February 14, 1997 |
The image of cars plunging off a broken section of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge after the 1989 earthquake continues to haunt state officials who, on Thursday, endorsed tearing down half the span. "To best ensure the safety of motorists and the economic integrity of the Bay Area and the state, we should proceed with the construction of a new high-tech bridge to replace the aging Bay Bridge," Gov. Pete Wilson said in Sacramento.
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September 11, 2013 |
Gov. Jerry Brown weighed in on the latest controversy surrounding the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge this week, but this one had nothing to do with safety concerns or cracking bolts. The current dust-up is over naming rights, with a group of lawmakers hoping to rechristen the western span of the bridge in honor of former Assembly Speaker and San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown. Willie Brown remains a popular figure in the state Assembly, the house he led for nearly 15 years before being forced from office by term limits.
October 20, 1989 |
The city of Oakland is not yet able to sweep aside the debris left by Tuesday's earthquake, pick up the pieces and get on with life. So, much of the city's attention is still riveted on the tragic crumple of concrete and steel of the Cypress section of the Nimitz Freeway, where untold quake victims are still buried.
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January 7, 2013 |
SAN FRANCISCO - Officials on Monday were assessing the damage after an oil tanker crashed into the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge, with initial reports indicating the vessel did not appear to be leaking. The 752-foot Overseas Reymar hit the tower just west of Yerba Buena Island as it headed to sea after delivering cargo, U.S. Coast Guard Lt. Cmdr. Shawn Lansing said at a news conference. Lansing said fog had diminished visibility at the time of the accident to about a quarter of a mile, but that there are no sight restrictions on vessels passing under the bridge in that location.
August 26, 2007 |
Lucy is paying Houston a visit Dig those old bones? Lucy (at right), one of the oldest fossils of a hominid, will be on display at the Houston Museum of Natural Science from Friday to April 20. "Lucy's Legacy: The Hidden Treasures of Ethiopia" will include more than 100 artifacts from museums and private collections from the African nation considered to be the cradle of humankind.
December 24, 2004
Call greasy potatoes "freedom fries" if you like, but what can you call the French bridge across the Tarn River Valley except heavenly, delicate and more than a little breathtaking? We'd call it something like a Gallic slap to California's pride, just days after the Arnold Schwarzenegger administration junked plans for a similarly innovative suspension design across part of San Francisco Bay.
March 14, 1994 |
For more than 50 years, the double-deck San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge was a celebrated monument of structural engineering--a testament that even without computers or modern testing equipment, engineering wit and instincts could fashion steel-and-concrete spans that would endure. Then came Oct. 17, 1989, when the 7.1 Loma Prieta earthquake caused a 50-foot upper-deck segment to collapse, killing one motorist.
November 7, 1989 |
Pledging to do more if it is needed, Gov. George Deukmejian on Monday signed emergency legislation raising the 6% state sales tax by a quarter-cent for 13 months to provide relief for earthquake-stricken Northern California. Flanked by San Francisco Mayor Art Agnos and more than a dozen state lawmakers at the Ferry Building here, Deukmejian said the legislative package approved in a three-day special session last week proves that Californians in times of crisis stand together as "a family."
September 3, 2005
THE SCENES OF DEVASTATION in New Orleans evoke sadness and compassion everywhere, but in California they also evoke a sense of uncomfortable foreboding. The Santa Monica Freeway -- or I-10, which is buried under water 1,900 miles east of Santa Monica -- isn't the only connective tissue between Los Angeles and the Crescent City. Like the people of New Orleans, Californians clustered around L.A.
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July 3, 2013 |
Just after the San Francisco 49ers lost the Super Bowl in February, Gov. Jerry Brown took part in a live television special, sitting high above San Francisco Bay. The event, produced by the Bay Area's CBS TV station, was billed as an official countdown to the opening of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge, which is scheduled to be operational by Labor Day. Brown pressed an oversized button which triggered a countdown clock to the bridge's planned...