January 24, 2014 |
Commuter buses are usually pretty noncontroversial. Governments like them because they get single-passenger cars off the road and reduce air pollution. And riders like them because they can relax on the way to and from work and save on gas and other expenses. Cleaner, greener and more convenient - everyone's happy, right? Not in San Francisco, where there's been a growing fight over the shuttle buses provided by Google, Facebook and other tech companies to ferry workers from their San Francisco homes to their Silicon Valley jobs.
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.
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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.
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 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.
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.
November 15, 2013 |
The odyssey of 5-year-old Miles, known across the Internet as the SF Batkid today, just took an even more surreal turn when President Barack Obama got in on the action Friday. The president sent the kid a congratulatory message via Vine. "Way to go, Miles. Way to save Gotham," Obama said in a message recorded from the White House. Miles, who has leukemia that is currently in remission, had requested a day as Batman from the San Francisco chapter of the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
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.