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Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Gun ban in San Francisco delayed over NRA lawsuit

SAN FRANCISCO - The city decided to delay enforcing a voter-approved prohibit on owning or selling handguns until at least June 19 so a judge can consider a National Rifle Association lawsuit challenging the law.

San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera said Monday that the city would honor a Superior Court judge's request to delay implementing the law until the suit is established. Proposition H was approved by 58 percent of voters in November.

Cardinal to Play Baylor at San Francisco Tennis Club at 9:00 pm

Today's planned match between No. 7 Stanford (6-0) and No. 9 Baylor (6-3) has been stirred indoors to the San Francisco Tennis Club beginning at 9:00 pm. The match was originally planned to be played at the Taube Tennis Center, but climate has forced the match indoors. entrance is free.

The Cardinal is unbeaten this period, but faces a stiff confront from perennial powerhouse Baylor. The Bears, which beat Cal 4-3 on Sunday, are led by sophomore Lars Poerschke, who is the fourth ranked singles player in the country.

Monday, February 27, 2006

Brandi Courtney is living her dream through her music

Brandi Courtney is living her dream of touring and performing her music in front of people from all over the world.

Courtney performed as part of the Sacred Run Tour earlier this month in San Francisco, Calif.

The Sacred Run Tour is a 71-day tour across 12 states. It covers about 4,000 miles and ends in Washington, D.C., on April 22, which is also Earth Day.

"The reason of this run was to offer information and opportunities for people to take a more active role in sustaining and preserving the environment and for harmony," Courtney said.

Courtney spent seven days performing and doing interviews with radio stations and media outlets in the San Francisco area.

San Francisco puts a bounty on property tax evasion

San Francisco attorney Wayne Lesser says he spent 15 years helping bring to light a case of property tax fraud, and the city never rewarded him. Future do-gooders may be luckier.

Under a law that went into effect last week, San Francisco can pay as much as $500,000 to watchdogs like Lesser who expose tax evasion by investors who hide the acquirement of property.

"This process is costing the city millions of dollars," assessor Phil Ting, 36, said in a telephone interview. "We are not going to tolerate any malfeasance or fraud."

Sunday, February 26, 2006

HOMELANDS: Guangzhou, China

San Francisco's streets echo the sounds and sights of Guangzhoucoin toss for 6th pick
Guangdong, the region that includes the city of Guangzhou and the booming border business hub of Shenzhen, has some 110 million citizens. The most crowded area in China as well as the most wealthy, it is nevertheless home to less than 10 percent of modern China's 1.3 billion people.

Though it has a small percentage of China's population, Guangdong region was home to the lineage of 50 percent of all Chinese Americans - about 500,000 of whom live in the Bay Area, according to Him Mark Lai, a San Franciscan widely standard as a leading authority on Chinese migration to the United States. Before the more diversified Chinese immigration of latest years, the percentage of Chinese Americans who could trace their lineage to Guangdong province was more than 70 percent, he says.

Friday, February 24, 2006

SAN FRANCISCO - Building jobs to be reserved for residents

Contractors working on city-financed construction projects in San Francisco must try to make sure that half the new laborers they appoint are local residents, under a new jobs initiative City Hall officials announced Thursday.

The statement comes as San Francisco has $1.5 billion value of public works projects in the pipeline over the next few years, everything from upgrading the city's water system to completing the Third Street light-rail project. Hundreds of laborers will be needed to do the work.

Anti-wire tap vigil in San Francisco features Lady Liberty

SAN FRANCISCO - A woman dressed in a shiny silver costume, whole with a Lady Liberty hat, fell to her knees and rolled onto the concrete floor of San Francisco's Justin Herman Plaza in front of about 80 people on Feb. 22 while the crowd cried "don't give up!

Then a man in a white doctor's wool came along with other women dressed in bright colored granny gear passionately reciting the Bill of Rights, gradually reviving Vicki Leidner, of San Francisco, with fake blood on her face, from her mock suffering. The mob giggled and joined in reciting.

San Francisco wins coin toss for 6th pick

INDIANAPOLIS - The San Francisco 49ers won a coin toss Friday and will get the sixth pick in the April breeze, followed by the Oakland Raiders.

The Bay Area teams both completed 4-12 last season, tying for the sixth and seventh picks. Because they also tied on strength of program, a coin toss was required.

The draft will be held in New York on April 29-30. Houston, New Orleans, Tennessee, the New York Jets and Green Bay have the first five picks.

Thursday, February 23, 2006

San Francisco, contractor settle airport expansion lawsuit

SAN FRANCISCO - Tutor-Saliba Corp. decided to pay the city and county of San Francisco $19 million to settle a lawsuit filed in 2002 condemning the contractor of overbilling for the San Francisco International Airport expansion.

The concord, reached last week, was made public Thursday by the Sylmar-based company and City Attorney Dennis Herrera.

The suit accused Tutor-Saliba of overbilling the city tens of millions of dollars, and manipulating and defrauding the city-run minority contracting program to win well-paid airport contracts it wouldn't have been qualified to receive.

EarthLink, Google Apply For San Francisco Wireless Network

Earthlink Inc. and Google Inc. have submitted a united proposal for building a citywide wireless network in San Francisco.

The capitulation in response to the city's "request for proposal" was handed in this week, the companies said in a joint statement. Earthlink and Google last year told the city individually that they were interested in building the project.

The city needs to build a civic network in order to give poorer residents an affordable choice for getting online. Mayor Gavin Newsom launched the wireless broadband scheme last summer, hoping to provide free Internet access to city businesses and residents.

Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Appeals court upholds San Francisco eviction compensation law

SAN FRANCISCO - Expelled tenants can gather up to $4,500 each in transfer assistance from landlords who decide to stop renting their assets, a state appeals court ruled.

The First District Court of Appeal on Tuesday upheld a San Francisco ordinance entitling tenants evicted under the state Ellis Act to assistance regardless of income, with a cap of $13,500 per household.

Small Property Owners of San Francisco, an organization that promotes home ownership, and rental property owners sued the city, claiming the relocation costs were unjust to property owners and provide more money than tenants need to find a new apartment.

CARNAVAL SAN FRANCISCO KICKS OFF 2006 SEASON

Mission District Music and Dance Sensation Loco Bloco to Take the Stage; Carnival Also to Feature DJ Ubald, DJ Osiris and Costume Contest

Mardi Gras festival a Benefit for Carnival San Francisco Arts Education Program and Featured Event of San Francisco Crab Festival

Pull out your most colorful dress and get your best soca, samba and salsa moves ready as Carnaval San Francisco hosts the third annual Mardi Gras festival on Tuesday, February 28 at 8:00 p.m., at the Roccapulco dinner and Dance Club in San Francisco.

San Francisco leaders doo up an energy plan

SAN FRANCISCO - City officials are hoping to strap up the power of doggy doo.
San Franciscans already reuse more than 60 percent of their garbage, but in this dog-friendly town, animal feces make up nearly 4 percent of housing waste, or 6,500 tons a year - nearly as much as disposable diapers, according to the city.

Within the next few months, Norcal Waste, a garbage hauling company that collects San Francisco's garbage, will begin a pilot program under which it will use environmental bags and dog-waste carts to pick up droppings at a popular dog park.

The droppings will be tossed into a contrivance called a methane digester, which is a tank in which bacteria feed on feces for weeks to create methane gas.

Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Classic Voyages appointed to represent California Parlor Car Tours in Australia.

Since 1924, California Parlor Car Tours have been the leading coach tour operator between San Francisco and Los Angeles with clients marvelling at the stunning scenes along the coast at Big Sur, Monterey, Carmel, Hearst Castle, Santa Barbara and Solvang. Others flocked on tours to the second oldest National Park...Yosemite! The familiar green, gold and white coaches have carried generations of families from around the World.

These extremely popular tours are still in operation with a large choice of options. Classic Voyages have been agreed to market the program in Australia. No longer JUST a coach tour company one email or call to California Parlor Cars now can arrange a full range of:

* sightseeing tours,
* transfers,
* rail tours,
* harbour cruises,
* accommodation (even at the impossible to get Yosemite Park hotels)
* theme parks in California including Sea World- San Diego, Disneyland and Universal Studios.

In addition 2-7 day tours between San Francisco & Los Angeles, with options for Amtrak and coach combinations. This option also applies to the ever popular tours to Yosemite Park.

San Jose art museum plans cell phone tours

Irritated by people discussion on cell phones in museums? The San Jose Museum of Art has introduced a program to get them listening instead of talking.

With its current exhibit, ' 'Visual Politics: The Art of Engagement,'' the museum became one of the first art museums in the country - and quite possibly the first - to offer a tour of an exhibit via cell phones.

Museum officials say they plan to open a cell phone tour in Spanish when ' 'Art Caliente! Selections from the Joe A. Diaz Collection'' opens there next month. They hope to gradually add cell phone tours of all exhibits in the permanent collection.

Sunday, February 19, 2006

Tour could be next NASCAR or WUSA

If the Tour of California cycle race is to take a permanent place in the peloton of popular big-time professional sporting events in the Bay Area, it will need to chase a recipe set by other franchises, tours and single-day events from Sonoma to San Jose.

There is a small list of intangible factors that add up to a successful event. The field vying for the public's dollar may be crowded, but this cycling stage race styled after the Tour de France and backed by the skilled Anschutz

Long layover offers opportunity to get away from airport, into city

A couple of years ago, my wife and I faced a long wait on a Lufthansa journey from Lyon, France, to San Francisco. The only flight from Lyon to Frankfurt early enough to make the link left at 6 a.m., while my nonstop to San Francisco didn't leave Frankfurt until late afternoon. Rather than spend all day at Frankfurt's frenetic airport, we rented a car and drove to the charming Rhine town of Bingen, where my wife was interested in visiting some of the sites associated with Hildegard. The drive took less than an hour each way, and we had ample time to travel around that attractive village.

Wednesday, February 15, 2006

FLOWERS OF WINTER

The orchid is in a class by itself, an lasting phenomenon that defies mere botanical description and mass displays on supermarket shelves.

Rivaled only by the rose for absolute evocative power, the orchid conveys a sense of status, wealth and ultimate good taste, all despite the fact that many orchid plants can be purchased for less than $20 and have blooms that last for weeks, even months, which make them more not expensive than cut flowers. And not to mention the well-kept secret that given the right spot, an orchid can be easier to grow than Grandmother's African violets.

Ghost of 1906 earthquake haunts us all

With the centenary anniversary of the 1906 San Francisco earthquake just a shade more than two months off, the defining event of the city's history rests uneasily on a combined spiritual fault line. Obsession and avoidance, fascination and aversion sit side by side, like tectonic cups unconscious of the other's presence and pressure. We think about the day the Earth shook the city into submission and we don't think about it, ignore it and see it wherever we look.

Quake seekers could board on a sustained seismic pilgrimage into the past, if they chose to, suffusing 2006 with the destruction, grief and forbearing pluck of 1906. Many others, it's safe to assume, will want nothing to do with this mixed-message festival of an event that killed thousands and destroyed much of the city. Doesn't the world supply plenty of that as it is, one might ask, without excavating past woes?

GREEN STUFF WEST BAY

Green stuff
Botanical Drawing A six-week conference using various media. Classes meet on Tues. through March 28. Preregistration required. Noon-2 p.m. Tues. $85. San Francisco Botanical Garden at Strybing Arboretum, Ninth Ave. and Lincoln Way, Golden Gate Park, S.F. (415) 661-1316.

Botany & Taxonomy for Artists A six-week session involving pencil and pen sketchings of various garden specimens. Preregistration required. 10-11:30 a.m. Tues. $85. San Francisco Botanical Garden at Strybing Arboretum, Ninth Ave. and Lincoln Way, Golden Gate Park, S.F. (415) 661-1316.

Bringing Back the Natives Tour Registration Register for passes and a printed guide to 65 bird- and butterfly-friendly low-maintenance gardens. Tour takes place May 7. Registration ends April 20. Call (510) 236-9558 between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. today. Free. Bringing Back the Natives Tour, Oakland. bringingbackthenatives.net.

Tuesday, February 14, 2006

California City Enacts Boycott Of San Francisco

(CBS 5) HIGHLAND, Calif. San Francisco has always had its share of critics, from conservative commentator Bill O'Reilly on down. But now there's a whole town that is boycotting our city by the bay, and they're doing it with their wallets.

Highland is a small town of 50,000 people in San Bernardino County, where they've just had it with San Francisco.

"I think they are so absolutely liberal, I think it's ridiculous," said Highland city councilmember Jody Scott. "Since the 60s, San Francisco has been on a downward spiral."

Maupintour's new tour offerings

Maupintour announced that it has designed a wide range of new programs for the 2006 travel season, including tours that appeal directly to some of the specific benefit of the traveling public. Maupintour has extended its 2006 collection of programs to include such international destinations as Jordan, Israel, Vietnam, Cambodia and Turkey. Among this year's new domestic tours are San Francisco, Yosemite & Lake Tahoe (8 day escorted) and Canadian Rockies Retreat (8 day escorted). Additionally, a wider variety of tour programs that are modular in nature is currently available.

Jordan & Israel is a 12 day escorted program. Vietnam is an 11 day escorted tour, which can be extended by booking the 3-day hosted Cambodia program to follow directly. Asia's Ancient Cities explores Bangkok, Hong Kong, Xian, Beijing, Tokyo and Kyoto for 18 days and is escorted. Pleasures of Portugal (10 days escorted) returns with many new and exciting elements, as does Turkish Treasures (15 days).

Tweedy steps up, a changed musician

SAN FRANCISCO - "No depression" has been used to explain a filament of alternative American roots music since the early '90s, but for Jeff Tweedy, whose song helped motivate the phrase, the two words now have a more immediate and literal importance.

Two years after going through rehab for nervousness disorders and addiction to painkillers, the singer and songwriter says he feels like a new person. And Tweedy, 38, figures that the change is bound to come through in new music he's started recording with his band Wilco, one of the most highly praised groups in American rock.

Monday, February 13, 2006

Imported islanders hang tight to pride

Julian Mendiola's Spanaway home offers a glimpse of a Pacific island community subtly woven into the South Sound's dissimilar fabric.

In the front yard stands a 5-foot-tall copy of an ancient latte (pronounced LAH-tee) stone, symbol of a people whose roots reach to Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands.

The ramparts of his garage are enclosed with pictures showing family, his 26 years in the Army and life on his native island of Guam.

Travelex Launches San Francisco Trading Floor

SAN FRANCISCO, Feb. 13 /PRNewswire/ - Travelex, the world's top foreign exchange specialist, announced today the opening of its San Francisco trading floor to improved serve the Bay Area and West Coast as the need for foreign exchange services grows in the region. The new trading floor will cater to regional companies, advising them on FX risk alleviation and worldwide expenses.

The commence, in addition to deepening Travelex's attendance in the North American market as part of the company's attempt to build its Commercial Foreign Exchange (CFX) business in the region, points to the upward use of foreign exchange prevarication strategies by U.S.-based organizations - strategies that are becoming increasingly important as companies look to preserve profit margins and cash flows against foreign currency fluctuations.

San Francisco hosts international travel trade during California Travel Market

The three day journey trade event which is being coordinated by the San Francisco Convention & Visitors Bureau (SFCVB), the California Travel Industry Association (CalTIA) and the California Travel & Tourism Commission (CTTC) will have more than 90 sightsee operators, travel wholesalers, airline packagers and online travel agents and 17 travel reporters from fifteen countries in the tenth annual California Travel Market (CTM), February 11-13, 2006.

An expansive itinerary is planned for the group, showcasing the city`s newest attractions plus conventional sights that keep visitors coming back again and again. Highlights include the new de Young Museum, the Exploratorium, a tour of the Ferry Building led by City Guides, SBC (soon to be AT&T Park), the Maritime Museum, "The compliment" at the Marine Memorial Theatre and cruises with Blue and Gold Fleet and Hornblower Cruises.

SWEET SPOTS FOR SWEETIES

For desperate romantics, it's hard to imagine a city that burning the imagination more readily than San Francisco. I mean, where else in the world can you wave a crying goodbye from the running board of a cable car, the bittersweet foam of a Buena Vista Irish coffee still remaining on your lips, as it climbs through the mist and halfway to the stars? I know I get reddened just thinking about the sunlight streaking down California Street in September, silhouetting Nob Hill like a over-romantic 1940s movie starring Deborah Kerr.

And judging by the umpteen recordings of "I Left My Heart ...," the ever-present references to "the cold, gray city of love" and a six-year band atop the Romance Writers of America's most romantic cities list, there's no shortage of folks who consider San Francisco one big, sweaty bodice-ripper.

San Francisco teen finds success thanks to Boys and Girls Club

SAN FRANCISCO (BCN) - San Francisco young person Daniel Faddis knows victory doesn't come easily, but now he knows it can come with work and a little help.

Faddis, 17, is a growing record producer who says his music has already been played on MTV. At an age when most youth are still playing in the school band or thrashing their parent's garages in teen rock groups, Faddis has started his own record label and has sold tracks to MTV for use in at slightest three of the cable channel's shows

Friday, February 10, 2006

Hollywood Drawn To San Francisco For Wonder Con 2006

San Francisco - Northern California's major comic book and pop culture convention celebrates its 20th birthday at the Moscone West Convention facility this February 10-12, 2006, and Hollywood will join the fun.

Friday, February 10th features a special look at the upcoming MirrorMask DVD from the Jim Henson Company. Also, on Friday night, WonderCon presents a special screening of New Line Cinema's, Running Scared, starring Paul Walker and directed by Wayne Cramer (The Cooler), at a nearby theater. Both Walker and Cramer will be on hand to answer questions from the viewers.

Saturday, February 11th has wall-to-wall studio presentations as Focus Features gives a look at their new film Brick, with star Joseph Gordon-Levitt on hand to talk about the movie. 20th Century Fox then offers a glance at two new features leader with director Marcus Nispel in attendance and an updated version of The Omen with director John Moore present.

Thursday, February 09, 2006

Mundane Journeys offers tours of the city. But they're much too fun for actual tourists. Taking a tour -- at home

A Mundane Journeys bus tour is a lot like other bus tours. First of all, there's the bus -- a modern machine with dyed windows, small blue ended, bathroom in the rear, velour blue-and-gray upholstery and a retractable foot break. There is a tour guide, Mundane Journeys creator Kate Pocrass, with a name tag. There is a schedule, there are selected meeting spots, little maps, people with cameras, people with backpacks, clusters of friends and couples and much preventative giggling.

But there will be no trips to the Golden Gate Bridge, no stops at the "historic" intersection of Haight and Ashbury. Mundane Journeys -- which started in 2001 as a weekly hotline people could call for quirky suggestions on places to visit in San Francisco and has since sprouted a Web site and a book -- is as much an art project as a town guide.

Wednesday, February 08, 2006

San Francisco offers feast for the senses

I head toward Chinatown, walking through the produce markets, medicinal herb vendors and stalls stuck with edible ingredients I don't identify. Each time I visit the street markets, their scene is different, reflecting fresh seasonal ingredients.

Now it is snow pea shoot season. These stunning green leaves are the young shoots from snow pea bushes, and I expect they will appear on many neighborhood menus. They taste much like spinach but sweeter.

I start toward North Beach, the same of New York's Little Italy for a fabulous cup of creamy, froth-capped espresso. After enjoying a fast caffeine pick-me-up, I walk through the street lined with tiny Italian trattorias and enjoy the aroma of caramelized garlic, apparently everywhere.

SAN FRANCISCO - Free health screening at Glide Memorial

A free physical condition screening and inoculation clinic will be held for uninsured people Friday at Glide Memorial United Methodist Church in the Tenderloin.

Nurses and medical technicians will screen attendees for signs of diabetes, despair and other incessant illnesses. They will also give immunizations for tetanus, infection and other diseases.

The clinic will be take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the church, 330 Ellis St. It is sponsored by a involvement of organizations including Glide, UCSF and St. Francis Memorial Hospital.

San Francisco official urges start to bridge suicide barrier study

SAN FRANCISCO - A study examining the possibility of building a suicide blockade on the Golden Gate Bridge should not be held up by funding delays, a city official said.

The bridge district could avoid many more suicides if it acts quickly and starts the study, Tom Ammiano, a San Francisco supervisor and a key official on the bridge committee said Tuesday.

"There is a reaction in the psychological health community that this is being stonewalled," Ammiano said. "I'm hoping to put those fears to rest."

Tuesday, February 07, 2006

San Francisco Tour Company Switches to Biodiesel

The firm, Incredible Adventures, switched its whole van fleet to pure biodiesel oil - becoming the first North American tour operator to make the move, according to company CEO Jolie Ginsburg.

Tired of gas-guzzling vehicles, joined with runaway gasoline prices and polluted air, the company began using biodiesel three years ago - when few people were conscious of it. A non-toxic, biodegradable oil, biodiesel emits up to 80 per cent fewer carcinogens, greenhouses gases, and particulates than petroleum fuel.

"We have taken the lead in reducing America's dependence on foreign oil. If other companies and drivers follow our example, we can make our nation more secure economically and free ourselves from the violently changeable price on imported oil," Ginsburg gushed.

San Francisco Mile highlights Golden Gate Fields meet

"We thought it was important to restore the San Francisco Mile as our signature race," Golden Gate Fields Racing Secretary Sean Greely said. "It's a significant purse and I think we can attract the best horses that excel at a mile or a mile and a sixteenth."

"I think it's essential for Northern California and California in general to have a strong stakes program," Greely said. "We need to stay aggressive on a national level. We have to offer a stakes program that's not only competitive money-wise, but graded-stakes-wise so that people will send their horses here.".

News in brief from the San Francisco Bay area

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The city will want to lease more police officers to patrol high-crime neighborhoods and achieve community-based policing goals recognized by city leaders, several police captains said.

The captains testified Monday before a special Board of Supervisors group formed to examine gun and gang fighting in San Francisco, where there were 96 murders last year, a 10-year high for the city. Most of the murders remain unsettled.

Police said they will call for more manpower, particularly beat officers, to get better relations between the department and residents of high offense areas such as Bayview-Hunters Point and the Western Addition who are often unwilling to talk to officers

Sunday, February 05, 2006

San Francisco colour of its own

If the city of San Francisco can claim a colour as its own it will definitely be Blue. Compared to the dark shades of black and grey of Manhattan and London, even the downtown business districts of Frisco are framed in blue skies and the all-pervasive Pacific Ocean on at least three sides.

Almost certainly very few other cities in the world have most major roads Mission, Market, Columbus, Beale, Bay, Bush, Lombard, Fulton, Lincoln, Union, Broadway and Embarcadero leading to the very same destination - the waterfront.

For those used to living in land-locked cities and towns, even a business tour to this original city by the Bay is a spread for all the senses and refreshment for the mind and soul.

A new ecosystem is evolving in San Francisco Bay. We have no idea what it is, or where it's going

Andy Cohen previously knew Asian clams were a important factor in the varying ecosystem of San Francisco Bay when he headed out to gather invertebrates on an exceptionally low tide at Port Sonoma a few years ago.

But he didn't have a primitive grasp of the issue until he put on his rubber boots and trudge out on the mudflats, following the receding water.

"I began digging, and the clams were really thick, packed together like walnuts," said Cohen, an environmental scientist with the San Francisco Estuary Institute who specializes in enveloping species.

Loyola Marymount 74, San Francisco 63

Matthew Knight had 22 points and six rebounds as Loyola Marymount picked up a unusual highway succeed with a 74-63 win over San Francisco on Saturday night.

Brandon valuable added 18 points and five assists for the Lions, who had just their third succeed in 11 road sports competition this season and avoided falling into a three-way tie for second place in the West Coast Conference. Instead, Loyola Marymount (9-13, 6-2) remained two sports event behind Gonzaga.

Friday, February 03, 2006

USA. New speed sailing extravaganza launches in San Francisco

San Francisco Speed Sailing Management will begin a new annual sailing occasion on San Francisco Bay June 15-18, 2006, The San Francisco Speed Sailing Event. Predictable to draw windsurfers, kite surfers, skiff sailors as well as mono and multi hull sailors from all over the US, the Event offers rate sailors a unique chance to officially proof and document excessive sailing as it exists on a daily basis in one of the best international sailing venues, San Francisco Bay.

The concept is simple: to go as fast as you can with your sail powered watercraft, straight line sailing through a 500 metre course (about one third of a mile), racing against the clock and the elements. Consider that at a speed of 30 knots, it would take a vessel approximately 30 seconds to cover 500 metres - in a word, FAST.

San Francisco in one day and night

As the plane lands in San Francisco, one of my favorite food cities, I strike the ground running. I am only here for a few days.

I head on the way to Chinatown walking through the produce markets, medicinal basil vendors and stalls jammed with safe to eat ingredients I don't know. Each time I visit the street markets, their landscape is different, reflecting fresh seasonal ingredients.

Now it is snow pea shoot season. These beautiful emerald leaves are the young shoots from snow pea bushes, and I expect they will appear on many neighborhood menus. They taste much like spinach but sweeter.

San Francisco Solar Initiative Too Costly

A $100 million solar power scheme accepted by San Francisco voters in 2001 has yet to generate any solar power, San Francisco's Public Utilities Commission information.

Preceding to the 2001 solar power ballot project, solar power advocates promised the costs of solar group technology were balanced to drop spectacularly. Relying on that assure, San Francisco voters accepted a $100 million bond initiative to pay for solar tools on city-owned buildings.

The proposal, however, held solar advocates to their assure that solar technology costs would soon go down dramatically. It mandated the $100 million could be spent only when solar power could be generated for the same or less money than electricity from the provincial power grid.

Wednesday, February 01, 2006

San Francisco: Still The City of Tolerance?

As a Ex-San Francisco resident, it saddens me to see the viciousness arising in what has been the capital of lenience in the U.S.

A group of people is being barred from the Chinese New Year's spectacle and being muddy in local newspaper articles and advertisements.

The group of people practices Falun Gong, and they are being discriminated against for their idea, which is not only illegal, but also disgraceful for the many residents of The City who know first-hand the pain of favoritism.

SAN FRANCISCO Newsom's plan boosts health care for the uninsured

San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom planned a program Tuesday to develop access to health care for uninsured city people that would be together funded by taxpayers, employers and the recipients of the exposure.

He cast the plan as a private-public partnership that has the possible to benefit tens of thousands of city residents.

Air NZ adds extra San Francisco flight

National carrier Air New Zealand announced today it will offer a daily Auckland-to-San Francisco service from June 5.

Air NZ said the travel, from a current six times a week, was in reply to the popularity of the route and New Zealanders' wish for a second gateway to the west coast of the United States.

The daily service would also maintain the inbound sightseeing, offering European and North American tourists more choice.

The services, which depart Auckland at 7.15pm and arrive in San Francisco at 11.30am the next day, would operate using a mix of the new B777-200 aircraft and refitted B747-400 aircraft.
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