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Thursday, August 31, 2006

Airline Adds Direct Flights to San Francisco

SAN DIEGO -- Alaska Airlines would now add a nonstop daily service between San Diego and San Francisco beginning Oct. 29.

San Diego County Regional Airport Authority officials announced that the airline would run four daily flights on weekdays between the two cities and a reduced planned on weekends. Fares would begin at $79 each way.

United Airlines is the only other airline at present offering San Francisco flights from Lindbergh Field

Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Thirteen hurt by San Francisco hit-and-run driver

SAN FRANCISCO - At least 13 people were hurt in San Francisco around noontime on Tuesday when a male driver went on a hit-and-run rampage through the Laurel Heights and Western Addition neighborhoods near the heart of the city, police officials said.

The driver, who was taken into charge by police about an hour after the incident began, was also associated to a fatal auto accident earlier in the day in the city of Fremont across the San Francisco Bay, Neville Gittens, San Francisco Police Department spokesman, told reporters.

Thirteen people, plus three described as seriously injured, were taken to local hospitals for treatment.

Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Fish safety water in San Francisco

The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission says the city has started using ordinary bluegill fish to guard against fear attacks on the water system.

Commission General Manager Susan Leal said San Francisco and New York have become the first cities to use the process, which uses non-contact sensors placed in the aquarium, which is captivated into the water system, to monitor the fish's behavior and watch for indicators of poisonous conditions, KPIX-TV San Francisco reported Monday.

If toxins are assumed, the system triggers an alarm, takes water samples for analysis, and notifies staff 72 hours before the water reaches the public.

"It gives us a real edge on early detection on any changes in our water quality," said Leal.

San Francisco purchased three of the $110,000 systems and plans to fit them at monitoring sites within the water supply system.

Wednesday, August 23, 2006

'Peanuts' Shows in Louisiana and San Francisco

NEW YORK A traveling show called "Snoopy as the World War I Flying Ace" would run from Sept. 5 to Oct. 8 at the R.W. Norton Gallery of Art in Shreveport, La.

The show -- which features images from the Charles M. Schulz Museum in Santa Rosa, Calif. -- opened in Rochester, Minn., this summer. After Shreveport, the show would move to Great Bend, Kan.; West Memphis, Ark.; Bedford, Tex.; Arlington Heights, Ill.; Allen, Tex.; Montezuma, Kan.; College Park, Md.; Texarkana, Tex.; and Boulder, Col., before ending with a Dec. 15, 2009 to April 30, 2010 run on the USS Intrepid aircraft hauler in New York City.

Snoopy's "Flying Ace" persona made its debut in "Peanuts" in 1965.

"Peanuts" images are also on the road with a current display at the San Francisco Giants' AT&T Park. The show -- which includes comics, memorabilia, and photos of Schulz -- runs beyond the end of the baseball season awaiting March 31, 2007.

Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Tourism in San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Tourism to San Francisco is stronger this summer than anytime as the dot-com bust and the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

Business experts say the weak dollar is making the typically exclusive region a bargain for foreigners, particularly Europeans.

International arrivals at San Francisco's airport are up nearly 4.5 percent so far this year. Luxury hotels in the city's tourist-friendly neighborhoods, such as Union Square and Fisherman's Wharf, are reporting tenancy rates higher than 80 percent.

That's great news for home businesses, which depend on the more than $7 billion that tourism generates each year.

According to the San Francisco Convention & Visitors Bureau, tourism is the single biggest source of revenue for San Francisco,

Monday, August 21, 2006

Fashion Week kicks off in San Francisco

You won't see any familiar Bay Area fashion retailers such as Gap or Levi's showing at the third yearly San Francisco Fashion Week. But that's exactly the point, says Erika Gessin, founder and producer of the homegrown event that opens at the San Francisco Design Center Galleria on Wednesday.

"It's really about exposing or promoting local talent on the brink, or more avant-garde couture talent,"' says Gessin, who runs Mystery Girl Productions of San Francisco. "It's about opening doors.'"

IF YOU'RE INTERESTED

The third Annual San Francisco Fashion Week runs from 7 p.m. Wednesday through 5 p.m. Sunday at the Galleria at the San Francisco Design Center, 101 Henry Adams St., San Francisco. Tickets are $45 to $150. Buy online or at the door, based on availability. For more information call (415) 986-3915, e-mail info@fashionweek-sf.com or check online www.fashionweek-sf.com.

Friday, August 18, 2006

SAN FRANCISCO Bay Area blood supply perilously low

A lack of summer donors and a profusion of car accidents and shootings have left the Bay Area blood supply perilously low, according to the Blood Centers of the Pacific.

"We are below a half-day's supply," Lisa Bloch, a spokeswoman for the centers, said Tuesday. "The situation is so bad that if it does not improve by Wednesday, we will have to tell hospitals to postpone or cancel surgeries which require a lot of Type O blood."

Type O blood is particularly low and officials are rationing the amount given to hospitals.

To donate blood, call (888) 393-4483 or visit www.bloodcenters.org.


Thursday, August 17, 2006

SAN FRANCISCO First woman named to head FBI division

A veteran FBI agent who led offices in Arizona and Alabama would soon become the first woman to head the FBI's San Francisco division that covers 15 counties from Monterey to the Oregon border, an agency spokeswoman said Tuesday.

Charlene Thornton would replace Joe Ford, who led the San Francisco office from August 2005 to April, when he was assigned to FBI headquarters in Washington, D.C. Ford recently was chosen as the agency's associate deputy director, the third-ranking official.

FBI Director Robert Mueller formally designated Thornton for her new assignment as particular agent in charge on Aug. 4. Her start date has not yet been resolute, said Special Agent LaRae Quy, a spokeswoman for the San Francisco division. Arthur Balizan has been acting as the office's chief.

Wednesday, August 16, 2006

SAN FRANCISCO Hospital accused of violating deal

Workers at California Pacific Medical Center used a City Hall hearing Monday to charge the hospital of violating a labor contract that ended a two-month strike last year.

At a meeting of the Board of Supervisors' Government Audit and Oversight Committee, employees said managers have tried to avert the recruiting of new union members and have retaliated alongside labor organizers.

Hospital workers protested California Pacific Medical Center's three hospitals from September to November. The strike ended with the medical center agreeing to a 16 percent pay raise over four years and a agreement that allows managers to present their views on unionization to employees.

Monday, August 14, 2006

San Francisco Looks At Fiber to the Home

The Department of Telecommunications and Information Services for the City of San Francisco is going to grasp a community meeting to discuss the possibility of building broadband infrastructure (fiber to the premises) in the city.

The meeting is being held in reaction to resolution # 617-04, which urges the city to consider installing broadband facilities (fiber actually) as part of the upcoming upgrading of City's sewer system, a multi-year project.

The new fiber could be used to increase the obtainable bandwidth in San Francisco. These facilities could be leased to communications companies who can offer services over city owned pipes, and increase competition. Whether this actually gets to the finish line remains to be seen. The Google WiFi project is still mired in political chaos and nowhere close to being launched. Getting things done in politically charged San Francisco is not an easy process.

Thursday, August 10, 2006

San Francisco mandates health services extension

SAN FRANCISCO - San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom has signed into law an employer authorization that aims to expand health care access to an estimated 82,000 uninsured residents.

The law signed Tuesday provides for the formation of an advisory council to decide the scope of the benefits provided, set membership rates and monitor the program.

The city would require contributions from both employers and individuals as determined by the advisory council.

To further fund the plan, predictable to cost $200 million a year, San Francisco will redirect just about $104 million it already spends each year on providing health care services to the uninsured.

Tuesday, August 08, 2006

San Francisco can get cheap London flights

London newspapers reported over the weekend that Ottawa-based Zoom Airlines that offers one-way flights between Canada and the United Kingdom for as little as 99 pounds, or $189, is predictable to create Zoom UK that might fly from London's Gatwick Airport to San Francisco and New York.

Bank of Scotland Growth Equity, the bank's private equity arm, bought a 7.5 per cent wagers for $5.7 million pounds or $10.9 million, shiny an exchange rate of $1.91 per U.K. pound. Zoom UK expects to begin service early next year with flights between the U.K. and the United States, Mexico and the Caribbean.

Zoom UK's services would comprise meals and premium-class cabins, like the airline's Canadian routes, the London Observer reported.

Monday, August 07, 2006

San Francisco's homeless population aging

SAN FRANCISCO, CA, United States (UPI) -- Researchers in San Francisco have found the city's homeless population is aging, and specialists say health problems between the homeless are likely to increase.

The new research at The University of California at San Francisco found the median age of San Francisco's homeless population has augmented from 37 to 46 over the past 14 years.

'We have been doing the sampling the same way since 1990, and we are seeing a cohort that has been older every time we have looked and that does not seem to be regenerating itself,' said Judith A. Hahn, assistant professor of medicine at the UCSF Epidemiology and Prevention Interventions Center at San Francisco General Hospital Medical Center.

Friday, August 04, 2006

Two shot to death overnight in San Francisco

Two shootings overnight in San Francisco claimed the lives of two people, as well as a bystander who was not the proposed victim, a San Francisco Police Department officer reported.

The first gunfire took place at 7:46 p.m. Wednesday in the 300 block of Ellis Street in the Tenderloin district.

Police reported a quarrel resulted in a suspect firing shots at someone but missing and arresting a bystander, who was later pronounced dead at San Francisco General Hospital, the officer said.

The second shooting took place at 2:20 a.m. in the unit block of Middle point Road in the Bay view district.

Police responded to a report of shots being fired, and arrived to get a male victim deceitful in a house with multiple gunshot wounds, the officer said.

Thursday, August 03, 2006

Light quake hits San Francisco Bay area

GLEN ELLEN, Calif. - A magnitude 4.4 earthquake shook the San Francisco Bay area Wednesday night, but no injuries or harm were immediately reported.

The quake struck immediately after 8 p.m. in Sonoma County, about 42 miles northwest of San Francisco, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

No one was hurt and there were no first damage reports, according to a Sonoma County sheriff's dispatcher.

Wednesday, August 02, 2006

Big Blue Adventure Series coming to San Francisco

The Lake Tahoe-based Big Blue Adventure Series is bringing its contest to the streets of San Francisco with the Golden Gate Adventure Race on Sunday, Aug. 27.

The inaugural challenge would take athletes through Golden Gate Recreational Area and out on the San Francisco Bay. The race would need teams and individuals to kayak about six miles on the San Francisco Bay, mountain bike more than 24 miles through various terrain, hike or run five to eight miles on single track and fire trails and use a map and compass to steer their way through an unmarked course.

"This is sure to be one of our most popular events to date," Todd Jackson, president of Seventh Wave Productions and series producer, said. "So many of our competitors come from the Bay Area, so to be able to offer an event in their own backyard, in the heart of one of the most beautiful cities in the world, is simply thrilling."

Tuesday, August 01, 2006

San Francisco Marathon expected to tie up bridge

Competitors in today's San Francisco Marathon would head across the Golden Gate Bridge into Marin County over the course of the race, and traffic delays are predictable, according to Mary Currie, public affairs director for the Golden Gate Bridge Highway and Transportation district.

Runners would cross the bridge from about 6 a.m. to 9 a.m., and delays near the bridge are possible until about 10 a.m., according to Currie.

Marathoners would occupy two northbound lanes with a third buffer lane set up between runners and traffic. Two southbound lanes and one northbound lane would be in operation until about 10 a.m., after which all lanes would reopen.

Other road closures and street changes are also planned, Currie reported.

- The last northbound San Francisco exit, off Doyle Drive, and the Vista Point exit would be closed between midnight Saturday and 10 a.m.
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