January 20, 1988
San Francisco Supervisor Harry Britt was arrested after he chained himself to a door of a federal building to protest lack of federal financing for AIDS research. "People have reached a point of anger where nothing less than civil disobedience is the answer," said Britt, who was among 15 arrested during a protest organized by the AIDS/ARC Vigil. Britt is the city's highest ranking gay official. Federal police used a bolt cutter to dislodge the chain from the door.
October 26, 1989 |
Racing against a midnight deadline, Congress approved a record $3.45-billion earthquake relief package for California on Wednesday and sent it to the White House as part of a stopgap spending bill to keep the federal government in business through Nov. 15. The package, which emerged from the Senate with $600 million more than the House originally approved, was expected to be signed into law by President Bush as soon as it reaches his desk.
October 23, 1989 |
Hundreds of expectant earthquake victims lined up for federal aid Sunday as seven disaster assistance centers opened throughout the Bay Area, but most went home empty-handed and disappointed after learning that financial help could still be a week or more away. Although some people showed up hours before the centers' 1 p.m. opening time, crowds at most relief stations were lighter than expected.
October 25, 1989 |
One week to the day after Bay Area quake, the region lurched toward normal as commuters battled another siege of rain squalls, workers began demolishing the Nimitz Freeway--the quake's biggest killer--and officials raised fears that more damage, from mudslides, was on the way. Underscoring the impact of the destructive quake, seismologists who have been studying it round the clock announced that the quake actually measured 7.1, roughly twice the strength of 6.9 magnitude originally assessed.
October 23, 1989 |
The lucky ones spent Sunday at ease, walking in the park or watching the 49ers in the sunshine, but for many thousands in the Bay Area last week's earthquake strengthened its grip on their lives--and threatened new torments this morning as commuters try to return to work.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 1, 1996 |
Consider two people with AIDS. One lives in San Francisco, the other in Los Angeles. The federal government will spend more than twice as much on the care and treatment of the San Francisco resident as on the Angeleno. That gap, based on a complex funding formula, is at the heart of an intensely political and protracted effort to change the way federal money for AIDS care is distributed to cities.