayor and also win over Ed Lee’s…
Take a ride for a song in San Francisco’s Kabaret Kab
Jan 4 • 6 min
Buzz Brooks and taxi riders Katrina Holden of Sydney, Australia and Justina Hemperek of London sing along in his Kabaret Kab. Brooks, 66, has driven a cab in San Francisco since 1980. Buzz Brooks and taxi riders Katrina Holden of Sydney, Australia and…
Mass shootings are on the rise. So are classes on how to avoid them
Jan 3 • 7 min
Mass shootings are on the rise. So are classes on how to avoid them Sgt. Sabrina Reich holds sponge balls given to students to encourage them to use whatever objects are available to stop or slow a shooter during active shooter training session at UC…
What’s up with Lefty O’Doul Bridge? It’s locked for repairs, reaching skyward during closure.
Jan 2 • 5 min
Signs at the Lefty O’Doul Bridge explain the drawbridge’s closure for counterweight repairs and lay out alternate routes for cyclists and pedestrians. Signs at the Lefty O’Doul Bridge explain the drawbridge’s closure for counterweight repairs and lay out…
SF’s tense Yuletide in 1941: wartime footing, evacuees and vigilance
Jan 1 • 8 min
Posters like this one on Sutter Street directed San Francisco residents to air raid shelters during World War II. Posters like this one on Sutter Street directed San Francisco residents to air raid shelters during World War II. Guy Pearce says goodbye to…
Homeless scoff at SF strategy of dumping boulders at camp site
Dec 29, 2017 • 6 min
James Ayres set up his tent at the Hairball homeless camp in December after city workers installed boulders nearby to discourage camping. James Ayres set up his tent at the Hairball homeless camp in December after city workers installed boulders nearby to…
Cars keep hitting black bears in Yosemite, sometimes with deadly results
Dec 28, 2017 • 7 min
A bear wears a GPS tracking collar in Yosemite National Park. Keeping wild black bears away from humans in the park is a constant battle. A bear wears a GPS tracking collar in Yosemite National Park. Keeping wild black bears away from humans in the park…
Holiday warmth cuts through season’s chill
Dec 27, 2017 • 5 min
Thousands of people dressed as Santa Claus gather at Union Square in San Francisco to celebrate SantaCon in early December. Thousands of people dressed as Santa Claus gather at Union Square in San Francisco to celebrate SantaCon in early December. It…
‘Caretaker’ mayor for SF? It’s a terrible idea
Dec 26, 2017 • 5 min
A flag is lowered to half-staff from the mayor’s office balcony at City Hall on Dec. 12 after Mayor Ed Lee’s unexpected death. A flag is lowered to half-staff from the mayor’s office balcony at City Hall on Dec. 12 after Mayor Ed Lee’s unexpected death.…
At the ballpark or in City Hall, Ed Lee could work the angles
Dec 25, 2017 • 2 min
Mayor Ed Lee carried the Ryder Cup to the stage on Nov. 8 after PGA… Memories of Ed Lee — and his many sides — poured in as the city mourned the late mayor. Whether it was baseball, football, basketball or his own golf game, the mayor was the ultimate…
Morning commute by bus offers new outlook
Dec 22, 2017 • 5 min
Ferries are more fun, I readily admit, but for a stress-free perch from which to contemplate the subjective quality of the views we hold so dear, there’s no better vantage point than taking AC Transit down Interstate 80 on the morning commute into San…
Longtime activist feeds the hungry while she fights eviction
Dec 21, 2017 • 5 min
Community leader Frances Moore, a former member of the Black Panthers, visits the Berkeley Drop In Center. Community leader Frances Moore, a former member of the Black Panthers, visits the Berkeley Drop In Center. Community leader Frances Moore, former…
Prices for real Christmas trees rise amid nationwide shortage
Dec 20, 2017 • 6 min
Friends Anne Simon (left) and Amy DeTolla shop for a tree at the Delancey Christmas tree lot on Pier 32 in San Francisco. Friends Anne Simon (left) and Amy DeTolla shop for a tree at the Delancey Christmas tree lot on Pier 32 in San Francisco. Doug Cody…
Ed Lee cared deeply about San Francisco. Maybe too deeply
Dec 19, 2017 • 4 min
Mayor Ed Lee was driven to succeed for himself and for the entire… At half past 1 Tuesday morning, my phone began ringing off the hook. No one calls at that hour unless it’s bad news, and of course it was. It’s taken a while to sort out my feelings of…
Mayor Lee joins Fix-It Team on cleaning day in Tenderloin
Dec 18, 2017 • 7 min
The Fix-It Team carries a container for needles to clean the sidewalks of the Tenderloin. The Fix-It Team carries a container for needles to clean the sidewalks of the Tenderloin. Mayor Ed Lee pitches in to help his multi agency Fix-It Team clean up…
At City Hall, life goes on amid mourning
Dec 14, 2017 • 5 min
Derrick and Orlando Macaranas have wedding photos taken behind a growing memorial after exchanging their vows at City Hall on the day Mayor Ed Lee died in San Francisco, Calif. on Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017. Derrick and Orlando Macaranas have wedding photos…
Washington Square a symbol of North Beach’s heritage, hopes
Dec 13, 2017 • 5 min
They say you can’t go home again, but this is the time of the year the expatriate San Franciscans come back to the city.They are a little older, a little grayer now. Back to North Beach: to Original Joe’s, to the Italian Athletic Club on Washington…
Devastated by ’05 mudslide, La Conchita dodges Ventura inferno
Dec 12, 2017 • 6 min
LA CONCHITA, Ventura County — La Conchita should have gone up in flames. How it didn’t, no one here knows for sure.This time it wasn’t a giant mudslide threatening the town, like the one that killed people in 2005. It was an inferno marching up from the…