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San Francisco prepares for Pokemon Go invasion

San Francisco - Even San Francisco, the home of the hippie movement in the 1960s and a long list of oddities after that, has never seen anything like this.

Golden Gate Bridge officials commit to buy netting despite cost

San Francisco - Public officials in charge of the iconic Golden Gate Bridge plan to press ahead with installation of steel netting beneath the roadway to stymie the dozens of people who attempt suicide by jumping from the structure each year.

Op-Ed: Artists have been ousted but Point Alameda awaits to fill a need Special

San Francisco - As the cast and crew of "The Soiled Dove" make preparations for this weekend's two-day extravaganza event, they are one among many who have displaced by the dramatic redevelopment of San Francisco's Mission District.

California city must pay for police cam videos needed for lawsuit

Oakland - A San Francisco Bay Area city has been ordered to pay for copies of police videos that could show misconduct during Black Lives Matter protests in 2014.

What's the beef? Protest against meat clogs S.F. waterfront

San Francisco - Dozens of impassioned protesters and tourists armed with cameras and cell phones clogged the San Francisco waterfront Monday as a noisy animal rights protest marched from Market Street to Pier 39.

Airbnb is suing San Francisco over new rental laws

San Francisco - Airbnb chose to fight. In June, San Francisco essentially backed Airbnb into a corner, asking the startup to comply with tougher rental legislation or face daily fines.

U.S. President Obama lands in California for global tech confab

Mountain View - U.S. President Barack Obama arrived in Northern California on Thursday to attend an entrepreneurship summit at Stanford University and meet with many of the world's renowned technology innovators.

Twitter takes stake in music service it passed on last year

San Francisco - San Francisco-based micro-blogging giant Twitter confirmed Tuesday that it had taken a major stake in music streaming service SoundCloud Ltd.

San Francisco offers platform to replace clear view of 'Ladies'

San Francisco - San Francisco officials promise to open a viewing platform this week after being bombarded with complaints over a chain-link fence blocking views of the city's iconic "Postcard Row" of Victorian homes across Steiner Street from Alamo Square Park.

Op-Ed: Two San Franciscans seek to serve the City they love Special

San Francisco - As the sun breaks through the clouds on this election day, the wether is symbolic of what most hope for. That clarity and stability will prevail This is what two City Supervisor candidates, one younger the other older are aiming for.

Op-Ed: Should Golden Gate Park have 'locked in' funding? Special

San Francisco - Election time has put voters at a very difficult decision about a very popular and treasured landmark. The future funding of Golden Gate Park is set on the ballot.

Bay Area airline passengers get holiday surprise — No lines

Oakland - Security lines for passengers seeking to board airplanes at Bay Area airports have been surprisingly short over the holiday weekend despite an uptick in travelers.

Victim's family files lawsuit over shooting on San Francisco pier

San Francisco - Parents of a young woman shot to death on the San Francisco waterfront last year have filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the city and a former top official who enforced its controversial sanctuary policy.

Op-Ed: 'Thieving Forest' author reveals new mystery-crime novel Special

San Francisco - The author of "Thieving Forest," Martha Conway has now released a third novel, entitled "Sugarland: A Jazz Age Mystery.” It is her second mystery. But her work as a historical novelist is growing.

California agrees to spend another $150 million to fix Bay Bridge

San Francisco - The agency that oversaw construction of the new $6.4 billion eastern span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge voted Thursday to spend another $150 million to help keep the structure safe in a major earthquake.

Fewer perks for employees could be new normal in Silicon Valley

San Francisco - Okay, the $100,000 chrome panda stays. But a lot of the lavish perks that made internet file-sharing startup Dropbox one of the most sought-after places to work are being cut or eliminated.

Suspect in Bay Area murders said to agree to guilty plea

San Rafael - One of three young drifters charged with killing a hiker in Marin County and a backpacker in Golden Gate Park last year has agreed to a plea deal to testify against the other two, officials said Monday.

Legal challenge to Yosemite Park dam gets thrown out of court

Sonora - A California state court has dismissed a lawsuit that sought to compel officials to tear down a nearly 100-year-old dam in Yosemite National Park that supplies power and water to millions in San Francisco and the Central Valley.

SF cop's racist texts released by public defender's office

San Francisco - On Tuesday, the San Francisco public defender released several racist and homophobic text messages allegedly sent by a San Francisco Police officer embroiled in a scandal that has shaken the San Francisco Police Department.

California book club settles race bias lawsuit against wine train

San Francisco - A group of mostly African American women kicked off a tourist train in the Napa Valley for being too loud have settled a race-discrimination lawsuit against the private railroad.

Op-Ed: Artist Cynthia Tom is a surrealist presence telling truths Special

San Francisco - The weather was gloriously summer-like this past Saturday April 16 as surrealist artist Cynthia Tom opened her 1890 Bryant Street studio to the public.

San Francisco cabbies win one — Rideshare drivers must register

San Francisco - Drivers for Lyft, Uber and other ridesharing services will need business licenses to operate legally in San Francisco, city officials said Friday.

San Francisco approves paid leave for parents of newborns

San Francisco - To all the benefits of being a new parent in a place like San Francisco, the city's Board of Supervisors just added another: fully paid time off.

Alaska Airlines could wrap up deal for Virgin America by Monday

Seattle - Alaska Airlines appears to be victorious in its bidding war with JetBlue to buy Virgin America, the low-cost cross-country airline founded by flamboyant British billionaire Richard Branson.

Bay Area man convicted of assault over reclining airline seat

Los Angeles - A San Francisco Bay Area man was convicted Wednesday of assaulting an airline passenger aboard a delayed flight from Los Angeles after he became enraged when the victim reclined the back of her seat.

San Francisco gets $5 million bill from police for Super Bowl 50

San Francisco - San Francisco taxpayers are on the hook for millions of dollars in police overtime incurred as the city hosted weeks of festivities before Super Bowl 50.

Op-Ed: Singing TV Theme Songs and loving every minute is Jason Brock Special

San Francisco - Jason Brock reached this reporter's radar screen about three years ago. Initially, I did take note. But as someone who had covered the cabaret scene in San Francisco while in Journalism School at SF City College, I know how difficult it can be.

Northern California crab season to open as toxic algae retreats

San Francisco - Northern California crabbers and crab lovers start eating it up at midnight when the long-delayed commercial crab season opens.

Op-Ed: Architect critic still has affinity for his old neighborhood Special

San Francisco - As housing continues to be an issue often forcing many to leave, there are some who still hold their cherished neighborhood to heart. Even if they moved away.

Jury: S.F. police justified in killing young man in park in 2014

San Francisco - San Francisco police did not use excessive force when they shot a young Hispanic man carrying a stun gun in a city park in 2014.
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GLEAMING: The new eastern span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge shines above the darkened old...
GLEAMING: The new eastern span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge shines above the darkened old span during construction in 2013. The old bridge has largely been removed.
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Society of Professional Journalists - Northern California Chapter president  Liz Enochs greeted the ...
Society of Professional Journalists - Northern California Chapter president, Liz Enochs greeted the audience with an opening address at the SPJ Town Hall Meeting on Wed. April 6, 2011 at the Koret Auditorium at the Main branch of the San Francisco Public Library
SF Planning Commission members Michael Antonini and Ron Miguel while taking into account the opposit...
SF Planning Commission members Michael Antonini and Ron Miguel while taking into account the opposition's point of view of allowing another bakery into the neighborhood, both said that there was plenty of room for competition. And, they noted that La Boulange offers something a bit different than the nearby competitors.
Part of the discussion panel that talked about the impact proposed plans for a soccer complex as wel...
Part of the discussion panel that talked about the impact proposed plans for a soccer complex as well as a water treatment plant would have on the natural habitat and integrity of the west edge of Golden Gate Park.
Fans celebrate the World Series win by the San Francisco Giants
Fans celebrate the World Series win by the San Francisco Giants
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Many friends  family and customers showed up at Beauty Network to help celebrate the local San Franc...
Many friends, family and customers showed up at Beauty Network to help celebrate the local San Francisco business celebrate its 25th Anniversary.
Conservatory of Flowers in Golden Gate Park  San Francisco. The Conservatory of Flowers is registere...
Conservatory of Flowers in Golden Gate Park, San Francisco. The Conservatory of Flowers is registered as a national landmark by the federal government.
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Golden Gate Bridge  from North-West  with San Francisco in the background
Golden Gate Bridge, from North-West, with San Francisco in the background
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At APHA s 140th Annual Meeting in San Francisco at Moscone Center  Oct. 27-31. (Photo by Michele Lat...
At APHA's 140th Annual Meeting in San Francisco at Moscone Center, Oct. 27-31. (Photo by Michele Late/The Nation's Health/APHA)
Courtesy of the American Public Health Association media dept.
TRAVELING: A San Francisco Municipal Railway bus begins its trip from downtown to the largely reside...
TRAVELING: A San Francisco Municipal Railway bus begins its trip from downtown to the largely residential Richmond District in 2008.
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Leah Tumerman was one of the artists featured at the cafe for Second Sundays event in March.
Leah Tumerman was one of the artists featured at the cafe for Second Sundays event in March.
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Beach Motel has been in operation since 1957. When the zoning code changed in 1960  the motel contin...
Beach Motel has been in operation since 1957. When the zoning code changed in 1960, the motel continued to be a motel. And, when Mr. Patel bought the 20-room motel in 1983 it was a motel. "It has strictly been a motel since I bought the place," he said.
The backroom at Haystack Pizza is an ideal place for the Odd Mondays writers group of San Francisco.
The backroom at Haystack Pizza is an ideal place for the Odd Mondays writers group of San Francisco.
 Dog Days of Summer  is an upcoming social mixer aimed at raising awareness of the importance of gui...
"Dog Days of Summer" is an upcoming social mixer aimed at raising awareness of the importance of guide dogs and the work that Guide Dogs for The Blind of San Rafael does to train and prepare pups as canine companions for those with visual impairment.
Courtesy of Guide Dogs for The Blind, San Rafael, CA.
Attorneys for the San Francisco Examiner filed a complaint with the California Superior Court on Jun...
Attorneys for the San Francisco Examiner filed a complaint with the California Superior Court on June 25, alleging that the SF Chronicle offered ad space to clients with the agreement that they would not advertise in the SF Examiner.
Jena Fleur attended the protest rally that took place outside the San Francisco home of Wells Fargo ...
Jena Fleur attended the protest rally that took place outside the San Francisco home of Wells Fargo Bank CEO John Stumpf on Saturday July 20, 2013. She is seen here in photo after the rally that day.
SCENE: Hayes Street near Octavia  shown above  is the center of San Francisco s Hayes Valley distric...
SCENE: Hayes Street near Octavia, shown above, is the center of San Francisco's Hayes Valley district, a few blocks from where four bodies were found shot to death Friday in a double-parked car in the 200 block of Page Street.
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Sal Roselli  of the NUHW told the crowd at the rally on June 8 that  we have to force Sutter Health ...
Sal Roselli, of the NUHW told the crowd at the rally on June 8 that "we have to force Sutter Health Inc, to pay more attention to people and not just profits." Sutter Health Inc is the affiliate of California Pacific Medical Center that seeks to build a new hospital in SF.
Pictured: Joe Wright  Kayla Mahoney and founder/CEO  Jill Bourque. RushTix is the first of its kind ...
Pictured: Joe Wright, Kayla Mahoney and founder/CEO, Jill Bourque. RushTix is the first of its kind to offer tickets at affordable prices to a variety of live performances for a low monthly fee.
Courtesy of RushTix
Those in attendance at the 84th annual holiday tree lighting ceremony in Golden Gate Park on Dec. 5 ...
Those in attendance at the 84th annual holiday tree lighting ceremony in Golden Gate Park on Dec. 5, 2013 were treated to a machine-made flurry of snow.
courtesy of SF Rec. and Parks Dept.