“Panda-monium” is no longer just an expression. At AT&T Park, it embodies Giants fans.
On Thursday night at Game 2 of the World Series, thousands of people donned white or orange panda hats or jerseys to honor and celebrate Pablo “Kung Fu Panda” Sandoval’s dominance over the Detroit Tigers the night before.
Sandoval’s three home runs helped propel the Giants to an 8-3 victory Wednesday night, and as a result fans were elated to show their appreciation by wearing gear related to the third baseman.
While Pablo Sandoval was hitting home run after home run inside AT&T Park on Wednesday night during the World Series opener, fans outside the ballpark were searching for creative ways to see the action.
According to police spokesman Officer Albie Esparza, one determined fan was arrested for trying to climb the Lefty O’Doul Bridge just outside the south entrance of the ballpark in order to see the game.
But he didn’t get that lucky. The fan was pulled down from the bridge and cited for trespassing, Esparza said. Read More
While hundreds of thousands of baseball fans watched Wednesday’s opener of the 2012 World Series on TV or in the stands at AT&T Park, Mario Barajas had the opportunity of a lifetime.
The 18-year-old San Franciscan had the honor of walking the baseball for the ceremonial first pitch to the mound. It’s an opportunity Barajas said he never thought he would have.
“I’m so excited,” he said before the game. “I didn’t believe it when they first asked me to do it. I thought it was a joke. It was said so casually.”
Politicians and reform groups are denouncing the California Public Utilities Commission’s recent decision to retain an outside mediator to preside over settlement negotiations with PG&E regarding the San Bruno blast.
Mark Toney, executive director of The Utility Reform Network, called the selection of former U.S. Sen. George Mitchell as a mediator and postponement of the commission’s hearings a backroom deal that will prevent the public from getting information about the negotiations. Read More
The interim chancellor at City College of San Francisco fully believes the struggling institution can survive, but administrators will have to make tough decisions to do so.
During a candid discussion Wednesday morning between interim Chancellor Pamila Fisher and members of SPUR, a nonprofit urban research association, she said she wasn’t aware of the magnitude of CCSF’s problems until she received the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges’ scathing report. Read More
The eviction of the recycling center in the Haight-Ashbury neighborhood is on hold for now as a suitable alternative for the nonprofit is worked out.
But Recreation and Park Department officials say that despite ongoing conversations about relocating the 20-year-old facility, known as the Haight-Ashbury Neighborhood Council recycling center, things are “moving forward” with an eviction to make way for community gardens. Read More
A ban on distributing Yellow Pages throughout Seattle was struck down Monday by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which is based in The City, under First Amendment protections. The ruling could affect San Francisco’s own ordinance.
A similar ban was approved here in 2011, but the legislation has not been enforced pending the outcome of the Seattle ban, according to the City Attorney’s Office.
“We are reviewing the ruling and conferring with our clients,” said Matt Dorsey, a spokesman for the office. Read More
When the Giants reached the postseason two years ago, there was not a seat in AT&T Park that wasn’t occupied by a long beard, a mohawk or even a panda as fans cheered on their favorite team of misfits.
In this postseason, the stands have been more toned-down, but some fan favorites could still be spotted.
For instance, San Francisco resident Henry Sohn, 44, wore a panda hat as an ode to third baseman Pablo Sandoval. He called the hat “vintage” and said though 2010 was fun, baseball changes, and that’s not a bad thing. Read More
A 3½-hour standoff near Alamo Square on Sunday morning ended with two people taken into custody by officers, police said.
The ordeal began just before 7 a.m. when cops responded to reports of shots fired near the intersection of Eddy and Webster streets, Sgt. Michael Andraychak said. Casings were reportedly found there, but no suspect or victim was around.
During an investigation, police received information that the suspect, described only as a male, might have been hiding in a residence in the 1300 block of Eddy Street. Read More
Principal Sheila Sammon and her staff and students at Paul Revere Elementary School have something to celebrate.
The K-8 school in San Francisco’s Bernal Heights neighborhood made the largest gain among The City’s elementary schools in the Academic Performance Index to put them within reach of the state’s performance target for the first time in its history.
A San Mateo County lawmaker is criticizing a request by utility regulators to delay four separate California Public Utilities Commission inquiries related to the deadly San Bruno pipeline blast. Read More
Students at the University of San Francisco may not need to worry that their Panhandle campus is as dangerous as reports have made it out to be, according to a new study looking at criminal data.
Earlier this summer, the news website The Daily Beast ranked USF as the third most dangerous campus in the country, citing the number of criminal offenses at the school from 2008-10 based on data submitted to the U.S. Department of Education, as is required by federal law. Read More
San Mateo County voters have a number of decisions to make in November. Through various tax measures, voters will be asked to help increase revenue to maintain roads, schools and hospitals, and one initiative could change the way Board of Supervisors elections are run.
Measure B would change the county Charter so board elections are by district and no longer at large. The change has appeared on past ballots, and a 2009 grand jury report recommended the switch. Read More
Twelve candidates are hoping to grab one of the four open spots on the San Francisco Unified School District Board of Education and help the district close the student achievement gap and shore up the budget. Read More
When Allie Ferrey was bullied about her appearance as a 13-year-old, she made it her mission to never let herself be picked on again. Since then, Ferrey, now a senior at San Francisco’s Raoul Wallenberg Traditional High School, has stepped up to let her peers know it’s OK to be who they are. It starts with talking to and supporting students who have been bullied.
“It’s happened to all of us,” Ferrey said, “and it needs to end.” Read More