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Op-Ed: From Dust Bowl to Nob Hill, a San Francisco socialite remembers Special

Beverly Hills - To read her book "Peeing on Hot Coals" is like reading something right out of John Steinbeck's "Grapes of Wrath." Pat Montandon, San Francisco's 'Golden Girl' and local TV celebrity has written her seventh book.

Alleged kidnapping in Northern California was hoax, police say

Vallejo - This week’s reported kidnapping for ransom of a Bay Area woman was a hoax, California and federal authorities said Wednesday.

San Francisco passes torch on Old Mint restoration

San Francisco - The city’s 1874 U.S. Mint may one day roar back to life as a museum or other featured attraction, but probably not the way a leading local nonprofit group has envisioned for more than 10 years.

San Francisco church removes sprinklers soaking homeless

San Francisco - Outdoor sprinklers installed outside a San Francisco cathedral to discourage homeless people from sleeping there have been removed, church officials said Wednesday.

Parched California set to impose more limits on water usage

San Francisco - Additional restrictions on water usage in California are expected to be imposed this week in the face of a continuing drought that has seen rivers, lakes and reservoirs drying up statewide.

Op-Ed: San Francisco comedian at a crossroads in his career Special

San Francisco - For almost a decade comedian Paco Romane has established a spot for himself in the City's home-grown comedy club circuit. Always eager to work if he was not able to find a gig, he created one; like his show "The Romane Event."

Op-Ed: Final injunction assures City College stays open despite threat Special

San Francisco - The City Attorney's Office was very pleased with the final injunction that Superior Court Judge Curtis Karnow delivered on Feb. 17. It ensures that City College will treated fairly in the re-accreditation process.

Op-Ed: California locals remember those times, of guitarist Sam Andrew Special

Sonoma - The death of guitarist Sam Andrew stirred not only Rolling Stone to publish a reflective and stirring obit, but Andrew's death got one local Northern California woman who met Andrew to reflect on those San Francisco days, when the Haight-Ashbury

Op-Ed: Author and Korean War vet honored by his congregational family Special

San Francisco - Rejoicing and giving thanks as it is mentioned in the Book of Deuteronomy, Chapter 16 holds a lot of meaning, especially as the season of spring draws near. It is the part of The Bible in which The Passover is mentioned.

Tickets for this year's Burning Man festival go on sale Wednesday

Gerlach - Individual tickets for this year’s Burning Man event, an annual counterculture art festival that attracts tens of thousands to a temporary city in the Nevada desert, are scheduled to go on sale beginning Wednesday.

Memory Care Cafe seeks to support caregivers of Alzheimers Special

San Francisco - According to the Alzheimer's Association, in 2014 an estimated 5.2 million Americans were diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease.

Facebook founder Zuckerberg, wife give $75 million to SF hospital

San Francisco - Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and his physician wife have donated $75 million to pay for equipment at San Francisco's largest public hospital, which is being rebuilt.

First in series of winter rainstorms reach parched SF Bay Area

San Francisco - Rain is falling Friday in San Francisco, welcome relief to the city and to an entire region that has been beset by drought.

Op-Ed: Angela Lansbury gets standing ovation in San Francisco 'Blithe' Special

San Francisco - To say that the legendary Angela Lansbury shined in her performance on stage at the Golden Gate Theater on Jan 30th is an understatement.

Op-Ed: One man's journey West to change his life and defy the past Special

San Francisco - As commemorations of Martin Luther King, Jr. day were being planned and celebrated, one man, Ardist Cooper, Jr. who lived through those times before the Civil Rights Movement, shared his recollections.

San Francisco fire kills one, leaves 40 homeless

San Francisco - Dozens of residents rescued Wednesday from a burning San Francisco building may have been further imperiled by blocked fire escapes and a malfunctioning alarm system, officials said.

Small quake shakes up California's Salinas Valley

King City - No damage has been reported so far from a 4.4-magnitude earthquake that struck early Tuesday morning southeast of Monterey Bay in California.

San Francisco to offer free transit to seniors, disabled

San Francisco - Free transit passes will be offered to senior and disabled San Francisco residents starting in March, city officials decided Tuesday.

San Francisco burglars give new meaning to 'U-Haul'

San Francisco - Two daring San Francisco burglars gave new meaning to the term "U-Haul" early Monday morning on the north side of the city near Fisherman's Wharf.

Bay Area county urges unvaccinated residents to get flu shots

Fairfield - Increasing flu activity in the San Francisco Bay Area has prompted health officials in Solano County to remind residents that there's still time to get vaccinated against current strains of the virus.

Op-Ed: City College San Francisco gets another chance at accreditation Special

San Francisco - Judge Curtis E.A. Karnow of the Superior Court of California for San Francisco proposed an injunction on January 16, which requires the accrediting board to reconsider its termination of City College's accreditation status forcing it to close.

Police seek killers of four near S.F. City Hall

San Francisco - San Francisco police fanned out across the city Saturday as they worked to find out who killed four men found dead in a stolen car in the city's Hayes Valley neighborhood.

Op-Ed: Transit ride has only slight delay as Golden Gate is closed Special

San Francisco - The work to install a Moveable Median Barrier is now underway along the Golden Gate Bridge. So far the work has been carried out smoothly and while the bridge is closed to vehicle traffic, buses can go across.

San Francisco police to hold public meeting after shooting

San Francisco - San Francisco police have called a public meeting Tuesday evening to respond to public concerns over Sunday's officer-involved fatal shooting outside Mission Station on Valencia Street.

Golden Gate Bridge closing to install permanent lane divider

San Francisco - San Francisco's iconic Golden Gate Bridge shuts down this weekend to install a movable barrier designed to keep northbound and southbound traffic apart while allowing lanes to be shifted twice a day for rush-hour.

Gunman fires on two South San Francisco police officers

San Francisco - South San Francisco police are searching for an unknown gunman who fired on two Bay Area police officers during the night. Local TV station KNTV is reporting the officers returned fire about 3 a.m. Thursday. Neither officer was injured.

Op-Ed: A New Year's Party in San Francisco, to rival Halloween ball Special

San Francisco - Event producers, Vau de Vire and Opel Productions, have teamed up with Kink.com. They eagerly announce the return of their new multi-stage, multi-dimensional New Year’s Eve adventure, called New Bohemia.

Op-Ed: David Mamet Play to premiere at Theater Rhino, San Francisco Special

San Francisco - There is something about a David Mamet play that pulls at people's heart-strings and challenges the thoughts of many minds not only in the audience but also for the actors.

Lighting strikes twice on San Francisco Bay bridge

San Francisco - Funding has been found to turn 25,000 temporary flashing lights on the western span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge into a permanent art installation, the nonprofit arts group behind the project said this week.

San Francisco to pay nearly $3 million to family of lost patient

San Francisco has agreed to pay nearly all of a $3 million legal settlement with the family of a woman who was found dead 17 days after disappearing from a room at the city's main hospital last year.
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  Rich at Alioto s does a crab cracking demo for my groups  who enjoy a crab cocktail on the Wharf  ...
" Rich at Alioto's does a crab cracking demo for my groups, who enjoy a crab cocktail on the Wharf," said GraceAnn Walden she has been providing walking tours for over 20 years. She specializes in the best places to eat and enjoy food.
courtesy of GraceAnn Walden and The Yummy Report
Westside Observer publisher and editor Mitch Bull and the paper s former owner and founder Phyllis S...
Westside Observer publisher and editor Mitch Bull and the paper's former owner and founder Phyllis Sherman take a moment for the camera. Despite the increase of the Internet, neighborhood papers (or hyper-local publications as they are referred to by some) still endure and provide much needed local reporting on issues and concerns that often are overlooked by mainstream press.
The French onion soup at Baker Street Bistro is delicious with just the right amount of cheese and o...
The French onion soup at Baker Street Bistro is delicious with just the right amount of cheese and onion, not salty.
 Graffiti is a big problem   said San Francisco Supervisor London Breed.  In developing this legisla...
"Graffiti is a big problem," said San Francisco Supervisor London Breed. "In developing this legislation, I did not wish to follow the path of those who view every crime as an opportunity for yet harsher punishment. Rather, "we crafted a plan that will reduce both graffiti offenses and provide better outcomes for graffiti offenders," she said.
Courtesy of SF Supervisor London Breed's office
Hundreds showed up on Oct. 24  2011 for the Idealist Grad Fair in Golden Gate Park. Universities fro...
Hundreds showed up on Oct. 24, 2011 for the Idealist Grad Fair in Golden Gate Park. Universities from all across the nation were represented such as Harvard and Pepperdine. Schools from England, France and China were also present.
GraceAnn Walden has been providing walking tours for more than 20 years. Unlike other walking tours ...
GraceAnn Walden has been providing walking tours for more than 20 years. Unlike other walking tours, hers feature food and restaurants of San Francisco. One of her favorite spots in the City is North Beach.
Courtesy of GraceAnn Walden and the Yummy Report
Teams of many volunteers help to make each of the Sunday Street neighborhood events throughout the C...
Teams of many volunteers help to make each of the Sunday Street neighborhood events throughout the City successful. Despite the fog and chill that morning, volunteers showed up at 9 AM sharp to help set up.
Courtesy of Sunday Streets
 I loved the film festival and had a wonderful time. Being the MC was an honor   said comedian Nina ...
"I loved the film festival and had a wonderful time. Being the MC was an honor," said comedian Nina G. "Often times the media misrepresents disability, that is why I think Superfest is so important." Nina's favorite films this year was "Vectors of Autism" and "The Mural."
Courtesy of Superfest 2014
DOWN: High winds blew over a large tree across Interstate 80 in Vallejo  Calif.  on Tuesday  blockin...
DOWN: High winds blew over a large tree across Interstate 80 in Vallejo, Calif., on Tuesday, blocking traffic was blocked in both directions for nearly an hour.
California Highway Patrol
Outside the de Young Museum of San Francisco  a prominent and unique fixture in Golden Gate Park (20...
Outside the de Young Museum of San Francisco, a prominent and unique fixture in Golden Gate Park (2011)
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These abstracts are by Mexican artist Mariana Greuener. Works from over 30 artists from all over Lat...
These abstracts are by Mexican artist Mariana Greuener. Works from over 30 artists from all over Latin America were featured at the Numina Femenina Latin Women in the arts exhibit at the Consulate General de Mexico in San Francisco from Oct. 20 to Dec. 13, 2011.
When Sunday Streets first arrived to the Sunset District  The Great Highway along Ocean Beach was cl...
When Sunday Streets first arrived to the Sunset District, The Great Highway along Ocean Beach was closed to vehicle traffic. This allowed a rare opportunity for residents and merchants to enjoy the road free of cars.
Courtesy of Sunday Streets
San Francisco from the Marin Headlands  with the Golden Gate Bridge in the foreground.
San Francisco from the Marin Headlands, with the Golden Gate Bridge in the foreground.
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In the distance along La Playa Street where Judah Street and 48th Ave intersect is Java Beach Cafe  ...
In the distance along La Playa Street where Judah Street and 48th Ave intersect is Java Beach Cafe, a hub and gathering place for the neighborhood. With increased foot traffic, more shops and businesses are opening up along the Judah Street merchant corridor that stretches towards Ocean Beach.
In addition to the Bocce ball area  Steve Ward and his crew created a mini park oasis all on a narro...
In addition to the Bocce ball area, Steve Ward and his crew created a mini park oasis all on a narrow stretch of what had been a traffic median along La Playa Street between Judah, Irving and Kirkham Streets.
San Francisco movie critic Jan Wahl was at the TCM Classic Films event at The Castro Theater on Wedn...
San Francisco movie critic Jan Wahl was at the TCM Classic Films event at The Castro Theater on Wednesday, April 20, 2011.
San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera and his staff are actively pursuing to challenge the deci...
San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera and his staff are actively pursuing to challenge the decision to "sanction" City College of San Francisco by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges
Press office of SF City Attorney
 Window-smith  Trevor Robertson along with Fredericksen s owner Tom Tognetti is the creative force b...
'Window-smith' Trevor Robertson along with Fredericksen's owner Tom Tognetti is the creative force behind the window displays. For Halloween , Robertson and Tognetti used the shower scene from the Hitchcock movie "Psycho" to feature faucets, knifes and sinks on sale at the store that week. "We try to have something new in the window for each season or occasion," said Trevor Robertson.
David Delp has help many over the years. Now through the forming of his Pilot Fire  he hopes to reac...
David Delp has help many over the years. Now through the forming of his Pilot Fire, he hopes to reach out to many more people.
Courtesy of David Delp and Pilot Fire