Tag: San Francisco (Calif)

FogCam Is Signing Off in San Francisco

It has been around longer than Facebook, Billie Eilish and the Impossible Burger. It survived a dot-com boom, bust and boom again. It has outlasted five mayors. But now, after 25 years, the San Francisco FogCam, which many people contend is the world’s oldest webcam, will be turned off for good. At the end of […]

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San Francisco School Board Votes to Hide, but Not Destroy, Disputed Murals

In a compromise that did not appear to end the fight, the San Francisco Board of Education voted Tuesday night to conceal, but not destroy, a series of Depression-era school murals that some considered offensive to Native Americans and African-Americans. The 4-to-3 vote, which came after a tense and emotional meeting, nullified the board’s earlier […]

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California Counties Sue to Block Trump’s New Green Card Test

San Francisco and Santa Clara County in California filed a lawsuit Tuesday to block the Trump administration from implementing a new rule that would deny permanent residency to legal immigrants if they are judged likely to use government benefit programs. President Trump issued the regulation, called the public charge rule, on Monday. Starting in October, […]

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San Francisco School Board May Save Controversial George Washington Mural

The San Francisco school board is reconsidering a decision to destroy a series of historic Depression-era murals depicting slaves and a dead Native American, following widespread complaints that the move amounted to censorship. A proposal released by the board on Friday no longer calls for painting over the 13 frescoes at George Washington High School […]

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Bad Times in Tech? Not if You’re a Start-Up Serving Other Start-Ups

SAN FRANCISCO — Things should be dismal in Silicon Valley right now, with technology’s biggest companies under attack from regulators, lawmakers and even President Trump. Not for Henrique Dubugras and Pedro Franceschi. The two Stanford dropouts, both 23, are the founders of Brex, one of the hottest young companies today. Their start-up’s mission? To provide […]

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Are Mini Shampoo Bottles the New Plastic Straw?

Now that the hotel industry has largely embraced bans on plastic straws, one major hotel group aims to eliminate the next set of plastic targets: mini bottles of shampoo, conditioner, lotion and the like. On Tuesday, July 30, IHG will announce it plans to replace all “bathroom miniatures” with bulk supplies across all of its […]

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The Case for Keeping San Francisco’s Disputed George Washington Murals

After half a century of intermittent debate and protest, the San Francisco Board of Education voted unanimously in June to whitewash the 13 murals depicting the life of George Washington that line the halls of a high school named for the first president. The murals’ offense is that they depict some ugly truths about the […]

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A Billionaire Makes His Case: ‘I Don’t See Myself as Rich’

SAN FRANCISCO — Tom Steyer is a former hedge fund investor and a billionaire. Those things could be a liability for a man running for president as a progressive. But Mr. Steyer, who this month joined a field of — what is it now? — 24 people, argued this was a selling point. “Now you […]

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It’s Nancy Pelosi’s Parade

SAN FRANCISCO — Nancy Pelosi and Donald Trump have a lot in common. Neither one drinks, yet they have family vineyards. They both love big bowls of ice cream. Their last names are — depending on the shade of the state — curse words. Pelosi was once dubbed “Mussolini in a skirt,” while she has […]

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San Francisco Will Spend $600,000 to Erase History

SAN FRANCISCO — More than $8,000. That was the amount John Ashcroft’s Justice Department spent on blue curtains to cover up the busty Spirit of Justice statue and her bare-chested male equivalent, the Majesty of Law, in the department’s Great Hall in 2002. The Victorian move against the Art Deco sculptures spurred a thousand lampoons. […]

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San Francisco School Board Votes to Cover Controversial George Washington Murals

The San Francisco Board of Education voted unanimously this week to cover a series of murals at George Washington High School that includes images of a dead Native American and slaves at work. A debate about the series of 13 murals, called “The Life of George Washington,” has been going on for over half a […]

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Smile, Your City Is Watching You

Walking through the streets of New York City, you can feel the thrill of being lost in the crowd. As throngs of people filter past, each going about their days, it seems possible to blend in without being noticed. But as municipalities and companies pursue the dream of “smart cities,” creating hyper-connected urban spaces designed […]

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San Francisco Bans Sale of Juul and Other E-Cigarettes

SAN FRANCISCO — San Francisco became the first city in the United States to ban e-cigarettes on Tuesday, a move that seeks to curb what experts have described as a nicotine epidemic among teenagers. “We’ve worked for decades to decrease tobacco usage and try to end nicotine addiction,” said Shamann Walton, a member of the […]

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How to Have a High-End Vacation for Less

Why pay top dollar for a luxury vacation when it’s possible to have it for less? A high-end trip without a premium price tag is possible anywhere in the world, but your approach needs to be tailored to your destination. Here, locals in five famously expensive cities — London, Paris, San Francisco, Singapore and Sydney […]

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To Avoid Bias, Prosecutors Try Hiding a Suspect’s Race When Filing Charges

While riding the train in San Francisco three years ago, a white man told an African-American man that he smelled bad and should move away from him. An argument followed, and the African-American man, Michael Smith, was eventually tackled by police officers and accused of assaulting them. The San Francisco District Attorney’s Office charged Mr. […]

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San Francisco’s Fading Black Presence, Captured on Film

SAN FRANCISCO — This city is feeling under siege. It has always had its critics, but these days everyone — mea culpa, the national news media included — seems to be piling on. Homeless sleeping on sidewalks, crack dealers near Twitter headquarters, billionaires and the destitute living uncomfortably blocks from each other. When The Washington […]

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