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Friday, September 29, 2006

San Francisco Construction Crew Breaks Gas Line

A ruptured high-pressure gas line, which closed two San Francisco streets last evening, has been repaired; Pacific Gas and Electric Co. reported Tuesday evening.

The plastic gas line was badly broken by a contractor working on a city sewer project in San Francisco's Portola neighborhood, PG&E spokesman Paul Moreno said.

Moreno said the contractor was tunneling at the intersection of Hamilton and Silliman streets around 1 p.m. when a trenching machine ruptured the pipe.

Monday, September 25, 2006

San Francisco Teacher Reports Hate crime

San Francisco, Calif. -- A Spanish language teacher at San Francisco's Lowell High School says he was astonished when he exposed his personal computer and desk was vandalized in an incident authorities explained as a possible hate crime.

The Chronicle reports John Raya arrived at his classroom early Thursday and found his computer soaked in pink paint--that destroyed the device.

There was also a blasphemous note at his desk--with critical references to his sexual direction and ethnicity.

The school district has filed a police report has opened its own investigation.

A school district spokeswoman tells the Chronicle hate crimes are not tolerated.

Monday, September 18, 2006

San Francisco harbors drops Mexico cruises

CRUISES to the Mexican Riviera - well-known for their cheap prices and interesting ports of call - would now disappear from the Port of San Francisco next year as cruise lines look for more profitable itineraries.

Princess Cruises, which this season is offering 23 cruises to Mexico from San Francisco, would pull out of the Bay Area after the Dawn Princess departs on an 11-day sailing April 23. Celebrity Cruises that had two sailings this year, has also dropped its San Francisco-Mexico itinerary.

Travelers would still be able to cruise to such ports as Mazatlan, Puerto Vallarta and Ixtapa, but they'll have to leave from either Los Angeles or the San Diego starting next fall. Those ports offer seven-day cruises and the faster turnarounds.

The Port of San Francisco continues to be an admired port, though, for cruise ships departing for Alaska and elsewhere.

Thursday, September 14, 2006

Bloomingdale's Opens on Sept. 28 at Westfield San Francisco Centre

The new Westfield San Francisco Centre would now soon be home to the largest Bloomingdale's outside of New York and the second biggest Nordstrom in the U.S. Located adjacent to Union Square and Yerba Buena Gardens, the $420 million retail, the entertainment and office destination would have entrances on the 800 blocks of both Market and Mission streets.

When completed the center would now house more than 170 specialty stores and exclusive boutiques - including Abercrombie Kids, Furla, Hollister, John Atencio and Tourneau among others plus fine dining and an international gourmet marketplace known as the Food Emporium. Films would be shown at the nine-screen, state-of-the-art Century Theatres and CineArts. The 1.5 million square-feet center, one of the United States' biggest holds in private funded urban construction projects, is expected to attract more than 25 million shoppers and make $600 million in annual sales.

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

San Francisco Spotlight is now on Service

On Sept. 11, the sun broke through the clouds on a beautiful San Francisco morning. While newspapers, TV broadcasts, and other solemn ceremonies commemorated the fifth anniversary of the attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon, for about 15,000 chemists were using the transforming power of chemistry to make the world a safer, better, and happier place.

"Heroes save lives and change them for the better," said ACS President E. Ann Nalley. "This year's Heroes of Chemistry have improved our lives during their inventions. We at ACS are rejoicing them and the corporate management that supports innovations that bring the benefits of chemistry to us all, every day."

Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Americans Muslim in San Francisco Appears on Sept. 11

Nearly five years after 9/11, members of the growing American Muslim society carry on wrestling with their place in modern American society.

For most of them, three million to nine million, depending on who's counting, now life is not the same as it was before.

Hatem Bazian, a Jordanian-born Palestinian is one who teaches about Islam at the University of California at Berkeley, has studied the American Muslim population, particularly in the San Francisco Bay area.

HATEM BAZIAN, University Of California, and Berkeley: Since 9/11, I think the society is fundamentally under -- feels under siege. They're in a constant state of what I consider to be practical internment, in the sense that the society feels lured in its own mind.

It's unable to fully be a full member of the American society. I think it to be that they'ee Americans on probation. They're guilty, that they have to establish themselves innocent. They're guilty of having the same religion as those who undertaken the attacks of 9/11.

Tuesday, September 05, 2006

Fitch rates San Francisco finances well

The Fitch bond rating service said Friday that San Francisco city finances are actually doing extremely well, thanks in part to tax roles bolstered by a strengthening economy system and a huge rise in real estate values.

In giving an upcoming bond issue an "AA-" grade and confirming almost alike ratings on other issues, the service said San Francisco's financial condition is strong and also getting stronger.

"Financial management has exhibited spending restraint and conservative budgeting that has resulted in bigger year-end reserves," the rating service said.

Fitch was rating a $152 million universal obligation bond that is expected to be sold Sept. 12.

Monday, September 04, 2006

San Francisco commission fights favoritism

The U.S. Equal Opportunity Commission has filed a suit against a Mendocino County restaurant for discerning against a Moroccan dining room manager by firing him after he gripes a customer's exploitation of an Arab waiter from Tunisia.

The suit, brought on behalf of Abdellatif Hadji against the Albion River Inn, was filed by the San Francisco District bureau of the EEOC in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California.

The suit alleges that that an Arab waiter from Tunisia under Hadji's supervision was hassled by a customer and when Hadji came to his defense, the customer said, "If you don't like it, why don't you go back to your country?" and "I fought two wars to get rid of people like you!"' When Hadji refused to express regret to the customer, he was fired.
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