While the vibe in the park was for the most part mellow, city and park officials were keeping a wary eye on the event.
Last year, the crowds left 10,000 pounds of garbage in their wake and created at-a-standstill traffic jams as the celebrants flooded to the Haight Ashbury neighborhood.
City officials said they would be cracking down on several violations, including structures or canopies, amplified sound, alcoholic beverages, tree climbing, fires and peddling or vending without a permit.
Yet Hippie Hill and Sharon Meadow below it were covered in canopies, with speakers blaring music, bottles and cans of beer everywhere, an occasional tree climber, several barbecues and dozens if not hundreds of people selling a range of regular and "medicinal" items.
Among those not happy: people who needed a potty break in the midst of the pot smoking.
Because it was a non-sanctioned event, there weren't any portable bathrooms on hand, just a few stalls in permanent park bathrooms and a plethora of trees and bushes to accommodate the maybe 10,000 or so revelers.
[...] in San Francisco officials were more focused Sunday on keeping the temporary cardboard trash cans from overflowing and traffic moving around neighboring streets.
Along the pathway at the bottom of Hippie Hill, where revelers were shoulder to shoulder, vendors Alicia, 30, and Patrick, 34, no last names given, held up sizable $5 peanut butter, chocolate-chip cookies, each containing an estimated half-gram of marijuana.
Posted: April 20, 2014, 11:21 pm
Easter brunch was disrupted in Santa Rosa when an automobile hit a wooden power pole, breaking it and cutting electricity for more than 5,000 customers of PG&E.
The crash brought three lines down and caused an outage for 5,845 customers, according to PG&E spokesman J.D. Guidi.
Posted: April 20, 2014, 10:14 pm
Two officers were injured by the getaway vehicle of a fleeing suspect Sunday in San Francisco's Castro district, police said.
Preliminary information suggests the man jumped into a white sedan at 18th and Castro streets and sped away, dragging one officer and injuring the other, police said.
Posted: April 20, 2014, 9:23 pm
Police in San Jose continued to search Sunday for the driver of a silver sedan that smashed into a California Highway Patrol cruiser Friday night in the first of two incidents that injured Bay Area officers over the weekend.
Around 10:40 p.m., two CHP officers pulled over a vehicle on Highway 101 north of the Alum Rock Avenue exit and were outside of the patrol car giving the driver a ticket.
The man allegedly behind the wheel, 48-year-old Kenneth Perry of San Francisco, was arrested and faces charges, including possession of a stolen vehicle and aggravated assault.
Posted: April 20, 2014, 7:32 pm
The search for a man missing in San Francisco since February 2013 has been re-energized this weekend after a possible sighting of the 21-year-old last week, a search organizer said Sunday. Crishtian Hughes, 21, was last seen on Feb. 7, 2013, on the 900 block of Capitol Avenue in San Francisco.
Posted: April 20, 2014, 6:44 pm
A high surf advisory was issued along the Northern California coast as people ventured out to enjoy a sunny Easter Sunday around the Bay Area.
Officials repeatedly stressed the dangers of going near the water at Ocean Beach, which is marked by signs warning beach-goers of dangers of drowning.
Officials urged beach-goers to never turn their backs to the waves and to avoid climbing on rocks along the water.
Posted: April 20, 2014, 6:17 pm
There were people sitting all over the terrace, on cushions and benches, basking like cats in the spring sunshine in the heart of the city. There were hard-hat workers on the terraces eating their lunch; there were young women from the offices, chatting away. There was a man taking a nap, his suit coat folded under his head, like a pillow. The California Street cable cars went by, red cars with blue trim, not packed with tourists like the Powell Street cables, dignified as elderly bankers. Down one end of California Street is the Southern Pacific Building, nearly 100 years old and once headquarters of the largest railroad in the West. On Market Street, just a block or so away, the stolid, old-line Matson and PG&E buildings. Careful planning has produced open spaces, like breathing rooms in the city. Manhattanization? "I would say it's a good thing," Rubin said. [...] he said, the younger people like tall buildings.
Posted: April 20, 2014, 2:03 am
All will be dismantled once the new Transbay Transit Center opens in 2017. [...] savor pop-up urbanism at its best.
Posted: April 19, 2014, 10:43 pm
When all is said and done, his alleged crimes come down to taking campaign contributions in return for issuing proclamations, using campaign funds to set up a meeting and taking campaign funds for writing a letter.
Never did he sell his vote, steal public money or actually put money in his own pocket, as far as I can tell.
The 137-page indictment says nothing about Yee being involved with the drug and murder-for-hire charges leveled at some of the others.
When all is said and done, Yee appears to be a petty thief - the guy that walks past the fruit stand and, when you're not looking, takes an apple and keeps walking.
U.S. Rep. Mike Honda not living in his South Bay district could prove to be a problem for the senior Democrat, according to the best campaign consultants.
[...] it does have some great acting - Nathan Stewart-Jarrett as a diminutive black crime boss and Richard Grant, who plays a great straight man to Law's over-the-top performance.
Speaking of York and the 49ers, what a tactical error on the team's part to try to snatch the Paul McCartney show away from Candlestick Park.
At the commemorative earthquake luncheon at John's Grill on Thursday, they had on display the 108-year-old dress and jacket that was to be worn to the opera on the night of the '06 quake.
When we left the restaurant, Ellis Street had been blocked off by the George Washington High School marching band.
Posted: April 19, 2014, 10:43 pm
According to eyewitness and other accounts, school board executive assistant Esther Casco was seated at the reception desk inside the former board offices at 135 Van Ness Ave. on a Friday afternoon when an Asian man in his early 20s ran past her and dropped a large cardboard box onto an office table - then ran back out. Just ask Internet mogul Gurbaksh Chahal - once billed as America's most eligible bachelor - who was charged last year in a high-profile San Francisco domestic violence case where he stood accused of beating up his girlfriend in his penthouse apartment. The whole incident was caught on the apartment's security cameras - handing District Attorney George Gascón, the town's leading crusader on domestic violence, what appeared to be an airtight case. First up, the girlfriend refused to cooperate with the investigation or testify, having hired famed criminal attorney and CNN commentator Mark Geragos to represent her. [...] perhaps the biggest blow came when Judge Brendan Conroy ruled that surveillance video from Chahal's bedroom - which reportedly captured the 1 1/2-hour attack - had been seized unlawfully by police. On Wednesday, Chahal pleaded guilty to a pair of misdemeanor battery charges that will spare him any jail time. D.A. spokesman Alex Bastian tried to put the best face on the outcome, saying "the defendant acknowledges guilt, is placed on domestic violence probation and has to take domestic violence classes."
Posted: April 19, 2014, 10:43 pm
In January, this column suggested a New Year's resolution that everybody who traverses San Francisco's streets - drivers, bicyclists and pedestrians alike - be more considerate and pay more attention.
The policy aims to eliminate all traffic deaths in 10 years by beefing up traffic enforcement, improving infrastructure like adding traffic lights and educating the public.
Jikaiah Stevens, a self-employed hairstylist, was walking in a crosswalk in lower Nob Hill on her way to work Sept. 26 when she was struck by a driver who ran a red light.
To Stevens' knowledge, nothing happened to the driver - and she never apologized or took the blame.
Porsandeh, a 27-year-old researcher at UC Berkeley, was at S.F. General for a month with a brain injury, broken leg, shattered pelvis, broken shoulder and vertebrae, several sprains, nerve damage and internal bleeding.
Understandably, Porsandeh bristles when she sees a driver or pedestrian not paying attention or checking their cell phone.
The Police Department has stepped up citations and enforcement of traffic violations and is helping to put together a regional traffic safety event at the May 12 Giants game to educate fans about better behavior on the roads.
[...] as a 3-year-old boy lies in a hospital bed and two young women struggle to put their bodies and lives back together, maybe we can all commit to slowing down, paying attention and being a little kinder on the roads.
Heather Knight is a San Francisco Chronicle staff writer and covers City Hall politics.
Posted: April 19, 2014, 10:43 pm
Dubbed the Eggstravaganza by the Recreation and Park Department, which hosted the fifth annual event, families from all over San Francisco lined up just before the gates opened at 11 a.m.
What welcomed them once they did get inside was no shortage of family-friendly activities, including carnival rides, miniature ponies, the San Francisco Public Library's bookmobile, a giant slide, bounce houses and, of course, the main attraction, egg hunts.
Organizers try to switch up the attractions a little every year, giving children and parents something different to look forward to, said Lorraine Banford, assistant superintendent with the department.
Barbecue rib cook-offFor the adults in the crowd, there was the annual barbecue rib cook-off on the western edge of the meadow, which pitted the police, fire and park departments against each other in a quest for smoky, sauce-covered glory.
Posted: April 19, 2014, 8:56 pm
A San Francisco police officer was injured Saturday morning when a brief car chase of two armed robbery suspects ended in a collision, a police spokeswoman said.
The two suspects were arrested, and the officer was hospitalized with injuries described as non life-threatening, police Sgt. Danielle Newman said.
Posted: April 19, 2014, 4:44 pm
A police officer is in the hospital after being injured in a crash in San Francisco's Richmond district Saturday morning involving a car driven by armed robbery suspects, a police spokeswoman said. Officers responded around 6:45 a.m. to a report of a robbery in the 3400 block of Balboa Street in which a suspect apparently fired a gunshot, San Francisco police Officer Danielle Newman said. An officer in a patrol car spotted the suspects' car at the intersection of Cabrillo Street and 28th Avenue about 10 minutes later and gave chase.
Posted: April 19, 2014, 2:44 pm
Friday, April 18, draw
Mega MillionsJackpot: $38 million
18253845639MEGATuesday, April 22, jackpot: TBA
Friday, April 18, draws
Fantasy 568101518Daily 42618Daily 3 (midday)949Daily 3 (evening)631Daily Derby race time 1:48.31
First05California ClassicSecond07EurekaThird03Hot ShotWednesday, April 16, draw, payouts
PowerballJackpot: $110 million
34394244598PballPrize categoryNumber of winnersPrize amount per winner5 of 5 with Pball0$110,000,0005 of 50$339,3974 of 5 with Pball3$8,9844 of 581$1133 of 5 with Pball112$1273 of 54,232$82 of 5 with Pball2,357$71 of 5 with Pball15,857$3Matched Pball35,728$3
Sat., April 19, jackpot: $128 million
Wednesday, April 16, draw
Super LottoJackpot: $49 million
111623383920MEGASaturday, April 19, jackpot: $51 million
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Posted: April 19, 2014, 5:33 am