Revelers usher in 2011 at the Clift

New Year’s Ball: The Clift Hotel was the site of the ninth annual event, presented by Justin Roja and Anderson Pugash. Patrons took over the lobby, Redwood Room and Velvet Room at the black-tie party, which featured music by DJ Sam Isaac. Partial proceeds will go to Grace’s Kids, a nonprofit providing support to women and children in Uganda.

Thieriot and friends look into the future

Elisabeth Thieriot’s Holiday Party: The Bay Area philanthropist opened her Tiburon home for New Year’s festivities last week, featuring the theme “Looking into the Future.” Guests enjoyed various types of music, refreshments and the services of a fortune teller.

California legislative update for personal injuries, workplaces

By Chris Dolan, Steven Balogh and Nancy Villatoro

Niners vs. Rams: It’s like fighting your little brother

These two teams know each other well. And they look alike, too