Eighty-two days, more than $400,000 in donations and 500 volunteers have saved Carnaval.
The Mission district’s most important street festival — and the highlight of the cultural calendar for many Latinos across the Bay Area — will go on this weekend, less than three months after Carnaval’s then-organizers said there was not enough time, money and energy to put on the 35th annual parade and two-day block party.
“This is a testament to what a jewel this tradition is,” said Ani Rivera, executive director of Galeria de la Raza. Read More
First came the tapping. Over the blasting music, limo driver Orville Brown heard someone in the backseat crowd of partying women knock on the partition behind him, saying something about smoke. No smoking allowed, he told them.
Then the taps turned to urgent knocks, and someone screamed "Smoke, smoke" and "Pull over!"
In just a few fleeting moments, five of the women celebrating a girls' night out were killed by flames that overtook the luxury car with terrifying speed. Read More
Evictions from San Francisco homes have increased to levels not seen since the early 2000s, while the cost to rent continues to climb.
There were 1,757 eviction notices filed with the San Francisco Rent Board from March 1, 2012, to Feb. 28, 2013, a 12-year high. The prior year, there were 1,395 notices recorded. The Rent Board tallies figures from March 1 to Feb. 28, unlike the regular fiscal year that runs from July 1 to June 30. Read More
Trips to the Middle East — and Midwest — gave The City’s legislative branch a break from business as usual this week, and more elected officials are scheduled to go abroad later this month.
The big trip was Board of Supervisors President David Chiu’s junket to Israel. The Jewish Community Relations Council flew the supervisor and 24 others, including San Francisco State University President Leslie Wong and nonprofit and religious leaders, into Jerusalem on April 25. The party is scheduled to arrive in Tel Aviv today before returning to San Francisco over the weekend. Read More
As new cases of sexually-transmitted diseases continue to rise in San Francisco, there may be an unlikely culprit behind infection rates that well exceed the national average: The City’s success in combating the spread of HIV and AIDS.
Infection rates of chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis among San Francisco residents have been steadily rising since 2007, according to the Department of Public Health. Read More
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Sean FitzHowardThe Lowell High School junior received the Youth Engagement Award from the Bay Nature Institute this year. She founded her school’s Protect the Bay Club two years ago to educate her peers about San Francisco Bay and inspire them to preserve it. The club’s documentary, “The Mermaid — A Story of Restoration,” won this year’s San Francisco Ocean Film Festival student competition.
How does your club protect the Bay?
We do fundraising. Last year, we donated $500 to Save the Bay. We do habitat restoration. Read More
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Faves and raves by Allen KleinPersonal stats AGE: 73YEARS IN THE CITY: 39NEIGHBORHOOD: Midway between the Upper and Lower HaightOCCUPATION: Speaker and authorSELF-DESCRIPTION: As the world’s only “jollytologist,” I show people how to find and use humor in their not-so-funny stuff.FAVORITE PLACE TO SEE A LONDON SHOW WITHOUT GETTING ON A PLANESundance Kabuki CinemaWHERE: 1881 Post St., at Fillmore StreetWHAT: Next best thing to seeing the show liveINFO: (415) 346-3243, www.sundancecinemas.com/kabuki.html Read More