The first reports of the crash came in just after 6:30 p.m. A motorcyclist hit a sign south of 13th Street on northbound Highway 101, said California Highway Patrol Officer William Ogilvie.
All lanes of the highway were closed for about an hour and traffic was being diverted onto 13th Street, but as of 8:15 p.m. at least one lane had been reopened.
Posted: October 25, 2014, 4:37 am
Herewith we offer awards to some of the wildest and weirdest mailers arriving in the lead-up to election day on Nov. 4 — and point out where, shockingly, some are straying pretty far from the truth.
[...] accusations that Fang’s cronyism in voting on BART development contracts has cost the agency big bucks.
[...] does that put him in line with, as the mailer claims, Public Defender Frank Egan, who in 1932 conspired with two ex-cons to kill an elderly widow and stage a hit-and-run to make it appear her death was an accident?
Egan was the sole beneficiary of her will, was convicted of first-degree murder, and spent 25 years in state prison.
BART Director James Fang has been in San Francisco all his life, and he’s seen a lot of campaigns,” Fang’s campaign manager, Carrolyn Kubota, said in a statement Friday, “but comparing a 20-year old ethics settlement (with no violation found) to the murder of an elderly widow is a definite first.
The mailer also ranks Fang alongside Mayor Eugene Schmitz, who in 1907 was indicted on 27 counts of graft and bribery but later acquitted; City Assessor Russell Wolden Jr., who in the 1960s was convicted of taking bribes in exchange for lowering property tax bills; and, of course, state Sen. Leland Yee, who was suspended after his arrest in March on charges of corruption and gun trafficking.
There’s even a big, smiley photo of him and his wife on the mailer.
Because nothing makes a guy smile like killers of elderly widows!
Alyse Opatowski, campaign manager for the Josefowitz campaign, said, “We’re not comparing Fang’s corruption to a murderer, but we do think his longtime corruption warrants inclusion on the list.”
Labor unions backing Campos have sent mailers saying that since the online communications company that Chiu co-founded did some contract work with the Republican Party, Chiu is basically the second coming of George W. Bush.
Did you know that if voters approve Proposition F to develop Pier 70, couples will lie in the grass stroking their cute golden retrievers?
“You’ll see it does nothing to solve homelessness, public safety, education or the housing crisis,” the mailer reveals on the other side.
Posted: October 25, 2014, 4:27 am
The Art Deco Market Street building that houses some of San Francisco’s hottest new-economy companies, including Twitter, will soon be home to an ambitious startup in a decidedly old-world business: groceries.
Behind the Art Deco facade at 1355 Market St., the old San Francisco Furniture Mart, construction workers are building out a sprawling $5million food emporium that will be a hybrid grocery market and foodie food court.
Chris Foley, a San Francisco real estate investor, said the concept is a Northern California farm-to-table play on the Mario Batali’s Eataly Italian emporiums in New York and Chicago.
Malaysian street food-inspired Azalina’s, Nuubia Chocolat, Blue Bottle Coffee, Farmgirl Flowers, EO Products (skin care) and Project Juice.
“We wanted to create community ... a bunch of different spaces within the market where you can get to know your neighbors and the people you work with,” Foley said.
When the group first drew up plans to open the grocery store, they envisioned an 8,000-square-foot food hall similar to Canyon Market in Glen Park, where Foley is an investor.
Typical supermarkets do 20 percent of their business in prepared meals, but in the Bay Area that number is more like 40 percent, the highest in the United States, said Helen Bulwik, a consultant who works with grocers.
Retail West commercial real estate partner Matt Holmes, who has represented Whole Foods in the Bay Area, said he thinks Market on Market will do closer to 80 percent “consumable foods” — those meant to be eaten on site or within 12 hours of purchase.
Posted: October 25, 2014, 4:13 am
Sen. Dianne Feinstein tells me that if Mayor Ed Lee signs the Board of Supervisors’ legislation legalizing Airbnb-style rentals, she’ll support an effort to overturn it at the ballot.
When we talked the other day, she had pictures of some of the homes that are being rented out to tourists and the like.
[...] I said, In case you haven’t noticed, there’s a dramatic difference between Jerry Brown and Willie Brown.
Not only does he not campaign, he takes off two weeks before the election for his Yale law school reunion.
Two generations were clearly defined at the Giants gala Thursday night at the new Jimmy Herman Cruise Ship Terminal.
Mayor Ed Lee was front and center without his signature radioactive orange blazer, wearing only a checkered orange tie, as were a host of former players.
Posted: October 25, 2014, 3:57 am
A blacksmith first occupied this deep brick box on an alley, followed in subsequent decades by a photographer and other tenants looking for cheap space off the beaten path. [...] towers drew near in the 1990s and the windowless space tall enough for a mezzanine proved ideal for a succession of bars — the newest a muraled eye-catcher snug against the vast construction site of a transit center likely to mix things up yet again.
Posted: October 25, 2014, 2:12 am
Three police officers in Newark are being credited with saving the life of a woman who was trapped in a burning car after she crashed into a tree Thursday evening, officials said.
A second officer arrived and went to work on the flames with a fire extinguisher and was briefly able to put out the blaze, though it reignited moments later and the officers began to fear the car would explode, police said.
Posted: October 25, 2014, 2:11 am
The California Department of Public Health announced Friday that UCSF and four other UC medical centers are prepared to receive and treat Ebola patients, should any cases of the virus be confirmed in the state.
All California hospitals are trained to screen and isolate patients if they are suspected of having a contagious disease like Ebola, said Jan Emerson-Shea, the vice president of external affairs at the California Hospital Association.
Posted: October 25, 2014, 12:43 am
Philip Stark, chair of UC Berkeley’s statistics department, lunged excitedly for a tuft of dandelions jutting from a sidewalk crack in Richmond, yanked them out and eagerly started chewing.
Stark and his colleague Tom Carlson, plus a handful of adventurous students, make weekly expeditions across the East Bay in search of edible weeds.
Create a website showing where residents can find safe, nutritious and free food growing right in their neighborhoods.
The site will provide locations, soil quality information and recipes.
Almost all of the specimens are invasive species from Europe that have taken hold in the Bay Area’s moderate clime and are familiar sights in overgrown lawns and vacant lots.
The other advantage to focusing on working-class neighborhoods is that some of those areas lack nearby grocery stores, and residents there may find it helpful to learn what fresh produce is growing in their front yard.
Stark only became interested recently, as he started counting different weed species on his walks around Berkeley.
At one house, they were studying an overgrown front lawn when the home owner pulled up, angrily slammed the car door and stomped over.
“My response is always, why not eat dog pee?” he said, noting that dog urine is sterile, nontoxic and easily washed off.
Posted: October 25, 2014, 12:31 am
Campos, running for state Assembly, supported a plan to buy power to resell to city residents.
BART candidate Nicholas Josefowitz is identified with a leaflet claiming his rival, incumbent James Fang, is on a top-five list of corrupt city politicians, people who have gone to jail over the past century.
Fang paid a fine for a campaign finance violation, but his offense is petty compared with the bribery and corruption cases highlighted in the mailer.
Posted: October 25, 2014, 12:24 am
Supervisor Malia Cohen and Mayor Ed Lee this week said a Sausalito real estate investor, who bought the century-old, two-story, wood-paneled building at 66 Raymond Ave. at auction last year, will transfer it free of charge to the city in the coming weeks.
“This is a tremendous asset that has served generations of Visitacion Valley residents,” Cohen said at a Thursday news conference attended by dozens of elderly, Chinese residents who have been playing mahjong in the building over the past year despite its lack of power or water and general state of disrepair.
Posted: October 24, 2014, 11:37 pm
Just one day after it was unveiled to awed crowds in San Francisco, the whopping 'Butte Nugget’ of gold sold Friday to a “prominent Bay Area collector” for an undisclosed amount of money, according to the company brokering the deal.
“The new owner wants to be secretive, so we can’t name him,” said Don Kagin of Tiburon, the coin dealer who acted as middle-man between the buyer and the prospector who found the 6.07-pound gold lump — the biggest nugget of its kind found in modern times in Gold Rush country.
“We spoke to six different people who seemed to have legitimate interest and the wherewithal to purchase the item, but he was the first person to make an offer and he had the right price,” McCarthy said.
Posted: October 24, 2014, 11:36 pm
Moreto, a 68-year-old city resident, was with a group of people returning to City Hall when she was hit by the bus, which was designed to look like a San Francisco cable car, at around 11 a.m. Thursday.
“On behalf of the city and county of San Francisco, I extend my deepest condolences to the family of Priscila Moreto who tragically died from her injuries after being struck in front of City Hall,” Lee said in a statement.
Lee said the Municipal Transportation Agency has been planning to install a traffic signal at the crosswalk, which connects City Hall to Civic Center Plaza and has prompted safety concerns in the past.
Posted: October 24, 2014, 10:56 pm
Alexander Weiss, who led a life that combined dozens of careers — from poet to state park ranger — died at a care facility in Roseville (Placer County) on Oct. 17.
After he retired from the state park system, he became a zookeeper again and finally worked for 14 years at the Alameda County Registrar of Voters office.
Among Mr. Weiss’ achievements were his discovery of and efforts to preserve poetry carved in the walls by people detained at the Angel Island immigration station.
Mr. Weiss was a state park ranger at the time and learned that the state planned to demolish some of the buildings at the immigration station because they were in poor repair.
Posted: October 24, 2014, 9:42 pm
Because the all-powerful Southern Pacific controlled the area south of the Ferry Building, it was only in 1910, when reforming politicians challenged the “octopus,” that the State Belt began running past Market Street.
The State Belt carried materiel and soldiers from the docks to the Port of Embarkation at Fort Mason and to the Presidio during both world wars and, to a much lesser extent, during the Korean and Vietnam wars.
The Belt’s busiest years were during World War II, when it had 230 workers and handled nearly 1 million rail cars.
San Francisco’s Waterfront Railroad, the record of troop and hospital train movements offers a dark snapshot of the war.
In 1960, Belt Superintendent Joseph Silva listed some of the railroad’s clients: “ice houses, coffee plants, warehouses, paper distributors, glass companies, lumber yards, bag companies, an elevator plant, dairy products distributors, produce companies, grocery concerns, automobile unloading facilities of several railroads and for a sweet tooth, a candy company.”
Shunting railroad cars through San Francisco’s congested waterfront meant avoiding autos and pedestrians — including not a few drunken sailors.
The State Belt began to decline after World War II, and the rise of container ships, which required far more storage space than was available in San Francisco, hastened its collapse.
A private operator took it over in 1973, but the conversion of waterfront land from industrial to residential and tourist uses, and the loss of shipping to other ports, doomed it.
Old Belt tracks run along Green Street between Battery and Sansome, and along the walkway above Aquatic Park — the favorite part of the line for engineers because of the “bathing beauties” they could ogle there.
Sets of tracks still run into what used to be the five engine bays, silent reminders of the days when San Francisco had a working waterfront served by a unique railroad.
Every Saturday, Gary Kamiya’s Portals of the Past will tell one of those lost stories, using a specific location to illuminate San Francisco’s extraordinary history — from the days when giant mammoths wandered through what is now North Beach, to the Gold Rush delirium, the dot-com madness and beyond.
Posted: October 24, 2014, 9:42 pm
Golden Gate Bridge district officials voted Friday to study charging a toll for pedestrians and bicyclists to cross the iconic span, despite strong opposition from cyclists and an effort by the San Francisco delegation to shelve the proposals.
In a 10-9 vote that split almost entirely along San Francisco versus North Bay lines, the Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District Board of Directors voted to keep the pedestrian and cyclist fee provisions in their 45-point strategic financial plan.
Director John Moylan of San Francisco voted with the majority to study the fee, while Director Kathrin Sears of Marin County voted with the bulk of the San Francisco delegation in its failed effort to kill the cyclist and pedestrian toll ideas.
The move doesn’t mean bridge officials will start charging cyclists and pedestrians to cross the bridge; it just means they’ll study the idea as the district struggles to close a $32.9 million budget deficit over the next five years and deal with $209 million in unfunded capital needs.
Posted: October 24, 2014, 9:22 pm