More Whimsy, Less Menace: Parking Cops’ Three-Wheelers Are Reborn

“When a meter maid car is out overnight, it’s people’s time to vent their frustrations,” one longtime San Francisco owner said. So owners break out the paint to stand out.

#automobiles, #cushman-motors-works, #motorcycles-motor-bikes-and-motorscooters, #san-francisco-calif, #san-francisco-bay-area-calif, #westward-industries

Patricia Maginnis, Pioneering Abortion-Rights Activist, Dies at 93

In the years before Roe v. Wade, she helped shift the debate away from the rules governing abortion providers to women’s right to control their bodies.

#abortion, #assn-to-repeal-abortion-laws-aral, #birth-control-and-family-planning, #deaths-obituaries, #maginnis-patricia-1928-2021, #naral-pro-choice-america, #roe-v-wade-supreme-court-decision, #san-francisco-calif, #womens-rights

‘The Opposite of Airlines’: When Larger Audiences Require Fewer Seats

Yes, the comfy chair. The War Memorial Opera House in San Francisco put in roomier seats just in time to try to lure audiences back from the couches they got used to during the shutdown.

#chairs, #classical-music, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #culture-arts, #dancing, #furniture, #geffen-david-hall-manhattan-ny, #height-stature, #hudson-theater-manhattan-ny, #koch-david-h-theater, #lyric-opera-of-chicago, #opera, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #san-francisco-calif, #san-francisco-ballet, #san-francisco-opera, #shilvock-matthew, #theater, #theaters-buildings, #war-memorial-opera-house, #weight

Ellen Havre Weis, Whose Museum Put Pop Into Mythology, Dies at 64

The Museum of Modern Mythology, in San Francisco, which she helped found, posited that advertising figures have emerged as the pre-eminent mythical figures of our time.

#advertising-and-marketing, #art, #deaths-obituaries, #museum-of-modern-mythology, #museums, #myths-and-mythical-creatures, #san-francisco-calif, #weis-ellen-havre-1957-2021

Facing Severe Droughts, Developers Seek to Reuse the Water They Have

Water recycling in office buildings is seen as a promising sustainability effort, as well as a smart hedge against rising costs and future shortages.

#conservation-of-resources, #department-of-environmental-protection-nyc, #drought, #real-estate-commercial, #recycling-of-waste-materials, #san-francisco-calif, #sustainable-living, #water

Tech Workers Who Swore Off the Bay Area Are Coming Back

Critics said the pandemic would make the industry flee San Francisco and its southern neighbor, Silicon Valley. But tech can’t seem to quit its gravitational center.

#austin-tex, #bay-area-rapid-transit, #cisco-systems-inc, #computers-and-the-internet, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #florida, #google-inc, #hewlett-packard-company, #musk-elon, #oracle-corporation, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #relocation-of-business, #renting-and-leasing-real-estate, #san-francisco-calif, #silicon-valley-calif, #twitter

What $800,000 Buys You in Rhode Island, Oklahoma and California

A 1737 house in Providence, a 2013 home with a swimming pool in Oklahoma City and a one-bedroom condominium in San Francisco.

#oklahoma-city-okla, #providence-ri, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #san-francisco-calif

Where Are the Million-Dollar Homes?

A new report reveals which U.S. metropolitan areas have the highest percentage of homes valued at $1 million or more.

#luxury-goods-and-services, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #san-francisco-calif, #san-jose-calif

Upended by the Pandemic, Haute Chefs Move Into Hotels

Hotels not necessarily known for fine dining are drawing award-winning chefs seeking opportunities for reinvention.

#austin-tex, #bailey-mashama-chef, #baja-california-mexico, #bloomfield-april, #cabo-san-lucas-mexico, #chefs, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #crenn-dominique, #hotels-and-travel-lodgings, #izard-stephanie-chef, #kostow-christopher, #napa-calif, #ojai-calif, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #relocation-of-business, #restaurants, #san-francisco-calif, #san-jose-del-cabo-mexico, #silverton-nancy, #travel-and-vacations, #vongerichten-jean-georges, #washington-conn

The Forgotten Queer Legacy of Billy West and Zuni Café

The restaurant is a culinary landmark in San Francisco, but its history as a space for gay visibility is little known.

#acquired-immune-deficiency-syndrome, #content-type-personal-profile, #cooking-and-cookbooks, #homosexuality-and-bisexuality, #restaurants, #san-francisco-calif, #west-billy-1948-94, #zuni-cafe-san-francisco-calif-restaurant

San Francisco’s Shoplifting Surge

Friday: The mundane crime of shoplifting has spun out of control in San Francisco, forcing some chain stores to close.

#california, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #police-department-san-francisco-calif, #san-francisco-calif, #shoplifting-and-employee-theft-retail

He Said (I Do), She Said (I Do)

Stacey Chen and Nick Cugini first met in high school as members of competing debating teams. In college, they were on the same side.

#san-francisco-calif, #weddings-and-engagements

San Francisco Makes Home of Lesbian Couple a Landmark

The home of Phyllis Lyon and Del Martin, the first same-sex couple to legally marry in California, was an integral meeting spot for activists.

#historic-buildings-and-sites, #homosexuality-and-bisexuality, #lyon-phyllis-1924-2020, #martin-del, #same-sex-marriage-civil-unions-and-domestic-partnerships, #san-francisco-calif, #women-and-girls

William T. Wiley, ‘Funk Artist’ Who Spurned Convention, Dies at 83

Rooted in the Bay Area, he spurned commerce (and the New York scene, mostly), produced an eclectic kind of figurative art and imparted his “Wiz-dumb” to disciples.

#art, #california, #deaths-obituaries, #funk-art, #nauman-bruce, #san-francisco-calif, #sculpture, #slant-step, #wiley-william-t

Daylight Attack on 2 Asian Women in San Francisco Increases Fears

The stabbing on Market Street this week and other attacks have caused some older Asian-American residents in the Bay Area to fear going outdoors, community leaders said.

#asian-americans, #assaults, #hate-crimes, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #san-francisco-calif, #san-francisco-bay-area-calif

$4 Million Homes in California

A modern farmhouse in Mill Valley, a canal-facing home in Marina del Rey and a pair of 1906 cottages converted into a single-family residence in San Francisco.

#marina-del-rey-calif, #mill-valley-calif, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #san-francisco-calif

Rossini at the Drive-In, as San Francisco Opera Returns

Honks instead of applause: An open-air “Barber of Seville” brought the company back after 16 months.

#cox-roderick, #drive-in-theaters, #opera, #ozawa-matthew, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #san-francisco-calif, #san-francisco-opera, #shilvock-matthew, #the-barber-of-seville-opera, #war-memorial-opera-house

A Survivor’s Perspective on San Francisco’s Drug Crisis

Monday: A poignant voice in the debate over what can be done to combat overdose deaths.

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

San Francisco Contends With a Different Sort of Epidemic: Drug Deaths

More people died from overdoses than from the coronavirus in San Francisco last year. Some think the toll, tied to homelessness, should force the city to re-examine its approach to illicit drugs.

#deaths-fatalities, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #fentanyl, #homeless-persons, #naloxone-drug, #san-francisco-calif, #tenderloin-san-francisco-calif

One Way to Get People Off the Streets: Buy Hotels

For homeless people, a place to live is life changing to a degree that almost no other intervention can provide.

#affordable-housing, #california, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #group-homes-and-supportive-housing, #homeless-persons, #hotels-and-travel-lodgings, #newsom-gavin, #politics-and-government, #public-and-subsidized-housing, #real-estate-commercial, #san-francisco-calif, #tenderloin-san-francisco-calif

San Francisco Schools Will Keep Jefferson, Lincoln and Washington Names

The school board rescinded its January decision to rename 44 schools that honor historical figures such as Jefferson, Lincoln and Washington after an outcry from parents and the mayor.

#breed-london, #education-k-12, #feinstein-dianne, #historic-buildings-and-sites, #lincoln-abraham-high-school, #names-organizational, #san-francisco-calif, #suits-and-litigation-civil

Pinterest Is Said to Be in Talks to Acquire the Photo App VSCO

The discussions between the digital pin board company and the app that inspired the “VSCO girls” trend are ongoing.

#mergers-acquisitions-and-divestitures, #mobile-applications, #pinterest, #san-francisco-calif, #social-media, #start-ups, #visual-supply-co-vsco

In San Francisco, Turmoil Over Reopening Schools Turns a City Against Itself

The San Francisco school board has infuriated parents and the mayor. Now it has descended into chaos over accusations of racism.

#asian-americans, #black-people, #breed-london, #coronavirus-reopenings, #education-k-12, #herrera-dennis-j, #race-and-ethnicity, #san-francisco-calif

Overlooked No More: Kitty Cone, Trailblazer of the Disability Rights Movement

Shunned in school because of her disability, she devoted her life to the cause, organizing a historic sit-in that led to landmark federal legislation.

#504-sit-in, #americans-with-disabilities-act, #biographical-information, #california, #cone-kitty-1944-2015, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #disabilities, #discrimination, #san-francisco-calif

$1 Million Raised After Attack on Asian Woman Will Go to Fight Racism, Family Says

The woman, Xiao Zhen Xie, 75, was punched by a white man last week. Her family raised money through GoFundMe to pay for her medical expenses. Now, they want to use it to fight anti-Asian racism.

#asian-americans, #assaults, #chinese-americans, #crime-and-criminals, #discrimination, #elder-abuse, #jenkins-steven-march-17-2021-assault, #philanthropy, #race-and-ethnicity, #san-francisco-calif, #xie-xiao-zhen

After Georgia Attacks, Asian-Americans Demand Serious Action on Bias

Amid fear, sadness and pain, the shootings in the Atlanta area have generated anger over the country’s longstanding failure to address anti-Asian discrimination.

#asian-americans, #atlanta-ga, #atlanta-spa-shootings-2021, #china, #chinese-americans, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #discrimination, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #newsom-gavin, #race-and-ethnicity, #san-francisco-calif

What $1.7 Million Buys You in California

A 1928 Tudor Revival in Sacramento, an updated ranch house in Topanga and a circa-1900 cottage in San Francisco.

#real-estate-and-housing-residential, #sacramento-calif, #san-francisco-calif, #topanga-calif

Companies Put Return-to-Work Plans in Motion

Many employers are not making a decision until many workers are vaccinated. And some are making plans for “hybrid” work arrangements.

#avison-young-inc, #bank-of-america-corporation, #boston-mass, #charlotte-nc, #chicago-ill, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #duke-energy-corporation, #fifth-third-bank, #manhattan-nyc, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #rapid7-inc, #real-estate-commercial, #renting-and-leasing-real-estate, #san-francisco-calif, #seasons-and-months, #seattle-wash, #telecommuting, #texas, #vaccination-and-immunization, #workplace-hazards-and-violations

He Won a Varsity Letter at 16. He Finally Got It When He Was 79.

Tom Ammiano, a well-known gay leader in San Francisco, believed his effeminate mannerisms led his New Jersey high school to deny him his letter.

#education-k-12, #homosexuality-and-bisexuality, #san-francisco-calif

Fatal Attack on Thai Man in San Francisco Fuels #StopAsianHate

Among Asian-Americans, many of whom have endured racist taunts, rants and worse during the pandemic, the fatal assault on a defenseless older man became a rallying cry.

#asian-americans, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #hate-crimes, #race-and-ethnicity, #san-francisco-calif, #thailand, #vicha-ratanapakdee, #watson-antoine

What $1.9 Buys You in California, New York and Tennessee

An early 20th-century house in San Francisco, a one-bedroom condo on Central Park West in Manhattan and a four-bedroom home in Nashville.

#nashville-tenn, #new-york-city, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #san-francisco-calif

San Francisco Pauses School Renamings to Focus on Returning Students to Classrooms

A plan to rename schools that honored people like Washington, Lincoln and Jefferson was put on hold after criticism of the plan and, particularly, its timing amid the pandemic.

#coronavirus-reopenings, #education-k-12, #feinstein-dianne, #jefferson-thomas, #lincoln-abraham, #lincoln-abraham-high-school, #lopez-gabriela, #names-organizational, #san-francisco-calif, #slavery-historical, #washington-george-1732-99

Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Poet Who Nurtured the Beats, Dies at 101

An unapologetic proponent of “poetry as insurgent art,” he was also a publisher and the owner of the celebrated San Francisco bookstore City Lights.

#book-trade-and-publishing, #books-and-literature, #city-lights-bookstore, #deaths-obituaries, #ferlinghetti-lawrence, #poetry-and-poets, #san-francisco-calif

New California Variant More Contagious, Two Studies Confirm

Two studies confirm that a new coronavirus mutant in California is more contagious, although the scale of its threat is unclear.

#california, #chiu-charles, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #genetics-and-heredity, #research, #san-francisco-calif, #your-feed-healthcare, #your-feed-science

What This Wave of Anti-Asian Violence Reveals About America

Too often, attention to nonwhite groups is only as pressing as the injuries that they have suffered.

#asian-americans-advancing-justice-asian-law-caucus, #asian-americans, #black-people, #chinese-americans, #discrimination, #hate-crimes, #japanese-americans, #korean-americans, #minorities, #new-york-city, #oakland-calif, #race-and-ethnicity, #san-francisco-calif

California Is Making Liberals Squirm

If progressivism can’t work there, why should the country believe it can work anywhere else?

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #education-k-12, #income-inequality, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #san-francisco-calif, #shutdowns-institutional, #united-states-politics-and-government

San Francisco Rallied to Find a DoorDash Driver’s Missing Children

Spurred on by social media, residents searched the streets after Jeffrey Fang’s children were taken in a carjacking. The police ultimately found them, unharmed, across town.

#carjacking, #doordash-mobile-app, #fang-jeffrey-1982, #missing-persons, #san-francisco-calif, #social-media

For This Show, the Artist Went Overboard

In 38 days, with sculptures, drawings, videos and ingenuity, Nina Katchadourian revisited the shipwreck from “Survive the Savage Sea.”

#art, #books-and-literature, #catharine-clark-gallery-san-francisco-calif, #katchadourian-nina-1968, #maritime-accidents-and-safety, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #robertson-dougal, #san-francisco-calif, #survive-the-savage-sea-book, #to-feel-something-that-was-not-of-our-world-exhibit

In ‘Gay Bar,’ Time-Hopping Snapshots of Queer Nightlife

Jeremy Atherton’s Lin first book is a personal and cultural history of establishments that affirmed and challenged his sense of identity.

#atherton-lin-jeremy, #bars-and-nightclubs, #books-and-literature, #content-type-personal-profile, #gay-bar-why-we-went-out-book, #homosexuality-and-bisexuality, #london-england, #san-francisco-calif, #west-hollywood-calif

Jack Palladino, 76, Hard-Charging Private Investigator, Dies After ‘Brutal Attack’

Mr. Palladino, a private investigator who had worked for Bill Clinton and other famous clients, died four days after he sustained a severe head injury in an attempted robbery, the authorities said.

#celebrities, #deaths-obituaries, #detectives-private, #palladino-jack, #police-department-san-francisco-calif, #robberies-and-thefts, #san-francisco-calif

How Kamala Harris Rose — and Rose

“Kamala’s Way” is the story of Harris’s dramatic political career, as told by the longtime California journalist Dan Morain.

#books-and-literature, #brown-willie-l-jr, #harris-kamala-d, #kamalas-way-an-american-life-book, #politics-and-government, #presidential-election-of-2020, #san-francisco-calif

$975,000 Homes in California

A four-bedroom house with a pool in Rancho Mirage, a farmhouse on five acres in Petaluma and a one-bedroom condominium in San Francisco.

#petaluma-calif, #rancho-mirage-calif, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #san-francisco-calif

San Francisco School Name Debate Pits Liberals

Incredulous parents and the mayor criticized the school board’s decision to change the names of 44 schools that honor historical figures like Jefferson, Lincoln and Paul Revere.

#breed-london, #education-k-12, #feinstein-dianne, #names-organizational, #san-francisco-calif

San Francisco Scraps 44 School Names, Citing Reckoning With Racism

The school board said the move would shed homages to figures including Abraham Lincoln, George Washington and Dianne Feinstein. But critics — including the mayor — said the matter was ill-timed amid the pandemic.

#california, #discrimination, #education-k-12, #feinstein-dianne, #lincoln-abraham, #names-organizational, #politics-and-government, #race-and-ethnicity, #san-francisco-calif, #washington-george-1732-99

Margo St. James, Advocate for Sex Workers, Dies at 83

She founded a group called COYOTE (Call Off Your Old Tired Ethics) and devoted her life to the cause of decriminalizing prostitution.

#deaths-obituaries, #prostitution, #san-francisco-calif, #st-james-margo-1937-2021, #womens-rights

What $2 Million Buys You in California

A modern townhouse in Laguna Beach, a two-bedroom condominium in San Francisco and a 1932 stone cottage in Burbank.

#burbank-calif, #laguna-beach-calif, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #san-francisco-calif

Cherry Blossom Trees Vandalized in San Francisco’s Japantown

The destruction of the trees, planted by a Japanese cultural center to commemorate a 1994 visit by the emperor and empress of Japan, was captured on surveillance footage.

#asian-americans, #historic-buildings-and-sites, #japanese-americans, #san-francisco-calif, #trees-and-shrubs, #vandalism

Modern Love: We Needed More Significant Others

A cancer diagnosis in the midst of the pandemic led to our improvising a wedding and joining a commune, where our family of two became 14.

#amputation, #bone-cancer, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #dating-and-relationships, #love-emotion, #san-francisco-calif

San Francisco’s Top Art School Says Future Hinges on a Diego Rivera Mural

The University of California is aiding the San Francisco Art Institute, but S.F.A.I. officials say selling a $50 million Rivera could save the school. Former students are outraged.

#art, #boards-of-directors, #budgets-and-budgeting, #colleges-and-universities, #finances, #levy-pam-rorke, #murals, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #rivera-diego, #san-francisco-calif, #san-francisco-art-institute, #university-of-california

Teachers on TV? Schools Try Creative Strategy to Narrow Digital Divide

It’s another way to reach students without internet or computers during the pandemic.

#chicago-ill, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #education-k-12, #new-york-city, #public-broadcasting, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #san-francisco-calif, #washington-dc