Tag: San Francisco (Calif)

Food That’s a Business and a Comfort

This article is part of Owning the Future, a series on how small businesses across the country are coping with the coronavirus pandemic. Azalina Eusope cries every day. “But the food comforts me,” said the 41-year-old chef and owner of Azalina’s, a Malaysian restaurant business in San Francisco. “Ten years ago, my business started off […]

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Former Bumble Bee C.E.O. Is Sentenced in Tuna Price-Fixing Scheme

The former president and chief executive of Bumble Bee Foods was sentenced to 40 months in jail and a $100,000 fine on Tuesday for his role in a yearslong conspiracy to fix prices of canned tuna, the Department of Justice said. The former executive, Christopher Lischewski, was the leader of the scheme, the authorities said. […]

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Asian Art Museum to Remove Bust of Patron. That’s Just a Start.

SAN FRANCISCO — For 48 years, visitors to this city’s Asian Art Museum have had to pass the bust of Avery Brundage, its towering patron, an industrialist and former president of the International Olympic Committee. The museum, a jeweled attraction at Civic Center Plaza, was established in 1966 to house his nearly 8,000 art pieces. […]

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Older Adults Remain Isolated Despite Reopening. These Programs Help.

Sally Love Saunders, 80, was stuck in a retirement home in San Francisco, desperate for someone to teach her to use Zoom so she could connect with people outside the building. Nearby, Sarah Hinkfuss, 32, had grown weary of video calls with friends and family. She craved the spontaneity of new relationships and unplanned conversations […]

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Fire Destroys Warehouse at Fisherman’s Wharf in San Francisco

About 150 firefighters battled a four-alarm blaze that destroyed a quarter of the structures on Pier 45 in San Francisco early on Saturday morning, the authorities said. One firefighter had a severe cut to an arm, Lt. Jonathan Baxter, a spokesman for the Fire Department, said at a news conference. He said the firefighter was […]

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The Cities We Need

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The Coronavirus Is Worsening Class Divides in San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO — After Mayor London Breed of San Francisco issued the nation’s first shelter-in-place order on March 16, the city of nearly 900,000 quickly fell in line. Nonessential businesses and schools closed, parks and playgrounds thinned out, and social distancing became a way of life. And for those trying to maintain a semblance of […]

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Why Michael Savage Is Blasting Hannity and the Right-Wing Media on the Virus

There are a lot of people who are ruining the country right now, according to Michael Savage. Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Liberal mayors in big cities like San Francisco. Undocumented immigrants. Homeless people. But for the past two months, listeners to Mr. Savage’s conservative radio show have heard him howl with unabated contempt about another menace: […]

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California’s Coronavirus Shutdowns Set the Tone. What’s Its Next Step?

SAN FRANCISCO — California has been ahead of the rest of America in confronting the coronavirus pandemic, locking down its citizens early and avoiding, so far, the worst-case scenarios predicted for infections and deaths. But as the national conversation begins to shift to reopening and President Trump beats the drum of economic revival, California’s extremely […]

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The Art (and Awkwardness) of a Virtual Haircut

SAN FRANCISCO — More than 20 days into San Francisco’s shelter-in-place orders, with hair salons and barbershops closed, I was resigned to growing out my bangs. But my husband, Matt, who had gone almost two months without a cut, began threatening to shave his head. For weeks, he had been trying to hide his floppy, […]

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Major Outbreak in San Francisco Shelter Underlines Danger for the Homeless

SAN FRANCISCO — Seventy people at San Francisco’s largest homeless shelter have tested positive for the coronavirus, Mayor London Breed said on Friday. The outbreak, which included two staff members, is the largest reported at a single shelter in the United States. It reinforces a major fear that homeless people, many whom have pre-existing respiratory […]

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430,000 People Have Traveled From China to U.S. Since Coronavirus Surfaced

Since Chinese officials disclosed the outbreak of a mysterious pneumonialike illness to international health officials on New Year’s Eve, at least 430,000 people have arrived in the United States on direct flights from China, including nearly 40,000 in the two months after President Trump imposed restrictions on such travel, according to an analysis of data […]

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The Racial Time Bomb in the Covid-19 Crisis

Early Monday morning the email arrived. The subject line began, “ALARM AT THE GATE,” written in all caps. Someone had died. That is always what that phrasing means. The message came via a group email list maintained by the fraternity I joined in college some 30 years ago. A younger member, a rising chef in […]

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No Bus Service. Crowded Trains. Transit Systems Struggle With the Virus.

BOSTON — Deanne Austin, a 34-year-old public-school teacher in Detroit, woke up on Tuesday morning with a plan. She needed groceries for herself, and food and litter for her cat, and planned to take buses for her errands. She soon learned, though, that buses were not running because too few drivers had shown up to […]

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They Clean the Buildings Workers Are Fleeing. But Who’s Protecting Them?

SAN FRANCISCO — The rumor unsettled Deborah Santamaria. A fellow janitor at 555 California Street, a 52-story office tower in San Francisco’s financial district, told her he heard that a floor of the building was being closed because a worker had contracted the novel coronavirus. At 63, Ms. Santamaria counted herself among those most vulnerable […]

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Trump Oversold a Google Site to Fight Coronavirus

WASHINGTON — It started as a series of conversations this past week between officials working with Jared Kushner, the president’s son-in-law, and the chief executive of Verily, a life sciences subsidiary of Google’s parent company, about how it might help the Trump administration in the fight against the coronavirus. Verily was developing a website that […]

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Man Who Fatally Stabbed Woman on BART Platform Is Convicted of Murder

A Bay Area man who randomly stabbed two sisters on a commuter train platform in 2018, killing one and wounding the other in an attack with racial undertones, was convicted of first-degree murder on Tuesday. A jury in Alameda County court also found the man, John Lee Cowell, 29, guilty of attempted murder and the […]

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Forfeited Games and Virtual Learning: Coronavirus Shuts Down Schools

SAN FRANCISCO — After months of training and competition, the girls’ soccer team at Lowell High School in San Francisco could taste another title. The players were on their home field last Thursday, preparing to play a state semifinal game, when Lowell’s coach gathered her team. But this was not a final pep talk. It […]

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Cruise Ship Is Held Off California Coast for Coronavirus Testing

A normal day on board the Grand Princess cruise ship might go like this: Sleep late under a “European-inspired duvet.” Take a dip in one of the pools on deck. Afternoon tea promises white tablecloths and finger sandwiches. Dinner could be lobster tails and steak on a private balcony. And all evening, there are plenty […]

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Cruise Ship is Held off California Coast for Covid-19 Testing

A cruise ship with thousands of people on board was being held off the coast of California on Thursday, after officials learned that a patient who died from the coronavirus had previously traveled on the vessel and that some passengers and crew members on board were showing symptoms. The cruise ship, the Grand Princess, had […]

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When an Epidemic Looms, Gagging Scientists Is a Terrible Idea

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Bonnie MacLean, Psychedelic Poster Artist, Is Dead at 80

Bonnie MacLean, whose colorful posters for rock shows in San Francisco in the 1960s and early ’70s helped define the psychedelic scene and have since become collector’s items, died on Feb. 4 in Newtown, Pa. She was 80. Her son, David Graham, said Ms. MacLean, who moved to Bucks County, Pa., in the 1970s, died […]

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California’s Housing Crisis: How a Bureaucrat Pushed to Build

The City Council of Lafayette, Calif., met the public two Mondays a month, and Steve Falk liked to sit off by himself, near the fire exit of the auditorium, so that he could observe from the widest possible vantage. Trim, with a graying buzz cut, Mr. Falk was the city manager — basically the chief […]

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At Nari, a Thai Chef Revitalizes Fine Dining

SAN FRANCISCO — A wreck of juicy, half-busted Gulf prawns and kapi, the concentration of salted, fermented krill, beats with unripe Meyer lemon — so freshly smashed, so intensely seasoned, it tastes alive. Like much of the unflinching cooking at Nari, which opened last August in San Francisco’s Japantown, the dish is absolutely delicious. Good […]

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Homeless, They Searched for Steady Work. They Found It: Evicting Others.

SAN FRANCISCO — After two months of missed rent, it was the knock on the door that the family had been dreading. Eviction brought the prospect of homelessness after months of living on the brink. But little did they know that the man handing over the eviction documents, John Hebbring, was homeless himself. “Believe me, […]

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