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  • SFPD officer arrested, accused of lying on DMV documents

    05/02/2016 7:42:53 PM PDT · by Navy Patriot · 11 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | April 30,2016 | Jenna Lyons
    A San Francisco police officer was arrested and suspended without pay Friday after a months-long investigation into allegations he made “false representations” on his Department of Motor Vehicles confidentiality form, authorities said.Saqib Aslam, 29, of South San Francisco was charged with felony counts of filing a false document and perjury, officials in the district attorney’s office said.Officer Albie Esparza, a police spokesman, said Aslam put down someone else’s information on a DMV INV 32 form. An INV 32, according to the California DMV website, allows qualified persons, along with their spouses and children, to ask for “home address confidentiality on...
  • Ex-49ers standout Dana Stubblefield charged with rape of disabled woman

    05/02/2016 5:50:40 PM PDT · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 30 replies
    WFAA.COM ^ | 02 MAY 2016 | WFAA.COM
    Former 49ers defensive tackle and Super Bowl champion Dana Stubblefield was charged Monday with the rape of a “developmentally delayed” disabled woman, the Santa Clara (Calif.) County District Attorney’s office announced. According to the San Jose Mercury News, prosecutors said the 5-foot, 105-pound woman was assaulted on April 9, 2015 during an interview at Stubblefield’s home for a babysitting job. "This was a crime of violence against a vulnerable victim," Deputy District Attorney Tim McInerny said in a statement. "She was looking for a job and she was unconscionably assaulted."
  • Braveheart - Solitary Trump Supporter Battered by Phalanx of Shrieking Lefty GOONS in Burlingame

    05/01/2016 8:15:30 PM PDT · by gaijin · 90 replies
    KTVU video homepage, YouTube ^ | May 1, 2016 | KTVU TV, San Francisco
    Trump-supporting mortgage banker born in Burlingame, CA. walks through hundreds of violent, masked, profanity-spewing lefties, totally on his own after a recent Trump speech at the local Hyatt Regency near SFO. The tall, suited, brave professional is repeatedly sworn at, jostled, punched, and kicked as he walks along, defiantly. His red Trump hat is repeatedly torn off his head and stolen by pro-immigration activists and racist anti-racists. This is the most violent Trump-related encounter I have ever seen. I believe this is reliable foreshadowing of what is to come and I think THIS is what the tone will be after...
  • Like A Boss: Moonbats Block The Street – So Donald Trump Walks In

    04/30/2016 6:06:20 AM PDT · by detective · 29 replies
    Conservative Treehouse ^ | April 29, 2016 | Sundance
    If it were possible to squeeze a bit more respect into an already overflowing perspective therein, well this just does the trick. The moonbat protesters block the streets leading to the California venue where Donald Trump was giving a keynote address. Undeterred, he gets out of the vehicle, hops a fence, and walks in. Like a boss.
  • New ad rips Cruz and Trump as “dangerous” on climate change

    04/29/2016 7:24:21 AM PDT · by artichokegrower · 13 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | April 28, 2016 | Joe Garofoli
    Not only will Burlingame be the center of the Republican political universe for three days starting Friday, when White House presidential hopefuls Donald Trump, Ted Cruz and John Kasich speak at the state Republican Convention, but some Democrats are taking advantage of the media spotlight shining on California, too. Billionaire San Francisco environmental activist Tom Steyer launched an 30-second ad Thursday ripping Cruz and Trump for their dubious attitudes toward climate change and urging people to vote against them. On Monday, the former hedge fund manager has announced his NextGen Climate Action super PAC would spend $25 million this year...
  • Thor Heyerdahl. The raft was named Kon-Tiki

    04/26/2016 8:47:34 PM PDT · by Rabin · 21 replies
    linkedin ^ | Apr 26, 2016 | gary bubb
    Solar Impulse is a Swiss long-range experimental solar-powered aircraft project, The privately financed project is led by Swiss engineer and businessman André Borschberg and Swiss psychiatrist and aeronaut Bertrand Piccard, who co-piloted Breitling Orbiter 3, the first balloon to circle the world non-stop. The Solar Impulse will to achieve the first circumnavigation of the Earth by a piloted fixed-wing aircraft using captured energy rather than recovered fuel. In March 2015, Piccard and Borschberg began to circumnavigate the globe with Solar Impulse 2, departing from Abu Dhabi. By June 2015, SI2 had traversed Asia, and notably, by July 2015, it completed...
  • SF could ban business with firms in states hostile to LGBT rights

    04/26/2016 7:07:20 PM PDT · by artichokegrower · 22 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | April 26, 2016 | Emily Green
    San Francisco would have to stop entering into contracts with companies based in states that bar civil-rights protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people under legislation introduced Tuesday at the Board of Supervisors. The proposed ordinance, by Supervisor Scott Wiener, is another effort to increase pressure on North Carolina and Mississippi to rescind recently enacted laws to limit transgender rights.
  • Sam Bradford demands trade after Eagles' move for No. 2 pick

    04/25/2016 11:31:37 AM PDT · by C19fan · 25 replies
    ESPN ^ | April 25, 2016 | Staff
    The Philadelphia Eagles have been informed that quarterback Sam Bradford wants to be traded and will not be showing up for their offseason program any longer, a source told ESPN's Adam Schefter.
  • San Francisco Torn as Some See ‘Street Behavior’ Worsen

    04/24/2016 6:44:57 PM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 86 replies
    New York Times ^ | April 24, 2016 | THOMAS FULLER
    SAN FRANCISCO — From her apartment at the foot of the celebrated zigzags of Lombard Street, Judith Calson has twice peered out her window as thieves smashed their way into cars and snatched whatever they could. She has seen foreign tourists cry after cash and passports were stolen. She shudders when she recounts the story of the Thai tourist who was shot because he resisted thieves taking his camera. And that is her tally from the last year alone. “I never thought of this area as a high-crime neighborhood,” Ms. Calson, a retired photographer, said of this leafy part of...
  • Scientist warns MEGA EARTHQUAKE threatening millions will hit USA as early as FRIDAY

    04/21/2016 7:57:16 AM PDT · by PROCON · 128 replies
    express.co.uk ^ | April 21, 2016 | JON AUSTIN
    Jim Berkland, a former US Geological Survey scientist, who once famously predicted the Loma Prieta quake, said mega quakes usually strike at a new moon or full moon because of the gravitation effect on the Earth…and the next full moon is on FRIDAY. The maverick, now retired, scientist spoke out after eight powerful earthquakes struck across south Asia and the pacific in the past 80 hours, claiming hundreds of lives in Japan and Ecuador. Mr Berkland predicted on October 13, 1989, an earthquake of magnitude 3.5 to 6.0 would strike San Francisco within the next week. Four days later on...
  • 110th San Francisco 1906 Earthquake Anniversary Honors Victims of Ecuador, Japan

    04/18/2016 3:06:58 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 4 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | Apr 18, 2016 | Stephanie Chuang and Lisa Fernandez
    As they have for 110 years in a row, residents and emergency crew members met early Monday morning at Lotta’s Fountain in San Francisco to mark those who died and suffered during the great quake and fire on 1906. Except this year was different. It was the first time that no original survivors were left. The death of Bill Del Monte earlier this year at age 109, marked the end of the last 1906 survivor — an inevitable page turning in the long tale of the Bay Area’s most famous catastrophe. Still, a sizable crowd gathered at the gold fire...
  • Religious group sues San Francisco over open-air urinal

    04/18/2016 10:40:01 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 18 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 19, 2016 12:34 AM EDT
    A religious organization is suing the city San Francisco to remove an open-air urinal it calls unsanitary and indecent from a popular park. The Chinese Christian Union of San Francisco filed a civil complaint last week demanding the city remove the concrete circular urinal from the iconic Dolores Park. The group says the urinal, which is out in the open and screened only through plants for privacy, “emanates offensive odors,” “has no hand-washing facilities” and “it’s offensive to manners and morals.” …
  • 'They sell you a dream': tech workers protest Clooney event for Clinton

    04/16/2016 8:31:30 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 16 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 4-16-16 | Nellie Bowles
    Nearly 200 Bernie Sanders supporters gathered last night with pots and pans outside Shervin Pishevar’s star-studded Clinton fundraiser, co-hosted by George and Amal Clooney. The Sanders supporters argued corporate interests were buying Clinton that night – tickets for Pishevar’s dinner started at $33,400 (for a seat at the Fairmont hotel) and went up to $353,400 (for a seat at his house). Most of those in the streets were young, and many were in tech. “Tech workers are workers, no matter how much money they make. The investors are what’s wrong in this city,” said 24-year-old Tom Sliwowski, one of the...
  • San Francisco to Require Uber, Lyft Drivers to Obtain Business Licenses

    04/16/2016 10:52:06 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 25 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | Apr 15, 2016
    Uber will not challenge the city, but Lyft opposes the planIt's about to get more expensive to drive an Uber or Lyft car in San Francisco. Officials will require the 37,000 company drivers who work in the city seven or more days a year to obtain a business license, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. The license will cost $91 a year. Drivers who earn $100,000 or less in gross receipts annually will be required to pay back fees for the license.
  • After Minimum Wage Hike, UC Berkeley Cuts 500 Staff

    04/14/2016 12:31:40 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 41 replies
    Breitbart ^ | April 13,2016 | ADELLE NAZARIAN
    In the past, left-wing student activists at UC Berkeley have joined unions in pushing for higher wages, including a “living wage,” for campus staff. Campus minimum wages have lagged behind local minimum wages because the university, as a public state institution, is exempt from local minimums. On Monday, University of California Berkeley chancellor Nicholas Dirks announced that the educational institution will be eliminating 500 jobs over the course of two years, which will wind up saving an estimated $50 million. “My concern and the public’s concern is that UC Berkeley is going to start cutting the people it can ill...
  • Family Booted From Baseball Game for Breaking ‘Unknown’ Rule

    04/14/2016 2:15:41 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 58 replies
    KFOR ^ | APRIL 14, 2016 | DALLAS FRANKLIN
    A Colorado man says he was kicked out of a baseball game after he tossed a home run ball back onto the field. Brandon Sanchez told KDVR that he, his wife and stepsons were enjoying the Colorado Rockies-San Francisco Giants game Tuesday night when the Giants hit a home run. The home run ball landed in Sanchez's hands. Although his stepsons were excited, Sanchez said he couldn't care less. “I threw the ball back just because it was San Francisco’s home run and I wanted the Story home run ball,” he said, referring to Rockies rookie shortstop Trevor Story. Moments...
  • Zuckerberg Criticizes Trump’s ‘Fearful’ Voice ‘Calling For Building Walls’

    04/12/2016 2:34:51 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 66 replies
    Breitbart ^ | April 12,2016 | Pam Key
    Tuesday in San Francisco at the Facebook development conference, Facebook CEO founder Mark Zuckerberg without naming him specifically, blasted Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump for his proposals to build a U.S.-Mexico border wall, and blocking ISIS from using the internet. Zuckerberg said, “Now as I travel around the world I’m starting to see people and nations turning inward, against this idea of a connected world and a global community. I hear fearful voices calling for building walls and distancing people they label as others, for blocking free expression, for slowing immigration, reducing trade, and in some case even cutting access...
  • Mark Zuckerberg demos new VR tech at annual event, and makes Trump dig

    04/12/2016 11:21:36 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 27 replies
    Mark Zuckerberg opened Facebook’s annual F8 developer conference with a thinly veiled attack on Donald Trump. ....Zuckerberg said that “it takes courage to chose hope over fear” and criticized “fearful voices talking about building walls”. He added that immigration was essential to the economic success of the country.
  • All the crazy things happening because of San Francisco's ridiculous housing prices

    04/11/2016 8:37:09 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 28 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 04/11/2016 | Eugene Kim
    The cost of living in the San Francisco Bay Area is insanely high.The housing crisis has caused all kinds of problems, but some people are getting creative to survive it.From wooden pods to trailer trucks, check out all the crazy things people are doing to survive the area's ridiculous housing prices. According to real-estate marketplace Zumper, San Francisco is the most expensive rental market in the US, with the median rent for a one-bedroom apartment going for $3,590. This housing flyer will give you a better idea of how crazy rental prices are. Take Brandon, a 23-year-old Google engineer who...
  • Unions champion higher minimum wages but support loopholes that exempt their own union workers

    04/10/2016 7:28:30 AM PDT · by george76 · 5 replies
    AEIdeas ^ | April 10, 2016 | Mark J. Perry
    union hypocrisy and betrayal of its membership ... a series of loopholes that cut union workers out of the very pay increases their leaders have championed. ... written into the fine print of wage ordinances in a dozen California cities at labor leaders’ urging. San Francisco, San Jose, Oakland and Santa Monica have all adopted union waivers in their most recent minimum wage laws. L.A. city officials are expected to indicate whether they will include such an exemption in their own $15 minimum wage at a hearing next week. ... Thanks to the “union waivers” agreed to by union leaders,...
  • Outrage after big labor crafts law paying their members less than non-union workers

    04/10/2016 11:50:56 AM PDT · by grundle · 13 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | April 9, 2016 | Peter Jamison
    ... Under an obscure provision of the city's wage hike, unionized hotels were granted an exemption allowing them to pay their employees less... ... a series of loopholes that cut union workers out of the very pay increases their leaders have championed... San Francisco, San Jose, Oakland and Santa Monica have all adopted union waivers in their most recent minimum wage laws... At the Sheraton Universal Hotel, a longtime union property, bellhops, waiters and banquet servers make California's current minimum wage: $10 an hour... Those doing the same jobs at a non-union Hilton less than 500 feet away make at...
  • BROWN, CUOMO RACE TO RAISE MINIMUM WAGE -- KASICH TOPS BAY AREA IN NEW POLL

    04/09/2016 10:30:04 AM PDT · by GilGil · 136 replies
    Politico ^ | 4/5/2016 | Staff
    REGIONAL BREAKDOWNS: SoCal is head over heels for Trump (Trump 49 percent; Cruz 34, Kasich 13) , Central Valley leans Trump (Trump 39, Cruz 26, Kasich 18), and Inland Empire for Cruz (Cruz, 43, Trump 30, Kasich, 9). Silicon Valley and the Bay Area? Kasich trounces Trump 43-36, with Cruz at 14.
  • Obama visit to SF will raise money, snarl traffic

    04/07/2016 7:01:44 PM PDT · by artichokegrower · 19 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | April 7, 2016 | Joe Garofoli
    Be prepared for traffic snarls in San Francisco on Friday and Saturday as President Obama comes to town for fundraisers. Much as has been the case in the past, only those able to write a huge check will be able to see the president — he won’t be making any public appearances.
  • 'It's a Day I Always Hoped For': Missing Korean War Veteran Returns Home to Bay Area

    04/07/2016 9:49:02 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 9 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | Wednesday, April 6, 2016 | Cheryl Hurd
    The San Francisco native's flag-draped casket was carried off a plane at San Francisco International Airport late Wednesday.Cpl. Robert Perry Graham was declared missing in action 65 years ago. The San Francisco native's flag-draped casket was carried off a plane at San Francisco International Airport late Wednesday. "It's something that my aunts, uncles and mother had always dreamed about," nephew James George said. "Having this closure." Closure the family thought would never happen. Graham, a 21-year-old member of the United States Army, was sent to fight in the Korean War and never returned. His family said the official report...
  • The Streets of San Francisco, a Libertarian Take

    04/06/2016 5:27:04 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 6, 2016 | Debra J. Saunders
    "Sometimes I think we're so liberal that we're OK stepping over dead people on our sidewalks," Daniel Bergerac of the Castro Merchants Association and Castro Cares told me as we discussed the state of the streets of San Francisco. As he knows, people stepping over dead people does happen in San Francisco. Baghdad by the Bay is living with two intractable problems -- a large homeless population and bands of street people who turn parts of this shining city into a menacing and grimy environment. Throwing millions of dollars a year at the homeless problem and developing well-meaning programs haven't...
  • San Francisco tries to make life affordable in costly city

    04/06/2016 2:03:58 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 6, 2016 2:06 AM EDT | Janie Har
    In approving a novel paid parental leave policy, San Francisco officials buttressed their efforts to make life a little more affordable for workers who eke out a living in one of the most expensive cities in the country. Mayor Ed Lee is expected to sign legislation approved Tuesday by the Board of Supervisors that requires employers to provide fully paid six-week leaves for new mothers and fathers. Currently, the state of California pays about 55 percent of a worker’s salary when they take leave, which advocates say is not enough for working families. The San Francisco measure requires employers with...
  • San Francisco approves fully paid leave for new parents

    04/05/2016 5:54:34 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 23 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr. 5, 2016 8:02 PM EDT | Janie Har
    San Francisco became the first place in the country Tuesday to require businesses to provide fully paid leave for new parents in what was hailed as the latest move to address income inequality in the nation. The measure approved unanimously by the Board of Supervisors will give new mothers and fathers six weeks of fully paid time off, a rarity now offered to some government sector workers and some private employees, particularly those who work in the tech industry. […] The measure requires another formal vote by the board next week as well as approval by Mayor Ed Lee, who...
  • Rent control spreads from pricey San Francisco to suburbs

    04/03/2016 12:53:58 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 34 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 3, 2016 12:38 PM EDT | Janie Har
    Charles Edwards is a merry self-described hillbilly from Tennessee who knows much about Victorian-era railroads and not so much about political campaigning. But this year, the 77-year-old retired city gardener will be knocking on doors in Alameda to persuade voters of this maritime city on San Francisco Bay to support a citizen initiative to cap rent increases. Last June, the rent on his one-bedroom flat increased 24 percent to $1,300, leaving him $289 a month for utilities, food and other expenses. […] State legislation approved last week to raise the state’s minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2022 is...
  • KSFO San Francisco Dumps Glenn Beck, Levin moved to pre-recorded only

    04/01/2016 7:30:55 AM PDT · by ShivaFan · 74 replies
    4-1-2016 | ShivaFan
    KGO which is basically the affiliated liberal side of the same KSFO – KGO radio family (“sister stations”) is in the middle of massive firings and shakeups. KGO changed their format a long while back, the stalwart of liberal talk didn’t work and their ratings dropped, with the exception of course of the longtime KGO talk host Ronn Owens who does have a dedicated audience and instead he has now moved over to KSFO taking Mark Levin’s slot. Mark Levin has been taken off his current live 3pm to 6pm slot, and instead for now put into a “red hear”...
  • Investigation of Black Student Confronting White Student With Dreadlocks

    03/29/2016 3:01:00 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 50 replies
    The Root ^ | March 29 2016 | YESHA CALLAHAN
    In a recorded video, the black female student appears to get physical after telling the white student he was appropriating black culture.There’s a right way and a wrong way to confront someone you think is appropriating an aspect of your culture. And one student could find herself on the wrong side of things after a video has gone viral. San Francisco State has launched an investigation after a video of a black student confronting a white student was posted online. The black female student apparently took issue with the white guy’s choice of hairstyle. In the video, she can be...
  • Video: San Francisco State employee assaults white student for having dreadlocks

    03/29/2016 1:54:37 AM PDT · by KneelBeforeZod · 21 replies
    youtube ^ | Mar 28, 2016 | youtuber
    Saw this on another politics forum (where she was already doxxed) She works for the Associated Students Programs and Services dept. Looks like the video starts late into it, but you can hear her ask her friend "do you have scissors?" at the start...and then see her try to stop him from leaving... (attempted kidnap?) and then pull him away...(looks like kidnapping to me) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jDlQ4H0Kdg8 My guess is that youtube will take it down, but I've already saved it.
  • Margaret Cho loses it on stage (fat, angry, leftist, liberal, lesbian meltdown)

    03/29/2016 8:20:40 AM PDT · by DCBryan1 · 65 replies
    Page 6 ^ | 28 MAR 16 | Jessica Sanger
    Rape is no laughing matter to Margaret Cho or to the audience that walked out of one of her performances on Saturday night. Cho, 47, performed at the Stress Factory comedy club in New Brunswick, NJ, on Saturday to a sold-out crowd, but not a happy one. Witnesses tell Page Six that Cho opened her set by talking about Garry Shandling’s death and her own rape instead of telling jokes. “She kept on talking about rape and how bad rape is, and it evidently pissed off a few people in the audience,” an audience member told us. “She really got...
  • SFSU 2016 - Campus employee assaults white student for "cultural appropriation"

    03/28/2016 11:12:58 PM PDT · by TigerClaws · 35 replies
    Published on Mar 28, 2016 Occurred at San Francisco State University on 3/28/2016.
  • Bernie Sanders calls George Clooney's $33,400-a-ticket Hillary Clinton fundraiser 'obscene'

    03/28/2016 12:43:31 PM PDT · by dennisw · 35 replies
    dailymail ^ | 28 March 2016 | Ashley Collman
    George Clooney is hosting a fundraiser for Hillary Clinton on April 15 where seats at the head table cost $353,400 a couple The next night, another fundraiser will be held at Clooney's Los Angeles home and tickets are $33,400 each On Sunday, Bernie Sanders called the two fundraisers 'obscene' in an interview on CNN 'The people coming to this event have undue influence on the political process,' Sanders said Most of Sanders' fundraisers are '$15 or $50', he said 'It is obscene that Secretary Clinton keeps going to big-money people to fund her campaign,' Sanders said on CNN's State of...
  • 240 years ago today, Spanish explorers reached San Francisco and founded the modern city

    03/28/2016 12:44:37 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 33 replies
    SFGate ^ | March 28, 2016 | Katie Dowd
    On March 28, 1776, Captain Juan Bautista de Anza and a small band of settlers reached San Francisco and laid the groundwork what would become the city's first major landmarks: the Presidio and Mission San Francisco de Asis. Captain de Anza's arrival in San Francisco was the culmination of a long trek from Arizona with 247 soldiers, women and children. The expedition was commissioned by the Mexican viceroy, who hoped to establish a permanent settlement there.
  • The most beautiful streets in San Francisco

    03/28/2016 12:38:16 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 28 replies
    SFGate ^ | March 28, 2016 | Meera Pal
    From tiny Napier Lane to colorful Clarion Alley, the city is full of special pockets that offer some of the most beautiful streets to walk along. There are the standard tourist traps (yes, Lombard St. is on the list), but we wanted to create a list that included the charming, hidden gems.
  • San Francisco moves to ban official travel to North Carolina over bathroom privacy law

    03/27/2016 12:43:34 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 33 replies
    Hotair ^ | 03/26/2016 | Jazz Shaw
    As predictably as the arrival of the seasons, San Francisco decided to jump into the debate over North Carolina’s new privacy law less than 48 hours after it was signed. Rather than commenting on it or criticizing the message, the city elders decided to punish North Carolina by banning any official government travel to the state except in cases where it can’t be avoided. San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee said in a statement Friday he doesn’t want any city workers to travel to North Carolina unless necessary in wake of its legislation which blocks anti-discrimination for gay, lesbian and...
  • Deal Reached To Take California Minimum Wage To $15 An Hour; Some Workers Fear For Their Tips

    03/27/2016 8:46:44 AM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 65 replies
    CBS Los Angeles ^ | March 27, 2016 | Associated Press
    SACRAMENTO (CBSLA.com/AP) — California legislators and labor unions have reached a tentative agreement that will take the state’s minimum wage from $10 to $15 an hour, a state senator said, a move that would make for the largest statewide minimum in the nation by far. “This is not a done deal,” Sen. Mark Leno, D-San Francisco said Saturday. “Everyone’s been operating in good faith and we hope to get it through the Legislature.” Leno said if an agreement is finalized, it would go before the Legislature as part of his minimum-wage bill that stalled last year. If the Legislature approves...
  • San Francisco mayor bars city workers’ travel to North Carolina over transgender bathroom law

    03/27/2016 2:48:46 AM PDT · by detective · 49 replies
    MSN News ^ | March 25, 2016 | Niraj Chokshi
    San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee on Friday said he is banning city employees from traveling to North Carolina on public business after the state passed a law limiting transgender rights. “We are standing united as San Franciscans to condemn North Carolina’s new discriminatory law that turns back the clock on protecting the rights of all Americans including lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals,” Lee said in a statement. “Effective immediately, I am directing City Departments under my authority to bar any publicly-funded City employee travel to the State of North Carolina that is not absolutely essential to public health and...
  • NC Passes Bill to Protect Women and Girls But The Left Won’t Have It

    03/26/2016 7:37:55 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 16 replies
    Constitution.com ^ | March 25, 2016 | Michael Ware
    North Carolina passed a bill making it illegal for men and boys who claim to be a woman to use female facilities. Places such as public restrooms, showers and locker rooms now will be off limits to these men. As I reported this bill was voted on in response to the anti-discrimination law that was passed by Charlotte city council. The, pushed as a law to overcome discrimination, was no more than a Transgender wedge to push their agenda. But, now there are consequences for the passage. The bullies are out in full force. Breitbart reports
  • San Francisco Mayor Bans Government Travel to North Carolina

    03/25/2016 3:55:17 PM PDT · by artichokegrower · 33 replies
    NBCBayArea ^ | 3/25/16
    San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee has banned city workers from non-essential travel to North Carolina after that state approved legislation preventing anti-discrimination protections for gay, lesbian and transgender people.
  • University of California approves anti-Semitism statement

    03/24/2016 12:38:30 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 20 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | March 24, 2016 | LISA LEFF
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A University of California committee agreed Wednesday to single out anti-Semitism as a form of intolerance that campus leaders should challenge but rejected a more far-reaching denouncement of arguments against Israel's right to exist. A year in the making, the formal position opposing anti-Semitic behavior comes amid a wave of impassioned campus activism that has sparked tensions between Palestinian rights supporters and strong allies of Israel. The committee of the university's governing Board of Regents voted unanimously to send what is being called a "Statement of Principles Against Intolerance" to the full board for consideration on...
  • After 95 years, a Navy ship lost at sea with all hands is finally discovered

    03/23/2016 1:25:55 PM PDT · by NRx · 91 replies
    WaPo ^ | 03-23-2016 | Michael E. Ruane
    The USS Conestoga left the Navy yard at Mare Island, Calif., on Good Friday, 1921, bound for Pearl Harbor, with a complement of 56 sailors. It cleared the Golden Gate at 3:25 p.m. and steamed into the Gulf of the Farallones in heavy seas. Conestoga was a rugged oceangoing tug that had once hauled coal barges for a Pennsylvania railroad. But 17 years after its launch in Baltimore, it had undergone hard use and had a reputation as a “wet boat,” one that shipped water easily. At 4 p.m. that day, as the San Francisco light ship recorded big waves...
  • Runaway Piglet Rescued by Friar in Mission District Heads to New Home in Sonoma

    03/22/2016 5:34:40 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 8 replies
    NBC Miami ^ | Mar 21, 2016 | Rhea Mahbubani
    This little piggy, who ran wildly among cars and brought traffic to a halt in San Francisco's Mission District earlier this month, has traded in city life for the country. According to the San Francisco Department of Animal Care and Control, the wayward piglet, who has since been named Janice, was adopted by Al Wolf, the director of Sonoma County Reptile Rescue. The piglet and her new guardian left for Sonoma Monday morning. Janice drew a crowd of good Samaritans on March 8, leading them on a chase up and down Dolores Street, animal care officials said. Finally, Brother Damian...
  • BART chaos expected to go on indefinitely

    03/17/2016 9:06:36 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 28 replies
    SFGate ^ | 03/17/2016
    BART service between the Pittsburg-Bay Point and North Concord stations will be shut down indefinitely — and overall service will suffer for months — as the transit agency tries to get to the bottom of a baffling track problem crippling trains by the dozens, officials said Thursday. Transit officials warned passengers Thursday afternoon that for the foreseeable future, riders who want to travel between the Contra Costa County stations will have to use a “bus bridge” arranged by the transit agency through four bus agencies. Those buses will travel on freeways that are sure to be more packed as they...
  • Chinese Insurer Acquiring Santa Monica Resort, Hotel del Coronado In $6.5-Billion Deal

    03/12/2016 8:45:08 PM PST · by Steelfish · 16 replies
    LA Times ^ | March 12, 2016
    Chinese Insurer Acquiring Santa Monica Resort, Hotel del Coronado In $6.5-Billion Deal The Loews Santa Monica Beach and the historic Hotel del Coronado near San Diego are being acquired by a Chinese insurance company as part of a $6.5-billion deal. Blackstone Group, a New York private equity firm, has agreed to sell its Strategic Hotels & Resorts Inc., which owns 16 luxury properties, to Anbang Insurance Group, a person familiar with the transaction said Saturday The portfolio, according to Strategic's website, includes the Santa Monica hotel and the famed Coronado hotel, as well as two other Southern California properties --...
  • Asian buyers scoop up 'bargain' million-dollar Bay Area homes

    09/28/2013 9:58:32 AM PDT · by ProtectOurFreedom · 79 replies
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | 9/28/13 | Pete Carey
    The continuing influx of well-heeled homebuyers from Asia has Bay Area real estate firms competing for a lucrative and growing slice of the region's residential market. "It has gotten big enough to where people are starting to pay attention to it," said James Yang, an agent with the Sereno Group. One Palo Alto real estate broker, Ken de Leon, bought a Mercedes-Benz van that seats 14 and is using it for tours of Palo Alto and Los Altos with a Mandarin-speaking agent. Palo Alto has become a point of interest for many mainland Chinese shopping for a second home or...
  • How And Why Buyers From China Are Snatching Up Bay Area Homes [20% Of Deals Cash]

    11/30/2014 4:17:17 PM PST · by Steelfish · 34 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | November 30, 2014 | Kathleen Pender
    How And Why Buyers From China Are Snatching Up Bay Area Homes By Kathleen Pender November 29, 2014 The Lumina, a luxury condo development taking shape in San Francisco’s South of Market neighborhood, is popular with overseas buyers. When Linda Vida sold her house in the Oakland hills this summer, she was hoping for a buyer who would live there, put kids in the local schools and “give back or participate in the community,” she says. However, “as is very typical these days, a woman from China paid all cash for the house, and is not going to live in...
  • Chinese developers muscling in to Bay Area housing market

    03/14/2016 5:58:43 AM PDT · by artichokegrower · 63 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | March 13, 2016 | Kathleen Pender
    The flood of Chinese money into Bay Area housing is coming not just from home buyers. Developers and investors are also building and backing large residential projects here. They mainly want to diversify away from China’s overbuilt market but also serve Chinese buyers wanting a home in the Bay Area.
  • More Americans bid pricey Silicon Valley goodbye

    03/14/2016 11:48:03 AM PDT · by artichokegrower · 35 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | March 14, 2016 | Mike Moffitt
    Are the cons of living in the Silicon Valley starting to outweigh the pros? A new report based mainly on 2014 data has found that more Americans are leaving the tech hub than are arriving. Silicon Valley saw more than 7,500 U.S. residents move away in 2014, the first time since 2011 that the area has recorded a domestic net loss, according to the study by the Silicon Valley Competitiveness and Innovation Project (SVCIP). But a steady influx of foreign-born workers made up for the deficit, ensuring that the tech worker pool kept growing over the period.