September 26, 2012
Re "Choice of bishop is a Bay Area 'bombshell,'" Sept. 23 Salvatore Cordileone, archbishop-designate of San Francisco, brings his mega-voice for the Roman Catholic Church's teachings against gay marriage to a city whose liberal bent is famous. Yet by confining the concept of gay marriage to a particular box labeled "disordered sexuality," the new archbishop will preach to the choir but likely not to those beyond. To many, gay marriage is part of the vast wave on the sea of modernity that has slowly rolled ashore these centuries.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 5, 2013 |
SAN FRANCISCO -- A controversial luxury waterfront development project was soundly defeated Tuesday, an apparent victim of skyrocketing housing prices that have generated anxiety over just who gets to live in a city long identified with tolerance and diversity. The project that would have risen from a port-owned parking lot and the site of a private tennis and swimming club near the city's towering financial district -- across from the iconic Ferry Building -- had won approvals from the Planning Commission, Board of Supervisors and state entities that oversee waterfront development.
March 9, 2014 |
San Francisco 3, Dodgers 2 AT THE PLATE: The Dodgers had more walks (eight) than hits (six), dropping their spring average to .228. Yasiel Puig, who had a hit and was robbed of another, is hitting only .200, which is still better than A.J. Ellis (.105), Scott Van Slyke (.167) and Chone Figgins (.143). ON THE MOUND: Clayton Kershaw, selected Sunday as the opening-day starter, had his best outing of the spring, giving up two runs and five hits in five innings. But reliever Red Patterson struggled in his two innings, giving up a run and two hits and walking four.
March 29, 2013 |
Stop me if you've heard this one: Billionaire comes to City Hall. Says that if the city will get behind him, he'll bring a major sports enterprise to town and might even renovate some decrepit municipal infrastructure as part of the bargain. Huge economic boost foreseen. Won't cost taxpayers a dime. Sounds like Phil Anschutz, the NFL and the Los Angeles Convention Center, doesn't it? But it's not: We're talking about software billionaire Larry Ellison, the America's Cup sailing race and a few rotting bayside piers in San Francisco.
June 13, 2010 |
I often lament have left Los Angeles, my hometown, to live in San Francisco, especially now that I have a son. After Kai was born, we found ourselves making the trek up and down Interstate 5 at least once a month. On our third not-so-pleasant jaunt past the sea of cows, Kai began screaming and would not stop. Yearning for somewhere fabulous to stop so we could cuddle him without the stench of manure and diesel, we vowed to start taking the nice way. Three years later (after chalking up more than 100,000 miles)
January 24, 2014 |
SAN FRANCISCO - It's the kind of backlash that Marc Benioff could never have imagined when he started the city's largest technology company 15 years ago in a Telegraph Hill apartment, some 30 miles north of Silicon Valley. By starting a business software firm that would create jobs in the city and donate 1% of its profit to charity, Benioff believed he was building a company that reflected San Francisco's progressive ideals. And he says he's proud to have been a catalyst for the city's tech economy that has since grown to 2,000 companies.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 18, 2013 |
Some of the most extensive damage and loss of life from recent earthquakes in California have occurred in apartment houses where dwellings sit on top of a ground-level parking garage or a storefront. The shaking undermines the bottom floor, causing the buildings to collapse and in some cases to pancake. After years of study and debate, San Francisco on Thursday formally adopted a new law requiring owners to retrofit thousands of these so-called wood-frame “soft story” buildings, marking the most sweeping seismic regulations in California in years.
March 8, 2009 |
Stocks have crashed, industry is shuddering and banks are failing. The restless unemployed will soon fill the streets. Yet in San Francisco, some crazed optimist in the Pacific Stock Exchange Tower has hired Diego Rivera to decorate a private club for stockbrokers. Could this be the most doomed, stupid idea of all 1930? Here is Rivera, an intermittent communist who'd met with Stalin in Russia only two years before, perched on the scaffolding above the financial titans of Sansome Street.
January 4, 2014 |
We were looking for a restaurant within walking distance of the Fairmont Hotel in San Francisco and found a great spot that even our local friends didn't know about. We all raved about its empanadas, roasted chicken and sangria. Its ceviche was the best I have had outside of Peru. The servers made us all feel like regulars. Call for reservations if more than two, because there are only a few large tables and a few seats at the lovely bar. La Fusion, 475 Pine St., (415) 781-0894, http://www.lafusion-sf.com D. Kay Renick Ventura
January 21, 2014 |
SAN FRANCISCO -- City transportation officials gave the green light to a new pilot program that will regulate private shuttles operated by Google and other tech giants and charge fees for the buses to use city bus stops. The pilot program, slated to take effect in July, would charge the companies a $1 fee for each stop made by the shuttles. A transportation official estimated that medium-sized tech companies would pay about $80,000 a year and larger companies would pay more than $100,000.