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Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Streets of San Francisco overflowing with guns

There are more weapons than ever on the streets of San Francisco - Mostly in the hands of young people - leading to a replication of gun murders over the last five years, according to the police sector.

The number of homicide by firearms jumped from 39 in 2001 to 80 in 2005 and a handful of other indicators, from shootings to the number of weapons seized by police, all point to a greater level of pistol violence in San Francisco.

Saint Mary's 88, San Francisco 70

MORAGA, Calif. (AP) - Daniel Kickert scored 15 of his 24 points in the final 6:11 and moved within five of flouting the school's career scoring documentation, leading Saint Mary's to a 88-70 victory over San Francisco on Monday night.

Brett Collins also played fine down the stretch, scoring 12 of his 24 points in the last 9:08, and Diamon Simpson added 12 points and a career-high 16 rebounds in the Gaels' first West Coast Conference home win.

World/AMA San Francisco summary

SAN FRANCISCO (January 28, 2006) - Kawasaki's James Stewart, of Haines City, Fla., won a mud-filled battle at Saturday night's Amp'd Mobile World Supercross GP/Amp'd Mobile AMA Supercross battle before a crowd of 37,557 at SBC Park in San Francisco. KTM's Nathan Ramsey, of Menifee, Calif., won the Western Region AMA Supercross Lites.

Nick Wey, of DeWitt, Mich., plodded his Honda through the mud to claim the Toyota Holeshot Award to start the 12-lap AMA Supercross quality. Wey would submit the lead to Stewart by the end of the first lap, with Suzuki's Ricky Carmichael, of Havana, Fla., a couple spot back in third.

Stewart would lead Carmichael for eight laps before a skip pass by Carmichael on lap nine shot him into the lead. Carmichael's lead did not last long as Stewart regrouped and got back into the lead on the next lap. From there Stewart never looked back and won his fourth main event win of the period. Carmichael done second, while Wey held on to finish third.

Bay Area Sports Organizing Committee (BASOC)

Winter Olympics Kick-off at BASOC Event Feb. 10
The Bay Area Sports Organizing Committee (BASOC) will present Night of Champions on
Friday, Feb. 10 at the San Francisco Italian Athletic Club, 1630 Stockton St., San Francisco,
to celebrate the Opening Ceremonies of the 2006 Olympic Winter Games in Torino, Italy.
Tickets are $150 per person. For more information, call 650-856-2234.

San Francisco Conventions Update

The following is a summary of conventions
coming to Moscone Center in

29-2/2 Fawcette Technical Publications
VSLive! San Francisco; Moscone W; 3,800

4-8 San Francisco Winter International
Gift Fair; Moscone N & S 35,000

SanfranDISCO Ready to Spin Off

Source: SF Convention & Visitors Bureau

The Bureau will be in Washington D.C. and Chicago March 8 and 9 to host events for
key clients. Making a big splash with its SanfranDISCO-themed events, the Bureau
and sponsoring members will sell San Francisco as a record-breaking meeting destination.
The Bureau would like to thank the following members for the contribution: United
Airlines; Action Figures Convention Staffing & Surveys, the Fairmont San Francisco,
Grand Hyatt San Francisco; Hilton San Francisco; Joie de Vivre Hospitality; Key Events,
Inc.; Kimpton Hotel & Restaurant Group, LLC; Hotel Nikko San Francisco; Palace Hotel,
ProShow, National Event Staffing Management; Renaissance Parc 55 Hotel; San
Francisco Marriott; SBC Park; Starwood Hotels and Resorts and W San Francisco.

Monday, January 30, 2006

What Makes San Francisco, San Francisco

What makes San Francisco, San Francisco

There is no other San Francisco, and that in itself is the secret to its success. No other city has such steep hills, the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz, etc., but to a resident, those icons become invisible after a while - they're not representative of the uniqueness that makes it one of the most desired cities in the world.

A place like El Balazo, in the Upper Haight, San Francisco, is. Now it is a crime to single out any one venue in the city, but the thing is, while there's nothing particularly award-winning about this bustling Mexican taqueria, they only exist in San Francisco. That's not nearly the whole story, because there are literally thousands of other entirely unique, ethnic, diverse, independent venues offering experiences you won't find anywhere else... and that's what makes San Francisco, San Francisco.

So, take a typical review of El Barazo, like the following "We were just walking by and the place was packed, so we figured it was good and we were right!! I love Mexican and this was the best fast food, authentic Mexican resturant. It was a lot of food and the biggest burrito I have seen but they roll it into the tightest burrito. They are not skimpy on their fixings either. The setting in the resturant is very colorful and fun! It is a must stop if you are in the Haight Ashbury area!" then multiply by a thousand other venues. Now you get the idea.

Crab Fest to Boost Travel to San Francisco in February

From SF Convention & Visitors Bureau... The Bay Area's official Dungeness crab season opened November 1 and run through the end of June, but it is February that gets local residents and visitors excited. Don your bib and squeeze a lemon and do whatever it takes to get ready for San Francisco's Crab Festival.

The month-long celebration of the Dungeness crab is now in its fourth year and the first three years of groundwork has turned a fledglingevent into a citywide celebration. The Bureau developed the Festival to drive business to the City during February, a traditionally slow month for visitors. As in the past three years, San Francisco restaurants and neighborhoods are producing crabrelated activities throughout the month.

Last year, crab-themed festivities centered around Fishermans Wharf, The Cannery, Embarcadero Center, North Beach, the Mission, Fort Mason Center and Union Square. This year, many of those same areas and neighborhoods will again be centers of activity.

2006 Cruise Schedule (San Francisco)

More than 25 ships make an average of nearly 100 calls to the City annually, bringing almost a quarter-million first-time and repeat visitors. Listed below are upcoming passenger cruise arrivals and departures for Pier 35. Cruise Line Arrivals Departures

CLIPPER 11/4 8 am 11/5 Midnight
PRINCESS 11/10 6 am 11/10 5 pm
HOLIDAY 11/11 8 am 11/12 4 pm
PRINCESS 11/20 6 am 11/20 5 pm
PRINCESS 11/30 6 am 11/30 5 pm

SEVEN SEAS 12/2 9 am 12/2 8 pm
PRINCESS 12/10 6 am 12/10 5 pm
PRINCESS 12/20 6 am 12/20 5 pm
PRINCESS 12/30 6 am 12/30 5 pm
PRINCESS 1/9 6 am 1/9 5 pm
PRINCESS 1/19 6 am 1/19 5 pm

HELLENIC 1/24 2 pm 1/27 11 pm
P & O 1/26 8 am 1/26 11:59 pm
PRINCESS 1/29 6 am 1/29 5 pm

San Francisco Convention Business is Strong

Source: San Francisco Convention & Visitors Bureau The Bureau completed a recordbreaking fiscal year in 2004-2005 booking 925 convention groups representing a total of 2,229,979 hotel room nights over the next 16 years. The citywide economic impact of these bookings is estimated at $1.4 billion. Another 1,837 groups, representing a potential 5,410,979 room nights, were added on a tentative basis through 2028.

"San Francisco's convention business continues to hold steady, bringing an influx of dollars to the local economy, supporting hotels, restaurants, retail, services and attractions," said Mark Theis, Bureau vice president, convention division. "This is especially important given the constant competition from growing markets such as Las Vegas, Anaheim and San Diego."

In the next few months, Moscone will host several important events including: The National Association for the Specialty Food Trade, Inc., and Winter Fancy Food Show, Jan. 22-25, 2006, with 20,000 in attendance and an expected 3,400 peakhotel rooms. The American Academy of Dermatology AnnualNational Meeting, March 3-7, 2006, with 15,000 in attendanceand an expected 6,000 peak hotel rooms.

The American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting, April 7-11, 2006, with 14,000 in attendance and 5,300 peak hotel rooms The Bureau is working harder than ever to bring conventions to San Francisco. Recently, the New Orleans Convention & Visitors Bureau announced citywide conventions would be postponed through March 31, 2006, a result of the devastation from Hurricane Katrina. The Bureau stepped in where possible to accommodate meetings that needed new venues.

"With all three Moscone Center facilities booked solid for the next couple of years, it's always difficult finding open space," said Theis. "We have excellent relationships with many of the groups that were booked in New Orleans and wanted to do everything possible to help with their transition. In some cases we were able to juggle some dates and get them into Moscone Center."

AMGEN Pro-cycling Tour Embarks from Ferry Building

San Francisco will once again be in the international sports spotlight as it kicks off the AMGEN tour, a demanding 600-mile, eight-day pro-cycling race.

The world-class race opens with a short, intense prologue through the streets of San Francisco on Sunday,Feb. 19. Starting by the Ferry Building at Pier 1, the 1.9-mile course will run along the Embarcadero, make a left onto Bay Street, and continue on to Telegraph Hill and Coit Tower.

Stage One begins on Monday, Feb. 20, from Sausalito to Santa Rosa. The event will draw international media coverage as well as cycling enthusiasts from outside the City. For more information, visit

San Francisco Shuttle Tours Benefits

San Francisco Shuttle Tours offers smaller group tours of San Francisco. Up to 35 people per tour and a separate tour guide and driver. The specific benefit of having a separate guide rather than a driver guide is that they can make more useful stops, because the guide can leave the bus behind and go out to the landmarks with the groups.

More tour stops than the competition. This full action-packed 5 hour tour doesn't leave you in the bus the entire time. They make up to 9 stops where they get out of the shuttle and walk around and take pictures.

Ferry Cruise to Sausalito. One of the best things on the tour is the ferry cruise from the Ferry Building. A local Hyatt hotel chief concierge said, "The ferry they take to Sausalito from the Ferry Building is a world class ferry, something you can't find anywhere else."

Free refreshments. If this isn't enough, they offer free bottled-water, diet cokes and cokes on every tour to ensure that you're given a 1st-class treament during your 5 hour stay with them.

One-hour in Sausalito. Sausalito, a beautiful mediterranean town, is great almost anytime of the year, with weather usually warmer than SF as well as great shops and places to eat.

To see more information, go to

San Francisco Chronicle: GarageBand 3 has by far the most extensive package of podcasting features

" Benny Evangelista writes for The San Francisco Chronicle. "I tested review copies of the new GarageBand 3 newly, while putting together several Chronicle podcasts, and found the program provides a nearly complete wrap up of tools that average podcasters would need to create, and jazz up, their productions."

"Of course, the catch is that GarageBand 3 is only available for Macintosh users, either by buying a new Mac computer with the iLife '06 digital media software package pre-installed, or buying the iLife '06 upgrade for older Macs. GarageBand 3 is part of the iLife '06 suite and is not sold individually. And one major new characteristic, the ability to insert a photo slide show in a podcast, only works with Apple's iTunes program or in an iPod," Evangelista writes. "Still, with GarageBand 3, Apple has created a program that should be compelling to the tens of thousands of podcasters large and little now posting their own audio programs on the Web."

San Francisco: a military-free zone?

Everybody knows that San Francisco is a focal point for antiviolence sentiment. Protests, civil defiance and other acts designed to show opposition to the war in Iraq are standard fare in these parts. But now it seems that San Francisco antiviolence activists have taken their opposition to the war in Iraq a step further.

Not content with simply protesting the war, they've trained their sights on all things military. In an evident effort to rid the city of any impression of its military history, various leftist groups, and even some city officials, are trying to erase the military's occurrence altogether. In short, San Francisco has declared itself a military-free zone.

News in brief from the San Francisco Bay area

NAPA, Calif. - Hikers and other outdoor enthusiast can now access a extensive publicly owned ranch that forms a key stretch of protected lands from lower Solano County to higher Lake County.

The 12,575-acre Napa Ranch assets, placed at the northern end of Lake Berryessa, is marked by rolling hills and plenteous wildlife including black bears, mountain lions, and bald and golden eagles.

The state Wildlife Conservation Board bought the assets last month for $12.5 million from a Florida corporation. The land is being administered as a wildlife area by the state Department of Fish and Game.

Sunday, January 29, 2006

Public Housing in San Francisco

Public Housing in San Francisco has imprisoned thousands because the Housing Authority and the City and County of San Francisco and now Mayor Gavin Newsom has chosen to use residents in Public Housing as a scheme. The Mayor's Office of Community Development and the Mayor's cronies continue to use residents in San Francisco's Public Housing as stooges and this must stop. Jesse Blout from the Mayor's Office of Economic Development and Work Force is doing nothing to help the poor persons that live in Public Housing in San Francisco.

Public Housing anywhere should never, ever be used to keep anyone enslaved. That is what is happening in San Francisco. Public Housing was always meant to be interim but those that live in Public Housing in San Francisco are never, ever told that. Innocent persons keep living in an area that unfavorably impacts their health and their life.

Public Housing especially in the Southeast Sector is very near the Hunters Point Shipyard a Superfund Site. The level of emission from the Superfund Site has killed hundreds of innocent people. Cancer is on the grow and no one is paying any awareness.

Stewart fights back with wet San Francisco win

James Stewart overcame terrible climate conditions at San Francisco's fourth round of the 2006 AMA Supercross championship to end reigning champion Ricky Carmichael's two race win streak - extending Stewart's World SX GP battle advantage and placing him within 2-points of the AMA championship lead.

"The first few laps I was in my own world (and was thinking) I just wanted to finish," said Stewart in the post-race press meeting. "I made a few mistakes, but I think it was just more the track than me making mistakes. I knew (Carmichael) was behind me. I could hear the crowd going wild and I didn't know if he had crashed or if he was right up on me.

Labour dispute at San Francisco Symphony threatens China tour

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A labors dispute at the San Francisco Symphony threatens to derail a planned tour of China next month if both sides cannot agree on a new contract.

At issue are pensions and seniority pay. Union members say offers by the management would put San Francisco near the bottom among the top seven orchestras in the U.S., which include Boston, New York, Philadelphia, Cleveland, Chicago and Los Angeles.

"The contract is not competitive with the rest of the industry in these areas," said violist David Gaudry, chairman of the musicians' negotiating committee.

We believe we'll be starting the new contract in a competitive posture, and we are dedicated to making sure that that competitive posture remains.

The union negotiating committee has recommended that the musicians refuse to embark on the high-profile tour to Hong Kong and Shanghai, scheduled for mid-February, unless an agreement is reached.

Thursday, January 26, 2006

Baker Beach in San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - For more than 50 years, nature photographer Ansel Adams lived in the city, in a top home where he was motivated by views of the Golden Gate, Baker Beach and the forested hills of the Presidio.

Neighborhood people say that same view could be an inspiration to others, and they are fighting city officials over plans to sell two overrun lots, totaling only about a quarter-acre, that sit next to Adams' childhood home and the house he built in his mother's dahlia garden.

The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission auctioned off one of the lots on Friday, receiving a $1.5 million bid from a couple who plan to build a house, and it is soliciting bids for the second.

San Francisco Restaurant

A hotel restaurant recreate that tapped the talents of a theatrical set designer for encouragement. A spacious in-room hotel secure configured to hold a laptop. A newly opened hotel spa with pamper-yourself conduct rooms for couples. A Dashiell Hammett suite complete with an impressive 1930s period look.
These are some of the features being introduced at Bay Area hotels. The hospitality industry -- newly flush with assurance and investors' money and feeling bolder than it has in years -- is busy opening new hotels, renovating older ones and trying to outdo each other in everything from high-tech touches to Pacific Rim food and trendy lobby bars.

San Francisco Tourism

The Northern California Visitor Industry Outlook symposium, to be held on Thursday, Feb. 23, at The Argent Hotel, in San Francisco will take place under the united efforts of the San Francisco conference & Visitors Bureau (SFCVB) Education & Research basis, the Cornell University School of Hotel Administration, the PKF Consulting and the San Francisco Business Times.

Tuesday, January 24, 2006

ChinaTown In Sanfrancisco

The Shrine arches can be seen at the very end of Grant Avenue and are a famous San Francisco landmark.Some of the best bakeries and local Chinese cuisine can be found all along Chinatown.
Local hotel concierges tell us this is by far the best part of the tour.

Cliff House In Sanfrans

In 1863, the first Cliff House was built by C.C. Butler and John P. Buckley. The guest register bares the names of three U.S. Presidents. In 1865, James Cooke walked a tightrope from Cliff House to Seal Rocks. The Cliff House was sold to Adolph Sutro in 1881. In 1888, he built a railroad in order to bring the tourists to the area. A fire then destroyed the first Cliff House on December 25, 1894.

In 1896, Adolph Sutro went to work rebuilding the Cliff House. The grandiose style estate cost $50,000 to build and was fashioned after a French Chateau. It boasted 8 stories, spires and an observation tower two hundred feet above sea level. It was a well-designed and graceful site for dining, and dancing. The first floor consisted of a large dining room, parlor, bar, private dining rooms and kitchens. The second floor was made up of 20 private lunchrooms, an art gallery and a gem exhibit. There was a photo gallery, reception room, parlors and large windows with panoramic views located on the third floor. While this most exquisite house survived the 1906 earthquake with only minor damage, it burned to the ground the next year during remodeling.
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