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  • City Official Consults Ouija Board Before Vote

    05/24/2012 11:06:15 AM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 18 replies
    Dallas Morning News ^ | May 23, 2012 | San Francisco Chronicle
    City official consults Ouija board before vote SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A San Francisco supervisor says he consulted a Ouija board before city leaders voted on whether to recommend naming a Navy ship after slain gay rights activist Harvey Milk. Supervisor John Avalos tells the San Francisco Chronicle ( ) that he believes he made contact with Milk's spirit and that Milk spelled out letters indicating: "Good riddance to don't ask, don't tell." The Board of Supervisors approved the non-binding resolution Tuesday on a 9-2 vote. Milk was a city supervisor and former naval officer. He was fatally shot in...
  • City official consults Ouija board before vote

    05/23/2012 12:21:16 PM PDT · by matt1234 · 14 replies
    Northwest Cable News ^ | 5/23/2012 | unknown
    A San Francisco supervisor says he consulted a Ouija board before city leaders voted on whether to recommend naming a Navy ship after slain gay rights activist Harvey Milk. Supervisor John Avalos tells the San Francisco Chronicle ( ) that he believes he made contact with Milk's spirit and that Milk spelled out letters indicating: "Good riddance to don't ask, don't tell." Te Board of Supervisors approved the non-binding resolution Tuesday on a 9-2 vote. Milk was a city supervisor and former naval officer. He was fatally shot in 1978 by Dan White. Supporters say the naming would honor the...
  • Jerry Brown's diverse appointments to superior, appeals courts

    05/22/2012 9:02:12 PM PDT · by CounterCounterCulture · 15 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 19 May 2012 | Bob Egelko
    Diverse appointments to superior, appeals courts Gov. Jerry Brown appointed a former State Bar leader to a judgeship in Contra Costa County on Friday. He also nominated a former San Francisco school board attorney as the first Latino on the state appeals court in San Jose, and chose a Los Angeles prosecutor as California's first Muslim judge... (snip) Halim Dhanidina, 39, of Los Angeles to the Los Angeles County Superior Court. Dhanidina has been a deputy district attorney since 1998 and will be the first Muslim on the bench in California, said Aziza Hasan of the Muslim Public Affairs Council....
  • CBS San Francisco to air scare story on "Bullet Button" mag ejectors

    05/20/2012 10:45:08 PM PDT · by Axenolith · 84 replies
    CBS 5 news ^ | 5-20-12 | CBS 5
    California has some of the strictest gun control laws in the nation. But one wouldn’t know that going to the firing range these days. AR-15s and AK-47s are the must-have guns of choice. How can that be? Every time California tightens up the assault weapons ban, the gun industry finds a way around it. The latest example involves a tiny device...
  • Former police officer claims to have solved mystery of the Zodiac killer

    05/16/2012 1:25:18 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 35 replies
    For more than 40 years the identity of the Zodiac killer has eluded police. Blamed for at least five murders in San Francisco between 1968 and 1969, he taunted detectives and their inability to catch him by sending letters and clues to the local newspaper. Now a former police officer says he has finally solved the mystery. In a new book Lyndon Lafferty says the killer is a 91-year-old alcoholic man living in northern California. The only catch: Mr Lafferty refuses to name his suspect. Mr Lafferty claims the killer is now a 91-year-old man living in Solano County but...
  • 2 Illegal Aliens Protected By Sanctuary Policies Convicted Of Murder

    05/11/2012 1:36:49 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 12 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | May 11, 2012
    In unrelated cases that illustrate the high price communities pay for sanctuary policies, two illegal immigrants—both with extensive criminal records—were convicted of first-degree murder this week in different parts of a border state that has longed protected the undocumented. In San Francisco a jury found Edwin Ramos, a renowned gang banger, guilty of three first-degree murder counts for the 2008 killings of a 48-year-old man and his two sons. Ramos had a lengthy criminal record when he murdered the family, but San Francisco sanctuary laws shielded him from deportation. Judicial Watch obtained public records that show police knew Ramos was...
  • Jim Jones’ Sinister Grip on San Francisco (Peoples Temple Cult Leader Ensnared Harvey Milk, Dems)

    05/06/2012 1:34:50 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 71 replies ^ | Tuesday, May 1, 2012 | David Talbot
    Jim Jones’ sinister grip on San Francisco How the Peoples Temple cult leader ensnared Harvey Milk and other progressive icons “Season of the Witch,” the new book by Salon founder David Talbot, tells the story of the wild and bloody birth of “San Francisco values.” The following excerpt – Part 1 in a three-part series -- recounts one of the darker dramas before the ultimate triumph of those values. Jim Jones, the strange and charismatic leader of Peoples Temple, proved a master at politically wiring San Francisco in the mid-1970s. The driven preacher had begun his climb up the political...
  • Officers injured in Homeland Security operation

    05/03/2012 7:00:40 AM PDT · by Sirius Lee · 5 replies
    ABC News ^ | May 3rd, 2012 | Amy Hollyfield
    PETALUMA, Calif. (KGO) -- One suspect is in custody after three special agents with ICE's Homeland Security Investigations unit were shot in Petaluma this morning. ..
  • May Day Eve Quickly Turns Ugly In San Francisco (Freeloaders smash car windows & store fronts)

    05/01/2012 2:39:49 AM PDT · by Libloather · 33 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 5/01/12
    May Day Eve Quickly Turns Ugly In San FranciscoA day that is expected to be filled with anti-establishment protests all around the globe began early last night with a roving band of "anarchists" smashing car windows and store fronts in San Francisco's Mission District. The mini-riot (which was technically on April 30, but still) may have started as a "ruckus street party" organized by Occupy Oakland protesters who invaded their sister city ... The Atlantic Wire via Yahoo! News - 24 minutes ago
  • S.F. bicyclist in fatal crash may face felony

    04/25/2012 6:26:25 PM PDT · by Theoria · 71 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 25 April 2012 | Phillip Matier and Andrew Ross
    San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón is preparing to file felony vehicular manslaughter charges against Chris Bucchere, the bicyclist who fatally struck a 71-year-old pedestrian in the Castro district last month. The felony charge - which could result in a 16-month sentence for Bucchere if he is convicted - is a sharp contrast to the misdemeanor count prosecutors filed in a case last year in which a bicyclist struck and killed a woman along the Embarcadero. The difference this time is prosecutors' conclusion that Bucchere, 35, was grossly negligent in his riding before he ran into Sutchi Hui in a...
  • Email from wife's account shadows Calif. treasurer { Nadia & Bill Lockyer }

    04/18/2012 4:47:50 PM PDT · by SmithL · 4 replies
    AP via Yahoo! ^ | 4/18/12 | DON THOMPSON, Associated Press
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California state treasurer Bill Lockyer is used to the public spotlight. Just not like this. After a political career spanning four decades, Lockyer is drawing attention not for his job but for his marital troubles, his wife's substance abuse and her claim that she was roughed up by an ex-boyfriend at a motel room. And with each new development, the story has taken ever stranger turns. An email last week that appeared to be sent from Nadia Lockyer, herself a promising San Francisco Bay area politician, went to a newspaper, accusing her husband, a former state...
  • San Franfrazzled: Once-in-a-lifetime picture of lightning striking iconic bridge

    04/13/2012 7:10:18 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 68 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 13 April 2012
    An incredible eight bolts struck the Bay Bridge in San Francisco last night which was captured in this incredible shot by photographer Phil McGrew, who took the photo through the rain-soaked window of his apartment.
  • Despite Deadly Fungus, Frog Imports Continue

    04/11/2012 3:00:39 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 8 replies
    New York Times ^ | April 7, 2012 | John Upton
    A clerk serving Cantonese-speaking customers at a cluttered market in San Francisco’s Chinatown reached into a tub of American bullfrogs. She drew a one-pound frog from the top of the pile. She whacked its head, sliced its neck and placed its body in a plastic grocery bag. The frog cost about $4. If it was sautéed, stir-fried or cooked in a clay pot and served with rice and vegetables, it could provide enough poultry-flavored white meat for a meal for at least two people. Tests on the bullfrog by Raul Figueroa, a researcher at San Francisco State University, confirmed that...
  • Operation Midnight Climax: How the CIA Dosed S.F. Citizens with LSD

    04/04/2012 1:31:49 PM PDT · by Theoria · 23 replies
    SF Weekly ^ | 14 Mar 2012 | Troy Hooper
    It's been over 50 years, but Wayne Ritchie says he can still remember how it felt to be dosed with acid. He was drinking bourbon and soda with other federal officers at a holiday party in 1957 at the U.S. Post Office Building on Seventh and Mission streets. They were cracking jokes and swapping stories when, suddenly, the room began to spin. The red and green lights on the Christmas tree in the corner spiraled wildly. Ritchie's body temperature rose. His gaze fixed on the dizzying colors around him. The deputy U.S. marshal excused himself and went upstairs to his...
  • S.F. Occupy activists evicted from building

    04/02/2012 9:56:28 PM PDT · by SmithL · 6 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 4/2/12 | Ellen Huet,Erin Allday
    Police on Monday evicted and arrested nearly 80 Occupy activists who had taken over an empty San Francisco building the night before and had stockpiled bricks and supplies with the apparent intention of staying long-term. Officers in riot gear stormed the two-story building at about 1:15 p.m. after tearing down a barricade protesters built to block the main entrance, said police spokesman Sgt. Michael Andraychak. The building, which is owned by the Catholic Archdiocese of San Francisco, has been used as a music education facility by the archdiocese-associated nearby Sacred Heart Cathedral High School. Occupy protester Beth Seligman said Monday...
  • Occupy SF marchers take over vacant building

    04/01/2012 10:37:39 PM PDT · by SmithL · 14 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 4/1/12 | Benny Evangelista
    Occupy SF activists put the mostly moribund movement back in the spotlight Sunday, taking over an unoccupied building owned by the Archdiocese of San Francisco with plans to establish a "permanent occupation" that would serve as shelter and a center for services for homeless people. The activists entered the building at 888 Turk St. about 5:45 p.m. Sunday, after a rally and march from Union Square earlier in the day. About 100 activists and supporters took up residence in the two-story commercial structure, believed to be a former music building of nearby Sacred Heart Cathedral High School and located within...
  • No Subway $5 Footlongs In SF, 'Cost of Doing Business' Too High ($10.24 min wage)

    03/29/2012 6:41:19 AM PDT · by nhwingut · 21 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | 03/29/12 | Chris Roberts
    The catchy Subway sandwich shop jingle involving a variety of foot-long sandwiches available for $5 doesn't apply in San Francisco. [SNIP] Apparently, the city's new minimum wage, raised to $10.24 as of Jan. 1, make $5 footlongs an impossible business model.
  • Lawyer: San Francisco Sheriff Mirkarimi will not resign

    03/20/2012 4:26:31 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 10 replies
    Mercury News ^ | 3/20/12 | Julia Prodis Sulek
    SAN FRANCISCO -- Embattled San Francisco Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi is refusing to resign, his lawyer told the Associated Press, despite Mayor Ed Lee's ultimatum that he step down or be ousted in an ethics probe. A spokesman with the mayor's office said Lee will address the issue later in the day, and reporters have gathered at the San Francisco sheriff's office after being told Mirkarimi will also make a statement today. Attorney Lidia Stiglich told the AP that Mirkarimi was asked by Lee to step down after pleading guilty to a misdemeanor count of false imprisonment. "I'm not aware of...
  • Lee to Mirkarimi: Resign by 5 p.m. or face charges

    03/20/2012 2:50:42 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 3 replies ^ | 3/20/12 | Rachel Gordon
    San Francisco -- Mayor Ed Lee gave embattled San Francisco Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi until no later than 5 p.m. today to resign or face an official misconduct charge and the possible forced removal from office, sources told The Chronicle today. Mirkarimi was sentenced Monday to three years probation, a year's worth of domestic violence intervention classes and other penalties for pleading guilty to a misdemeanor charge of false imprisonment of his wife. He met with Lee from 4 to 4:30 p.m. Monday in the mayor's office, where he was given 24 hours to make up his mind, the sources said....
  • SF: (Mayor Ed) Lee to (Sheriff Ross 'Bruiser') Mirkarimi: resign by 4 p.m. or face charges

    03/20/2012 12:53:29 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 17 replies ^ | 3/20/12 | Rachel Gordon
    SAN FRANCISCO -- Mayor Ed Lee gave embattled San Francisco Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi until 4 p.m. today to resign or face an official misconduct charge and the possible forced removal from office, sources told The Chronicle today. Mirkarimi was sentenced Monday to three years probation, a year's worth of domestic violence intervention classes and other penalties for pleading guilty to a misdemeanor charge of false imprisonment of his wife. He met with Lee at 4 p.m. Monday in the mayor's office, where he was given 24 hours to make up his mind, the sources said. The mayor's office said Lee...
  • Sheriff Mirkarimi Pleads Guilty to Misdemeanor

    03/12/2012 2:28:48 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 3 replies · 1+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | Monday, March 12, 2012 | Rachel Gordon
    San Francisco Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi pleaded guilty today to a misdemeanor charge of false imprisonment in connection with an incident in which he allegedly inflicted a bruise on his wife. In exchange, San Francisco prosecutors dropped a domestic violence charge and two other misdemeanor counts filed in January against Mirkarimi, 50. Mirkarimi was still serving on the Board of Supervisors at the time of the New Year's Eve incident inside the couple's Western Addition home. He was sworn in as sheriff about a week later. Under the plea agreement, Mirkarimi will be sentenced next Monday to three years' probation, one...
  • Magnitude-4.0 quake shakes San Francisco Bay area

    03/05/2012 8:41:22 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 64 replies
    Fox News ^ | 03/05/2012
    SAN FRANCISCO – Two small, back-to-back earthquakes shook San Francisco Bay area residents awake Monday morning but appeared to leave no serious damage or injury. The U.S. Geological Survey reported that a magnitude-2.9 quake struck at 5:33 a.m. about eight miles northeast of San Francisco in the city of El Cerrito. It was followed eight seconds later by a magnitude-4.0 temblor, said geophysicist Paul Caruso. The shaking was felt within a 60-mile radius, from Santa Rosa in the north to Santa Cruz in the south. The California Highway Patrol, San Francisco police and El Cerrito police said they didn't receive...
  • Elderly Couple Can Sue SFPD, Federal Agents Over Missing $200,000

    03/02/2012 5:09:12 PM PST · by Altariel · 52 replies
    SF Weekly ^ | March 1, 2012 | Erin Sherbert
    A judge this week ruled that an elderly couple could sue the San Francisco Police Department and other federal agents over what the couple claims was an illegal raid on their San Francisco home. According to court documents, Malaquias and Cayetana Reynoso were inside their home on June 18, 2009, when officers with the SFPD and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives forced their way into the house and held them at gunpoint for five hours while they searched the property. The couple -- both were in their 70s at the time -- claim the officers refused to...
  • Photo: Large Naked Woman Stomps On Car In Noe Valley [NSFW]

    02/26/2012 8:51:55 AM PST · by null and void · 79 replies · 2+ views
    SFist ^ | February 24, 2012 12:45 PM | Jay Barmann
    Photo: John Knight via SF Gate A woman described as "heavyset" and naked except for her shoes was pulled off the J-Church line on Tuesday morning, and while cops and medical personnel were evaluating her near the intersection of 24th and Church, she threw off a blanket that had been wrapped around her, walked up on the hood of one man's car, and stomped on his windshield. The man, John Knight, described the crazed woman as about 250 pounds, and he had a lot of explaining to do to his insurance company. “They asked if the car was on...
  • One Of Last Known 1906 Quake Survivors Dies

    02/20/2012 11:11:29 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 11 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | Monday, Feb 20, 2012
    Ceremony to honor memory of 1906 quake survivorOne of the last known survivors of San Francisco's 1906 earthquake died over the weekend. The San Francisco Chronicle reports, Rose Cliver was just 3 years old on April 18, 1906, when the quake and resulting fire killed more than 1,000 people and ruined more than 28,000 buildings. Cliver was 109 when she passed away Saturday at a residential care home in Santa Rosa. Cliver once spoke with NBC Bay Area about her memories of the quake, saying her family climbed up a hill in Bernal Heights, where they lived at the time,...
  • Defend the Constitution and the Church. Protest Obama Visit

    02/16/2012 1:29:14 AM PST · by PanzerKardinal · 10 replies · 1+ views
    California Catholic Daily ^ | Feb. 15, 2012 | California Catholic Daily
    This Thursday, President Barack Obama will be visiting San Francisco for a fundraiser. This is a great opportunity for us to peacefully make our position known about his recent HHS Mandate. The President will be speaking at the Masonic Auditorium, 1111 California Street in San Francisco, Thursday, February 16, at 6PM. We will be gathering at 5:30 PM to show our opposition to his unconscionable violation of the First Amendment.
  • SAN FRANCISCO: Play with a condom, get extra credit

    02/15/2012 12:53:06 PM PST · by SmithL · 34 replies
    SFGate: Token Conservative ^ | 2/15/12 | Debra J. Saunders
    As The Chronicle reported today, Galileo High School celebrated Valentine’s Day with a “Love Fest” that featured same-sex marriage ceremonies and safer-sex games. In one exercise, students puts on goggles “that made their vision slightly blurry, simulating a drunken state.” A teacher told students “to put a condom on a wooden penis. Most of the students left air in the condom tip, which could lead to breakage, and that prompted an instructional rebuke from (teacher Raina) Meyers.”
  • Stunning photo taken from kite that captures devastation from 1906 earthquake in San Francisco

    02/12/2012 1:57:18 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 59 replies · 1+ views
    Daily Mail (U.K.) ^ | 12th February 2012 | Nina Golgowski
    A city in ruins: Stunning photo taken from kite that captures devastation from 1906 earthquake in San Francisco This rarely seen image of the city of San Fransisco lying in ruins after the devastating earthquake of 1906 was captured by an ingenious photographer using a camera attached kites. The panoramic shot, which is of outstanding quality considering the basic equipment available, shows the full scale of the disaster which claimed the lives of over 3,000, injured 225,000 and caused $400,000,000 worth of property damage. Commercial photographer George Lawrence, who used home-made large format cameras, was well known at the time...
  • Bay Area Catholic clerics join contraception fray

    02/09/2012 7:09:47 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 13 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 2-9-12 | Joe Garofoli
    San Francisco's Catholic archbishop has jumped into the latest national culture war, blasting the Obama administration's controversial requirement that employers - including Catholic hospitals, universities and institutions - provide birth control and other contraceptive services as part of their health care insurance plans. While the rule is not scheduled to take effect fully until August 2013, that isn't stopping partisans from leaping into battle positions in this election year. The issue is reopening the nation's cultural divide at time when voters care most about the perilous economy. The battle is over how to frame this issue - as an example...
  • Occupy support drops more than 20 points in … San Francisco?

    01/31/2012 3:08:51 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 4 replies
    Hotair ^ | 01/31/2012 | Ed Morrissey
    One would think that the Occupy movement and San Francisco were made for each other. Perhaps at one time they were, but a new Survey USA poll shows that even the City by the Bay has its limits. The poll of 500 adults in the San Francisco area -- surely the most progressive-friendly poll sample ever taken — shows that almost half of those who supported the Occupy movement in general now have changed their minds.The topline results break down thusly: Supported/Still do: 32%Supported/Now oppose: 26%Opposed/Now support: 3%Opposed/Still do: 31%Not sure: 8% According to this poll, Occupy support in the...
  • Charges force Mirkarimi to turn over firearms (SF Sheriff)

    01/26/2012 8:02:05 AM PST · by walkerk · 29 replies
    San Francisco Examiner ^ | 01/24/12 11:07 PM | Joshua Sabatini
    Even though he’s now sheriff, it may surprise some that Ross Mirkarimi owns several guns. As a longtime member of the progressive bloc on the Board of Supervisors, Mirkarimi was a vocal advocate of gun control. But after being arrested on three misdemeanor charges including domestic violence battery, Mirkarimi was forced to turn over all his guns to authorities. Court records show Mirkarimi surrendered three handguns: A Sig Sauer P229, a Beretta 92G, and a Smith & Wesson Model 19 .357-caliber magnum revolver.
  • Boulders slide down Telegraph Hill, crush car

    01/23/2012 12:43:13 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 4 replies ^ | 1/23/12 | Will Kane
    SAN FRANCISCO -- City officials have temporarily evacuated a condominium building at the base of San Francisco's Telegraph Hill after several boulders slid down the hill and crushed a parked car, authorities said. The boulders, apparently loosened by the weekend rain, slid down the hill near Lombard and Montgomery streets around 9:30 a.m., officials said. No one was hurt. The bottom floors of a multistory condo complex at 240 Lombard St. next to the hill has been evacuated while engineers from the city determine if any more boulders could fall, officials said.
  • 40,000 Pro-Life Activists Line the Streets of San Francisco

    01/23/2012 8:23:57 AM PST · by ReformationFan · 18 replies ^ | 1-23-2012 | Steven Ertelt
    On Saturday, tens of thousands of pro-life activists lined the streets in front of San Francisco’s City Hall and then filled the city’s main thoroughfare, walking about two miles down Market Street to the Embarcadero. Banging drums, playing guitars and chanting “We are pro-life,” the enthusiastic throngs filled Market Street and stopped all traffic for more than a mile. Organizers estimated more than 40,000 attended the Walk for Life West Coast. “We are here to say life is the choice and women are hurt by abortion,” said Dolores Meehan, co-chair of the Walk for Life West Coast, which is held...
  • San Francisco sheriff vows to fight domestic violence, other charges

    01/16/2012 11:00:44 PM PST · by Rabin · 10 replies
    AP / Latimes ^ | 01/13/12 | TERRY COLLINS
    San Francisco County Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi is vowing to remain in office and fight charges of misdemeanor domestic violence, child endangerment and dissuading a witness related to a fight with his wife. His wife, stood by her husband... "This is completely wrong." Dist. Atty. George Gascon said police are investigating the possibility that Mirkarimi may have been involved… An emergency protective order that bars Mirkarimi from his home and prohibit any contact between him and his wife, their toddler son, (and) require Mirkarimi to give up all his firearms within 24 hours. Gascon said that he is "not aware of...
  • S.F. sheriff likely to face misdemeanor charge - Domestic violence charge likely ..

    01/11/2012 1:29:35 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 10 replies ^ | 1/11/12 | Phillip Matier , Andrew Ross
    It's looking likely that San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón will file misdemeanor domestic violence charges against newly sworn-in Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi. Prosecutors are "convinced this is very real," said a source with firsthand knowledge of the investigation. The case stems from a New Year's Eve incident in which Mirkarimi allegedly grabbed his wife - former Venezuelan telenovela star Eliana Lopez - with enough force to leave a bruise. Lopez has said publicly that she has no complaint against her husband and that the incident had been taken "out of context." Mirkarimi's attorney, Robert Waggener, said Tuesday that the sheriff...
  • Governor: Oakland can and should keep port open

    12/27/2011 7:09:12 PM PST · by SmithL · 8 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 12/27/11 | Wyatt Buchanan, Matthai Kuruvila, Chronicle Staff Writers
    Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday said Oakland city officials can - and should - keep the port open in the event of future demonstrations. The governor, speaking to reporters in a wide-ranging news conference at his office in the Capitol, was asked to comment on Oakland Mayor Jean Quan's assertion last week during a meeting with Chronicle editors that the city may be unable to prevent further shutdowns of the port. "There are the resources under mutual aid, there are resources in Oakland - with some leadership and some imagination not only can they keep the port open but they...
  • Limbaugh jumps from KSFO to Clear Channel's 910

    12/26/2011 7:52:41 PM PST · by Political Junkie Too · 61 replies
    Clear Channel is beefing up the lineup on its 910 AM frequency, first by hiring fired KGO hosts Len Tillem and Gene Burns, and now by adding Rush Limbaugh. The new lineup starts Jan. 3. Limbaugh’s move was revealed publicly in a tweet by 910 morning hosts Armstrong & Getty. There are two schools of thought about why Limbaugh is changing stations. One is that his show is expensive and KSFO’s owner, Cumulus Media, is cutting costs. That’s why they laid off most of the talk hosts at KGO and replaced them with less expensive news staffers. Another theory is...
  • I'm Dreaming of an EssEff Christmas

    12/25/2011 8:10:41 AM PST · by Kaslin · 2 replies ^ | December 25, 2011 | Debra J. Saunders
    Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukah. My gift is a take on "I'm Dreaming of a White Christmas," a humble effort to localize the classic tune to the beat of San Francisco's unique politics. Happy holidays, and thank you for the gift of your indulgence. I'm dreaming of an S.F. Christmas, Where every Christmas is PC, Where no Meal's Happy, Naked guys use nappies, And the Mayor is "still" Ed Lee.  I'm dreaming there'll be no Jesus, Menorah or nativity. All public spaces Are protest places Reserved for Occupy tents and pee.  I'm dreaming of an S.F. Christmas With every column that...
  • Garbage-can dispute leads to shooting in Bayview (San Francisco)

    12/22/2011 4:37:51 PM PST · by walkerk · 19 replies
    San Francisco Examiner ^ | 12/21/11 9:47 AM | Mike Aldax
    An armed man accused of kicking over garbage cans on a Bayview street was shot by a neighbor following a confrontation Tuesday night, police said. Police responded to the shooting call in the 1100 block of Gilman Avenue around 8:40 p.m. They found a 28-year-old man with a gunshot wound to the chest. He was transported to a hospital with life-threatening injuries, police said. According to police, the injured man had been walking up the block “kicking over all of the garbage cans on the street.” One neighbor told him to stop it and go home. The man walked back...
  • What The Dickens? Occupy Protest Inspires A New 'Christmas Carol'

    12/16/2011 9:04:36 PM PST · by Steelfish · 6 replies
    LATimes ^ | December 17, 2011 | Maria L. La Ganga
    What The Dickens? Occupy Protest Inspires A New 'Christmas Carol' The San Francisco Mime Troupe's resident playwright, Michael Gene Sullivan, has re-imagined the 19th century holiday classic — with its familiar themes of labor unrest, joblessness and starvation — for the troubled 21st century. By Maria L. La Ganga December 17, 2011 Reporting from San Francisco -- Ebenezer Scrooge is a corporate banker, busy foreclosing on the hapless masses. Bob Cratchit and his beleaguered family live in a chilly tent in an anonymous Occupy encampment. The ghost of Christmas future sports a flowing black robe of taped-together trash bags and...
  • Ex-health inspectors charged in S.F. bribe scheme

    12/14/2011 6:50:35 PM PST · by SmithL · 4 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 12/14/11 | Vivian Ho, Chronicle Staff Writer
    Two former San Francisco environmental health inspectors have been charged with taking bribes and falsifying food safety manager certifications for hundreds of local restaurant managers and owners, prosecutors said Wednesday. Clifton Sanders, 41, pleaded not guilty Wednesday to bribery and falsification of public records charges. Ajamu Stewart, 54, pleaded not guilty to bribery, perjury and falsification of public records at his arraignment Dec. 6. Both Sanders and Stewart are former employees of the city Public Health Department. Each took hundreds of bribes of $100 to $200 apiece from restaurant managers and owners in 2007 and 2008 in exchange for allowing...
  • Grand jury begins probe of Solyndra

    12/14/2011 10:09:28 AM PST · by sunmars · 4 replies
    Attorneys’ billing shows preparation A grand jury has begun investigating Solyndra LLC, the failed California solar-panel maker that lost more than a half-billion dollars in federal loans, according to law-firm billing records. Weeks after Solyndra filed for bankruptcy in September, a judge allowed the company to hire a law firm to represent it in what court records at the time called a “federal criminal investigation.” Now the firm, K&L Gates, has filed with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Delaware a detailed, hour-by-hour account of how attorneys have been spending their time. Most of their efforts have focused on what the...
  • PUC adopts CleanPowerSF program of all-green power

    12/14/2011 8:36:48 AM PST · by SmithL · 8 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 12/14/11 | Phillip Matier, Andrew Ross, Chronicle Columnist
    San Francisco residents may soon have a chance to power their homes and businesses with "100 percent" certified green energy. But it won't come cheap. Under the CleanPowerSF program adopted Tuesday by the city's Public Utilities Commission on a 4-0 vote, San Francisco's 330,000 utility customers would be able to get all their power from wind, solar and other renewable sources, starting as early as July 1. On the downside, typical residential customers would also see their bills rise - at least in the short run - by anywhere from $7 to $54.50 a month, depending on their usage. That's...
  • Dog walker regulations considered by S.F.

    12/13/2011 11:32:49 AM PST · by GSWarrior · 28 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 12/12/11 | Rachel Gordon
    San Francisco officials hope to keep commercial dog walkers on a tighter leash with a new set of regulations governing how they can operate. The proposal, heard at a City Hall hearing Monday, is expected to be considered for approval by the Board of Supervisors early next year. The proposed regulations would require commercial dog walkers, with two or more canines at any one time, to obtain a permit. To qualify, dog walkers would have take a training course that covers topics ranging from dog park etiquette (pick up the poop, keep them out of playgrounds), canine first aid and...
  • San Francisco puts the ‘X’ back in Xmas: Occupying human rights for naked Santas

    12/12/2011 7:14:38 PM PST · by MeNeFrego · 5 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 12/12/11 | Zombie
    What do the Occupy movement, foreskins, an ice rink, international human rights and the world’s largest gathering of naked Santa Clauses have to do with each other? Under normal circumstances, nothing — but this is San Francisco after all, where anything is possible, so come along on a guided photographic tour of several separate socio-political events that inevitably overlapped and coalesced into an unforgettable political mashup. It’s not often that one must wear a Santa costume as part of one’s job, but on Saturday, December 10 that moment had finally arrived for me: I suited up and made my way...
  • Total lunar eclipse on tap for early Saturday (early 12/10/11, 4:45am w/total at 6:05am PT)

    12/09/2011 10:16:44 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 24 replies ^ | 12/9/11 | David Perlman
    Early risers Saturday will see a total eclipse of the moon low in the western sky, and if the Bay Area's clear weather persists, the sight should be spectacular. "The full moon should appear even larger than normal when the eclipse is total because it will be so low in the sky that Earth's atmosphere will magnify it into a blood-red monster," said astronomer Andrew Fraknoi of Foothill College in Los Alto Hills. The partial eclipse will begin at 4:45 a.m. and will become total at 6:05 a.m., Fraknoi said. Totality will last until 6:57 a.m.
  • Bay Area firms aid Obama's energy retrofit plan

    12/06/2011 11:49:56 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 3 replies ^ | 12/6/11 | Andrew S. Ross
    When President Obama announced his $4 billion initiative to finance energy efficiency programs at the White House on Friday, a number of Bay Area allies were, literally, right behind him. There were senior executives from San Francisco's Metrus Energy, which committed $75 million of private capital to the initiative, and from Sunnyvale's Serious Energy and Santa Rosa's Ygrene Energy Fund, both contributing $100 million. They're among the 60 private companies and other entities "stepping up," in Obama's words, in an effort to retrofit public and commercial buildings nationwide, pitching in approximately half of the $4 billion needed. The rest of...
  • Santa Clara, 49ers announce deal to pay for stadium

    12/03/2011 2:08:23 PM PST · by Utah Binger · 58 replies
    San Jose Mercury Hews ^ | 12/03/2011 | Staff
    At long last, the 49ers' turbulent drive for a new home in Silicon Valley is reaching the end zone. The NFL team and Santa Clara announced Friday that they have captured all the money needed to build a proposed $1 billion football stadium next to the Great America theme park -- the largest and final obstacle needed before construction can start. "It's like first-and-goal from the 9-yard line," said Ron Garratt, a consultant helping lead the project for the city. "We think we're going to score from here." The funding deal was spelled out in a development contract that caps...
  • McDonald's Sidesteps The Happy Meal Prohibition

    12/02/2011 5:11:26 PM PST · by Kaslin · 36 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | December 2, 2011 | Editor
    Absurd Laws: The nannies of San Francisco tried to take the fun out of McDonald's Happy Meal. But enterprising managers found a way to bring joy to the kids anyway. A city ordinance that prohibits fast-food restaurants from giving away toys with children's meals went into effect Thursday. San Francisco — of course — was the first big city in the country to pass such a law. The intent, according to the supervisor who sponsored the prohibition, was to increase awareness of the nutritional makeup of children's meals. That's Eric Mar's story and it seems he's sticking with it. But...
  • Digging up history at old Transbay Terminal

    12/02/2011 7:26:34 PM PST · by thecodont · 6 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle / ^ | Friday, December 2, 2011 | Michael Cabanatuan, Chronicle Staff Writer
    When most people ponder the past at the Transbay Terminal construction site, they imagine the hustle and bustle of gray-suited commuters swarming in and out of the Art Deco-style train depot in the mid-20th century. But archaeologists working at the site during demolition of the dingy old terminal last winter and construction of its grand replacement have unearthed artifacts that help reveal what it must have been like to live in the Irish working-class neighborhood that existed in that part of the South of Market in the mid- to late 1800s. They've dug up bottles that once held soda, booze...