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Another gut punch for Santa Rosa: Fire destroys neighborhood water system
Apr 20 • 10 min
At first, no one thought to check underground. When the Tubbs Fire roared through Santa Rosa in October, torching more than 3,000 homes and displacing tens of thousands of residents, one of the hardest hit neighborhoods was Fountaingrove in the hills…
Preparing for the ride of our lives on #TotalMuni2018
Apr 19 • 10 min
As any creative type knows, coming up with the big, bizarre idea is the easy part. Pulling it off? Now that’s another story. In February, I told you that my fellow Chronicle writer Peter Hartlaub and I had struck on the totally pointless yet fun idea of…
Sacrificing privacy to tech has big costs, but also major rewards
Apr 17 • 5 min
Sacrificing privacy to tech has big costs, but also major rewards These are tough days for the Internet and the tech moguls who run it. Everybody has seen the spectacle of Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg in the hot seat last week. Two days of testimony before…
Detained immigrant says he was roughed up by agents, denied pain medication
Apr 16 • 9 min
Three weeks. That’s how long Carlos Alfredo Rueda Cruz went without prescription medication while he was detained at West County Detention Facility in Richmond, according to medical records his attorney obtained from the jail and shared with me. Cruz was…
Mayor Ed Lee lives on at his favorite table at Sam’s Diner on Market
Apr 13 • 2 min
Mayor Ed Lee lives on at his favorite table at Sam’s Diner on Market A collection of the late Mayor Ed Lee’s staffers held a luncheon memorial Friday at his “table” at Sam’s Diner on Market Street, feasting on Lee’s favorite dish — the Mahalo Loco Moco —…
Stinson Beach parking lot still crumbling after storm — and fix is uncertain
Apr 12 • 6 min
Three days after a subtropical storm walloped Stinson Beach, huge chunks of the destination’s main parking lot continued Monday to wash into the ocean.The damage is so extensive that the National Park Service, which operates the lot, and Marin County…
Flagpole firm withstands winds of change
Apr 11 • 6 min
Change has swept over San Francisco like a hurricane, but there are bits and pieces of an older city everywhere. You just have to look, sometimes in odd corners of the city.On Evans Avenue in the Bayview is the world headquarters of L. Ph. Bolander &…
Why London Breed pulled out of race for Democratic committee endorsement
Apr 10 • 2 min
Why London Breed pulled out of race for Democratic committee endorsement The recent vote by the the Democratic County Central Committee to endorse former state Sen. Mark Leno and Supervisor Jane Kim, in that order, for San Francisco mayor came as no…
6 months after the wildfires: Flames extinguished, but North Bay’s scars aren’t healing
Apr 9 • 23 min
Susan Gorin aches to fast-forward to well past next year — when she once again has a home on what is now an ashy lot.Peter Alan wants to turn the rubble of his Craftsman art studio into something meaningful. Lisa Mast longs to look out her window and see…
Trump shuts up about Stormy Daniels. It’s doing him good
Apr 5 • 4 min
Trump shuts up about Stormy Daniels. It’s doing him good President Trump’s public approval ratings are suddenly on the rise. He’s gone from a low of 37 percent to just shy of 42 percent in recent weeks. If this continues, it means there will be no…
Giants to honor Ed Lee at home opener
Apr 4 • 1 min
The Giants will stage a “living memorial” to the late Mayor Ed Lee at their home opener Tuesday.The on-field tribute will include all the city’s living ex-mayors — Sen. Dianne Feinstein, Art Agnos, Frank Jordan, Willie Brown, Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom and…
April Fool’s Day a backdrop for love story to be taken seriously
Apr 3 • 6 min
This is Easter Sunday and spring, a great time to stop for a moment and think about the good things of life. So let me tell you about an unlikely love story that began and ended in spring.They were both San Franciscans, born and raised in Chinatown,…
The fun may be about to end for Playland-Not-at-the-Beach
Apr 2 • 5 min
A world of fun is in big trouble. The Dark Mystery may go dark, the pinball machines could stop flashing and whirring, a tiny circus may leave town, the lights could go out around the exact replica of Jeannie, the Living Half Girl, and Sinister Sal’s mad…
For Jane Kim, now’s the time to talk about cleaner streets
Mar 30 • 13 min
For Jane Kim, now’s the time to talk about cleaner streets The progressive supervisor, whose successes include generating affordable housing, takes pragmatic approach to run for mayor For Jane Kim, now’s the time to talk about cleaner streets The…
Cable cars’ ding goes for your wallet, too
Mar 29 • 7 min
Pretty much everything related to raising kids in San Francisco is too expensive. From buying a house to renting an apartment to affording groceries and child care, it all adds up. And up and up.Here’s one little idea for throwing that rare breed —…
‘World famous’ Mt. Tam railroad engine to be restored to historic glory
Mar 28 • 3 min
A group of Marin residents have purchased the last remaining locomotive of the once-famous “Crookedest Railroad in the World,” which ran from Mill Valley 8.19 winding miles to the top of Mount Tamalpais.The group’s plan is to restore the 97-year-old steam…
SF happy to sue oil companies, but it’s not so eager to sell its stock
Mar 27 • 2 min
SF happy to sue oil companies, but it’s not so eager to sell its stock When it comes to suing big oil for damages caused by global warming, San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera’s position is clear: “It’s time for the defendants to pay for the…
Warriors stats locked in by history-making groundbreaker
Mar 26 • 8 min
Lori Hoye started in the Golden State Warriors statistics department when Tim Hardaway, Mitch Richmond and Chris Mullin — the dynamic trio known as Run TMC — were filling up the stat sheet.Her first season with the team, 1989, was the first year the NBA…
Peskin’s apology comes a bit late. ‘Firefighters are furious’
Mar 23 • 2 min
Members of the San Francisco Police Department carry breaching equipment toward the scene of a four-alarm structure fire at the North Beach neighborhood in San Francisco, Calif. on Saturday, March 17, 2018. Members of the San Francisco Police Department…
Mark Leno, mayoral candidate, seeks to cap long public service career
Mar 22 • 11 min
Mark Leno, mayoral candidate, seeks to cap long public service career As he looks ahead, the former supervisor and state legislator also looks back during a visit to the AIDS Memorial Grove Mark Leno, mayoral candidate, seeks to cap long public service…
Tweets of terror: Trump is getting busy at the chopping block
Mar 21 • 5 min
Tweets of terror: Trump is getting busy at the chopping block President Trump has brought the TV reality show “The Apprentice” to the West Wing, along with its signature phrase, “You’re fired.” The latest to be ejected is Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.…
San Francisco’s split personality of urban decay, renewal
Mar 20 • 5 min
Sunday is always my favorite day — a leisurely breakfast, a second cup of coffee, the Sunday papers, maybe a morning walk.Like a lot of people, I have mixed feelings about a walk in the city these days. The Sunday before, my companion and I had walked the…
The work of Rube Goldberg — artist, inventor, adjective — on display in SF
Mar 19 • 4 min
An exhibition of the art of Rube Goldberg, a San Franciscan who became one of the most famous cartoonists in the world, opened this week at the city’s Contemporary Jewish Museum.Goldberg was a man of thousands of ideas and hundreds of mad inventions that…
Think Oakland is done paying for Desley Brooks’ shove? Think again
Mar 16 • 3 min
Think Oakland is done paying for Desley Brooks’ shove? Think again Oakland may not be done paying for that shove delivered by City Councilwoman Desley Brooks to former Black Panther leader Elaine Brown at a Jack London Square restaurant. An Alameda County…
North Bay fires fuel a population explosion in homeless camps
Mar 15 • 8 min
Andreas Gunn reckons he had a pretty sweet life before Oct. 8. The 22-year-old was working a job he liked swabbing grease out of kitchens, lived with his uncle in the Santa Rosa subdivision of Coffey Park and was saving money for a car.Then came the Tubbs…
Wildfire-ravaged Sonoma County grapples with reality: It will burn again
Mar 14 • 8 min
Sonoma County burned before, and it can burn again. In fact, it’s almost sure to.Tens of thousands of wildland acres went up in flames in the October wildfires that swept into Santa Rosa, killing 25 people and destroying more than 5,000 homes. But…
Seeing San Francisco through new eyes after trip to tidy D.C.
Mar 13 • 5 min
It was the last leg of a long flight from Washington, D.C., and on the final approach to SFO, San Francisco glittered in the light of a March day. It’s beautiful from the air. But coming back to San Francisco after a few days in another city is always a…
SF officials hope for judges’ help in getting troubled homeless off streets
Mar 12 • 3 min
SF officials hope for judges’ help in getting troubled homeless off streets San Francisco’s new lockdown mental health facility at St. Mary’s Medical Center was opened to a mix of public praise for the idea and private prayers that Sacramento lawmakers…
For mentally ill homeless patients, new center offers 54 beds and a dose of hope
Mar 9 • 7 min
For mentally ill homeless patients, new center offers 54 beds and a dose of hope Few things are more appalling to anyone on San Francisco’s streets than being incoherently ranted at by agitated, psychologically unhinged homeless people. And few things are…
Slow recovery, new kinship for community struck first by Tubbs Fire
Mar 8 • 10 min
Knights Valley was the first place hit by the Tubbs Fire and may be among the last to recover.Markers of the devastation are everywhere in this tiny, vineyard-dotted Sonoma County community northwest of Calistoga — the lingering scent of smoke, the piles…