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    Sep 24, 2009
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News

  • Nabbing burglars is no easy feat

    Just before midnight, two men on bicycles rode up to a car parked on a dark Parkmerced street. One smashed the window before both began ransacking the vehicle for valuables.

    An off-duty officer called police and within minutes both thieves were in handcuffs, Ingleside Police Station Lt. Tom Clary said when recalling the incident.

  • Firefighters to swim Alcatraz to fight cancer

    It’s fire station versus fire station in an all-out competition of the “League Of The Strong, Cold And Courageous.”

    Firefighters will swim the chilly waters of the bay from Alcatraz to the mainland Friday morning and a trophy will be awarded to the first-place male and female swimmer. The station with the greatest participation will be placed on a perpetual plaque.

  • Teachers blue over budget cuts

    It is not a coincidence if a sea of blue takes over schools today.

    The City’s teachers are wearing dark blue shirts with the Golden Gate Bridge union logo to participate in a statewide budget protest to educational  cuts. 

    “We’re generally making a blue presence,’’ president of the teacher’s union Dennis Kelly said.

  • City beefs up efforts at truancy prevention

    Cracking down on the parents of truant students is adding up to better attendance.

    What began as a modest effort in 2006 in which the District Attorney’s Office would take part in mediations involving the school district and parents has grown into a war on school absenteeism with a full-time prosecutor who has taken 20 parents to court.

  • New law would limit housing demolitions

    Demolishing or removing any housing in San Francisco without first agreeing to build replacement homes would become illegal, under a proposed new law.

    After The City approved the demolition of three apartments in 18 months, Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi drafted legislation requiring all demolished, merged or converted homes to be replaced with similarly affordable housing units.

  • Sushi restaurant fire under control

    San Francisco firefighters this morning brought a two-alarm fire that began in a sushi restaurant under control, but not before it spread to adjoining residences and businesses.

    Fire Department spokeswoman Mindy Talmadge said at least 16 people living above the Matcha sushi restaurant at 915 Kearny St. were being assisted by the Red Cross to find temporary homes.

  • Restaurants fear alienating customers with parking fees

    Restaurateurs at Fisherman’s Wharf say their businesses will be undermined by a plan to raise parking revenue from a lot that’s used for free by customers.

    A coalition of 11 restaurants surrounding the 286-car parking lot between Taylor and Jefferson streets and The Embarcadero operates the triangular lot.

  • Spiderman to celebrate Insect Zoo anniversary

    Spiderman fans and mealworm cookie gourmands are both in luck this weekend.

    OK, so maybe the former group outweighs the latter by several orders of magnitude. Nonetheless, mealworm cookies will be part of the festivities – as will Marvel Comics’ Spiderman – at this weekend’s celebration of the 30th anniversary of the Insect Zoo at San Francisco Zoo.

  • Tunnel vision at Devil's Slide

    Engineers and California Department of Transportation crews have drilled more than halfway through the new tunnels at Devil’s Slide on the San Mateo County coast. The long-awaited twin tunnels are taking shape beneath San Pedro Mountain. They will eventually help to reroute Highway 1 away from the twisting stretch of coastline called Devil’s Slide.

  • Holiday happenings nixed by zoo

    Santa Claus and his reindeer are among the casualties of the San Francisco Zoo’s financial troubles.

    The zoo is canceling night tours and will limit free Wednesday admission for city residents. It’s also canceling the holiday ice rink and all related events, including the annual visit from Santa.

Arts

  • Introduce yourself to a rare Loire red

    Since I seem to be on a Loire kick, let me take the opportunity to introduce many of you to my new favorite grape: Pineau d’Aunis.

    Sometimes called chenin noir, it is very much its own grape and despite its relative obscurity, has been used to make wine for a
    millennium.

  • Tales of an unlikely American patriot

    Scottish comic Craig Ferguson, doing well as host of the steadily rising “Late Late Show,” hasn’t always been in such a comfortable place.

    The funnyman, whose combination of ad-lib, topical and self-deprecating humor has lit up late-night monologues on CBS since 2005, details his struggles and successes in his new autobiography, “American on Purpose.”

Features

  • Limon bursts back onto the dining scene

    Limon finally reopened a month ago after a fire. In the year and a half it took to rebuild, Peruvian cooking jumped out of neighborhoods onto The Embarcadero, where La Mar Cebicheria burst onto the scene. Straight from Lima, it brought the high-style, cutting-edge excitement of big-city Latin American restaurants to The City.

Opinion

  • Residential parking meters are a good idea

    Residential parking meters are a good idea

    Ken Garcia’s Sept. 22 column lambasting the proposed installation of parking meters in residential neighborhoods points out that residents “already paid [taxes] for your street and your sidewalk.” However, he fails to dig a little deeper and distinguish between benign taxes and insidious ones.

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