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Holiday bell-ringing: Salvation Army job is tough but rewarding
Dec 11 • 5 min
The holiday season has come to life in Union Square in the heart of downtown San Francisco. There’s a big menorah to celebrate Hanukkah, a lighted Christmas tree, an ice rink — and the gentle ringing of small white bells next to red Salvation Army…
Going above ground in Oakland can really get a cannabis merchant down
Dec 10 • 4 min
Selling weed on the black market is easy, Alphonso Blunt told me as he reclined in an office chair. Blunt (yes, that’s his last name), 38, started selling dime bags when he was 16, but he “retired” from street sales about four years ago because he wanted…
Dave Roberts, radio DJ who started KRQR the Rocker, dies at 70
Dec 7 • 5 min
On the air, Dave Roberts was a smooth if straight-ahead Bay Area radio disc jockey hosting the afternoon drive for KYA and K101. Off the air he was “Dr. Dave,” armed with a doctorate in communications research and a knack for launching and driving radio…
Single mom’s dream tripped up by volcano, Marin County housing costs
Dec 6 • 4 min
After singing her way through Drake High School in San Anselmo and making it through several elimination rounds on “American Idol,” Kelli Peterson moved to Hawaii to record and perform her own style of soul-reggae under the stage name Kelli Love. She…
What Robert Mueller must be thinking: I signed up for this?
Dec 5 • 5 min
What Robert Mueller must be thinking: I signed up for this? Special Counsel Robert Mueller has to be asking himself, “Why did I ever take this job?” He had a stellar career as a federal attorney and FBI director and a promising future in the private…
John’s Grill in the city’s heart for 110 years
Dec 4 • 4 min
This is the season for old favorites: the holidays, friends, good cheer, the classics. So we went to John’s Grill on Ellis Street just off Powell toward the end of last week to help celebrate the restaurant’s 110th birthday. The place was crowded. A lot…
Last engine of ‘Crookest Railroad in the World’ brought home to Bay Area
Dec 3 • 4 min
Engine No. 9, the last remaining piece from the fabled “Crookedest Railroad in the World” that once climbed Mount Tamalpais, is back in the Bay Area and on its way to a new home in Marin County. The 98-year-old steam locomotive had been on display in the…
Oakland may remove homeless group from city-owned property, judge rules
Nov 30 • 3 min
A federal judge in Oakland ruled Wednesday that the city can oust a group of 10 men and women, and three children, from a city-owned site where they’ve been camping for a month — as long as it offers them shelter beds and stores their belongings. The…
Skating into a more wintery city plaza — SF Civic Center Plaza adds winter wonderland
Nov 29 • 6 min
For decades, City Hall politicians have struggled to make the grand plaza just outside their front door a place to linger and enjoy rather than one people rush through, clutching their belongings tighter and quickening their pace. Finally, Civic Center…
Future looks bleak for Petaluma’s once-thriving waterfront
Nov 28 • 7 min
What could be the last pleasure boat to depart downtown Petaluma left very carefully the other afternoon. Exactly 5 feet of water was beneath the hull of the Sea Witch as it inched away from the dock for a 20-minute voyage nearly as treacherous as the…
Season of Sharing: Help after daughter’s illness renews sense of empathy
Nov 27 • 4 min
Year after year, Patti Medina answered the phone at the Oakland unemployment office. She filled out forms for strangers laid off from work. Helping strangers was her job. She never figured she’d be the next person needing a stranger’s help. Until she was.…
West Oakland encampment residents brace for holiday eviction
Nov 26 • 5 min
Alonzo Carter tinkered with the transmission of his getaway vehicle, a minivan that he also sleeps in. It’s drivable, but it only goes in reverse. Carter, who lives in an encampment of mobile homes in a privately owned lot on Wood Street in West Oakland,…
Holiday news — SF Chronicle getting its own cable car to dress up this year
Nov 23 • 6 min
This is the week to give thanks, and of course I’m grateful for my family, my friends and my home in one of the most fascinating cities in the world. I’m also thankful for the legions of people who keep San Francisco — in all its weirdness and whimsy —…
SFPD adding cops to walk the beat in gritty Mid-Market
Nov 22 • 3 min
San Francisco Mayor London Breed has directed the Police Department to ramp up foot patrols around the Mid-Market corridor — it’s the latest incremental step in the city’s effort to rejuvenate the area and rid it of the drug pushers that have long…
In Magalia, residents stayed to save homes, but now they’re stuck
Nov 21 • 6 min
MAGALIA, Butte County — Matthew Schlegel hauled a singed bicycle up the front steps of the Paradise Pines RV park’s recreation building and leaned it against another one. “I got your bike,” he hollered to his wife, Tosha Sumrall, who was inside the center…
Muir Woods’ scarred trees reveal history of wildfires
Nov 20 • 5 min
More than a million visitors a year come from all over the world to marvel at the magnificent redwoods at Muir Woods National Monument, an untouched old forest only a dozen miles from the Golden Gate Bridge. People wandering through Muir Woods cannot help…
Thousands of Camp Fire evacuees in shelters, tents face long wait for normalcy
Nov 19 • 9 min
CHICO, Butte County — Tents sprawled in a parking lot. Cots jammed side by side in a fairgrounds. Desperation on the faces of the parents and children with nothing but smoking ruins to go home to. The devastating Camp Fire that wiped out the town of…
David Pearson was the ‘craftiest of all’ NASCAR drivers
Nov 16 • 6 min
David Pearson, who was hailed as NASCAR’s Silver Fox for his cunning behind the wheel that propelled him to three top-series championships and acclaim as perhaps the most brilliant driver in the history of stock-car racing, died Monday. Pearson, who had…
A party to end all parties: SF went wild when WWI ended
Nov 15 • 6 min
At 1 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 11, 1918, San Francisco held one of the greatest celebrations in its history. Shouting and singing, an army of men and women flowed up and down Market Street, waving flags and banging on drums. Tens of thousands massed in public…
Trump backs Pelosi for speaker. She’ll win anyway
Nov 14 • 4 min
Rep. Nancy Pelosi nailed it when she predicted a week before the election that Democrats would win back the House. Even the doubters now have to admit: She knows her stuff. President Trump, of all people, acknowledged that her hard work had earned her the…
Love affair survived World War I to last a lifetime
Nov 13 • 5 min
Sunday is the 100th anniversary of the Armistice that ended the war that was supposed to end all wars. A solemn day, often forgotten, mixed up with other observances and holidays. They called it the Great War back then. It changed the world, and for years…
Week a fitting time to celebrate East Indians’ success in SF
Nov 12 • 4 min
Twenty years ago, when M.R. Rangaswami moved to San Francisco, there were only a few East Indians in the city. “There were hardly any of us here then. Maybe a thousand or so,” he said. Now, there are 10 times as many in the city, and thousands more in the…
Marriott workers reach strike deal in Oakland — SF labor action continues
Nov 9 • 2 min
Striking Marriott workers have reached an agreement in Oakland — but they will still be banging the drums in San Francisco as the strike moves into its second month. “There was some significant progress in talks on the national level on key items like job…
Who needs the wall? Trump wins at the border without that annoying Congress
Nov 8 • 4 min
Forget the wall. President Trump has found a way to make the border armed and dangerous without having to build his monument to ignorance. Trump has been talking about building a wall on the Mexican border ever since he got into the presidential race, but…
70-year-old vet just wants a place to park his RV home and not get towed
Nov 7 • 5 min
Kelly Thompson slowly hobbled down the rusted metal steps of his camper, the clacking tips of crutches measuring each labored step. “I’m a mess, but I’m still ticking,” the retired Vietnam veteran said as we stood in the grassy field off Wood Street in…
Yes, it’s bad out there. But good people deserve to make headlines, too
Nov 6 • 4 min
There’s so much hate in this country. In just the past week, 11 Jewish congregants at a Pittsburgh synagogue were gunned down, allegedly by a man who authorities say was driven by hate. And this happened days after someone mailed pipe bombs to critics of…
Bay Area woman, sister separated by war. 74 years later, a reunion
Nov 5 • 5 min
Tamara Terichow was leading a quiet life in San Rafael when she got a call last year that would give her one of the biggest shocks of her life. It was the Red Cross. They had found her sister, Lidia, lost a lifetime ago when they were children and the…
Trump’s twisting of political terrorism is disgraceful, but it may help him
Nov 2 • 5 min
It’s a sad day when the president of the United States has to be dragged kicking and screaming to oppose an act of political terror.
SF fire chief Hayes-White retirement announcement surprised Mayor Breed
Nov 1 • 3 min
One of the people most surprised by San Francisco Fire Chief Joanne Hayes-White’s announcement that she was retiring on May 5 was Mayor London Breed. For weeks, Room 200 and Hayes-White had been holding talks on the date of the long-standing chief’s exit.…
Oakland needs a team — a legal team that is — if Raiders suit is to proceed
Oct 31 • 2 min
Oakland’s plan to file a mega-million-dollar lawsuit against both the Raiders and the National Football League over the team’s impending move to Las Vegas has blown a tire. Sources tell us that two of the three law firms that had lined up to handle the…