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San Francisco transit system comes under ransomware attack

Transit riders in San Francisco this weekend got a nice surprise: all Muni Metro rides were free. Unfortunately, the reason behind the free fair wasn’t a show of good will on a stressful holiday weekend.

Op-Ed: San Francisco burger place mourns loss of waitress who died at 96 Special

San Francisco - Every so often we are reminded that things that seem permanent and forever are only "on loan" to us. And, that we should not take anything for granted.

Fall, French cooking and San Francisco, a Bon Appetit combination Special

San Francisco - Bay Area based author Carole Bumpus was delighted when she got the news that she and her companion cookbook, ‘Recipes for Redemption’ from her novel 'Cup of Redemption' were invited to the "Literary Feast" of Les Dames d’Escoffier on Nov. 13.

'Mad Sal' is the gal to see at the annual Dickens Christmas Fair Special

San Francisco - As our nation ponders the possibility of a woman president in this upcoming November election, it is important to note how far women have advanced over a century’s time.

John Stanley retired host of 'Creature Features' talks ghost Special

Sonoma - On Halloween night it is customary for the older kids to watch scary movies. These days Netflix, Hulu and others have dozens and dozens to select from. But not too long ago, there was a time when a scary move was on local TV.

San Francisco's Millennium Tower is sinking fast into the muck

San Francisco - In what's looking more and more like a cover up, the fate of San Francisco's 58-story sleek and ritzy high-rise, Millennium Tower, is heading toward a big court battle after it was discovered the building is sinking and tilting into the soft soil.

Op-Ed: Comedian talks documentaries with fellow comedians on podcast Special

San Francisco - Over the past 40 years the documentary has blossomed from a didactic tool in a classroom to a box-office attraction. Examples of this in recent years are in films such as Michael Moore’s ‘Bowling for Columbine.’

San Francisco proposes 60 day cap on all Airbnb rentals

San Francisco - San Francisco is proposing a legislation that would cap out the total number of days a housing unit can be rented out as a short term rental. The number of days would be capped at 60 per year.

Op-Ed: 'Beatlemania' is relived in Ron Howard film 'Eight Days A Week' Special

San Francisco - Literally right from Sacramento she returned to San Francisco's Sundance Kabuki Theater to see again, the Ron Howard documentary "Eight Days A Week: The Beatles - The Touring Years."

Op-Ed: 'Man with the hook' in films had to step aside, says filmmaker Special

San Francisco - When we look at our diverse society in this 21st Century, one aspect to that diversity that still has yet to be fully understood is the subject of disability. The lives of people with disabilities is important.

Op-Ed: Moon Festival is Moon Cake time, with good fortune, hope, wishes Special

San Francisco - Autumn brings familiar occasions to mind, like back to school, Fleet Week and of course, Halloween. Yet, in the Asian community the Festival of the Moon (or Mid-Autumn harvest) is not about anything scary as in Halloween, but more about good fortune.

Op-Ed: 'A Passion For The Figure' exhibit opens with much success Special

San Francisco - The depiction of the human form in art, especially in public can be a sensitive issue. Often considered 'too explicit' or 'controversial' the human form for some galleries is usually avoided, because it's too personal.

Op-Ed: San Francisco Newspaper editor has his first art show at age 72 Special

San Francisco - Having his first art show At 72 is not easy, he admits. But San Francisco newspaper editor Doug Comstock has an accumulated body of work spanning over 50 years.

Op-Ed: 'Are You For Real?!' author says micromanaging is not good Special

San Francisco - There's nothing like a great pep talk when you're on the go, especially if you;re in sales. That's the incentive behind the recent release of David Stern's book on CD, "Are You For Real?! Going From Excuses to Authentic Selling and Living your Dreams."

Op-Ed: Woman of Her Word, excited to attend Ron Howard film London debut Special

San Francisco - Even though Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr are still a formidable presence in the music industry today, it is hard to explain to the younger generations the ecstatic excitement The Beatles stirred in the baby-boomer generation.

Op-Ed: 'Speechless' show concept taking flight around the globe Special

San Francisco - Little did comedian Sammy Wegent know that his improvisational spoof on office presentations would spin into a start-up company called ‘Speechless’ which now employs a staff, has trainings and talks and takes him across the country and the globe.

Op-Ed: San Francisco's Catherine Merrill is 'A Passion for The Figure' Special

San Francisco - Strolling along Irving Street between 7th and 8th Avenues, locals have noticed the establishment of the San Francisco Woman Artists Gallery.

Statues of Donald Trump taken down in S.F., other cities

San Francisco - A giant, naked statue of Donald Trump that was surreptitiously installed in a San Francisco plaza has been taken down, but not before attracting a lot of attention here and in four other cities around the country.

David Elaine Alt blends classical music with jazz Special

San Francisco - The shift in socio-economic demographics that has occurred in the City over the past decade has not stopped composer-musician David Elaine Alt from pursuing his creative and artistic endeavors.

Delta Air Lines digging out of delays from massive computer crash

San Francisco - Delta Air Lines continued to recover Tuesday from a massive computer outage that grounded flights and stranded passengers at the San Francisco Bay Area's three major airports.

San Francisco nudists pose for videos before parade through city

San Francisco - Nudist activists displayed, well, just about everything Sunday to a throng of cellphone camera-toting onlookers before the start of a "Naked Parade" from the Castro to the Haight-Ashbury neighborhoods in San Francisco.

California college pitcher shot and killed playing Pokemon Go

San Francisco - A California college freshman visiting San Francisco was shot and killed Saturday, apparently while playing Pokemon Go near the city's popular Ghirardelli Square tourist attraction.

Uber, Airbnb workers to benefit from new S.F. janitors contract

San Francisco - Workers for web-enabled car and home rental services will be paid more under a deal with San Francisco's janitors' union negotiated with the help of the city's mayor.

Study: San Francisco has highest rate of pot smoking in U.S.

Washington - San Francisco, the gleaming city by the bay and financial center of the West, now has another title to add to its allure: marijuana capital.

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.
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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.
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Dozens showed up for the Noon-time press conference on March 18, 2014 at San Francisco's Civic Center Plaza to hear SF Supervisor London Breed talk about her proposed legislation to overhaul the City's graffiti policies.
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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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Graced with Light installation with colourful ribbons inside the Grace Cathedral, San Francisco, CA.
Anna s Hair Gallery is on 9th Ave between Lincoln Way and Irving Street in the Sunset District. 9th ...
Anna's Hair Gallery is on 9th Ave between Lincoln Way and Irving Street in the Sunset District. 9th Ave & Irving is one of the popular neighborhoods in San Francisco.
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Astronaut and engineer Jose Hernandez will be one of the science lecturers at the "Mex I AM" festival.
Courtesy of "Mex I AM" festival event
SF resident Tim Vigil places his menu order with Amanda behind the counter. Customers order what the...
SF resident Tim Vigil places his menu order with Amanda behind the counter. Customers order what they want from the counter and then it is served to them at table. Vigil ordered three Pupusas, small tortillas filled with various fillings, such as beans and cheese or peppers and rice, etc.
The baklava at Myconos Greek Restaurant is delicious  gratifying and uniquely flavorful. My dinner g...
The baklava at Myconos Greek Restaurant is delicious, gratifying and uniquely flavorful. My dinner guest with me for the evening detected a hint of clove and nutmeg in the baklava, "and not doughy or drenched with lots of honey," she said. We both agreed we will return again and have more.
John Farrell and his wife Claudette at one of their favorite spots to eat in District 7. District 7 ...
John Farrell and his wife Claudette at one of their favorite spots to eat in District 7. District 7 is their home and Farrell says he considers the job of City Supervisor that of a public servant. if elected, I am here for the people," he said.
Courtesy of John Farrell
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
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Landscape designer Topher Delaney's installation of a whimsical rendition of concrete and bold neon colors has some like Harry Pariser upset. "This used to be a meadow, now it is a concrete mess," he said.
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.
Sweet potato knish is one of chef Ramni Levy s favorites.
Sweet potato knish is one of chef Ramni Levy's favorites.
Courtesy of Chef Ramni Levy
The Commandant s Ballroom on the 10th floor of the Marines Memorial Club & Hotel was filled to capac...
The Commandant's Ballroom on the 10th floor of the Marines Memorial Club & Hotel was filled to capacity as the fourth annual "Brain at War" conference was held on Thursday, June 23, 2011.
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Design rendering of interior plans for the new St. Luke's campus of California Pacific Medical Center serving the Mission District of San Francisco, CA
Photo courtesy of CPMC media department
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Two afternoon tea settings will be provided, one at 12 Noon the other at 3 PM for Dec. 4, 2013.
by Faith Echtermeyer, courtesy of SF Museum and Historical Society
Author Larry Levy is now retired. For the past 40 years he and his wife Teresa have lived in San Fra...
Author Larry Levy is now retired. For the past 40 years he and his wife Teresa have lived in San Francisco's Sunset District near Golden Gate Park.
Courtesy of author Larry Levy and Lehane Designs
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
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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This was Scene Night at the Jean Shelton Actor s Lab  circa summer 1996. From right to left are Arma...
This was Scene Night at the Jean Shelton Actor's Lab, circa summer 1996. From right to left are Armando Dubon, Jr. Arden Newman, Alan Carter, me (Jonathan Farrell) and Suraj Metha. Arden and I had performed a scene from Tennessee William's "Night of the Iguana."

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