January 15, 2012
The way San Francisco takes advantage of its bountiful water from the Hetch Hetchy Reservoir would make John Muir weep. The iconic naturalist and founder of the Sierra Club fought mightily to prevent the damming of one of the most beautiful valleys in Yosemite National Park nearly 100 years ago, but lost. And there are reasons to think that the city that benefits from this extraordinary federal largesse isn't abiding by one of the few restrictions placed on its water use. The 1913 federal law that gave San Francisco its special deal also made it clear that the city was to take no more Hetch Hetchy water than it needed to "for its beneficial use for domestic and other municipal purposes.
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.
September 19, 2012 |
You get a little culture and you save a little cash. And you can enjoy being in another country without leaving this one. San Francisco celebrates Korean Culture Day on Sunday with a free festival, courtesy of the Korea Foundation, that celebrates chuseok , a harvest festival that the Korean tourism organization describes as the "biggest and most important holiday in Korea . " You may not think of South Korea as an agricultural nation...
October 15, 2012 |
SAN FRANCISCO - You've heard of a pub crawl. Well, in San Francisco, they do a “lit crawl.” The idea is to drag your tipsy self - drunk on either beer, or good metaphors, or both - from bar to bar, or café to café, listening to serious words from serious writers. Over the weekend I attended Lit Crawl in San Francisco, an event held in conjunction with the big, citywide Litquake literary festival. All the events in Lit Crawl were held in on near the city's Mission District.
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.
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.
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.
February 7, 2013 |
Jon Darsky, who was the original pizzaiolo at the San Francisco restaurant flour + water , has been working for months to re-purpose a 20-by-8-foot transatlantic shipping container into a wood-burning pizza truck. A wall of glass doors exposes the interior - and the Italian-made wood-fired oven. That baby weighs in at 5,000 pounds. The downside of most food trucks is that they're bulky and downright ugly. This one is an ingenious beauty. Check out Del Popolo's site for more photos and a link to where the truck will be on any given day. They're open for lunch Tuesday to Friday, with occasional appearances around S.F. in the evenings.
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.