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An SF plaque hinted of a mysterious time capsule. Here’s what was found
Jun 22 • 4 min
Helen Goldsmith and husband Paul Heller noticed a plaque touting a time capsule buried here at Sansome and Embarcadero. This little plaque was on the sidewalk next to 1500 Sansome St. promising a surprise below. Helen Goldsmith and Paul Heller noticed it…
It’s the 21st century — time for SF to learn how to do a speedy vote count
Jun 21 • 6 min
A worker prepares ballots for counting June 7 in San Francisco. The city needs to find a way to determine election winners faster. I never thought I would grow tired of the daily 4 o’clock vote updates after a city election. But it’s 2018, and we really…
A cabinetmaker, a dead bar owner, a lounge singer, an uncle and, finally, a dad
Jun 20 • 12 min
A photograph of Christian Bozarth and his father Joe Rotolo took as a family is on display at Bozarth’s home in San Jose, Calif. on Tuesday, June 12, 2018. Bozarth spent 14 years looking for his father and finally found him using his DNA. less A…
Online search opens door to unforgettable meeting with relatives in Ireland
Jun 19 • 6 min
I was never so glad to see San Francisco. After nearly 12 hours and 5,000 miles in the middle seat of giant jet plane, even San Francisco International looked good to me. The immigration officer held up my passport and looked me in the eye. “Welcome…
Berkeley 3rd-graders sustain no-waste classroom; 180 days’ trash fits in mason jar
Jun 18 • 4 min
The students of Room 22 are going to change the world, and if they have to dip their index fingers into wet glue for the rest of their lives to make it happen, so be it. “It’s not a big thing to get glue on your fingers,” said Gurpartap Singh Sahi, 8, who…
Oakland prepares for Warriors’ parade that’s expected to draw 1 million fans
Jun 15 • 5 min
More than 1 million people are expected to line the route. Again. The weather is expected to be beautiful. Again. Confetti, in a shower of blue and gold, will rain down on the NBA champions. Again. For the third time in four years, Bay Area fans will…
SF Supervisor Katy Tang says she’s not running for re-election in November
Jun 14 • 5 min
San Francisco Supervisor lawmaker Katy Tang won’t seek re-election in November, a decision that will end more than a decade of public service work at City Hall and create the first District Four election without an incumbent since 2006. Tang said the…
How SF’s namesake ship survived a World War II ‘suicide’ mission
Jun 13 • 8 min
In November 1942, the heavy cruiser San Francisco, flagship of an outgunned and outnumbered American task force, was ordered to stop a much stronger Japanese armada that was steaming toward the U.S.-held island of Guadalcanal. The Japanese planned to…
Gavin Newsom strolling into California governor’s job? John Cox may surprise
Jun 12 • 6 min
Gavin Newsom got the Republican opponent he wanted for November’s general election, but it may turn into a much bumpier ride to the finish line than he imagined. Businessman John Cox is not to be underestimated. Coming out of the gate in the general…
SF burglar not known as the brightest bulb gets another chance at freedom
Jun 11 • 2 min
SF burglar not known as the brightest bulb gets another chance at freedom Psychiatrist Aaron Chapman got an unusual call from San Francisco probation officials the other day, alerting him that the man who had burglarized his Eureka Valley home 3½ years…
Ridiculousness wins by a landslide in SF’s slick campaign mailers
Jun 8 • 7 min
Good news, San Franciscans! By the time you go to bed on Tuesday, this tedious and uninspiring election will be over. We won’t yet know who will be the next mayor because mail-in ballots postmarked Tuesday will count, and tallying the results under the…
Hundreds in SF grind out miles in ‘best triathlon in the world’
Jun 7 • 6 min
Jennifer Romm shielded her eyes from the morning sunlight and stared off into the San Francisco Bay in search of her daughter. A helium balloon with the word “Congratulations” swayed in the breeze beside her. Her daughter, Olivia Kayye, was one of the…
Gavin Newsom is looking out for No. 1. California Dems need to deal with it
Jun 6 • 6 min
Gavin Newsom’s backhanded attempts to boost Republican businessman John Cox into the second-place slot for the November runoff for governor is not “gaming the system” — it’s simply playing to win. And like it or not, in politics, winning is the name of…
In the fire-scarred Wine Country, new help for the blind in disasters
Jun 5 • 7 min
The classroom was full of students, all of them blind or visually impaired. Their canes were propped in the corner, their guide dogs asleep under a table. It was time, so Patricia Jefferson began reciting from a list of 21 questions.
Questions about contribution to SF mayoral campaign by Chariot lobbyist
Jun 4 • 4 min
A bundled contribution to London Breed’s mayoral campaign has raised questions about whether a lawyer and lobbyist for the shuttle company Chariot violated of San Francisco’s campaign finance laws. According to data from the San Francisco Ethics…
The quest to save feline fire refugees: Rescuers stalk burned-out Santa Rosa zone
Jun 1 • 7 min
They call them fire cats. There are hundreds of them, wandering the flame-blasted Wine Country landscape, driven from their homes in those awful October days when fires tore through the homes, backyards and streets they know so well. When the blazes…
UC Berkeley seeks names for three peregrine falcon chicks hatched on Campanile
May 31 • 4 min
This peregrine falcon is one of a pair that returned in April for the second year in a row to nest atop the UC Berkeley Campanile. The campus is holding a contest to name their three chicks, which are expected to fly off around June 1. less This peregrine…
Bay Area political events: Transphobia, march against gun violence
May 30 • 4 min
Upcoming political events in the Bay Area. JUNE 1 Confronting transphobia: A conversation on how to end transphobia, hosted by the Freedom Socialist Party. $2-$5 donation. 6:30 p.m., New Valencia Hall, 747 Polk St., San Francisco. More information is…
Trump’s reality TV: Toying with nuclear showdown
May 29 • 4 min
It shouldn’t come as a surprise that the made-for-TV summit between President Trump and North Korea’s Kim Jong Un is now up in the air. After all, every reality show needs a regular injection of drama. And what drama! A possible nuclear war — you can’t…
Oakland seeks new way to fight illegal dumping of trash
May 28 • 5 min
Elmano Gonsalves scanned the parking lot outside the Lake Merritt Sailboat House. On the ground, there was broken glass, food wrappers and cups that had once held coffee and soda. It looked like people had come there to clean out their cars. “This is the…
111-year-old San Francisco woman had to prove to U.S. government that she was still alive
May 25 • 6 min
111-year-old San Francisco woman had to prove to U.S. government that she was still alive Lucy Mirigian is 111 and very much alive, no matter what the U.S. government says. She was working a jigsaw puzzle in her San Francisco home this week and said that…
How SF woman tracked down stolen pug with help from hundreds of strangers
May 24 • 6 min
When Stephanie Lee went into the Whole Foods on Market Street near the east corner of Duboce Triangle one evening in late April, she assumed it would be fine to tie her 12-year-old pug, Phyllo, to a post outside. It was a busy night. There were other dogs…
McClymonds seniors say college admission is great, but triumph lies in the future
May 23 • 6 min
Destiny Shabazz, a senior at McClymonds High School in Oakland, launches her words in the cadence of a confident orator. She captivated me when I met her in March, days before a delegation of Oakland students left to attend March for Our Lives, a…
Scooters on SF’s streets: What’s not to like?
May 22 • 5 min
Scooters on SF’s streets: What’s not to like? Love ’em or hate ’em, those electric scooters zipping around downtown are the future. Pedestrians and motorists may scream. City officials may confiscate them by the dozens. But the fact is that young people,…
Trump is more popular than Dems want to admit
May 21 • 5 min
It’s time for the Democrats to stop bashing President Trump. It’s not going to be easy, given his policies and personality. It might even mean checking into a 12-step program. But setting a winning agenda is like maneuvering an aircraft carrier. It takes…
SF: Subway contractor knew it was using wrong rails
May 18 • 5 min
SF: Subway contractor knew it was using wrong rails The Central Subway contractor that installed 3.2 miles of supposedly substandard track on the new line claims it acted “in full compliance” with its contract, despite being told by the city four years…
Displaced seniors’ homes survived Wine Country fires — but residents can’t move back
May 17 • 9 min
Call them the luckless 44. With a catch-22. Of the 160 mobile homes that were packed onto the residential park known as Journey’s End, 116 were destroyed when the Tubbs Fire swept into Santa Rosa in October. It razed most of the complex, including the…
SF’s legacy restaurants hang on amid changing tastes
May 16 • 5 min
The Chronicle’s list of the 100 best restaurants came out the other day, dessert in a region obsessed with food and the good life. Business is booming; 18 new restaurants made the top 100 this year. But what about the old restaurants? After all, eating…
Homeless man in Oakland lives in a box while waiting to move in to a shed
May 15 • 6 min
The rats scavenging for food drive Marcus Emery crazy at night. Their skinny tails thump the walls as he tries to sleep. It’s a harsher sound than a leaky faucet dripping through the night, he said. People can’t keep food in the tents they’ve set up on…
Oakland Zoo’s puma cubs get comfortable in their soon-to-open exhibit
May 14 • 6 min
The three most famous cats in Oakland were doing last week what cats do best. Nothing. They were having a pretty good time doing nothing, too, and ignoring all the humans who were desperately trying, as humans will, to get a cat to do something. “Come on,…