It's one disappointment after another when dealing with the city.
After flustering the masses by removing the adorable tree house door from Golden Gate Park, city officials promised they'd replace it, and replace it they did. As richmondsfblog.com astutely noted, the city screwed in an untreated i ... More >>
That seems to be the real question in the debate over the future of Market Street.
And evidently, it's a question that we'll all have a chance to ponder for the rest of the decade; it was announced earlier this month that the project to rip up San Francisco's most important thoroughfare and put it ... More >>
Next week, the city's Historic Preservation Commission will decide whether the Gold Dust Lounge is indeed a historic landmark. The problem is that even if the commission gives the bar a "landmark status," that doesn't mean the popular lounge will remain a watering hole.According to a city report ... More >>
Today could be a defining point for the embattled Gold Dust Lounge as the city's Historic Preservation Commission is set to hear arguments on granting the iconic watering hole historic landmark status. To help make their case, supporters of the bar are planning to turn over more than 5,000 sign ... More >>
From this week's Bouncer column:
The Twin Peaks is soothing. It is soothing from the outside, where the amber-lit patrons look like San Francisco's answer to Edward Hopper's Nighthawks. It is soothing from the inside, where older men huddle around tables and talk about neighborhood gossip.
If I am ... More >>
Although Juhu Beach Club, the Indian food pop-up from Top Chef alum Preeti Mistry, stopped serving lunch this fall, Mistry's relaunching it as a series of dinners at La Victoria Bakery this week -- in preparation for opening her own restaurant in the Mission sometime this year.
Mistry says, ... More >>
Metallica singer James HetfieldExit light, enter night, if you will -- but don't go entering into James Hetfield's sprawling Marin County property.
The Metallica singer and rhythm guitarist erected a metal fence on his ranch that blocked off a popular trail connecting two nature preserves. S ... More >>
Going, going ... gone?With the specter of a federal shutdown looming tomorrow, San Franciscans have reason to worry. If our government ceases operating and everyone heads to the beach -- will we be able to head to the beach? Ocean Beach, after all, is part of the Golden Gate National Recreation A ... More >>
What does an Ed Lee mayorship mean for bicycles? Well, for one thing, you may see more bike moustaches around town.
But what will Mayor Lee do to make biking safer, comfier, and more popular? The Bike Coalition didn't waste any time asking him just that. No sooner was he sworn in than they ... More >>
If only someone would tow this thing to Des MoinesBy Jan. 18, Vallejo must submit a plan for slithering out of bankruptcy. Former banker Merylin Wong, the head of a maritime enthusiast's group there, has a plan for keeping the city on firm financial footing henceforth: Pay millions of dollars yea ... More >>
Hayes Valley Farm/FlickrMore than 2,500 volunteers have gotten dirty at Hayes Valley Farm.To those of us who lived in Hayes Valley while Octavia was transforming from prostitution alley to boulevard, the chained-off lot between Oak and Fell held a peculiar romance. After a decade of neglect, the ... More >>
This may soon be illegal in State Parks. It's still kosher in National Parks, though -- as are firearms.
Smoking in the park? Perish the thought. A smoking gun in the park? Well ... that all depends on the park. Yesterday, the state Assembly passed a bill enacting a broad smoking ban in the sta ... More >>
SFSUA stinky weekend is in store...Anecdotally, your humble narrator recalls a story about a local couple who demanded their money back from an area arboretum after their wedding was ruined by an unexpected blossoming of the garden's prize corpse flower. And they don't call it a corpse flower for no ... More >>
If California is now a role model for Britain -- well, God Save the QueenIn the faded English coastal resort town of Blackpool, there's a restaurant three blocks off the shore called West Coast Rock that specializes in California cuisine as a blinkered Brit might imagine.
When my wife and I visited ... More >>