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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An East Oakland maintenance technician is now a millionaire after purchasing a winning lottery ticket at a local grocery store, lottery officials said Tuesday. Anthony Smith won $1.3 million from a $2 Scratcher ticket he bought at Gazzali's Supermarket, a family-owned grocery at 70th and Bancroft avenues.
Author: Carolyn Jones, San Francisco Chronicle
Posted: July 23, 2014, 4:50 am
Tuesday, July 22, draw Mega MillionsJackpot: $58 million 141822314715MEGAFriday, July 25, jackpot: TBA Saturday, July 19, draw Super LottoJackpot: $22 million 71518263919MEGAWeds., July 23, jackpot: $23 million Tuesday, July 22, draws Fantasy 534152429Daily 45007Daily 3 (midday)981Daily 3 (evening)577Daily Derby race time: 1:47.81 First08Gorgeous GeorgeSecond02Lucky StarThird06Whirl WinSat., July 19, draw and payouts PowerballJackpot: $60 million 10172545539PBALLPrize categoryCalifornia winnersPrize amount per winner5 of 5 with Pball1$60,000,0005 of 50$6,259,7664 of 5 with Pball2$9,7194 of 568$973 of 5 with Pball97$1063 of 53,486$72 of 5 with Pball1,936$61 of 5 with Pball12,602$3Matched Pball24,734$3Weds., July 23, jackpot: $40 million For lottery updates:
Posted: July 23, 2014, 4:49 am
Marin County authorities are warning hikers to beware of a man claiming to be a park ranger who in the past month has kicked dogs, taken photos of women with a cell phone and given out false information about dog rules. Both incidents happened on a fire road in the Blithedale Summit Open Space Preserve between Mill Valley and Corte Madera. The man - described as white, "very fit" and in his 40s - identified himself as "Dave Stevenson" from "the department," but he is not employed by the district, officials said.
Author: Carolyn Jones, San Francisco Chronicle
Posted: July 23, 2014, 3:26 am
The water is flowing again at a Pleasanton apartment complex that's been without it since Friday, KCBS radio reported Tuesday evening. The Springhouse apartments, an upscale 354-unit complex near Oracle and other corporate campuses, lost water service last week when a water main broke beneath one of the buildings. Others carted buckets of water from the complex swimming pool to flush toilets.
Author: Carolyn Jones, San Francisco Chronicle
Posted: July 23, 2014, 2:51 am
The marketing executive, who lives in the tidy Vineyard Hills development, stopped watering part of his front yard this spring to reduce his water use amid citywide orders to cut back 25 percent because of the drought. [...] Santiago and other residents who belong to homeowner associations across California have one less thing to fear after Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation this week prohibiting associations from fining residents who cease watering during a drought. The prohibition on homeowner associations would continue after the governor's emergency sanctions are lifted, if and when a local or statewide drought declaration is in place.
Author: Kurtis Alexander
Posted: July 23, 2014, 12:11 am
When it comes to designing coveted collectible toys for sale at Comic-Con, the annual celebration of pop culture lifting off Thursday in San Diego, the sky's the limit for the designers at Mattel. Inside the colorful design center - a Hot Wheels-themed shuttle bus transports employees from Mattel's parking garage - the designers have spent the past year working on 10 toys created especially for the Comic-Con crowd, including a replica of the Batmobile from the upcoming game Batman: Like other toy makers struggling in this digital, video-centric age, the company is trying to remain relevant in the retail world. The car - imagine if a Chevrolet Corvette C5 and the villainous Sith lord's helmet had a baby - comes in a sleek black box and encased in a replica of Vader's light-saber, complete with a swooshing sound effect. The lineup from Mattel rival Hasbro this year includes a set of Marvel superhero figures that comes with a wearable foam Infinity Gauntlet, a box of Transformers figures depicting the robots as rock stars and a giant foam replica ax from Magic:
Author: Associated Press
Posted: July 23, 2014, 12:01 am
Medical marijuana advocates in San Jose failed in their petition drive to let voters decide whether the city's tough restrictions on pot clubs should be overturned. The San Jose city clerk's office announced Monday that supporters were more than 10,000 signatures short of the 33,262 registered voters required to put their measure on the November ballot, the San Jose Mercury News reported. The failed petition drive comes after the City Council approved new rules last month that took effect Friday.
Author: Associated Press
Posted: July 23, 2014, 12:01 am
Four people were injured, one seriously, in a shooting and double hit-and-run in San Francisco's Bayview neighborhood Tuesday afternoon, authorities said. An 80-year-old woman was wounded when a bullet flew through a window at her apartment near the intersection of Third Street and McKinnon Avenue about 4:15 p.m., said police spokeswoman Sgt. Danielle Newman. Police were responding to the area after a ShotSpotter alert when the calls came in reporting that a woman had been shot, Newman said.
Author: Vivian Ho, San Francisco Chronicle
Posted: July 22, 2014, 11:52 pm

The latest big-budget, action-disaster movie to hit the city is "San Andreas," named for California's infamous fault line and starring Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson as a helicopter pilot fighting to save his daughter. After capturing scenes at AT&T Park and Fisherman's Wharf, the filmmakers took over seven blocks in Russian Hill, filling the streets with fake victims and fake garbage. Stachon noted that the crew had handed out flyers to neighbors detailing the filming schedule and promising to make accommodations to neighbors, like allowing them to get in and out of the area with their cars and, if needed, reimbursing them for parking fees. Mark Busacca, a 56-year-old art gallery owner and neighborhood resident who watched the filming, said crew members had been accessible and willing to solve any problems.

Author: Hamed Aleaziz
Posted: July 22, 2014, 7:16 pm
Jose Luis Garcia of Hayward dashed after the ball into the lanes near the corner of Dixon Street and Copperfield Avenue and was hit by the minivan about 12:45 p.m. Saturday, authorities said. The driver, Joann Redwine, 64, of Hayward, stopped after the crash and cooperated with investigators, said police Sgt. Jason Corsolini.
Author: Henry K. Lee
Posted: July 22, 2014, 3:14 pm
A motorcyclist traveling at least 100 mph was killed when he slammed into a big rig early Tuesday on Highway 101 in Santa Clara, the California Highway Patrol said. The crash happened around 2:30 a.m. in the northbound lanes north of Great America Parkway when the motorcyclist tried but failed to maneuver his Honda around the Peterbilt truck, the CHP said.
Author: Evan Sernoffsky
Posted: July 22, 2014, 1:27 pm
The 10-story hotel at Third and Townsend would provide much-needed rooms at the crossroads of tech-dominated SoMa and the mixed-use neighborhood that has popped up around the ballpark over the past decade, said project architect Michael Stanton of Stanton Architecture. The sidewalk in front of the McDonald's and adjacent lot is a popular spot before Giants games for ticket scalpers and freelance souvenir vendors and attracts a sometimes raucous crowd after big wins. Average room rates jumped 13.4 percent over the past 12 months to $203.18, according to STR Global, a hotel industry research group. The problem is that hotel builders looking to buy development sites are competing against office and housing builders - and right now the city is in a housing affordability crisis. Next year SOMA Hotels, an affiliate of Stanford Hotels Group, will break ground on a 15-story, 250-room boutique hotel - just across Lefty O'Doul Bridge from AT&T Park. Two historic vacant Mid-Market buildings, the Renoir Hotel and the Grant Building, will reopen as hotels catering to the tech companies that now line central Market Street.
Author: J.K. Dineen
Posted: July 22, 2014, 11:00 am

"There is nothing more humiliating than falling in front of people," says the longtime Giants broadcaster. A strapping 6-5, 200-pound right-hander, he won 124 games, had a 20-win season in 1986 and pitched over 2,100 innings. Krukow, 62, has kept his condition a secret, but now he's ready to reveal that he's suffering from a degenerative muscle disease called inclusion-body myosotis. IBM causes progressive weakness in the muscles of the wrist and fingers, the front of the thigh, and the muscles that lift the front of the foot. When he got the diagnosis eight years ago, he says, the doctor gave him a medical version of good news/bad news. Difficult problem to faceHow does a person - especially an athlete, used to depending on a strong body - respond to such news? "Being the strong, muscular athlete he was, this was very difficult to face," says Jennifer Krukow, Mike's wife. The low point was in April when he stumbled coming off the team bus in Colorado and took a spill that was so serious he tore the rotator cuff in a shoulder. Lately, the Krukows have focused on the doctor's mantra: IBM is life-altering, not life-threatening. Having said that, everyone stresses that the last thing the perpetually upbeat Krukow wants is a pity party - that's not his style. Krukow has begun to use a golf cart to get out of the ballpark because the press of crowds can be dangerous. [...] eager to playAn avid golfer (a loss of distance on his drives was one reason he suspected he had a problem), he hopes to be able to play again. [...] what Giants fans might not know is that he is also a gifted musician. Giants fans dress as "Gamer Babes" in hopes of getting singled out in the stands and treat "Kruk and Kuip" like old pals.

Author: C.W. Nevius
Posted: July 22, 2014, 11:00 am
Saturday, July 19, draw PowerballJackpot: $60 million 10172545539PballWed., July 23, jackpot: $40 million Saturday, July 19, draw Super LottoJackpot: $22 million 71518263919MEGAWed., July 23, jackpot: $23 million Monday, July 21, draws Fantasy 5414222737Daily 44047Daily 3 (midday)327Daily 3 (evening)679Daily Derby race time: 1:40.99 First12Lucky CharmsSecond11Money BagsThird10 Solid GoldFriday, July 18, draw and payouts Mega MillionsJackpot: $50 million 585965723MEGAPrize categoryCalifornia winnersPrize amount per winner5 of 5 with Mega0$50,000,0005 of 50$682,4244 of 5 with Mega2$7,9474 of 536$6183 of 5 with Mega207$523 of 52,595$92 of 5 with Mega4,705$61 of 5 with Mega40,985$2Matched Mega108,225$1Tues., July 22, jackpot: $58 million For lottery updates:
Posted: July 22, 2014, 5:02 am
BART police on Monday began enforcing a ban on sleeping, lying or sitting with legs extended at the busy Powell Street Station and said they plan to expand the crackdown systemwide. The enforcement action, which involved as many as nine BART police officers Monday, is a safety measure intended to ensure that stations can be evacuated in four to six minutes in an emergency, said Jeffrey Jennings, BART's deputy police chief. BART police became concerned with the growing number of people sleeping, lying down or sitting with legs extended in downtown stations with long corridors. According to BART police, who have posted temporary notices at the Powell Street Station, a three-step policy will be followed: Bevan Dufty, the mayor's point person on homelessness, said BART police have been meeting with city officials for months on a number of issues involving the homeless. City officials were informed of the enforcement plan, he said, and asked BART to collect information on contacts with people violating the law.
Author: Michael Cabanatuan
Posted: July 22, 2014, 12:31 am

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