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Friday, April 28, 2006

22-Year-Old Killed In San Francisco Shooting

Apr. 27 - KGO - A young man was gunned down while playing basketball in a Western Addition community center shortly around 5 p.m. Thursday, San Francisco police confirmed.
Family members identified the victim as 22-year-old Dante White.
San Francisco police Sgt. Neville Gittens said White was shot while playing basketball with 15 to 25 other people in the gym at the Ella Hill Hutch Community Center at corner of the McAllister and Webster streets. Those using the community center quickly scattered outside.
"This individual was targeted," said Gittens.
Concerned neighbors gathered around the door of the community center this evening, some crying.
"That's a whole generation being wiped out," called out a woman. "How many kids are going to die? Where do the guns come from?"
Grief counselors are on hand.
San Francisco police ask anyone who witnessed the murder to call the department's tip line at (415) 553-9755.

Wednesday, April 26, 2006

SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO 64-YEAR-OLD FOILS ARMED ROBBER

A 64-year-old managed to keep his wallet saved on Sunday after he fought off a robber armed with the knife in a South San Francisco shopping-center parking lot.
According to police, the suspect, an 18- to 20-year-old Hispanic man, approached the 64-year-old when he was walking to his car around 4:15 p.m. in the parking lot of the Winston Manor shopping center. The suspect was holding the knife at his side and also demanded the man give up his wallet.
The man resisted the robber both physically and verbally, police reported, and the foiled robber fled the scene in the unidentified vehicle.
The suspect is described as approximately 5 feet 9 inches tall and weighing around 155 pounds. He was wearing a red sweatshirt with the hood pulled over his head, sunglasses and black baggy jeans. He also had a diamond nose ring in his left nostril.
A witness who followed the suspect's green-colored Toyota or Honda told police an accomplice was driving the car.

Friday, April 21, 2006

San Francisco learns from the past

One hundred year ago on 18.04.1906, San Franciscans were jotted awake by the most horrible destructive earthquake in U.S. history. The quake and its aftershock did not destroy the fires wave that swept the city did.
By the time smoke was cleared, hundreds and thousands of people - nobody knows for sure - were they died and most were homeless.
A repeat of that 7.9-magnitude quake, if incase struck today, would cause 1,800 to 3,400 deaths, damage more than 90,000 buildings, displace as many as 250,000 households and cause $150 billion in damage, according to a study.

"We already witnessed the effect of the displacement of hundreds of thousands of people from last year's hurricanes," said Bill Ellsworth, a geophysicist at the U.S. Geological Survey. "It would have huge social and economic effects on the entire country."
The study, "When the Big One Strikes Again," was prepared for the 100th Anniversary Earthquake Conference, which was opens yesterday in San Francisco. It's expected to draw more than 2,500 scientists, engineers, government officials and emergency response professionals
Estimated result of the death toll from the 1906 quake and fires range from 478 to 6,000. In addition, 28,000 buildings were destroyed, 225,000 residents were left homeless and property damage was about $8.2 billion in today's dollars
Hoping to be better prepared in case of a repeat, San Francisco's Office of Emergency Services & Homeland Security has developed a database, set to go online this month that identifies potential shelters in San Francisco, Oakland and San Jose, down to how many toilets, showers and generators each hold.

Thousands of volunteers have been recruited to help injured people. Hydrants marked by blue drops can supply drinking water.

Monday, April 17, 2006

What San Francisco Didn't Want You to Know

The beautiful city San Francisco this week is in the awkward situation of commemorating an event last generation were desperate to forget - the great earthquake of 1906.
The major quake, which struck on April 18, 1906, has been ignored for long, denied for decades and even been erased, with photographs altered to minimize the damage.
A hundred years ago - as well as today - business leaders are very sensitive to the word "earthquake."
"They were fearful that East Coast investors would not put money in the rebuilding of San Francisco if they thought it would fall down some years later," said Jim Lazarus, vice president of San Francisco Chamber of Commerce. "And so I think that continued even to this day."
That's the reason 1906 earthquake, the worst in American history, was known for a long time simply as the "great fire." The three days of fires that followed the earthquake finished the job of destruction, leveling 500 city blocks and leaving more than half the population homeless.
Nobody questioned the strikingly low official death toll of 478 until the 1960's, when historian Gladys Hansen began scouring old records.
"I just kind of stopped at 3, 000," Hansen said. "But I know it's a lot higher than that."
The higher death count wasn't officially accepted by the city until last year.

Thursday, April 13, 2006

Number of laptop robberies increasing in San Francisco wireless cafes

The Associated press reported that laptop robberies are on the rise in San Francisco Internet cafes. Criminals are looping away with expensive laptops after swiping them from the tables and also by robbing the laptop owners, sometimes with violent force. Another tragedy, last month a forty-year old man was stabbed in a chest and robbed of his Apple PowerBook by two criminals.

According to police statistics there were around 48 robberies occurred in 2005, which is more than the double of the 18 robberies that happened in 2004. Some cafes have started installing security cable locks and have started posting employees at the doors.

San Francisco just approved a deal with Google and EarthLink to offer city-wide wireless service. If criminals are gutsy enough to steal notebooks from the inside of a coffee shop, we wonder what may happen when wireless users are seen more frequently out in the open like in a park or on a city bench.

Wednesday, April 12, 2006

San Francisco Jock Fired For "Hit" Request

At San Francisco, radio host MR John London has been fired for the reason - offering a reward for the death of comedian and ratio host Penn Jillette.

London made a point to San Jose (Calif ) Mercury Tuesday that the comment which was made by him was "obviously sarcastic" and in response to Penn earlier on-air attack was on Mother Theresa.

London Thursday started his show by offering "$5000 to the person that kills Penn or $7000 "if he suffers".

London informed Mercury News that his solicitation was meant to be satirical, unlike Penn comment that Mother Teresa created refuges for dying for her own "sexual kicks".

"I was sickened by it," London said. "What he said wasn't satire. He raped her morally, when she couldn't respond."

Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Good Reason To Visiting San Francisco!!

As we all know San Francisco is beautiful place to be at, let us get the idea of few people who gives you lot of good reasons to visit San Francisco.

Here are some quotes from some people you may know about:
"It's an odd thing, but anyone who disappears is said to be seen in San Francisco. It must be a delightful city and possess all the attractions of the next world" - Oscar Wilde
"Leaving San Francisco is like saying goodbye to an old sweetheart. You want to linger as long as possible. " - Walter Cronkite
"Isn't it nice that people who prefer Los Angeles to San Francisco live there?" - Herb Caen
"I have always been rather better treated in San Francisco than I actually deserved." - Mark Twain
"One day if I do go to heaven... I'll look around and say, 'It ain't bad, but it ain't San Francisco. "- Herb Caen"
San Francisco has only one drawback: 'Tis hard to leave" - Rudyard Kipling
"We're crazy about this city. First time we came here, we walked the streets all day, all over town and nobody hassled us. People smiled, friendly-like, and we knew we could live here. We'd like to keep our place in Greenwich Village and have an apartment here, God and the Immigration Service willing. Los Angeles? That's just a big parking lot where you buy a hamburger for the trip to San Francisco." - John Lennon and Yoko Ono

Monday, April 10, 2006

San Francisco Is Ready For Any Disaster-Said Officials.

The officials are constantly preparing for the next unexpected disaster that may happen. In the event of another huge earthquake arriving Northern California, The International Airport at San Francisco may be the safest place to be at.

The International Airport was fairly well during the San Andreas Fault ruptured on Oct. 17, 1989, resulting the magnitude 6.9 Loma Prieta earthquakes. "Fortunately damage was relatively moderate for the airport and injuries were thankfully relatively minor ones,'' Bill Wilkinson said." Much of the other damage was characterized by water leaks and dislodged ceiling tiles.'' Bill added.

The Airport will serve as a hub for millions of travelers every year. The Airport is located at U.S highway 101 between San Bruno and Millbrae, which is really going to play an vital role during any disaster.

The evacuation was a huge success during 2001 Sep; "our role in the Office of Emergency Services is to get life back to normal" Quinlan said. In the event of a large quake, Wilkinson said the Health and Safety Department would be responsible for evacuating all of the passengers at the airport. Any decisions directing travelers to shelter in place would be made in consultation with the airport's public information officer, airlines and the airport's incident commander, Wilkinson said.

"The airport is not designed or organized to be a place of residence and has few amenities for long-term stays,'' Wilkinson. "SFO supports about 32 million passengers each year and dividing by 365 gives 89,000 persons traveling per day.'' Though the airport is not designed for house purpose but still the airport could be used for shelter if it's not structurally damaged. Quinlan added.

"The airport is a very important structure to us because it drives the local economy," Quinlan said. "But it's not on the firmest of soil."
"The shaking will actually cause the ground to turn into a liquid, like quick sand," Brocher said. "Even a small quake could compromise the runways."
"All surfaces would be inspected immediately after the shocks by the Airfield Safety Officers, and a decision made as to whether the surfaces can remain in full or limited service," Wilkinson said.

If the airport is unable to receive incoming flights during a large quake, Quinlan said those flights could be diverted to either the Mineta San Jose or Oakland international airports. Moffett Field in Mountain View and the Half Moon Bay Airport could also be used to support smaller aircrafts.

"If you're prepared and you're safe, you can be of service to other people," Quinlan said. "You have to plan, you have to train and you have to exercise."

Thursday, April 06, 2006

Voluntary Arts Contribution Funds get direct support from property tax payers - San Francisco

San Francisco property owners will now be able to help the city arts groups purchase equipment and can also make physical improvements when paying property taxes by April 10, 2006 through the "Voluntary Arts Contribution Funds"

As we all are aware that the current U.S economy is struggling to meet basic needs of their citizen, arts, and cultural organization, yet people continue to turn to help the arts and culture. San Francisco taxpayers make a direct difference for local arts groups through their participation in the 'Voluntary Arts Contribution Funds', administered through San Francisco's Grants for the Arts. It's a program imitated by other U.S cities. It is very easy for San Francisco property taxpayers and others good step forward to help neighborhood arts and cultural organizations by adding a contribution of $5 or more for the arts when paying property taxes before April 10, 2006

The survival of San Francisco's unique cultural and artistic organizations is the responsibility of all of us", said Mayor Gavin Newsom. "It has always been the case that the arts in our vibrant, world renowned culture capital have been supported by individual citizens. These are the true heroes and patrons of San Francisco's arts - not just the big, visible donors - and the VACF is a terrific way for them to come forward at this crucial time. They should know that every little helps, even a small contribution will make a big difference, and that 100% of all contributions go to the smallest organizations that need it most," the Mayor added.

San Francisco is the most enlightened cities in the world wide by the support of arts and cultures, and the philosophy of "promoting the city by supporting the arts" has made San Francisco the most attractive destination for the visitors. Its been providing financial support over 200 nonprofit arts groups every year, this funds are raised through VACF and Hotel Tax Funds program.

San Francisco Chooses Google, Earthlink Proposal

San Francisco has decided to joint Google/Earthlink proposal may be to provide free access to the entire city. San Francisco and the other tow companies will soon start negotiating to work out on the details of the project which will surly change the way of people looking at internet.

"We are surprised that San Francisco TechConnect Committee has chosen the EarthLink proposal. We hope the next step will be taken to build a municipal wireless broadband network. No doubt that San Francisco is the most progressive cities in the world and our combined offer with Google, Motorola and Tropos Networks will increase the potentials of a mobile network can do for residents, businesses, municipal government and visitors. We look forward to getting started in building a solution that will bring the incredible possibilities to reality." says Donald Berryman, Executive Vice President of EarthLink.

Recently Google has filed for three patents outlining technologies that will offer more affordable wireless internet service. These patents will offer advertising through a wireless internet connection based on access points. Having a tie up with EarthLink to build and implement this wireless network-they will be in a position to grab the larger portion of market.

Tuesday, April 04, 2006

San Francisco - A rebirth

One hundred years ago this month, San Francisco faced a disaster called earthquake. You must have heard of it. Despite the odds and the high earthquake insurance rates, people keep moving here, and San Francisco tend to celebrate the 100 years of rebirth and survival.

The celebrating day is April 18. And there's no shortage for things to be done. Events are picked up randomly: the Commonwealth Club is holding the panel of discussion about 1906 quake on April 17. The SF Fire Department's historical society has planed to sponsoring the 1906 Expo at Pier 48, from April 15-17, that will be featuringd historical exhibits and modern-day preparedness events. And City Hall will host a photo exhibit about post-1906 rebuilding (and a show about the PUC and Hetch Hetchy. It's so Bay Guardian!).

Lot of events is been organized. Unlike last 35 years, history buffs will meet at Lotta's Fountain on 3rd and market and then paint gold the one hydrant in SF that didn't fail in 1906. The fountain meet will starts at 4.30a.m, because that's the time of quake hit. Adding insult to injury (if the quake itself wasn't injurious or insulting enough), huge crowds is expected for this event, to the tune of giant screens on Market Street showing the scene in closed- caption. The fountain will get painted at 7:30 a.m. We sincerely hope KRON 4 labels this program clearly so we can just TiVo it to watch later.

Lot more to happen at San Francisco, we shall keep you update on the Events.

Monday, April 03, 2006

Museum tours just a call away

SAN FRANCISCO - Art lovers, history buffs and science devotees, take note: To get the most out of your next museum visit, make sure you have your cell phone with you.

Not to gab on, of course, but to listen to audio tours that interlace music, relating and recordings from historical archives designed to bring more context to the exhibitions. For many visitors, it comes as a welcome another to the decades-old system of museums renting out expensive handheld devices.

Museums across the country, once disinclined to noisy cell phones, are suddenly encouraging their use. In the past year, about a dozen art institutions - including museums in Los Angeles; Berkeley; Tacoma, Wash.; Minneapolis and Greenwich, Conn. - have begun offering cell phone tours, mostly for free. Dozens more are in the process of implementing the service.

Risen from rubble

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. - Fairmont Hotel gatekeeper Tom Wolfe is well alert of his city's faults. He sees them every day, in black and white, when he strolls through the lobby of this elegant Nob Hill landmark.

Lining the walls are dozens of old photographs of San Francisco in the hours just after 5 a.m. April 18, 1906 when a huge earthquake, and more than 50 successive fires, destroyed some 28,000 buildings, leaving half the city homeless and 3,000 dead.
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