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  • Angels Over Russian Hill (Amazing Picture of the Blue Angels in San Francisco)

    10/15/2016 9:58:52 AM PDT · by Jim 0216 · 21 replies
    Facebook ^ | 10/10/16 | Rene Sevieri
    This photo was taken by my friend Mike Oria from my other friend George's roof deck Sunday. He's an awesome photographer.
  • Colin Kaepernick: 'I'll continue to sit'

    08/28/2016 4:15:59 PM PDT · by GuavaCheesePuff · 150 replies
    ESPN ^ | August 28, 2016 | Nick Wagoner
    SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick sat during the national anthem in each of the team's three preseason games and plans to continue to do so until he sees real change when it comes to racial oppression in the United States. "Yes, I'll continue to sit," Kaepernick said. "I'm going to continue to stand with the people that are being oppressed. To me this is something that has to change. When there's significant change and I feel like that flag represents what it's supposed to represent, this country is representing people the way that it's supposed...
  • Guardian admits reporter fabricated stories

    05/27/2016 8:30:51 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 24 replies
    The Australian ^ | 27th May 2016 | Darren Davidson
    The Guardian has been hit by a journalism ethics scandal after the newspaper admitted a reporter fabricated interviews and made up quotes in articles. Lee Glendinning, editor of Guardian US and a former Fairfax Media journalist, said reporter Joseph Mayton also falsely claimed to have been present at events he wrote about. The former deputy editor of Guardian Australia apologised to readers and to the “people whose words were misrepresented or falsified”. The newspaper, which was instrumental in campaigning for a British inquiry into press standards, has now removed 13 of contributor Mr Mayton’s articles from its website. Other articles...
  • San Francisco to Expand ‘Sanctuary City’ Law — Even After Steinle Murder

    05/11/2016 3:29:02 AM PDT · by detective · 39 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 10 May 2016 | Michelle Moons
    Elected leaders of the city that harbored an illegal alien-turned-killer last year are voting Tuesday on whether to pass an ordinance that would make San Francisco an even more hospitable sanctuary city for illegally present foreign nationals. The Board of Supervisors is considering the measure, which would further tie the hands of local law enforcement, effectively preventing their ability to give an inmate’s personal information or release date to federal immigration officials, according to KQED radio. Supervisor John Avalos introduced the proposed pro-Sanctuary City change.
  • Larkspur Ferry Parking

    03/13/2016 6:35:03 PM PDT · by rey · 11 replies
    13 Mar 2015
    How quickly does that Larkspur Ferry parking fill up on a weekday? If I am there before 7:30 am I ok? Is there additional parking nearby? Thanks for the help.
  • 2 Golden Gate Bridge pedestrians hit by blow darts

    02/14/2016 1:27:22 PM PST · by PROCON · 29 replies ^ | Feb. 13, 2016 | Rachel Swan
    <p>Two pedestrians were struck by blow darts while walking across the Golden Gate Bridge Friday, the California High Patrol said.</p> <p>About 2:45 p.m., a CHP officer who was patrolling the bridge on bicycle was flagged down by a man who had been hit in the thigh. The dart, which was about 5 inches long, appeared to have been fired from a blow gun, authorities said. It had sunk about two inches into the man’s skin.</p>
  • Bill Del Monte, Last 1906 San Francisco Earthquake Survivor, Dies Days Before 110th Birthday

    01/11/2016 1:56:15 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 20 replies
    The last known survivor of the devastating San Francisco earthquake and fire of 1906 died Monday. Bill Del Monte, who was 109 years old, passed away just after midnight at the San Rafael senior care facility where he lived, according to his family. He was 11 days shy of his 110th birthday. His niece, Janette Barroca of San Francisco, said he'd been doing "great for 109 years old." Del Monte was just three months old when the quake struck, forcing his family into the streets to escape in a horse-drawn buck board with fire burning on both sides, Barroca said....
  • Wooden Shack in San Francisco Sells for $408,000

    10/24/2015 3:19:09 PM PDT · by sparklite2 · 61 replies
    NBC News ^ | October 22, 2015 | Gillian Edevane
    It appears the old adage holds true: when it comes to real estate, it’s all about location, location, location. The wooden shack that was on sale for $350,000 in San Francisco’s trendy Outer Mission neighborhood is officially off the market. The deal for the 765-square-foot residence closed on Thursday, with a pair of investors nabbing the property for a cool $408,000, according to Vanguard realtors.
  • Couple Paints American Flag On Brown Lawn As San Jose Forces Water Cutbacks During Drought

    06/16/2015 7:11:15 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 25 replies ^ | June 15, 2015 10:39 PM | Andria Borba
    SAN JOSE (CBS SF) — San Jose is forcing its residents to cut back on water use during the drought, so one couple found a patriotic solution to their ugly brown lawn by painting an American flag on it. Claudia Decker and her husband stopped watering their lawn in January. Tired of looking at the patchy turf and dirt, they wanted to increase their curb appeal. “People are painting their lawns green because of the drought,” Decker told KPIX 5. Instead of green, the couple painted an American flag on the lawn, in honor of Flag Day. The flag even...
  • On the Taxonomy of Spaceships

    05/18/2015 10:38:36 PM PDT · by Utilizer · 11 replies
    Critical Sh 1 t blog ^ | May 15, 2015 | Hageshii01
    Yup, spaceships again. Between Star Citizen, the new Halo, the new Star Wars, a couple of key mods for Sins of a Solar Empire that I keep up with and have done some voice work on, and Destiny, my mind has been buzzing with them. I’m a huge nerd who thinks of things in my free time like “if I were a shinigami what kind of Zanpakutō would I have?” and “I wonder if I’d rather be a ranger or a mage” and “ff I were a Jedi in the New Jedi Order, what kind of ship would I have?”...
  • Are American Troops Already Fighting on the Front Lines in Iraq? [GERMAN SF ON THE GROUND IN IRAQ]

    09/02/2014 8:46:29 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 38 replies
    Are American Troops Already Fighting on the Front Lines in Iraq? The Pentagon is denying that U.S. troops are fighting ISIS on the ground in Iraq—but eyewitness accounts and Kurdish officials tell a different story. ZUMAR, Iraq — The role of American Special Operations Forces in Iraq has remained hidden even while the U.S. air war expands. As momentum against ISIS picks up, they may be emerging from the shadows. In a pitched battle on Monday, Kurdish Peshmerga, backed by American airpower and what appeared to be U.S. troops, struck at ISIS positions in the strategic crossroads of Zumar.Scenes from...
  • US Airstrikes Done With Peshmerga Coordination [US Advisers Working With Peshmerga In Battles]

    08/11/2014 9:49:32 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 21 replies
    BasNews, Erbil ^ | 10.08.2014 | Hawar Abdulrazaq
    Smokes rise from US shelling near Khazir in Northern Iraq News / Kurdistan US Airstrikes Done With Peshmerga Coordination 10.08.2014   Hawar Abdulrazaq BasNews, Erbil   The Kurdistan Region’s Peshmerga Ministry has said that from now on they will have a daily press conference to inform the Kurdistan public of new developments to prevent the circulation of propaganda and false information.   Halgord Hikmat, the spokesman for the Peshmerga Ministry told BasNews from Erbil, that the recent US airstrikes in the Makhmur and Mosul regions against Islamic State (IS) Militants had inflcited huge loses on the extremist group.  ...
  • Free Crack Pipes Urged To Slow Spread Of HIV In SF, Leaders Balk At Idea

    01/25/2014 4:20:48 PM PST · by Libloather · 22 replies
    CBS Local ^ | 1/24/14 | Joe Vazquez, Bill Disbrow
    SAN FRANCISCO (KPIX 5) – Brows were raised and eyes rolled back when needle exchange programs were first implemented to stop the spread of disease. Giving away free and clean syringes to heroin users seemed preposterous to many. Now it is a common practice and almost universally accepted as a means to prevent the spread of HIV. Could the same happen with free crack pipes? Soon after our story was posted Friday, KPIX 5 received a flurry of phone calls and emails from city officials denouncing the idea to distribute the crack pipes. Mayor Ed Lee was first with a...
  • What's your favorite really obscure fantasy/sf novel?

    12/13/2013 8:49:04 PM PST · by Kip Russell · 200 replies
    (vanity) | Dec 13, 2013 | Me
    Everybody (well, everybody who reads sf/fantasy) has their favorite novels in each genre...which are usually a bunch of other people's favorite novels as well. This only makes sense, since cream rises to the top. But even so, there are plenty of obscure books that for whatever reason, never really caught on. They might well be great reads, but no one seems to have heard of what's your favorite sf and fantasy novel that still lies in not-so-deserved obscurity? With any luck, we'll all discover a bunch of great books that we've never heard of before! I'll start off with...
  • Coyotes On The Prowl in San Francisco

    12/10/2013 10:48:01 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 18 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | Monday, Dec 9, 2013 | Chris Roberts
    Real-life wild dogs are on the prowl in San Francisco, which has itself a coyote problem. "More than 100" coyotes are alive in well in the City by the Bay, according to the San Francisco Chronicle, which notes a marked increase -- there was just 15 "a little more than a year ago," according to outdoors writer Tom Stienstra. That figure is based on "crops of pups" as well as a field study and photography by Natures Lantern, the newspaper reported. Coyotes have been seen crossing busy streets like Sunset Boulevard, and have been seen in populated areas from Telegraph...
  • San Francisco placed on high alert after terror threat

    08/04/2013 8:32:18 PM PDT · by jodster36 · 185 replies
    ABC ^ | 8/4/13 | Lilian Kim
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- The Department of Homeland Security is beefing up its presence at airports, train stations and other travel hubs in the United States in the wake of global travel warning imposed on all U.S. citizens Local authorities are not going into specifics but the San Francisco Police Department does acknowledge receiving a bulletin by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and DHS. The SFPD says their officers are monitoring various areas of the city and will determine if additional resources are necessary. areas of the city and will determine if additional resources are necessary. They say they have...
  • Hacker found dead days before he was to demonstrate how to hack a pacemaker

    07/26/2013 10:13:41 AM PDT · by DFG · 103 replies
    Daily Mail UK ^ | 07/26/2013 | Daily Mail Reporter
    A computer hacker who gained cult status across the internet after revealing how to hack cash machines has been found a week before he was due to demonstrate how to kill someone by hacking their pacemaker. The body of Barnaby Jack was found in San Francisco yesterday. The city's medical examiner's office would not give any further details. Jack, a security expert, became one of the most famous hackers on the planet after a 2010 demonstration in which he forced ATMs to spit out cash, dubbed 'Jackpotting'.
  • Terrible death of two Chinese schoolgirls, 16, whose bodies were found on runway

    07/07/2013 7:49:00 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 36 replies
    Terrible death of two Chinese schoolgirls, 16, whose bodies were found on runway after Boeing 777 crash at San Francisco airport The two victims who perished as an Asiana Airlines Boeing 777 crashed and burst into flames as it came to land at San Francisco International Airport on Saturday morning have been identified as Chinese schoolgirls who were on a class trip. The bodies of Ye Mengyuan and Wang Linjia, both 16, were found on the runway after the tail of the plane, which was flying from Seoul in South Korea with 307 people on board, was ripped off as...
  • 90+ Girl Scouts march in San Francisco Gay Pride Parade: first time ever

    07/05/2013 2:01:22 PM PDT · by NYer · 45 replies
    Life Site News ^ | July 5, 2013 | JOHN JALSEVAC
    SAN FRANCISCO, July 5, 2013 ( – Weeks after their male counterparts stoked controversy by changing their rules to allow openly gay members, Girl Scouts USA made history in their own way after some 90+ of their members and their families marched in San Francisco’s recent Gay Pride Parade - the first time they have ever done so. Girl Scouts of Northern California announced their participation in the parade in a post on their official Facebook page, accompanied by a photo of the girls in uniform carrying a Girl Scouts banner.  "I want them to be able to tell their children they...
  • Starbucks of Marijuana Coming to San Francisco

    07/05/2013 8:16:24 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 12 replies
    SF Weekly ^ | Fri., Jul. 5 2013 | Chris Roberts
    The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward making lots of money. That's Jamen Shively's thesis, anyway. The former Microsoft manager, 45, is embarking on a publicity tour for the marijuana enterprise he's happy to label the "Starbucks" of pot. "Yes, we can" is for Shively "yes, we are big marijuana" -- and he's getting ready for what he believes is The Next Big Thing: legal pot -- everywhere. With his trusty sidekick, former Mexican president Vicente Fox -- a partner of Shively's in Diego Pellicer, Inc., the nation's first "premium marijuana" retail brand -- in...
  • Big-Rig Driver Learns Hard Way That 18-Wheeler Doesn't Quite Fit Through Bridge Toll Plaza

    07/05/2013 8:22:09 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 41 replies
    SF Weekly ^ | Jul. 2 2013 | Erin Sherbert
    As if the morning commute couldn't have gotten worse for everyone. A big-rig driver reportedly slammed into the toll plaza at the Golden Gate Bridge as he tried desperately to make his way to San Francisco. The bizarre crash happened during rush hour at about 8:43 a.m. along the third southbound lane from the left at the toll plaza on the southern end of the bridge, CHP Officer Andrew Barclay told KTVU. Naturally, the toll plaza was damaged, as was the front of the truck, and everyone's mood about the morning commute. Fortunately, nobody was hurt. Now for the burning...
  • City of San Francisco funds religious place of worship (Guess which religion...)

    06/10/2013 7:27:45 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 06/10/2013 | Thomas Lifson
    Perhaps you, like me, assumed that the City of San Francisco, California would avoid any governmental sponsorship of a particular religion, and would never house a place of worship of a specific religion on its own property. And if such government sponsorship ever came to light, you would be certain that the ACLU and the atheist activists would raise their voices in protest. But not when it comes to Islam. The San Francisco Chronicle's investigative duo Matier and Ross tell us: Muslim cabbies now have their very own place at San Francisco International Airport to wash their hands and feet...
  • Indecent Exposure on Nancy Pelosi Drive

    05/09/2013 1:31:57 PM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 8 replies
    : Washington Free Beacon ^ | 05/09/2013 | Washington Free Beacon Staff
    An indecent exposure citation was reported Wednesday on the 400 block of Nancy Pelosi Drive in San Francisco. The city renamed Middle Drive East, which connects Martin Luther King Jr. Drive and John F. Kennedy Drive, after the House minority leader last year. “When I heard about it I said, ‘No, no, please don’t do that. I’m embarrassed, please don’t do that,’” Pelosi said at the ceremony last year, “until I heard that it was between JFK and MLK Jr. Drive and then I thought, ‘Well, I would like to go there and bear witness to the greatness of those...
  • SF student suspended over Connecticut poem (possibility of being expelled)

    12/31/2012 7:23:46 PM PST · by Libloather · 20 replies
    ABC Local ^ | 12/27/12 | Alan Wang
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- A San Francisco high school senior is suspended because of a poem she wrote which dealt with the school shooting in Connecticut. What she wrote has left officials with a dilemma. It was a dark poem and in the wake of the Connecticut tragedy, it raised red flags and triggered a quick response by school officials. Now the student is facing the possibility of being expelled. "I understand the killings in Connecticut. I know why he pulled the trigger," said Courtni Webb, the suspended student. **SNIP** She says she didn't turn in the poem as an...
  • Park your car for $130 at the World Series! (Photo)

    10/26/2012 7:07:48 PM PDT · by DFG · 11 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 10/25/12 | David Brown
    Not that anyone in California would be allowed by law to pollute the environment with such a behemoth of a vehicle, but one garage near AT&T Park in San Francisco was charging "Full Size" SUVs and trucks $130 to park for Game 1 of the World Series on Wednesday night. Hummers get no breaks, you know? But, if you drive a "compact SUV" or a "Minivan," it'll cost you only a cool hundred. It's 90 bucks for a car the size of a Prius or a '69 Dodge Dart. No word on what it'd cost to stunt park your Bullitt...
  • S.F. floats risky bet on green power

    09/14/2012 10:48:37 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 12 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | September 13, 2012 | Staff
    San Francisco's persistent fascination with public power is up for another test. On Tuesday, the Board of Supervisors will consider an attractive but flawed plan to offer clean energy and shake up the utility landscape. At issue is a long-studied proposal that tests the public appetite for going 100 percent renewable on electric power, an option not offered by the city's only provider, Pacific Gas and Electric Co. The proposal is public-power-lite, afforded by a state law that allows a city to line up renewable energy as a consumer option. The plan, called CleanPowerSF, calls for an outside source to...
  • Ken Block flies through the streets of San Francisco

    07/09/2012 1:22:43 PM PDT · by DFG · 6 replies
    Fox News ^ | 07/09/12 | Staff
    Bullitt’s got nothing on Block. DC Shoes founder and professional rally driver Ken Block has taken his brand of insane stunt driving to the streets of San Francisco in the fifth installment of his series of viral Gymkhana videos, which are designed to burn up the web as well as several sets of tires. In it, the extreme sports star invades the city in his 600 hp Ford Fiesta racecar via the Bay Bridge and proceeds to drift and jump his way through its streets, performing a bevy of impressive technical moves along the way. In two clips, he literally...
  • Alcatraz escape nears 50th anniversary

    06/10/2012 4:41:48 PM PDT · by DFG · 28 replies
    SF Gate ^ | 06/09/12 | Jill Tucker
    Fifty years after three prisoners broke out of Alcatraz through a spoon-dug tunnel and launched a raft made of raincoats into the San Francisco Bay in a bid for freedom, a lone U.S. marshal is still looking for them. Whether inmates Frank Morris, 35, John Anglin, 32, and his brother Clarence Anglin, 31, made it to safety on June 11, 1962, or sank to a watery grave is not known. U.S. Marshal Michael Dyke, the only official investigator still assigned to the case, has an educated guess.
  • US military denies parachuting into N.Korea (update)

    05/29/2012 4:31:48 AM PDT · by EBH · 39 replies
    AFP ^ | 5/29/12
    The US military Tuesday vehemently denied a media report that special forces had been parachuted into North Korea on intelligence-gathering missions, saying a source had been misquoted. Current affairs magazine The Diplomat quoted Brigadier General Neil Tolley, commander of special forces in South Korea, as saying soldiers from the US and South Korea had been dropped across the border for "special reconnaissance" missions. But Colonel Jonathan Withington, public affairs officer for US Forces Korea, said some reporting of the conference had taken Tolley "completely out of context". "Quotes have been made up and attributed to him," he said, denying that...
  • Nurses who went on strike in the San Francisco Bay area and Los Angeles to be locked out

    12/25/2011 12:38:26 AM PST · by Libloather · 31 replies
    Nurses who went on strike in the San Francisco Bay area and Los Angeles to be locked outBy Associated Press Updated: Saturday, December 24, 10:50 PM OAKLAND, Calif. — Hospital officials say nurses who staged a one-day strike against nine hospitals in the San Francisco Bay area and Los Angeles will not be allowed to return to work Friday. Thursday’s strike — the second in three months — and the planned lockout are the latest in a series of disputes between nurses and hospital management over health care costs, staffing levels and sick leave. The California Nurses Association — the...
  • At least 85 arrested as S.F. camp cleared (freeloaders return to mom's basement)

    12/08/2011 4:55:14 AM PST · by Libloather · 13 replies
    The Reporter ^ | 12/08/11
    At least 85 arrested as S.F. camp clearedBy the Associated Press Posted: 12/08/2011 01:01:23 AM PST SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- At least 85 people were arrested as police cleared San Francisco's Occupy encampment early Wednesday, police said. Officials had not compiled exact numbers by Wednesday afternoon, but most of the approximately 85 people were cited and released after the daybreak raid, said Officer Albie Esparza. About 15 people who were arrested on a variety of charges, ranging from resisting arrest to assault with a deadly weapon, were still in custody, Esparza said. More than 100 officers carried out the raid,...
  • Two police officers attacked during Occupy SF march

    11/13/2011 1:52:39 PM PST · by Nachum · 12 replies ^ | 11/13/11 | Michael Whitney
    SAN FRANCISCO (BCN) -- Two police officers were attacked with sharp objects by protestors in an Occupy San Francisco march this afternoon, police said. Protestors were marching in the area of Embarcadero and Broadway around 3:30 p.m. today when the attacks occurred, according to police. Officers accompanying the march were attempting to prevent demonstrators from taking over the middle of the intersection, where Muni light rail lines are located. Police say a woman emerged from the crowd and attacked one of the officers with what was described as an exacto blade attached to a pen or pencil like object. She...
  • SF plan would offer tax break for hiring felons (crime does pay)

    10/18/2011 12:10:29 PM PDT · by Libloather · 15 replies · 1+ views
    SF Gate ^ | 10/18/11 | Rachel Gordon
    SF plan would offer tax break for hiring felonsRachel Gordon, Chronicle Staff Writer October 18, 2011 04:00 AM San Francisco businesses that hire people with felony convictions would get a tax break, under legislation expected to be introduced today. "Ex-felons are among the most challenged populations in getting work," said Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi, who is crafting the plan. Persuading an employer to hire a convicted felon, particularly in this economy when the unemployment rate is hovering just under 10 percent, is difficult, especially when there's a wide pool of job applicants without felony records.
  • San Francisco may pass public nudity restrictions

    09/07/2011 2:05:22 PM PDT · by decimon · 21 replies
    Associated Press ^ | September 7, 2011 | Unknown
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Something could soon be coming between San Francisco's proud nudists and their unusual freedom to bare it all. Walking around naked is legal in the city under most circumstances, but a city supervisor concerned about public health and sanitation introduced legislation Tuesday that would require the clothing averse to put a cloth or other barrier under their bottoms if they take a seat in public. > Wiener represents the city's Castro District, where a group of men locals refer to as "the naked guys" is known to strut its stuff, and some residents have grown weary...
  • Kitchen staff walks out at Castagnola's in S.F.

    09/08/2011 8:59:22 AM PDT · by SmithL · 24 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 9/8/11 | Paolo Lucchesi
    <p>Around 7:30 p.m. Saturday, 95-year-old Castagnola's on Fisherman's Wharf (286 Jefferson St.) was buzzing. With a holiday weekend swelling the reservation book, the dining room was full and the Saturday night comedy show was set to begin.</p> <p>Then the kitchen staff walked out.</p>
  • To defuse 'flash' protest, BART cuts riders' cell service. Is that legal?

    08/12/2011 6:21:11 PM PDT · by tje · 49 replies · 1+ views
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | August 12, 2011 | Patrik Jonsson
    The decision by Bay Area Rapid Transit officials to cut off cellphone service Thursday evening – to forestall a planned protest – raises a fundamental question: Do Americans have a basic right to digital free speech or to digitally organized assembly? Because July protests against BART police shootings had turned violent, BART officials took the unusual step to protect public safety, they said. The tactic may have worked: No protests took place Thursday night at BART stations. Temporarily shutting down cell service and beefing up police patrols were "great tool[s] to utilize for this specific purpose," BART police Lt. Andy...
  • Ed Lee Still Will Be Ed Lee, but Which Ed Lee

    08/09/2011 10:56:44 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 1 replies ^ | August 9, 2011 | Debra J. Saunders
    Beware any candidate who tells you he is not a politician -- after he refers to himself in the third person. That would be San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee, who on occasion now refers to himself as "Ed Lee." In an interview with the San Francisco Chronicle's John Cote on Sunday, Ed Lee asserted, "I am not a politician." Ed Lee also told Cote: "Ed Lee is not changing. I've changed my mind, but I'm still the Ed Lee that (people) know." The change to which Ed Lee referred is his decision to go back on a pledge made in...
  • SF To Shutter Courtrooms; Lay Off 200 Workers

    07/18/2011 2:04:07 PM PDT · by DFG · 31 replies
    KTVU ^ | 07/18/11 | Staff
    The San Francisco Superior Court is laying off more than 40 percent of its staff and shuttering 25 courtrooms because of budget cuts. Presiding Judge Katherine Feinstein said Monday that the cuts mean it will take many more hours to pay a traffic ticket in person, up to 18 months to finalize a divorce and five years for a lawsuit to go to trial. The cuts go into effect on Sept. 30 and are needed to close a $13.75 million deficit. Some 200 of the court's 480 workers will be let go, including 11 of 12 commissioners who preside over...
  • SF school tosses out hundreds of unused workbooks

    06/29/2011 10:31:22 AM PDT · by GSWarrior · 58 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 629/11 | Jill Tucker
    Hundreds of never-used English and math workbooks were tossed into the recycling bin last week at a San Francisco school, stunning neighbors who called it a waste of taxpayer money, particularly at a time when budget cuts are forcing the district to lay off teachers, increase class sizes and eliminate summer school. "My first thoughts were: Here's the district begging for money, and they're throwing out perfectly good, unread, unused books," said David Toerge, who lives across the street from Paul Revere Elementary School and first saw the books Friday. The practice of tossing unused and obsolete books isn't unheard...
  • 'Offensive' images found in S.F. school murals

    06/24/2011 3:52:45 PM PDT · by GSWarrior · 36 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 6/24/11 | Stephanie Lee
    San Francisco -- The head of a children's art organization, arrested three weeks ago for possession of child pornography, placed "offensive" tiles in murals he created at four city schools, San Francisco police said Friday. Some 100 "inappropriate" tiles have been found in murals at Sunset Elementary School and three other unnamed schools in the city, said Police Chief Greg Suhr. Anthony Josef Norris, founder and director of Kid Serve Youth Murals,designed and worked on all the projects. The San Francisco man surrendered June 2 to the FBI after agents investigating a website known for child pornography traced the log-on...
  • S.F. losing kids as parents seek schools, homes

    06/20/2011 7:59:47 AM PDT · by SmithL · 16 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 6/20/11 | Heather Knight
    For Kearsley Higgins, raising a baby in San Francisco was idyllic. She and her husband owned a small two-bedroom house in the Castro, she found plenty of activities for her daughter, Maya, and made friends through an 11-member mothers' group. Now as the mother of an almost 4-year-old, with a baby boy due in September, Higgins has left. A year ago, she and her husband, a digital artist, bought a four-bedroom home with a large backyard in San Rafael. Maya easily got into a popular preschool and will be enrolled in a good public elementary school when the time comes....
  • SF Animal Control Commission seeks ban on goldfish

    06/15/2011 11:31:29 AM PDT · by GSWarrior · 22 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 6/15/11 | Matier and Ross
    San Francisco's ever-active Animal Control and Welfare Commission has renewed its push for a pet sale ban in the city - only this time, it even covers goldfish. The idea is to put the squeeze on puppy and kitten mills that supply pet stores, and to discourage "impulse buys" of hamsters and other small pets that often wind up being dumped at shelters. But goldfish, guppies and tropical fish?
  • SAN FRANCISCO: Supervisor wants motive spelled out at S.F.'s antiabortion clinics

    06/06/2011 10:28:10 AM PDT · by SmithL · 12 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 6/6/11 | Katie J.M. Baker, Chronicle Staff Writer
    San Francisco would be the first city in California to require that crisis pregnancy centers prominently disclose whether they are antiabortion facilities that don't offer comprehensive health care, under legislation being developed by a city supervisor. Critics say that despite giving the impression that women facing unplanned pregnancies are offered a full range of medical services and counseling, many of these clinics try to talk patients out of terminating their pregnancies and do not provide any care or referrals beyond limited prenatal and postnatal services. "Legislation is a priority because there are clinics using misleading advertising tactics," said Supervisor Malia...
  • SF Circumcision Ban To Appear On November Ballot

    05/18/2011 3:18:41 PM PDT · by Nachum · 54 replies
    KTVU ^ | 5/18/11 | staff
    SAN FRANCISCO -- In November, San Francisco voters will be asked to weigh in on what was until now a private family matter: male circumcision. City elections officials confirmed Wednesday that an initiative that would ban the circumcision of males younger than 18 in San Francisco has received enough signatures to appear on the ballot. The practice would become a misdemeanor.
  • "Sticker shock" for Obama's pricey April SF fundraiser -- $35,800 PER PERSON?

    04/05/2011 5:30:42 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 26 replies ^ | 4/5/11 | Carla Marinucci
    Even loyal Obama supporters are raising their eyebrows at the very pricey fundraising -- like that exclusive $35,800-per-person dinner in San Francisco -- planned as part of the President's April 20 visit to the Bay Area. The April Western U.S. swing by the President, which includes a stop in Reno and Los Angeles as well as San Francisco, is part of Obama's 2012 re-election kickoff campaign. But also scheduled .. a jobs and economy event in the Bay Area on April 20. On April 21, Obama heads to Los Angeles. ... Obama supporters acknowledge that the $35,800 per person San...
  • Nude women back accused WikiLeaker

    03/22/2011 1:50:04 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 73 replies
    The Register ^ | 3-22-11 | Dan Goodwin
    Supporters of Bradley Manning stripped down to their skivvies outside the office of US Senator Diane Feinstein to protest the treatment of the suspected WikiLeaker, who is being held in solitary confinement, often without being allowed to wear clothes. Chanting slogans such as “Solitary confinement is inhumane” and “Due process, humane treatment,” the protesters called on Feinstein to oppose Manning's prison conditions, which also prevent him from exercising, sleeping during the day, or reading except during certain hours. He has also been forced to sleep naked many nights and then stand at full attention the following morning for inspection, according...
  • Health Service Board blamed for SF's rising costs

    03/16/2011 1:35:56 PM PDT · by SmithL · 7 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 3/16/11 | Heather Knight,Rachel Gordon, Chronicle Staff Writers
    Eye-popping pension costs are the issue du jour at City Hall these days, but city officials say skyrocketing health care benefits are a far bigger concern - and some of them blame a little known group of seven for exacerbating the problem. They're the members of the obscure Health Service Board, which meets monthly to select the medical and dental plans for employees and retirees, set the amount members pay for each plan, and set policy for the plans' administration. It sounds innocuous enough, but the City Charter requires that four of the seven be employees or retirees who are...
  • Biologists Find Drug-Resistant Bacteria On BART Seats

    03/08/2011 8:31:28 AM PST · by AngelesCrestHighway · 18 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 03/07/11 | Yahoo News
    SAN FRANCISCO -- The seats of some well used methods of public transportation have been analyzed by a biologist and the results might keep commuters on their feet. A supervisor with San Francisco State University's biology lab recently tested the bacterial content of a random BART seat and a Muni seat. The Bay Citizen commissioned the study. On Muni's plastic seats she found two forms of harmless bacteria, and after using an alcohol wipe on the seat no bacteria was detected. But the cloth seats on BART told an entirely different story: tests of the seats on BART revealed fecal...
  • Anti-Palin Posters Appear in SF

    01/13/2011 10:32:35 AM PST · by Nachum · 22 replies
    nbc bay area ^ | 1/13/11 | RJ MIDDLETON
    Updated 9:35 AM PST, Thu, Jan 13, 2011 Print Share Buzz up! 2retweet 1diggdigg Despite President Obama's speech about healing, shared responsibility and shared pain, conservative pundit Sarah Palin is plastered, unflatteringly, along one San Francisco street (so far). The posters -- found and publisehd by -- espouse "Enrage them with fear until they feel justified in their violence."
  • Beyond the Horizon: 21st-Century SF

    12/17/2010 12:00:50 PM PST · by EveningStar · 3 replies · 1+ views
    The Barnes & Noble Review ^ | September 13, 2010 | Paul Di Filippo
    ...In any case, the twenty-first century is undeniably the century science fiction built—if not in utter hands-on reality (though even that proposition is debatable, given the inspiration the genre has provided for influential scientists and geeks), then in the public imagination...