Thousand and thousands of Giants fans shrugged off Friday’s wet weather in order to party once again, crowding Market Street and Civic Center Plaza for a World Series victory parade that was raucous with loud and colorful celebration.
The true, the faithful and the die-hard arrived before dawn to claim prime spots along the route, braving a rainy and cold Halloween day.
The early crowds actually cheered the first rain showers, clearly not planning to let a little wetness ruin their parade, although their enthusiasm waned just a bit as water puddled in the street and soaked their Giants gear.
The players and their friends and family waved from atop double-decker buses or open-backed trucks, a new tactic for this year’s parade to make them more visible to the crowds.
Madison Bumgarner, who had a truck to himself, waved his Series MVP trophy over his head and was clearly the crowd favorite.
Riding among the players in convertibles and other vehicles were team officials, politicians, former players and a clutch of Bay Area celebrities, including Journey frontman and Giants super-fan Steve Perry and members of Metallica.
Orange and black ruled all along the parade route, although a few fans picked Halloween over the Giants and donned costumes instead.
At Powell and Market streets, where the crowds were among the thickest, opportunistic vendors sold T-shirts and buttons, plus some less traditional souvenirs like cigarette lighters and candied apples made to look like baseballs.
On Friday, she sat on a portable chair reading The Chronicle while wearing a Tim Lincecum jersey and earrings made of Jose Cuervo bottle caps, featuring pictures of Angel Pagan and Buster Posey.
The sisters have been Giants fans since they were preschoolers in Union City, when their father would bring home Willie Mays pins and other souvenirs from games.
Bay Area transit agencies added more trains, ferries and buses to help move the crowds, but fans were preparing for a difficult ride home.
Posted: October 31, 2014, 8:30 pm
“Someone in our office found a Chronicle article from 1986 about a Mother Jones party,” said Liz Gettelman, Mother Jones’ public affairs director.
Guests mingled over designer canapes and signature cocktails while the magazine’s chief executive officer explained how she got her job.
“I saw it on Craigslist,” revealed Madeleine Buckingham, who “had an epiphany,” quit her job at a startup, and was hired as chief operating officer of Mother Jones while seven months pregnant.
Guests shelled out a minimum of $250 to attend the dinner, which featured a goat cheese salad, poached halibut and a discussion on journalism with Media Matters for America founder David Brock and “Daily Show” co-creator Lizz Winstead, moderated by MoJo Editor Monika Bauerlein.
Brock, whose gray pompadour is an admirable work of art, is a former right-wing author who wrote a book on how Anita Hill might have been lying when she accused future Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas of sexual harassment.
The haul was also helped by the first auction item; a breakfast with MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow and Mother Jones Washington, D.C., Bureau Chief David Corn, which scored an impressive $23,000.
With her hand on her heart and referring to attendees as “family,” Buell asked her dinner companions to dig deep when donating, confessed to having had a couple of Tequila cocktails, and gushed to the crowd, “It’s so much fun to be in a room full of old lefties!”
Posted: October 31, 2014, 8:21 pm
An explosion ripped through a Walnut Creek apartment building Friday morning, critically burning two people and forcing the evacuation of 50.
At noon, firefighters were still dousing hot spots and said the wreckage might contain a third victim, but the building was not yet safe for rescuers to enter.
Pacific Gas and Electric Co. crews were on site, but said they had not received reports of gas leaks, said Capt. Kent Kirby of the Contra Costa County Fire Protection District.
A dozen or so people milled in the church meeting room, and a few dozen others waited on the sidewalk to survey the damage.
Posted: October 31, 2014, 8:05 pm
Giants fans heeded warnings and took public transportation Friday morning to take part in the Giants World Series parade and celebration in downtown San Francisco.
[...] the surge in riders and, in the case of BART, an equipment problem, didn’t exactly make for smooth, comfortable rides, with ferries and trains packed to the gills — even though transit agencies had added extra service.
BART parking lots throughout the system filled up early in the morning, and ridership figures were trending similar to the Giants parades in 2010 and 2012, which set records for the system.
[...] plan, all trains will make all stops; no Baby Bullet or limited-stop trains will run.
People taking transit in and out of San Francisco were advised to buy round-trip tickets in advance or to use Clipper cards to pay their fares.
Posted: October 31, 2014, 8:01 pm
Mired in a historic drought all year, Giants fans took to the streets of San Francisco Friday for the team’s World Series parade only to be met by rain showers.
Fans came armed with umbrellas, rain jackets and ponchos and were in a sunny mood that couldn’t be dampened anyway.
Chris Maldonado, a 40-year-old Stockton resident, woke up at 3 a.m. Friday and drove with four relatives and friends into San Francisco to stake out a spot along the parade route.
Howard “Crazy Legs” Lowe, 74, who has sold kettle corn and other food at Giants games for the past 12 seasons, said, I’d be standing here in thunder and lightning.
Posted: October 31, 2014, 7:52 pm
In San Francisco, firefighters in engines and trucks — not ambulances — generally respond first to 911 calls for medical emergencies, providing care until an ambulance arrives.
Since ambulances shuttle patients back and forth from the scene of emergencies to the city’s medical centers, trucks and engines, based at fire stations that blanket San Francisco, are often closer to the scene of an emergency.
[...] the ambulances aren’t always on time, and the crews aboard the fire vehicles are often left to provide medical help, especially in neighborhoods along the city’s southern rim, until one arrives.\
In a six-hour span last Wednesday morning, Baxter and his colleagues, firefighters Rick Stevens and Lt. Ken Linney, responded to 13 calls: seven medical emergencies that appeared to be drug- or alcohol-related, two medical emergencies at residential hotels, one workplace injury, two arson calls and one false alarm.
[...] Fire Chief Joanne Hayes-White has been meeting with representatives from other city departments in an emergency medical services (EMS) working group.
The group also suggested stationing a nurse at Episcopal Community Services’ Next Door Shelter on Polk Street, which generated 740 emergency calls in 2013, to determine whether an incident warrants a 911 call.
According to the EMS working group’s report to the mayor, it’s also considered reinstating something like the HOME Team, a homeless outreach program that began in 2004 as a partnership among the Fire Department, the S.F. Department of Public Health and the S.F. Human Services Agency.
The five-year pilot program, which ended in 2009, sent Tangherlini — also a paramedic — and a rotation of social workers, nurse practitioners and homeless outreach workers around the city in a van, steering frequent callers to social services.
According to a 2005 story in The Chronicle, eight of the city’s 10 most frequent EMS users stopped using ambulances for at least six months within the first year of the program.
Posted: October 31, 2014, 7:19 pm
School officials pleaded with students — and parents — not to play hooky Friday for the Giants World Series parade.
Families phoned schools with a variety of excuses, from illness to family emergency to religious faith (Halloween), so that their children wouldn’t miss the team’s third celebration in five years.
Patricia Martinez had to get a bit creative to account for her son Nicholas’ absence in San Jose.
Since the school was having a Halloween party, administrators there said parents who didn’t approve could keep their kids at home.
Posted: October 31, 2014, 6:29 pm
Castro gets a makeover, Oct. 30, Bay Area, D1
A story about the Castro Street improvement project incorrectly reported the details of the change to traffic lanes. The existing single lane of traffic in each direction was narrowed.
Posted: October 31, 2014, 5:07 pm
City College of San Francisco has received clear warnings since 2006 about its financial instability and other problems that threatened its accreditation, witnesses said Thursday under questioning from attorneys for the commission trying to revoke the school’s accreditation.
The college wasn’t properly assessing the academic or vocational benefit of its courses to the students who took them, as required for accreditation.
Each letter was introduced as evidence to support the commission’s contention that it did its job properly and that it had no choice but to revoke accreditation from City College — a 2013 decision that is on hold pending the outcome of the trial.
The city’s lawyers say the warning letters never said the college was “required” to take specific actions, but that they were “recommendations.”
Karnow asked: One letter says the team recommends that the college develop a financial strategy to match expenditures with revenue.
Deputy City Attorney Ronald Flynn then told Beno that the commission’s language was so “polite” that it never specified whether problems failed to meet accrediting standards or simply needed improvement.
Flynn reminded Beno that in 2013 the Education Department warned the commission that it was out of compliance with federal regulations when it used the ambiguous term “recommendation” when telling colleges to fix not only minor issues but major ones that threatened their accreditation.
Under pressure from the U.S. Department of Education last spring, the commission came up with that term, which refers to a possible two-year extension for City College to comply with accreditation standards.
Posted: October 31, 2014, 5:09 am
National Nurses United representatives say they have been unsuccessfully pressing Kaiser to implement a set of stricter Ebola-related controls, including “optimal personal protective equipment” such as full-body hazardous materials suits that leave no skin exposed or unprotected.
“Our infectious disease experts have fully reviewed the new CDC recommendations, and Kaiser Permanente is augmenting our personal protective equipment to meet or exceed these national standards,” Dr. Stephen Parodi, an infectious disease specialist and director of Kaiser’s hospital operations in Northern California, told the San Francisco Business Times.
Posted: October 31, 2014, 12:44 am
[...] incidents are commonplace despite San Francisco’s official policies of providing interpretive services for limited-English speakers and investigating suspected abusers before leaving children in their custody, said Ana De Carolis of the advocacy group Mujeres Unidas y Activas, which is working on Mejia’s case.
The complaint, a precursor to a possible lawsuit, seeks compensation for the $3,500 Mejia paid to a bail bondsman to get out of jail early the next morning, more than $900 in lost wages, $700 for food and clothing she had to buy because of a restraining order that kept her out of the apartment for a week, plus additional costs and pain and suffering.
Asked for comment, the Police Department did not mention Mejia’s complaint, but instead listed the multiple services and training programs it provides for officers who contact limited English-speakers.
According to the complaint, filed by attorney Angela Chan of Advancing Justice-Asian Law Caucus, Mejia, who had been with her abusive partner for about 10 years, told him to move out late last year, but he refused, and they started sleeping in separate bedrooms.
Posted: October 31, 2014, 12:26 am
Safety and systems tests have been completed and await certification by the California Public Utilities Commission, and the contractor is in the midst of a 30-day reliability test to make sure the driverless, cable-powered trains can operate as scheduled for the 20-plus hours a day the BART system operates.
The days surrounding Thanksgiving are typically the busiest travel period of the year, and BART is eager to start operating in time to capture the holiday crowds.
Riders can expect an 8½-minute ride on three-car trains that display the familiar logo and colors but don’t look much like a typical silver BART train.
Travelers heading to the airport on BART will get off their train at the Coliseum Station, walk to the south end of the platform and use escalators, stairs or elevators to get to a short ramp that leads to a bank of fare gates and a glass-walled waiting area.
The trains will automatically switch to a different cable that will pull them along a track that goes under Doolittle Drive, along the Metropolitan Golf Links then above the airport parking lots to an elevated station outside Terminal 1.
Posted: October 31, 2014, 12:26 am
Follow these Chronicle writers for the latest news and photos from the Giants’ 2014 World Series championship parade down Market Street in San Francisco:
Sam Whiting: @SamWhitingSF
Kale Williams: @sfkale
Kurtis Alexander: @kurtisalexander
Jill Tucker: @jilltucker
Hamed Aleaziz: @haleaziz
Demian Bulwa: @demianbulwa
Erin Allday: @erinallday
Peter Fimrite: @pfimrite
Jaxon Van Derbeken: @jvanderbeken
C.W. Nevius: @cwnevius
A full list of parade reporters is here: http://sfg.ly/SFGiantsParade.
Posted: October 30, 2014, 11:31 pm
School board member Rachel Norton took to Facebook to urge parents to send their kids to school: SFUSD is in session tomorrow.
On Thursday, district officials put out a phone message through the auto-dial system to student homes to encourage them to be at school and posted a note on the parent online messaging site saying the same.
With the election days away, a group of soda tax and David Chiu supporters staged a news conference Thursday, slamming the Harvey Milk Club for taking money from the soda industry — and tying the club and soda industry to David Campos, Chiu’s opponent in a race for the state Assembly.
The Harvey Milk LGBT Democratic Club, generally regarded as to the left of the city's other prominent LGBT group, the Alice B. Toklas Democratic Club, supports Campos and opposes the 2-penny per ounce tax on sugar-sweetened beverages that Pepsi, Coke and other big brands have put more than $9 million into defeating.
[...] while Campos hasn't received any direct donations from the soda industry, critics charge that he might as well have, considering the tens of thousands of dollars big soda has given to the Milk Club and other groups, which have sent out slate mailers that included their support of Campos and opposition to the soda tax.
Posted: October 30, 2014, 10:51 pm
Pacific Gas and Electric Co. is cutting pressure on four gas transmission pipelines in the Bay Area after discovering the company used pipe or components that did not comply with federal rules for populated areas, utility officials have told state regulators.
PG&E told safety officials with the California Public Utilities Commission this month that the company had used lower-grade pipe and parts allowable in rural areas — where fewer people are at risk should a pipeline fail — on eight lines around the state that run through urban areas.
Federal investigators found that record-keeping problems were a major contributing factor in PG&E’s worst-ever gas pipeline failure, the 2010 explosion in San Bruno that killed eight people and destroyed 38 homes.
PG&E said it finished that review in July 2013, said Richard Kuprewicz, a pipeline integrity expert in Washington state who has advised a PG&E consumer watchdog group, The Utility Reform Network.
Posted: October 30, 2014, 10:49 pm