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  • Drought Hypocrisy: San Francisco Using Drinking Water To Heat City Hall, Other Buildings

    04/24/2015 11:20:51 AM PDT · by MeshugeMikey · 16 replies
    KPIX 5 ^ | April 23, 2015 | Mike Sugerman
    SAN FRANCISCO (KPIX 5) – The people who want us to use less water are part of a system that could be among the biggest water wasters in San Francisco. That system is in hot water, because of hot water. “After the water is heated up, the condensated water is then discharged into the sewer system,” said Tyrone Jue of the San Francisco Public UtilitiesCommission. “This is drinking water that is being used for the steam loop.”
  • Amid Drought, San Francisco Uses Drinking Water To Heat City Hall, Other Buildings

    04/24/2015 6:57:46 AM PDT · by Lockbox · 7 replies
    CBS SF Bay Area ^ | 4-23-15 | Mike Sugarman
    Water is heated to make steam to heat City Hall and 170 other nearby buildings. Although City Hall reuses most of its portion, a quarter million gallons a day goes wasted. Good drinking water which ends up in the sewer. It’s a system that is more than 80 years old. “This system has been set up in the city for many decades, as far as this steam loop. It doesn’t rely on fossil fuels or natural gas to heat these buildings. So in that sense it’s good,” Jue said
  • San Francisco’s Hetch Hetchy Reservoir in Yosemite faces new legal challenge

    04/22/2015 6:35:37 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 29 replies
    The Fresno Bee ^ | 4-21-15 | Mark Grossi
    San Francisco is unreasonably monopolizing spectacular Hetch Hetchy Valley by using it as a 117-billion-gallon reservoir, says a new lawsuit in a decades-old fight to restore the Yosemite National Park landmark. The lawsuit asks a court to require a plan for improving the city’s water system so no water is lost in restoring the valley. It also asks for modification or removal of O’Shaughnessy Dam in Yosemite to let the Tuolumne River flow again. The complaint was filed Tuesday in Tuolumne County Superior Court on the 177th birthday of conservationist John Muir, who lost the bitter fight a century ago...
  • San Francisco is Worst Market for Renters: Report

    04/21/2015 1:43:19 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 45 replies
    San Francisco is the worst market for renters, according to Forbes' latest list. The average rent in San Francisco is over $2,800. And the vacancy rate is only 3.6 percent. It is only slightly better in the East Bay and South Bay. The average rent in Oakland is about $1,800 a month, but the vacancy rate is even worse than San Francisco at 2.9 percent. In San Jose, rents run about $2,200. Still, Forbes listed all three cities as the worst places for renters nationwide.
  • Niners' Hall of Fame tackle Bob St. Clair dies at 84

    04/20/2015 6:51:51 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 8 replies
    NFL ^ | April 20, 2015 | Chris Wesseling
    San Francisco 49ers Hall of Fame offensive tackle Bob St. Clair died Monday night following a brief illness, the Pro Football Hall of Fame told NFL Media. He was 84 years old. A Bay Area legend, St. Clair teamed with fellow NFL Hall of Famers Ollie Matson and Gino Marchetti on Joe Kuharich's fabled University of San Francisco Dons squad that went undefeated in 1951. Drafted by his hometown 49ers in 1953, St. Clair emerged as one of the decade's top linemen, earning first- or second-team All-NFL honors nine times. He was also selected to five Pro Bowls and served...
  • Thank You Archbishop Cordileone For Your Courageous Leadership

    04/19/2015 10:37:46 AM PDT · by Steelfish · 5 replies
    CatholicVote.Org ^ | April 19, 2015
    Your Excellency, We’ve been monitoring the recent controversy surrounding your decision to insert morality clauses into teacher contracts in schools in your Archdiocese. Given the hostility to the teachings of the Church and growing attempts to coerce our institutions, your decision is perfectly reasonable. As you know, such clauses are nothing new and represent a commitment to fulfill a basic promise to those families who entrust their children to the care of the Church. We want you to know that we are praying for you and support you 100%. As the Archbishop of San Francisco, you are responsible for insuring...
  • The PR Guru Who Wants to Take Down San Francisco's Archbishop Cordileone

    03/19/2015 1:14:52 PM PDT · by NYer · 22 replies
    Aleteia ^ | March 18, 2015 | MARK STRICHERZ
    The battle for San Francisco’s Catholic schools has been joined. Will Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone or a public-relations expert survive? Last month, the  archbishop called for changes to the staff and faculty handbooks of the archdiocese’s four high schools in the 2015-2016 school year—Sacred Heart and Archbishop Riordan in San Francisco, Marin Catholic in Kentfield, and Junipero Serra in San Mateo. The proposal would add a detailed statement on Church teaching about sexual morality and the sanctity of life. According to Catholic SF Weekly, the archbishop explained his proposals this way:   "At the outset, I wish to state clearly...
  • Anti-Cordileone ad misrepresents Catholicism, archdiocese says

    04/18/2015 3:43:34 PM PDT · by NYer · 23 replies
    cna ^ | April 17, 2015
    Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone at a press conference for the 2012 USCCB Fall General Assembly, Nov 13. Credit: Michelle Bauman/CNA. San Francisco, Calif., Apr 17, 2015 / 04:13 am (CNA).- A group of Catholics promoting a full-page advertisement asking Pope Francis to remove Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone don’t represent San Francisco Catholics and misrepresent the facts, the archdiocese has said. “The advertisement is a misrepresentation of Catholic teaching, a misrepresentation of the nature of the (archdiocese’s) teacher contract, and a misrepresentation of the spirit of the archbishop,” the San Francisco archdiocese said April 15. “The greatest misrepresentation of all is that the...
  • MEET THE OPPONENTS OF SAN FRANCISCO'S ARCHBISHOP

    04/18/2015 10:18:39 AM PDT · by NYer · 14 replies
    First Things ^ | April 17, 2015 | Matthew Schmitz
    San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone’s effort to ensure that Catholic schools are Catholic has led one-hundred San Franciscans who describe themselves as “committed Catholics inspired by Vatican II,” to take out a full page ad in the San Francisco Chronicle asking Pope Francis to force Cordileone's resignation and appoint in his place an archbishop committed to “our values and your teachings.” It is worth asking to what extent those “values” and “teachings” align. Francis, who has spoken strongly in the past against gay marriage and transgender ideology, has also called for a church that is “poor and for the poor.”...
  • Under Intensified Attack, Archbishop Cordileone Enjoys Renewed Support from San Francisco Catholics

    04/18/2015 6:06:06 AM PDT · by markomalley · 13 replies
    National Review ^ | 4/18/15 | Anne B. Hendershott
    A look at some of the signers of the open letter to Pope Francis.Escalating the attacks on Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of San Francisco for continuing to uphold Catholic teachings, 100 self-described “Catholic leaders” have signed an open letter to Pope Francis, calling for the archbishop’s removal. In a full-page ad in the San Francisco Chronicle on Thursday, the petitioners claim that Cordileone has “fostered an atmosphere of division and intolerance” by asking K–12 Catholic-school teachers in the Bay area to “violate their individual consciences by accepting a morality code” based on the Church’s teachings.“Instead of your famous words, ‘Whom am...
  • Victims, Survivors of 1906 San Francisco Earthquake Honored

    04/17/2015 1:06:01 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 10 replies
    People will gather in San Francisco this weekend to mark the 109th anniversary of the 1906 earthquake. SNIP The only survivors are believed to be 113-year-old Ruth Newman and 109-year-old William Del Monte. It was not known Friday if they would attend the early-morning ceremony Saturday. Mayor Ed Lee, San Francisco Police Chief Greg Suhr and Fire Chief Joanne Hayes-White will attend.
  • San Francisco Condo on Market for $49M

    04/13/2015 2:52:51 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 29 replies
    A condominium in San Francisco's South of Market neighborhood is on the market for $49 million. The property is a 13,800 square foot duplex penthouse on the 41st and 42nd floors of the new Lumina building at 201 Folsom Street. According to the listing, there are five bedrooms, five "entertaining rooms," six bathrooms, two half bathrooms, a gym/massage room, and family lounge. The windows are 20-foot high "shimmering walls of glass" that offer 360-degree views and there are eight exclusive-use outdoor spaces including a private rooftop terrace. A sale of this unit could be the most expensive condo deal in...
  • Jim Harbaugh For President

    04/11/2015 4:41:14 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 32 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 11, 2015 | Steve Deace
    As a lifelong Michigan fan who grew up with Jim Harbaugh as his favorite Wolverine, I didnÂ’t think my man-crush on the Maize-and-BlueÂ’s new football coach could get any bigger than it already is. The guy hasnÂ’t even coached a game yet in Ann Arbor, but Captain America hosannas, like the ones he earned as quarterback for the Indianapolis Colts, are already raining down on him after he beat the toughest opponent of them all this week. Political correctness. Faced with the douchetastic dumb-arsery of campus victimologists, who felt a showing of the movie American Sniper would be insensitive to...
  • SF Crowdfunding Site Indiegogo Raises Money for Cop Who Killed Walter Scott

    San Francisco-based crowdfunding website Indiegogo has allowed a fundraising campaign for the former South Carolina police officer who fatally shot Walter Scott. A campaign called the Michael T. Slager Defense Fund has at press time raised $1,250 of a $5,000 goal with 58 days left. 45 people have contributed money so far. Indiegogo “allows anyone, anywhere to fund ideas that matter to them and just like other open platforms — such as Facebook, YouTube and Twitter — we don’t judge the content of campaigns as long as they are in compliance with our Terms of Use," a representative told Mashable....
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day -- A Golden Gate Eclipse

    04/09/2015 4:05:11 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 3 replies
    NASA ^ | April 09, 2015 | (see photo credit)
    Explanation: Shadows play on the water and in the sky in this panoramic view of the April 4 total lunar eclipse over San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge. Just within planet Earth's shadow the Full Moon's disk is still easy to spot at its brief total phase. The urban night skyscape was composed to cover the wide range of brightness visible to the eye. The shortest total lunar eclipse of the century, this eclipse was also the third in a string of four consecutive total lunar eclipses, a series known as a tetrad. Coming in nearly six month intervals, the previous...
  • Apple, Rehabilitate Thyself

    04/07/2015 3:31:43 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 7, 2015 | Debra J. Saunders
    Just last month, Apple chief executive Tim Cook made headlines when he wrote a piece in The Washington Post, panning Indiana's Religious Freedom Restoration Act as "very dangerous." Apple, Cook wrote, does not believe in discrimination and strives to "do business in a way that is just and fair." This month, the San Francisco Chronicle's Wendy Lee reported, Apple fired some construction workers at Apple Campus 2 in January because they had been convicted of felonies or face felony charges. Just and fair? Hardly. Apple would not respond on the record, but someone familiar with the matter said the Apple...
  • Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, 'Hunky Jesus' hit Golden Gate Park

    04/06/2015 2:29:47 PM PDT · by artichokegrower · 13 replies
    ACTUAL Jesus, a contestant in the Hunky Jesus competition, explains to the crowd his opinion of Jesus during 36th annual Sisters Easter in the Park and Hunky Jesus competition hosted by the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence in Golden Gate Park's Hellman's Hollow in San Francisco, Calif.
  • Lon Simmons, beloved Bay Area sportscaster, dead at 91

    04/06/2015 3:15:10 AM PDT · by csvset · 4 replies
    SFGATE ^ | April 5, 2015 | John Shea and Steve Kroner
    Lon Simmons, beloved Bay Area sportscaster, dead at 91 Legendary broadcaster Lon Simmons, who introduced generations of Californians to major-league baseball and broadcast the 1989 earthquake-interrupted World Series and the 49ers’ road to Super Bowl XXIII, died at his Daly City home Sunday. He was 91. Mr. Simmons, who was honored by baseball’s Hall of Fame as the 2004 Ford C. Frick Award winner, had credited the success of Bay Area sports teams with helping him cope with his three-year battle with cancer, especially the Giants’ championship teams and more recently the Warriors. Featuring a baritone voice and a witty,...
  • "Riders Union" Rep: Private Buses are "Triggering"

    04/05/2015 1:17:20 PM PDT · by rightistight · 43 replies
    Pundit Press ^ | 4/5/15 | Aurelius
    A bus union leader is saying that she is “triggered” whenever she thinks about private buses that are becoming popular in San Francisco. Leap, one such company, is gaining popularity in the city for their luxury buses and comfortable seating. Not all people are happy with such start-up businesses. The San Francisco Transit Riders Union, for example, is upset at companies like Leap. SFTRU for short, the union describes itself as “A rider-based, grassroots organization working to improve transit in San Francisco.” Ilyse Magy, a representative for the union, said that not only are private buses classist, but they are...
  • Lon Simmons, Giants' Hall of Fame broadcaster, dies at 91

    04/05/2015 3:46:23 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 12 replies
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | April 5, 2015 | Daniel Brown
    Lon Simmons, the Hall of Fame broadcaster whose baritone voice and dry wit captured some of the most thrilling moments Bay Area sports history, has died. He was 91. The Giants sent a press release Sunday afternoon that said, "The Giants family and Bay Area sports community lost a true gentleman (Sunday) morning when Hall of Fame broadcaster Lon Simmons peacefully passed away."
  • 7 San Francisco officers suspended over racist texts

    04/04/2015 1:17:29 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 26 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 4/3/2015 | KRISTIN J. BENDER
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Seven San Francisco police officers accused of sending racist and homophobic text messages have been suspended, and the police chief has recommended that they be fired. Chief Greg Suhr announced Friday that he has asked a police oversight committee to approve firing the officers. Six others face disciplinary actions that include reassignment to positions that don't have contact with the public. Another officer tied to the investigation already has resigned. The text messages "are of such despicable thinking that those responsible clearly fall below the minimum standards required to be a police officer," Suhr said in...
  • No one wants Wes Welker, the anti-Chris Borland

    03/30/2015 6:46:44 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 19 replies
    New York Post ^ | March 18, 2015 | Brian Lewis
    San Francisco 49ers linebacker Chris Borland walked away from the NFL at the age of 24 for fear of head injuries, despite not having a diagnosed concussion for a decade. And then there’s Wes Welker, the anti-Borland, a wideout with a disturbing array of concussions who isn’t ready to quit. “As long as I’ve recovered the right way and everything like that, I’m ready to go,” Welker told ESPN in December. “I really don’t see any problem with it.’’ But apparently the rest of the NFL sees what Welker doesn’t. Pro Football Talk reported the receiver has “generated no buzz”...
  • Seattle Joins San Francisco in Banning City-Funded Trips to Indiana

    03/30/2015 9:34:06 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 42 replies
    Politics USA ^ | 3/30/15 | Hrafnkell Haraldsson
    .....San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee on Thursday placed a travel ban on city-funded trips to Indiana, saying, “San Francisco taxpayers will not subsidize legally-sanctioned discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people by the State of Indiana.”
  • Time for San Francisco to lose the Super Bowl

    03/29/2015 11:47:09 AM PDT · by fayco9 · 11 replies
    Vanity
    As I continue to read on twitter that former dude from MSNBC that couldn't beat O'Reilly at 8, some NBA star I never heard of and that CBS anaylist that I used to like until yesterday talk about how the NFL and NCAA should move from Indianapolis, I realize maybe it is time to move the Super Bowl out of San Francisco and the whole California state. There is no reason why millions of freedom loving Christians, conservatives, republicans or libertarians should have to watch this horrible city host one of the biggest events of the year. The city that...
  • 49ers Waive OL Jonathan Martin After 1 Season With Team

    03/27/2015 12:32:07 PM PDT · by zeestephen · 1 replies
    MSN.com ^ | 26 March 2015
    The Niners acquired Martin last March in a deal with Miami. Martin had left the Dolphins in October 2013 after accusing teammate Richie Incognito of bullying...Martin started seven games at right tackle last season in place of injured Anthony Davis. He struggled in that role and allowed 7 1/2 sacks
  • Austin, Salt Lake City Lead U.S. Metros in Job Creation

    03/23/2015 10:17:46 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies
    Gallup ^ | 03/23/2015 | Jeffrey M. Jones
    Austin, Texas, and Salt Lake City have the highest Job Creation Index scores among the 50 largest U.S. metro areas, based on employee reports of hiring activity where they work. San Francisco, Houston and Orlando rank just behind Austin and Salt Lake City in job creation. Many of the top-ranking metro areas are being boosted by growth in technology jobs, including traditional tech centers in San Francisco and San Jose but also emerging ones in Austin and Salt Lake City. These latter two may be increasingly attractive destinations for tech workers, given salaries that are becoming more competitive for the...
  • Judge OKs punitive damages in California gender bias case

    03/21/2015 7:26:35 PM PDT · by PROCON · 24 replies
    apnews.myway.com ^ | March 21, 2015 | LISA LEFF
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A California trial judge ruled Saturday that a woman suing a Silicon Valley venture capital firm in a high-profile gender bias case may seek punitive damages that could add tens of millions of dollars to the $16 million in lost wages and bonuses she is pursuing. San Francisco Superior Court Judge Harold Kahn denied a request by lawyers for Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers to have Ellen Pao's demand for unspecified punitive damages thrown out. Pao, the interim CEO of the news and social networking site Reddit, claims she was passed over for a promotion at...
  • 93.8% in San Francisco Metro Say They’re Not LGBT; Silicon Valley 4th from Last for LGBTs

    03/20/2015 3:26:16 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 33 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | March 20, 2015 - 3:32 PM
    93.8 percent of the adults polled in the San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward metropolitan area do not “personally identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender,” according to a Gallup survey that interviewed 374,325 adults nationwide from June through December of last year. […] The San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara metropolitan area—commonly known as Silicon Valley—ranked fourth from the bottom among the 50 largest metropolitan areas for its percentage of LGBTs. 96.8 percent in that metro area do not personally identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender, according to the Gallup survey, and 3.2 percent do. …
  • San Francisco Saint Mary’s Cathedral Drenches Homeless With Water To Keep Them Away

    03/18/2015 3:02:44 PM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 109 replies
    CBS Local ^ | 03/18/2015 | Doug Sovern
    SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) — KCBS has learned that Saint Mary’s Cathedral, the principal church of the Archdiocese of San Francisco, has installed a watering system to keep the homeless from sleeping in the cathedral’s doorways. The cathedral, at Geary and Gough, is the home church of the Archbishop. There are four tall side doors, with sheltered alcoves, that attract homeless people at night. “They actually have signs in there that say, ‘No Trespassing,’” said a homeless man named Robert. But there are no signs warning the homeless about what happens in these doorways, at various times, all through the night....
  • Voting at 16 in S.F.? Supervisor says the time has come

    03/17/2015 10:39:19 AM PDT · by MeshugeMikey · 58 replies
    San Francisco Examiner ^ | March 15, 2015 | Emily Green
    ixteen-year-olds can drive, work, pay taxes and be sentenced to life in prison. Now, some want the right to vote, too. On Tuesday, San Francisco Supervisor John Avalos will attempt to make that happen by introducing a measure that would extend the right to vote to 16- and 17-year-olds. Avalos and other supporters say it will encourage civic engagement among youths and instill in them lifelong voting habits at a time when turnout is low.
  • Why San Francisco's biggest megachurch is wrong about sex

    03/16/2015 8:38:38 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 24 replies
    First Things ^ | 3-17-15 | Robert A.J. Gagnon
    The senior pastor and elders of City Church, the largest evangelical church in San Francisco will no longer require members to abstain from homosexual practice, so long as the homosexual activity occurs in the context of marriage. According to a letter written by senior pastor Fred Harrell on behalf of the Board of Elders, “We will no longer discriminate based on sexual orientation and demand lifelong celibacy as a precondition for joining. For all members, regardless of sexual orientation, we will continue to expect chastity in singleness until marriage.” “Our pastoral practice of demanding life-long ‘celibacy,' by which we meant...
  • San Francisco's Largest Evangelical Megachurch to Allow Non-Celibate Homosexuals to Be Members

    03/15/2015 6:03:02 PM PDT · by massmike · 108 replies
    christianpost.com ^ | 03152015 | ANUGRAH KUMAR
    The Elder Board of San Francisco's largest evangelical church, City Church, has announced that the megachurch will end its practice of preventing LGBT people from becoming members if they are unwilling or unable to practice lifelong celibacy. "Our pastoral practice of demanding life-long 'celibacy,' by which we meant that for the rest of your life you would not engage your sexual orientation in any way, was causing obvious harm and has not led to human flourishing," Sr. Pastor Fred Harrell writes in a letter "on behalf of the Board and for the Gospel." The pastor cites social science research, saying...
  • A Response to the Statement from City Church San Francisco on Its Ministry to the LGBT People

    03/16/2015 6:53:56 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 34 replies
    Aquilla Report ^ | March 16, 2015 | Christopher Robins
    [Editor’s note: The Elder Board of City Church in San Francisco, formerly in the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA) and now in the Reformed Church in America (RCA), released a statement on changes of how it will minister to those who are considered a part of the LGBT community. This is a response to this statement; the full statement follows the response.] Dear friend, I’m so sorry. Thanks for forwarding this letter from City Church this morning. You’ve been a good friend and I want to speak to you plainly. This stuff breaks my heart. The letter makes it sound...
  • 'Zebra Killer' J.C.X. Simon Found Dead In San Quentin Prison Cell

    03/13/2015 11:33:37 PM PDT · by zeestephen · 45 replies
    MSN.com ^ | 13 March 2015 | Lee Romney
    J.C.X. Simon—one of the so-called "Zebra Killers" convicted of multiple murders of white San Franciscans in the 1970s—has died...The random killings of whites [14 people were killed and at least seven wounded] occurred between 1973 and 1976. The suspects were named for the police channel used to try to identify and capture them.
  • San Francisco To Redirect Stream Of Public Urinators With Hydrophobic Walls

    03/13/2015 12:35:30 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 51 replies
    Guardian(UK) ^ | March 13, 2015 | Jana Kasperkevic
    San Francisco To Redirect Stream Of Public Urinators With Hydrophobic Walls Department of Public Works looks to Europe for idea to paint city walls with water-repellent paint in effort to combat public urination problem Pee back paint Hamburg Some walls in Hamburg, Germany pee back. Jana Kasperkevic 13 March 2015 The city of San Francisco, tired of cleaning up after those who relieve themselves in the public, wants to test walls that pee back. The San Francisco department of public works (DPW) is hoping to paint some of the city’s walls with hydrophobic (water-repellent) paint. If urinated upon, the paint...
  • Wall Street Journal Op-ed Supports Archbishop Cordileone in San Francisco Schools Dispute

    03/09/2015 8:46:50 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    In an op-ed column published in the Wall Street Journal, Ryan Anderson and Leslie Ford of the Heritage Foundation defend San Francisco's Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone against his critics. The archbishop's new policy, barring Catholic-school teachers from public support of policies that contravene Church teachings, is not an infringement on the teachers' rights, the writers argue; it is bid to ensure that Catholic schools promote Catholic principles, and maintain their distinctive identity. "A Fight to Keep Catholic Schools Catholic" (Wall Street Journal)
  • Mercedes' self-driving car that is built for luxurious living spotted cruising around the streets

    03/10/2015 7:23:25 AM PDT · by Jack Hydrazine · 25 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | 10MAR2015 | SOPHIE JANE EVANS
    It boasts a futuristic silver exterior, a luxury 'lounge area' and most incredibly - no driver. This Mercedes-Benz self-driving car has been spotted cruising around the streets of San Francisco. The F015 Luxury In Motion, first unveiled at a consumer show in January, was caught on camera by stunned bystanders as it traveled through the California city for a photo shoot last Wednesday. Some later took to social media to share their experiences of the autonomous research vehicle, deeming it 'futuristic', 'really cool' and 'radical'. Many questioned its presence on the streets.
  • Obama: ‘We’re The Gay Americans Whose Blood Ran in the Streets of San Francisco’

    03/08/2015 5:00:50 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 113 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | March 8, 2015 - 11:23 AM
    From President Barack Obama’s speech yesterday in Selma, Ala., celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Selma to Montgomery civil rights marches:[…] We’re the firefighters who rushed into those buildings on 9/11, the volunteers who signed up to fight in Afghanistan and Iraq. We’re the gay Americans whose blood ran in the streets of San Francisco and New York, just as blood ran down this bridge. (Applause.) […] That’s what America is. Not stock photos or airbrushed history, or feeble attempts to define some of us as more American than others. (Applause.) …
  • S.F. doctor whose brother was slain decries anti-Muslim hostility

    03/08/2015 8:57:32 AM PDT · by artichokegrower · 28 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | March 7, 2015 | Hamed Aleaziz
    Dr. Suzanne Barakat was writing a prescription for one of her patients at San Francisco General Hospital when her phone lit up with text messages from friends sending condolences. It was Feb. 10 and Barakat, 27, was in her first year of family medicine residency. She ignored the first text, thinking it was either a mistake or a reference to family members in war-torn Syria. “I just put my head back to work,” she said. But then Barakat noticed that one of the texts mentioned her 23-year-old brother, Deah Barakat, a dental student at the University of North Carolina in...
  • Super Bowl, World Series champs back gay marriage at court

    03/06/2015 11:04:29 AM PST · by massmike · 19 replies
    http://news.yahoo.com/ ^ | 03/06/2015 | Mark Sherman
    The New England Patriots are for same-sex marriage. So are the San Francisco Giants. The reigning baseball and football champions, along with baseball's small-market Tampa Bay Rays, are among the thousands of businesses, religious groups, advocacy organizations and politicians who are filing legal briefs at the Supreme Court in support of gay marriage. The Patriots play in Massachusetts, the first state to allow same-sex couples to marry, and the Giants represent a city that is notable for its gay and lesbian community. Rays president Brian Auld said it was important that his team stand up, as well. "We're a small...
  • Here Are The 379 Companies Urging The Supreme Court To Support Same-Sex Marriage

    03/06/2015 8:36:21 AM PST · by GIdget2004 · 94 replies
    Huff Post ^ | 03/05/2015 | Alexander C. Kaufman
    Big business has come out in favor of same-sex marriage. Exactly 379 corporations and employer organizations urged the Supreme Court to strike down state bans on gay marriage, according to a friend-of-the-court brief obtained by The Huffington Post. The document was expected to be filed late Thursday morning. “Employers are better served by a uniform marriage rule that gives equal dignity to employee relationships,” reads the brief, filed by global law firm Morgan Lewis. “Allowing same-sex couples to marry improves employee morale and productivity, reduces uncertainty, and removes the wasteful administrative burdens imposed by the current disparity of state law...
  • I stand with Archbishop Cordileone! (Show your support by signing the petition)

    03/06/2015 1:34:32 PM PST · by NYer · 6 replies
    Life Site News ^ | March 6, 2015
    Background:San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone, well-known for his uncompromising defense of orthodox Catholic teaching and pro-life and pro-family values, urgently needs your help!Gay activists, politicians and dissident Catholics have launched an all-out media attack campaign against the archbishop after he recently announced that he wants to codify a long-standing, commonsense expectation that Catholic schoolteachers in his diocese uphold and display public integrity regarding Catholic teachings on a wide variety of topics.This includes Catholic teaching on controversial issues like abortion, contraception, chastity, and same-sex “marriage,” as well the Eucharist and the teaching authority of the Church.Opponents of the archbishop are...
  • SF Supes Tell Archbishop His Morality Clauses Are Unwanted

    03/06/2015 7:03:23 AM PST · by marshmallow · 20 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 3/4/15 | Emily Green and Jill Tucker
    In a rebuke to the archbishop of San Francisco, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors unanimously passed a resolution Tuesday urging the conservative Catholic leader to respect the rights of teachers and administrators. The measure comes after Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone included morality clauses in a new handbook and proposed changes to the labor contract of teachers at four Bay Area Catholic high schools, setting off a wave of opposition. “These actions really conflict with the values of San Francisco,” said Supervisor Mark Farrell, who introduced the resolution. “In San Francisco, we stand up for everyone. We stand up for our...
  • 'I Jumped Off a Bridge to End My Life But Was Saved - by a Sea Lion'

    03/05/2015 8:39:40 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 31 replies
    Mirror ^ | 5 March 2015 | John Shammas
    Kevin Hines was battling mental illness when he tried to commit suicide, but believed the sea creature kept him afloat and saved his lifeA man who was suffering from mental illness and depression has revealed how a sea lion saved his life after he tried to kill himself. Kevin Hines jumped off San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge in 2000, but against all the odds he managed to survive. Hines told how his depression had led him to see life through a "bit of tunnel vision," leading him to think he had to die. SNIP He told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation:...
  • Isis threatens Twitter employees over blocked accounts

    03/02/2015 9:10:35 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 8 replies
    The Guardian ^ | March 2, 2015 | Alex Hern
    Isis supporters have threatened Twitter employees, including co-founder Jack Dorsey specifically, with death over the social network’s practice of blocking accounts associated with the group. In an Arabic post uploaded to the image-sharing site JustPaste.it, the group told Twitter that “your virtual war on us will cause a real war on you”. It warned that Jack Dorsey and Twitter employees have “become a target for the soldiers of the Caliphate and supporters scattered among your midst!” “You started this failed war … We told you from the beginning it’s not your war, but you didn’t get it and kept closing...
  • S.F. police looking for owner of abandoned prosthetic leg

    03/02/2015 3:24:21 PM PST · by artichokegrower · 41 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | March 2, 2015 | Steve Rubenstein
    Someone in San Francisco is missing a leg, and the cops have it. It’s worth $7,000, and probably a lot more to the person it belongs to. It’s a prosthetic right leg, and it comes with a man’s brown shoe, in good repair. Officer Julio Bandoni found the leg last week at Eighth and Market streets. It was leaning against a tree trunk, in front of a mobile-phone store.
  • SF archbishop easing strict morality code

    02/25/2015 6:59:41 AM PST · by NKP_Vet · 9 replies
    http://www.cruxnow.com ^ | February 25, 2015 | Kevin Fagan
    SAN FRANCISCO — Under pressure from his Catholic schools community, the archbishop of the San Francisco archdiocese is peeling back strict guidelines he proposed for teachers that would require them to reject homosexuality, use of contraception, and other “evil” behavior. Most significantly, Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone said he is dropping an effort to designate high school teachers as “ministers,” which, under a 2012 US Supreme Court ruling, would have eliminated them from government-mandated employee protections by placing them solely under Church control. In an hour-long meeting with The San Francisco Chronicle’s editorial board, Cordileone said he is forming a committee of...
  • New year brings an increase in homicides to San Francisco

    02/22/2015 7:09:50 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 22, 2015 1:36 PM EST | Paul Elias
    It was, the mayor of San Francisco said, a “shocking start” to the year for a city amid a technology boom with soaring rents and construction cranes, fashionable restaurants and gentrifying neighborhoods. In January, four young men sitting in a stolen car were gunned down in a trendy neighborhood near City Hall. Ten days later, a mother was shot dead outside her home in front of her three children. In another, a blood-spattered woman staggered into a restaurant seeking help for bullet wounds, and a man was found shot dead in an SUV outside. With the homicide count climbing to...
  • S.F. Cath. Students, Parents Stage Ash Wednesday Protest Over Morality Clauses In Teacher Contracts

    02/19/2015 4:54:27 PM PST · by marshmallow · 28 replies
    CBS Channel 5 KPIX ^ | 2/18/15 | Andrea Borba
    SAN FRANCISCO (KPIX 5) – Students and parents from schools controlled by the Catholic Archdiocese of San Francisco protested at Saint Mary’s Cathedral on Ash Wednesday, saying the church should stay out of teachers’ bedrooms and drop proposed morality clauses in teacher contracts. On Ash Wednesday, one of the holiest days on the Catholic calendar, the students and parents are hoping Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone will change his mind on the clauses, as the church heads into 40 days of Lenten reflection. "We’re here because if Jesus were alive today, he’d be standing right next to us,” Mairead Ahlbach, a student...
  • Top US labor official arrives as West Coast ports back up

    02/16/2015 7:30:54 PM PST · by Citizen Zed · 16 replies
    LOS ANGELES (AP) — The nation's top labor official flew Monday to California in an attempt to resolve a damaging contract dispute between West Coast dockworkers and their employers. U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez headed for San Francisco, where months-long negotiations between the dockworkers union and a maritime association of companies have come to a halt. So, too, has the movement of billions of dollars of cargo that is supposed to pass through 29 seaports from Southern California to Seattle. The ports are a critical trade link with Asia and the gateway not just for imports such as electronics,...