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Tuesday, April 06, 2010

San Francisco Golden Gate Bridge Participates on Earth Hour

As earth day is coming ahead, everywhere around the world started to be the part of earth hour. 

San Francisco Golden Gate Bridge becomes dark for an hour on earth day. Even, other American attractions will also become dark. It includes Mount Rushmore and all 110 storeys of Chicago's sears tower. Other monuments include Sydney Opera House in Australia followed by variety of famous monuments in other countries like the Forbidden City and even the Pyramids in Egypt. 

Earth Hour is started in the year 2007 in Sydney Australia and was designed to make the people aware of the environment. The event becomes more popular and the big businesses are also joining their hands. It includes coca-cola, McDonalds and the internet giant, Google. 

The popular social media sites like twitter and facebook also go for earth hour. Using special applications, they make their on-screen displays dark for earth hour. 

A San Francisco resident Wrendy Caponi says that not only the landmarks like golden gate bridge will participate in earth hour, but millions of homes in 125 countries worldwide will also be turning off their lights to mark the occasion. 

United Nations Secretary General, ban ki-moon said that the campaign which is now in its fourth year is both a warning and a beacon of hope. Residents of San Francisco who wish to take part in earth hour should turn off their lights and go dark at 8.30 pm.

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Friday, March 26, 2010

Renewal of San Francisco Cable Car

Passengers will be redirected from San Francisco cable cars to buses starting in January as the cable system is upgraded. Cable cars, the picture postcard element of the city tourism industry carry riders to and from fisherman's wharf up and down steep hills and to pier where boats depart for Alcatraz Island. $24 million is spent by San Francisco municipal transportation agency on car's underground infrastructure and electrical systems. The municipal transportation agency expects that the upgrade will come to end by month of June.

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Friday, December 18, 2009

San Francisco MoMA launches year-long 75th anniversary celebrations

To remember the 75th anniversary of the groundbreaking San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, several events are intended, including the launch of The Anniversary Show, a museum-wide exhibition, December 19, 2009-January 16, 2011, with more than 400 works from the collection.

On display are seminal paintings, drawings, sculptures, videos, photographs, design objects, and archival resources by a diverse range of artists including Paul Klee, Frida Kahlo, Jeff Koons, and the videos of Marcel Duchamp and Andy Warhol.

The installation show the time-frame of the museum's exhibitions such as Jackson Pollock's first solo museum exhibition in 1945, the story of 1941's Alexander Calder show, and 1952's acquisitions from the estate of Alfred Stieglitz, include his photographs juxtaposed with Georgia O'Keeffe paintings.

The show opens with many renditions of San Francisco from painting to poster, features the California School of Fine Arts' faculty and students, such as Mark Rothko, the Mission School, and local Beat artists like Bruce Conner. Highlights from the museum's American Pop Art group include key works by Robert Rauschenberg, the Rouen Cathedral Set V (1969) by Roy Lichtenstein and Land's End (1963) by Jasper Johns.

A complete view of early modern European artists shows works by Georges Braque, Marc Chagall, Salvador Dali, Constantin Brancusi, Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso, and more recent acquisition by Yves Tanguy, Jean Arp, Alberto Giacometti, Laszlo Moholy-Nagy, Piet Mondrian, and Man Ray.

A special three-day weekend festival, January 16-18, offers free admission and features the debut of a new multimedia tour, performances, family activities, and film screenings. In the Backstory and Overlook Lounges are demonstrations on how exhibitions are installed. Each day, 75 gallery talks relate personal 7.5-minute stories about desired artworks in the museum.

On May 14, a gala party is intended with artists, patrons, and enthusiasts, from a rooftop garden dinner followed by a birthday party of live performances, cocktails, dessert, and surprises.

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Thursday, December 17, 2009

Christmas Lights Ride: bike tour at night

Holiday lights lovers can have a magical experience Sunday night, when the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition presents its sixth annual Christmas Lights Ride.

Tour the best and brightest

Ride leader Robin Marks is a veteran of evening excursion. She recalls that the night of the first ride was cold and foggy, so she was amazed when 30 adventurers turned up.

"A lot of people are kind of afraid to ride at night," Marks says, "so this was a nice way to support people to start thinking about nighttime as a time to ride."

For the Christmas lights outing, Marks spends hours scoping out the ideal route, which varies from year to year and is a very much guarded secret. By ride night, the hard work is already done. Just power up your bike lights, dress in layers if the night is cool and get some refreshments to share. Should the courage move you to dress up as Santa Claus or string colored lights on your bike, this is the perfect occasion.

"You never know what someone is available to show up wearing," Marks says. One year, one bicycle had a Christmas tree attached, while another cyclist was towing a cart with a Christmas tree on it.

Expect plenty of opportunities to ooh and ahh over beautiful holiday displays, much good cheer, creatively decorated bikes and yummy things to eat, the snack stop being a famous feature of the night rides.

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Thursday, June 18, 2009

Barcelona to play Chivas in San Francisco

NEW YORK (AP) — European champion Barcelona will play Mexico's Chivas Guadalajara in San Francisco on Aug. 8 in the final game of the Spanish team's three-match U.S. preseason tour.

The game at Candlestick Park is part of a doubleheader that opens with a Major League Soccer game between San Jose and Columbus.

Barcelona also plays the Los Angeles Galaxy on Aug. 1 at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California, and is at the Seattle Sounders on Aug. 5.

Barcelona and Chivas have met twice before in recent U.S. friendlies; 1-1 in 2006 at Los Angeles, and Barcelona won 5-2 last year in Chicago.


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Wednesday, June 17, 2009

San Francisco Juneteenth Festival

June 20th and 21st, 2009 marks the 59th Annual San Francisco Juneteenth Festival, the largest gathering of African-Americans in northern California. It is the most respected brand name among the more than 440,000 black households in the Bay Area because of the historical significance of the observance and the traditions that have been developed locally.


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San Francisco International Airport to Receive Stimulus Money

The San Francisco International Airport is slated to receive $15 million dollars in federal stimulus money for a new baggage handling system. The new system will lessen the time passengers wait to check-in their luggage while improving security. The plans for a new baggage handling system was announced Thursday along with the announcement that SFO would receive the federal dollars to fund the project.

The funds are part of the American recovery and Investment Act which was passed by Congress earlier this year. This new system will allow passengers to not only bypass the Transportation Administration Security screening station but will also reduce repeat bag scans and physical searches and use a state of the art explosive detection device. This new system is great news for San Francisco tourists and will aid in decreasing their travel time and increasing their time spent touring the city, wine country and sightseeing.


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Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Handmade Products Abound at Summer 2009 San Francisco Show

More than 100 exhibitors featuring handcrafted products will showcase their work at the upcoming summer edition of the San Francisco International Gift Fair, which runs August 8-11 at the Moscone Convention Center.

"Handcrafted resources can be found in each of the six neighborhoods of the show," says Aubin Wilson, show director. "This summer's market features accomplished makers and artisans from the United States and abroad. We will present a collection of individual and production craft in all media and across a myriad of product categories including tabletop, ceramics, textiles, home decor, jewelry, apparel, stationery and more."

Exhibitors offering handcrafted goods include: Kat Soto (handcrafted dolls); or tables and lamps made from reclaimed wood by Bitters of Seattle (tables and lamps made from reclaimed wood): Household decorations from Cody Foster (household decorations); Gather Studios (glass pendants, "quoteable quotes" stones or hand-painted salt & pepper shakers): Dahlias & Pears (elegant stationery and cards); and Libra Knits (hand knitted hats for babies.

"This is very much a show where artists have center stage," Wilson explains. "There are artisans from around the world who will be participating in the show, including The Pacific Indie Craft Collective, a group of artists from Portland, Oregon and along with many first time exhibitors such as UP ‘N ATOM, a handcrafted soap maker from San Francisco and The Martinez family from Oaxaca, Mexico who will present their line of Zapotec rugs."


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GreenRoad Wins San Francisco Business Times' Green Business Award

REDWOOD SHORES, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- GreenRoad, a global pioneer in improving driving behavior, announced that it has been named the winner in the San Francisco Business Times' Green Business Awards, in the transportation category. The company received the award at an awards reception held at the Hilton San Francisco, June 11.

"We are honored to accept this award and acknowledgement of our hard work toward improving driving behavior and reducing vehicle emissions," said Dan Steere, CEO of GreenRoad. "We appreciate being able to contribute to San Francisco's leadership in green innovation, and already are working with other great cities and states who are following suit."

"GreenRoad was one of 15 exceptional companies who received the Green Business Award out of a pool of more than 200 nominations," said Mary Huss, publisher, San Francisco Business Times. "GreenRoad sets the bar high for green innovation, providing solutions that not only can save the environment, but also save companies money and save lives. Companies like GreenRoad are the engine for economic growth."

GreenRoad's service combines patented in-vehicle technology with integrated Web-based applications that continuously rate driving skills and behavior, provide drivers feedback as they drive and sustain behavior improvements through constant reinforcement. Sensors analyze up to 120 separate types of driving events. Drivers receive in-vehicle feedback in the form of a red-yellow-green LED display.

The San Francisco Business Times' Green Business Awards are designed to honor the leaders and entrepreneurs in green business, clean technology, energy conservation and alternative energy, as well as innovators and champions of green and sustainable business. Winners were announced in 15 categories, selected from 29 finalists.


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S.F. to impose fines for tossing food scraps

Mandatory composting part of city's plan to eliminate landfill waste by 2020

SAN FRANCISCO - Trash collectors in San Francisco will soon be doing more than just gathering garbage: They'll be keeping an eye out for people who toss food scraps out with their rubbish.

San Francisco this week passed a mandatory composting law that is believed to be the strictest such ordinance in the nation. Residents will be required to have three color-coded trash bins, including one for recycling, one for trash and a new one for compost — everything from banana peels to coffee grounds.

The law makes San Francisco the leader yet again in environmentally friendly measures, following up on other green initiatives such as banning plastic bags at supermarkets.

Food scraps sent to a landfill decompose fast and turn into methane gas, a potent greenhouse gas. Under the new system, collected scraps will be turned into compost that helps area farms and vineyards flourish. The city eventually wants to eliminate waste at landfills by 2020.

Chris Peck, the state's Integrated Waste Management Board spokesman, said he wasn't aware of an ordinance as tough as San Francisco's. Many cities, including Pittsburgh and San Diego, require residents to recycle yard waste but not food scraps. Seattle requires households to put scraps in the compost bin or have a composting system, but those who don't comply aren't fined.

"The city has been progressive, and they've been leaders and it appears that they're stepping out of the pack again," he said.

Fines to be enforced in 2010
San Francisco officials said they aren't looking to punish violators harshly.

Waste collectors will not pick through anyone's garbage, said Robert Reed, a spokesman for Sunset Scavenger Co., which handles the city's recyclables. If the wrong kind of materials are noticed while a bin is being emptied, workers will leave what Reed called "a love note," to let customers know they are not with the program.

"We're not going to lock you up in jail if you don't compost," said Nathan Ballard, a spokesman for Mayor Gavin Newsom who proposed the measure that passed Tuesday. "We're going to make it as easy as possible for San Franciscans to learn how to compost."

A moratorium on imposing fines will end in 2010, after which repeat offenders like individuals and small businesses generating less than a cubic yard of refuse a week face fines of up to $100.

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