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August 24, 2003
A few years ago my wife and I were in Toronto, enjoying a very good meal at a five-star restaurant, when an older couple entered and sat at a table next to us. The gentleman told the server that he and his wife had just arrived from San Francisco and were very worried that they weren't going to be able to find a suitable restaurant in town. Overhearing this comment, I thought: Typical San Francisco. They think that nothing they experience elsewhere can measure up to their City by the Bay. So I read with amusement "Exits, Not Entrees, on the Menu" (Aug.
January 16, 2011 | Jerry Crowe
Larry Jacobson proudly and unabashedly counts himself among a small number of dizzyingly devoted football fans: the Never Miss a Super Bowl Club. Jacobson has attended all 44, starting with the debut of the NFL's showcase event in 1967 at the Coliseum. His streak of perfect pigskin pilgrimage, the former junior high school mathematics teacher notes, provides "an opener for conversations, an opener to make friendships. " Jacobson, 71, has made a few ? and not only at Super Bowls.
They are young, successful, fun-loving professionals who like to live in lofts, wear baseball caps and drive sport utility vehicles--and they are scaring the hell out of old-time San Franciscans. Buoyed by the bullish stock market and the ongoing Silicon Valley boom, yuppies are moving here in droves, looking for the good life.
May 12, 2010 | By Chloe Veltman, Special to the Los Angeles Times
The houselights stayed dim at the start of Monday night's concert at Davies Symphony Hall for longer than usual, as if to milk the moment for all it was worth. Only a few extra seconds elapsed before Gustavo Dudamel strode on stage to join the Los Angeles Philharmonic. But the sense of anticipation in the concert hall seemed to make those ticking seconds feel like an eternity. Just as he has bewitched Los Angeles audiences since becoming music director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic last fall, so the charismatic 28-year-old conductor has quickly brought Bay Area audiences under his spell.
This is a city that takes nostalgia seriously--where Victorian houses are meticulously cared for and freeways are knocked down to restore waterfront views. So it was with great relief this week that San Francisco averted a civic tragedy even more serious than losing the Giants to Florida. The city saved its foghorns. Not just any foghorns. These were the mellifluous, deep-toned signals that once resonated across San Francisco Bay whenever fog rolled through the Golden Gate.
January 5, 1992
Your article filled me with nostalgia and took me right back to the city of my birth (which is still called "The City"). But Nob Hill was called "Snob Hill" long before Herb Caen ever started writing. As for "Baghdad by the Bay," that is a direct quote from Rudyard Kipling. Yet you covered the real feelings San Franciscans have for their city. PAT McCLENAHAN North Hollywood
January 19, 1995 | Mike Downey
San Francisco and San Diego have begun to wage the War Between the State, and friends, this one could get ugly. "You wine drinkers!" "You zoo keepers!" "You quiche eaters!" "You Tijuana wanna-be!" I'm telling you, before this Super Bowl civil unrest is over, the governor might be calling out the national guard. At least there won't be any friendly betting between two governors over the outcome of the game, because Pete Wilson is in this one all by his lonesome.
May 31, 1989
A developer who is building more than 860 apartments in a San Francisco neighborhood has hired a consulting firm to help stop a proposed baseball park nearby because of possible noise and traffic congestion. The Cleveland-based Forest City Development reportedly paid $10,000 to back "San Franciscans for Planning Priorities," which describes itself as a community-based movement supported by neighborhood activists and environmentalists. The group is urging citizens to write Mayor Art Agnos and Spectacor Management Group, a Philadelphia firm that is negotiating with the city to develop a ballpark and arena.
April 15, 1990
Southern Californians of any political party would be foolish to support the candidacy of Dianne Feinstein. The reason has nothing to do with her being a woman or with her political affiliation. Although I find unsavory her obvious opportunism and hysteria after the George Moscone affair in putting forth ridiculous new gun laws when the laws already existed and the problem lay with stricter enforcement, and her very public currying up to the gay community to further her career, those are not the main reasons she does not get my vote.
July 10, 2008 | John M. Glionna, Times Staff Writer
For many residents of this liberal bastion, President Bush's name is mud. Now activists here want to make that moniker stick. A group calling itself the Presidential Memorial Commission of San Francisco this week submitted a proposal to rename a sewage treatment plant after the outgoing chief executive in recognition of the political and environmental "mess" they say will be his legacy.
June 5, 2008 | Nancy Vogel, Times Staff Writer
For the first time in a dozen years, California voters Tuesday ousted a sitting legislator in a primary election, and Los Angeles area voters refused to extend Mervyn Dymally's 46-year political career. The election results set the stage for several serious Republican-versus-Democrat clashes for legislative seats in November's general election. San Francisco and Marin County Democrats threw state Sen.
November 16, 2007 | Thomas Bonk, Times Staff Writer
SAN FRANCISCO -- At Joe DiMaggio playground in the North Beach neighborhood near Fisherman's Wharf, the same park where DiMaggio learned to play baseball as a youngster, Jesse Smith spent Thursday afternoon practicing his free-throw shooting technique at a basketball hoop in the middle of an asphalt lot. Smith didn't know the DiMaggio story, but he sure knew all about another local baseball legend, Barry Bonds.
April 17, 2007
Re "Pelosi: speaker, listener, conciliator and battler," April 14 House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-San Francisco) may be earning praise for her political skills and her move to the middle, but you won't find praise coming from her constituents. Pelosi passed up a historic opportunity to put an immediate end to the occupation in Iraq -- a move that is supported by the majority of Americans, not just San Franciscans. Before any investigations had taken place, Pelosi said that "impeachment is off the table," which is clearly against the wishes of her constituency.
February 19, 2007 | Michelle Quinn and James S. Granelli, Times Staff Writers
In Los Angeles, officials want to blanket the city with wireless Internet access that's affordable to the masses. But their counterparts here can't even give it away. In his October 2004 State of the City address, Mayor Gavin Newsom pledged that his administration would "not stop until every San Franciscan has access to free wireless Internet service." Newsom forged a plan with Google Inc. and EarthLink Inc.
November 13, 2006 | Jim Puzzanghera, Times Staff Writer
Although her San Francisco district sits on the outskirts of the country's technology capital, Rep. Nancy Pelosi has never been considered a high-tech champion or, for that matter, very friendly to business. So why is Silicon Valley's massive industry so hopeful about the liberal Democrat's likely tenure as speaker of the House? Tech's enthusiasm started in the fall of last year, when Pelosi reached out to Cisco Systems Inc.
May 14, 2005 | Larry B. Stammer and Maria L. La Ganga, Times Staff Writers
From his days as a Catholic schoolboy in Long Beach and a Los Angeles priest to his more recent opposition to gay marriage, Archbishop William J. Levada of San Francisco brings a mixture of theological conservatism and American openness to his new powerful assignment as chief guardian of worldwide Roman Catholic doctrine.
October 13, 2004 | Susan Salter Reynolds, Times Staff Writer
Kevin Starr's series of books on the history of California, "Americans and the California Dream," weighs in at 29 pounds, 10 ounces. The almost 10,000 pages in the seven books begin in 1850 and end with Starr's latest volume, "Coast of Dreams: California on the Edge, 1990-2003." There's just one thing missing from what Atlantic Monthly and others have called the "breathtaking scope" of the books: the author himself. Like most historians, Starr doesn't believe in the first person.
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