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  • Shameful: Sanctuary City Protections Remain in San Francisco Even After Kate Steinle Death

    05/25/2016 4:44:51 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 29 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 25, 2015 | Cortney O'Brien
    In a slap in the face to the family of Kate Steinle, a young woman who last year was killed by an illegal immigrant, San Francisco has decided to retain its status as a sanctuary city. The Board of Supervisors unanimously approved legislation that upholds the city's policy on limiting law enforcement from providing assistance to federal immigration authorities aiming to apprehend or deport individuals. The board's decision allows illegal immigrants like Juan Francisco Lopez-Sanchez to escape proper punishment. Sanchez, who had been deported five times before, shot and killed Steinle last summer while she was walking along the...
  • San Jose Man Convicted On Sex Tourism, Obstruction Charges

    05/22/2016 7:21:08 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 23 replies
    A federal jury has found a San Jose man who traveled to Manila several times to have sex with an underage girl guilty of sex tourism. A federal jury on Friday also convicted 56-year-old Michael Lindsay of obstruction charges.
  • Major SF earthquake could devastate housing, price out poor and elderly

    09/22/2005 12:49:06 PM PDT · by SmithL · 31 replies · 660+ views
    AP ^ | 9/22/5 | BRIAN SKOLOFF
    San Francisco -- Rebuilding San Francisco after a major earthquake would change its human face, hastening gentrification and driving out poor and elderly residents, experts and city officials warn. Experts say there's a 62 percent chance a quake with a magnitude of 6.7 or higher will hit the San Francisco Bay area within several decades — or tomorrow. Thousands of homes would be rendered uninhabitable, displacing up to 300,000 residents, almost half the city's population, according to some projections. A major issue would be creating replacement housing for the poor in one of the nation's most expensive markets. About 16,000...
  • “Stanford douchebags” ruining San Francisco?

    01/30/2015 5:09:21 PM PST · by artichokegrower · 45 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | January 29, 2015 | Beth Spotswood
    Author, founder of Salon.com, and Bernal Heights resident David Talbot recently made a speech at Stanford which was then published in 48HillsOnline.com decrying “Stanford douchebags”, gentrification, and Mayor Ed Lee. Talbot’s strong words for Stanford students have struck a chord up north in San Francisco, and his speech is rapidly going viral.
  • 'Liberal' California Wages War on Middle Class and Poor

    11/18/2004 12:32:42 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 47 replies · 1,331+ views
    Newsmax ^ | Thursday, Nov. 18, 2004
    California's high taxes and obsession with elitist political correctness have made the state so expensive that a fourth of residents are thinking about moving to a more reasonable state. As greedy cities, counties and other governmental bodies restrict property rights and development in the name of environmentalism, housing has become prohibitively overpriced. The young are especially hard hit. A study released today by Public Policy Institute of California found that: 60 percent of respondents worried that their children would not be able to buy homes nearby. Only one in five who want to buy a house someday think they will...
  • Homes too expensive for many

    05/20/2002 2:31:50 PM PDT · by sixmil · 69 replies · 548+ views
    USA TODAY ^ | 05/19/2002 | Barbara Hagenbaugh
    <p>Home prices have soared so high that affording housing is a problem not just for the poor but for middle-class families as well, experts say.</p> <p>"The run-up in single-family home prices is crowding out solidly middle-class households from buying," says Bruce Katz, director of the Center on Urban and Metropolitan Policy at the Brookings Institution.</p>
  • American Dream, Downsized

    02/06/2007 10:21:19 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 60 replies · 1,632+ views
    The Nation ^ | February 6, 2007 | Andrew Lam
    San Francisco In my apartment building people of various income levels are stacked on top of each other. The architect and the teacher occupy one-bedroom apartments on the floor above me. They are considered middle-class and, for that matter, so am I. An affluent, well-traveled couple lives in a two-bedroom apartment on the top floor. A poor Chinese immigrant family of five is crammed into the converted storage room where half a dozen bicycles were once kept, their children often turning the foyer into a makeshift playground strewn with plastic toys. This is typical of the way we live in...
  • The absolute worst advice we give to Americans struggling to pay rent

    07/30/2015 1:38:10 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 54 replies
    The Daily Dot ^ | July 22, 2015 | Hanna Brooks Olsen
    In urban centers around the country, rental prices are soaring. Cities like San Francisco, Seattle, and New York City routinely report double-digit increases that make it nearly impossible for residents to make ends meet. But it’s not just dwellers of those metropolitan areas who are having a hard time paying the rent. According to a report out this week from the Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies, more than half of renters in America are considered to be financially burdened by their rent, meaning that they spend more than 30 percent of their income just on where they live. High...
  • Robots Serving Healthy, Cheap Fast Food At This New San Francisco Restaurant

    09/15/2015 11:00:05 AM PDT · by dennisw · 39 replies
    sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/ ^ | August 31, 2015 6:53 PM
    SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — There’s no one at this new San Francisco vegetarian restaurant to take your lunch order or tell you when its ready. Instead, you’ll depend on machines for a fully automated dining experience straight out of an episode of The Jetsons. Welcome to Eatsa, a new futuristic fast food chain opening Monday in the Embarcadero (121 Spear Street) offering quick, healthy food for about $7 — a deal compared to other lunch time options in San Francisco. Customers tap their meal selections on an iPad or their smartphone and pay electronically. No cash is taken here....
  • Fewer homeless people on streets of San Francisco (28% drop since '02)

    02/15/2005 6:10:09 AM PST · by Citizen James · 34 replies · 1,433+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 2/15/05 | Kevin Fagan
    San Francisco's homeless population plummeted by more than a quarter in the past two years, the city reported Monday, a dramatic change Mayor Gavin Newsom says is a credit to his policies of cutting cash assistance to street people and aggressively moving them into housing with counseling services. San Francisco's new figures are based on a one-night homeless count, taken between 8 p.m. Jan. 26 and about 8 a.m. the next morning. It showed the city now has 6,248 homeless people living on the streets or in jails, shelters, rehabilitation centers or other emergency facilities -- a 28 percent decline...
  • New San Francisco police chief inherits city divided by race

    05/22/2016 3:38:49 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 43 replies
    AP via SFGATE ^ | May 21, 2016 | Paul Elias
    First, police fatally shot two minority suspects carrying knives. Then transcripts surfaced showing officers using racial slurs in text messages. Finally, a young black woman was shot dead as police tried to pull her from a stolen car. The woman's shooting death Thursday was the tipping point for San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee, who forced Police Chief Greg Suhr to step down after months of mounting pressure. The new chief inherits the daunting task of turning around a troubled department in a city deeply divided by race — and doing it fast. "Reforms, reforms, reforms," acting Police Chief Toney Chaplin...
  • Longtime Giants 3B Jim Ray Hart dies in Acampo at 74

    05/20/2016 6:03:49 PM PDT · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 8 replies
    KXTV.COM ^ | 20 MAY 2016 | AP
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Longtime San Francisco Giants third baseman Jim Ray Hart has died. He was 74. The Giants announced Hart's death Friday, saying he passed away Thursday in Acampo, California, following a long illness. Hart played 11 seasons for the Giants from 1963-73. He also spent parts of two seasons with the New York Yankees before retiring in 1974.
  • San Francisco Woman's Honda Stolen Four Times Keeps Coming Back

    05/20/2016 8:51:18 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 13 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | 5/20 | LiLi Tan
    The Bay Area has one of the nation’s highest rates of car thefts, according to the FBI.Her friends jokingly call it “Boomerang.” Maika Nicholson’s car has been stolen four times, but has also returned four times. “I always come out to make sure it’s there because often times it’s not,” Nicholson said, about her ’97 Honda Civic. “It’s been stolen in San Francisco three times and probably been broken into three or four times, I would say – I can’t even keep count anymore.” This week, her car came back for the fourth time. San Francisco Police found it less...
  • SF Police Chief Greg Suhr Resigns Amid Heightened Racial Tensions

    05/19/2016 7:20:30 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 38 replies
    The resignation comes after police earlier in the day fatally shot a woman in the Bayview DistrictPolice Chief Greg Suhr has resigned from the San Francisco Police Department in the midst of the shooting of a black woman by SFPD officers and other racial tensions, Mayor Ed Lee announced at a news conference late Thursday afternoon. Lee said he had asked Suhr, who has served in the city's police department for more than 30 years, to resign. The mayor appointed Toney Chaplin, former SFPD deputy chief of the Professional Standards and Principled Policing Bureau, as the acting police chief. "The...
  • Giants wish the best for Tim Lincecum, and one former Angel can’t wait to receive him

    05/18/2016 9:58:34 AM PDT · by Mariner · 26 replies
    The San Jose Mercury News ^ | May 18th, 2016 | by Andrew Baggarly
    SAN DIEGO – The Los Angeles Angels sought out a character reference on Tim Lincecum. They did not need to think twice about whom to call. “They asked my opinion,” said Bengie Molina, “and I gave it to them straight-up.” For all that Lincecum accomplished with Buster Posey, he always talks in glowing terms about Molina as the catcher who shepherded him as he broke into the big leagues, became his friend and support network besides his batterymate, and channeled his talents when he was at the height of his powers. While Molina does not hold an official title with...
  • San Francisco Catholic school teacher comes out as transgender — and finds acceptance

    05/13/2016 11:31:17 PM PDT · by WilliamIII · 29 replies
    SF Chronicle ^ | May 12 2016 | Jill Tucker
    Gabriel Bodenheimer could have lost his job when he recently came out as transgender to leaders of a San Francisco Catholic high school. Instead, in what some call a momentous step, the English teacher will remain at Mercy High, fully accepted as a man. The announcement of support by an order of the Sisters of Mercy, which owns and operates the four-year college preparatory school for girls on 19th Avenue, offers a rare policy position on transgender rights from within an internationally respected Catholic order.
  • Target CEO fires back at boycott threats

    05/12/2016 8:39:26 PM PDT · by artichokegrower · 100 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | May 12, 2016 | Hayley Peterson
    Target CEO Brian Cornell says the company isn't backing down from its stance on transgender bathrooms, despite a widespread backlash.
  • 33 protesters arrested in clash with San Francisco deputies

    05/07/2016 8:25:21 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May. 7, 2016 7:18 PM EDT
    Authorities say 33 people were arrested at San Francisco’s City Hall during a protest calling for the firing of the city’s police chief. Dozens of protesters converged on the building Friday night and clashed with deputies in riot gear. […] The standoff came after five people who are on their 16th day of a hunger strike to demand the firing of Police Chief Greg Suhr were taken to the hospital and their protest camp outside the Mission District police station was packed up. …
  • California: The World’s Largest Insane Asylum

    05/07/2016 2:51:03 PM PDT · by NRx · 54 replies
    Constitution (Web Mag) ^ | 05-07-2016 | Adrian Vance
    When I arrived in Los Angeles on August 22, 1960 with my wife Carol, recruited from Illinois to teach Chemistry, I thought it was perfect, busy and a little scary, but just about the finest place on this planet.  As the years went by and I traveled to other countries that idea was enforced.  “LA had it all,” and I was there for 26 years watching it decay imperceptibly and that would flash on me once in a while. What is it like today?  Here following is a controversial list that has been seen in several publications with no challenge...
  • Nancy Pelosi Plotting With Mexican President Fox TO STOP DONALD TRUMP

    05/07/2016 10:05:36 AM PDT · by Syncro · 75 replies
    ProgressivesToday ^ | May 7, 2016 | Aleister
    Nancy Pelosi Plotting With Mexican President Fox TO STOP DONALD TRUMP May 7, 2016 by Aleister The minority leader of the House of Representatives is now plotting with the president of a foreign country to keep the presumptive Republican nominee from winning the presidency. How is this even legal?The Washington Examiner reports: Pelosi, Vicente Fox plot to defeat Trump, Mexican calls Trump voters lazy drunksLatin America’s toughest critic of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump spent 30 minutes with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi in Mexico this week plotting to help the Democrats defeat the businessman and give the presidency to...
  • Famous California vegan restaurateurs under fire over revelation they eat meat

    05/06/2016 12:37:26 PM PDT · by PROCON · 30 replies
    the guardian.com ^ | May 3, 2016 | Robina Gibb
    Animal rights activists circulated photos of the husband and wife team behind Cafe Gratitude and Gracias Madre eating a burger and keeping freezer full of beefThe California-based husband and wife founders of celebrity-endorsed vegan restaurant group Cafe Gratitude say they have received death threats after it was revealed last week that they are raising, slaughtering and eating animals on their farm north of San Francisco. Matthew and Terces Engelhart, both in their sixties, who opened the first Cafe Gratitude in 2004 and whose celebrity followers have included Gwyneth Paltrow, Beyoncé and Sacha Baron Cohen, countered the firestorm of criticism with...
  • San Francisco Survey: 34% of Bay area residents want to leave

    05/03/2016 8:14:45 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 05/03/2016 | Rick Moran
    For my money, San Francisco is the most beautiful city in America. But that hardly matters to residents fighting sky high housing costs, traffic gridlock, and a quality of life that has been declining in recent years. A survey by the Bay Area Council reveals that 34% of residents would leave the city if they could. Surprisingly, those who have moved to the city in the last 5 years are more likely to look for greener pastures. CNBC: "We can whine about this, or we can win by solving our traffic and housing problems," Carl Guardino, president of the...
  • 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 · 92 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...