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January 8, 1990
It is beginning to appear that Sen. Alan Cranston (D-Calif.) is under the illusion that senators are elected for life. I am a native-born Californian and a Democratic Party activist since Robert Kennedy's 1968 presidential campaign. Four terms and 24 years in the Senate are enough! Where do we get an "ABC (anybody but Cranston) in '92" button? GEORGE M. RAYA San Francisco
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June 26, 2000 | JOHN M. GLIONNA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Late at night, when the chaos of the city streets subsides, Ken Kelton whips his red truck to the curb at an offending intersection. Working quickly, he throws down a plywood stencil and spray-paints another street memorial to a fallen pedestrian. Resembling the chalked body outlines at crime scenes, the life-size white sketch proclaims the victim's name and accident date.
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NEWS
December 19, 1988
Eleven people received minor injuries when one of the famed San Francisco cable cars failed to stop at the end of the line on California Street, running off the tracks and onto the concrete. The passengers flew forward on impact and were injured when they struck various protrusions inside the open-air car. Wandering off in a daze and not located until later was the injured grip man, Marcus Lee, a nine-year veteran of the line.
NEWS
April 6, 1998 | Associated Press
A couple's romantic weekend getaway ended in death when a van hit and killed a Redondo Beach woman as she and her companion darted across the street in heavy rains. Kathleen Miller, 46, was crossing a downtown San Francisco street Friday night when she was struck by an airport shuttle van and thrown 122 feet, police said. Her companion, Ben Hobbs, remained in critical condition Sunday with head injuries.
NEWS
May 20, 1988 | Associated Press
A "human error" by an inexperienced gripman, who nevertheless managed to warn his passengers of danger, caused Monday's cable car crash that injured 36 people, federal investigators said Thursday. Gerald Bolden, a rookie cable car operator, did not properly tighten the car's grip on the underground cable that prevents the car from moving any faster than 9 1/2 m.p.h., the speed of the cable, investigators told the San Francisco Chronicle in a story published in today's editions.
NEWS
May 19, 1988 | United Press International
The general manager of the San Francisco Municipal Railway said tests conducted in January raised doubts about the ability of cable car brakes to halt a fully loaded car on slick Hyde Street hill, where a cable car slammed into a truck Monday, injuring 31 people. Based on the tests, general manager William Stead said there was little chance the cable car could have stopped before the collision. In most circumstances, Stead said, "You can't stop on a wet day."
NEWS
September 5, 1996 | Associated Press
To say traffic was bad in and around San Francisco on Wednesday was a major understatement. Car wrecks stopped traffic on the Golden Gate Bridge and the Caldecott Tunnel. An apparent suicide attempt halted BART trains. And a crane accident shut down roads leading to and from San Francisco International Airport. "I don't know what to say," California Department of Transportation spokesman Jeff Weiss said. "These accidents happen, but unfortunately they're happening on the same day."
NEWS
December 30, 1996 | Reuters
A streetcar being towed for repairs derailed Sunday, striking five cars and slightly injuring three people, officials said. The streetcar was being towed to a nearby garage when it came loose and slid down a hill. The streetcar's operator and two people in a car were hurt. They were treated at a local hospital for minor injuries, officials said.
NEWS
June 28, 1987
The vice consul of Uruguay claimed diplomatic immunity and could not be arrested on a drunk driving charge after an injury accident in San Francisco, the California Highway Patrol reported Saturday. Officer Mark Pieschke said 29-year-old Gustavo Segovia was driving on Doyle Drive south of the Golden Gate Bridge early Friday when his car plowed into the rear of another car.
NEWS
February 24, 1987
A terrified tourist was pinned and severely bruised when the cable car she was riding passed a double-parked airport van, San Francisco police said. Rebecca Mallinger, 29, Muskego, Wis., was on the cable car's running board clutching a side grip when it came alongside the van, trapping her between the two vehicles. Mallinger was treated at a nearby hospital and released. "She's a real lucky woman," Officer Doug Foss said.
NEWS
December 30, 1996 | Reuters
A streetcar being towed for repairs derailed Sunday, striking five cars and slightly injuring three people, officials said. The streetcar was being towed to a nearby garage when it came loose and slid down a hill. The streetcar's operator and two people in a car were hurt. They were treated at a local hospital for minor injuries, officials said.
NEWS
September 5, 1996 | Associated Press
To say traffic was bad in and around San Francisco on Wednesday was a major understatement. Car wrecks stopped traffic on the Golden Gate Bridge and the Caldecott Tunnel. An apparent suicide attempt halted BART trains. And a crane accident shut down roads leading to and from San Francisco International Airport. "I don't know what to say," California Department of Transportation spokesman Jeff Weiss said. "These accidents happen, but unfortunately they're happening on the same day."
SPORTS
April 5, 1991 | From Associated Press
Golden State Warrior stars Chris Mullin, Tim Hardaway and Mitch Richmond escaped injury when debris from an earthquake-damaged freeway shattered the sunroof of Mullin's pickup truck. The high-scoring trio was headed for a charity luncheon on San Francisco's waterfront Wednesday when the sunroof suddenly exploded as they were driving under the Embarcadero Freeway. The elevated freeway, badly damaged in the October 1989 earthquake, is being demolished.
NEWS
June 15, 1990 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The sudden stop of a cable car as it cruised down California Street sent riders flying, injuring two crewmen and seven passengers. The car lurched to a stop as it hit a metal plate that had rattled loose between the tracks. About 15 passengers, mostly tourists, were aboard. The injured--including a conductor and a gripman--suffered cuts, bumps and bruises. None were badly hurt.
NEWS
January 8, 1990
It is beginning to appear that Sen. Alan Cranston (D-Calif.) is under the illusion that senators are elected for life. I am a native-born Californian and a Democratic Party activist since Robert Kennedy's 1968 presidential campaign. Four terms and 24 years in the Senate are enough! Where do we get an "ABC (anybody but Cranston) in '92" button? GEORGE M. RAYA San Francisco
NEWS
November 28, 1989 | From Associated Press
A commuter train collided with a charter bus, killing two people and injuring about two dozen others during the rush hour Monday evening, police said. The two victims were employees of ABC-TV, which chartered the bus to carry workers and guests around the San Francisco Bay Area, according to South San Francisco police. The employees were in town for the broadcast of Monday Night Football. Bus passengers included network employees and ABC clients, police said.
NEWS
December 21, 1988
The grip man on a San Francisco cable car that crashed into the end of the line, injuring 11 people, will be on injury leave pending the outcome of an investigation, officials said. Marcus Lee, 43, a 15-year veteran of the San Francisco Municipal Railway, said he was knocked unconscious in the mishap and does not remember what happened. He could face disciplinary charges, spokesman George Newkirk said.
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