Things to do in San Francisco

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San Francisco, is ranked #1 in the nation for being the ideal city for walking, hiking, or sightseeing on foot. However, when the winds and rain start pouring down and the temperature drops sometimes you might be in need of taxi transportation. Read More >>

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The goal of this website is to save the reader time, and money and make their visit rememberable and safe.   The weather in San Francisco is ever changing the first travel tip is to bring a sweater as well as summer wear.   Often times the temperature  changes 10 degrees from day to night not to mention wind and rain.  The city of San Francisco is 7 miles long and 7 miles wide.   Things to do in San Francisco I recommend as a taxidriver are as follows:     Alcatraz Island   the most famous fomer Federal Prison in history:  This prison housed Al  CoponeMachine Gun Kelley, and the “Bird Man of Alcatraz“.   Haight Ashbury the ground zero area for the start of the 1960′s counterculture movement .   The area now known as The Haight was where Charles Manson recruited his followers.  The 1960′s greats such as Big Brother and the Holding Company, Jefferson Starship and many others formed in this historical area of San Francisco.    The Golden Gate BridgeGolden Gate Park and the Painted Ladies are a must see.   The cable car system in San Francisco is affordable, safe, and fun video yourself and send a picture home to your friends and stop off in Chinatown for some great Asian Food.

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BART's four downtown San Francisco stations - Embarcadero, Montgomery, Powell and Civic Center - take a beating, not only from the 140,000 passengers who pour through them every weekday, but from the scores of homeless people who use them as bedrooms, restrooms and places to hang out. Commuters are forced to run a gauntlet of grime: piles of feces and puddles of urine near the entrances, litter and discarded food on the floors, a coating of dust and dripping ooze on the walls. Sixteen of those are assigned to the four downtown San Francisco stations - just half of the number that cleaned them before the recession forced BART budget cuts, which hit cleaning crews particularly hard. In addition to adding the "brightening crew" to work on the entrances, BART recently started enforcing a ban on people sleeping or reclining in downtown stations - and that appears to be boosting cleanliness. BART officials have described the enforcement effort as a safety measure to keep loiterers, homeless or not, from blocking emergency access into or out of the transit stations. [...] the program has been popular with riders, officials say, and they credit the reduction in the number of homeless people inside stations with making it easier to clean them. Trost said the transit agency is looking at a way to provide trash receptacles that don't present security dangers. Caroline Laurin, a spokeswoman for the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, credits a well-enforced ban on eating and drinking, along with a ban on food sales within stations, with creating a culture of cleanliness on the Metro system. In Boston, the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority, which operates the subway known as the T, runs a program called "Cleaning Between the Lines" that encourages customers to submit online comments about the cleanliness of stations and trains. Canopies to be testedBack in the Bay Area, BART officials are preparing to test a canopy that will cover subway station entrances and allow them to be closed off at night, preventing their use as a place to sleep or go to the bathroom.
Author: Michael Cabanatuan
Posted: September 1, 2014, 11:59 pm
Take yourself out to the ballgame (on the sly) The Internet was totally ... um ... disabled - completely down. Couldn't even get a dial tone. Honest to Buster Posey - is there a nicer break in everyday life than to play hooky and sneak over to an afternoon baseball game? Sure, a day game on a Saturday or a Sunday is pleasant, but it doesn't compare to that little illicit buzz you get from ducking out of the office on a lovely, sunny, shirtsleeve afternoon. [...] a baseball game is just sitting there, waiting for you. [...] this time, early in the morning, I was out walking the dog and happened to start talking about the Giants with our neighbor Mike. [...] we got that tableau, where the entire field is lit up in sunlight, like God's own baseball diorama, while we stood in the dark, cool shade. At some point we had a beer and remarked that it tasted infinitely better when you pictured all the people at your office trying to catch up on e-mails while they answered phone calls and typed memos. [...] it all came down to the third and final out, like it always does, and we got to our feet and cheered that last slow ground ball into the glove.
Author: C.W. Nevius
Posted: September 1, 2014, 10:23 pm
Commute traffic on Interstate 280 in downtown San Francisco was back to normal Tuesday and, to top it off, the brake-riding, steering-wheel-gripping masses are a little safer if another earthquake hits, Caltrans officials said Monday. Joon Kang, the project manager for Caltrans, said the replacement work went without a hitch and the freeway is now fully able to handle the 60,000 commuters who use it on weekdays. The bridge hinge joints are designed to slide and rotate, providing the 6-mile-long concrete structure the flexibility and stability to withstand an earthquake. Because of the limited room to work beneath the elevated freeway, construction crews couldn't work on both hinges simultaneously. San Francisco Giants fans heeded warnings on Facebook, Twitter and other social media sites and avoided the area or took mass transit to the games at AT&T Park on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Author: Peter Fimrite
Posted: September 1, 2014, 9:08 pm
Hundreds of union supporters celebrated Labor Day by marching from San Francisco's Pier 39 to the Hyatt Fisherman's Wharf, a nonunion hotel that labor officials say is one of the last holdouts in a city filled with organized hotels. Carrying signs reading "Sleep with the right people" and chanting "No checking in - check out!" the union supporters worked their way slowly through Fisherman's Wharf, stopping at other hotels to make their presence known, including Pier 2620, where union officials said contract negotiations in recent months have slowed. Both hotels are owned by Chesapeake Lodging Trust, a real estate investment trust based in Annapolis, Md. At the Fisherman's Wharf Hyatt, the demonstrators chanted in front of the entrance behind a row of police bicycles, blocking the garage where guests were waiting to exit for about 20 minutes.
Author: Victoria Colliver
Posted: September 1, 2014, 8:51 pm
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Posted: September 1, 2014, 4:11 am
San Francisco's elected officials have attempted to tackle the housing crisis with gusto since 2013, passing laws that govern condo conversions, the merging of units, the legality of in-laws, tenant harassment and Ellis Act evictions. Sara Shortt, executive director of the Housing Rights Committee, which represents tenants, said that she doesn't think most of the laws have been around long enough to make a big difference but that some proposals have the potential for larger ripple effects. Shortt believes the measure could severely curb real estate speculation by making it virtually impossible to turn a profit by flipping those properties quickly. While some other laws, such as giving low-income tenants evicted under the Ellis Act priority in city housing, "will make a huge difference for the handful of families," Shortt said she and other tenants advocates hope policies such as the tax proposal will change market behavior by making it less financially attractive to boot tenants out. Janan New, executive director of the San Francisco Apartment Association - which represents property owners - said city leaders are simply vilifying landlords for political reasons and haven't made a real attempt to solve bigger issues including the shortage of housing stock and a lack of enforcement against short-term rental businesses, such as Airbnb, which she believes are taking far more units off the rental market than Ellis Act evictions. City officials say their attempts are having an impact but agree that without constructing significantly more affordable housing - something they have increasingly focused on - and changes to the state Ellis Act, the problems will persist. Preserving housing stockChiu has focused more on preserving the housing stock, such as with a 2013 law that allowed tenancy-in-common property owners already on a waiting list to convert their shared buildings into condominiums - but then placed a 10-year moratorium on future conversions. -- Discourages landlords from taking rental units off the market by making it more difficult to merge multiple units into a single-family home, convert housing property to commercial or other use, or demolish a rental. -- Allows about 2,200 tenancy-in-common unit owners already on a waiting list to convert their TICs to condos if they pay a $20,000 conversion fee, money put toward affordable housing. The measure exempts single-family homes, condos, owner-occupied TICs, new construction, properties being turned into affordable housing and buildings with more than 30 units. -- Would allow tourist rentals in private homes while requiring a city-run registry, collection of hotel taxes and limitations on rental frequency.
Author: Marisa Lagos
Posted: September 1, 2014, 1:31 am
A gun-toting Army vet who wants everyone to carry guns. Among the rest, there's a dialysis business executive, a politics professor, two city councilwomen, the city's auditor and a tax preparer. In just 10 weeks, Oakland voters will have to sort through the herd of candidates and rank their favorite three in a field that's the most crowded anyone can remember. At forums, street festivals and house parties across the city, the challengers have tried to stand out and explain - sometimes in as little as 45 seconds - how they hope to control crime or attract business. Peter Liu wrote on his campaign website that he'd fight crime by ordering Oakland's police chief to issue permits to carry concealed guns to any law-abiding person who wants one. Charles Williams has admonished Oakland's youth to "pull your pants up," and Saied Karamooz said that if he were elected, he would lower city flags to half-staff whenever an innocent person was killed in Oakland. New, affluent residents are increasingly drawn to Oakland's warm weather, diverse culture and plucky spirit. In 2010, Quan defeated her favored opponent by collecting more second- and third-place votes, which were enough to boost her into first place. [...] whatever the reasons, the sprawling field can be frustrating for voters, said David McCuan, a political science professor at Sonoma State University who studies Oakland politics. Ranked-choice voting means candidates must build a coalition with other candidates and ask voters to support as many as three different candidates, McCuan said. Complicated decisions"Candidates are faced with a difficult way of campaigning under ranked-choice voting because they aren't really running to be first, they are running to be down the ballot and viable," McCuan said.
Author: Will Kane
Posted: September 1, 2014, 1:29 am
The liberal-leaning Board of Supervisors has passed at least seven laws since last spring geared toward stabilizing the rental market and protecting tenants vulnerable to no-fault evictions, such as those conducted under the state Ellis Act, which lets landlords kick out tenants if they want to exit the rental business. Another handful of proposals is in the pipeline, including a November ballot measure that seeks to render real estate speculation less attractive by assessing a hefty tax on the sale of a multiunit building within five years of its purchase and a legislative proposal that would regulate the shadowy market of tenant buyouts, in which landlords offer renters sums of cash to vacate a unit. Laws fail to make dent in marketYet while landlords and tenants - and their lawyers - fight over the legality of these laws, none seems to be curbing the city's rapidly rising real estate costs or making a huge dent in the number of tenants being forced to leave San Francisco. While Ellis Act and other no-fault evictions - under which landlords may evict tenants who have done nothing wrong - make up a small percentage of the city's roughly 2,000 annual evictions, they have surged in recent years as the housing market has heated up, and become a symbol of the city's growing inequality. Jacoby first attempted to use the city's owner move-in law - which lets property owners evict tenants so they or a relative can move in - to get Barrett out. [...] Barrett has taken Jacoby to court over the unit's conditions and, successfully, to the city's Rent Board for overcharging her for rent. Eventually, Jacoby filed an Ellis Act eviction - and while it was pending, Supervisor David Campos' tenant relocation assistance legislation became law June 1, retroactively bumping up the amount of money Jacoby was required to pay Barrett from around $20,000 to more than $200,000. Shortly after, Jacoby filed a lawsuit against the city and Barrett, saying the relocation statute violates state law, cannot be enforced and unfairly focuses on one type of eviction, making it a "surcharge for invoking a politically disfavored state right." Naylor, a jazz singer, hosts Buddhist chants at her home daily while her husband gives music lessons to children in the unit. Upton, executive director of an anti-domestic-violence organization, sits on numerous official city panels and is one of the first people police and prosecutors call after a domestic violence tragedy. Relocation payments don't go farTheir landlord filed an Ellis Act eviction against them in November, and they have been working to find a way to stay since then - including offering to buy the building with help from a community lender.
Author: Marisa Lagos
Posted: September 1, 2014, 1:29 am
Little City Gardens supplies produce to local restaurants and Bi-Rite Market and is one of the only commercial farms in San Francisco, but educational farms can also take advantage of the law. The bill was conceived as a way to help cities reduce blight and give residents more opportunities to grow food, even to raise livestock where health codes allow it. Roland offered use of the property to permaculture gardeners Kevin Bayuk and David Cody in 2008, who turned it into a demonstration garden that offers permaculture certification courses and hosts school groups. The garden's pathways and benches are open to the public, and volunteers harvest whatever food it produces for low-income residents. Karen Peteros hopes that Clear Channel, which owns the site of her educational bee farm, under a billboard in Visitacion Valley, decides to take advantage of the new tax break, which she estimates could reduce its current bill of around $21,000 a year to about $50. In 2012, Peteros and her co-founders and volunteers removed two pickup trucks full of trash from the site, put down soil, planted fruit trees and other bee-friendly crops, and established a bee colony. [...] the company couldn't get permits to finish the project.
Author: Tara Duggan
Posted: September 1, 2014, 1:29 am
Monday, Sept. 1 Federal, state courts and offices ClosedCity and county offices ClosedBanks, savings institutions ClosedPost offices Closed, no mail deliveryPublic transit-- BART, MuniSunday service -- Golden Gate TransitSunday service for buses; weekend schedule for Larkspur ferry; additional runs for Sausalito ferry -- SamTransSunday service -- CaltrainSunday service -- AC TransitSunday service San Francisco parkingRegular meter enforcement
Posted: August 31, 2014, 11:49 pm
When 12-year-old Eric Austin got a Mongoose Rebel bike for his birthday a year ago, he flew around his neighborhood with a new feeling of freedom and adventure - until he blew out a tire. The bike was out of commission for months until the morning the mechanics of the Bay Area BikeMobile pulled into the parking lot at the Salesian Boys and Girls Club on Filbert Street in San Francisco. Helping kids like Eric is the reason Tommy Bensko, 33, helped start the BikeMobile pilot program in Alameda County in 2011 with grant funding from the Alameda County Transportation Commission and a grant from the Metropolitan Transportation Commission. With a crew of mechanics and a parts-filled 2008 Dodge Sprinter that with its swirly graphics resembles the Scooby-Doo Mystery Machine, he's now working on bikes throughout the Bay Area. [...] if a kid's bike has wheels, Bensko figures, he can get it rolling again - and maybe inspire the kid. Bensko lowered the seat, sat on the bike himself and, with a big bearded smile, showed her a few pointers.
Posted: August 31, 2014, 10:59 pm
Uber bills itself as a leader in tech innovation, but when it came to fighting mandated insurance for its drivers, the ride-share giant turned to good old-fashioned hardball politics. The target: state Assemblywoman Susan Bonilla, D-Concord, author of an insurance-company-backed bill to require more comprehensive - and more expensive - liability insurance for ride-share drivers. Besides working the Capitol hard, Uber carpet-bombed mailers in Bonilla's district - as well as the state Senate district where she plans to run next year in the likely event state Sen. Mark DeSaulnier, D-Concord, is elected to Congress in November. Thanks to the repair work, Napa can expect "a burst of job creation that will support the local economy," said Gus Faucher, a senior economist for PNC Financial Services Group. Republicans were against the change from the outset, but then the Democratic-friendly California Labor Federation weighed in as well, saying the changes would "create uncertainty and confusion for those engaged in ballot measure campaigns." Billing himself as a new-style politician, Ro Khanna pledged not to take special-interest money in his South Bay congressional campaign against fellow Democrat Rep. Mike Honda. Khanna donor Ash Chopra recently filed federal papers to form a super PAC, Californians for Innovation, to back the challenger. [...] while Khanna has stuck to his promise not to accept PAC money, he's no longer pressing Honda to join him in signing a "people's pledge" to bar outside donors from the 17th Congressional District race.
Author: Phillip Matier And Andrew Ross
Posted: August 31, 2014, 10:59 pm
Downtown Oakland offered the world a new vision of gay pride on Sunday, and it's heavy on strollers, bounce houses and pony rides. The first Oakland Gay Pride Parade - rolling up Broadway on a warm and sunny morning - included plenty of children, on tricycles, in wagons and on the shoulders of parents, both gay and straight. The parade and the daylong festival that followed were designed to be kid-friendly, at a time when gay families are gaining greater acceptance. Children lined up to pet ducks or goats, or ride a brown pony with a rainbow painted on its haunch. Drag queens resplendent in flowing fabric wandered through the crowds, which mixed leather vests and the occasional platform shoe with A's caps and Oaklandish tees.
Author: David R. Baker
Posted: August 31, 2014, 9:48 pm
A 3.2-magnitude aftershock was one of two small temblors to hit Napa Valley on Sunday, one week after a 6.0 earthquake caused widespread damage around Napa and Vallejo, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. There have been more than 70 aftershocks since last week's quake that caused an estimated $300 million in damage to private homes and buildings in Napa.
Author: Evan Sernoffsky
Posted: August 31, 2014, 7:26 pm

The shift of seasons is a magic time, so we took a couple of walks, rode a couple of buses, drank a couple of glasses of white wine to get a small taste of San Francisco on the cusp of autumn. Strangers aboundThe city is full of strangers in the last days of summer. Besides the regular tourist hordes, there were thousands of IT techs and business big cheeses in town for VMworld at Moscone Center. Big crowds, vendors selling popcorn, painted rocks, pirated CDs, masks and other odd things. Two sidewalk preachers stand with a hand mike at Fourth and Market, taking turns calling down the wrath of God on drinkers and fornicators. Between Fifth and Third, I counted more than 15 lost souls, some with dogs, begging, sleeping on the sidewalk, wandering, riffling through the trash cans. Under a display that said, "San Francisco has some of the most innovative people, institutions and companies on the planet," I saw a man having a furious argument with himself. [...] the streets were crowded with shoppers at stores selling vegetables, spices, dried fish, mystic herbs.

Author: Carl Nolte
Posted: August 31, 2014, 12:01 pm

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