Twenty-four big-wave surfers will paddle a half-mile out into the frigid waters off Pillar Point on Sunday to compete in the Mavericks Invitational.
Contest organizers announced Wednesday that the approaching swell will create conditions in which they can hold the contest off the coast of Half Moon Bay.
“It feels really good to be moving toward a contest with a big swell coming,” said contest organizer Jeff Clark, who is one of the first people to ever surf Mavericks.
Clark said the swell looks like it could produce 30- to 40-foot waves Sunday. Read More
Customers browsing Yelp for San Francisco restaurants will have new information available to them starting today: health ratings.
The online amateur review site has teamed up with the cities of San Francisco and New York to make health inspection scores more readily available, and an effort is under way to take the setup nationwide. Read More
Large ships sailing under the Bay Bridge when there’s heavy fog might face new restrictions, as policymakers reconsider guidelines in the wake of an empty oil tanker striking the span last week.
The 752-foot tanker Overseas Reymar left from south of the Bay Bridge on Jan. 7 to head out to sea. At the time, fog limited visibility to about a quarter-mile. The tanker collided with a bridge tower, causing an estimated $3 million to $4 million in damage to the wood-and-plastic fender system that protects the support structure. Read More
Police made dozens of arrests Saturday for public intoxication at Candlestick Park during the playoff game between the 49ers and Green Bay Packers, police said.
Candlestick was near capacity for the game, according to attendance statistics. Of the nearly 70,000 who attended the matchup, police ejected 92 people from the stadium, Sgt. Michael Andraychak said.
There also were 62 people treated for injuries at the on-site medical facility, police said. The types of injuries sustained were not immediately available. Read More
An attorney for the bar pilot in charge of the tanker that struck a Bay Bridge support tower earlier this week said Wednesday that talk about pilot error in the incident is premature.
“Any speculation is counterproductive until all the facts are gathered and studied and a final report with findings and recommendations is released,” attorney Rex Clack said in an emailed statement.
Clack’s statement on behalf of bar pilot Guy Kleess was the first from the 61-year-old San Francisco resident since the incident. Read More
While eating a meal of spaghetti covered in marinara sauce and meatballs, fourth-grader Dennis Arguijo and his friends mused about what foods they would like served at Tenderloin Elementary School.
“Chicken potpies,” Dennis said.
Kristin Richmond, co-founder of Revolution Foods, called over executive chef Amy Klein to talk about the idea.
It was only the third day that Oakland-based Revolution Foods was serving meals at the 114 public schools in The City, and already it was taking requests. Read More
As federal officials began investigating Monday’s crash of an empty tanker into the Bay Bridge, records showed that the ship’s pilot has been involved in other Bay Area accidents and was once denied license renewal due to an unspecified medical condition.
When the 752-foot Overseas Reymar struck the fender of a bridge support west of Yerba Buena Island, it was under the control of Guy Kleess, a 61-year-old San Franciscan with more than seven years’ experience in the Bay. State law requires that such bar pilots guide every large vessel in the Bay. Read More
If an author shows up to a book signing dripping wet, you might think there is a problem.
But when Jaimal Yogis arrives at Book Passage in the Ferry Building this evening, he’ll have a reason to be sopping wet.
Yogis is planning to swim to the event with ultra-swimmer Jamie Patrick. The 2.4-mile swim from Yerba Buena Island in the dark is a scary undertaking for many, including the author.
“Swimming at night really does scare me,” Yogis says. Read More
When the kids arrive back at school Monday in San Francisco after their winter break, fresher new food will be awaiting them for breakfast, lunch and snacks.
The district’s new contract with Oakland’s Revolution Foods survived a legal challenge Friday that sought to keep the old food provider in place. Read More
The company that just failed to secure renewal of its food contract for San Francisco schools is suing the district.
Preferred Meal Systems of Berkeley, Ill., had held the contract for breakfasts, snacks and lunches served at San Francisco Unified School District campuses since 2003. In early October, the district put the $9 million contract out to bid. Officials said they wanted to move away from serving pre-prepared meals that were cooked, frozen, shipped across the country and then reheated. Read More
Salesforce.com has continued its leasing spree in downtown San Francisco by signing on to occupy about 235,000 square feet at Rincon Center, located at 101 Spear Street, between Mission and Howard streets.
The news of the lease, which the company said was signed Dec. 29, comes just after the company announced it would lease all 450,000 square feet of space at a new building at 350 Mission St. and rent 100,000 square feet of space at 50 Fremont St., according to Paul Hastings, the company that has represented Salesforce in four of its recent real estate transactions. Read More
Several people wandered about Ocean Beach on New Year’s Day, dressed in jackets and beanies like the other folks strolling on the sand. But right at noon, when the emergency siren wailed its weekly warning, more than a dozen men and women stripped down to their bathing suits and waded into the frigid water.
Technology journalist and Sunset resident Mat Honan kick-started the second annual Ocean Beach Polar Bear Club event with a post on his blog. The group was one of two that commemorated the new year by braving the elements at Ocean Beach. Read More
Assemblyman Phil Ting is part of the largest field of new state lawmakers since 1966. But when he was named to one of the Assembly’s top leadership posts on the first day of his term, it was a sign that San Francisco’s outgoing assessor-recorder is determined to stand out in Sacramento. Read More
With the new year comes the new laws. Here are some of those going into effect in 2013.
Two women and two men stood at the edge of Warm Water Cove in the Bayview district, staring toward the Bay through binoculars and shouting bird names — grebe, gull, wigeon — and numbers. Another woman scribbled down the numbers next to printed names on paper. Read More