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Friday, August 12, 2016

Filmmaker’s Time-Lapse Video Shows Stunning SF Fog

Posted By on Fri, Aug 12, 2016 at 11:45 AM

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Loaded question: What’s the most iconic thing about San Francisco? Those are certainly fighting words in some circles, but mention a certain weather phenomenon and you’ll probably get few arguments against.

The city’s fog is, to put it mildly, legendary. It has its own Twitter handle and Wikipedia page. It delays summer until September. And it has inspired writers, artists, and entrepreneurs for generations. What’s left to say? Probably nothing. So let’s forget about the words and focus on the images.

That’s what a guy named Matt Maniego did. This week, he released Paradise II, his second love-letter type movie of San Francisco. It took him three-and-a-half years to shoot — in time lapse — and six months to edit. The result of that dedication is a two-and-a-half-minute movie that is simply serene to behold.

Of course we’ve all seen countless images of San Francisco fog, but this video takes it up a notch.

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Monday, May 16, 2016

SF Chronicle Promises Solutions to Homelessness; Award Bait or Altruism?

Posted By on Mon, May 16, 2016 at 12:20 PM

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In its purest form, journalism is about collecting information and presenting it to the public in an objective manner. The general thinking goes that if journalists stray from this path — if they appear to favor one side over the other — all credibility is lost.

This brings us to the latest innovation in 21st century media: a one-day, all-hands-on-deck project to highlight and offer solutions to San Francisco’s long-standing struggle with homelessness. Under a plan formulated and organized by San Francisco Chronicle editor-in-chief Audrey Cooper — who came up with the idea after she and her six-month-old child were scandalized by witnessing two homeless people copulate in a tent three years ago — at least 30 Bay Area media outlets will cover homelessness like never before for one day only, on June 29.

But there’s a catch, at least on the Chronicle’s side: The coverage will not only highlight the problem, it will offer solutions, and hopefully new ones. 

It’s a bold stance by the Chronicle, and a bit of a minefield. What could go wrong? So many things. 

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Tuesday, May 3, 2016

SF Gov't Could Save Old Tree From Axe of Redevelopment

Posted By on Tue, May 3, 2016 at 12:22 PM

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Sometimes the controversies in San Francisco can get so heated that it’s hard to remember that grassroots — and tree-roots — NIMBYism is still going strong here.

As the Police Department struggles to maintain face under the weight of its biased officers, with its five biggest enemies continuing to fast in the name of justice while giving Mayor Ed Lee the cold shoulder, a less intense albeit just as fiery debate is heading from a backyard into a board room this afternoon.

Added to the Board of Supervisors agenda late on Friday by Supervisor Mark Farrell, he and his colleagues will decide if a century-old, 100-foot tall Norfolk Pine hybrid growing on private property should be axed by the owner or spared felling and granted landmark status.

The Associated Press reports that neighbors have been trying to save the tree for a year now. (This is, of course, about more than just a tree.)

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Friday, April 29, 2016

Making the Bay Area Hate Again: Donald J. Trump's Bizarre Visit to Burlingame

Posted By on Fri, Apr 29, 2016 at 5:08 PM

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Donald J. Trump — himself, his presence, his aura — does not fill a room.

Whether it was the odd route he took to reach the California state Republican convention on Friday — his motorcade's approach to a Hyatt near the San Francisco International Airport blocked by protesters, he exited his motorcade and hopped a median on the US-101 freeway to enter the business traveler's hotel via a back entrance, a process he later compared to "crossing the border" — or the odd route he is traveling to win the Republican nomination, working and making deals with the same "party elites" insiders he's been railing against for almost a year, Trump himself put on a subdued performance during his brief time in the Bay Area on Friday.

But his supporters do. They fill arenas and hotel conference rooms and convention halls. They were the easiest to spot on Friday: sporting the same air of detached and defiant triumph as their man, Trump supporters are the ones who look the most like they're having a party. 

And his haters do. Where Trump appears, they follow, as happened Friday. Protesters infiltrated the Hyatt to shout and unfurl banners, and hundreds more squared off with police outside, turning the Hyatt and the convention into a fortified compound in hostile territory. 

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Monday, April 25, 2016

Tony Robbins is the Bay Area's Super Angel

Posted By on Mon, Apr 25, 2016 at 12:06 PM

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In tech, angels are people with deep pockets who fund startups. In the real world, people who do actual good with their money often receive the same heavenly moniker.

With nothing more than a checkbook and a good heart, motivational speaker Tony Robbins — who made a name for himself, along with tens of millions of dollars, trying to help people better themselves — came to the aid last week of another Bay Area resident facing eviction.

This time it was Georgia Rothrock, an 85-year-old Burlingame resident. Last month it was two French nuns who run a soup kitchen to feed homeless people.

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Monday, April 18, 2016

City Lays Out Rules For 420: No Selling, Lots of Cops — And Good Luck Driving Home

Posted By on Mon, Apr 18, 2016 at 1:01 PM


Wednesday is the 20th day of April, in the year of widespread cannabis use. Consuming America's favorite illicit drug is less and less a rebellious act these days, which means more and more people — up to 15,000, by the latest unofficial count from official city sources — descend on Hippie Hill on 420 every year to share a quiet, mellow smoke with thousands of strangers.

The city has in the past flirted with cracking down on 420, possibly San Francisco's largest unpermitted and therefore unregulated event, but has instead decided to just close down streets and (loosely, selectively) enforce Golden Gate Park rules. 

Good news: there will be public toilets and places to put some of the 10,000 pounds of trash city officials say 420-goers dump on the grass every year. Bad news: it will be an absolute nightmare trying to navigate the area, including for sober motorists trying to make it home on Kezar Drive through the park.

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Monday, April 4, 2016

Bay Bridge Chihuahua Brings Out Worst In People — Except If You’re Erik Estrada

Posted By on Mon, Apr 4, 2016 at 3:42 PM

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These days, it's increasingly difficult for people to just get out of their own way. A good story is never just a good story; there must be something evil at work. Is everything a conspiracy theory now, or are we all just jackasses?

With social media, it’s entirely possible to be a jerk 24/7. Case in point: the latest animal video to go viral.

By now we’ve all seen footage of the runaway chihuahua that caused a traffic backup on the Bay Bridge on Sunday morning. The California Highway Patrol “rescued” the pup after a brief chase, and it’s now in the custody of Animal Care and Control in San Francisco until its owner comes forward or, if that doesn’t happen, someone else adopts the little guy.
In case you did miss it, it’s a cute story and the video is pretty great— that is, unless you are one of the many Twitter users who couldn’t hold it in and peed on the kitchen floor in the form of asinine comments. Hashtag #chihuahua was a top trender on Twitter in San Francisco on Sunday, and the story still has, um, legs today. Not surprisingly, comments on the tweet from Fox News were the most egregious, but not the only lowlights.

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Friday, April 1, 2016

Welcome to Salesforce, California: City Sells Naming Rights To Tech Titan

Posted By on Fri, Apr 1, 2016 at 6:00 AM


In a landmark deal that will allow (most) of the City by the Bay's iconic branding to stay the same, Mayor Ed Lee announced the exclusive sale of municipal naming rights to local tech giant Salesforce.

"For too long, the city of innovation and ideas has been held back by tired, old branding," said Lee, the mayor of the freshly-renamed City and County of Salesforce. "This new, innovative rebranding deal allows the city of St. Francis to become the city of #stayingbranded."

The city entertained several other offers, Lee confirmed on Friday, April 1, but Salesforce's bid was by far most convenient.

"This way, we don't need to buy new hats," Lee added, donning his new favorite SalesForce Giants hat. "Welcome to Salesforce, California! And go Giants!"

And if "Salesforce" is too much of a mouthful, "you can feel free to call it," Salesforce (the company) CEO Marc Benioff said. "Only annoying white people and transplants will complain," he noted.

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Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Internet, Dreadlocked SF State Student Respond to Viral "Cultural Appropriation" Confrontation

Posted By on Wed, Mar 30, 2016 at 1:39 PM


The San Francisco State University student who was aggressively confronted — and most certainly physically touched — by a fellow student over his choice of hairstyle on Monday in a video that has since gone viral has responded to the incident in a video posted to YouTube by the school’s newspaper, Golden Gate Xpress.

Meanwhile, the university is investigating the heated exchange between the white male student and black female student — while the Internet has reacted in a predictably and regrettably kneejerk fashion. (Yes: apparently wearing belts and speaking English are "cultural appropriation.")

In the new video, 22-year-old environmental science major Cory Goldstein discusses the exchange with a student identified as SFSU photography major Bonita Tindle and defends his dreadlocks as merely a hairstyle choice and not cultural appropriation.

“I didn’t want to talk or discuss the situation with her at all. I felt that I didn’t need to explain myself — my hair, my rules, my body,” Goldstein says.

He says dreadlocks are not solely a part of African-American culture, saying accusations of such appropriation are better directed at people who wear American Indian headdresses.

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Thursday, March 10, 2016

Millennial Problems: When Your Boss is Mindful of Your Needs

Posted By on Thu, Mar 10, 2016 at 12:30 PM

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It’s not easy to find an employer who “gets” you. Most bosses are working for the company employing you and the boss, and that means the company comes first. But what’s good for the company is not always good for the employee. For millennials, this is hard to take.

Americans work hard. If you’re an American and you have a job, you know how hard you work. And if you don’t, check out this handy chart showing exactly how much you work. The 40-hour job has become the 50-hour job. If you don’t work 50 or more hours in a week, there’s something wrong with you. Especially if you’re a tech professional.

Thankfully, one boss gets it. Marc Benioff, the CEO of Salesforce, believes his employees work too much, and this stifles innovation — that all important cornerstone of any successful disrupter.

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