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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.

Protesters sound off in San Francisco, Oakland and Berkeley

San Francisco - Thousands of Californians returned to the streets of San Francisco, Oakland and Berkeley on Saturday in a show of support for larger protests against recent shootings of unarmed black men by police in other states.

Storm cuts power to shoppers at San Francisco's Union Square Special

San Francisco - It looks as if California got its wish for rain as a storm hit the San Francisco Bay Area on Wednesday night. Rain and wind continued all day Thursday and is expected to let up by the weekend.

Now San Francisco and Los Angeles are suing Uber

San Francisco and Los Angeles district attorneys filed a consumer protection suit against Uber on Tuesday, the LA Times reports.

San Francisco is getting insanely fast wireless Internet

San Francisco - You can get insanely fast wireless internet to your home if you live in the right neighborhood of San Francisco — and are willing to pony up $2,500.

Rain and snow storms finally soak Northern California

Monterey - The biggest rainstorms in years are expected to continue to pound Northern California for days after resuming Wednesday, bringing a welcome end to three years of drought but ushering in concerns about landslides, flooding and falling trees.

Op-Ed: New novel is compared to Laura Ingalls Wilder's books Special

San Francisco - To the delight of novelist, Martha Conway, her latest work, "Thieving Forest" was well-recieved at its launch book-signing and reading event at Booksmith bookshop in San Francisco's Haight-Ashbury District this past Nov. 11.

Days of rain could relieve severe Northern California drought

San Francisco - Rain is expected to start falling this afternoon in Northern California and could continue for several days in the largest storm to reach the region in years.

Dunkin' Donuts announces major West Coast expansion Special

Canton - Dunkin' Donuts, the ubiquitous East Coast coffee chain little known in the western United States, announced plans Monday to open hundreds of cafes in Northern California.

San Francisco window-washer survives 11-story fall

San Francisco - A San Francisco window-washer appears to have survived an 11-story plunge off a downtown office building after landing on a moving car and tumbling onto California Street.

Op-Ed: Starting Holidays early with Tea — it's not just a Dickens thing Special

San Francisco - As the morning rain gave way to sunshine this afternoon, the organizers and staff of the Great Dickens Christmas Fair opening today were pleased to host their annual 'High Tea' for members of the press and their guests at 2 PM.

S.F. Zoo workers say young gorilla's death was avoidable

San Francisco - Animal caretakers at San Francisco Zoo say the Nov. 7 death of a young endangered gorilla in its enclosure could have been prevented.

Op-Ed: San Francisco Sheriff determined to withstand 'shunning' by Mayor Special

San Francisco - City politics, especially in San Francisco has a reputation for sometimes being like a small town, intense, rudimentary and seemingly personal.

San Francisco window washer survives 11-story fall

The first sign something was wrong was when office workers walking along Montgomery Street looked up to see a blur falling from the sky.

Asiana Airlines suspended from using SFO due to 2013 crash

Seoul - South Korea has penalized Asiana Airlines for last year's fatal crash at San Francisco International Airport by barring its jets from landing there for 45 days.

With grand rooms restored, it's tea time again at The Old Mint Special

San Francisco - As the weather begins to chill, something hot to drink is appealing. And, what is more soothing than a cup of tea! With less than a month before the holiday season goes into full swing,
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The pool at Fleishacker s near Golden Gate Park was so large it required that the lifeguards use row...
The pool at Fleishacker's near Golden Gate Park was so large it required that the lifeguards use rowboats to keep watch over swimmers.
Courtesy of Woody LaBounty and the Western Neighborhoods Project
Tom Stienstra  The SF Chronicle nature and outdoors reporter and columnist  was the Keynote Speaker ...
Tom Stienstra, The SF Chronicle nature and outdoors reporter and columnist was the Keynote Speaker at the event on Oct. 4, 2012 for the Tuloumne River Trust. Celebrating the acquisition of the Dos Rios acreage for conservation and river water flow restoration.
Rick Avant, courtesy of Tuolumne River Trust, San Francisco
Nayely Duran was born in Mexico City but her parents are from Oaxaca region of Mexico.  The Tlayuba ...
Nayely Duran was born in Mexico City but her parents are from Oaxaca region of Mexico. "The Tlayuba is a classic dish of Oaxaca," said Duran.
Posters and signs were up amid renovation efforts  letting everyone know Goat Hill Pizza was prepari...
Posters and signs were up amid renovation efforts, letting everyone know Goat Hill Pizza was preparing for a grand opening on Aug. 27, 2012
A taste of high culture with the quintessential French touches filled this display.
A taste of high culture with the quintessential French touches filled this display.
Sunday May 19  2012 was a perfect weather day in San Francisco for the annual Bay to Breakers Marath...
Sunday May 19, 2012 was a perfect weather day in San Francisco for the annual Bay to Breakers Marathon and running event.
Sean Kennedy is the coordinator of the Transit Effectiveness Project for the San Francisco Municipal...
Sean Kennedy is the coordinator of the Transit Effectiveness Project for the San Francisco Municipal Transit Authority. "We are in a great time, he said, in terms of budget." "In fact, there is a budget surplus."
Alamo Square  San Francisco
Alamo Square, San Francisco
Looking northeast from Alamo Square Park
Looking northeast from Alamo Square Park
Sacramento Str. 1906 after the San Franciso earthquake
Sacramento Str. 1906 after the San Franciso earthquake
Anold Genthe (1869-1942)
Jessica Lee considered  Inner Insight  to be among her favorite of Carmit Haller s work that evening...
Jessica Lee considered "Inner Insight" to be among her favorite of Carmit Haller's work that evening of the exhibit reception on Feb. 16, 2012. "I keep coming back to it and yes I would buy it, if it was within my price range," she said.
Studiomix was the venue host for chef Ramni Levy and his King Knish which celebrated its first year ...
Studiomix was the venue host for chef Ramni Levy and his King Knish which celebrated its first year anniversary on Monday night, Nov. 11, 2013. "We are a local business and we like to help support other local businesses," said the woman in charge at Studiomix, Mystie Webster. "And, besides, she added these knish are delicious!"
Courtesy of Ramni Levy and King Knish
Expanding the taste palate of this old world dish is chef Ramni Levy s passion. Here is a knish stuf...
Expanding the taste palate of this old world dish is chef Ramni Levy's passion. Here is a knish stuffed with pastrami.
Courtesy of Chef Ramni Levy
Most of the 14 candidates for mayor of San Francisco for this November s election showed up on Monda...
Most of the 14 candidates for mayor of San Francisco for this November's election showed up on Monday night, Sept. 19 at the Richmond District Recreation Center.
Lots of people go to the recycling center on Frederick Street  says the center s director Ed Dunn. H...
Lots of people go to the recycling center on Frederick Street, says the center's director Ed Dunn. He prefers to call the facility Kezar Gardens because it is so close to the Kezar Stadium. See web site: http://kezargardens.com/
Courtesy of Haight Asbury Neighborhood Recycling Center, SF, CA
The Golden Gate Bridge  San Francisco  California
The Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, California
Steven Pavlov
Schneider Optics also makes lenses for the i-phone. They along with olloclip were among several phot...
Schneider Optics also makes lenses for the i-phone. They along with olloclip were among several photography and photo products designed for the i-phone or i-pad, featured at the 2014 Macworld Expo.
Karin Drucker of the Tenderloin Housing Clinic  spoke to those gathered outside the courthouse in Sa...
Karin Drucker of the Tenderloin Housing Clinic, spoke to those gathered outside the courthouse in San Francisco on Nov. 5, 2013
By Jen Drake, Public Outreach Director for the City Attorney's Office.
Interior of renovated Presidio Branch of the SF Public Library on Sacramento Street. Photo courtesy ...
Interior of renovated Presidio Branch of the SF Public Library on Sacramento Street. Photo courtesy of Field Paoli Architects (2011).
Courtesy of Field Paoli
Luis Umana-Timms is the Dean at the San Francisco
campus of Hult International Business School. He ...
Luis Umana-Timms is the Dean at the San Francisco campus of Hult International Business School. He is very pleased with the skills and experience Herb Meiberger and Ray Meadows bring to the students.