It's that time of year again to put on your finest foppery (ass-less chaps, tutus and chicken masks) and swill cheap beer in the streets. All the things that make for a great footrace in San Francisco. For those of you who aren't into costumes, morning imbibing, or running -- period -- well it's t ... More >>
This probably isn't news, but there's some pretty stark income discrepancies between certain neighborhoods of our fair city. What is news is that while most of us are aware that the rich people live in the Marina and the poor(er) people live in the Tenderloin, the income gaps can vary widely from on ... More >>
Sergio Romo's slider frisbeed into Buster Posey's mitt for strike three. Sit down, Triple Crown -- and everyone was dancing on top of the tables. A Caltrain engineer leaned hard on his horn and the fans swarming the streets answered in kind. Thousands of orange-clad revelers descended upon Fourth an ... More >>
Now here's some good fodder for an anti-drinking campaign.A San Francisco jury acquitted a 20-year-old man today of burglary charges and instead convicted him of petty theft and receiving stolen property after he convinced jurors that he was just a drunk, not a crook. Gonzalez Guzman and his buddy, ... More >>
"I was convinced I was going to die," says city workerMegan Hamilton, a legislative aide for Supervisor Malia Cohen, joined a gaggle of public employees for a tour of urban blight in the city's southeast. Instead, she says she was charged by three "aggressive" dogs and watched in horror as a Cali ... More >>
Gorilla Pete wants YOU!After working on the original concept for six months, Pete Buckley opened Gorilla Pete's two years ago. As with any new food enterprise, his first couple of years haven't been the easiest. He often doesn't get home from work until 4 a.m., and that's after traveling all over ... More >>
View "In Transit:" How to Get from S.F. to L.A. in a larger map Huh. We just realized we're crazy. How so? The Google map above traces the public transit odyssey your humble narrator undertook between San Francisco and Los Angeles. Fifteen transfers, seven local transit agencies -- ah, sorry, we' ... More >>
Do Not Touch Santa Cruz authorities have arrested James Edward Taylor on suspicion of lewd or lascivious acts with two children younger than14. Taylor, a San Francisco resident, was arrested on Thursday morning while he was inside his office at the San Francisco Legion of Honor Museum, where he i ... More >>
Seriously, take Caltrain. You're allowed to drink coffee and everything. San Francisco's idea to charge motorists $6 a day to enter or exit the city's southern border has spurred what could only be labeled a congestion pricing pissing contest. Peninsula officials are huffing that they'll impose a ... More >>
Bikesharing: crazy, right? The expense, the hills, the repairs, the theft -- it seems like it would never, in a million years, work. Except it does, in plenty of cities from Montreal to Budapest to Washington, D.C. And it's getting a little embarrassing that San Francisco isn't one of them. ... More >>
First, it was a stinky marsh. Then it was a railroad. Now, Treat Street faces a new lease on life with a vision to transform it from a dilapidated, weirdly diagonal alleyway into a sparkling green bike corridor. It would be a pretty amazing accomplishment: a smooth path that curves up from ... More >>
The San Mateo Bridge is a span most locals don't invest much thought in. Maybe they will now, however. A 10-inch crack on a steel beam beneath the roadway was uncovered by crews during an inspection last night, necessitating the closure of a westbound lane this morning during an emergency fix. Co ... More >>
Governor Schwarzenegger is willing to pour billions of public dollars into a schemeto benefit private investors.
Joe EskenaziJim McQuown looks forward to snapping up beer cans and empty bottles near AT&T ParkIt turns out you don't need a home to enjoy a home game. Friday's opening day at AT&T Park transforms Mission Bay from a banal realm of wide streets and boxy condos resembling something you'd fi ... More >>
Jessica's Law prevents paroled sex offenders from residing near schools or parks. That means they can only live one place in S.F.: on the streets.
Late last month, San Jose cops made an announcement that reverberated like a shock wave through the ranks of local graffiti fans. Police in the South Bay metropolis believed they had unmasked the prominent artist-vandal known as "Girafa," a graffiti "writer" -- as such auteurs prefer to be called -- ... More >>
Jim HerdAmong San Francisco neighborhoods, the Outer Sunset is high on the list of places you could conceivably land a spaceship with no one noticing. And yet denizens of the area certainly noticed that Muni's weekend repairs to the N-Judah rails were not confined to the weekend -- hence they wer ... More >>
Whenever something goes wrong with a bridge here or elsewhere, one of the first people we call is Mark Ketchum -- one of the Structural Engineers Association of Northern California's designated experts on bridges. So, for what it's worth, Ketchum said he will unhesitatingly drive his car across t ... More >>
The 1927 Carquinez Bridge also had issues with eyebars -- and agingThe Bay Bridge isn't the first local aging span to have problems with torn and failing eyebars. Yet the low traffic load and easy alternate route available to the engineers who remedied the last situation aren't applicable when it ... More >>
Joseph SchellWords by Anna McCarthy, Photos by Joseph Schell The old tuna cannery down in the flats of Bayview Hunters Point has, technically, been sitting empty ever since it was condemned after the '89 quake. Joseph SchellBut one peek inside the immense building - now completely boarded u ... More >>
I hope you'll forgive me if I keep this week's Gov InAction curt: I told WAY too many David Chiu jokes over the weekend, and now I'm worn out. I've got to remember to pace myself. However, in case you're wondering, here's how many David Chius it takes to change a light bulb: • None: Aaro ... More >>
Courtesy American Bridge-Fluor EnterprisesThe 'Left-Coast Lifter,' seen here in a 'proof load' in China, has lifted up to 2,000-ton objects. Do you have room for it in your backyard?On what section of Craigslist would you hawk "MASSIVE CRANE! Lifts 1,700 tons -- Like New!"? How about "Tools"? "Colle ... More >>
Local promoters take a big risk to give S.F. a music fest that will restore the city's cool cred
The transit system's bosses know when you're sleeping, know if you're awake ... or singing Christmas carols
Take a closer look at this truly awful measure funded by Don Fisher before signing on
Artist Josh Greene waits tables to fund other people's art. But wait, it's not that simple.
Week of Wednesday, November 2, 2005
A look at the comically delayed Fourth Street drawbridge project, and how the city's Byzantine contracting system costs millions
Right now, the museum consists mainly of dozens of dusty old train hulls scattered across a splay of disused tracks
Week of Wednesday, June 30, 2004
Mayor Newsom aids a developer at the apparent expense of the Transbay Terminal project, raising a question: Is the new boss just like the old boss?
Why the new mayor should spend his political honeymoon taking the doggle out of a boondoggle known as the Central Subway
Tired of sitting in traffic till your butt turns to granite? This French guy may be able to help you.
Week of April 24, 2002
The "X Plan," a draft of Muni's hopes for the future, offers a glimpse of transit utopia
Bedlam reigns as a great development boom besets the warehouse district south of downtown. Blood boiling, drivers late to work search in vain for parking. Are we doomed?
How a Willie Brown real estate venture snagged tens of millions of dollars in government subsidies and opened the way for Democratic heavyweight Angelo Tsakopoulo to make even more money
A unique Oakland program coaxes homeless from the streets
Satellite radio brings 100 stations and digital sound to San Francisco's car stereos. Can local broadcasting survive?
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