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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.

Four hurt when gunmen open fire on bus crossing S.F. Bay Bridge

The California Highway Patrol hunted Sunday for gunmen who fired at least a half-dozen shots at a leased party bus crossing San Francisco Bay toward Oakland, injuring four passengers.

Rainfall in San Francisco Bay Area prompts flooding concerns

Monterey - Rainfall in Northern California is expected to continue most of the day Saturday leading to a major rainstorm late in the day into early Sunday.

California sex offender sought new victims in Cambodia

San Francisco - Being a registered sex offender didn't stop a San Francisco-area man from flying to Cambodia to have sex with girls as young as eight and preferably weighing less than 70 pounds, according to the U.S. Justice Department.

Weekend rainstorms expected to keep Bay Area soaking on Monday

San Francisco - Frances Picazo of San Francisco couldn't sleep Saturday night, not with a new storm bearing down on the family home in the city's Mission District.

'Soul-reggae crossover sensation' Natty is back Special

London - Born in San Francisco, a UK resident since the age of one, Natty scored a Top 20 hit in 2008 with his debut LP 'Man Like I.' Digital Journal asked him all about the follow-up 'Release the Fear.'

Op-Ed: Neuro-Chiro doctor turns to new tech to aid growing MMA sport Special

San Francisco - Kezar Stadium, near Golden Gate Park was in a frenzy of Mixed Martial Arts action on Feb 6 as it was the spot of the Dragon House 22 fight series.

Halftime dancers carry sign protesting shooting by S.F. police

Santa Clara - Social media lit up Sunday and Monday with photos and comments about a group of backup dancers at the Super Bowl who held up a protest sign about the recent shooting of a young black man in San Francisco.

S.F. waterfront slaying suspect claims 2015 killing was accident

San Francisco - The suspect in what seems to have been a random slaying on the San Francisco waterfront has asked for the most serious charge against him — second-degree murder — to be dismissed.

Is San Francisco pushing aside the homeless for the Super Bowl? Special

San Francisco - As the Bay Area rolls out the welcome mat for Super Bowl 50, many of San Francisco's homeless residents are feeling anything but welcome in their own city as they claim officials are pushing them aside to keep them hidden during the big event.

Demonstrators block westbound Bay Bridge in MLK Day protest

San Francisco - Protesters blocked all five westbound lanes of the Bay Bridge for more than an hour Monday in an extended version of anti-racism demonstrations that started early in the day in Oakland.

Op-Ed: Quinoa is one of the stars at Winter Fancy Foods Show Special

San Francisco - Among the thousands of specialty food items and companies featured at the Winter Fancy Foods Show this weekend at Moscone Center is quinoa.

Op-Ed: Winter Fancy Food Show at Moscone Center features the unique Special

San Francisco - Moscone Center is gearing up for the annual Winter Fancy Food Show opening this Saturday, January 17. Sponsored by the Speciality Food Association, this is the largest specialty food trade event on the West Coast.

Review: Soul/reggae singer Natty prepares to 'Release the Fear'

The San Francisco-born thirty-something, who moved to London at the age of one, reached the Top 20 with his debut LP, "Man Like I," in 2008. Is the follow-up worthy of similar success? Digital Journal found out.

Musician Alicia Keys announces free SF concert before Super Bowl

San Francisco - American singer-songwriter Alicia Keys will headline a free concert on the San Francisco waterfront the night before Super Bowl 50.

Op-Ed: San Francisco Sheriff seeks reforms on use of force policies Special

San Francisco - As the year came to a close, San Francisco Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi introduced comprehensive reforms to the San Francisco Sheriff’s Department (SFSD)’s Use of Force (UOF) Policy.

Op-Ed: Amy J. Berg film of Janis spurs memory of Monterey Pop 1967 Special

Sonoma - As the extended showing of Amy J. Berg's new documentary, "Janis: Little Girl Blue" winds down at The Roxie Theater, former San Francisco State University journalist Kathy Bramwell Ostram shared her recollections of the Monterey Pop Festival.

City Attorney, San Francisco demands no more Bieber graffiti ads Special

San Francisco - Graffiti is a worldwide problem for major cities like San Francisco. Over the years, community activists have sought ways to channel graffiti activity into artistic expression or outlets.

Op-Ed: Janis Joplin film extended at San Francisco's Roxie Theater Special

San Francisco - The new documentary film, "Janis: Little Girl Blue" has been extended in showing at The Roxie Theater in San Francisco's Mission District. The reviews of director Amy Berg's work have been outstanding. Yet most of all, audiences have been deeply moved.
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Community organizer  activist and artist Judy Shintani and textile artist Serena Lee also attended t...
Community organizer, activist and artist Judy Shintani and textile artist Serena Lee also attended the reception. Judy has promoted such out reach programs as Doctors Without Boarders and the Half Moon Bay Coastside Center where she teaches art.
Courtesy of A Place of Her Own and the Asian American Women Artists Association
March 27 to March 29  2014 was the annual Macworld  i-Mac   i-World  event for fans of everything th...
March 27 to March 29, 2014 was the annual Macworld, i-Mac, "i-World" event for fans of everything that Apple computers makes. Held at San Francisco's Moscone Center, the three-day event drew crowds.
Judith Sender reads to the Odd Mondays group which now will gather at Haystack Pizza regularly. She ...
Judith Sender reads to the Odd Mondays group which now will gather at Haystack Pizza regularly. She and husband Ramon, founded the group more than a decade ago. The group gathers every other odd-number Monday of each month.
Serving crew Mike Barbeau was busy keeping the knish flowing as one plate after another was consumed...
Serving crew Mike Barbeau was busy keeping the knish flowing as one plate after another was consumed. He mentioned that chef Ramni has been very busy keeping up with the demands for King Knish. "We were at the Batch Festival on Sunday," said Barbeau. And, so far chef Ramni and his crew are scheduled for food fairs and events well into the new year..."until Sept. 2014," said Ramni.
BEATING THE HEAT: Sunbathers are expected to crowd San Francisco s famous Dolores Park on Tuesday an...
BEATING THE HEAT: Sunbathers are expected to crowd San Francisco's famous Dolores Park on Tuesday and Wednesday for the hottest days of the year so far. This photo was taken last April.
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The crew and staff of the Haight Ashbury Neighborhood Recycling Center if evicted will be out of a j...
The crew and staff of the Haight Ashbury Neighborhood Recycling Center if evicted will be out of a job. And, all the people who go to the recycling center will have to go else where to recycle their materials.
Courtesy of Haight Ashbury Neighborhood Recycling Center, SF CA
 There are times when issues and needs come together  said David Heller  and there are times when th...
"There are times when issues and needs come together, said David Heller, and there are times when they collide. Each group or community has to understand how to work together." Heller has been a driving force in his community in San Francisco's Richmond District. Yet his willingness to go the distance has earned him the respect of many people, including those in high places.
Kevin Kleinbardt  owner of Yew Tree House was very pleased with the floral arrangements set into his...
Kevin Kleinbardt, owner of Yew Tree House was very pleased with the floral arrangements set into his exhibit's display.
 Cradle of The Sun  is one of the unique and long-standing shops on 24th Street  that like Good News...
"Cradle of The Sun" is one of the unique and long-standing shops on 24th Street, that like Good News news and magazine shop, helps anchor the community and make it a great place to live.
Formally called the California Palace of the Legion of Honor  much of the museum is patterned in sim...
Formally called the California Palace of the Legion of Honor, much of the museum is patterned in similar ways upon the Palace of Versailles.
At 94  Frank Calegari of San Francisco is delighted by the new technology.  I have over 100 contacts...
At 94, Frank Calegari of San Francisco is delighted by the new technology. "I have over 100 contacts and I know them all personally," said Calgari who celebrated his 94th birthday this past April 18, 2012.
Fred Tautenhahn
Paco Romane having some breakfast at his local haunt  The Blue Front Cafe on Haight Street near Maso...
Paco Romane having some breakfast at his local haunt, The Blue Front Cafe on Haight Street near Masonic.
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.
Golden Gate Bridge  San Francisco  California  January 2011
Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, California, January 2011
San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera and Kate Hege of La Raza Centro Legal stood beside one of...
San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera and Kate Hege of La Raza Centro Legal stood beside one of the workers who told of workers being cheated out of wages. They held a morning press conference on Aug. 17, 2011, to say that they filed suit against one of the largest car wash operations in the City of San Francisco for unpaid wages.
A sampling of Lovejoy s tea service  scones  bite size sandwiches  cookies all presented with an abu...
A sampling of Lovejoy's tea service, scones, bite size sandwiches, cookies all presented with an abundance of fresh brewed loose leaf tea.
So called  The Rock   a tiny island of Alcatraz with its infamous jail of the same name  San Francis...
So called "The Rock", a tiny island of Alcatraz with its infamous jail of the same name, San Francisco, California.
Kathy Howard of Golden Gate Park Preservation Alliance hopes that Recreation & Parks Dept. will reco...
Kathy Howard of Golden Gate Park Preservation Alliance hopes that Recreation & Parks Dept. will reconsider the proposal to install a soccer complex with 60 feet lighting. Such plans if carried out will change the natural setting of the park.
Rev. Israel Alvaran  spoke at the rally on Aug. 2. He also talked to this reporter about how many wo...
Rev. Israel Alvaran, spoke at the rally on Aug. 2. He also talked to this reporter about how many workers especially those in the immigrant and migrant worker community are impacted by loss of wages due to lack of pay or less than minimum wage.
Many people take materials to the Haight Ashbury Neighborhood recycling Center to be recycled. It is...
Many people take materials to the Haight Ashbury Neighborhood recycling Center to be recycled. It is a fine example of what neighborhoods and communities at the local level can do to help with recycling. Yet, Recreation and Parks Dept. of SF wants the facility closed.
Courtesy of Ed Dunn, Haight Ashbury Neighborhood Recycling Center, SF, CA