One Elite High School’s Struggle Over Admissions

A fierce debate about the criteria for enrolling students at Lowell, in California, has echoes of the soul-searching happening across the U.S. education system.

#admissions-standards, #asian-americans, #audio-neutral-informative, #california, #education-k-12, #lowell-high-school-san-francisco-calif, #san-francisco-calif, #tests-and-examinations

Nancy Pelosi’s Napa: Wealthy Friends and a Husband’s Porsche Crash

An accident shines a light on the House speaker’s California life among the vineyards.

#campaign-finance, #drunken-and-reckless-driving, #high-net-worth-individuals, #napa-calif, #newsom-gavin, #pacific-heights-san-francisco-calif, #parties-social, #pelosi-nancy, #pelosi-paul, #real-estate-commercial, #san-francisco-calif, #traffic-accidents-and-safety, #united-states-politics-and-government

Democrats Need to Understand the Real Message San Francisco Sent

The conflation of criminal-justice reform with urban disorder is a threat to the party across the country.

#boudin-chesa, #breed-london, #california, #crime-and-criminals, #democratic-party, #newsom-gavin, #primaries-and-caucuses, #san-francisco-calif

The Real Meaning of Chesa Boudin’s Recall

Much of the reaction to the ousting of San Francisco’s progressive district attorney may be a misreading of the moment.

#audio-neutral-informative, #boudin-chesa, #criminal-justice, #elections-district-attorneys, #midterm-elections-2022, #san-francisco-calif

San Francisco and Los Angeles Send Democrats and the Nation a Message on Crime

The recall of a progressive prosecutor in San Francisco and the strong showing by a former Republican in the mayor’s race in Los Angeles showed the shifting winds on criminal justice.

#bass-karen-ruth, #boudin-chesa, #brown-willie-l-jr, #california, #caruso-rick-j, #elections, #los-angeles-calif, #midterm-elections-2022, #ocasio-cortez-alexandria, #san-francisco-calif

Mugged by Reality, Again

Progressives are rediscovering the law of unintended consequences.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #boudin-chesa, #conservatism-us-politics, #democratic-party, #discrimination, #elections-district-attorneys, #inflation-economics, #liberalism-us-politics, #republican-party, #san-francisco-calif, #transgender-and-transsexuals, #united-states-politics-and-government, #women-and-girls

In San Francisco, Democrats Are at War With Themselves Over Crime

Fueled by concerns about burglaries and hate crimes, San Francisco’s liberal district attorney, Chesa Boudin, faces a divisive recall in a famously progressive city.

#boudin-chesa, #crime-and-criminals, #democratic-party, #elections-district-attorneys, #homeless-persons, #police-department-san-francisco-calif, #san-francisco-calif

As Geese Leave Mementos, a California City Weighs a Cull

The proposal has pit animal rights activists against officials in Foster City, Calif., where Canada geese have been fouling up public spaces with their feces. “It’s everywhere,” the mayor said.

#animal-behavior, #birds, #california, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #feces, #geese, #san-francisco-calif, #san-francisco-bay-area-calif, #united-states

7 Great Biking Cities (and Which Trails to Ride)

There’s no better way to zip through a new city than on two wheels. Here are some routes to try, from riverside jaunts to mountain climbs.

#bicycles-and-bicycling, #bogota-colombia, #budget-travel, #colombia, #copenhagen-denmark, #cycling-road, #denmark, #geneva-ny, #georgetown-washington-dc, #golden-gate-park-san-francisco, #manhattan-nyc, #manhattan-waterfront-greenway, #paris-france, #san-francisco-calif, #summer-season, #switzerland, #travel-and-vacations, #washington-dc

Russian-Speakers in Tech Rebuild Their Lives in San Francisco

They moved from Russia, Ukraine, Belarus and other countries for jobs in the technology industry. Now they are joined by friends fleeing war and repression.

#belarus, #computers-and-the-internet, #google-inc, #immigration-and-emigration, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #russian-americans, #san-francisco-calif, #san-francisco-bay-area-calif, #silicon-valley-calif, #start-ups, #ukraine

Google’s I/O Conference Offers Modest Vision of the Future

Artificial intelligence is being woven into an array of the company’s products. But the change — for now — is subtle.

#artificial-intelligence, #cloud-computing, #computers-and-the-internet, #driverless-and-semiautonomous-vehicles, #google-inc, #microsoft-corp, #online-advertising, #pichai-sundar, #san-francisco-calif, #tablet-computers

At Anchor Oyster Bar, Cioppino This Good Can’t Be a Cliché

In San Francisco, the hallmark seafood stew can be — and often is — a tired menu item, but our critic finds that the right version still thrills.

#anchor-oyster-bar-san-francisco-calif-restaurant, #cooking-and-cookbooks, #hog-island-oyster-company-san-francisco-calif-restaurant, #restaurants, #san-francisco-calif, #seafood, #tadich-grill

Elon Musk Agrees to Buy Twitter

The world’s richest man succeeded in a bid to acquire the influential social networking service, which he has said he wants to take private.

#appointments-and-executive-changes, #boards-of-directors, #computers-and-the-internet, #freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #mergers-acquisitions-and-divestitures, #musk-elon, #rumors-and-misinformation, #san-francisco-calif, #social-media, #twitter

Golden State’s Playoff Reappearance Doesn’t Quite Feel Like Old Times

The heart of the roster — Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green — is back in the N.B.A. playoffs, a world away from Oakland, the team’s soul.

#basketball, #chase-center-san-francisco-calif, #curry-stephen, #golden-state-warriors, #green-draymond, #las-vegas-raiders, #national-basketball-assn, #oakland-calif, #oakland-athletics, #playoff-games, #san-francisco-calif, #stadiums-and-arenas, #thompson-klay

Worries inside Twitter as employees consider Elon Musk’s takeover bid.

At a meeting Thursday, employees expressed concerns about how the social media company would change if Mr. Musk were to overhaul it.

#agrawal-parag, #computers-and-the-internet, #mergers-acquisitions-and-divestitures, #musk-elon, #san-francisco-calif, #social-media, #twitter

What NYC Can Learn From How Cities Address Homelessness on Transit

As New York City makes a new push to relocate homeless people from the subway, the experiences of Philadelphia, San Francisco and others show the challenges ahead.

#adams-eric-l, #affordable-housing, #american-public-transportation-assn, #bay-area-rapid-transit, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #homeless-persons, #metropolitan-transportation-authority, #new-york-city, #philadelphia-pa, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #san-francisco-calif, #southeastern-pennsylvania-transportation-authority, #subways, #transit-systems

Uber Close to Deal for Partnership With San Francisco Taxi Outfit

Passengers could soon use the Uber app to order taxis in a deal similar to one recently announced in New York City.

#car-services-and-livery-cabs, #lyft-inc, #mobile-applications, #san-francisco-calif, #taxicabs-and-taxicab-drivers, #uber-technologies-inc

The Slums of California

Temporary units for the homeless might sound good, but where does one go from there?

#affordable-housing, #california, #homeless-persons, #internal-sub-only-nl, #mandelman-rafael, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #safe-sleep-site, #san-francisco-calif, #tiny-homes

Jennifer Sey Was a Candidate to Lead Levi’s. Then She Started Tweeting.

Jennifer Sey left Levi’s after her advocacy against school closures and mask mandates for children gained attention. She says it’s a matter of free speech. The company disagrees.

#appointments-and-executive-changes, #bergh-charles-v, #california, #coronavirus-reopenings, #corporate-social-responsibility, #fox-broadcasting-co, #jeans-apparel, #levi-straussco, #san-francisco-calif, #sey-jennifer, #shutdowns-institutional, #social-media

Just How Liberal Is California? The Answer Matters to Democrats Everywhere.

If progressives can’t win here, it will not bode well for their national efforts.

#boudin-chesa, #breed-london, #california, #caruso-rick-j, #democratic-party, #elections-attorneys-general, #elections-district-attorneys, #elections-mayors, #los-angeles-calif, #midterm-elections-2022, #newsom-gavin, #primaries-and-caucuses, #san-francisco-calif, #sanders-bernard, #state-legislatures, #working-families-party

A San Francisco Renovation Inspired by ‘American Gigolo’

When an interior designer and a software engineer set about renovating their new house, they had no idea what it would ultimately involve.

#furniture, #home-repairs-and-improvements, #interior-design-and-furnishings, #lighting, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #restoration-and-renovation, #san-francisco-calif

Dennis Cunningham, Civil Rights Lawyer for Varied Causes, Dies at 86

He successfully represented the Black Panthers, environmentalists who accused the government of conspiracy and Attica prison inmates.

#chicago-ill, #cunningham-dennis, #deaths-obituaries, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #earth-first, #national-lawyers-guild, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings, #san-francisco-calif, #suits-and-litigation-civil

These Garlic Noodles Cross Cultures, but Are Deeply San Franciscan

J. Kenji López-Alt’s take on a beloved Vietnamese American dish, invented by Helene An of Thanh Long restaurant, is creamy, garlic-packed and full of smart techniques.

#an-helene, #cooking-and-cookbooks, #garlic, #pasta, #san-francisco-calif, #sauces, #thanh-long-san-francisco-calif-restaurant, #vietnamese-food-cuisine, #vietnamese-americans

Richard Blum, Political Donor and Husband of Senator Feinstein, Dies at 86

As a financier, he amassed a fortune that he spent on Democrats, helping to propel his wife from San Francisco mayor to a long career in the Senate.

#blum-capital-partners, #blum-richard, #deaths-obituaries, #elections-senate, #feinstein-dianne, #philanthropy, #san-francisco-calif, #united-states-politics-and-government

London Breed and the Return of Tough-on-Crime Democrats

A party at war with itself can provide neither greater peace nor sustainable reform.

#adams-eric-l, #black-people, #boudin-chesa, #breed-london, #crime-and-criminals, #democratic-party, #new-york-city, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings, #police-reform, #polls-and-public-opinion, #san-francisco-calif, #urban-areas

As Crime Surges, Roll Back of Tough-on-Crime Policies Faces Resistance

With violent crime rates rising and elections looming, progressive prosecutors are facing resistance to their plans to roll back stricter crime policies of the 1990s.

#adams-eric-l, #bell-wesley-1974, #black-lives-matter-movement, #boudin-chesa, #bragg-alvin, #breed-london, #chicago-ill, #cook-county-ill, #ferguson-mo, #foxx-kim, #gascon-george, #krasner-larry-1961, #los-angeles-calif, #manhattan-nyc, #midterm-elections-2014, #oxford-university, #police, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings, #police-reform, #quinnipiac-university, #republican-party, #san-francisco-calif, #st-louis-county-mo

San Francisco Recall Vote Fueled by Asian Voters’ Ire

The landslide vote to remove three school board members cut across ethnicities and income levels. But Chinese American voters and volunteers were crucial to victory, organizers say.

#chinese-americans, #elections, #san-francisco-calif

Recall in San Francisco

Does the Bay Area school board vote represent fury at Covid closures or something else?

#admissions-standards, #asian-americans, #collins-alison-m, #education-secondary, #internal-sub-only-nl, #lowell-high-school-san-francisco-calif, #race-and-ethnicity, #recall, #san-francisco-calif, #school-boards

San Francisco ousters

Why are liberal candidates losing in liberal cities?

#democratic-party, #education-k-12, #internal-storyline-no, #politics-and-government, #san-francisco-calif

San Francisco Voters Recall 3 Board of Education Members

It was a victory for parents, particularly Asian Americans, angered by the district’s decision-making during the pandemic.

#asian-americans, #collins-alison, #education-k-12, #elections, #lopez-gabriela, #moliga-faauuga, #san-francisco-calif

Victim’s Rape Kit Helped Identify Her as a Suspect in Another Case, D.A. Says

Chesa Boudin, the district attorney in San Francisco, said victims are “being treated like criminals,” and he wants legislators to ban the practice.

#boudin-chesa, #california, #dna-deoxyribonucleic-acid, #domestic-violence, #forensic-science, #manhattan-nyc, #rosen-jeffrey-f, #san-francisco-calif, #santa-clara-county-calif, #sex-crimes, #women-and-girls

Americans Appeal Life Sentence for Killing an Italian Officer

Lawyers for Finnegan Elder and Gabriel Natale Hjorth, who received Italy’s toughest punishment for a 2019 fatal stabbing, hope to prove that their clients did not deserve such long terms.

#elder-finnegan-lee, #hjorth-gabriel-christian-natale, #italy, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #rome-italy, #san-francisco-calif

The Pandemic Has Made Many Seniors Less Active

Health experts are concerned that the pandemic, in upending daily routines, has reduced mobility and physical conditioning in older adults.

#canada, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #elderly, #exercise, #san-francisco-calif, #united-states, #your-feed-health, #your-feed-science

Eileen Gu Is China’s Freestyle Hope for the Olympics

Born in San Francisco, she’ll compete in the Olympics for China, her mother’s native country. Can an 18-year-old freeskier be all things to all people in a fractured world?

#china, #content-type-personal-profile, #fashion-and-apparel, #freestyle-skiing, #gu-eileen, #models-professional, #olympic-games-2022, #peng-shuai, #politics-and-government, #saas-fee-switzerland, #san-francisco-calif, #united-states, #zhao-chloe

They Broke Up With Two Architects Before Finding the Right One

‘It’s like going through bad relationships,’ said an owner of the 1975 Bay Area home. ‘The house needed an architect who wasn’t so driven by ego.’

#furniture, #home-repairs-and-improvements, #interior-design-and-furnishings, #lighting, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #restoration-and-renovation, #san-francisco-calif

‘Davos Man,’ Marc Benioff and the Covid Pandemic

They stepped up in the pandemic “to save the world,” says Marc Benioff of Salesforce. Even as their tax practices and perches kept them above its troubles.

#benioff-marc, #content-type-personal-profile, #corporate-social-responsibility, #corporate-taxes, #davos-switzerland, #high-net-worth-individuals, #income-inequality, #philanthropy, #san-francisco-calif, #tax-shelters, #world-economic-forum

Why This Liberal Mayor Doesn’t Want a Lecture From Progressives

London Breed has heard the wrath of progressives (and conservatives) on doing too much (and too little) to “clean up” neighborhoods in San Francisco struggling with substance use. She’s not backing down.

#black-lives-matter-movement, #black-people, #boudin-chesa, #breed-london, #budgets-and-budgeting, #mayors, #police, #police-department-san-francisco-calif, #police-reform, #san-francisco-calif, #tenderloin-san-francisco-calif

With Omicron, Teachers’ Unions Push for Remote Schooling, Worrying Democrats

Chicago teachers have voted to go remote. Other unions are agitating for change. For Democrats, who promised to keep schools open, the tensions are a distinctly unwelcome development.

#american-federation-of-teachers, #atlanta-ga, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #chicago-ill, #chicago-teachers-union, #collective-bargaining, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #democratic-party, #e-learning, #education-k-12, #fairfax-county-va, #kentucky, #lightfoot-lori, #milwaukee-wis, #newark-nj, #newark-teachers-union, #san-francisco-calif, #teachers-and-school-employees, #weingarten-randi

76-Year-Old Man Is Charged With 1978 Killing of Queens Girl

The San Francisco police arrested a man in Colorado in the killing of a 15-year-old girl whose body was found 43 years ago near Golden Gate Park.

#murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #police-department-san-francisco-calif, #san-francisco-calif

San Francisco Mayor Declares State of Emergency to Fight ‘Nasty Streets’ of the City

It’s a highly unusual move by a liberal mayor in one of the country’s most liberal cities.

#breed-london, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #san-francisco-calif

Omicron Is a Dress Rehearsal for the Next Pandemic

America’s response to the variant highlights both how much progress we have made over the past two years — and how much work remains

#bright-rick-a, #centers-for-disease-control-and-prevention, #chiu-charles, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-delta-variant, #coronavirus-omicron-variant, #coronavirus-risks-and-safety-concerns, #genetics-and-heredity, #laboratories-and-scientific-equipment, #microbiology, #san-francisco-calif, #sewers-and-sewage, #tests-medical, #topol-eric-j, #vaccination-and-immunization, #your-feed-health, #your-feed-science

Silent Films Offer Rare Glimpses of Life in 1920s Ireland

Shot by an American ornithologist in the early years of Irish independence, the footage turned up in the archives of the Chicago Academy of Sciences and is being restored.

#birds, #chicago-ill, #chicago-academy-of-sciences, #cork-ireland, #county-cork-ireland, #county-kerry-ireland, #dingle-ireland, #galway-ireland, #grandparents, #ireland, #nineteen-hundred-twenties, #san-francisco-calif, #united-states

San Francisco Restaurant Apologizes for Asking 3 Police Officers to Leave

The uniformed officers had just sat down when staff members asked them to leave because the workers felt uncomfortable about the officers’ weapons, the restaurant said.

#apologies, #consumer-reviews, #police, #police-department-san-francisco-calif, #restaurants, #san-francisco-calif, #yelp

San Francisco Followed Covid Rules. Will Omicron Change the Playbook?

San Francisco has endured mask mandates, vaccination requirements and lockdowns. Now with the first U.S. case of the Omicron variant, no one’s sure what comes next.

#california, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-omicron-variant, #newsom-gavin, #san-francisco-calif, #wachter-robert-m

U.S. Reports Its 1st Omicron Case, in a California Traveler

The discovery in San Francisco County prompted the Biden administration to renew calls for everyone to get fully vaccinated and receive a booster, if eligible.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-omicron-variant, #coronavirus-risks-and-safety-concerns, #disease-rates, #fauci-anthony-s, #san-francisco-calif, #travel-warnings, #united-states-politics-and-government, #vaccination-and-immunization

Book Review: ‘San Fransicko,’ by Michael Shellenberger

Michael Shellenberger’s “San Fransicko” raises important questions about homelessness in San Francisco, but his answers are mired in controversy.

#affordable-housing, #books-and-literature, #homeless-persons, #mental-health-and-disorders, #oakland-calif, #san-francisco-calif, #shellenberger-michael

If Remote Work Empties Downtowns, Can Theaters Fill Their Seats?

Since the pandemic, San Francisco has embraced work-from-home policies. Now venues and concert halls are wondering if weeknight audiences are a thing of the past.

#classical-music, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #culture-arts, #magic-theater, #opera, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #san-francisco-calif, #san-francisco-arts-commission, #san-francisco-ballet, #san-francisco-opera, #san-francisco-symphony, #telecommuting, #theater, #war-memorial-opera-house

Chesa Boudin, San Francisco’s Top Prosecutor, Faces Recall

Voters will decide in June whether Chesa Boudin should remain in office, a test of the national movement to elect prosecutors who have promised to dismantle mass incarceration.

#boudin-chesa, #criminal-justice, #elections-district-attorneys, #san-francisco-calif

San Francisco Police Officer Charged With Shooting Man Who Died 3 Years Later

Officer Kenneth Cha, charged with voluntary manslaughter, “lacked a lawful basis to even arrest” the man and “elevated a nonviolent encounter,” the district attorney said.

#boudin-chesa, #california, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings, #police-department-san-francisco-calif, #san-francisco-calif

Bomb Cyclone and ‘Atmospheric River’ Pummel California With Rain and Wind

Much of the Bay Area was under a flash flood watch on Sunday, with the National Weather Service warning of the potential for mudslides across the region.

#big-sur-calif, #california, #cyclones, #floods, #landslides-and-mudslides, #marin-county-calif, #monterey-calif, #national-weather-service, #pacific-gas-and-electric-co, #rain, #san-francisco-calif, #san-francisco-bay-area-calif, #san-francisco-international-airport, #san-mateo-county-calif, #weather, #wildfires