A woman has filed a lawsuit against San Francisco socialites Trevor and Alexis Traina, saying she was seriously injured in a "violent fall" when she was forced to go outside their Pacific Heights home in the rain to take out the trash.
The lawsuit seeks unspecified damages and alleges negligence, premises liability and loss of consortium.
Posted: September 3, 2014, 1:35 am
Details: A leaping Gueco, top, wears an American Apparel 50/50 white T-shirt (“I've worn white T’s my entire life, and I think you can still get away with it as an adult as long as you layer appropriately”) with a Henrik Vibskov vest, Belstaff leather jacket, Lifetime Collective pants and Y-3 sneakers.
In addition to the Giles & Brothers safety-pin bracelet around his wrist, he sports a Tacori wedding ring, his favorite accessory, nicknamed “Taco” after both its shape and his favorite food.
Posted: September 3, 2014, 12:46 am
Rye Kelley, a central figure in the development of downtown Palo Alto and its surrounding residential towns, died Saturday at age 88.
An energetic and engaged man who wrote seven plays, published three books of poetry, and helped run one of the great political campaigns in Peninsula history, Mr. Kelley succumbed to cancer at his home in Woodside.
Working with his older brother Bill, and father, Red, Mr. Kelley built the first office high-rise in Palo Alto among several low-rise buildings in the downtown core, as the city rose up in the 1950s through the 1980s.
Posted: September 3, 2014, 12:35 am
Behind a 150-foot construction barricade at the vacant Hollywood Billiards on Market Street is one of the most ambitious food marketplaces the city has seen: seven new culinary venues under one roof, including an Anchor Steam bar, a fish market, a wine shop, and restaurants offering Moroccan-Peruvian fusion, Vietnamese pho, barbecue, cold-brewed coffee and pastries.
The "super pop-up" project at 1028 Market, dubbed the Hall, is developer Tidewater Capital's effort to solve a problem vexing city officials trying to redevelop blocks of boarded-up buildings along Market Street between Fifth and 10th streets.
Nowhere is this more obvious than the north side of the 1000 block of Market Street, in the vicinity of Golden Gate Avenue and Jones and McAllister streets.
Next door, Shorenstein Properties is hoping to win approvals to build 301 apartments at 1066 Market St., a site that includes a sliver of Market Street but spreads back onto a large surface parking lot along Golden Gate and Jones.
The ground-floor space, which used to house a strip club, was in such bad shape that Tidewater had to rebuild portions of the facade and put in new ceilings, walls, windows and concrete floors.
Shorenstein Properties is also working on a plan to make better use of its 1066 Market St. property, said Meg Spriggs, managing director of the company's apartment development arm.
The lower floors of the flatiron building lease space to Showdogs, a gourmet sausage and beer joint, and Machine, a coffee kiosk.
Posted: September 3, 2014, 12:33 am
Reflecting the timeworn tactic of aggrieved parents of little children everywhere, some San Francisco Democrats are calling on BART board Director James Fang to say he's sorry. And to never, ever, do it again.
What's the behavior in question? No, not throwing his food or hitting his little sister.
Fang - the only elected Republican in all of San Francisco - got a somewhat surprising boost by the Democratic County Central Committee last month when it voted "no endorsement" in his race to keep his seat and fend off his challenger, Democrat Nick Josefowitz. The committee isn't allowed to endorse Republicans, but unions lobbied heavily for the "no endorsement" to thank Fang for supporting striking BART workers last year.
Posted: September 2, 2014, 11:37 pm
San Ramon's been booming for years. Now it's bracing for a possible influx of more than 100,000 bodies.
Dead ones, that is.
Contra Costa County's planning commission is expected to decide this fall on a developer's plan to build a 220-acre cemetery in a rugged, agricultural patch of Tassajara Valley. The developer says the cemetery is badly needed to accommodate the ever-increasing Tri-Valley population, while opponents say it's a water-hogging development in one of the driest parts of the Bay Area and is culturally insensitive, to boot.
Posted: September 2, 2014, 11:36 pm
With damage from the powerful Napa earthquake reaching into the hundreds of millions, Gov. Jerry Brown urged President Obama on Tuesday to approve federal financial assistance.
The cost of the destruction left by the earthquake is still being tallied, with Napa officials estimating $300 million in damage to homes and businesses in that city alone.
Four emergency shelters were opened in Napa and Solano counties following the earthquake, two of which remain open and are housing 53 people, Brown said.
Posted: September 2, 2014, 11:14 pm
Shortly after 10 a.m., lifeguards received a report of a woman face down in the water about 45 yards offshore, said Dan Perry, a California State Parks supervising lifeguard.
Perry said a state parks ranger responded to help with life-saving efforts, followed by medics.
Posted: September 2, 2014, 7:07 pm
Posted: September 2, 2014, 6:40 pm
(09-02) 09:52 PDT INVERNESS -- Rescue teams resumed searching Tuesday for a swimmer who went missing at Point Reyes National Seashore on Monday afternoon, officials said.
At about 2 p.m. Monday, several swimmers successfully crossed the mouth of Drakes Estero while the tide was out. But on the return trip against the tide, one of the swimmers vanished, the National Park Service said.
An ensuing search effort was suspended after sunset, and resumed Tuesday with dive teams, jet skis and a helicopter.
Hamed Aleaziz is a San Francisco Chronicle staff writer. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Twitter: @haleaziz
Posted: September 2, 2014, 4:52 pm
A semi-truck crashed and rolled onto its side, blocking the southbound Highway 101 Millbrae Avenue off-ramp Tuesday morning, California Highway Patrol officials said.
At 9:47 a.m., the truck loaded with books toppled over, trapping the driver and sending the back doors of the rig flying open, said CHP Officer Art Montiel.
Posted: September 2, 2014, 4:34 pm
A 48-year-old man in a sport-utility vehicle was struck and killed by an Amtrak train in East Oakland, authorities said Tuesday.
The SUV was hit by the northbound Coast Starlight train near San Leandro and High streets about 10:05 p.m. Monday, Oakland police said.
Posted: September 2, 2014, 2:23 pm
A pilot killed in a small plane crash in a remote area near Novato briefly believed he had regained partial engine power before he plummeted to the ground, federal investigators said Tuesday.
Robert John Madge, 51, of Redwood City declared an emergency about 9:30 p.m. Aug. 18, two hours into his flight from Brookings, Ore., to San Carlos, reporting that he was unable to maintain altitude in his Beechcraft Bonanza because of engine problems, according to a preliminary report by the National Transportation Safety Board.
Air traffic controllers directed him to Marin County Airport, or Gnoss Field, about 14 miles to his east, authorities said.
Posted: September 2, 2014, 12:58 pm
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.
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.
Posted: September 1, 2014, 10:23 pm