Things to do in San Francisco

WELCOME to The Taxi Drivers Guide To San Francisco .com a tool and soon to be published travel guide to the city by the bay. I have been a San Francisco taxicab driver for the past 24 years and would like to share my experiences, travel tips and 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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Posted: July 28, 2014, 4:48 am
Armed with a stack of bedbug surveys and wearing thick plastic glasses that say "Don't mess with me," Karin Drucker walked into the Winton Hotel on O'Farrell Street to meet with a client who called earlier in the week about a severe infestation. Before knocking on Richard Mahn's door on the fourth floor, Drucker pointed out the unit next door. A mattress, with no sheets, on a simple bed frame, was surrounded by stacks of paperback books. [...] he was worried about his cat's safety with getting the treatment done, so I offered him the suggestion that someone could talk to him about making him more comfortable and keeping the things that are more important to him. When they go into the city's residential hotels, they're looking for tenants who need help getting the landlord to do something about bad plumbing, mold, nonworking heaters and other indicators of a bad living environment. Drucker, 26, is a community organizer with the Central City SRO Collaborative, an arm of the Tenderloin Housing Clinic nonprofit. On Tuesdays and Thursdays, she tackles problems in some of the 150 or so privately run hotels in the Tenderloin and South of Market, many of them filled with formerly homeless people now being housed at city expense.
Author: Mike Kepka
Posted: July 28, 2014, 1:30 am
The three would account for the "largest voter-directed increase in general fund spending in a single election in city history" if approved, the city controller wrote in a recent memo. A proposed increase in the city's minimum wage, the reauthorization of an existing fund for children's programs and a proposal to tie transit spending to population growth would increase annual city spending by $104 million by 2018. Most of the money would have to be spent on making service more reliable and expanding capacity; 25 percent would be earmarked for street safety improvements. Wiener proposed the charter amendment after Lee decided not to pursue an increase to the vehicle license fee that would have netted Muni about $18 million a year. [...] the supervisor included a provision that would let the mayor cancel the population growth spending mandate if the voters approve a hike in the license fee in 2016. Minimum wage boostThe minimum wage proposal - which calls for a gradual increase in the city's minimum wage until it hits $15 in 2018 - would account over time for the greatest increase in public spending, jumping from $12.8 million next year to $56.3 million by 2018, mostly because city contractors, such as in-home care workers, would be paid more. [...] that wage increase, combined with the children's fund increase, would make up 75 percent of the $104 million annual increase by 2018. Hints from Lee's officeWhile Lee hasn't taken an official position on the transit funding measure, the mayor's office seems to be hinting that it will target programs important to the six supervisors who voted to place Wiener's proposal on the ballot - Wiener, David Chiu, Jane Kim, London Breed, Malia Cohen and David Campos. Howard said Lee will be asking all city departments funded by the general spending account to submit a potential list of budget cuts in the coming days that will be boiled down into a specific cuts list for fiscal year 2015-16 in case Wiener's proposal passes.
Author: Marisa Lagos
Posted: July 28, 2014, 1:13 am
More tests are still needed before officials can declare the steel fasteners safe - and the public can stop worrying about having to spend tens of millions of dollars to replace them. In San Francisco, where residents are already down to using 49 gallons a day on average, the resistance to mandatory rationing also includes fears about its effect on the tourist trade and booming tech economy. San Francisco Supervisor Scott Wiener and other opponents of sugary drinks got a win when the Board of Supervisors voted to put a 2-cent-per-ounce soda tax on the November ballot - but it was far from the send-off they had envisioned. San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón is catching flak from prosecutors elsewhere in the state over an initiative he and recently retired San Diego Police Chief Bill Lansdowne helped qualify for the November ballot to make most drug possession and property crimes misdemeanors. In an e-mail to Gascón, Merced County District Attorney Larry Morse complained that "to the best of my knowledge, none of our elected colleagues were consulted by you regarding its merits, its drafting or the anticipated consequences which certainly will reverberate in every one of our counties if it passes." Morse characterized the initiative, Proposition 47, as essentially a unilateral gambit by one D.A. representing one county of less than 1 million people purporting to tell those of us who represent the remaining 37 million Californians what is best for public safety. ... [...] he noted that the district attorneys association also opposed last year's Proposition 36, which removed nonserious, nonviolent offenses from "three strikes and you're out" sentencing rules.
Author: Phillip Matier And Andrew Ross
Posted: July 28, 2014, 12:41 am
The warm weather and the availability of a clothes check-in station added to the Lady or, in most cases, "Lord" Godiva-like atmosphere, but without the horse and the added elements of spanking booths and the occasional man on a leash eager to sniff one's privates. The organizers and several participants pointed to San Francisco's ban on public nudity with the exception of permitted events as a draw for festivals like Up Your Alley. Moshoyannis said the organizations' seven annual events, which include Up Your Alley and the 30-year-old Folsom Street Fair, which draws about 400,000 people, raise more than $360,000 for various charities such as Project Open Hand, the AIDS Emergency Fund and Hospitality House.
Author: Victoria Colliver
Posted: July 28, 2014, 12:37 am
Temperatures cooled from Saturday with highs expected to be in the upper 60s to 70s in San Francisco and into the 90s in parts of the East Bay. The pattern of cloudy skies and patchy fog will also continue. Victoria Colliver is a San Francisco Chronicle staff writer.
Author: Victoria Colliver
Posted: July 27, 2014, 7:34 pm
While most of the other 5,500 runners alongside him had slept in comfortable beds the night before, the 54-year-old Goodman had spent his usual night in a tent under Highway 101. Goodman's dream was to be officially logged in to the city's premier racing event to see what he could do, and with the help of friends and readers moved by a Chronicle story to get him new shoes and pay the entry fee of $120, he'd made it to the starting line. Cleaned up his lifeIt was quite a journey for a man who wasted his youth on drugs and trouble that included a prison stretch for burglary, and came out the other end five years ago clean and sober. Goodman's eyes popped open and his face broke into the easy grin that has charmed everyone from donors to the ESPN crew that trailed him Sunday to film a documentary. The shout to take off came, and Goodman's face snapped into seriousness. "Ronnie is a beautiful human being, genuinely," Eric Cohen, who bought one of Goodman's paintings to use as a label for his Solidarity Wines, said as he watched the ESPN crew interviewing the sweaty runner a few feet past the finish line. Donated a paintingGoodman, whose art often depicts inspiring street scenes and jazz, offered up a painting before the run to be raffled off to benefit Hospitality House, the homeless resource center that helped him perfect his craft. The raffle was won Saturday by a man in West Virginia who makes running shoes for the disadvantaged.
Author: Kevin Fagan
Posted: July 27, 2014, 7:30 pm
Hordes of hard-core runners - many overcome with exhaustion - poured through the finish line Sunday of the annual San Francisco Marathon, which drew thousands from around the world to the Bay Area. With sweat pouring from his face, Brautigam turned to congratulate the second-place finisher, 29-year-old Yosuke Maeda, who finished 26 seconds later. Dozens of volunteers were at the finish line ready to greet the 26,000 runners who took part in the 37th annual race. Other volunteers put down cat litter on spots where weakened runners had vomited from fatigue. In order to minimize impacts on traffic, the marathon started at 5:30 a.m. Runners took off from the Ferry Building and headed toward the Golden Gate Bridge along the Embarcadero. The race, which seemed to use every bit of the city's roughly seven-mile width, had many streets shut down early in the morning and transportation lines rerouted to make way for the sea of runners.
Author: Evan Sernoffsky
Posted: July 27, 2014, 12:44 pm
A boring stormWe even had a thunderstorm last week, but it was a sad affair, a low-level rumbling, half-hearted flashes of lightning, as if Nature was bored. Hipsters were dancing in the middle of Valencia Street that historic election night. The president came to town last week, stayed right around the corner from The Chronicle office. A warm-weather surprise, like a sudden smile from a beautiful woman you pass on the street. Even the sea lions bailed out of Pier 39 in July, replaced by thousands of tourists. Get outta town It's time to leave the town to them - the tourists, not the sea lions. Let them try to drive big rental cars down the crooked street. Let them forget to feed the parking meter and get towed away. Let them stand in line for the cable cars and be pestered by the beggars and the street-corner evangelists. The weather will be glorious, the sea lions will be back, and the tourists will have gone.
Author: Carl Nolte
Posted: July 27, 2014, 12:01 pm
A kayaker on the Russian River drowned Saturday afternoon after his craft overturned, authorities said. The kayak capsized at 4:01 p.m., with two people falling into the water, according to a Sonoma County Sheriff's Office official.
Author: Peter Hartlaub
Posted: July 27, 2014, 2:58 am
In all seriousness, Tuesday's surprisingly close vote of 6-4 in favor of placing a soda tax on the November ballot does not bode particularly well for supporters of the measure. Soda tax supporters have long predicted that the deep-pocketed American Beverage Association will target minority voters, particularly in low-income neighborhoods, to defeat the tax on the basis that it's regressive and will unfairly hit people's pocketbooks at a time when the city is already becoming increasingly unaffordable. The American Beverage Association hasn't yet filed campaign finance reports showing how much it has spent and on what. [...] it has already formed an organization called the Coalition for an Affordable City which has recruited people to don bright red T-shirts and flood supervisors' meetings, farmers' markets and neighborhood festivals to voice their opposition to the soda tax. The coalition sponsored a booth at the Juneteenth Festival in the Western Addition; the festival is celebrated by African Americans to commemorate their ancestors' emancipation from slavery. The division was on display at Tuesday's meeting when Yee, a former president of the school board and longtime advocate for early childhood education, surprised some of his colleagues by voting against the soda tax. Maureen Erwin, the campaign manager working to pass the soda tax, said her team will be talking about economics too: that a tax will result in fewer people drinking unhealthy sodas, and less public and private money spent to treat obesity, diabetes and other chronic health problems.
Author: Heather Knight
Posted: July 26, 2014, 11:12 pm
The revelation in the Matier and Ross column that the FBI sting operation made $20,ooo in phony contributions to Ed Lee's 2011 mayoral campaign hit close to home. The aide, Karen Sonoda, had no idea the guy was an FBI agent - he was posing as an economic development man. When the operation was revealed a few months later and a couple of legislative staffers were convicted, she saw the undercover agent's fake name in the news coverage. "First off, you are not resigning," I said. [...] you are going to amend the filing report, and where it lists the source of the funds, I want you to write 'FBI' in big, bold letters. President Obama, the next time you drop in to the Bay Area to pick up a stack of checks, you could at least stop by and say "hello." Maybe talk at a school, have dinner at a local restaurant, take in a ballgame or a round of golf. The story line is about a married couple who make a sex tape to spice up their fading relationship. Since they make more than $75,000, they don't qualify for "affordable housing."
Author: Willie Brown
Posted: July 26, 2014, 11:12 pm

The exterior of a private school's arts wing is engulfed by 105 species of California natives attached to an irrigated layer of felt, selected with an eye to foliage and flowers that might attract butterflies and bees. Building by Roma Design Group, vertical garden by Patrick Blanc | Size: 40 feet high, 50 feet wide | Date built: 2011

Author: John King
Posted: July 26, 2014, 10:23 pm
Planned Parenthood executives say San Francisco police and the city attorney aren't doing enough to protect patients and staff from "harassment and intimidation" at the organization's health center on Valencia Street. The protesters now ignore San Francisco's 25-foot buffer zone as they pass out literature, and film staffers and patients entering the building, clinic reps complain. In response, Herrera said his office shares "some of the understandable bitterness and disappointment" over the Supreme Court ruling and is working with legal experts elsewhere to figure out how to respond. BART directors kicked off the election season with a "reform" vote to set new rules on the free lifetime passes that they, their spouses and dependents get when they leave office. State Democratic Party Chairman John Burton shot off a news release Friday, venting his outrage at the "three individuals" on the State Lands Commission who are suing to overturn San Francisco's recently passed Proposition B, which requires any high-rise proposed for the waterfront to go before voters. Former San Francisco Supervisor and political commentator Michael Yaki says our revelations that the FBI apparently targeted Mayor Ed Lee in its big corruption probe makes it harder than ever to ignore the fact that all eight politicians whom the feds either indicted or tried to entice into wrongdoing are minorities - six African Americans and two Asian Americans.
Author: Phillip Matier And Andrew Ross
Posted: July 26, 2014, 10:23 pm
Police say a man died on Interstate 680 in San Jose late Friday, apparently after wandering into oncoming traffic. The 74-year-old was in the No. 4 lane on I-680 near Capitol Expressway when he was struck at 11:05 p.m. by a Chevy Malibu, said California Highway Patrol Officer Ross Lee.
Author: Peter Hartlaub
Posted: July 26, 2014, 8:47 pm

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