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News, The Snitch How Reliable Is SF’s Earthquake Emergency Water Supply? (Spoiler: Not Very)

How Reliable Is SF’s Earthquake Emergency Water Supply? (Spoiler: Not Very)

Today marks the 110th anniversary of the 1906 earthquake and fire, which means it’s a good time to take stock of the things that could save San Francisco when another major temblor strikes the region. One of those things…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist <i>The Day the World Series Stopped</i> Opens in San Francisco Tonight

The Day the World Series Stopped Opens in San Francisco Tonight

The earth doesn’t shake every time the Giants make it to the World Series, but it did in 1989. October 17, 1989, at 5:04 p.m. to be precise; and documentary filmmaker Jon Leonoudakis has the story. The Day the World…
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Calendar, Night&Day Ponder the Unthinkable

Ponder the Unthinkable

At 5:12 a.m., 106 years ago today, our city was leveled. The 1906 earthquake ran along 296 miles of the San Andreas Fault. (By comparison, 1989’s Loma Prieta quake ran along 25 miles.) It was felt in Oregon, Nevada, and…
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Calendar, Night&Day Rees' Pieces

Rees' Pieces

Joe Rees is a complex man; we know this because his two main media are neon tubes and punk video. At the art exhibition "Transformer," both are on display for the first time in 20 years. It takes a big…
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News, The Snitch Shakedown + 20: Remembering the Big Loma Prieta Quake. Today's Edition: Reporter's Shaky Hug at The 'Stick

Shakedown + 20: Remembering the Big Loma Prieta Quake. Today's Edition: Reporter's Shaky Hug at The 'Stick

The moment was at hand. The honor guard was assembling. Our first World Series game was about to start. It was a nice fall evening, and we had good seats along the third base line. But something vital was missing:…
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News, The Snitch Shakedown + 20: Remembering the Big Loma Prieta Quake. Today's Edition: Fireman's Caffeinated Memories

Shakedown + 20: Remembering the Big Loma Prieta Quake. Today's Edition: Fireman's Caffeinated Memories

When the earthquake hit, the kids at the playground didn't think much of it. In fact, when you're on the jungle gym, a little bit of rumbling only adds to the fun. But when the parents started shrieking, the toddlers…
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News, The Snitch Shakedown + 20: Day of the Flying Goldfish

Shakedown + 20: Day of the Flying Goldfish

The afternoon of Oct. 17, 1989, is marked for me by one of those brief and intense visual recollections that tend to define childhood memories: A pair of goldfish hovering in the air above their bowl.I was nine years old…
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News, The Snitch Shakedown + 20: Remembering the Big Loma Prieta Quake. Today's Edition: Aaron Peskin Returns to the Scene of the Crime, Dooming Each and Every One of Us.

Shakedown + 20: Remembering the Big Loma Prieta Quake. Today's Edition: Aaron Peskin Returns to the Scene of the Crime, Dooming Each and Every One of Us.

For Part 1 of this retrospective, click here to read my own mother's account of getting out of her car and running like hell when the Bay Bridge partially collapsed. The ostensible purpose of this series is to recount longtime…
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News, The Snitch Shakedown + 20: Remembering the Loma Prieta Quake of 1989. Today's Edition: Mama Mia.

Shakedown + 20: Remembering the Loma Prieta Quake of 1989. Today's Edition: Mama Mia.

For those who lived through it, it's hard to believe that, come Oct. 17, it'll be 20 years since sportscaster Al Michaels shouted "Tell ya what, we're having an earth...", triggering a massive earthquake that devastated the Bay Area. While…
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Culture, Books Rebecca Solnit argues that disasters bring out the best in humanity in <i>A Paradise Built in Hell</i>

Rebecca Solnit argues that disasters bring out the best in humanity in A Paradise Built in Hell

Not long after the Loma Prieta earthquake of 1989, San Francisco writer Rebecca Solnit felt a strange, surprising sensation. It was, she writes, "that sense of immersion in the moment and solidarity with others caused by the rupture of everyday…
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Dish

Goodbye to All That On July 13, the inimitable Joyce Goldstein closes Square One after a 12-year run. The Barbary Coast restaurant enjoyed a national reputation in the 1980s, "when everyone went out to eat five nights a week," she…
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Clockers

Six years ago the Clock Tower building at the corner of Second and Bryant streets downtown was an old industrial shell, a tall and stately relic encased in the concrete and steel of the ramps leading to and from the…
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The Jolt Patrol

Shannon Forrestal likes to tell the story of the flying typewriter. During the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake, he says, a heavy electric typewriter in a San Jose municipal building hurtled from its desktop into an office wall, lodging there stubbornly.…
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