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  • Scenes of the City: Atop the Oakland Tribune Tower With Burning Man Cofounder John Law

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    Joseph Schell
    30 Mar 2015 | 6:00 pm
    For this week’s Scenes of the City, Burning Man cofounder John Law (aka “Quasimodo”) takes us to the top of downtown Oakland's 305-foot Tribune Tower, which is steeped in history and mystery. At 22 stories, the 1906 Tribune Tower stood as Oakland's tallest building throughout the 1920s. Its architecture was inspired by St. Mark's Campanile in Venice, and was originally designed as a zeppelin docking station. Harry Houdini once escaped from a straight jacket while dangling from the tower's ninth floor.  That's just the tip of the building's long and…
  • District Attorney Launches Task Force Into Law Enforcement Misconduct

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    Ida Mojadad
    30 Mar 2015 | 5:12 pm
    The San Francisco District Attorney's Office launched a new task force today to independently investigate allegations of police misconduct, starting with recent accusations that sheriff deputies forced inmates to fight. The task force will pull together structured teams that will work under three separate investigations to address the recent allegations of misconduct by sheriffs staging inmate fights, San Francisco police officers sending racist text messages, and improper police DNA lab procedures. District Attorney George Gascon said his office sent a formal letter to Police Chief Greg Suhr…
  • Spokesman Kills Self Month After Boss' Suicide: Cops

    NBC News Top Stories
    30 Mar 2015 | 8:50 pm
    The spokesman for the Missouri auditor's office has died from a self-inflicted gunshot — about a month after the state auditor also killed himself.
  • Hayward Police, Schools On Alert After Increasingly Brazen Kidnapping Attempts

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    gdrosenblum
    30 Mar 2015 | 8:32 pm
    http://media.sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/CBSSF_20150330234114457AA.mp4 HAYWARD (CBS SF) — Investigators are looking at a pattern of increasingly brazen kidnapping attempts in Hayward, and teenage girls appear to be the intended target. A Hayward High student walking home Friday was passed by a car, when suddenly a man tried to push her into it. She was able to fight him off, despite the suspect pulling out a handgun.  That incident was the third attempted kidnapping of a high school student in Hayward in a span of six weeks.  The first two attempts were against Tennyson High teens.
  • After Pao's Loss, Silicon Valley Facing More Bias Suits - Insurance Journal

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    30 Mar 2015 | 11:09 am
    Wall Street JournalAfter Pao's Loss, Silicon Valley Facing More Bias SuitsInsurance JournalCases against Twitter Inc. and Facebook Inc. filed in California state court during Pao's trial may indicate the thin end of the wedge, said professor Joan Williams, of the University of California Hastings College of Law in San Francisco. “I don't Juror in gender lawsuit sympathized with Pao, sided with KleinerReutersall 198 news articles »
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  • Scenes of the City: Atop the Oakland Tribune Tower With Burning Man Cofounder John Law

    Joseph Schell
    30 Mar 2015 | 6:00 pm
    For this week’s Scenes of the City, Burning Man cofounder John Law (aka “Quasimodo”) takes us to the top of downtown Oakland's 305-foot Tribune Tower, which is steeped in history and mystery. At 22 stories, the 1906 Tribune Tower stood as Oakland's tallest building throughout the 1920s. Its architecture was inspired by St. Mark's Campanile in Venice, and was originally designed as a zeppelin docking station. Harry Houdini once escaped from a straight jacket while dangling from the tower's ninth floor.  That's just the tip of the building's long and…
  • Facebook Moves Into Cool New Frank Gehry-Designed Headquarters

    Brock Keeling
    30 Mar 2015 | 4:30 pm
    Billed as a place that's "a direct reflection of Facebook's open and transparent culture," Facebook employees moved into their new headquarters today. Why so special? For starters, the new Menlo Park campus (heretofore known as "MKP20") was designed by Frank Ghery (NYC's 8 Spruce Street, LA's Walt Disney Concert Hall), and it features a half-mile loop through nine acres of greenery. What's more, much like Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg's sartorial efforts, the new digs are consciously dressed down. "From the start, Mark wanted a space that was unassuming, matter-of-fact, and cost…
  • Secret Recipe: El Techo de Lolinda's Chicharrones de Carne

    Brock Keeling
    30 Mar 2015 | 3:00 pm
    It's no surprise that El Techo de Lolinda's chicharrones de carne are the stuff of legend. While inspired by Latin street food, these crispy morsels are not your basic sidewalk cracklins—El Techo's chicharrones are roasted and fried chunks of pork shoulder, and taste best when shared with your friends over a long (and margarita-filled) evening. Bottoms up.El Techo de Lolinda's Chicharrones de Carne recipe Recipe by Executive Chef and Partner, Alejandro Morgan Ingredients: 1 boneless pork shoulder (butt) 1/2 cup red wine vinegar 1/2 cup sugar 1/3 cup salt 1 tablespoon cayenne…
  • Property Porn: Presidio Heights Home with a View for $7.2m

    7x7 Editors
    30 Mar 2015 | 1:30 pm
    If you can't imagine life without a formal dining room, breakfast room, library, seven bedrooms, and a basement (do they even have those in San Francisco?), then this three-story Presidio Heights home is your perfect match. Clocking in at a cool $7.2 million, you'll net one of the most affordable homes in Presidio Heights (yep). Just don't tell your neighbors.Location: 200 Laurel  Asking Price: $7.2 million Bedrooms: 7 Bathrooms: 3.5 Lot Space: 3,179 square feet Year Built: 1906
  • Five Star Spirituality: Seeing a Shaman at Post Ranch Inn

    Leilani Marie Labong
    30 Mar 2015 | 12:00 pm
    As someone who grew up in two deeply spiritual locations (Hawaii and New Mexico), swings a pendulum for clarity on yes-or-no quandaries, consults two different decks of oracle cards, and employs a psychic, seeing a shaman was hardly out of the realm of my New Age adventures. That this particular shaman, Monterey-based Jon Rasmussen, happens to conduct a few sessions a month at Big Sur’s super exclusive Post Ranch Inn was merely icing on my holistic layer cake. The assignment was simple: Stay a night in one of the Inn’s luxuriously appointed tree houses—funky rustic-modern cabins made of…
 
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  • District Attorney Launches Task Force Into Law Enforcement Misconduct

    Ida Mojadad
    30 Mar 2015 | 5:12 pm
    The San Francisco District Attorney's Office launched a new task force today to independently investigate allegations of police misconduct, starting with recent accusations that sheriff deputies forced inmates to fight. The task force will pull together structured teams that will work under three separate investigations to address the recent allegations of misconduct by sheriffs staging inmate fights, San Francisco police officers sending racist text messages, and improper police DNA lab procedures. District Attorney George Gascon said his office sent a formal letter to Police Chief Greg Suhr…
  • Songwriter's Great Grandson Journeys Back to Oz

    David-Elijah Nahmod
    30 Mar 2015 | 5:01 pm
    From a very early age, Aaron Harburg knew that his family had a very special connection to Hollywood history. His great-grandfather Yip Harburg (1896-1981) was a composer on Broadway and during Tinseltown's Golden Age. The elder Harburg penned iconic tunes like Brother Can You Spare a Dime (1932), which became the anthem for those suffering through the Great Depression.… [ Read more ] [ Subscribe to the comments on this story ]
  • Live Review: Seth Avett & Jessica Lea Mayfield Do Elliott Smith Right at the Palace of Fine Arts

    Valerie Veteto
    30 Mar 2015 | 3:38 pm
    Jessica Lea Mayfield & Seth Avett Sunday, March 29, 2015 Palace of Fine Arts It’s a tough world out there for tribute acts. You could go any number of absurd routes — paint yourself Kiss, grow a swagger/potbelly and move to Vegas to serenade stumbling couples inside of get-married-quick chapels.… [ Read more ] [ Subscribe to the comments on this story ]
  • Restoration Crews in Dolores Park Find Remains of Ancient, Incredibly Hip, Civilization

    Benjamin Wachs
    30 Mar 2015 | 12:27 pm
    Construction of Dolores Park was halted this week after workers found the remains of an ancient civilization of nomadic coffee drinkers underneath the popular Mission District park, according to city officials.  The evidence, according to UCSF Anthropology Professor Skip Meeks, suggests that this previously undiscovered civilization knew where all the great vegetarian restaurants were located.  “Some of the artifacts we found are textiles that we believe to have been take-out menus,” Meeks said. “The sophistication of the graphic design is just amazing, and the polenta and pepper…
  • WrestleMania Weekend in Review

    Matt Saincome
    30 Mar 2015 | 12:13 pm
    Since the beginning of civilization, people have gathered to tell stories. Whether it was around a campfire, in a theater, or on the silver screen, stories of larger-than-life characters have always captivated the (perhaps) overly creative minds of Homo sapiens.… [ Read more ] [ Subscribe to the comments on this story ]
 
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  • Hayward Police, Schools On Alert After Increasingly Brazen Kidnapping Attempts

    gdrosenblum
    30 Mar 2015 | 8:32 pm
    http://media.sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/CBSSF_20150330234114457AA.mp4 HAYWARD (CBS SF) — Investigators are looking at a pattern of increasingly brazen kidnapping attempts in Hayward, and teenage girls appear to be the intended target. A Hayward High student walking home Friday was passed by a car, when suddenly a man tried to push her into it. She was able to fight him off, despite the suspect pulling out a handgun.  That incident was the third attempted kidnapping of a high school student in Hayward in a span of six weeks.  The first two attempts were against Tennyson High teens.
  • East Bay Residents Complain About Water Taste After EBMUD Makes Drought-Related Changes

    tjfang
    30 Mar 2015 | 8:26 pm
    OAKLAND (CBS SF) – People living in the East Bay are complaining about the taste and smell of their drinking water, after the East Bay Municipal Utility District made changes last week. On Thursday, EBMUD said they started taking drinking water from the top of the Pardee Reservoir in the Sierra foothills instead of at lower levels. The new location has warmer water and some algae, but the district said the water is treated and safe to drink. EBMUD made the change due to the drought. According to a district statement, the change preserves cold water deeper in the reservoir, which will be…
  • 40 MPH Wind Gusts Possible For Bay Area As Cold Front Approaches

    gdrosenblum
    30 Mar 2015 | 7:47 pm
    SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — You may have notice that the winds increased Monday afternoon, occasionally gusting over 20 miles an hour in San Francisco, Concord, and San Jose.  That’s just the beginning of what will be a blustery 36-hour period in the Bay Area. A cold front is approaching us, and wind is being pulled up from the south and southwest ahead of the front.  Once the front moves through tonight – without any rainfall, I might add – the winds will intensify and change direction.  By Tuesday morning, winds will be gusting to 25-35 miles an hour, and winds will reach their…
  • U.S. Supreme Court Won’t Hear Challenge To Morgan Hill School’s American Flag Ban

    bdisbrow
    30 Mar 2015 | 7:03 pm
    http://media.sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/CBSSF_3003201518493045218AA.mp4 SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) – The United States Supreme Court has denied an appeal from former Morgan Hill high school students who were ordered to turn their American flag tee-shirts inside out during Cinco de Mayo celebration at their school in 2010. The justices did not comment on their decision Monday that leaves in place an appellate ruling that found that school officials acted appropriately. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said the officials’ concerns of racial violence outweighed students’ freedom of…
  • New Virus Related To Polio Caused Mysterious Childhood Paralysis In California Kids

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    30 Mar 2015 | 6:33 pm
    SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — A new strain of virus has emerged that can leave one patient virtually unharmed after infection and leave the other paralyzed for life. Researchers with the University of California San Francisco announced Monday they have found the genetic signature of enterovirus D68 (EV-D68) in half of California and Colorado children diagnosed with acute flaccid myelitis–a medical term describing sudden and unexplainable muscle weakness and paralysis. The group looked at cases from 2012 to 2014, related to a national outbreak of respiratory illnesses from the virus…
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  • After Pao's Loss, Silicon Valley Facing More Bias Suits - Insurance Journal

    30 Mar 2015 | 11:09 am
    Wall Street JournalAfter Pao's Loss, Silicon Valley Facing More Bias SuitsInsurance JournalCases against Twitter Inc. and Facebook Inc. filed in California state court during Pao's trial may indicate the thin end of the wedge, said professor Joan Williams, of the University of California Hastings College of Law in San Francisco. “I don't Juror in gender lawsuit sympathized with Pao, sided with KleinerReutersall 198 news articles »
  • Robin Williams' wife, children head to court in estate fight - Contra Costa Times

    30 Mar 2015 | 7:38 am
    Robin Williams' wife, children head to court in estate fightContra Costa TimesThe attorneys are scheduled to appear before a San Francisco probate judge on Monday, as they argue over who should get clothes and other personal items the actor kept at one his Northern California homes. In papers filed in December, Williams' wife, ...and more »
  • Warplanes hit Yemen's Sanaa overnight, after dawn: residents - Reuters

    29 Mar 2015 | 9:55 pm
    ReutersWarplanes hit Yemen's Sanaa overnight, after dawn: residentsReutersSANAA (Reuters) - Warplanes struck Yemen's capital Sanaa overnight and after daybreak on Monday, residents said, on the fifth day of a campaign by Saudi-led forces against Houthi forces opposed to President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi. One of the ...and more »
  • Deputies Said to Taunt Prisoners - New York Times

    26 Mar 2015 | 8:24 pm
    Deputies Said to Taunt PrisonersNew York TimesSan Francisco's public defender called on Thursday for an independent investigation into the Sheriff's Department after accusations that four deputies forced prisoners to engage in “gladiator-style fights” for their own amusement. Jeff Adachi, the and more »
  • Two San Francisco Residents Launched a Hilarious Alternate Apple Ad Campaign - Yahoo Tech

    26 Mar 2015 | 1:45 pm
    Yahoo TechTwo San Francisco Residents Launched a Hilarious Alternate Apple Ad CampaignYahoo TechLeft: An official ad from Apple. Right: Its “Also Shot on iPhone 6” counterpart. (Via alsoshotoniphone6.tumblr.com). At the beginning of March, Apple premiered its latest ad campaign: a series of billboards and public transit ads that showcase the and more »
 
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  • A Toast to Saint Patrick

    Ralph E. Stone
    17 Mar 2015 | 2:42 pm
    Today, the Irish, the more than 70 million world-wide who claim Irish heritage, and the Irish-for-a-day, will be lifting a pint of Guinness, or something stronger, to toast Saint Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland.
  • Measles – the Outbreak and the Outrage

    Jill Chapin
    21 Feb 2015 | 11:25 am
    It’s curious why Americans feel so threatened when the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System reveals no deaths from measles in more than ten years; however, there were at least 108 deaths linked to the measles vaccine.
  • Right–To-Work Laws Contributing to Vanishing Middle Class, Wealth Inequality

    Ralph E. Stone
    15 Feb 2015 | 10:01 am
    Much has been made about the shrinking middle class in the United States where the wealthiest 160,000 families own as much as the poorest 145 million families.
  • Tenderloin Police Recognize Glide Memorial’s Hep-C, HIV Program Manager Paul Harkin

    FCJ Editor
    10 Feb 2015 | 9:48 am
    Each month Tenderloin Police Station features a citizen who represents the unique flavor of the Tenderloin. This month we interviewed Paul Harkin. Paul has been working at Glide Memorial Church for the last five years.
  • Guardian-in-Exile Commemorative Edition Hits Streets Thursday

    FCJ Editor
    20 Jan 2015 | 5:26 pm
    The San Francisco Bay Guardian will come back to life this Thursday, January 22, with the release of the Guardian-in-Exile Project’s commemorative final print edition, celebrating the defunct newspaper’s 48-year history of “printing the news and raising hell” and discussing what happened and what’s next.
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  • Mission demands justice for slain CCSF students

    Khaled Sayed
    19 Mar 2015 | 10:07 pm
    Protester pretending to be a policeman caught abusing his power, during a protest against police brutality at Mission and 24th streets on Saturday, March 14. (Photo by Khaled Sayed)   By Michael Burkett The Guardsman Some 50 protesters gathered Saturday at noon March 14 at Mission and 24th to protest against nationwide police brutality. The protesters participated in National Blow the Whistle Day demanding “Justicia para Amilcar Perez-Lopez” (Justice for Amilcar Perez-Lopez). Lopez was a 21-year-old Guatemalan immigrant and an English as a Second Language student at City College. He…
  • What do you think of drones suddenly being accessible to the public?

    Khaled Sayed
    19 Mar 2015 | 7:43 pm
    Drones should remain in the hands of the people who need them   By Cassandra Ordonio It seems as though new types of technology are being produced every year and advance us by a decade. We have large, flat screen televisions installed in the walls of our living room, and we have electric cars specifically made to help the environment. A lot of people have the latest iPad or iPhone. When the iPhone 5s came out, I was nervous about the new feature that came with it. Apparently the phone can recognize your thumb print as a security passcode. That’s pretty scary. What else is going to be…
  • Much ado about nothing with civilian drones

    Khaled Sayed
    19 Mar 2015 | 7:41 pm
    By Matthew Patton The Guardsman So there are people out there that have reservations about drones being available in the civilian sector. There’s this prevailing fear/notion that surveillance technology like that is something that should be only in the hands of our government, due to the very real risks of invasion of privacy and such. But really…this is all much ado about nothing. What this boils down to is what the drone has come to represent. An unmanned flying vehicle that has become synonymous with airstrikes in the Middle East. The next step in military technology and warfare,…
  • Tragedy Porn

    Khaled Sayed
    19 Mar 2015 | 7:40 pm
      By Matthew Patton the guardsman   Did you know that we, as consumers of information, are addicted to tragedy? That we can’t get enough of it? So much so, that if/when you check the evening news, the newspapers or the websites… you can bank on there being some sort of tragedy front and center. A man was killed in a drive by shooting in Oakland. A motorcyclist dies in a wreck. San Francisco fire officials have to defend the fact that it took 13 minutes to get an ambulance to the scene of a fire recently. All stories involving varying levels of tragedy and drama. All easily…
  • No. 1 ranked City College debate ‘Dream Team’ to national finals

    Khaled Sayed
    19 Mar 2015 | 7:36 pm
    By Otto Pippenger the Guardsman   Six students from City College have put us at the top of our region’s debate team circuit, ahead of all four and two year schools in California, Nevada, and Hawaii. Now they’re headed to the National Speech and Debate Association National Forensic League’s National Speech and Debate Tournament, the oldest, largest, and arguably most prestigious scholastic debate event in the U.S. Faculty Coaches Nathan Steele and Robert Hawkin’s team of six San Francisco locals, Myla Calilong, Diana Norton, Diego Perez, Jeffrey Antonio, Zachery Herrera and…
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  • Robin Williams' wife, children head to court in estate fight

    30 Mar 2015 | 12:48 am
    SAN FRANCISCO ' Attorneys for Robin Williams' wife and children are headed to court in their battle over the late comedian's estate. In papers filed in December, Williams' wife, Susan, says some of the late actor's personal items were taken without her permission. Williams' children, Zachary, Zelda and Cody, said in response that Susan Williams is "adding insult to a terrible injury" by trying to change the trust agreement and rob them of the late actor's belongings. Williams died at his home in Tiburon north of San Francisco in August.
  • Pacific Heights Home Damaged In San Francisco Fire

    29 Mar 2015 | 4:47 pm
    Firefighters have extinguished a one-alarm fire at a residence in San Francisco's Pacific Heights neighborhood Sunday afternoon, according to a fire dispatcher. Fire crews responded at 2:41 p.m. to a report of a fire at 2324 Pacific Avenue, which the dispatcher said is the location of a three-story home with a wooded construction. Everyone was out of the house by the time fire crews arrived, she said. Firefighters were able to bring the blaze under control by 2:45 p.m. but as of around 3 p.m., the dispatcher said fire crews were still on scene.
  • Man shot, killed near San Francisco playground

    29 Mar 2015 | 12:43 pm
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  • The people's investigation into the San Francisco police killing of Asa B. Sullivan

    29 Mar 2015 | 8:23 am
    The people's investigation is part of an eight year struggle for justice waged by Asa's family to refute the state's story that blames Asa for his own death and to seek justice by holding the officers and the police department accountable for this murder. At the trial in the fall of 2014, the jury refused to award damages, affirming the SFPD defense that Asa desired to die violently at the hands of the state. CLICK HERE to support the Asa Benjamin Sullivan Transcripts Fund .
  • San Francisco CA: Do You WETA?

    29 Mar 2015 | 4:14 am
    WETA Board Meeting Thursday, April 2, 2015 The next San Francisco Bay Area Water Emergency Transportation Authority Board of Directors meeting will be held Thursday, April 2, 2015 at 1:00 p.m. at the WETA offices located at Pier 9, Suite 111 on The Embarcadero in San Francisco, CA. The meeting agenda and Board packet are available for download on our Board of Directors meeting page at sanfranciscobayferry.com/weta .
 
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  • Facebook's Frank Gehry building unveiled in first pictures (gallery)

    Nathan Donato-Weinstein
    30 Mar 2015 | 3:19 pm
    To get from Facebook Inc.’s existing Menlo Park headquarters to its new Frank Gehry-designed expansion building, you can hitch a ride on a 40-person “people mover” that shuttles beneath Bayfront Expressway. Estimated trip duration? About 40 seconds. Expect a lot of travel between the two sites, starting today. On Monday, Facebookers began settling into their new offices as the social-networking giant officially opened the structure, dubbed “MPK 20.” Facebook’s occupancy of the 430,000-square-foot…
  • First look: Dramatic plans for 980 housing units in S.F.'s 'wilderness'

    Cory Weinberg
    30 Mar 2015 | 2:43 pm
    Sue Ellen Smith remembers two decades ago, when she called San Francisco officials to pick up trashed dumped in her India Basin neighborhood, she would get a curious answer: “Oh, you’re not in the city.” Although lndia Basin’s rugged fields and coastline lie within San Francisco, even many city workers were unfamiliar with it. Today, the southeastern portion of Hunters Point neighborhood, is getting heaps of attention. The scope of one of the city’s most ambitious development projects…
  • Taulia switches out CEOs as it eyes an IPO

    Mark Calvey
    30 Mar 2015 | 2:35 pm
    San Francisco-based Taulia said Monday that Chief Sales Officer Cedric Bru will become CEO, succeeding Bertram Meyer. Meyer will remain on the board and continue as president. He will oversee Taulia's European expansion and work with the investors who provide capital on the company's platform to pay suppliers when large corporate buyers don't want to part with cash too quickly. (Stepping in and paying a supplier's invoice at a discount makes for an extremely attractive short-term investment since…
  • Home of the Day: A Sneak Preview… A Once-in-a-Lifetime Home

    <strong><a href="/sanfrancisco/resources/real-estate/home-of-the-day/pacific-union">Pacific Union and Christie’s International Real Estate</a></strong>
    30 Mar 2015 | 2:07 pm
    By Ron & Susan Rothenberg, Team Rothenberg Home of the Day is presented by the San Francisco Business Times with Pacific Union and Christie’s International Real Estate. This is your invitation to view some of San Francisco's most-luxurious properties. Come inside and take a look around. Click on the gallery image to view today's featured property. 21 Tinana Terrace, Lafayette, CA 94549 | $0 A circular driveway leads to the serene setting of this spectacular custom-built home and guest cottage…
  • StubHub takes Warriors, Ticketmaster to court over ticket sales

    Annie Sciacca
    30 Mar 2015 | 1:54 pm
    San Francisco ticket broker website StubHub is taking the Golden State Warriors and Ticketmaster to court over what it calls a conspiracy to create an illegal resale market. StubHub filed a federal lawsuit accusing the two of "unfair and illegal anti-competitive business practices" that dictate terms of ticket resales and "artificially drive up ticket prices." Poll: How do you buy sports tickets? Video: Where did you get your Warriors tickets? The legal action comes as the value of Warriors resale…
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  • Housing Program: Mayor Announces Financial Milestone to Rebuild Public Housing

    SFEditor
    25 Mar 2015 | 4:07 pm
    Mayor Edwin M. Lee with nine sponsoring members of the Board of Supervisors introduced a package of resolutions for financing Phase 1 of the Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) partnership with U.S Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the San Francisco Housing Authority (SFHA). The RAD partnership is one of the first-in-the-nation that will allow San Francisco to leverage approximately $180 million in investor equity and other new resources to rehabilitate up to 4,584 public housing units. The resolutions, co-sponsored by nine Supervisors for public housing sites in their nine…
  • Homeless Services: Mayor Launches Navigation Center to Help Homeless

    SFEditor
    5 Mar 2015 | 2:09 pm
    Mayor Edwin M. Lee today announced the wrap up of construction of the City’s new Navigation Center, a pioneering approach to help homeless people reconnect with loved ones at home, move off the streets and into stable housing or residential treatment programs and get access to the services they need to stabilize their lives. The pilot program is anticipated to last eight to 18 months. The Navigation Center is located at 1950 Mission Street in the Mission District with the first clients scheduled to move in the week of March 16th. “We are providing hope and opportunity for people by…
  • Capital Plan: Mayor Announces Long Term Infrastructure & Tech Plans

    SFEditor
    3 Mar 2015 | 2:56 pm
    Mayor Edwin M. Lee and Board of Supervisors President London Breed today introduced the City’s Ten-Year Capital Plan for Fiscal Year (FY) 2016-25 with the Five-Year Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Plan for FY 2016-20  at the Board of Supervisors to invest in San Francisco’s future. “It is impossible to miss the incredible transformation of San Francisco’s roads, parks, recreation centers, libraries, cultural institutions, and other infrastructure improvements taking place all over the City as a result of our Ten-Year Capital Plan,” said Mayor Lee. “This long term…
  • Airport Growth: Mayor Announces Record Passenger Traffic at SFO

    SFEditor
    13 Feb 2015 | 12:04 pm
    Mayor Edwin M. Lee today announced that a new all-time record for passenger traffic with a total of 47.2 million passengers traveling through the San Francisco International Airport (SFO) was set in 2014. “As one of the fastest-growing airports in the United States, SFO has set a new all-time record for passenger traffic, solidifying San Francisco’s status as a world class destination for business travelers and visitors,” said Mayor Lee. “As a gateway that connects our diverse City to the rest of the world, SFO is a powerful economic engine for our City and the region, providing a…
  • Street Safety: Mayor Launches Large Vehicle Training Program

    SFEditor
    10 Feb 2015 | 1:45 pm
    Today Mayor Edwin M. Lee joined by District 6 Supervisor Jane Kim, the California Trucking Association, the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA), and San Francisco Public Works, announced a Two-Year Vision Zero Action Strategy to help the City meet its goal of eliminating all traffic fatalities by 2024. The Mayor also launched a new large vehicle safety training program, designed for professional drivers, to increase safety on San Francisco streets. “The Vision Zero Action Strategy will guide our work over the next two years to ensure that our City’s streets are safe for…
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  • Matt Duffy: Overlooked (best) option for LF

    30 Mar 2015 | 6:01 pm
    Everybody and their mother are aware of the Giants lack of offense heading into the 2015 season, even more magnified now that they'll be without Hunter Pence for at least the first few weeks of April, if not all of it.Now, the general consensus is Gregor Blanco will slide into left maybe platooning with Juan Perez a bit until Pence returns and moves Nori Aoki back to left. However, with the spring the kid has had, the way he seemed to come up big at times in clutch situations last fall, I'm wondering why the Giants haven't been more active at using Matt Duffy out in left field some more. He's…
  • 2015 MLB Previews: NL East

    30 Mar 2015 | 5:15 pm
    Ah, finally out of the AL and into the teams the Giants will actually be facing with regularity this season, starting in the EastThe NL East is one of the easier divisions in the league (although you may find some argument for who finishes second) and much more predicable than pretty much all of the AL divisions were. The consensus favorite is obviously Washington, but after that, things could go a few different ways. This is how we see things shaking out:NL East1st Place, Washington NationalsWill Bryce finally break-out?Lineup:CF Denard Span3B Anthony RendonRF Bryce HarperLF Jayson Werth1B…
  • 2015 MLB Previews: AL West

    27 Mar 2015 | 4:24 pm
    Onto the AL West, where quite a few teams will sport some different looks from a year ago, especially the Oakland A's. The Mariners are getting better and the Angels will always be competitive with Arty Moreno running the show. The Rangers lost ace Yu Darvish and stud 2nd basemen Jurickson Profar for the year but have so much offense their still gonna hang around in this thing too. It should make for another tight race in the West in 2015, as has been the case generally over the last few years in this division.AL West1st Place, Seattle MarinersLineup:CF Austin JacksonRF Seth Smith2B Robinson…
  • 2015 MLB Previews: AL Central

    24 Mar 2015 | 9:15 pm
    The AL Central is a much improved division and all five teams have at least a glimmer of hope entering the season. Plus after seeing what the Royals did last year, they all have to feel like they're capable of pulling the same thing off. I think the Tigers, based on sheer star power, depth, and pitching have to be the front-runners, but after that, it's up for grabs. It's not likely, but it's possible both wild card teams could come out of the Central.AL CENTRAL1st Place, Detroit TigersLineup:2B Ian KinslerCF Anthony Gose/Rajai Davis1B Miguel CabreraDH Victor MartinezRF J.D. MartinezLF Yeonis…
  • 2015 MLB Previews: AL East

    20 Mar 2015 | 9:48 pm
    We're a couple of weeks away from opening day, and I figured we'd go ahead and get started on our divisional previews/predictions for 2015. As always, we'll start in the AL East and work our way to the NL West.Note: We will still be posting regular Giants posts as well in between divisional previews.AL EAST1st Place, Boston Red SoxProjected Lineup:1. 2B Dustin Pedroia2. CF Mookie Betts3. LF Hanley Ramirez4. DH David Ortiz5. 3B Pablo Sandoval6. 1B Mike Napoli7. SS Xander Bogarts8. RF Shane Victorino/Allen Craig9 C Christian VazquezRotation:RHP Clay BucholtzRHP Rick PorcelloLHP Wade MileyRHP…
 
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  • Ishikawa sidelined several days by back stiffness

    Chris Haft
    30 Mar 2015 | 5:17 pm
    Giants first baseman/left fielder Travis Ishikawa likely will remain sidelined until Thursday with back stiffness, manager Bruce Bochy said Monday.
  • Panik homers in back-and-forth sixth inning

    Carrie Muskat and Chris Haft
    30 Mar 2015 | 5:14 pm
    Chris Coghlan and Tommy La Stella each hit RBI doubles, and Starlin Castro delivered a tiebreaking RBI single in a three-run sixth to lift the Cubs to an 8-5 victory Monday over the Giants in front of a sellout crowd at Sloan Park.
  • Intangibles major reason for Posey's success

    Chris Haft
    30 Mar 2015 | 1:55 pm
    Statistics cannot measure the core of Buster Posey's excellence. It consists of intangibles, manifested in behavioral and motivational tools that benefit the Giants' accomplished pitchers.
  • Giants pleased with Cain rounding into form

    Tracy Ringolsby
    29 Mar 2015 | 6:15 pm
    Finally, good news for the defending World Series champions -- Matt Cain can be declared healthy. While he may not be quite ready for the season to start, he is close enough to give the Giants and Cain every reason to feel he'll be just fine.
  • Giants send 11, including Susac, to Minors

    Chris Haft
    29 Mar 2015 | 5:26 pm
    Andrew Susac, who finished last year's World Series-winning season as San Francisco's backup catcher, was among five players optioned to Triple-A Sacramento. Six others were reassigned to Minor League camp.
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  • Extra Baggs: Giants pitchers putting a good spin on a very bad spring, more on Ryan Vogelsong's new role, etc.

    Andrew Baggarly
    30 Mar 2015 | 7:02 pm
    MESA, Ariz. – Maybe it’s spin. Maybe there’s some truth to it. The Giants’ starting pitchers have been terrible this spring. They’ve worked constantly out of the stretch. They’ve fought through more traffic than Will Ferrell’s camera crew. Tim Hudson… Continue Reading →   [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Ryan Vogelsong has a longtime ally as he transitions to long relief

    Andrew Baggarly
    30 Mar 2015 | 6:00 pm
    From the paper... MESA, Ariz. – For a game played on a diamond, baseball has a way of coming full circle. When Ryan Vogelsong broke into the major leagues with the Giants in 2000, he struck up a friendship with… Continue Reading →   [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Extra Baggs: Matt Cain's elbow handles the adrenaline, Peavy has a dead arm, Panik and Pagan percolate, etc.

    Andrew Baggarly
    29 Mar 2015 | 6:12 pm
    SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – The time will come very soon when the Giants require clean innings from their starting pitchers. The time will end very soon when anyone can feel good about giving up three runs in four innings. But Cactus… Continue Reading →   [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Bochy explains decisions to send Strickland, Susac, Perez to Triple-A Sacramento

    Andrew Baggarly
    29 Mar 2015 | 1:59 pm
    SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – How concerned are the Giants about their aging, scramble-mode rotation? Well, consider this: they essentially have two starting pitchers in their bullpen with Ryan Vogelsong and Yusmeiro Petit. And they’re still concerned they won’t be able to… Continue Reading... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • UPDATED: Giants option Andrew Susac, Juan Perez among flurry of roster cuts

    Andrew Baggarly
    29 Mar 2015 | 10:11 am
    SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – Hector Sanchez had a difficult task this spring while trying to win the backup catcher job. He had to prove he was healthy enough to play the position again. And he had to beat out Andrew Susac,… Continue Reading →   [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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  • Brandon Belt Homers For The Third Time

    Robert Barsanti
    20 Mar 2015 | 11:00 am
    Brandon Belt hit his third home run of the spring today. The homer was an opposite field shot in the 7th inning off Brewers RH reliever Rob Wooten. (Alex Pavlovic) Fantasy Impact: Belt was an exciting fantasy option going into drafts in 2014 and started the year with nine home runs in his first 35 games before injuries spoiled his season. Projected by most for 17-19 home runs in 2015, Belt could be a sneaky homer pick if he has again found his power swing. 25+ home runs, even with half of his games in the spacious AT&T Park, should not come as a surprise. Originally published on…
  • 2015 Preview: San Francisco Giants

    D.J. Short
    20 Mar 2015 | 11:00 am
    Between now and Opening Day, HardballTalk will take a look at each of baseball’s 30 teams, asking th
  • SFG: Assessing Gregor Blanco's Value as a Fourth Outfielder

    maggiepilloton
    20 Mar 2015 | 9:14 am
    Mar 4, 2015; Scottsdale, AZ, USA; San Francisco Giants center fielder Gregor Blanco (7) looks on bef
  • San Francisco Giants Podcast

    MLB.com Blogs Usher
    20 Mar 2015 | 5:45 am
    Who will we see making up the outfield for the Giants, who open defense of their latest title with an Opening Day game on April 6 at Arizona? MLB.com’s Alyson Footer talks with Giants beat reporter Chris Haft about who will patrol the outfield of AT&T Park in 2015 and gives a health update on Tim Lincecum. Listen now or download it for later.
  • A Reason to Hate Brandon Bleepin' Belt

    Zac Petrillo
    20 Mar 2015 | 5:39 am
    I hate Brandon Belt. Not as a person obviously, I don’t know the guy, that would be insane. Not even as a ballplayer – he’s a fine-looking drink of water who fills out a modern baseball uniform well enough. And not even entirely because of production. He hasn’t been great, but he’s not the worst sixth hitter to plug into a lineup built for the sort of hitter just like him. I hate him the way Chuck Klosterman explains in his write up about how fantasy sports have unnecessarily caused us to raise our expectations of athletes and hate these perfectly decent sporting men to the…
 
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  • Jameis Winston working to leave off-field problems behind (The Associated Press)

    30 Mar 2015 | 2:10 pm
    Jameis Winston has spent much of the past two months crisscrossing the nation, sharpening his quarterback skills and trying to convince NFL teams he's learned from mistakes made off the field and ready to become the face of a franchise. A lot of his effort was geared toward the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who have the first pick this year's NFL draft. Heading into Winston's pro day at Florida State on Tuesday, by all accounts the 2013 Heisman winner has made a strong impression. All the Bucs' decision-makers, coach Lovie Smith, general manager Jason Licht, and - maybe even more importantly - the…
  • Free agent linebacker Lance Briggs visiting with 49ers (The Associated Press)

    30 Mar 2015 | 12:59 pm
    The San Francisco 49ers were hosting free agent linebacker Lance Briggs at team headquarters Monday. Briggs' agent, Drew Rosenhaus, confirmed the visit. The Niners are in need of linebackers following the surprising retirements this offseason of five-time All-Pro Patrick Willis and then Chris Borland following his standout rookie season. A seven-time Pro Bowler, he had 34 tackles, a forced fumble and an interception in his 12th NFL season - all with the Bears.
  • Panthers claim OT Martin off waivers; sign Boykin (The Associated Press)

    27 Mar 2015 | 3:27 pm
    The Panthers spent Friday looking to upgrade their depth on offense. Carolina claimed offensive tackle Jonathan Martin off waivers from San Francisco and signed free wide receiver Jarrett Boykin from Green Bay. The 6-foot-5, 315 Martin was the primary victim in the Miami Dolphins' bullying scandal involving Richie Incognito. Martin, a former second-round pick by the Dolphins in 2012, started 32 of 38 games in three NFL seasons with Miami and San Francisco.
  • NFL-National Football League roundup (Reuters)

    26 Mar 2015 | 4:59 pm
    New England Patriots linebacker Dont'a Hightower reportedly will be out six to seven months after undergoing surgery to repair a torn right labrum. Hightower had surgery Feb. 10, according to the Boston Globe. - - Indianapolis Colts coach Chuck Pagano reportedly turned down a one-year contract extension and will finish the final year of his deal in 2015. Pagano signed a four-year contract in 2012, and the Colts have won 11 games and reached the playoffs in each of Pagano's three years.
  • Jonathan Martin, Dolphins bullying scandal victim, cut by 49ers (Shutdown Corner)

    26 Mar 2015 | 2:52 pm
    As it turns out, Richie Incognito has a job in the NFL, and Jonathan Martin now doesn't. The two will forever be linked, as the main characters in the Miami Dolphins locker room bullying scandal of 2013. According to the reports, Incognito was the main agitator to Martin, who left the team as a result. Martin never returned to the Dolphins but got a second chance when the San Francisco 49ers, coached by Martin's old college coach Jim Harbaugh, traded a seventh-round pick for him. After one year in San Francisco, Martin is looking for another team. Martin was cut by the 49ers, according to CSN…
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  • Frank Gore, Wanting to Play with a Great Quarterback, and Headline-Created Shade

    Jason Lisk
    20 Mar 2015 | 6:30 am
    Frank Gore wanted to be with a great quarterback, so he left San Francisco and went to Indianapolis. It’s all right there in nfl.com’s title: “Frank Gore: ‘I wanted to be with a great quarterback.” Considered yourself served, Colin Kaepernick. Except, well, this story that appears on the league-run website is a little more nuanced than that headline. And we know what happens when such a title is pushed into social media sphere, where people glance at headlines, don’t read details, and then discussion becomes like the whisper game. It’s come across my…
  • SPEAK OUT! NewsBit . . . . . . . . . . Chris Borland - Rookie Linebacker Retires Over Fear of Brain Trauma

    donnaodonnellfigurski
    19 Mar 2015 | 11:25 pm
    Rookie Linebacker, Chris Borland,  Retires Over Fear of Brain Trauma   Chris Borland, a promising rookie linebacker with the San Francisco 49ers, retired after one year of a four-year contact because the possibility of brain disease wasn’t “worth the risk.” (Full story 1; story and video 2) There is a growing body of evidence that repeated head trauma can lead to neurological problems and premature death. A NewsBit on this blog reported that a University of Tulsa study revealed changes to the brains of football players, even in the absence of a documented concussion. Last season,…
  • Patrick Willis says there's zero chance he'll return to NFL

    Mike Florio
    19 Mar 2015 | 5:27 pm
    In the wake of the surprise retirement of 49ers linebacker Patrick Willis, some have wondered whethe
  • 49ers LB Chase Thomas suffers torn ACL working out

    Michael David Smith
    19 Mar 2015 | 4:52 pm
    The 49ers have suffered another loss at linebacker. Chase Thomas, an outside linebacker who played f
  • Michael Crabtree, Tarvaris Jackson visit Dolphins

    Mike Wilkening
    19 Mar 2015 | 4:52 pm
    The Dolphins huddled with the top unsigned wide receiver on Thursday. San Francisco’s Michael
 
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  • San Francisco 49ers 7-Round Mock Draft

    30 Mar 2015 | 4:45 pm
    Round One View image | gettyimages.com Marcus Peters, CB, Washington  I’m pumped when I see that Peters has dropped to 15.  Peters is a great get, as the team is in dire need of a cornerback.  They signed Shareece Wright this offseason, but that wasn’t enough as it doesn’t compensate for their losses. In San Francisco, Marcus Peters would have the skill-set and the capability to be a starter right now, and eventually a number one corner. Round Two View image | gettyimages.com Denzel Perryman, ILB, Miami (FL) I think that Trent Baalke will be very fond of Denzel Perryman in the draft.
  • 49ers Hosting LB Philip Wheeler For A Visit

    30 Mar 2015 | 1:17 pm
    Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports that the 49ers will be hosting former Dolphins LB Philip Wheeler for a visit on Monday. San Francisco continues to meet with available free agent linebackers now that Patrick Willis and Chris Borland surprisingly retired this offseason. The 49ers have also shown interest in Desmond Bishop, Lance Briggs, Brandon Spikes and Erin ... The post 49ers Hosting LB Philip Wheeler For A Visit appeared first on NFL Trade Rumors -.
  • Hakeem Nicks Visiting with the 49ers

    30 Mar 2015 | 1:16 pm
    This came completely out of left field. Seemingly set as it relates to veteran receivers after signing both Jerome Simpson and Torrey Smith earlier this offseason, the San Francisco 49ers are visiting with former New York Giants first-round pick Hakeem Nicks on Monday. WR Hakeem Nicks told me this morning that he is traveling today to California to visit the #49ers. Nicks played for the #Colts last season. — Josina Anderson (@JosinaAnderson) March 30, 2015 Nicks, who played last season with the Indianapolis Colts, hasn’t been the same receiver since injuries derailed a once promising…
  • Kurt Warner says Colin Kaepernick displaying better 'touch' on throws

    30 Mar 2015 | 8:11 am
    According to Jim Corbett of USA Today, former Arizona quarterback Kurt Warner said 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick has shown better touch on his throws.  Warner has been working with the young signal caller this offseason in an attempt to improve his quarterback skills in the pocket. He added that playing touch football with some pass catchers who usually aren’t used to high speed spirals from an NFL quarterback, helped Kaepernick notice every throw doesn't have to be a bullet. “We had some guys come out from the office playing in my corporate charity event, and there were a couple of…
  • Who Will the 49ers Draft in Round One?

    29 Mar 2015 | 12:56 am
    Before the hectic draft month of April begins, the crew at TopSportsReport decided it would be a smart time to write a 1st round mock draft.  John Miceli decided to write the article.  He carefully made selections for each team and explained each selection in this article. As he pretends to be Jim Tomsula and Trent Baalke, check out who John Miceli selected for the San Francisco 49ers. NFL MOCK DRAFT LINK http://topsportsreport.com/scoresnfl/nfl-mock-draft-pre-april-edition/
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  • Bay to Breakers & 16 More Fun May Events in...

    sanfrancisco.guide@about.com
    30 Mar 2015 | 4:20 am
    San Francisco in May is packed with festivals, street fairs and activities, including Cinco de Mayo, Carnaval and the zany mobile costume party known as Bay to Breakers.
  • Italy in San Francisco

    sanfrancisco.guide@about.com
    30 Mar 2015 | 4:20 am
    Guide to enjoying Italy in San Francisco. Martha Bakerjian, About.com's Italy Travel Guide, shares her favorite places in town to enjoy Italian food, Italian coffee, and San Francisco Italian Culture.
  • Brunch and Egg-Hunt with the Easter Bunny

    sanfrancisco.guide@about.com
    30 Mar 2015 | 4:20 am
    For Easter, dozens of Bay Area restaurants offer special brunches and dinners, while San Francisco's top hotels present elaborate and sumptuous brunch buffets, often with live music, the Easter Bunny and activities for kids.
  • San Francisco's Best Food Trucks

    sanfrancisco.guide@about.com
    30 Mar 2015 | 4:20 am
    A guide to San Francisco's top food trucks and food carts, based on food quality and quantity, uniqueness, popularity and creativity.
  • Great Parks in San Francisco

    sanfrancisco.guide@about.com
    30 Mar 2015 | 4:20 am
    A selection of San Francisco best parks and green spaces, from the Presidio and Golden Gate Park, to Ocean Beach and Cayuga Park.
 
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  • District Attorney Launches Task Force Into Law Enforcement Misconduct

    Ida Mojadad
    30 Mar 2015 | 5:12 pm
    The San Francisco District Attorney's Office launched a new task force today to independently investigate allegations of police misconduct, starting with recent accusations that sheriff deputies forced inmates to fight. The task force will pull together structured teams that will work under three separate investigations to address the recent allegations of misconduct by sheriffs staging inmate fights, San Francisco police officers sending racist text messages, and improper police DNA lab procedures. District Attorney George Gascon said his office sent a formal letter to Police Chief Greg Suhr…
  • Songwriter's Great Grandson Journeys Back to Oz

    David-Elijah Nahmod
    30 Mar 2015 | 5:01 pm
    From a very early age, Aaron Harburg knew that his family had a very special connection to Hollywood history. His great-grandfather Yip Harburg (1896-1981) was a composer on Broadway and during Tinseltown's Golden Age. The elder Harburg penned iconic tunes like Brother Can You Spare a Dime (1932), which became the anthem for those suffering through the Great Depression.… [ Read more ] [ Subscribe to the comments on this story ]
  • Live Review: Seth Avett & Jessica Lea Mayfield Do Elliott Smith Right at the Palace of Fine Arts

    Valerie Veteto
    30 Mar 2015 | 3:38 pm
    Jessica Lea Mayfield & Seth Avett Sunday, March 29, 2015 Palace of Fine Arts It’s a tough world out there for tribute acts. You could go any number of absurd routes — paint yourself Kiss, grow a swagger/potbelly and move to Vegas to serenade stumbling couples inside of get-married-quick chapels.… [ Read more ] [ Subscribe to the comments on this story ]
  • Restoration Crews in Dolores Park Find Remains of Ancient, Incredibly Hip, Civilization

    Benjamin Wachs
    30 Mar 2015 | 12:27 pm
    Construction of Dolores Park was halted this week after workers found the remains of an ancient civilization of nomadic coffee drinkers underneath the popular Mission District park, according to city officials.  The evidence, according to UCSF Anthropology Professor Skip Meeks, suggests that this previously undiscovered civilization knew where all the great vegetarian restaurants were located.  “Some of the artifacts we found are textiles that we believe to have been take-out menus,” Meeks said. “The sophistication of the graphic design is just amazing, and the polenta and pepper…
  • WrestleMania Weekend in Review

    Matt Saincome
    30 Mar 2015 | 12:13 pm
    Since the beginning of civilization, people have gathered to tell stories. Whether it was around a campfire, in a theater, or on the silver screen, stories of larger-than-life characters have always captivated the (perhaps) overly creative minds of Homo sapiens.… [ Read more ] [ Subscribe to the comments on this story ]
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  • District Attorney Launches Task Force Into Law Enforcement Misconduct

    Ida Mojadad
    30 Mar 2015 | 5:12 pm
    The San Francisco District Attorney's Office launched a new task force today to independently investigate allegations of police misconduct, starting with recent accusations that sheriff deputies forced inmates to fight. The task force will pull together structured teams that will work under three separate investigations to address the recent allegations of misconduct by sheriffs staging inmate fights, San Francisco police officers sending racist text messages, and improper police DNA lab procedures. District Attorney George Gascon said his office sent a formal letter to Police Chief Greg Suhr…
  • Songwriter's Great Grandson Journeys Back to Oz

    David-Elijah Nahmod
    30 Mar 2015 | 5:01 pm
    From a very early age, Aaron Harburg knew that his family had a very special connection to Hollywood history. His great-grandfather Yip Harburg (1896-1981) was a composer on Broadway and during Tinseltown's Golden Age. The elder Harburg penned iconic tunes like Brother Can You Spare a Dime (1932), which became the anthem for those suffering through the Great Depression.… [ Read more ] [ Subscribe to the comments on this story ]
  • Live Review: Seth Avett & Jessica Lea Mayfield Do Elliott Smith Right at the Palace of Fine Arts

    Valerie Veteto
    30 Mar 2015 | 3:38 pm
    Jessica Lea Mayfield & Seth Avett Sunday, March 29, 2015 Palace of Fine Arts It’s a tough world out there for tribute acts. You could go any number of absurd routes — paint yourself Kiss, grow a swagger/potbelly and move to Vegas to serenade stumbling couples inside of get-married-quick chapels.… [ Read more ] [ Subscribe to the comments on this story ]
  • Restoration Crews in Dolores Park Find Remains of Ancient, Incredibly Hip, Civilization

    Benjamin Wachs
    30 Mar 2015 | 12:27 pm
    Construction of Dolores Park was halted this week after workers found the remains of an ancient civilization of nomadic coffee drinkers underneath the popular Mission District park, according to city officials.  The evidence, according to UCSF Anthropology Professor Skip Meeks, suggests that this previously undiscovered civilization knew where all the great vegetarian restaurants were located.  “Some of the artifacts we found are textiles that we believe to have been take-out menus,” Meeks said. “The sophistication of the graphic design is just amazing, and the polenta and pepper…
  • WrestleMania Weekend in Review

    Matt Saincome
    30 Mar 2015 | 12:13 pm
    Since the beginning of civilization, people have gathered to tell stories. Whether it was around a campfire, in a theater, or on the silver screen, stories of larger-than-life characters have always captivated the (perhaps) overly creative minds of Homo sapiens.… [ Read more ] [ Subscribe to the comments on this story ]
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  • District Attorney Launches Task Force Into Law Enforcement Misconduct

    Ida Mojadad
    30 Mar 2015 | 5:12 pm
    The San Francisco District Attorney's Office launched a new task force today to independently investigate allegations of police misconduct, starting with recent accusations that sheriff deputies forced inmates to fight. The task force will pull together structured teams that will work under three separate investigations to address the recent allegations of misconduct by sheriffs staging inmate fights, San Francisco police officers sending racist text messages, and improper police DNA lab procedures. District Attorney George Gascon said his office sent a formal letter to Police Chief Greg Suhr…
  • Songwriter's Great Grandson Journeys Back to Oz

    David-Elijah Nahmod
    30 Mar 2015 | 5:01 pm
    From a very early age, Aaron Harburg knew that his family had a very special connection to Hollywood history. His great-grandfather Yip Harburg (1896-1981) was a composer on Broadway and during Tinseltown's Golden Age. The elder Harburg penned iconic tunes like Brother Can You Spare a Dime (1932), which became the anthem for those suffering through the Great Depression.… [ Read more ] [ Subscribe to the comments on this story ]
  • Live Review: Seth Avett & Jessica Lea Mayfield Do Elliott Smith Right at the Palace of Fine Arts

    Valerie Veteto
    30 Mar 2015 | 3:38 pm
    Jessica Lea Mayfield & Seth Avett Sunday, March 29, 2015 Palace of Fine Arts It’s a tough world out there for tribute acts. You could go any number of absurd routes — paint yourself Kiss, grow a swagger/potbelly and move to Vegas to serenade stumbling couples inside of get-married-quick chapels.… [ Read more ] [ Subscribe to the comments on this story ]
  • Restoration Crews in Dolores Park Find Remains of Ancient, Incredibly Hip, Civilization

    Benjamin Wachs
    30 Mar 2015 | 12:27 pm
    Construction of Dolores Park was halted this week after workers found the remains of an ancient civilization of nomadic coffee drinkers underneath the popular Mission District park, according to city officials.  The evidence, according to UCSF Anthropology Professor Skip Meeks, suggests that this previously undiscovered civilization knew where all the great vegetarian restaurants were located.  “Some of the artifacts we found are textiles that we believe to have been take-out menus,” Meeks said. “The sophistication of the graphic design is just amazing, and the polenta and pepper…
  • WrestleMania Weekend in Review

    Matt Saincome
    30 Mar 2015 | 12:13 pm
    Since the beginning of civilization, people have gathered to tell stories. Whether it was around a campfire, in a theater, or on the silver screen, stories of larger-than-life characters have always captivated the (perhaps) overly creative minds of Homo sapiens.… [ Read more ] [ Subscribe to the comments on this story ]
 
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  • 9 Things Many Americans Just Don’t Grasp (Compared to the Rest of the World)

    Phil
    29 Mar 2015 | 8:26 pm
    To hear the far-right ideologues of Fox News and AM talk radio tell it, life in Europe is hell on Earth. Taxes are high, sexual promiscuity prevails, universal healthcare doesn’t work, and millions of people don’t even speak English as their primary language! Those who run around screaming about “American exceptionalism” often condemn countries like […]
  • Nebraska farmer silences oil and gas committee with invitation to drink water tainted by fracking

    Phil
    29 Mar 2015 | 7:23 pm
    Appearing before a Nebraska Oil & Gas Conservation committee hearing, a local farmer received nothing but silence from the pro-fracking members of the board after he invited them to drink glasses of water tainted by fracking. In the video, uploaded to YouTube by BoldNebraska, Nebraskan James Osborne used his 3 minutes before the committee to […]
  • Sweden’s feminist foreign minister has dared to tell the truth about Saudi Arabia. What happens now concerns us all

    Phil
    26 Mar 2015 | 11:43 pm
    If the cries of ‘Je suis Charlie’ were sincere, the western world would be convulsed with worry and anger about the Wallström affair. It has all the ingredients for a clash-of-civilisations confrontation. A few weeks ago Margot Wallström, the Swedish foreign minister, denounced the subjugation of women in Saudi Arabia. As the theocratic kingdom prevents […]
  • GOP congresswoman gets surprise on Facebook after asking constituents for Obamacare horror stories

    Phil
    26 Mar 2015 | 4:00 pm
    Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers posted an image on her official Facebook page, slamming the Affordable Care Act on the fifth anniversary of President Obama signing it into law. She asked constituents to share their Obamacare nightmare stories and well, the response probably wasn’t what she expected. Below are a small sample of the comments constituents left […]
  • Scientists Are Beginning to Figure Out Why Conservatives Are… Conservative

    Phil
    24 Mar 2015 | 6:03 am
    You could be forgiven for not having browsed through the latest issue of the journal Behavioral and Brain Sciences. If you care about politics, though, you’ll find a punchline therein that is pretty extraordinary. Behavioral and Brain Sciences employs a rather unique practice called “Open Peer Commentary”: An article of major significance is published, a large number […]
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    San Francisco Gay Bars

  • Q Bar

    31 Mar 2015 | 12:23 am
    Big crowds, theme nights and a hip atmosphere There are 28 reviews:Best bar in Castro for young indie crowd (coopscadoop)small space with a big punch (koreykuhl)Wednesday is the new fun day! (xristod)Wednesdays Are the Night! (rolodj)BootyCall Wednesday Hotspot (tgtimes)Read the full reviews at GayCities San Francisco and see photos, maps and reviews of Q Bar and other bars, hotels, events and restaurants
  • Lookout Bar

    31 Mar 2015 | 12:22 am
    Lively, hip venue overlooking Market and Noe There are 20 reviews:The wonderful lookout (tgtimes)Good looking crowd, not pretentious (Scott)Sundays = Fundays (delrsf)Great people watching! (ptonmike)nothing special (canjoe)Read the full reviews at GayCities San Francisco and see photos, maps and reviews of Lookout Bar and other bars, hotels, events and restaurants
  • 440 Castro

    31 Mar 2015 | 12:22 am
    The Castro's neighborhood Levi/leather bar There are 42 reviews:GREAT BEAR BAR (splendabear)Daddys and Bears (MoFo63)Popular Bar in the Castro (scollayunder)My Fav SF bar (DaddyWayne)Great Neighborhood bar. (postcub)Read the full reviews at GayCities San Francisco and see photos, maps and reviews of 440 Castro and other bars, hotels, events and restaurants
  • Powerhouse

    31 Mar 2015 | 12:22 am
    Cruise bar with dark room and patio There are 32 reviews:Better luck next time? (vstim247)Very Busy and Fun (scollayunder)Down n Dirty Bar (JoeFuentes)they shouldn't be there! (Pancho_Miami)When size matters! (Olivier2012)Read the full reviews at GayCities San Francisco and see photos, maps and reviews of Powerhouse and other bars, hotels, events and restaurants
  • The Cafe

    29 Mar 2015 | 1:39 pm
    The Castro's place to dance There are 38 reviews:I don't think so! (DSF)Question (LHS2012)Good times (jcabezasuribe)great dance floor and great music on Friday nights (Derkit79)Love Pan Dulce (ptonmike)Read the full reviews at GayCities San Francisco and see photos, maps and reviews of The Cafe and other bars, hotels, events and restaurants
 
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    The Cracker Lady's House

  • Terror On Alt 95

    28 Mar 2015 | 6:43 pm
    Terror On Alt 95At the crossroads of Silver Spring, I pulled into a gas station to get my daughter, Shannon, a soda.  She had been demanding a coke for over fifteen minutes.  She was only three years old, but knew what she wanted. The afternoon was warm and we had no air conditioning in our car back in the early 70’s.  I was thirsty too.  We were going to visit my mother in Yerington about thirty-three miles away. Silver Springs was a true crossroad. East was Fallon, West led to Carson City, North was Fernley from which we had just passed through from Reno where we…
  • Rumble At Anaconda Lockout

    9 Mar 2015 | 12:00 am
    Rumble At Anaconda Lockout The 1965 Saturday night dances in Yerington,  Nevada became my responsibility quite by accident.  My best friend, Sue, was a dynamic personality and had a powerful voice. She and four other high school classmates formed a band called the Sabras , but they had no place to practice. Our living room just happened to be very large, and so it became the band practice spot and hangout. My mother worked late, so at first I neglected to even tell her of my afternoon activities, but when she did find out, to my surprise she was supportive.  As the band…
  • The Yellow Box

    5 Mar 2015 | 6:07 am
    The Yellow BoxBrothers -- I had two.  They were as different as salt and pepper. No they were not black and white, but in flavor they were distinctively unique.  The room they shared illustrates their differences. One side was very neat.  The bed was made neatly.  All the clothes were picked up and hung in the closet or folded perfectly in his dresser drawers.  This side belonged to my brother Dan. Dan was eighteen months younger than me and eighteen months older than our youngest brother.  He was a perfectionist from birth and would go bonkers when things were…
  • Baseball and Mosquitoes

    4 Feb 2015 | 12:38 pm
    Baseball and MosquitoesIt was one of those hot dry-your-eyeballs-out kind of days and I was board.  My nine year old mind decided to go visit my friend Rebecca, who lived across town, which in reality was only about four blocks away, but to me seemed quite a distant.  Rebecca was a few years older than me.  She was a sandy-haired Alabama girl with a Southern accent, which made her a weird bird to us Nevada kids.  She was constantly putting on chap stick, because the dry Nevada air caused her lips to chap and split. We became acquainted through our mothers.  My mother…
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    17 Nov 2014 | 7:41 am
    In remembrance of the assassination of John F. Kennedy, I am re-posting my original story from my November 2009 blog.The Day JFK DiedNovember 22, 1963, Yerington, Nevada     As a sophomore in high school I sat looking at the clock in my English class, when the principle’s voice came over the loud speaker. “We regret to inform you that President Kennedy has been assassinated. School is dismissed. Go home and be with your family.”My mouth dropped; I could not take my eyes off the speaker box that hung over the door. I numbly heard the gasps and cries of my…
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  • Stark Insider Preview: Pebble Beach Food & Wine (Video)

    Monica Turner
    30 Mar 2015 | 1:02 pm
    Pebble Beach Food & Wine is one of the year’s biggest events. Every year West Coast foodies–and those that travel from all over the world too!–head to Carmel to revel in a weekend of fine wine, gourmet food, and a diverse array of panels, cooking demonstrations, and tastings. In a word: Valhalla. Stark Insider will once again be on location to get the scoop, uncover the most recent food trends, and meet up with some of the world’s most storied sommeliers and chefs. This year’s roster includes Chefs Matthew Accarrino (SPQR, San Francisco), Dominique Crenn…
  • San Jose: Watch time-lapse of new Earthquakes MLS stadium (Video)

    Monica Turner
    30 Mar 2015 | 11:57 am
    Avaya Stadium under construction. The new home of the MLS San Jose Earhquakes opened last week to positive reviews. Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara has received its fair share of attention of the past year, but just a short drive south down Highway 101 is another marvelous new sports structure. Home to the MLS San Jose Earthquakes team, Avaya Stadium–18,000 seat capacity–welcomed fans for the first time last week. By all accounts it was a successful opening. The quakes won the game 2-1 (against the Chicago Fire). And reports suggested that the atmosphere was…
  • BTS Stark Insider: Artist Katy Tiz whistles while she works it in Napa (Video)

    Monica Turner
    28 Mar 2015 | 4:48 pm
    UK artist Katy Tiz performing in Napa at the Live in the Vineyard music festival. Katy Tiz likes to whistle while she works it. Judging by the response today in Napa, audiences seem content to whistle right along (it might’ve also helped that whistles were handed out to fans who enjoyed an intimate, stripped down concert on the back lawn of Copia) . The British recording artist was in town as part of the Live in the Vineyard music festival, and took some time pre-show to talk to Stark Insider about her new album, working with creative people, and her vision of “ultimate…
  • Melissa Etheridge, MisterWives thrill at Live in the Vineyard (Video)

    Monica Turner
    28 Mar 2015 | 10:05 am
    Melissa Etheridge performs acoustic set during the Live in the Vineyard music festival in Napa. Verdict: wow. Word to the wise: Melissa Etheridge still knows how to rock the house. Brimming with energy, the iconic singer-songwriter played an acoustic set yesterday during the Live in the Vineyard music festival in Napa. The Grammy-winner effortlessly performed classic hits such as “Come to My Window” and “I’m the Only One” as well as mixing in well-received material from her new album, M.E. Set alongside the vineyards at Sutter Home Winery in St. Helena, the sunny…
  • Stark Insider Wine Travels: Stags Leap District ‘Vineyard to Vintner’

    Monica Turner
    24 Mar 2015 | 9:55 am
    Birds eye view of the Stags Leap District AVA in Napa Valley. As spring rolls in, wine country events, tastings and winemaker dinners kick into high gear. Over the next few months Stark Insider will be on location in Napa, Sonoma, and other parts of beautiful Northern California, to capture sights and sounds: the people, places and stories. Tough work, we know! But if you’re like us, we just must scratch our eternal wanderlust, and explore. The Stags Leap District (SLD) is one of our favorite AVAs (American Viticultural Area) in Napa. Somehow I suspect we’re not alone in…
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