The chilly air, frigid water and unruly waves make San Francisco’s Ocean Beach an unlikely candidate for a major surf competition, but those challenges are exactly what has 34 of the world’s top boarders headed to town this week. Read More
Get stoked — hella stoked — for some wintertime fun in The City.
Snowboarders are returning to San Francisco for a rail-jam urban-boarding competition in the middle of town.
The Downtown Throwdown will bring 100,000 pounds of shredded ice and 25 professional snowboarders to compete for $10,000 in prizes Saturday.
Event organizers and snowboard companies Lib Tech and Snowboy Productions promise “non-stop shred action,” along with food, music and raffle prizes. Read More
Vernon Davis may be a bruiser on the football field, but the 49ers tight end has another side — one as soft as the stroke of a paintbrush. Read More
A red-tailed hawk recovering from having a nail in its head could be back in the wild as early as next week. The bird has been stretching its wings and gaining back its strength in an outdoor aviary at Wildlife Center of Silicon Valley, the San Jose-based facility reported Wednesday. “This will give her the opportunity to exercise her flight muscles and build up strength before she is set free,” Wildlife Center executive director Anita Templer said in a statement. Read More
A taco truck that has found a home in Dolores Park may soon be on the street if efforts to codify complaints about commercializing the park move forward.
A proposal by Supervisor Scott Wiener would move the food truck from within the park to its periphery, where 19th Street dead-ends into the park. Wiener described the measure as a compromise between community members who believe that food trucks commercialize The City’s few bastions of nature and the Recreation and Park Department, which wants to collect permit fees from food trucks. Read More
An injured red-tailed hawk believed to have been shot with a nail gun will hopefully be rid of its headache soon — now that it is on its way to a veterinary hospital.
After almost a week of searching for the injured bird in Golden Gate Park, rescuers captured the juvenile hawk about 5 p.m. Saturday and planned to bring him to the Wildlife Center of Silicon Valley in San Jose, said Rebecca Dmytryk, director of WildRescue, the volunteer group that found the bird. Read More
Saturday started with a jolt for the East Bay and San Francisco, thanks to two small earthquakes shortly after midnight.
The first of the two, a 2.8 magnitude quake, came just minutes after midnight and was followed by a second shake, 2.5 magnitude, at 12:45 a.m., about 2 miles from Berkeley, according to data from the U.S. Geological Survey.
Both were aftershocks from Thursday afternoon’s 4.0 magnitude earthquake in Berkeley, said USGS geophysicist Paul Caruso. Read More
An injured hawk continued to evade rescuers this week, though new sightings of the bird are helping rescuers fine-tune their approach. Wildlife emergency responders from the Monterey-based group WildRescue have been searching since Monday for a juvenile red-tailed hawk they believe was shot with a nail gun. Read More
The owner of the Armory — who uses part of the space to make sex-machine, rope-bondage and erotic-wrestling movie magic — is trying to prevent his neighbor from erecting an eight-unit apartment building he says would compromise the property’s historic integrity. Read More
Two earthquakes rattled the Bay Area on Thursday just hours after millions of people statewide practiced how to respond to the big one. Read More
Talk about a coincidence.
On the same day of the Great California ShakeOut, the San Francisco Bay Area experienced a 4.0-magnitude earthquake around 2:45 p.m., according to preliminary reports from the U.S. Geological Survey.
As Occupy SF enters its second month, participants got a shot in the arm Wednesday evening from a man who has been on the other side of the aisle.Economist and activist Robert Reich showed up at Occupy SF’s Justin Herman Plaza camp to give the troops a pep talk, saying they are part of a movement that will change American society. Read More
The longtime resident of Potrero Hill is the organizer of the neighborhood’s 12th annual Potrero Hill History Night, which takes place 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday at International Studies Academy, 655 De Haro St.Where did you get the idea for an annual History Night? The Archive Project has been going for more than 20 years. We started as an oral history project, recording oral history with longtime residents. We wanted to have an event where people could actually hear conversations with those people we were interviewing. Read More
Rescuers looking for a red-tailed hawk in Golden Gate Park that was shot with a nail gun have increased the reward to help catch the person who injured the bird.
Click on the photo to the right to see more pictures of the injured hawk.
The search in Golden Gate Park for the hawk that has a nail protruding from it stretched into a third day Wednesday. Read More
Reag Wood, a 29-year-old Army sergeant and San Francisco native, and his wife, Suzanne, are competing for a dream beach wedding. The two eloped in September, but want to celebrate with friends and family at a formal ceremony. Voting is open through noon Oct. 31 at www.salutetolove.com. Read More