When the ancient Polynesians invented surfing, they often used a paddle to help them navigate. Fast-forward a few millennia, and Stand-Up Paddleboarding, or SUP, finds itself trendy again. Part of its increasing popularity is that standing upright allows surfers to spot waves more easily and thus catch more of them, multiplying the fun factor. Paddling back to the wave becomes less of a strain as well. The ability to cruise along on flat inland water, surveying the sights, is another advantage. Finally, its a good core workout. If youre sold on the idea, schedule an intro SUP lesson, free with board and paddle rental, and you may find yourself riding the waves like a Polynesian king.More
Llewelynn Fletcher's immersive sculptures beguile the senses. Sasha Petrenko's site-specific installations and performances strive to capture a dynamic, living planet. Austin Thomas hides heady themes in seemingly austere drawings, photos, and sculptures. She also cobbles together site-specific social spaces which she calls "perches," but which are obviously kick-ass treehouses, minus the trees. These and other artists are contributing super-sized works for "Just Passing Through: Sculptures and Installations" at the University of San Francisco's Rooftop Sculpture Terrace. "Just Passing Through" promises to challenge notions about how we inhabit or pass through space, or at least provide a lovely respite in a busy city.
"Just Passing Through: Sculptures and Installations" is open to the public 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and runs through Dec. 11 at Kalmanovitz Hall, University of San Francisco, 2130 Fulton St., S.F. Free; 422-5178 or usfca.edu. More
Mondays-Fridays, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Continues through Dec. 11
The death of Kathryn Steinle at the hands of an undocumented Mexican national has become a flashpoint in the national debate over immigration and Sanctuary City policies, with everyone from Donald Trump to Bill O’Reilly to Hillary Clinton weighing in on the case. Now you can add another pundit to the mix: Geraldo Rivera.
Junior Mayema came to San Francisco in November 2014, hoping to flee the racism and homophobia he’d experienced in South Africa. Being both gay and gender nonconforming, he was an easy target for police assault (his wrist was broken), and in Congo, his birthplace, “everything was impossible” because of his identity.
Journalist Brian Rinker (a former intern at SF Weekly) began documenting Junior’s story in April. At that point, Junior was a regular at Cafe Flore in the Castro and living in transitional housing near Divisadero. He received almost $300 per month in government benefits but was having a hard time surviving in San Francisco.
Community activists in the Bay Area's Black and Latino communities are uniting today around issues facing both groups: displacement and incarceration.
This morning, activists from the immigrant rights and #BlackLivesMatter movements will hold a press conference at the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) headquarters in San Francisco to kick off a "Free the People" caravan that will travel to Bakersfield’s Mesa Verde detention facility over the weekend.
According to the Black Alliance for Just Immigration (BAJI), one of the detainees at the facility is Christopher Henry, a Jamaican immigrant who has been cleared of charges for marijuana possession but has been held in custody for over three years, away from his three daughters. Organizers say that Henry's case is an example of how Black people face disparate treatment from immigration law enforcement. According to BAJI, Black immigrants from Africa, the Caribbean, and Latin America are five times more likely to be detained or deported than non-Black undocumented immigrants.
Friday is May 1st, historically International Worker's Day, and, more recently, a day of protest for the rights of immigrants. This year, with protests against racist policing continuing across the country in the wake of the killings of Walter Scott and Freddie Gray, the Bay Area's May Day is packed with demonstrations linking police repression with other social justice issues.
Here's your schedule of major events, whether you want to join or plan your commute:
A San Francisco jury declared 36-year-old Jeffrey Bugai guilty on 17 felony counts of sexual assault after he was found posing as a cop to lure male immigrants to his home and then assault them.
The District Attorney's Office says Bugai, a licensed security guard, lured five unsuspecting male victims to his house between January 2008 and March 2014 and either drug them or threatened them with a gun. Bugai, under the color of authority, would force the men, most of whom recently arrived from Central America and had limited English-speaking skills, to perform sexual acts.
Sometimes, he'd handcuff them and tell the victims that he would deport them — or worse — if they called the cops.
The driver license has become a rite of passage for teens eager to break free of their parents.
And while the journey to obtain one is not easy or fun — get a lift to the DMV, wait in line for many hours, and prove you can in fact parallel park — the cards are an object of desire, especially for those who cannot legally obtain them.
But when the new year rolls around, California residents of any immigration status will be able to legally get a driver's license.
Earlier today, San Francisco's Health Director announced that some 500 Central American refugee kids would make San Francisco their home by next year.
And we plan on welcoming each one of them under the city's Sanctuary City program, which creates a safe haven for illegal immigrants. They'll get access to health care, schools, and other city services.
Garcia points our that many of these kids will need mental health care after enduring extreme poverty and strife in their home countries while being torn apart from their families.
Those hardworking cooks and servers who have been getting stiffed by their employers will finally get the money they rightfully earned.
Wage and Hour Division investigators with the U.S. Department of Labor conducted comprehensive reviews of payroll records and employment practices in both San Francisco and Los Angeles, in addition to employee interviews, and found that restaurants were violating minimum wage, overtime and record-keeping provisions.
As a result, 273 restaurant workers will divvy up $672,333 in unpaid minimum wages and overtime compensation, according to the feds.
Martin Guajardo, the former San Francisco immigration lawyer accused of scamming his clients, remains at large since City Attorney Dennis Herrera filed suit against him in November 2010. In the meantime, Christopher Stender, an attorney whom the city has accused of aiding and abetting Guarardo's alleged fraud, has continued to practice law.
Stender's job is about to get much harder though.
Yesterday, the California Court of Appeal upheld Herrera's March 2011 injunction that Stender and his now-closed San Francisco law firm, Immigration Practice Group (IPG), must inform all their clients that Guajardo is not allowed to practice law and must turn over the case files for any clients who wish to find new representation.