CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 17, 2014 |
SAN FRANCISCO - Mayor Ed Lee has what many city leaders would consider high-class problems: The unemployment rate recently dropped to 5.2% thanks to a flood of new technology companies. A building boom is underway after years of recession, dotting the skyline with cranes. But with plenty has come displacement of lesser-haves and an identity crisis for a city that has long considered itself welcoming to all, and is now deemed the nation's least affordable. Cultural rifts are deepening, with tenant advocates staging protests to block the hulking private shuttle buses that transport tech commuters to and from Silicon Valley.
July 26, 2012 |
First Boston. Then Chicago. The next city to tell Chick-fil-A to keep out? San Francisco. Edwin M. Lee , mayor of the progressive city, tweeted Thursday night: "Very disappointed #ChickFilA doesn't share San Francisco's values & strong commitment to equality for everyone. " He also added a warning to his subsequent tweet: "Clos est #ChickFilA to San Francisco is 40 miles away & I strongly recommend that they not try to come any closer. " Until Thursday, San Francisco had stayed mum on the debate, which began when Chick-fil-A's president, Dan Cathy, went on the record as saying his Atlanta-based chicken chain operated on biblical values and opposed same-sex marriage.
March 1, 2009 |
When a newspaper goes belly up, journalists tend to talk about the loss of a government watchdog, declining civic engagement and the threat to our democracy. So when those sober words came flowing out of Denver last week over the collapse of the Rocky Mountain News, the sentiments didn't strike me as surprising, or wrong. Just inadequate.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 25, 2009 |
Benjamen Chinn, one of the few Chinese American photographers to live and artfully document street scenes in San Francisco's Chinatown, has died. He was 87. Chinn died April 25 at Kaiser Permanente San Francisco Medical Center, according to Newton Don, his nephew who is the executor of his estate. He was being treated for an infection and died of cardiac arrest.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 23, 2009 |
San Francisco officials are debating whether to make this famously liberal city the first in the nation to require retailers to prominently post the amount of radiation emitted by cellphones. Although there is no scientific consensus that the ubiquitous devices cause health problems, Mayor Gavin Newsom plans to call for an ordinance next month that would require the conspicuous display of radiation levels wherever the phones are sold. Some hail the proposal as evidence of San Francisco's long tradition of environmental activism; this was the first city in America to ban plastic bags and prohibit a class of chemicals called phthalates from use in children's products.
November 10, 2013 |
San Francisco's artisan coffee shops have become a destination for the caffeinated crowd. Young guys work like highly trained chemists behind gleaming counters, intent on concocting the perfect brew. And the baristas don't just rely on $10,000 espresso machines to do the work. These coffee shops put on a show with glowing heat lamps, bubbling beakers and beautifully artistic cappuccinos. They also serve a memorable breakfast and lunch using local, organic ingredients from places such as Acme Bread, INNA Jam and K&J Orchards.
July 28, 2013
The marvelous spread on San Francisco nearly brought tears to my eyes, with reflections of my "return" to that marvelous city in October 1958 ["San Francisco at Iconic Speed," by Christopher Reynolds, July 21]. A native Californian, I had concluded a six-year tour of duty as an officer in the U.S. Public Health Service, stationed mainly in East Coast locations. Newly single, I had accepted a position with an organization whose headquarters was at 518 Sutter St., a block from Union Square.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 21, 2012 |
SAN FRANCISCO - Lawmakers on Tuesday approved what appear to be the nation's tiniest apartments - 220 square feet, including the bathroom, kitchen and closet - in a pilot program aimed at creating more options in this prohibitively expensive housing market. The city already allows for construction of 290-square-foot micro-units. But Supervisor Scott Wiener backed the reduced minimum size in hopes that the apartments would rent for $1,200 to $1,500 a month, a steal compared with San Francisco's current average studio rents of $2,000.
May 7, 2013 |
The Ritz-Carlton, San Francisco is offering its guests, locals and other San Francisco visitors an opportunity to help preserve some of Golden Gate National Park 's most treasured areas with its Give Back Getaways program. Volunteers can donate a few hours to help preserve the Gardens at Alcatraz or restore the nursery at the Presidio by clearing invasive weeds, pruning, planting, etc. Guests receive free transportation from the Ritz-Carlton to the appropriate park and can enjoy the park after their shift ends. The program launched in March but attendance has been light. If more volunteers appear in May, the hotel hopes to extend Give Back Getaways in the summer and fall.
March 22, 2013 |
Tours of the Golden Gate Bridge inaugurated during its 75th anniversary in 2012 are back for a second season starting April 1. Fans and even locals give this tour high marks on Yelp for the engaging back-story about the bridge's Art Deco style, the dangers during construction and why civil engineers selected it as one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World . Tours last 45 minutes and are offered six times daily through Oct. 6 on...