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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,

Op-Ed: Fantasy of Lights and elves to charm Union Street Dec 6 Special

San Francisco - While areas of Europe will be having its traditional Christmas markets, perhaps the closest thing to that in San Francisco would be the annual Union Street Fantasy of Lights, starting on Dec. 6 and will continue until Dec. 13.

Op-Ed: 'Marvelous' Superfest event highlighted disability with 52 films Special

San Francisco - With over 52 films from all over the world, organizers of the annual Superfest disability-celebrating film festival considered the event this past November 2, "a marvelous day, highlighting the intersections of disability, art and film.

Endangered young gorilla dies at San Francisco Zoo

San Francisco - A hydraulic door that crushed an endangered young gorilla to death at the San Francisco Zoo on Friday night was custom-made with a fully functional manual shut-off switch, a zoo spokesman said Sunday.

Baby gorilla crushed to death in freak accident at California zoo

A baby gorilla at a zoo in San Francisco, California, ended up being crushed to death in what is being described as a freak accident.

Op-Ed: San Francisco Giants fans are elated, despite rain upon a parade Special

San Francisco - Despite storm warnings and a downpour of some rain, over a million Giants fans showed up for the congratulatory parade celebration in honor of the baseball team's third World Series Victory in five years.

Op-Ed: SF Giants prove again that the best baseball is team baseball

San Francisco - Say what you want about how the San Francisco Giants are undeserving of being Major League champions because they couldn't even win their division after the nearly interminable 162-game season.

Op-Ed: Surrealist artist favors Day of The Dead over Halloween as sacred Special

San Francisco - While dozens of parties are being planned and the usual traversing of 'trick-or-treaters' are gearing up, there is one group in San Francisco that likes to honor the autumn festivity's original purpose, "a day to honor the dead."

Op-Ed: Classic mid-century burger place holds on in pricey San Francisco Special

San Francisco - In places like San Francisco, where real estate prices continue to shift and neighborhoods are transformed, it is comforting to see some things stay and remain the same.

Internet star Twitter plans tech center for SF homeless

San Francisco - Internet darling Twitter, the unique micro-blogging service that went public a year ago, wants to provide tech training to homeless residents of San Francisco from a center near the company's new headquarters.

Video: Tourists cheer S.F. tour guide's racist anti-Chinese rant

San Francisco - Video of a San Francisco tour guide launching into an anti-Chinese tirade while leading an open-topped bus tour through the city's famed Chinatown has gone viral.

Op-Ed: Next generation will carry on tradition of Dickens Fair Special

San Francisco - Early Bird ticket sales began in October for the annual Great Dickens Christmas Fair held at the Cow Palace in San Francisco's Excelsior District. And, while economic forecasts lately have been “Scrooge-like,”

Jet makes emergency landing after cabin walls buckle

San Francisco - An American Airlines flight from California to Texas was forced to turn around over Nevada and make an emergency landing Monday after walls inside the passenger cabin began to buckle, leaving insulation exposed.

New study shows massive earthquake in Bay area 'imminent'

San Francisco - A new study of the San Andreas Fault system has scientists worried that a potentially devastating and deadly earthquake in parts of the Pacific Northwest is imminent.
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On November 5  2013 dozens gathered outside the 9th Court of Appeals to raise awareness about the po...
On November 5, 2013 dozens gathered outside the 9th Court of Appeals to raise awareness about the policy local San Francisco postmaster has enacted since 2008. For more than five years, Single Residency Occupancy Hotel residents have not had reliable US Postal Service. Their mail is often "dumped" in one spot allowing it to be stolen by thieves, mishandled or lost.
by Jen Drake, Public Outreach Director for the SF City Attorney's Office
Ari Rozycki is now a world-traveling veterinary  since retiring from Especially Cats Veterinary Hosp...
Ari Rozycki is now a world-traveling veterinary, since retiring from Especially Cats Veterinary Hospital and Clinic on Taraval Street in San Francisco, CA
Courtesy Ari Rozycki
The afternoon tea held for members of the press was a success for the opening day of the Great Dicke...
The afternoon tea held for members of the press was a success for the opening day of the Great Dickens Christmas Fair which opened the weekend before Thanksgiving on Nov. 22. Here two members of the cast which joined in with actor Robert Young as Charles Dickens shared a bit of sherry with their tea.
Courtesy of Denise Lamott
Even though the ultimate goal of having a  museum of San Francisco  is not yet complete  SF Historic...
Even though the ultimate goal of having a "museum of San Francisco" is not yet complete, SF Historical Society Exec. Director Jeff Sosnaud noted that the Old Mint is currently providing the public with lots of exhibits and activities such as the annual SF History Expo.
Courtesy of the San Francisco Historical Society
While many of the participants donned all sorts of attire  there were many who decided upon a theme....
While many of the participants donned all sorts of attire, there were many who decided upon a theme. For this couple no words to describe their theme of costume was necessary, it simple said, "San Francisco." And, being near Golden Gate Park, so close to Haight and Ashbury, their costumes evoked something from another time, not too long ago, "Be sure to wear some flowers in your hair," kind of mood was everywhere and the weather was ideal. Not too hot and no fog, just lots of fun in the sun.
Chief Deputy City Attorney  Terry Stewart is one of the recipients of the American Bar Association s...
Chief Deputy City Attorney, Terry Stewart is one of the recipients of the American Bar Association's Margaret Brent Lawyers of Achievement Award for 2013.
Courtesy of the Office of the City Attorney of San Francisco
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.
Jane Sullivan from the Mayors Office of Economic & Workforce Development is working to promote the p...
Jane Sullivan from the Mayors Office of Economic & Workforce Development is working to promote the plans to prepare the City to host the America's Cup event in 2012. She made a presentation to the members of SHARP in San Francisco's Inner Sunset District on Oct. 24, 2011.
A lamp repair shop is scheduled to be torn down and a medical/dental building is planned to take its...
A lamp repair shop is scheduled to be torn down and a medical/dental building is planned to take its place. But not without resident and neighborhood input and discussion. Public hearings on such matters are a common routine for San Francisco residents.
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.
While the mood of the Bay to Breakers event was festive and full of revelers  the presence of increa...
While the mood of the Bay to Breakers event was festive and full of revelers, the presence of increased security was near. Obvious reminders of the recent incident in Boston.
Local author Joseph Sutton with his most recent book  The Year The Giants Won The Series  stands out...
Local author Joseph Sutton with his most recent book "The Year The Giants Won The Series" stands outside the Book Shop West Portal.
A view from Four Seasons hotel in San Francisco
A view from Four Seasons hotel in San Francisco
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.
Artist Xavier Castellanos specializes in landscapes  here is one he did of the downtown San Francisc...
Artist Xavier Castellanos specializes in landscapes, here is one he did of the downtown San Francisco skyline.
Courtesy of Xavier Castellanos
Miss San Francisco 2011  Crystal Lee presents Barbara Eden a plaque from the Mayor that July 10  201...
Miss San Francisco 2011, Crystal Lee presents Barbara Eden a plaque from the Mayor that July 10, 2011 is "Barbara Eden Day."
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Cellphone photographic journalism  live and on the go.
San Francisco Chinatown Photography - Cellphone photographic journalism, live and on the go.
The walls and ceilings of Ingleside Presbyterian are covered with an on-going collage or spontaneous...
The walls and ceilings of Ingleside Presbyterian are covered with an on-going collage or spontaneous mosaic, that Rev. G calls "The Great Cloud of Witness."
Local labor and political activist Steve Zeltzer spoke to the press on the steps of San Francisco Ci...
Local labor and political activist Steve Zeltzer spoke to the press on the steps of San Francisco City Hall on Monday, July 11, 2011. He opposes the redevelopment plans approved by SF Board of Supervisors.