When the ancient Polynesians invented surfing, they often used a paddle to help them navigate. Fast-forward a few millennia, and Stand-Up Paddleboarding, or SUP, finds itself trendy again. Part of its increasing popularity is that standing upright allows surfers to spot waves more easily and thus catch more of them, multiplying the fun factor. Paddling back to the wave becomes less of a strain as well. The ability to cruise along on flat inland water, surveying the sights, is another advantage. Finally, its a good core workout. If youre sold on the idea, schedule an intro SUP lesson, free with board and paddle rental, and you may find yourself riding the waves like a Polynesian king.More
In the past 30 years, light artists have reimagined an art form that has always had the ability to turn the night sky, or a simple window, into luminescence. Last fall, the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts turned its southern glass wall into a parade of sound-sensing lights, Lightswarm, that changes with the movements of nearby people and things. Future Cities Lab, the San Francisco design company behind Lightswarm, has originated another notable light sculpture. Located by the YBCA's steps at 701 Mission, Murmur Wall will light up in arresting ways as it incorporates local trending search engine results and social media postings. Onlookers can offer their own contributions, which will feed into the Murmur Wall's data stream and light up the sculpture. What's trending in San Francisco? If you're walking by the YBCA, you can see firsthand — at least through light patterns that reflect the city's volatile internet habits.
Murmur Wall debuts Thursday at 6 p.m. and continues through May 31, 2017, at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 701 Mission St., S.F. Free; 415-978-2700 or ybca.org. More
However, much of the 1913 system’s infrastructure is weak and outdated. After the Loma Prieta quake in 1989, the auxiliary water supply system failed in the Marina District. According to an October story in the Chronicle, published 26 years after that dire warning, less than 50 percent of the system would be reliable after another earthquake.
Officials with Pacific Gas and Electric Company — whose gas main blew up in San Bruno in September 2010, killing eight people and destroying a neighborhood — ordered documents destroyed after the explosion, according to a claim made in a lawsuit.
As the Chronicle reports, former PG&E official Leslie Banach McNiece was hired after the fatal blast to help PG&E sift through its records.
She claims to have discovered key documents — including a "telltale preblast analysis of the pipe" — in a garbage bin, she told federal prosecutors.
Last year's fatal fire at 22nd and Mission Streets.
The San Francisco Fire Department has discovered a dismaying trend: While fires in San Francisco have been on a gradual decline in the previous decade, the Mission District — home of some of the most in-demand real estate in the United States — hasn’t followed suit.
Citywide, annual conflagrations dropped from 317 in 2005 to a 10-year low of 186 in 2015, with some years showing fluctuations. The worst year was 2007, which saw 350 blazes.
But it’s a different story in the Mission, which has seen annual counts jump sporadically between a low of 10 fires and a high of 29 during the same period, in defiance of the city's overall downward trend — and meaning that a greater number of the city's total fires are in the Mission than ever before.
What's behind this steady rate of fires in the Mission? Nobody's quite sure.
The San Francisco Fire Department is “incredibly understaffed” and swamped with a four-year investigation backlog. KQED reports that the SFFD has failed to close more than 300 investigations, with the city’s arson task force particularly overwhelmed.
Update 2:46 p.m.: Officer Albie Esparza tells us that the cops have arrested 25-year-old Tyqwon Eugenen Welch of Los Angeles on suspicion of setting fire the Mrs. Doubtfire residence. SFPD arson investigators developed information on the whereabouts of Welch and took her into custody this morning in the City of San Jose a little before 10 a.m..
Welch was booked on attempted murder, criminal threats, trespassing, arson and possession of an incendiary device. She is being held at the San Francisco County Jail. No booking photo at this time as the investigation is still on going and no further details.
Original Story 1 p.m.: San Francisco police say they've nabbed the arsonist who set fire to the famous Pac Heights home where the late comedian Robin Williams filmed Mrs. Doubtfire.
Police were remaining tight-lipped about the case, but says that investigators were down in the South Bay Bay where the suspect was located and detained.
A team of firefighters are over at the scene in the Mission District where a five-alarm blaze burned for several hours, sending heavy smoke visible across the city and injuring a handful of people, including firefighters.
But the damage was extensive enough that firefighters are not able to access the retail building to assess the total damage — or learn the cause.
"Investigators can't get into the building so they won't be in there investigating visually, it's too dangerous," Mindy Talmadge, spokeswoman for the Fire Department, told us this morning. "So they'll have to go on interviews."
It could be later this afternoon when authorities can put a price on the amount of damage from yesterday's fire.
Sub Pop recording artists 'clipping.' brought their brand of noise-driven experimental hip hop to the closing night of 2016's San Francisco Electronic Music Fest this past Sunday. The packed Brava Theater hosted an initially seated crowd that ended the night jumping and dancing against the front of the stage. The trio performed a set focused on their recently released Sci-Fi Horror concept album, 'Splendor & Misery', then delved into their dancier and more aggressive back catalogue, and recent single 'Wriggle'.
Opening performances included local experimental electronic duo 'Tujurikkuja' and computer music artist 'Madalyn Merkey.'"