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September 10, 2013 | Susan Brenneman, Susan Brenneman, deputy Op-Ed editor, served as ballast in several minor sailing races on San Francisco Bay
Larry Ellison, prince of Silicon Valley, is richer than God. But even Ellison can't always get what he wants. In 2010, Ellison's Oracle Team USA won the America's Cup, the 162-year-old yacht race that pits big personalities and big pocketbooks against wind, currents and radical boat design. The victory gave him the right to set the rules for where and how the next cup would unfold. He chose San Francisco Bay as the location, and set specs for the boats: They would be seven-ton catamarans, 72 feet long, with 13-story carbon-fiber fixed "wingsails.
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TRAVEL
September 8, 2013 | By Irene Lechowitzky
Telegraph Avenue may be the spiritual heart of Berkeley and the University of California campus the focal point, but from a visitor's point of view, downtown is the ideal place to stay. It's close to everything and has its own vibe, with an eclectic hodgepodge of iPhone-wielding professionals, hippies young and old, students and the homeless. I stayed downtown for the weekend and met my friends Susan and Rich, who live nearby. The tab: $510, including $370 for two nights at the Hotel Shattuck Plaza and $140 for meals.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 27, 2013 | By Diana Marcum, Samantha Schaefer and Joseph Serna
San Francisco officials are scrambling to send more water to the metropolitan area as the massive Rim fire near Yosemite rains ash down on a key reservoir.  On Monday, utility officials monitored the clarity of the Hetch Hetchy Reservoir and used a massive new $4.6-billion, gravity-operated pipeline system to move water quickly to reservoirs closer to the city, the  Associated Press  reported. The reservoir serves as San Francisco's chief source of water and officials there hoped to make the transfer before the water became tainted by falling ash. Hetch Hetchy supplies water to 2.6-million people in the San Francisco Bay area, 150 miles away.
NEWS
August 27, 2013 | By Tracy Brown
The 34th annual America's Cup, the winner-takes-all sailing yacht race, begins Sept. 7 in San Francisco as the contest returns to the U.S. for the first time since 1995. The City by the Bay , the eighth city to host the America's Cup competition, has been busy in the run-up to the big race. Its Summer of Racing kicked off July 4 with an opening ceremony celebration. Racing started July 7 with the Louis Vuitton Cup , the challenger series that determines which team will face the defending Oracle Team U.S.A.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 15, 2013 | By Lee Romney
OAKLAND - A state-sanctioned oversight panel on Thursday announced that officials would press ahead with plans to open the troubled eastern span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge to traffic around Labor Day weekend. The single-tower, self-anchored suspension bridge - which stretches from Yerba Buena Island in the middle of the bay to Oakland - initially was scheduled for a celebratory unveiling Labor Day weekend. But the project, in the planning since the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake damaged the original eastern stretch, has been fraught with problems.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 13, 2013 | By Ari Bloomekatz
It's not clear how the dog wound up in the middle of San Francisco Bay, but when windsurfers and a boating commuter stumbled upon the Labrador mix on Monday, she was cold and in need of help. "She was shivering and wet and very shy," said 52-year-old Lisa Grodin, whose husband, Adam Cohen, found the dog as he was commuting across the bay to their home in Berkeley about 6:45 p.m.  Grodin said Tuesday that her husband saw a group of windsurfers with "their sails down around this little black dot that turned out to be a dog....
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 8, 2013 | By Maria L. La Ganga and Patrick McGreevy
SAN FRANCISCO - The much-delayed and over-budget eastern span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge will not open as scheduled on Labor Day weekend, transportation officials announced Monday, eliciting disappointment but little surprise in a region dependent on the soaring structure. The Bay Area's second-most-famous visual icon was severely damaged in the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake, killing a motorist and unleashing a generation of controversy. The new span was scheduled to open in September with a splashy party costing more than $5 million and possibly including a bridge walk, a bike ride and a recreational run. But in March, it was discovered that 32 bolts on the structure had fractured.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 7, 2013 | By Matt Stevens
The pilot flying Asiana Flight 214, which crashed in San Francisco, killing two and injuring scores more, had only 43 hours of experience flying Boeing 777 aircraft, a spokeswoman for Asiana Airlines said Sunday. He was in training to fly the 777 when the crash occurred, she added. Kang Kook Lee, born in 1967, was identified as the pilot of the plane that crashed. Asiana spokeswoman Hyo Min Lee told The Times the pilot had been flying since 1994 and was a “very experienced pilot” flying other types of planes, including Boeing 747s, 737s and Airbus 320s.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 7, 2013 | By Lee Romney, Laura J. Nelson and Rong-Gong Lin II
SAN FRANCISCO - National Transportation Safety Board investigators arrived late Saturday at San Francisco International Airport to examine the crash of an Asiana Airlines jetliner Saturday that killed two people. Meanwhile, officials said the two who died were Chinese nationals. South Korean Deputy Consul General Hong Sung Wok confirmed to The Times that the two victims had Chinese passports, but declined to say whether they were passengers or crew members, or give their ages or genders.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 7, 2013 | By Maeve Reston, Lee Romney and Laura Nelson
SAN FRANCISCO - The head of Asiana Airlines apologized Sunday for the weekend plane crash that killed two teenage passengers. "I sincerely apologize over the accident, and to the passengers on board and their families," Yoon Young-doo, Asiana's president, told reporters at a televised news conference in Seoul. He described the pilots involved as "skilled" and said it could take time to determine what went wrong. Seoul-based Yonhap News Agency said the two victims were born in 1996 and 1997 and were from China.
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