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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On Memorial Day there are flags, a soldier plays taps, the saddest of bugle calls; and sometimes there is a reading of the names of the dead — men and women who have given their lives for their country. [...] more often than not, there are no faces to go with names, no pictures of the young people who went off to war and never came back. Janna Hoehn, a onetime Californian who now lives in Hawaii, wants to change that, at least with regard to the Vietnam War — and she needs help. Hoehn has been interested in the Vietnam War since she was in high school, in the years when the unpopular conflict was winding down. [...] Hoehn said, she’s been featured in over 100 newspaper stories, and has found more than 1,300 photos of service members who lost their lives. According to government records, 166 San Francisco residents were killed in the war. Hoehn has photos of all but 57 of them — and these missing 57 are the ones she wants to find. “When I find these people and their pictures, the families are all very, very grateful that their loved ones are not lost and not forgotten,” she said. Hoehn has never found a contact for him, though she does know he attended San Francisco’s George Washington High School in 1949 and 1950. [...] he did not graduate, so there is no yearbook picture of him, only a name without a face from long ago. Hoehn was in high school in the Riverside County town of Hemet when she became fascinated with the Vietnam War. “I had always hoped I could do something for the Vietnam veterans and the way they were treated when they returned,” she said. On a trip to Washington with her husband in 2008, they visited the Vietnam memorial, with its list of 58,300 names carved on a black stone wall. [...] she enlisted one of her cousins — “the family historian,” she calls her — in the search, and found Crossman’s college yearbook picture. Months went by, and back in Maui, where she has lived for 25 years, Hoehn saw a report on local TV news — the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund was trying to find photographs of all people whose names are on the wall. The project is called Faces Never Forgotten, and she was hooked. Hoehn started with her adopted hometown, and, using yearbooks, newspaper files, and a lot of hard work, found photographs of all 42 Maui County service members who had died in the war. Hoehn is tireless; she has found thousands of photos, and wants more. Anyone can join up — librarians, ordinary citizens, anybody. Faces Never Forgotten hopes to break ground for a museum near the Vietnam memorial in two years. Carl Nolte is a San Francisco Chronicle staff writer.
Author: By Carl Nolte
Posted: May 25, 2015, 3:57 am
“Sacred Water” was the theme underpinning the 37th annual Carnaval celebration in San Francisco, and it brought tantalizing ocean-themed floats to the Mission District on Sunday, along with frank messages about water conservation. Many ancestors did a rain dance before the harvest, and a prayer ceremony to honor the rain, he said. Recology, the San Francisco waste management group that emphasizes composting as a way to save water, had its own parade float. Granted, many participants in this year’s parade interpreted the theme in more festive ways, by dressing in shimmery mermaid skirts or costumes that rippled with jewels. A “Rumbagua” (“Rumba de Agua”) float, designed by staff at the Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts, used aquatic blues and island dance styles to represent Cuba, Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic. Water wasn’t the only sacred element in this year’s parade, which featured music and dancing from a wide patchwork of cultures, including Brazilian samba, Trinidadian soca, Puerto Rican salsa and Colombian cumbia.
Author: By Rachel Swan
Posted: May 25, 2015, 12:31 am
Memorial Day Holiday transit and services Monday: Federal and state offices and courts Closed. Banks and other financial institutions Closed. Post offices Closed; no mail delivery. BART Sunday schedule. Muni Sunday schedule. Golden Gate Transit Sunday schedule for buses, weekend schedule for ferries. SamTrans Sunday schedule. Caltrain Sunday schedule. AC Transit Sunday schedule. San Francisco parking Meters enforced. Commuter tow-away zones, residential parking and Monday-Friday street sweeping not enforced.
Author: San Francisco Chronicle
Posted: May 24, 2015, 10:23 pm
Protesters marched through Oakland streets after sunset Saturday in defiance of Mayor Libby Schaaf’s policy of shutting down unlawful assemblies at night in her effort to protect businesses from protest-related violence and vandalism. Unlike a demonstration earlier in the week, police did not order the marchers to get off the streets and stay on sidewalks but instead allowed them to walk a few blocks from City Hall to their destination, the Oakland police headquarters. Police closely monitored the demonstrators’ moves and repeatedly warned them via loudspeaker that no destruction of property would be tolerated. The tense confrontation underscored the difficulty Oakland leaders face in trying to balance the demands of people who wish to freely demonstrate and businesses that want assurances from the city that their properties won’t be damaged. Schaaf was harshly criticized after May Day demonstrations resulted in smashed windows, fires and damage to 40 new cars along Oakland’s Broadway Auto Row. There were almost as many police officers as protesters, and officers initially tried to move demonstrators onto the sidewalks. The protest was organized in response to an incident Thursday night in which police forced about 200 demonstrators off the street and onto the sidewalk because they did not have a permit to shut down city streets. On Friday, Schaaf spokeswoman Erica Derryck released a statement saying the city hasn’t approved any new laws or policies regarding marches, but is using existing laws and policies to make sure protests remain peaceful.
Author: By Evan Sernoffsky, Rachel Swan and J.K. Dineen
Posted: May 24, 2015, 5:50 am
Seven years before a natural-gas pipeline explosion in San Bruno killed eight people, Pacific Gas and Electric Co. engineers were alerted that a crucial piece of information about the pipe’s troubled history was missing, a newly uncovered document shows. The missing information concerned what caused the 50-mile-long pipeline to spring a leak in October 1988 near Crystal Springs Reservoir, south of where the line later exploded. The cause became an issue when PG&E was drawing up plans 15 years later to comply with a new federal requirement that all gas transmission pipelines be inspected. If a line has a history of failed seams — the eventual cause of the San Bruno explosion — federal law requires that it be checked with a method that can detect such a problem, such as pumping it full of water at high pressure. In 2003, as they reviewed records to determine how to inspect the San Bruno pipeline under the new law, PG&E engineers created a map that highlighted the site of the October 1988 leak. ERW stands for electric resistance welds, which have been linked to hundreds of seam failures on pipelines and which existed on stretches of the San Bruno line. The map was never turned over to the National Transportation Safety Board when it investigated the cause of the San Bruno disaster. The document not only has an arrow pointing to the 1988 leak, it has an engineer’s handwritten note saying information about the incident was not in the company’s pipeline data spreadsheet. The company has tested hundreds of miles of pipeline using that method since the San Bruno disaster, but before 2010 it almost never did so — preferring a method called direct assessment that can catch corrosion on a pipeline, but not a seam weld that is about to fail. “Common sense tells you that this process was incomplete and they did not follow through,” said Richard Kuprewicz, a pipeline safety consultant in Washington state who helped draw up the federal inspection regulations. Kuprewicz and another expert agreed that the map — with the engineer’s notes written on it — could amount to a “smoking gun” for federal prosecutors who have charged PG&E with violating pipeline safety laws and obstructing the federal safety board investigation into the San Bruno blast. “They have an obligation to keep historical records — when a record is missing, they have the obligation to do their damnedest to find out what it was,” said Royce Don Deaver, a pipeline safety consultant in Texas. The pipeline repair records were found in May 2011 by a contract accountant in a PG&E office in Walnut Creek, where they had been moved from San Carlos within days after the blast. Deaver said a pipeline operator should err on the side of caution when it comes to a potential seam weld failure, given the potential for a disaster such as the San Bruno explosion.
Author: By Jaxon Van Derbeken
Posted: May 24, 2015, 1:43 am

Mill Valley man struggles as brother heads to trial in Iran Twice in the 10 months since his brother was jailed while working as a journalist in Iran, Ali Rezaian of Mill Valley has been drawn into rumors that the nightmare is over — that his brother is free. [...] after a few hours of heart-pounding Internet research and many phone calls, the reality sets in: Jason Rezaian, the Washington Post’s bureau chief in Iran and a native of Marin County, is still isolated in Iran’s notorious Evin prison. Iranian authorities captured him in July, storming his home for reasons that remain unclear, and have held him despite numerous appeals from the U.S. government for his release. The ordeal ended weekly calls and daily e-mail banter between the brothers about the Oakland A’s, family, finances and world events. Before joining the Post in 2012, he frequently traveled to Iran as a freelance writer for magazines and newspapers, including The Chronicle. The charges have yet to be made public, but the Post — which is seeking access to the trial — said they carry a potential sentence of 10 to 20 years. Citing information from his brother’s attorney, Ali said the evidence against him primarily consists of Jason requesting expedited processing of his wife’s U.S. visa from the State Department, and Jason filling out a form on then-President-elect Barack Obama’s transition team Web page in 2008 asking if he could help to bring Iran and the U.S. closer together. According to Ali, his brother was held in solitary confinement for several months and lost more than 40 pounds. Reza Marashi, research director for the National Iranian American Council, said Jason’s long imprisonment is a mystery. Some Iranian officials want to build bridges to the international community, and some Iranian officials seek to blow up those bridges while innocent people like Jason are standing on them. “Increasingly the costs of continuing to hold Jason outweigh whatever perceived benefits Jason’s captors incorrectly thought could be obtained,” he said. A State Department official said that the U.S. is calling on Iran “to respect its own laws and abide by international standards of due process so that Jason can have a chance to refute any and all of the charges made against him.” While his younger brother was always the outgoing and outspoken one, the more reserved Ali has had to step into that role. A biotech consultant, Ali has taken on what amounts to a second job as spokesman for the campaign advocating for his brother. Perhaps, Ali said, getting through those experiences gave him the strength to keep fighting — even after 300 days and thousands of miles of separation — for his brother’s release. “He knows he’s going to trial, and he wants to have the information out there and for people to know that he didn’t do anything wrong,” Ali said.

Author: By Hamed Aleaziz
Posted: May 23, 2015, 10:19 pm
San Francisco’s 37th annual Carnaval festival kicked off the two-day celebration Saturday with its street fair in the Mission District, full of music, dancing, vendors hawking everything from Warriors merchandise to a marijuana delivery service, and food ranging from paella to mango-on-a-stick. Crowds strolled Harrison Street from 17th to 24th streets, stopping to shimmy to the Latin rhythms or taste some grilled corn. “We came because we want Cecilia to enjoy the music before she has to take her nap,” said Maya Ghorayeb, who lives in the Castro neighborhood, referring to her 19-month-old bouncing to the sounds of the Latin Jazz Youth Ensemble of San Francisco, a performing group of musicians ages 10 to 18. Acacia Gonsalves, fully decked out in feathered Samba bikini regalia, said she’s excited about Sunday’s parade, which is considered the highlight of the festival. Gonsalves of Oakland dances with the Hurricane Samba band, which is performing both days and participating in the parade. Bay Area native Sheila E., drummer and songwriter, will serve as the parade’s grand marshal. The theme meshed with one of the many community groups trying to raise awareness, an organization called La Mission Por Vida, which promotes clean drinking water in developing countries. Artists with Precita Eyes, a longstanding arts organization that supports the Mission’s mural tradition, set up a large paper canvas and encouraged people to paint.
Author: By Victoria Colliver
Posted: May 23, 2015, 10:19 pm
Memorial Day closures, transit schedules Federal and state offices and courts Closed. Banks and other financial institutions Closed. Post offices Closed; no mail delivery. BART Sunday schedule. Muni Sunday schedule. Golden Gate Transit Sunday schedule for buses, weekend schedule for ferries. SamTrans Sunday schedule. Caltrain Sunday schedule. AC Transit Sunday schedule. San Francisco parking Meters enforced. Commuter tow-away zones, residential parking and Monday-Friday street sweeping not enforced.
Author: San Francisco Chronicle
Posted: May 23, 2015, 10:16 pm
Many held signs with slogans like “Evil Seed of Corporate Greed” and “GMOs Cause Autism and Cancer.” Protesters were calling for genetically modified organism labeling laws, a global ban on Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide and other changes in the way Monsanto operates. Protesters said they were opposed to a bill in Congress that could eliminate states’ rights to pass GMO labeling laws. A statement from Monsanto spokeswoman Charla Marie Lord said that the company’s 22,000 workers are “committed to having an open dialogue about food and agriculture.”
Author: By J.K. Dineen
Posted: May 23, 2015, 10:00 pm

Kerner had finished medical school and was doing an obstetrics internship at UCSF. Even though other classmates had been drafted, his professor had specifically marked him as a student he wanted to keep. At 96, the San Franciscan says he hasn’t thought much about the war recently, not about his two bronze stars or his French Legion of Honor or any of the other medals he brought home — at least not until he got a phone call from a reporter wanting to ask him all about it. Kerner has a thick photo album full of memories from back then, a brown cover and yellowing pages. [...] what? A night in jail would have been fine. There’s one image that stands out: the one on his War Department ID. “It took us a long time to cross the Atlantic,” he says. When he’d gotten on the landing craft, he wrote a letter to his mom. The first battle they fought was a “disaster,” Kerner says, and one of the battalions lost both their doctors, so Kerner found himself in charge of setting up aid stations behind the front lines. “I’d never been in charge of anything,” he says. “Unless you’ve been there, you can’t realize how horrible wounds can be in war,” Kerner says. [...] you never see anything like people with a limb blown off, with their belly blown open, God knows what. Kerner has all sorts of stories, about people he saved and people he couldn’t. The Battle of the Bulge was raging, and aid to Bastogne was cut off. “One of my aid men and I got on the outside of a tank with a bunch of medical supplies,” he says. Kerner spent the next few months as part of an occupation force, and the atom bomb ended any possibility he would have to head to Japan next. When Kerner came home, he got back to his medical career, one full of its own sorts of stories, and soon met his future wife, Gwen. Lifelong love affair

Author: By Ryan Kost
Posted: May 23, 2015, 9:57 pm
Raiders owner Mark Davis and his colleagues at the NFL might have to wait a long time to hear from Oakland and Alameda County on a plan to help finance a new $900 million stadium. That’s because elected officials are in no hurry to help the team close a $400 million funding gap, partly because taxpayers in Oakland and Alameda County are still paying millions of dollars a year for the Coliseum renovations that lured the team back in the mid-1990s. “That money we’re paying now is general-fund money we could spend on police, parks or libraries,” said Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf, who has said she cannot support spending a dime of public funds for a new stadium. Schaaf was elected last year on promises to bolster the city’s public safety, and her current budget proposal for fiscal 2015-17 emphasizes hiring more police, while mending an $18 million shortfall this year. Oakland eliminated 80 police officer jobs in 2010 during the midst of the recession, and crime surged. If Davis was looking for public subsidies to help pay for a new Oakland stadium, he may be out of luck. In Alameda County, Supervisor Keith Carson offered this opinion when asked whether he would support public funding for a new Raiders’ stadium: “If my income has gone down, and my housing costs have gone up, it doesn’t make sense for me to go out and buy a new car.” If there were some extra revenue in Alameda County, Carson said it could fund desperately needed health care and social services for the county, particularly at a time when hospitals are closing down. [...] of the last deal, officials hoped that personal-seat licensing — selling rights to buy season tickets — would help recoup the money that went into stadium construction, Miley said. Schaaf said she would support using public dollars to improve transportation or upgrade the Coliseum land, but she thinks the stadium itself should be privately financed. Private investors have bankrolled other nearby sports venues, she said, citing AT&T Park and the planned Golden State Warriors arena in San Francisco’s Mission Bay as examples. [...] other East Bay residents aren’t jumping up and down to spend another $400 million, which is how much the city and county have already spent on debt service and costs for the mid-’90s Raiders Coliseum deal.
Author: By Rachel Swan
Posted: May 23, 2015, 8:48 pm
A 25-foot white boat that grounded on Ocean Beach on Friday afternoon had been reported stolen from the St. Francis Yacht Club, officials said Saturday morning. The U.S. Coast Guard received a call regarding a boat washing onshore at Ocean Beach at around 3:30 p.m. on Friday, said Coast Guard Lt. Marcia Medina. The St. Francis Yacht Club had recently reported a vessel missing that matched the description of the boat — a 25 foot white vessel named Daisy — and the owner of the vessel confirmed on Saturday that it had been stolen, according to Medina.
Author: By Hamed Aleaziz
Posted: May 23, 2015, 7:11 pm
When California officials struck an unprecedented conservation deal Friday with a group of farmers who have the strongest claims on the state’s dwindling water supply, it showed no one was immune from the fallout of the drought. Next week, California water officials are expected to take the extraordinary step of ordering other farms with senior water rights to cut their usage, a directive not issued since the 1970s. State oversight of water is hindered by old and incomplete methods of tracking water use, complicating how officials target cuts and how they measure compliance. The state plans to enforce cuts to irrigation through farm visits, measuring river flows and the honor system. [...] while California has made recent strides to improve its accounting of water, the amount flowing to farms is obscured by too little data, experts say. “You can’t make as good a use of the water resources as you’d like without better information,” said Jay Lund, director of the Center for Watershed Sciences at UC Davis, who has written extensively about hurdles to effective water management. Starting next month, cities and towns will face mandatory cutbacks, while thousands of farmers have already been told to stop their typical draws from rivers and creeks. State officials confirmed Thursday that curtailments will be announced next week for senior water rights holders in the San Joaquin River watershed, which stretches between the foothills outside Fresno to the San Francisco Bay. While farmers and rural irrigation districts hold a large share of the state’s almost 4,000 senior water rights, private corporations and local governments also have claims. The state’s decision to advance up the ladder of water rights is not only frustrating senior water rights holders, but also renewing questions about the state’s ability to restrict — and ultimately save — water. Some senior water rights holders didn’t have to document how much water they use until legislation was passed in 2009. Many of the state’s rivers and streams lack the water gauges and satellite cameras that are used more comprehensively to track supplies in other parts of the country, such as Idaho. In February, the water board ordered hundreds of senior water rights holders in the delta, where accounting has been murky, to furnish proof of their rights and declare how much they’re drawing. In the delta, where landowners generally hold some of the strongest water claims, critics say decades of shoddy water management is prompting the state to overreach and dive too deeply into the pecking order of water rights. The landowners, a group whose water rights are tied to their location on a river or stream, offered to reduce their water use by 25 percent from 2013 consumption, or fallow a quarter of their fields, in exchange for a guarantee that they won’t face additional cuts this year.
Author: By Kurtis Alexander
Posted: May 23, 2015, 4:22 am
Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf, roundly criticized after vandals damaged multiple businesses during a May Day protest, has apparently had enough and ordered a change to how the city handles after-hours demonstrations. The march, which started from Frank Ogawa Plaza at 8 p.m., was an extension of events held nationally throughout the day to denounce police violence against African American women. The city’s action prompted criticism by several people on social media, some of whom claimed the city was instituting a curfew or had passed a new ordinance. Schaaf spokeswoman Erica Derryck released a carefully worded statement saying the city hasn’t approved any new laws or policies, but instead is using existing laws and policies to make sure protests don’t devolve into violence and vandalism. “This is how we ensure that freedom of expression is not compromised by unlawful activity and demonstrators, bystanders, motorists and property are kept safe,” the statement read. Better crowd management that gets demonstrators out of the roadways, onto sidewalks and into safe gathering spaces after sunset protects everyone’s safety and supports free speech and assembly. According to Police Chief Sean Whent, the city sees 100 such protests per year. Many of them devolve into chaos after dark, with small groups of vandals breaking off to smash windows, set trash cans ablaze and cover buildings in graffiti. A May Day rally to condemn police misconduct in Baltimore ended with mass destruction on Oakland’s Auto Row, where at least 40 car windows were broken at one dealership. Representatives of the National Lawyers Guild decried Oakland’s response to the march, and accused the city of violating its court-ordered crowd control policy, which obliges law enforcement to allow marches in the streets, regardless of whether or not they have a permit.
Author: By Rachel Swan
Posted: May 23, 2015, 3:34 am
Fremont police are investigating what they believe is an act of vandalism that destroyed an inflatable rubber dam in the East Bay on Thursday morning, costing the area nearly 50 million gallons of water. The police believe someone went to Alameda Creek on Thursday morning and damaged the dam, which is made of roughly an inch-thick rubber material. The dam was partially submerged when discovered, making it difficult to determine what caused it to deflate, said Geneva Bosques, a spokeswoman for the Fremont Police Department. The loss of the water couldn’t come at a worse time for the Alameda County Water District, as the state suffers through an extended drought and cities and towns are under orders by the state to reduce consumption. The damaged dam is used to capture water, where it is diverted to Quarry Lakes Regional Park. The water district serves roughly 85,000 businesses and homes, and 335,000 people in Fremont, Newark and Union City.
Author: By Emily Green
Posted: May 23, 2015, 2:34 am

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