President Barack Obama visited San Francisco on Thursday for a series of fundraising events related to his 2012 re-election campaign. After Air Force One touched down at San Francisco International Airport at 12:39 p.m., the president surprised patrons of the Great Eastern Restaurant by dropping in for some dim sum. He also was set to attend receptions at the Mark Hopkins Intercontinental Hotel, the Nob Hill Masonic Center and a private home in Pacific Heights. Read More
A group of 28 line and folk dancers from the Hebei province in China will kick off this year’s Chinese New Year Parade in San Francisco in a unique way to celebrate the Year of the Dragon.The group — known as Folk Art Troupe of Hebei Provincial Mass Art Center — will perform intricate aerobatics and complex wrist and arm movements, parade spokeswoman Karen Eng said.“It’s going to be spectacular,” Eng said. “It will be noisy, but also a lot of fun.” Read More
Gum Lung, the 250-foot golden dragon of Chinatown’s Lunar New Year Parade, is currently on display in a storefront at 1 Kearney St. A team of more than 100 men and women from the martial arts team White Crane carry the dragon through the streets of San Francisco during the Chinese New Year Parade, a San Francisco tradition that started shortly after the Gold Rush. Read More
An elderly Chinatown businessman got a lengthy jail sentence Tuesday after being convicted of passing more than $36,000 in high-quality fake money. Read More
When Gianni Mola first moved to San Francisco 20 years ago, there were five salumieri, or traditional Italian delis, in North Beach.
“There was Panelli Brothers, Florence Ravioli,” Mola recalled. “But over the course of time, Italians moved out of the neighborhood, and there wasn’t enough business to keep them going. Now, there’s just one, Molinari’s, and if that closes I don’t know where I’ll get my comfort food.” Read More
City College of San Francisco’s new Chinatown campus was to have $5 million set aside for furnishings, but due to massive cost increases for the entire project that money was not enough. “It will cover some desks and light fixtures, but it won’t cover beakers for science,” said Peter Goldstein, CCSF vice chancellor of finance and administration. “And since we’ll have a teaching kitchen, we literally can’t buy the pots and pans.” Read More
Two bandits robbed a Chinatown jewelry store at gunpoint on Thursday, according to police. Two men, one described as in his 20s and the other his 30s, entered the business in the 800 block of Grant Avenue just before 5 p.m. One brandished a gun and the other held a bag, cops said.The crook with the bag reached behind the counter and grabbed the jewelry, police said. The two fled with the loot. Read More
As San Francisco looks to build on its green image, Asian-American merchants are worried about the potential impacts of charging shoppers up to 25 cents per bag provided.News of the proposal, which is before the Board of Supervisors, is only now reaching the ethnic merchant communities, according to David Lee, a San Francisco State University political science professor who runs a nonprofit to increase civic engagement of the Asian-American community. Read More
The end of campaign season in San Francisco has revealed at least one clear theme — the power of The City’s Asian voting bloc. Essential to the outcome was a much heavier reliance in Asian neighborhoods on vote-by-mail ballots.
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Like my mother yelling and ringing a cowbell at my basketball games, supporters of Ed Lee may have gone a bit overboard.
Reports have surfaced that folks who want to see Lee elected mayor in November set up tables in Chinatown where they marked — or instructed people on how to mark — mail-in ballots for Lee. Read More