Timeline San Francisco 2000-2015

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2000        Jan 1, The Bahia Cabana restaurant at Market and Page, founded in 1988, burned to a shell with damages estimated at $100,000.
    (SFEC, 1/2/00, p.D2)
2000        Jan 1, The SkyDeck on the 41st floor of the Embarcadero One office building shut down due to lack of tourist interest.
    (SFC, 1/5/00, p.A12)

2000        Jan 11, The Port Commission endorsed a $270 plan for a cruise ship terminal at Pier 30-32 that would include a hotel, office and retail complex.
    (SFC, 1/12/00, p.A15)
2000        Jan 11, Police officers Kirk Brookbush (49) and James Dougherty (56) were killed when their Bell OH-58A Kiowa helicopter crashed near Crows Landing following routine maintenance in Porterville.
    (SFC, 1/13/00, p.A1)

2000        Jan 14, Madeline Li Way (78), secretary and former head of the New York based Li Foundation, died at her home at 185 Belgrave St. in Clarendon Heights in a 3-alarm fire.
    (SFC, 1/15/00, p.A15)

2000        Jan 30, It was reported that SF school employees charged over $2 million in overtime in 1998-1999 for custodial services.
    (SFEC, 1/30/00, p.A1,12)

2000        Jan, The SF Noe Valley Ministry held its 1st SF Bluegrass and Old Time Music Festival.
    (SSFC, 6/10/01, p.D3)

2000        Feb 2, SF Chronicle columnist Art Hoppe died at age 74.
    (SFC, 2/3/00, p.A1)

2000        Feb 5, George Koltanowski, 52-year chess column writer for the SF Chronicle, died at age 96.
    (SFC, 2/7/00, p.A21)

2000        Feb 6, Janice Mirikitani, wife of Rev. Cecil Williams of Glide Memorial, was named the poet laureate for San Francisco for 2000.
    (SFC, 2/7/00, p.A17)

2000        Feb 17, Farrah the giraffe (23) died at the SF Zoo while under sedation during a routine hoof trimming.
    (SFC, 2/18/00, p.D4)

2000        Feb 19, The Chinese New Year Parade was held downtown to celebrate the Year of the Dragon for lunar year 4698. An estimated 900k to 1 million people attended the 148-year-old city festival.
    (SFEC, 2/20/00, p.C5)

2000        Mar 2, Some 140 FBI agents raided 16 locations in Chinatown and Daly City, some of which were occupied by members of the Jackson Street Boys.
    (SFC, 3/4/00, p.A15)

2000        Mar 4, The MUNI F-Line on the Embarcadero made its debut with an estimated 15,000 riders.
    (SFEC, 3/5/00, p.D1)

2000        Mar 10, Devin Gross (15) was shot and killed on the 1000 block of McAllister St. Police later arrested David Gilford (22) of Vallejo for the killing.
    (SFEC, 3/12/00, p.D1)(SFEC, 3/19/00, p.C1)

2000        Mar 12, The 148th annual St. Patrick's Day Parade was held.
    (SFC, 3/13/00, p.A15)

2000        Mar 14, A new 2-year contract was approved for Ronnie Davis, director of the SF Housing Authority, at $188,000 a year plus bonuses for as much as $27,000.
    (SFC, 3/15/00, p.A15)

2000        Mar 17, The SF Examiner was sold to the SF Independent published by Ted Fang.
    (SFC, 3/18/00, p.A1)
2000        Mar 17, Three students at James Lick Middle School in Noe Valley put nail polish remover into the drinking water of Matthew Podwoski (27), a language arts teacher. Two girls and one boy were later arrested for felony conspiracy.
    (SFC, 3/24/00, p.A1)

2000        Mar 21, The North Beach Washington Square Bar & Grill closed. A new owner planned to reopen under the name "Cobalt."
    (SFC, 3/18/00, p.A17)

2000        Mar 22, Robert B. Pasker and his wife, Laurie Pitman, founders of WebLogic, an Internet software company, donated $2.4 million to SF State Univ. for an endowed chairmanship in the history dept.
    (SFC, 3/23/00, p.D4)

2000        Mar 31, The $345 million Pacific Bell Park at Third and King streets opened with an exhibition game between the Giants and the Milwaukee Brewers. The Giants won 8-3.
    (SFC, 3/31/00, p.A1)(WSJ, 3/31/00, p.A1)(SFC, 4/1/00, p.A1)

2000        Apr 1, Barry Bonds, SF Giants left fielder, became the first player to hit a home run in the new Pac Bell Park during an exhibition game against the NY Yankees.
    (SFEC, 4/2/00, p.A1)

2000        Apr 9, A shootout erupted at a dance party in a hall operated by the Armenian Apostolic Church St. Gregory on Brotherhood Way. A dozen people were injured at the dance which was promoted with a $250 door prize for the “sexiest thong.” Rivalry between the Big Block and Westmob gangs of Hunters Point were blamed for the violence.
    (SFEC, 4/10/00, p.A21)(SFC, 4/11/00, p.A17)

2000        Apr 11, The SF Giants lost their season opener to the LA Dodgers 6-5.
    (SFC, 4/12/00, p.A1)

2000        Apr 12, The North Beach Playground and Pool was renamed the Joe DiMaggio North Beach Playground and Pool. The Recreation and park Commission voted 20 years earlier to rename the park after DiMaggio.
    (SFC, 4/13/00, p.A19)

2000        Apr 13, Former Msgr. Patrick O’Shea was indicted on 224 counts of child molestation and failed to turn himself in the next day.
    (SFC, 4/15/00, p.A17)

2000        Apr 27, Five people were indicted for fraud in a probe on SFO expansion contracts.
    (SFC, 4/28/00, p.A1)

2000        Apr 28, A volunteer count of the homeless in SF tallied some 4,800 people. Estimates had run up to 14,000. The final count stood at 3,610 but city officials estimated the real figure to be 10-15% higher. The homeless in jails, hospitals and treatment centers were not included.
    (SFC, 4/29/00, p.A1)(SFC, 5/4/00, p.A28)

2000        May 3, Vadim Mieseges (27) admitted to the killing and chopping up of Ella Wong (47), who had rented him a room in her Richmond District apartment.
    (SFC, 5/4/00, p.A21)

2000        May 5, It was reported that a feud between the Big Block and Westmob gangs of Bayview-Hunters Point had recently escalated due to their disputes over rap music supremacy. 3 people were killed in the last week.
    (SFC, 5/5/00, p.A1)

2000        May 6, Some 250 people gathered at the UN Peace Plaza for the Millennium Marijuana march.
    (SFEC, 5/7/00, p.A1)

2000        May 10, The Westmob and Big Block gangs in Hunters Point declared a truce brokered by Christopher X of Black Muslim Mosque 26.
    (SFC, 5/11/00, p.A25)

2000        May 15, Dong Kingman, San Francisco watercolorist, died in Manhattan at age 89.
    (SFC, 5/16/00, p.A20)

2000        May 18, Former Ukraine prime minister Pavel Lazarenko was indicted by a San Francisco grand jury for money laundering and transportation of stolen property. In 2003 he put up an $86 million bail and was confined to a SF apartment. In 2004 a federal judge in SF dismissed nearly half the charges against Lazarenko. On June 3, 2004, Lazarenko was convicted on 29 felony charges. His money laundering was guessed to be in excess of $40 million.
    (SFC, 6/2/00, p.A19)(SSFC, 10/19/03, p.A25)(SFC, 5/8/04, p.B3)(SFC, 6/4/04, A3)

2000        May 20, The 6th annual Great Sweep took place as thousands of volunteers helped clean the city’s sidewalks and parks.
    (SFEC, 5/21/00, p.A1)

2000        May 21, Some 70,000 runners took part in the Bay to Breakers run.
    (SFC, 5/22/00, p.A1)

2000        May 28, The 21st annual Carnaval took place in the Mission. 200-300 thousand people gathered and some 40 entries took part.
    (SFC, 5/27/00, p.A19)(SFC, 5/29/00, p.A15)

2000        Jun 1, A fire at 2638 San Jose left 2 children, Danielle (7) and Thomas Derner (6) dead.
    (SFC, 6/2/00, p.A1)

2000        Jun 6, Nieisha Jones (20) and her brother Dominick Jones (13) were attacked by Big Block gang member Montrell Vines (23), who was charged with attempted murder and assault. Their stepfather, Alfonso Amir Anderson (48), urged them to testify and was gunned down Nov 22.
    (SFC, 11/22/00, p.A23)

2000        Jun 13, A lottery was held for the 54 units of the new Bernal Gateway Apartments at the corner of Mission and Caesar Chavez. The low-income units were scheduled to open Dec 1.
    (SFC, 6/14/00, p.A17)
2000        Jun 13, A $30.7 million SF-themed Museum complex was approved for Pier 45.
    (SFC, 6/14/00, p.A17)

2000        Jun 14, In San Francisco temperatures hit 103 degrees, matching the record high set on July 17,1988. Eugene Kesselman (27) disappeared after he left his Sunset home to buy a car. His body was found 9 days later in the trunk of his car in the Excelsior district. In Sept. police arrested Shonte Pratt (25) and Brandon Ry (20) for suspicion of murder and armed robbery.
    (SFC, 9/6/00, p.A23)(SFC, 12/25/08, p.A14)

2000        Jun 16, The 73,000 sq. foot Harry Bridges Plaza on the Mid-Embarcadero roadway was dedicated.
    (SFC, 6/17/00, p.A1)

2012        Jun 20, In San Francisco a 4-alarm blaze tore through a warehouse on Pier 29 and caused over $2 million in damages. The structure dated back to 1915. The 1918 façade was restored to its original neo-classical design in time for the 2013 America’s Cup Race.
    (http://abclocal.go.com/kgo/story?id=8708675)(SFC, 6/22/12, p.C1)(SSFC, 12/1/13, p.C12)

2000        Jun 22, It was reported that Frank Hudson, head of the non-profit Catholic Charities for the Archdiocese of SF, was paid a salary of $172,000. He recently defended his $73,000 in expenses over the last 2 years and said: “I’d much rather be at home eating a peanut butter sandwich.” Hudson resigned Aug 10 after the board condemned his lavish spending.
    (SFC, 6/22/00, p.A7)(SFC, 8/11/00, p.A1)
2000        Jun 22, Eugene Kesselman (27) was found in the trunk of his car on La Grande Ave. The Sunset District man disappeared June 14 on his way to buy a used car.
    (SFC, 6/30/00, p.A25)

2000        Jun, In SF Brian Singer, aka Someguy, launched his 1000 Journals Project from San Francisco. He began sending out blank notebooks with instructions for users to create entries, pass the journals on, and return them to him on completion. In 2003 the 1st one returned. In 2003 Andrea Kreuzhage, a German-born Los Angeles filmmaker, heard of the project and began filming a documentary, which was completed in 2008. In 2007 Chronicle books of SF published “The 1000 Journals Project,” a compendium of outstanding images from several journals.
    (SSFC, 10/19/03, p.A1)(www.1000journals.com)(SFC, 7/29/08, p.E1)

2000        Jul 1, The 41-year-old SF Mime Troup began their 38th year of free productions with a performance of “Eating It” at Dolores Park.
    (SFEC, 7/2/00, p.C5)
2000        Jul 1, The 15th annual Fillmore Street Jazz Festival was held along the 13 blocks of Fillmore between Jackson and Eddy.
    (SFEC, 7/2/00, p.C2)
2000        Jul 1, The 6th annual Warped Tour featured a cornucopia of punk and ska acts at Pier 30.
    (SFEC, 7/2/00, p.C15)

2000        Jul 14, SF issued its first anonymous medical marijuana ID cards.
    (SFC, 7/15/00, p.A19)

2000        Jul 15, A fire at 225 Taylor St., a 24-unit, 3-story apartment building, killed one resident and left 64 homeless.
    (SFEC, 7/16/00, p.B1)

2000        Jul 20, The Board of Supervisors approved RCN Telecom Services to provide competitive high speed Internet service in SF.
    (SFC, 7/21/00, p.A15)

2000        Jul 21, A Mission District fight between youth gangs left Fernando Calvo hospitalized after he was stabbed and stomped. Calvo died Jul 27.
    (SFC, 7/29/00, p.A16)
2000        Jul 21, Robert Clark was assaulted at 26th and Harrison. He was clubbed for a can of beer and died Aug 16. A $25,000 reward was offered in the case.
    (SFC, 8/17/00, p.A20)

2000        Jul 27, A federal judge approved the Hearst’s Corp. $660 million purchase of the SF Chronicle.
    (SFC, 7/28/00, p.A1)

2000        Jul 28, The Hearst Corp. announced that it completed the transfer of the SF Examiner to the Fang family. A 120-day transition period followed.
    (SFC, 7/29/00, p.A12)

2000        Aug 1, Arlene Ackerman (53), school chief from Washington DC, became the school chief of SF.
    (SFEC, 6/25/00, p.A1)(SFEC, 7/30/00, p.A1)

2000        Aug 2, In SF a jury awarded 17 bakery workers of Interstate Brands Corp. $120 million for racial discrimination.
    (SFC, 8/3/00, p.A1)

2000        Aug 11, A skateboarder was allegedly beaten to death by 2 fellow boarders on a pier behind the Ferry Building.
    (SFC, 8/12/00, p.A1)(SFEC, 8/13/00, p.B1)
2000        Aug 11, In the Mission District the bodies of Gilma and Julio Martinez were found at their studio apartment at 1476 Valencia St.
    (SFC, 8/12/00, p.A17)

2000        Aug 12, Some 700 people marched through the Mission District in a community celebration and a protest against rising rents and gentrification.
    (SFEC, 8/13/00, p.B1)
2000        Aug 12, Jerusha Briley (20) disappeared from the Richmond District. Her boyfriend, Darien Sable (23), was arrested the next day for possession of methamphetamine. Briley’s body was found near Muir Beach on Aug 14, and Sable committed suicide by jumping off the Bay Bridge after being released form police custody on Aug 15.
    (SFC, 8/15/00, p.A20)(SFC, 8/16/00, p.A1)

2000        Aug 18, A fire began smoldering at a toxic landfill at Hunters Point Naval Shipyard. After 3 weeks the navy issued a public alert.
    (SFC, 9/11/00, p.A17)

2000        Aug 19, An estimated 65,000 people attended the ESPN X Games at Piers 30 and 32.
    (SFEC, 8/20/00, p.B1)
2000        Aug 19, In Bernal Heights over 140 homes participated in a garage sale on 46 streets.
    (SFEC, 8/20/00, p.B1)

2000        Aug 21, The SF Board of Supervisors passed a $9-an-hour minimum living wage bill for city associated work.
    (SFC, 8/22/00, p.A1)
2000        Aug 21, Juanita Colla (69) and her husband, Tommy (78), claimed their $88 million for winning the SuperLotto Plus state lottery jackpot. They opted for a lump sum payment of $29 million after taxes.
    (SFC, 8/23/00, p.A1)

2000        Aug 25, Fourteen people pleaded guilty in a SF bribery probe against Patricia Williams (57), the former head of the SF Housing Authority’s relocation office. Bribes were used to secure public housing. In 2001 Williams was sentenced to 5 years in prison.
    (SFC, 8/26/00, p.A1)(SFC, 3/24/01, p.A1)

2000        Aug 26, Susan Cervantes directed the completion of a 187-foot, historical community mural, Soul Journey, on Carroll Street in Bayview-Hunters Point.
    (SFEC, 8/27/00, p.A1)
2000        Aug 26, A street shooting outside the Attitudes Bar on First Street left Peter Wing Hun (22) and Lawrence Yang (21) dead.
    (SFEC, 8/27/00, p.A1)

2000        Aug, The Jewish Family and Children’s Services organization opened a new $50 million living complex on Post St. behind Mt. Zion Medical.
    (SFC, 12/30/00, p.A13)

2000        Aug, The Goodman Lumber Co. on Bayshore was set to close due to a family dispute.
    (SFC, 4/13/00, p.D1)

2000        Sep 1, Muni drivers planned an overtime boycott for the Labor Day weekend due to contract disputes.
    (SFC, 9/2/00, p.A1)

2000        Sep 8, The 78th SF Opera season opened. It marked the last opening by director Lotfi Mansouri. The opening was greeted by members of AARGG, All Against Ruthless Greedy Gentrification.
    (SFC, 9/9/00, p.A1)

2000        Sep 9, Chuck Holmes (b.1945) founder of Falcon Studios in San Francisco, died from liver failure, a complication of AIDS. His estate provided a $1 million endowment that would help establish the SF LGBT Community Center.
    (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chuck_Holmes_%28entrepreneur%29)

2000        Sep 14, George Christopher, former SF Mayor (1956-1964), died at age 92. He was born in Arcadia, Greece, as George Christopheles in 1907.
    (SFC, 9/15/00, p.A1)

2000        Sep 15, The new San Francisco Int’l. Terminal opened at a cost of $950 million. SFO operations at Terminal 2 ceased in December as part of a $2.5 billion airport master plan.
    (SFC, 9/16/00, p.A15)(SFC, 5/13/08, p.D4)
2000        Sep 15, Rev. Stephen Privett took over as the 27th president of the Univ. of SF.
    (SFC, 11/15/00, p.A17)

2000        Sep 18, The Navy said that the smoldering fire at the Hunters Point shipyard was extinguished. A cap of gravel and soil was planned to cover the 14-16 acre site
    (SFC, 9/19/00, p.A15)

2000        Sep 22, Nine protestors at the National Association of Broadcasters Convention were arrested. They contended government monopolization of the airwaves. 3 lawyers were also arrested when they tried to shove their way into the Hall of Justice.
    (SFC, 9/23/00, p.A15)

2000        Sep 27, Patricia Williams (58), SF Housing Authority official, was convicted on 30 felony accounts, 7 bribery counts, 1 conspiracy count and 22 false statements counts.
    (SFC, 9/28/00, p.A1)

2000        Oct 7, The opera “Dead Man Walking” premiered at the War Memorial. Sister Helen Prejean wrote the book in 1993. It described her pen pal relationship with a man on death row. In 1995 it was made into a movie.
    (SFEC, 12/1/96, zone 1 p.3)(WSJ, 10/12/00, p.A24)

2000        Oct 13, The badly beaten body of Franco Garcia (61) was found at his Excelsior home. In 2001 police arrested Gary Hallford (39) for the murder.
    (SSFC, 6/10/01, p.A23)

2000        Oct 17, Police captured Joshua Maxwell and Tessie McFarland of Indianapolis, wanted for killings in two states following a gun-shooting chase. Maxwell and McFarland were wanted for the recent murder of Sgt. Rudy Lopes in San Antonio, Texas, and for the murder of Robby Bott in Brooklyn, Indiana.
    (SFC, 10/18/00, p.A1,5)

2000        Oct 20, SF MUNI drivers approved a new 4-year contract.
    (SFC, 10/21/00, p.A1)

2000        Oct 22, In SF Claire Tempongko (28) was repeatedly stabbed to death by her ex-boyfriend Tari Ramirez (27) in front of her 2 children (5 & 10) in her basement apartment on 22nd Ave. A month before her death Tempongko had lodged 2 police reports against Ramirez. In 2004 the city settled a case for police inaction for $500,000. In 2006 Ramirez was arrested near Cancun, Mexico. In 2007 he was returned to the US to face trial. In 2008 Ramirez was convicted of 2nd-degree murder. In 2011 a state appeals court overturned the murder conviction entitling Ramirez to a new trial. In 2013 the case went to the state Supreme Court to decide if the killing was manslaughter or murder.
    (www.purpleberets.org/violence_tempongko.html)(SFC, 10/24/00, p.A1) (SFCM, 8/24/03, p.12)(SFC, 10/1/08, p.B5)(SFC, 3/31/11, p.C2)(SFC, 2/6/13, p.A6)

2000        Oct 23, Groundbreaking for the 1st residential block of Mission Bay took place. 6,000 apartments and condominiums, as well as office blocks and a college campus were scheduled.
    (SFC, 10/23/00, p.A1)

2000        Oct 26, Volunteers conducted a 2nd census of the homeless in SF. Their count showed 5,376 homeless.
    (SFC, 10/27/00, p.A27)(SFC, 11/6/00, p.A19)
2000        Oct 26, St. Luke’s Hospital agreed to become the 30th hospital in the Sutter Health system chain.
    (SFC, 10/27/00, p.B1)

2000        Oct 28, Some 32,000 people attended the Catholic Jubilee 200 Mass at Pac Bell Park under rain.
    (SFEC, 10/29/00, p.A1)

2000        Oct 30, A gang of youths stormed a MUNI bus at 18th and Mission attacked 3 passengers. One man was slashed with a razor as the bus driver worked to reattach the electric poles. 4 youths were later taken into custody.
    (SFC, 11/1/00, p.A21)(SFC, 11/2/00, p.A17)

2000        Oct, The new oxygen bar 22 O2 opened on Valencia and dispensed 85% oxygen for $10. Herbal elixirs of ginseng, deer antlers and crushed ants was also available for $6.
    (SFC, 10/9/00, p.A15)

2000        Oct, Emily Duffy, an artist from El Cerrito, contacted the artist Nicolino and suggested a bra ball as a collaborative art project. Nicolino was already known for his proposal to bridge the Grand Canyon, “the world’s greatest cleavage,” with a bra bridge. Duffy was the creator of the “Mammolith,” a 9-foot high bra.
    (USAT, 3/16/01, p.1D)

2000        Nov 7, District elections returned to SF.
    (SFC, 1/9/99, p.A15)
2000        Nov 7, Gavin Newsom and Tom Ammiano won their Supervisor races for Districts 2 and 9. The remaining 9 districts faced runoffs on Dec 12. A ballot measure to tame growth, Prop L, was still undecided.
    (SFC, 11/9/00, p.A25)

2000        Nov 9, Joseph S. Woods (31) was shot to death by 3 gunmen who robbed his flat at 3311½  Mission St.
    (SFC, 11/11/00, p.A20)

2000        Nov 17, Police arrested 3 suspects in a jewel-theft ring that included Carlos Patino (33), wanted for a 1994 murder in the San Fernando Valley
    (SFC, 11/18/00, p.A17)

2000        Nov 20, The 1915 Albert S. Samuels clock at 856 Market St. was restored following a 10-year respite. [see 1915, 1973]
    (SFC, 11/18/00, p.A1)

2000        Nov 21, The last issue of the Hearst SF Examiner was published.
    (SFC, 11/22/00, p.A1)

2000        Nov 22, The 1st issue of the SF Chronicle PM was published by the Hearst Corp.
    (SFC, 11/22/00, p.A1)(SSFC, 6/7/09, p.W3)

2000        Nov 25, Bruno Mooshei (80), owner of the Persian Aub Zam Zam bar on Haight St., died. Moosehi was known for his martinis of Boord’s gin and Boissiere vermouth.
    (SSFC, 12/3/00, p.A23)

2000        Nov 26, The Sunday SF Examiner and Chronicle became simply the SF Chronicle after 35 years of publishing with separate editorial visions.
    (SSFC, 11/26/00, p.A1)

2000        Nov 30, A new $500,000 skateboard park at Crocker Amazon Park approached completion. Skateboarders were not impressed.
    (SFC, 11/30/00, p.A23)

2000        Dec 4, John D. Goldman was announced as the successor of Nancy H. Bechtle (62) as president of the SF Symphony in Dec 2001.
    (SFC, 12/4/00, p.A1)

2000        Dec 6, The play “Las Horas de Belen: A Book of Hours” opened at the new Brava Theater Center, formerly the York Theater and before that the 1927 Roosevelt Theater, on 24th St.
    (SSFC, 12/3/00, p.39)
2000        Dec 6, Elijah Sanderson (3) was found dead at his Ingleside home. Patrick Goodman went on trial in 2002 for the death which followed a pummeling of some 54 blows. Goodman was convicted and sentenced to 25 years to life.
    (SFC, 4/19/02, p.A23)(SFC, 7/11/02, p.A19)

2000        Dec 11, The SF Airport Commission Aviation Library and Louis A. Turpen Aviation Museum opened at the new SF Int’l. Airport terminal.
    (SSFC, 12/10/00, DB p.40)

2000        Dec 12, Runoff elections for district supervisors were held. Winners included Jake McGoldrick (1), Aaron Perkin (3), Leland Yee (4), Mat Gonzalez (5), Chris Daly (6), Tony Hall (7), Mark Leno (8), Sophie Maxwell (10), and Gerardo Sandoval (11). Gavin Newsom (2) and Tom Ammiano (9) won outright in the 1st round.
    (SFC, 12/13/00, p.A15)

2000        Dec 15, A repaved Commercial Street in Chinatown reopened following the removal of its red bricks. The street was once home to 18 brothels.
    (SFC, 12/16/00, p.A26)

2000        Dec 16, Jack’s Restaurant at 615 Sacramento St. closed down after 136 years of operation.
    (SFC, 12/15/00, p.A25)

2000        Dec 17, Jerry Rice played his last football game for the SF 49ers as they defeated the Chicago Bears 17-0.
    (SFC, 12/18/00, p.A1)

2000        Dec 22, Jim Burke, jazz pianist, died at age 64. His single CD was a live recording called “Hands On” (1999).
    (SFC, 1/3/01, p.A16)

2000        Dec 27, SF zookeepers discovered that 2 koalas were stolen overnight. The koalas were stolen by 2 teenage boys for their girlfriends and recovered the next day.
    (SFC, 12/28/00, p.A1)(SFC, 12/29/00, p.A1)
2000        Dec 27, Walter Keane, North Beach artist, died at age 85. he was known for his portraits of doe-eyed children, which were later attributed to his 2nd wife Margaret Keane.
    (SFC, 1/4/01, p.A18)

2000        Dec 28, Mayor Brown broke ground for the $25 million, 18-month reconstruction of Union Square.
    (SFC, 12/27/00, p.A19)

2000        Dec 30, Two men burst into an apartment at 228 Hyde St. and set it on fire. One man was killed and 4 injured.
    (SFC, 1/3/01, p.A16)

2000        Dec 31, The SF de Young Museum closed down. It was to be torn down and replaced by a new structure by 2005.
    (SFC, 12/30/00, p.A17)
2000        Dec 31, Curtis Layne (18) and Brian Williams (26) were shot to death at Third St. and Kirkwood in the Bayview District. In 2005 James Hill (24) and David George (23) were indicted for the murders associated with cocaine distribution.
    (SFC, 5/19/05, p.B4)

2000        JT Leroy authored his 1st book “Sarah. The narrator, a 12-year-old boy, has renamed himself Sarah after his whorish mother because he has learned from her example that "Most anything you want in this world is easier when you're a pretty girl." In 2005 it was revealed that the author was a fake identity created by SF residents Laura Albert, her husband Geoffrey Knoop and Geoffrey’s sister Savannah. In 2006 Knoop acknowledged that Laura Albert wrote “Sarah,“ and followed up in 2001 with “The heart Is Deceitful Above All Things.”
    (http://tinyurl.com/cqvnn)(SFC, 1/10/06, p.A8)(SFC, 2/7/06, p.A3)

2000        SF spent $30 million and employed some 380 people to sweep streets and remove graffiti.
    (SFC, 12/2/00, p.A18)

2000        A small center for the homeless opened on Columbus Ave. under the direction of prominent North Beach residents and director Francis Ford Coppola. The SF Health Dept. ended its homeless death count. In 2005 the Board of Supervisors passed measures to resume the tally.
    (SSFC, 10/6/02, p.A23)(SFC, 1/27/05, p.B2)

2000        The 25-story highrise at 199 Fremont was completed.
    (SFC, 9/27/00, p.C1)

2000        The 21-story highrise at 150 California was completed.
    (SFC, 9/27/00, p.C1)

2000        SF committed $500,000 toward the restoration of the Murphy windmill.
    (SFC, 6/26/02, p.A18)

2000        The 1-acre Coronet Theater site on Geary in SF was sold for $8.5 million to the Institute on Aging. A project of offices and housing were planned for the site.
    (SFCM, 3/20/05, p.6)

2001        Jan 4, Brian Cotter (18) of Burlingame, a senior at St. Ignatius High School, was killed by a Muni street car on West Portal Ave while playing chicken.
    (SFC, 1/4/01, p.A13)

2001        Jan 5, A new time capsule was planned to be sealed in the cornerstone of City Hall. It was to replace a 1913 capsule planted by Mayor Rolph in groundbreaking ceremonies.
    (SFC, 1/1/01, p.A15)

2001        Jan 8, Tom Ammiano was re-elected as president of the Board of Supervisors.
    (SFC, 1/9/01, p.A19)

2001        Jan 17, Gregory Corso (70), Beat poet, died in Robbinsdale, Minn. His poetry collections included “Gasoline” and “Mindfield” (1989).
    (SFC, 1/19/01, p.D7)

2001        Jan 18, SF sued 13 energy providers for collusion to fix prices and restrict the energy supply.
    (SFC, 1/19/01, p.A12)

2001        Jan 20, Some 15,000 protesters gathered in SF against the inauguration of Pres. Bush in Washington DC.
    (SSFC, 1/21/01, p.A4)
2001        Jan 20, A MUNI diesel bus rolled down one block on Missouri Street in Potrero Hill and slammed into a house after hitting 5 cars and a garage.
    (SSFC, 1/21/01, p.A17)

2001        Jan 25, Alexander Lushtak (35), a Russian immigrant, was sentenced to 71 months in prison for money laundering.
    (SFC, 1/26/01, p.A24)

2001        Jan 26, Diane Whipple (33), Lacrosse coach, died after being mauled by 2 dogs in her San Francisco Pacific Heights apartment. The dogs, under the control of Marjorie Knoller, were later found to be owned by 2 Aryan Brotherhood prison gang members and kept by attorneys Robert Noel (59) and Marjorie Knoller (45). A few days later Noel and Knoller adopted Paul Schneider (38) in SF family court. Bane, one of the Presa Canario dogs, was destroyed following the attack on Whipple. Hera, the 2nd dog, was impounded. Knoller and Noel were indicted for murder and manslaughter on Mar 27. Hera was put to death Jan 30, 2001. Knoller was paroled Jan 1, 2004. In 2005 a state appeals court reinstated a murder conviction against Marjorie Knoller. Knoller was again jailed in 2008 after a judge reinstated her murder conviction. On Sep 22 Knoller was sentenced to 15 years to life in prison.
    (SSFC, 1/28/01, p.A1)(SFC, 1/30/01, p.A1)(SFC, 1/31/01, p.A1)(SFC, 2/1/01, p.A11)(SFC, 3/28/01, p.A1)(SFC, 1/31/02, p.A13)(SFC, 1/1/04, p.A19)(SFC, 5/6/05, p.B1)(SFC, 8/23/08, p.B1)(AP, 9/22/08)

2001        Jan, 55 low income apartments opened at the new Bernal Gateway Apartments at Mission and Chavez. 5,700 people had applied for the units.
    (SFC, 2/2/01, p.A23)

2001        Jan, Dustin Thomas (20) was shot and killed 6 days after he testified in a preliminary hearing of a man charged with killing Devon Gross. Ramon Sapp was the lead suspect. In 2002 Sapp was captured after being wounded by SF police in Oakland.
    (SFC, 3/1/02, p.A30)

2001        Feb 1, MisterSF.com was born. The project started modestly as a labor of love and by Nov., 2001 reached 75,000 hits per month. Created by San Francisco writer Hank Donat, MisterSF.com was dedicating to promoting the character and people of the City of San Francisco, and to supporting independent neighborhood businesses.
    (Mr. SF, 12/4/01)(SFC, 1/11/02, p.G1)
2001        Feb 1, Capone Thomas was shot on I-280 by T.J. Hatfield. Hatfield’s older brother was shot and killed Apr 13, 2002.
    (SFC, 4/16/02, p.A14)

2001        Feb 3, The Chinese New Year Parade celebrated the Year of the Snake.
    (SSFC, 2/4/01, p.B1)

2001        Feb 4, The SF Demons beat the Los Angeles Xtreme 15-13 at Pac Bell Park in the local XFL debut before a crowd of 38,000.
    (SFC, 2/5/01, p.A1)

2001        Feb 24, It was reported that the city’s water system was old and neglected and would cost $1 billion to fix.
    (SFC, 2/24/01, p.A15)

2001        Mar 11, A 3-day memorial service began for the homeless, who died in SF since tracking began in 1987. 1,767 people were listed on a plaque.
    (SFC, 3/12/01, p.A21)

2001        Mar 17, SF police officers fired some 30 shots to kill a pit bull in the Oceanview District. The dog, named T.Y., had bitten a woman who tried to break its fight with her Akita dog.
    (SSFC, 3/18/01, p.A17)

2001        Mar 21, Ronnie Davis, SF Housing Chief, was indicted in Ohio for stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars during his tenure at the Cleveland housing authority. Felony charges were dropped Oct 30 in exchange for a guilty plea to a single misdemeanor.
    (SFC, 3/22/01, p.A1)(SFC, 10/31/01, p.A13)

2001        Mar 22, Ronnie Davis issued a written statement saying the he was “voluntarily taking unpaid leave.”
    (SFC, 3/23/01, p.A19)

2001        Mar 23, Families began to move into the new Bernal Dwellings low income housing complex at Folsom and 26th streets.
    (SFC, 3/24/01, p.A15)

2001        Mar 27, Robert Lee Massie was executed for the 1979 robbery and murder of a SF liquor store owner.
    (SFC, 3/27/01, p.A1)

2001        Mar 31, SF celebrated its 1st Cesar Chavez Day parade. Some 15,000 participated.
    (SSFC, 4/1/01, p.A18)

2001        Mar, The 42-story Market St. complex between 4th and 5th was scheduled to be completed.
    (SFC, 7/2/97, p.C2)

2001        Mar, The $400 million Bloomingdale development of the former Emporium was scheduled to begin.
    (SFC, 1/15/01, p.A21)

2001        Apr 5, An accounts supervisor found that Edward McCann (49), a retired controller for Golden Gate Univ., submitted a false invoice for 18,000. Investigations showed that $3.5 million was embezzled between 1996 and 2001.
    (SFC, 4/24/01, p.A1)

2001        Apr 8, Mayor Brown’s girlfriend, Carolyn Carpineti (38), gave birth to Sydney Minetta Brown.
    (SFC, 4/10/01, p.A15)

2001        Apr 11, A Muni streetcar broadsided a drag racing car at 41st Ave and Judah. One passenger in the car was killed.
    (SFC, 4/12/01, p.A1)

2001        Apr 16, The Board of Supervisors approved nearly $80 million to end a lawsuit that challenged the city’s business tax. The dual system, based on the higher of either gross receipts or payroll tax, was alleged to be unconstitutional.
    (SFC, 4/17/01, p.A13)

2001        Apr 18, A Board of Supervisors committee approved a plan to of sex change benefits to city employees.
    (SFC, 4/19/01, p.A1)
2001        Apr 18, The SF Port Commission voted 3-2 to support the Mills Corp. proposal for the development of Piers 27-31.
    (SSFC, 7/29/01, p.A16)

2001        Apr 24, Paul Orfalea (53), founder of Kinko’s copy store chain, gave a $8.5 million donation to City College to support child care.
    (SFC, 4/25/01, p.A13)

2001        Apr 25, Clint Eastwood was awarded the Akira Kurosawa prize for directing at the SF Film Festival.
    (SFC, 4/27/01, p.C1)

2001        Apr 26, Louise Renne, City Attorney, announced that she would not run for re-election.
    (SFC, 4/27/01, p.A1)

2001        Apr 28, Laticia Ramirez (33), mother of 4, was shot and killed in front of her home on York St. 2 suspects, Maricio Sandoval (21) and Eliezer Salcedo (26) were soon arrested.
    (SSFC, 4/29/01, p.A22)

2001        Apr 29, The SF Chronicle began a 5-day series on Mayor Willie Brown, his political operatives, patronage, and business at City Hall.
    (SSFC, 4/29/01, p.A1)
2001        Apr 29, The 151-year-old First Congregation Church on Union Square held its last service. Members could no longer afford the 1915 structure.
    (SFC, 4/23/01, p.A14)

2001        Apr 30, The SF Board of Supervisors passed a measure 9-2 to allow city employees medical benefits for a sex change.
    (SFC, 5/1/01, p.A1)

2001        Apr, In SF the 36-story Four Seasons Hotel and Residences, designed by Handel Architects, opened at 757 Market near Fourth St. It included 277-room hotel with rooms starting at $299 per night, and 142 condominiums at over 2 mil per unit. In 2005 the hotel was put up for sale.
    (SFEC, 4/2/00, p.C1)(SFC, 2/23/02, p.A18)(SFC, 9/30/05, p.C1)

2001        Apr, The Bored Collective was founded by Bay Guardian columnist Amanda Nowinski and Reflective Records’ Billee Sharp and Holly Roberts. They met for monthly meetings at 26 Mix, a Mission District club
    (SFC, 2/26/02, p.D1)

2001        May 1, Alvin Mceldry (19), the half-brother of Montrell Vines- jailed Big Block gang leader, was shot and killed by the Westmob gang.
    (SFC, 5/3/01, p.A13)

2001        May 6, SF held the grand opening of the Presidio Crissy Field Park. It had once served as a dump site for the Presidio.
    (SFC, 5/3/01, p.G1)(SFC, 10/2/13, p.D5)

2001        May 17, It was reported that CBS cancelled “Nash Bridges” after 6 seasons of production in SF.
    (SFC, 5/17/01, p.D1)

2001        May 18, The Dave Matthews performed the 1st rock concert at Pac Bell Park before some 35,000 fans.
    (SFC, 5/19/01, p.B1)
2001        May 18, It was reported that the SF Unified School District had spent $60 million intended for school construction on salaries and benefits since 1989.
    (SFC, 5/18/01, p.A1)

2001        May 20, Some 50,000 participated in the Bay to Breakers race. James Koskei of Kenya won in 34:19. Jane Ngotho of Kenya won in 40:35.
    (SFC, 5/21/01, p.A1)

2001        May 27, The 22nd annual Mission district Carnaval parade was expected to draw 200,000 people.
    (SFC, 5/26/01, p.A14)

2001        May 31, Mayor Brown proposed a $5.2 billion city budget.
    (SFC, 6/1/01, p.A21)

2001        Jun 6, City officials dedicated Ferry Park, the 2 Embarcadero blocks at Clay and Washington, as permanent open space. A butterfly museum had been planned for the site.
    (SFC, 6/7/01, p.A18)

2001        Jun 13, SF police shot and killed Idriss Stelley (23) at the Sony Metreon complex. Stelley was suffering a mental breakdown and had cut an officer with a knife. Officers fired over 20 shots and wounded one of their men.
    (SFC, 6/20/01, p.A16)(SFC, 12/5/06, p.A1)

2001        Jun 19, The SF Health Commission approved a law that required city contractors and leaseholders to provide health benefits for employees.
    (SFC, 6/20/01, p.A13)

2001        Jun 24, The 31st annual Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Parade and Celebration took place.
    (SSFC, 6/24/01, p.C3)

2001        Jul 5, Darryl Lewis (38) of Hunters Point was killed in a noon-time shooting in the 200-block of Westpoint Rd. A week later police arrested Johnny Trammel for the murder. Frank Hall, a police informant said 2 months later that Trammel was innocent. Hall was shot to death Oct 18 on Cashmere St. in the Bayview. Trammel was released in 2002.
    (SFC, 9/5/02, p.A17)

2001        Jul 24, Victor Arimondi (b.1942), professional model a fashion photographer, died of AIDS in SF.
    (SFC, 12/12/09, p.E4)(http://tinyurl.com/ybqcums)

2001        Jul 28, Gov. Davis and Mayor Brown marked the 100th birthday of Harry Bridges with the dedication of a new plaza in front of the Ferry Building.
    (SFC, 7/27/01, p.A19)
2001        Jul 28, Krystal Sexty (16) of Modesto was shot and killed in the Bayview District at Bayshore and Oakdale.
    (SFC, 7/31/01, p.A13)

2001        Jul, Michele Breault (38) was stabbed and battered to death with a hammer in the Stanford Hotel on Kearny Street in SF. In 2006 David Cooper was sentenced to life without parole for the murder. His girlfriend, Debra Soler, was also convicted of murder but faced a new trial. In their 2004 trial each blamed the other for the murder.
    (SFC, 10/24/06, p.B3)

2001        Aug 1, Mario Trevino (49), former Las Vegas fire chief, was sworn in as the new fire chief of SF.
    (SFC, 8/2/01, p.A14)

2001        Aug 3, The city’s 1st Critical Mutt rally was held at City Hall to protest leash laws.
    (SFC, 8/4/01, p.A1)

2001        Aug 4, A groundbreaking celebration was scheduled for the new 105-unit Int’l. Hotel Senior Housing highrise.
    (SFC, 6/8/01, WBa p.1)

2001        Aug 7, Four SF city commissioners received a reprimand from the federal HUD for failing “to act in a responsible manner.”
    (SFC, 8/8/01, p.A8)

2001        Aug 8, A Superior Court judge ruled that Prop. H, approved last Fall, is unconstitutional. The law barred landlords from imposing special rent increases on their tenants for property improvements.
    (SFC, 8/8/01, p.A13)

2001        Aug 11, BART transbay service was shut down for 6 hours due to electrical problems. Traffic clogged on the Bay Area bridges and freeways.
    (SSFC, 8/12/01, p.A1)

2001        Aug 13, Police arrested 9 squatters of the group Homes Not Jails for occupying a boarded building at Fell and Franklin. The building was full of asbestos, lead, rats and fleas.
    (SFC, 8/14/01, p.A11)

2001        Aug 14, Lucasfilm signed an agreement to build a 23-acre office and digital production campus at the Letterman Army Hospital site in the Presidio. Demolition was expected to cost $10 million and annual rent from Lucasfilm would be about $5 million.
    (SFC, 8/15/01, p.A11)

2001        Aug 17, It was reported that Wins of California, a SF garment factory, had not paid its almost 200 workers since late April. A license renewal was rejected in March due to a $3,000 debt to the IRS. The operation shut down on Aug 18.
    (SFC, 8/17/01, p.A1)(SFC, 8/18/01, p.A1,13)

2001        Aug 26, The San Francisco Board of Supervisors proclaimed the City Lights Bookstore at 261 Columbus Ave. as Landmark No. 228.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_San_Francisco_Designated_Landmarks)(SSFC, 5/31/09, p.B2)

2001        Aug 27, Herbert Monterroza (22) with some assistance killed his father and mother in order to live in their 1545 Quesada home in Bayview with his new pregnant wife. 3 other men were seen fleeing the home.
    (SFC, 8/28/01, p.A11)(SFC, 8/29/01, p.A14)

2001        Aug 31, Police and FBI agents swept Bayview-Hunter’s Point and issued 17 arrest warrants for suspected members of the Big Block gang. 9 people were arrested.
    (SFC, 9/1/01, p.A1)

2001        Sep 1, Altaneze Taylor (65) was found murdered in her Bayview home at 231 Thornton Ave. She helped support the Bright Moments Music Lovers Club and had mentored numerous children to learn jazz.
    (SFC, 9/6/01, p.A13)

2001        Sep 4, SF Bay Area BART reached a tentative agreement with its 2 largest unions. An injunction against a strike was ordered the next day against the AFSCME.
    (SFC, 9/6/01, p.A13)

2001        Sep 5, A US Court of Appeals approved the 1997 sale of the 43-foot cross on Mount Davidson to the Council of Armenian American Organizations of Northern California.
    (SFC, 9/6/01, p.A16)
2001        Sep 5, Chevron announced that it would move its headquarters at 575 Market to its San Ramon campus.
    (SFC, 9/6/01, p.A1)

2001        Sep 6, In SF Barry Bonds hit his 60th home run of the year and became the 5th player in history to do so.
    (SFC, 9/7/01, p.A1)
2001        Sep 6, The SF Planning Commission gave the green light to the design for Prada at Polk and Grant on Union Square by architect Rem Koolhaas. The design included a stainless steel wrapping with tiny portholes.
    (SFC, 9/7/01, p.A21)
2001        Sep 6, Scott Stoll (38) and Dennis Snader (36) set off from San Francisco on a bicycle journey that aimed to cover 24,901.55 miles, equal to the circumference of the Earth. After 3+ years Stoll completed 25,752 miles across North and South America, Europe, Asia, Australia and Africa. Stoll ended his adventure on the southern tip of South Africa on October 24, 2004. The Milwaukee native returned to Waukesha where he grew up and his parents still live.
    (SSFC, 2/26/06, p.F3)(www.theargonauts.com)

2001        Sep 8, A ceremony at the War Memorial Opera House marked the 50th anniversary of the Treaty of Peace with Japan.
    (SSFC, 9/9/01, p.A1)

2001        Sep 9, SF hosted a 10.2 mile track Grand Prix bicycle race. George Hincapie, a teammate to Lance Armstrong, won the 127-mile race. Armstrong bowed out after 80 miles.
    (SFC, 9/5/01, p.A13)(SFC, 9/10/01, p.A1)
2001        Sep 9, Police found the Anthony (36) and Anna Shami (37) and their 2 daughters shot to death at their Bernal Heights home on Justin Dr. Shami was a weekend motorcycle rider with the Hell’s Angels.
    (SFC, 9/10/01, p.A1)

2001        Sep 22, Four children, aged 1-12, died in the Bayview area from a fire at 87 Maddux Ave. in the Silver Terrace area.
    (SSFC, 9/23/01, p.A23)(SFC, 9/24/01, p.A11)

2001        Sep 26, The US Senate approved $50.6 million for the Navy to continue cleaning Hunters Point Shipyard, a toxic superfund site.
    (SFC, 9/27/01, p.A15)
2001        Sep 26, Pat Martel, ass’t. manager of Daly City, was named general manager of SF PUC, the 1st Latina, lesbian or woman to head the agency.
    (SFC, 12/30/01, p.D5)

2001        Sep 29, Some 7,000 people marched for peace in Washington DC while an estimated 7-10 thousand marched in San Francisco. They marched to mourn terrorist victims, and to urge the nation to heal poverty and injustice that fuels global violence instead of focusing on military revenge.
    (SSFC, 9/30/01, p.A3)

2001        Sep 30, Many thousands attended the 18th Folsom Street Fair billed as “the biggest leather event in the world.”
    (SFC, 10/1/01, p.A16)

2001        Oct 4, In Texas Barry Bonds hit his 70th home run and tied the 3-year-old record of Mark McGwire.
    (SFC, 10/5/01, p.A1)

2001        Oct 5, Barry Bonds of the SF Giants hit his 71st and 72nd record home runs at Pacific Bell Park off of pitcher Chan Ho Park of the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Dodgers won 11-10. This broke the record of 70 held by Mark McGwire.
    (SFC, 10/6/01, p.F1)

2001        Oct 7, The Asian Arts Museum in Golden Gate Park opened for its last day pending the move to its new location in the Civic Center.
    (SFC, 10/8/01, p.G1)
2001        Oct 7, In SF Barry Bonds hit his 73rd home run in the final game of the season. Two men, Alex Popov and Patrick Hayashi, fought over the ball and went to court. In 2002 a judge ruled that the ball be sold and the cash split. In 2003 the ball was auctioned off for $450,000.
    (SFC, 10/8/01, p.B1)(SFC, 12/19/02, p.A1)(SFC, 6/26/03, p.A1)
2001        Oct 7, Anti-war demonstrations in SF drew some 1,000.
    (SFC, 10/8/01, p.A11)

2001        Oct 18, The US Senate approved a military spending bill that included $50 million for cleanup at Hunter’s Point naval shipyard.
    (SFC, 10/19/01, p.D6)

2001        Oct 21, Richard Hilkert, Bookseller Ltd., closed his shop at 333 Hayes after 18 years.
    (SFC, 10/13/01, p.F1)

2001        Oct 25, Ground was broken for a new $27.5 million Mexican Museum building near Yerba Buena Gardens. The 63,000-sq.-foot building sported a design by Ricardo Legoretta. The museum was founded by Peter Rodriguez in a storefront on Folsom St. in 1976.
    (SFC, 5/26/96, DB p.27)(SFC, 10/27/01, p.F1)
2001        Oct 25, SF made its 3rd annual count of the homeless. The census counted 7,305.
    (SFC, 10/27/01, p.A11)(SFC, 11/17/01, p.A19)
2001        Oct 25, SF, Daly City and 3 golf courses agreed on a plan to restore the health and water level of Lake Merced.
    (SFC, 10/26/01, p.A24)
2001        Oct 25, Kuo Wai Chiang (40) was caught and dragged by an M-Ocean View street car at the Stonestown Galleria shopping center and died at SFG.
    (SFC, 10/27/01, p.A12)

2001        Oct, Seismic work on San Francisco’s Central Freeway was scheduled to end.
    (SFC, 2/21/98, p.A13)

2001        Nov 1, The Cartoon Art Museum took over the space at 655 Mission St. formerly held by the Ansel Adams Center and The Friends of Photography.
    (SFC, 10/18/01, p.B1)

2001        Nov 6, In local elections Prop D passed and gave authority to voters over any project that would fill 100 acres or more of SF Bay. Prop F, a public power proposal, lost by 533 votes.
    (SFC, 11/12/01, p.A15,17)

2001        Nov 11, The SF Chronicle began a series on how school officials mismanaged bond and tax money over the last 13 years.
    (SSFC, 11/11/01, p.A1)

2001        Nov 12, Record rains hit the Bay Area with 2.7 inches in Kentfield and 2.09 inches in SF.
    (SFC, 11/13/01, p.A20)

2001        Nov 17, The Chinese Historical Society opened its new museum at the old Chinatown YWCA on Clay St.
    (SSFC, 11/18/01, p.A29)
2001        Nov 17, In SF Hunter McPherson (27) was shot and killed on Potrero Hill’s Mariposa St. during a robbery as he returned home with a girlfriend. He was the son of state Sen. Bruce McPherson. Clifton Terrell Jr. (18) and Dwayne Curtis Reed (22) were later charged in the murder. In 2005 Terrell was convicted of 1st degree murder and robbery. Reed was freed in 2005 following a plea bargain in which he agreed to testify against Terrell. In Oct 2005 Reed killed a man in Belmont.
    (SFC, 11/19/01, p.A18)(SFC, 3/3/05, p.B1)(SFC, 10/8/05, p.B3)

2001        Dec 5, Demolition of Letterman Army Hospital at the Presidio continued in preparation for the new George Lucas digital production studio.
    (SFC, 12/5/01, p.A20)

2001        Dec 10, James Meadows, director of the Presidio Trust, resigned amid allegations of financial mismanagement.
    (SFC, 12/11/01, p.A1)

2001        Dec 11, Dennis Herrera (39) won a runoff election for city attorney over Jim Lazarus (52) 52% to 47%.
    (SFC, 12/12/01, p.A23)

2001        Dec 15, A fire at 275 Turk St. left 150 tenants homeless.
    (SFC, 12/17/01, p.A17)

2001        Dec 16, Police instituted Operation Ceasefire to try to halt violence between rival groups in the Bayview-Hunters Point area.
    (SFC, 12/17/01, p.A1)

2001        Gray Brechin authored “Imperial San Francisco: Urban Power, Earthly Ruin.”
    (http://www.amazon.com/Imperial-San-Francisco-California-Geography/dp/0520229029)
2001        Dave Eggers authored the memoir “A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius.” He used the proceeds to establish a SF publishing house named “McSweeneys.”
    (Econ, 1/8/05, p.75)
2001        Peter Booth Wiley authored “National Trust Guide: San Francisco, America’s Guide for Architecture and History Travelers.”
    (SSFC, 2/4/01, BR p.2)

2001        The light rail system of Airport Transit System was scheduled to be completed. The AirTrain monorail was scheduled to replace rental car shuttles at the airport.
    (SFC,10/24/97, p.A22)(SFEC, 1/10/99, p.T3)
2001        The BART extension to the airport was scheduled to open.
    (SFEC, 7/19/98, p.A1)
2001        Speckmann’s, a long-time German restaurant and bar on Church St., closed.
    (SFCM, 6/6/04, 6)
2001        The Pacific Stock Exchange merged with Archipelago, an electronic marketplace corporation. Its trading floor was sold in 2002.
    (SSFC, 7/3/05, p.F3)

2002        Jan 1, Alfred J. Nelder, former police chief (1970-1971), Supervisor (1973-1980) and police commission member, died at age 87.
    (SFC, 1/4/02, p.A26)

2002        Jan 2, SF reached a tentative deal with federal officials to take over the Old Mint.
    (SFC, 1/3/02, p.A1)

2002        Jan 4, Alfred Wilsey, SF businessman and philanthropist, died at age 82.
    (SFC, 1/7/02, p.A17)

2002        Jan 18, Perry Michael Bradstreet (37) was killed at 1088 Palou Ave. in Bayview. Gerald A. White, summoned by a Grand Jury on the murder, was killed July 28, 3 days after an appearance in which he did not testify.
    (SFC, 7/31/02, p.A15)

2002        Feb 2, Steve Lee, off-duty police officer, shot and killed Jerome Hooper in Chinatown after being accosted.
    (SFC, 2/4/02, p.B2)

2002        Feb 4, A gunman robbed a Union Square jeweler of over $1 million in diamonds, emeralds and gold outside his 10th-floor office at 210 Post St.
    (SFC, 2/5/02, p.A17)

2002        Feb 11, Chinatown celebrated the New Year of the Horse, year 4,700.
    (SFC, 2/12/02, p.A21)
2002        Feb 11, SF sued PG&E for a $5 billion refund to ratepayers.
    (SFC, 2/12/02, p.B1)
2002        Feb 11, Rebecca Etherington-Smith was attacked at a bus stop on Columbus and Francisco by a man who slashed her face and throat and escaped. On Mar 13 police arrested Hugh Howell (41), who admitted the slashing.
    (SFC, 2/12/02, p.A21)(SFC, 3/13/02, p.A13)

2002        Feb 13, In SF Nicholas Rendon (55) was strangled at his Kansas Street home. His body was found the next day. In 2007 Mark Miller and Ruben Bill pleaded guilty to manslaughter in the case and. They faced sentences of 16 years and 11 years respectively.
    (SFC, 6/7/07, p.B3)

2002        Feb 16, Philip Elwood’s final jazz column as a SFC staff writer appeared. He had joined the morning Examiner in July, 1965.
    (SFC, 2/16/02, p.D1)

2002        Feb 18, Louis Nichols (54) was killed by Marc D’Hollander (31) her hiking French friend, who admitted choking her to death.
    (SFC, 2/19/02, p.A13)

2002        Feb 20, Larry Flynt’s Hustler Club was scheduled to open at 1031 Kearny with a lineup of exotic dancers.
    (SFC, 2/7/02, p.D3)

2002        Feb 23, The Chinese New Year Parade was held in SF.
    (SSFC, 2/24/02, p.A21)

2002        Feb 26, The Nihonmachi Little Friends community day care center gained title to the 1932 YWCA building at 1830 Sutter in a settlement with YWCA. [see 1932, 1996]
    (SFC, 4/9/96, p.A14)(SFC, 2/27/02, p.A15)

2002        Mar 5, Voters approved Prop A, which called for instant runoffs via voter ranking in local primary elections.
    (SFC, 3/7/02, p.A15)

2002        Mar 17, Over 50,000 people gathered for the 150th annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Market St.
    (SFC, 3/18/02, p.B3)

2002        Mar 21, SF jurors convicted Marjorie Knoller (46) of 2nd degree murder and Robert Noel (60) of manslaughter in the dog attack on Diane Whipple.
    (SFC, 3/22/02, p.A1)

2002        Apr 13, Thomas Hatfield (24) was shot and killed at Ocean and Lee near Beep’s hamburgers. Tyson Williams (21) was sought in the murder.
    (SFC, 4/16/02, p.A14)

2002        Apr 20, Some 20,000 people marched in SF in opposition to US policy in the Middle East.
    (SSFC, 4/21/02, p.A1)

2002        Apr 26, Peter Chong (58) was convicted on 10 or 13 accounts of racketeering and other federal charges. He was accused of heading the Wen Hop To crime syndicate and of trying to unify the areas Chinese crime gangs.
    (SFC, 4/27/02, p.A17)

2002        Apr 28, It was reported that the Bechtel Group, hired 2 years ago to revamp the Hetch Hetchy water supply system, was being ousted.
    (SSFC, 4/28/02, p.A1)

2002        May 1, Evelyn Hernandez (24) disappeared with her 5-year-old son. She was pregnant with a baby due May 7. Her boyfriend reported her missing May 7. A portion of her torso was found July 24.
    (SFC, 6/11/02, p.A17)(SFC, 9/4/02, p.A17)

2002        May 2, China’s VP Hu Jintao met with Mayor Brown and set a visit to Intel prior to his departure back to China.
    (SFC, 5/3/02, p.A8)

2002        May 5, In SF Bruce Brooks (51), a street blues musician, killed Juliette Williamson, his girlfriend and bandmate, by repeatedly smashing her head with a hammer. Her body was found on May 22, washed up on Yerba Buena Island. In 2008 Brooks was convicted of 2nd-degree murder.
    (SFC, 8/7/08, p.B3)

2002        May 12, Steve Sparks sold his “The Mad Dog In Fog” English pub on Haight St.  and moved to Anderson Valley. The pub had begun in 1989.
    (SFC, 1/21/05, p.F8)

2002        May 14, Justin Glazer 23 was shot to death in the 500 block of Alemany Blvd. A local feud between the “Project Boys” and “Freeway Boys” was suspected.
    (SFC, 5/18/02, p.A18)

2002        May 17, Keith Frazier (12) was shot to death at 901 Ellsworth in Bernal Heights as his older brother, Kevin Wortham, drove him home. Wortham belonged to the Project Boys group. 
    (SFC, 5/18/02, p.A18)(SSFC, 5/19/02, p.A21)

2002        May 19, Some 50,000 ran in the 91st annual rain-soaked Bay to Breakers race. James Koskei of Kenya won for the men and Luminita Talpos of Romania won for the women.
    (SFC, 5/20/02, p.B1)

2002        Jun 5, The SF Roman Catholic Archdiocese furnished Bay Area prosecutors the names of some 40 current and former priests and lay employees who have been targets of sexual abuse complaints.
    (SFC, 6/6/02, p.A1)
2002        Jun 5, Phyllis Wattis (97), SF arts patron, died. Her contributions to Northern California cultural institutions exceeded $150 million. Her husband, Paul L. Wattis, headed the construction company that built Boulder Dam (Hoover Dam).
    (SFC, 6/6/02, p.A22)

2002        Jun 13-2002 Jun 30, The annual SF Int’l. Gay and Lesbian Film Festival planned to show 80 features and 209 shorts.
    (SFC, 5/22/02, p.D1)

2002        Jun 13, SF Police Officer Jon C. Cook (38) was killed at 17th and Dolores when his patrol car hit another patrol car driven by Nick Ferrando (25). They were both racing to the same emergency call.
    (SFC, 6/14/02, p.A1)

2002        Jun 17, SF Judge James Warren reversed the 2nd degree murder conviction against Marjorie Knoller saying she could have known that her dogs were capable of killing someone.  He let stand Knoller's conviction for involuntary manslaughter. (However, the California Supreme Court has left open the possibility the murder conviction could be reinstated.) Robert Noel was sentenced to 4 years for involuntary manslaughter.
    (SFC, 6/18/02, p.A1)(AP, 6/17/07)

2002        Jun 26, The Ninth US Circuit Court in SF ruled that the “under God” phrase in the Pledge of Allegiance is an endorsement of religion and violates the Constitution. It was unconstitutional because of the words "under God" inserted by Congress in 1954. The US Supreme Court overturned the decision in 2004 on a technicality.
    (SFC, 6/27/02, p.A1)(AP, 6/26/07)
2002        Jun 26, Philip Whalen (78), Zen Buddhist priest and SF Beat poet, died.   
    (SFC, 6/27/02, p.A19)

2002        Jun 30, The 32nd annual Pride Parade was held in SF. Organizers estimated a million people there, while police said 300,000.
    (SFC, 7/1/02, p.B1)

2002        Jul 2, In Sunnydale 3 intruders entered a private apartment demanding money, tied up the husband (35), confined 3 children, and raped the wife (26).
    (SFC, 7/4/02, p.A17)

2002        Jul 3, Gustine Simms (85) of Bayview was found bludgeoned to death. Clay Cael (47) was later shot by police in Oakland and confessed to the killing.
    (SFC, 7/4/02, p.A17)

2002        Jul 7, Three masked men broke into a house on Peabody St. in Visitacion Valley. They raped a mother and one daughter but were fought off be a 2nd daughter. They stole jewelry, electronic equipment and fled.
    (SFC, 7/11/02, p.A4)

2002        Jul 8, A woman’s body, later identified as Nadine Reyes of Sacramento (18), was found in a trash can at 17th Street and Treat Ave. She was last seen July 3 by her father.
    (SFC, 7/9/02, p.A16)(SFC, 7/13/02, p.A17)

2002        Jul 11, Mayor Brown named Asst. Police Chief Earl Sanders (64) as the new chief, the 1st African American to hold the post in its 153 years.
    (SFC, 7/12/02, p.A1)

2002        Jul 12, The SF Robertson Stephens investment banking firm, a unit of Fleet Financial, shut down. It had formed in 1969 as Robertson, Coleman and Siebel. It split into Robertson Stephens and Montgomery Securities in 1978.
    (SFC, 7/13/02, p.A12)

2002        Jul 15, Marjorie Knoller was sentenced to 4 years in prison for the 2001 dog mauling of her neighbor Diane Whipple.
    (WSJ, 7/16/02, p.A1)

2002        Jul 25, Union Square re-opened following an 18-month, $25 million re-model.
    (SFC, 7/26/02, p.A1)

2002        Jul 27, The 4th and last annual Street Luge Competition was held on Potrero Hill.
    (SFC, 8/2/02, p.E1)

2002        Aug 4, Sukhpal Singh (52), a Daly City cab driver, took a fatal gunshot  and crashed his cab into 2 parked cars and a utility pole in a fiery crash on 24th St. in the Mission District.
    (SFC, 8/5/02, p.B1)

2002        Aug 9, Barry Bonds of the SF Giants hit his 600th homerun and joined the ranks of Henry Aaron (660), Babe Ruth (714) and Willie Mays (755).
    (SFC, 8/10/02, p.A1)
2002        Aug 9, Guadelupe J. Marquez (47), former city fire inspector, was indicted for extortion and false overtime.
    (SFC, 8/10/02, p.A13)
2002        Aug 9, SF hit a record 86 degrees. The old record was 85 set in 1970.
    (SFC, 8/10/02, p.A13)

2002        Aug 17, The new $ 1 billion Navy destroyer McCampbell, completed in July at the Bath Iron Works in Maine, was commissioned in SF.
    (SSFC, 8/18/02, p.A2)

2002        Aug 19, The Dolph Rempp Sailing Ship Restaurant was razed. The 135-year-old vessel had spent its last 27 years at South Beach near Pac Bell Park.
    (SFC, 8/20/02, p.A17)

2002        Sep 2, A woman named Dina Harb (20) of San Jose, the mother of an 8-month-old son, was shot to death at 21st Street near Capp. Police suspected her death was gang related.
    (SFC, 9/3/02, p.A17)(SFC, 9/4/02, p.A18)

2002        Sep 7, Some 10,000 peace activists gathered for the 4th annual 911 Power to the Peaceful Festival at Golden Gate Park. The event began in 1999 as a means of drumming up support for Mumia Abu Jamal, the former Philadelphia journalist convicted of killing a police officer.
    (SSFC, 9/8/02, p.A21)

2002        Sep 8, Pop Zhao, a SF artist, organized volunteers to drape 3 miles of US flags along the SF coastline in an artistic display of patriotism, remembrance and strength.
    (SFC, 9/9/02, p.A12)
2002        Sep 8, In San Francisco Ray D. Jimmerson Jr. (25), a key witness in a case against the Big Block gang, was shot to death on Buchanon St. In 2005 Dennis Cyrus Jr., a leader of the Page Street Mob, was indicted for the slaying. In May, 2009, Cyrus was convicted of murdering 3 men. In 2010 he was sentenced to 3 life terms in prison without parole.
    (SFC, 9/10/02, p.A1)(SFC, 5/27/05, p.B4)(SFC, 6/27/09, p.B1)(SFC, 11/20/10, p.C2)

2002        Sep 10, The Musee Mecanique was set to close it doors for the last time in the wake of a rebuilding project for the Cliff House. In March, 2002, under public pressure the National Park Service and owner agreed on a temporary home pending a new one above the new Cliff House.
    (SFC, 2/27/02, p.A13)(SFC, 3/26/02, p.A13)

2002        Sep 12, Rich Sorro Commons, a subsidized housing complex near Pacific Bell Park, opened.
    (SFC, 9/13/02, p.A1)

2002        Sep 14, Some 1,000 marched down Market St. to denounce the Bush administration’s call for war against Iraq.
    (SFC, 9/15/02, p.A25)

2002        Sep 15, The SF Grand Priz bike race was held along the NE waterfront.
    (SFC, 9/15/02, p.A29)

2002        Sep 27, SF bicyclists celebrated the 10-year anniversary of the critical Mass ride and the city’s 1st official Car-Free Day. 3-5,000 riders took part.
    (SFC, 9/28/02, p.A1)

2002        Oct 2, SF launched a computerized system to track the use of services for the homeless.
    (SFC, 10/3/02, p.A17)

2002        Oct 13, In San Francisco a water main burst in the Portola district.
    (SFC, 10/14/02, p.A21)
2002        Oct 13, San Francisco held its 134th annual Columbus Day Parade.
    (SFC, 10/14/02, p.A22)

2002        Oct 14, The SF Giants won the National League Championship with a 2-1 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals.
    (SFC, 10/15/02, p.A1)

2002        Oct 16, Desmond McQuoid (46), for SF school security director, was indicted for scamming the SF Unified School District of some $200,000.
    (SFC, 10/17/02, p.A1)

2002        Oct 23, The San Francisco Giants edged the Anaheim Angels, 4-3, to tie the World Series at two games each.
    (AP, 10/23/07)

2002        Oct 26, An estimated 40-80 thousand people marched down market Street to protest the Bush policy threatening war on Iraq.
    (SSFC, 10/27/02, p.A1)

2002        Oct 27, The Anaheim Angels beat the SF Giants in the 7th game of the baseball World Series 4-1.
    (SFC, 10/28/02, p.A1)

2002        Oct 29, The 3rd annual SF homeless census counted about 7,300. The number sleeping in the street or in vehicles totaled 4,535.
    (SFC, 10/31/02, p.A15)(SFC, 1/27/05, p.B2)

2002        Oct 31, In SF the Halloween party in the Castro district turned violent. 4 people were stabbed and 30 were arrested as police were pelted with bottles.
    (SFC, 10/28/06, p.B3)

2002        Nov 5, San Francisco voters approved Measure F, legislation to create a civilian entertainment commission to oversee entertainment permits. This was previously handled by the police department. The Board of Supervisors had adopted the ordinance, authored by Sup Mark Leno, creating an Entertainment Commission. The 7-member Entertainment Commission will begin work in July 2003. SF voters approved a $1.6 billion bond measure to rebuild the Hetch Hetchy water system. Prop D, a city public power proposal, lost. Prop N, the Care Not Cash homeless reform measure of Sup. Gavin Newsom, passed. Prop O, Sup. Ammiano’s measure to limit Prop N, lost.
    (www.smartvoter.org/2002/11/05/ca/sf/meas/F/)(SFC, 11/7/02, p.A25)

2002        Nov 14, Nancy Pelosi became the 1st woman to lead a party in the US Congress after Democrats voted 177-29 in support of the liberal from SF.
    (SFC, 11/15/02, p.A1)

2002        Nov 20, A street fight (the “Fahitagate” case) involved 3 SF off-duty police officers. Alex Fagan Jr. (the rookie son of Asst. Chief Alex Fagan Sr.), Matthew Tonsing and David Lee confronted Adam Snyder and Jade Santoro at Laguna and Union Streets. In 2005 a jury acquitted Alex Fagan Jr. of the most serious charges against him.
    (SFC, 4/5/03, p.A1)(SFC, 6/23/03, p.A1)(SFC, 3/30/05, p.A1)

2002        Nov 22, “Cupid’s Span,” a sculpture by Claes Oldenburg and his wife Coosje van Bruggen (d.2009 at 66), was set on the Embarcadero at the foot of the Bay Bridge.
    (SFC, 11/23/02, p.A1)(SFC, 1/20/09, p.B5)

2002        Nov 24, The new 31-story tower at 560 Mission, designed by Cesar Pelli, was described as an exercise in minimalism. JP Morgan Chase & Co. was the sole tenant.
    (SSFC, 11/24/02, p.A23)

2002        Dec 13, Monsignor Ignatius Wang (68) of SF was named as an auxiliary bishop for the SF Archdiocese, the 1st US bishop of Asian ancestry.
    (SFC, 12/14/02, p.A1)

2002        In San Francisco the 31-story JPMorgan Chase Building was built at 540 Mission Street.
    (SSFC, 3/4/12, p.C2)

2002        In San Francisco Dave Eggers opened 826 Valencia, a nonprofit writing and tutoring center for youth. The idea was later replicated in half a dozen cities nationwide.
    (SFC, 11/24/09, p.A12)
2002        San Francisco’s MUNI planned to have completed a 150-room boutique hotel and shopping complex across from the Ferry Building.
    (SFC, 10/2/97, p.A17)
2002        San Francisco sent the Murphy windmill cap in golden Gate park to the Netherlands for restoration.
    (SFC, 6/26/02, p.A18)
2002        In San Francisco St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church at 3134 22nd St. was sold for $2.5 million the United Int’l. World Buddhism Assoc. The church dated back to the 1900s.
    (SFC, 12/31/04, p.B5)

2003        Jan 8, Matt Gonzalez (37), a Green Party supervisor, was elected president of the SF Board of Directors.
    (SFC, 1/9/03, p.A1)

2003        Jan 15, The SF 49ers fired football coach Steve Mariucci in year 6 of his 7-year contract.
    (SFC, 1/16/03, p.A1)

2003        Jan 17, Margo Patterson Doss (b.1920), former SF Chronicle columnist, died. In 1961 she began writing her Sunday column “San Francisco at Your Feet” and continued for 30 years. During the last decade of her life she gardened in Bolinas and wrote for the Point Reyes Light.
    (SFC, 1/22/09, p.B1)

2003        Jan 18, In the US tens of thousands rallied in Washington DC in an emphatic dissent against preparations for war in Iraq. As many as 500,000 rallied outside the Capitol. In SF the rally drew at least 100,000 by my count. A small band of anarchists vandalized the Financial District in “black bloc” protests.
    (AP, 1/19/03)(AR)(SSFC, 1/19/03, p.A1)(SFC, 1/27/03, p.B1)

2003        Jan 26, The US Super Bowl XXXVII Football game scheduled in 1997 to be played in San Francisco, was played in San Diego.
    (SFC,10/16/97, p.A1)

2003        Jan 31, A federal jury in SF found Ed Rosenthal (58), a marijuana advocate, guilty of felony conspiracy and cultivation charges. Judge Charles Breyer did not allow testimony citing 1996 California state voter approval of medical marijuana. On Feb 4 jurors claimed they were duped and called for a new trial.
    (SFC, 2/1/03, p.A1)(SFC, 2/5/03, p.A1)

2003        Feb 8, Kevin Coleman (35) was shot and killed in San Francisco’s Lower Haight neighborhood. In 2006 Anthony Johnson (23) and Anthony Woods (25) were convicted of 1st degree murder.
    (SFC, 1/21/06, p.B5)

2003          Feb 16, The SF anti-war demonstration cost organizers some $85,000. An estimated 200,000 people participated. Some 1000 protesters clashed with police at the end of the rally and 46 people were arrested. A later aerial study numbered the crowd at 65,000.
    (SFC, 2/17/03, p.A1)(SFC, 2/21/03, A1)
2003        Feb 16, Bart counted over 82,000 people exiting downtown stations for the anti-war rally. An airplane count numbered some 65,000 at Civic Center Plaza.
    (SFC, 3/12/03, p.A23)

2003        Feb 19, In San Francisco Armando Arce (26) was gunned down as he walked at Willow and Polk streets. In 2009 Joeven Bowen was charged with Arce’s murder. Bowen was alleged to have accompanied members of Oakland’s Nut Case gang, which was involved with 2 murders earlier in the day. On Feb 14, 2011, Bowen was convicted of first-degree murder.
    (SFC, 9/9/09, p.D1)(SFC, 2/15/11, p.C2)

2003        Feb 22, Stars restaurant, home to the city’s longest bar, was scheduled to close after 19 years.
    (SFC, 2/7/03, p.A1)

2003        Feb 27, SF police officials were indicted on charges that they blocked an investigation in a Nov 20, 2002, street fight (the “Fahitagate” case) that involved 3 off-duty officers.
    (SFC, 4/5/03, p.A1)

2003        Mar 11, SF officials fenced off the fountain at the UN Plaza due to human filth and hypodermic needles found on a daily basis.
    (SFC, 3/12/03, p.A19)

2003        Mar 14, Police arrested 80 anti-war protesters in the SF financial district. They included Warren Langley, former head of the Pacific Exchange.
    (SFC, 3/15/03, p.A13)

2003        Mar 15, Many thousands of anti-war demonstrators marched in SF, Washington DC and around the world against plans for a war with Iraq.
    (SFC, 3/16/03, p.A1)(AP, 3/15/08)

2003        Mar 19, Protests began in SF with the start of war in Iraq.
    (SFC, 3/19/03, p.W3)

2003        Mar 20, The SF Asian Museum opened in the renovated former SF main Library. The makeover was designed by Italian architect Gae Aulenti (1928-2012). She was also known for the 1986 makeover of a Parisian train station into the Musee D’Orsay.
    (SFC, 3/21/03, p.A3)(SSFC, 11/4/12, p.C12) 
2003        Mar 20, Up to 1400 anti-war protesters were arrested in SF.
    (SFC, 3/21/03, p.A1)

2003        Mar 31, Crews began demolishing the half-mile Fell Street off-ramp.
    (SFC, 4/1/03, p.A15)

2003        Mar, The new $151 million Asian Art Museum, the Chong-Moon Lee Center for Asian Arts and culture, opened in San Francisco’s Old Main Library. Johnson Bogart (1928-2008), a member of the Asian Art Commission since 1992, led the successful move.
    (SFC, 11/28/96, p.C1)(SFC, 8/14/08, p.B5)

2003        Apr 4, Judge Kay Tsenin dismissed charges against 5 police officials in the “Fahitagate” case.
    (SFC, 4/5/03, p.A1)

2003        Apr 7, The SF Chronicle ran a $45,000 full-page ad that called for the impeachment of Pres. Bush. Former US Attorney Gen’l. Ramsey Clark led the ad sponsors.
    (SFC, 4/8/03, p.A12)
2003        Apr 7, The SF Giants beat the San Diego Padres 7-4 on opening day. Navy jets buzzed the 40,800 crowd in opening ceremonies at PacBell Park.
    (SFC, 4/8/03, p.A15)
2003        Apr 7, Jewelry valued at $4.5 million was stolen from the Lang Estate and Jewelry store on Union Square in SF. 2 men were later arrested. In 2006 Troy Smith (44) was convicted in the robbery and faced 35 years to life in prison. His brother Dino Smith (48) and George Turner (46) were convicted in 2005. The robbers entered on a Sunday night and forced employees to open the safes the next morning and escaped with 1,300 pieces of jewelry.
    (SFC, 12/21/04, p.B3)(SFC, 11/1/06, p.B7)(SFC, 10/1/09, p.E3)

2003        Apr 8, Ed Harrington, SF City Controller, said as many as 1,000 city jobs may be eliminated.
    (SFC, 4/9/03, p.A25)

2003        Apr 21, In San Francisco charges were filed against Marcus Armstrong, former information systems manager for the Dept. of Building Inspection, for bribes of close to $450,000. City attorney Dennis Herrera had filed fraud and kickback charges against Government Computer Sales and  Armstrong in February. Cobra Solutions and TeleCon were added to the suit in April. On Feb 15, 2012, a SF jury awarded the city $24,000 in damages against Cobra Solutions and TeleCon.
    (SFC, 4/22/03)(SFC, 2/14/12, p.A7)(SFC, 2/16/12, p.C6)

2003        Apr 22, Mark Padua and Frederick Johnson were arrested following a bank robbery at the B of A branch on Balboa St. They were believed to be responsible for 26 recent holdups.
    (SSFC, 5/18/03, p.A1)

2003        Apr 28, In San Francisco Steve Jobs raised the curtain on the iTunes Music store.
    (SSFC, 4/28/13, p.D1)

2003        Apr, The new magazine "Believer" published its 1st issue from 826 Valencia, SF, part of the Dave Eggers publishing family. The storefront featured a Pirate Supply Store  to conform with commercial zoning requirements. The backend featured tutoring services for school kids.
    (SSFM, 7/13/03, p.11)(SFC, 3/1/08, p.C2)

2003        May 2, In SF the Centre for Sex and Culture held its second annual public "Masturbate-a-Thon".
    (Reuters, 5/3/02)

2003        May 3, Robert Hansen (85), Golden Gate Park Band maestro, died. He had wielded the conductor's baton for 53 years.
    (SFC, 5/6/03, p.A17)

2003        May 8, Judge Ronald Quidachay said only county officials and not voters can set welfare standards for the downtrodden. This overturned the 2002 voter-approved Prop N, the "Care Not Cash" measure.
    (SFC, 5/9/03, p.A1)

2003        Apr 5, Kirby Doyle (70), San Francisco Beat poet and writer, died.
    (SFC, 5/14/03, p.A17)

2003        May 9, The film "Forbidden Photographs: The Life and Work of Charles Gatewood" premiered at the Roxie theater.
    (SFC, 5/8/03, p.E3)

2003        May 18, The 92nd annual Bay to Breakers race had some 70,000 participants. James Koskei defended his title with a time of 35.11.
    (SFC, 5/19/03, p.A1)

2003        May 20, The SF Civil Service Commission, empowered by voters last November, voted 3:2 to raise the pay scale for supervisors to $112,320 vs. the previous $37,585, effective July 1.
    (SFC, 5/21/03, p.A1)

2003        May 25, The 25th annual SF Carnaval Parade was held in the Mission District.
    (SSFC, 5/25/03, p.A21)

2003        Jun 2, PipeVine Inc., a firm that handled over $100 million in donations, shut down and said it did not have enough money to pay owed funds to nonprofit organizations. The SF later acknowledged that is had spent some of the money on its own salaries and other operating expenses. Accounting problems dated back 2 years.
    (SFC, 6/4/03, p.A1)(SFC, 6/5/03, p.A1)

2003        Jun 22, The 8.7-mile Bart extension to the airport was set to begin operations.
    (SFC, 6/19/03, p.A1)

2003        Jun 26, Record temperatures hit the Bay Area with 97 in SF and 102 in San Jose.
    (SFC, 6/27/03, p.A23)

2003        Jun 28, Virginia Ramos, the Tamale Lady, celebrated her 50th b-day at the Zeitgeist, a Mission district bar.
    (SFC, 6/28/03, p.A15)
2003        Jun 28, John Bravard (53) fatally shot 3 men at the Dalt Hotel on Turk St. and then killed himself.
    (SSFC, 6/28/03, p.A1)

2003        Jun 29, SF held its 33rd annual SF Gay Pride parade on Market St.
    (SSFC, 6/28/03, p.A2)

2003        Jul 4, The SF Mime Troup opened their season with a free performance of "Veronique of the Mounties" in Dolores Park.
    (SFC, 7/7/03, p.D2)

2003        Jul 12, In SF Robert Ramirez (24) was killed when bullets sprayed a car he sat in with a friend near City College. Philip Sands (24, a long-time friend, was arrested for the murder on Oct 16. Sands was convicted of 1st degree murder on Nov 4, 2005. Sands was also convicted for a Sep 14, 2001, stabbing  at Pacific Bell Park. Sands believed that Ramirez had planned to testify against him in the stabbing case.
    (SFC, 10/17/03, p.A21)(SFC, 11/5/05, p.B3)

2003        Jul 14, The SF Board of Supervisors voted 6-5 to install $1-an-hour parking meters in Golden Gate Park. The plan was dropped Jul 29 under widespread outrage.
    (SFC, 7/16/03, p.A15)(SFC, 7/30/03, p.A17)
2003        Jul 14, A tow truck went out of control on Alemany Blvd. and crashed on top of a SUV on I-280. Walid Mansour, the truck driver, was killed along with 3 siblings in the SUV.
    (SFC, 7/15/03, p.A1)

2003        Aug 1, Alex Gong (32), a Thai-style kickboxer, was shot to death at Fifth and Harrison by the driver of a stolen vehicle who had crashed into Gong's car. Rodger Wayne Chastain (23) shot himself to death Aug 4 following a 12-hour standoff with police in South SF.
    (SSFC, 8/3/03, p.A25)(SFC, 8/5/03, p.A1)

2003        Aug 9, The 10th annual Pistahan, a Philippine fiesta, began in Yerba Buena Gardens.
    (SFC, 8/9/03, p.A1)

2003        Aug 24, Lawrence Fixel (86), SF poet, died. His 1st collection of poems, The Scale of Silence," was published in 1970.
    (SFC, 8/28/03, p.A27)

2003        Sep 13, Volunteers at Ocean Beach unfurled a half mile banner honoring the victims of the 2001, 9/11 tragedy.
    (SSFC, 9/14/03, p.A22)

2003        Sep 14, SF held a 108- mile Men's bicycle race. The Women's pro race was 49.6 miles. Chris Horner (31) of team Saturn won the men's race. Nicole Cooke (20) of team Ausra Gruodis won the women's race.
    (SSFC, 9/14/03, p.A22)

2003        Sep 20, The SF Conservatory of flowers, battered by a storm 8 years earlier, re-opened following a $25 million renovation.
    (SFC, 9/16/03, p.A1)

2003        Sep, SF opened the Five Keys Charter School for convicted drug dealers and violent criminals, the nation's 1st charter school in jail.
    (SFC, 1/2/04, p.A15)

2003        Oct 1, Jazz at Skip's, a Bernal Heights tavern owned by Bill Courtright, ended due to legal suits filed by ASCAP, the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers. Music returned in 2004 after Courtright agreed to pay royalties, but he still faced infringement suits.
    (SFC, 12/3/03, p.D1)(SFC, 1/2/04, p.B1)

2003        Oct 14, SBC Communications announced that it would rename Pacific Bell Park to SBC Park as of Jan 1.
    (SFC, 10/15/03, p.A1)

2003        Oct 15, FCC officials raided San Francisco Liberation Radio, a low-power FM station, and confiscated its equipment.
    (SFC, 10/21/03, p.D1) 

2003        Oct 18, The 24th annual SF Exotic Erotic Ball took place at the Cow Palace in Daly City.
    (SFC, 10/20/03, p.D1)

2003        Oct 22, Supervisor Chris Daly, serving as acting mayor, filled 2 vacancies in the Public Utilities Commission. Mayor Brown was traveling in Tibet.
    (SFC, 10/24/03, p.A1)

2003        Oct 25, Some 5-15 thousand people demonstrated in SF calling for US withdrawal from Iraq.
    (AP, 10/26/03)

2003        Oct 28, In SF it was announced that the Helen Diller Family Foundation would make a $35 million donation to the new cancer research center of UCSF at Mission Bay. The new 5-story Diller Building, designed by Uruguay-born architect, Rafael Vinoly, opened in 2009.
    (SFC, 10/28/03, p.B1)(SFC, 6/2/09, p.E8)

2003        Oct 31, In SF Victor Bach (71) was killed at his Mission District office, Western Plumbing and Heating on Halloween. His wife was later charged with defrauding the business and a trust account that he was overseeing. In 2008 Kathy Bach (57) was convicted of 13-theft related charges for defrauding her husband’s business and a private trust that he oversaw.
    (SFC, 3/16/05, p.B4)(SFC, 11/18/08, p.B2)

2003        Nov 4, SF voters favored Gavin Newsom (36) for mayor, but failed to win a majority and a runoff against Matt Gonzalez (38) on Dec 19 was scheduled. Voters passed Prop. H, a measure to reorganize the police commission.
    (SFC, 11/5/03, p.A19)

2003        Nov 9, SF held its 84th annual Veterans Day Parade.
    (SFC, 11/10/03, p.A13)

2003        Nov 13, Mayor Brown officially broke ground for the $410 million Westfield San Francisco Center, scheduled to open in 2006. It will fuse Union Square with the Yerba Buena Center into one urban district.
    (SFC, 11/14/03, p.A1)
2003        Nov 13, Dana Stubblefield, SF 49er defensive lineman, made false statements to an IRS agent just days before drug tests showed he had taken steroids. In 2008 he pleaded guilty to lying about his use of performance-enhancing drugs. He was the first football player prosecuted in the BALCO steroid scandal.
    (SFC, 1/19/08, p.B1)

2003        Nov 14, A new Arabic mural was unveiled at the corner of Market and Jones. 8 Bay Area artists were commissioned for the $35,000 year-long work.
    (SFC, 11/15/03, p.A23)

2003        Nov 15, Dmitriy Romasenko (21), immigrant Russian Jew, was shot to death at the northern edge of Golden Gate Park.
    (SFCM, 6/27/04, p.8)

2003        Nov 18, Michael Burns, SF Director of Transportation, was given a 28% pay increase by the agency's board of directors in a 4-2 vote. Some Muni workers recently agreed to a 7.5% pay cut to help balance the budget.
    (SFC, 11/19/03, p.A27)

2003        Dec 4, Barry Bonds, SF homerun star, told a grand jury that he used a clear substance and a cream supplied by BALCO, but that he never thought they were steroids. The SF Chronicle obtained a transcript of his testimony in 2004.
    (SFC, 12/3/04, p.A1)

2003        Dec 9, Gavin Newsom (36) was elected as the 42nd mayor of San Francisco. He beat Matt Gonzalez by a 53-47% margin. Kamala Harris was elected District Attorney. She beat Terence Hallinan 56-44%
    (SFC, 12/10/03, p.A1)

2003        Dec 13, Mayor-elect Gavin Newsom announced his strategy to create a 10-year plan to end homelessness in SF.
    (SSFC, 12/14/03, p.A1)

2003        Dec 15, Art Blum (80), "king of public relations" in SF, died in Mill Valley.
    (SFC, 12/17/03, p.A27)

2003        Dec 20, Daniel Price (28), artist, was shot and killed as he protected his wife from a gunman near Filbert and Gough in the early morning hours.
    (SFC, 12/20/03, p.A1)

2003        Dec 20, A third of SF lost power for 2-3 hours in the early evening. A fire at a PG&E Mission sub-station was overlooked for 99 minutes.
    (SSFC, 12/21/03, p.A1)(SFC, 12/24/03, p.A1)

2003        Dec 29, The Sears Fine Food Restaurant on Powell St., in operation on Union Square since 1938, served its last meal due to legal and financial woes. In 2004 Man Kim singed a long-term lease to take over the restaurant and planned to reopen it in the spring.
    (SFC, 12/25/03, p.A1)(SFC, 1/23/04, p.B1)

2003        Dec 31, The SF California Academy of Sciences closed at the end of the day and prepared to move to a new temporary site at 875 Howard. A new $370 million structure designed by Renzo Piano was scheduled to open in 2008.
    (SFC, 12/31/03, p.A13)

2003        Dec, In San Francisco a project known as Distillery 209 moved into Pier 50. The licensed gin distillery hoped to capture a share of the gourmet spirits market.
    (SFC, 4/6/04, p.C1)

2003        San Francisco voters authorized $15 million in bonds to renovate the 3-story High School of Commerce at 135 Van Ness and establish it as the new location of the Ruth Asawa School of the Arts.
    (SFC, 10/16/13, p.D1)
2003        SF raised cable car prices to $3.00.
    (SFC, 3/2/05, p.B7)
2003        In San Francisco a 40-story, $182 million, luxury hotel and condominium at 3rd and Mission was scheduled to be completed.
    (SFC, 5/26/99, p.A18)
2003        In San Francisco the $400 million, 1.58 million-sq.-foot Bloomingdale development of the former Emporium was scheduled to be finished.
    (SFC, 1/15/01, p.A21)
2003        In San Francisco the Third St. light-rail surface line was scheduled to open. It would connect to a downtown subway that would take another decade to fund and build.
    (SFC, 6/12/97, p.A17)
2003        The ViroChip, invented by Dr. Joseph DeRisi (33) of UC San Francisco, gained attention when it spotted the virus that causes the epidemic form of pneumonia called SARS.
    (SFC, 9/10/08, p.B4)

2004        Jan 2, Burgess Collins (b.1923), SF artist, died. He had been the lover of poet Robert Duncan and helped found the King Ubu art gallery on Fillmore in 1953.
    (SSFC, 1/25/04, p.E1)

2004        Jan 8, Gavin Newsom began serving as SF's 42nd mayor. He planned a multi-million bond measure to fund construction of housing and social services for the city's homeless.
    (SFC, 1/8/04, p.A1)

2004        Jan 10, Mayor Newsom appointed Joanne Hayes-White (39), Assistant Deputy Fire Chief, as head of the fire department.
    (SSFC, 1/11/04, p.A1)

2004        Jan 12, It was reported that Mary Ellen O'Brien, head of the SF parking ticket division, was put on leave from her $102,000-a-year job under allegations of chronic ticket fixing.
    (SFC, 1/12/04, p.B1)

2004        Jan 15, It was reported that a SF street cleaning crew were told to vote for Gavin Newsom and work for his campaign on Dec 9, 2003, election day.
    (SFC, 1/15/04, p.A1)

2004        Jan 16, Mayor Newsom gathered experts from around the country to discuss programs to help the homeless. Marc Trotz, director of housing and urban health for the SF Dept. of Public Health, pointed out that the Direct Access housing program, begun 5 years earlier, had an 85% rate of retention.
    (SSFC, 5/9/04, p.A1)

2004        Jan 17, Mayor Newsom asked Police Chief Fagan to step aside and named heather Fong as the new acting chief.
    (SSFC, 1/18/04, p.A1)

2004        Jan 19, Mayor Newsom appointed Michela Alioto-Pier (35) to replace him as supervisor in district 2.
    (SFC, 1/23/04, p.A17)
2004        Jan 19, The SF Cafe Du Nord on upper Market opened the touring Sex Workers' Art Show, founded by Annie Oakley. The original show was conceived in Olympia, Wa., in 1997.
    (SSFC, 1/11/04, p.E3)

2004        Jan 22, The Pacific Exchange seat owners voted to convert the entire exchange into a for-profit stock corporation.
    (SSFC, 1/25/04, p.I3)
2004        Jan 22, Federal agents broke up a SF prostitution ring that worked out of at least 4 west side residential homes. These included 1671 33rd Ave, 155 Buckingham Way, 2054 19th Ave, and a apartment at 132A Carl St.
    (SFC, 1/23/04, p.A1)

2004        Jan 26, Mayor Newsom told SF business leaders that a tax hike may be need to deal a city deficit that could exceed $300 million.
    (SFC, 1/27/04, p.A13)

2004        Jan 27, SF Supervisors gave initial approval to developers who want to built 4 residential high rises in the Rincon Hill area.
    (SFC, 1/28/04, p.A15)

2004        Jan 29, Mayor Newsome cut $25,000 from his salary and requested that city officials earning over $125,000 accept 15% pay cuts.
    (SFC, 1/31/04, p.A1)

2004        Feb 2, Pres. Bush proposed a $2.4 trillion federal budget with a projected deficit of $521 billion for this year. It included an increase in rent for San Francisco's use of Hetch Hetchy reservoir in the Yosemite Valley from $30,000 a year to $8 million.
    (SFC, 2/3/04, p.A1)(SFC, 2/4/04, p.A1)

2004        Feb 7, SF held its annual Chinese New Year parade to cap 15 days of celebration for the Year of the Monkey and 4702 on the lunar calendar.
    (SSFC, 2/8/04, p.A1)

2004        Feb 12, SF Mayor Gavin Newsom authorized the county clerk to begin issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples in defiance of state law. Some 90 gay and lesbian couples were wed and over the next few days some 2,000 took their vows.
    (SFC, 2/13/04, p.A1)(WSJ, 2/17/04, p.A1)(SFC, 6/27/15, p.A12)

2004        Feb 19, It was announced that Philip Anschutz (64), Denver billionaire and founder of Qwest Communications, purchased the Fang newspapers including the SF Examiner for $20 million.
    (SFC, 2/21/04, p.A1)

2004        Feb 20, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger directed the California state attorney general to take immediate legal steps to stop SF from granting marriage licenses to gay couples.
    (AP, 2/21/04)(SFC, 2/21/04, p.A1)

2004        Feb 21, Bill Lockyer, California state Attorney General, rebuffed Gov. Schwarzenegger's demand to force an end to same-sex marriages in SF, calling the directive political rhetoric.
    (SSFC, 2/22/04, p.A1)

2004        Feb 22, A giant wedding reception was held at the SF Hyatt Regency honoring the thousands of same-sex couples married over the previous 11 days.
    (SFC, 8/13/04, p.A16)

2004        Feb 23, The wage minimum in SF rose to $8.50 from $6.75, based on voter approval in 2003.
    (SFC, 2/21/04, p.A1)

2004        Feb 27, Bill Lockyer, California state Attorney General, asked the California Supreme Court to stop SF officials from issuing same-sex marriage licenses and invalidate the 3,400 gay and lesbian weddings that have taken place at City Hall since Feb 12.
    (SFC, 8/13/04, p.A16)

2004        Mar 7, SF Zoo veterinarians euthanized Calle, the 37-year-old female Asian elephant due to her degenerative joint disease exacerbated by tuberculosis.
    (SFC, 3/08/04, p.A2)

2004        Mar 11, The California Supreme Court halted gay weddings in San Francisco for at least a few months while it decides whether they are legal. SF responded by suing the state in Superior Court contending that the state ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional.
    (AP, 3/12/04)(SFC, 3/12/04, p.A1)(SFC, 6/27/15, p.A12)

2004        Mar 12, In California six unwed gay couples filed suit in Superior Court challenging the state’s marriage law on constitutional grounds. The suit was later consolidated with a SF suit filed a day earlier.
    (SFC, 6/27/15, p.A12)

2004        Mar 14, Some 100,000 people gathered for the 152nd SF St. Patrick's Day Parade.
    (SFC, 3/15/04, p.B3)

2004        Mar 19, The SF budget was projected to have a deficit of $352 million. This was in part due to a payroll that grew 54% under Mayor Brown.
    (SFC, 3/20/04, p.B4)(SSFC, 3/28/04, p.A1)

2004        Mar 20, Thousands of anti-war demonstrators marched from Dolores Park to the Civic Center.
    (SSFC, 3/21/04, p.A1)

2004        Mar 23, SF city Controller Ed Harrington found accounting problems with the SF County Transportation Authority.
    (SFC, 3/24/04, p.A1)

2004        Mar 27, John Sack (74), war correspondent, died in SF. His 10 books included "Lieutenant Calley: His Own Story."
    (SFC, 1/1/05, p.A14)

2004        Mar 29, The body of Eugen Gorenman (26), immigrant Russian Jew, was found shot to death at Fort Funston, SF, Ca. In 2009 3 women, teenagers at time, were sentenced to prison terms of 8 to 21 years for the slaying.
    (SFCM, 6/27/04, p.8)(SFC, 4/4/09, p.B3)

2004        Mar 31, SF reached agreement with the US Navy for the 1st section of Hunters Point shipyard to be turned over to the city.
    (SFC, 4/1/04, p.B4)

2004        Apr 2, US Dept. of Transportation auditors said SF overcharged SFO by some $12.5 million between 1998 and 2002 in violation of lease agreements.
    (SFC, 4/3/04, p.B4)

2004        Apr 3, Techies organized a flash mob to create a supercomputer at UCSF's Koret Gym. 669 computers were hooked together, but the fastest speed, 180 gigaflops, was achieved with just 256. The world's fastest computer was Japan's $400 million Earth Simulator running at 35 teraflops, or 35,000 gigaflops.
    (SSFC, 4/4/04, p.B1)

2004        Apr 10, Several thousand protesters gathered in SF and called for an end to US military presence in Iraq.
    (SSFC, 4/11/04, p.B3)
2004        Apr 10, San Francisco Police officer Isaac A. Espinoza (29) was shot dead and his partner wounded in the Bayview neighborhood. Suspect David Hill (21) was arrested the next day. Hill used an illegal AK-47 against the officers that had been given to him by Marvin Jeffrey Jr., a police informant. In 2007 Hill was found guilty of 2nd degree murder.
    (SFC, 4/12/04, p.A1)(SSFC, 8/13/06, p.A1)(SFC, 1/5/07, p.A1)

2004        Apr 13, Anne Outin (66) was murdered at her Prague Street home in the Crocker-Amazon district by her adopted son, Thomas Hanley (18).
    (SFC, 4/17/04, p.B1)

2004        Apr 20, Peter Rocha (65), artist, died. He was known for creations of mosaics using jelly beans from the Fairfield jelly bean factory, inspired by Pres. Reagan's preference for the candy.
    (SFC, 4/22/04, p.B9)

2004        Apr 22, Maybelle (43), an African elephant, died at the SF Zoo.
    (SFC, 4/23/04, p.B1)

2004        Apr 25, The 14th annual "California Mile" vintage 4-day car rally began in SF.
    (SFC, 4/26/04, p.B1)
2004        Apr 25, Thom Gunn (b.1929), British-born poet, died in SF at age 74. His 1st book, titled "Fighting Terms" (1954), was recognized as part of the British group called "The Movement." He moved from England to America in 1954 to live with his male lover and explore the California culture.
    (SFC, 4/28/04, p.B7)(Econ, 5/8/04, p.83)

2004        Apr 26, Record heat hit the Bay Area with 91 reported in SF. 93 degrees was reported in San Jose.
    (SFC, 4/27/04, p.A1)

2004        Apr 29, Allen Cohen (64), founder of the SF Oracle underground newspaper (1966-1968), died. His 1st issue came out in Sep 20, 1966. Cohen was also arrested in 1966 for publishing a collection of erotic poetry called "The Love Book" by Lenore Kandel. Cohen was convicted and fined $50.
    (SFC, 5/1/04, p.B7)(www.sfheart.com/cohen_bio.html)

2004        Apr, SF based non-profit Room to Read (R2R), founded by former Microsoft executive John Wood, opened its 1000th library in Siem Reap, Cambodia.
    (SFCM, 9/26/04, p.7)

2004        May 1, A California state appeals court restored Mayor Newsom's Care Not Cash program for homeless people in SF. Some 2,497 homeless people were receiving monthly welfare checks for as much as $410. The checks were cut to $59 with housing or emergency shelter provided. By Dec 2005 the number of homeless receiving checks dropped to 391.
    (SFC, 5/1/04, p.A1)(SFC, 12/21/05, p.B1)

2004        May 3, It was reported Anthony Camilleri (54) and Tan Huynh (42) 2 Muni mechanics had stolen at least $100,000 from fare boxes.
    (SFC, 5/3/04, p.B1)

2004        May 5, SF police shot and killed Cammerin Boyd (29), an African-American with prosthetic legs, following a car chase during which Boyd allegedly shot at police. Boyd was a suspect in an attempted kidnapping. In 2010 four SF police officers involved in the case were cleared of all disciplinary charges.
    (SFC, 5/7/04, p.A1)(SFC, 4/27/10, p.C3)

2004        May 7, It was reported that an aggressive species of African frog from Kenya had taken up residence in Golden Gate Park’s Lily Pond.
    (SFC, 5/7/04, p.A1)
2004        May 7, Raymon Bass (17), a San Francisco Mission High senior and standout athlete, was shot to death. Police later arrested Florentino Tobie (19) based on an account by Cadero Currington, a gang insider, who said the killing was due to feud with Bass’s cousins. In late 2007 the SF DA dropped the murder charges against Tobie, because Currington bolted rather than retake the witness stand.
    (SFC, 1/1/08, p.B1)  

2004        May 16, The 93rd Bay to Breakers drew an estimated 45,000 registered runners and some 60,000 crashers and gawkers. Benjamin Maiyo of Kenya placed first.
    (SFC, 5/17/04, p.A1)

2004        May 18, SF Supervisors learned that the Civil Service Commission had cut their salaries to $90,000 from $112,000 following a survey of other state municipalities.
    (SFC, 5/19/04, p.B4)
2004        May 18, Kubi, SF Zoo’s 29-year-old gorilla, died, 11 days following his May 7 surgery to remove a diseased lung.
    (SFC, 5/19/04, p.A1)
2004        May 18, In SF Chris Johnson (26) was killed in the Safeway parking lot at Geary and Fillmore just after attending a funeral for his nephew, Raymon Bass (17), who had been killed as part of a gang feud in the Western Addition. In 2008 Kevin Carradine Jr. (24) was convicted of first-degree murder for Johnson’s murder and sentenced for 77 years to life.
    (SFC, 2/27/08, p.B4)(SFC, 5/30/08, p.B3)

2004        May 26, It was reported that SF police officer Darryl Watts and institutional cop Kelly Francisco were under investigation for moonlighting in porn video.
    (SFC, 5/26/04, p.B1)

2004        May 30, The 26th annual SF Carnaval took place in the Mission before an estimated 300k spectators.
    (SFC, 5/31/04, p.A1)

2004         May, Michael Franti, SF musician, traveled to Iraq and shot video that led to his 2006 book and film titled “I Know I’m Not Alone.”
    (SFC, 9/7/06, p.E4)

2004        Jun 3, Eugene Ruggles (b.1935), SF poet, died in Petaluma, Ca. His books included “Lifeguard in the Snow” (1977).
    (SFC, 6/4/04, B6)

2004        Jun 4, Virgin USA chose SFO as its home base.
    (SFC, 6/5/04, A1)

2004        Jun 5, In SF some 8-10 thousand people marched on Market St. calling for an end to US presence in Iraq.
    (SSFC, 6/6/04, B1)

2004        Jun 8, In SF over 100 protesters were arrested following demonstrations against the biotech convention at Moscone Center.
    (SFC, 6/9/04, B1)

2004        Jun 19, SF held the 54th annual Juneteenth parade. [see Texas, June 19, 1865]
    (SFC, 6/18/04, p.B1)

2004        Jun 24, Carl Gill, a former executive of the SF Free Clinic, was arrested for embezzling $773,000.
    (SFC, 3/6/06, p.B5)(www.aegis.com/news/ap/2004/AP040661.html)
2004        Jun 24, Carl Rakosi (100), American poet, died in SF.
    (SFC, 7/2/04, p.A1)

2004        Jun 26, The 12th annual SF Dyke March was held on market Street.
    (SFC, 6/26/04, p.A1)

2004        Jun 27, The 34th annual SF Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Pride Parade was held.
    (SFC, 6/28/04, p.A1)

2004        Jun 29, Gustavus Rugley (21) was killed by SF police at the Mission St. overpass of Alemany Blvd. following a chase. Rugley had fired at police with a .38-caliber semiautomatic and police returned fire hitting him 35 times. In 2006 6 officers faced charges of violating department policy in the confrontation.
    (SFC, 2/25/06, p.B3)

2004        Jul 1, SF police announced an undercover drug sting and the arrest of 19 suspected drug dealers in the Bayview-Hunters Point area.
    (SFC, 7/2/04, p.B1)

2004        Jul 13, Christopher Hewitt (58), disabled gay poet, died. He was among the many poets to have read at the Café Babar.
    (SFC, 7/21/04, p.B7)

2004        Jul 17, California’s Gov. Schwarzenegger mocked his opponents in the California Legislature as "girlie-men" and called upon voters to "terminate" them at the polls in November if they don't pass his $103 billion budget.
    (http://tinyurl.com/w4zyt)

2004        Jul 31, Hundreds of Hells Angels arrived in SF to celebrate the 50th anniversary of their 2nd oldest chapter. The oldest was in Fontana in San Bernadino County.
    (SSFC, 8/1/04, p.B1)

2004        Aug 1, Some 7,800 runners participated in the annual SF Chronicle Marathon. John Weru, a Kenyan living in Mountainview, won the race in 2 hrs. 33 min. and 41 sec. Susan Loke of Phoenix won for the women in 2 hrs. 50 min. and 21 sec.
    (SFC, 8/2/04, p.B5)

2004        Aug 5, John Forney (42), Enron energy trader, pleaded guilty in SF to charges of fraud and plotting to manipulate the market during the 2000-2001 California energy crises.
    (SFC, 8/6/04, p.A1)

2004        Aug 6, Mayor Newsom swore in Sean Elsbernd (28) to replace Tony Hall as supervisor for District 7. Hall had accepted a position to head the Treasure Island Development Authority.
    (SFC, 8/6/04, p.B1)

2004        Aug 12, California’s Supreme Court struck down San Francisco’s attempt to legalize same-sex marriages, saying Mayor Newsome had illegally defied state law. 3955 marriages recorded between Feb 12 and Mar 11 were voided.
    (SFC, 8/13/04, p.A1)(SFC, 6/27/15, p.A13)

2004        Aug 13, It was announced that Stonestown Galleria was sold by Pacific Acquisition Corp. for $312 million to General Growth Properties of Chicago.
    (SFC, 8/17/04, p.C1)

2004        Aug 19, Sudden oak death, Phytopthora ramorum, was confirmed in trees in Golden Gate Park, making SF the 14th infected country in California.
    (SFC, 8/20/04, p.B1)

2004        Aug 23, Thieves stole the “Resting Hermes” statue from its pedestal on Nob Hill. The University Club had purchased the statue, made by Chiurazzi of Naples, from Italy in 1915 following the Panama Pacific Expo. It was stolen once before in 1974. On Aug 27 an informant reported the statue sitting at the Toot’s Bar in Crocket, from where it was recovered.
    (SFC, 8/24/04, p.A1)(SFC, 8/31/04, p.A1)

2004        Aug 31, Mayor Newsom promised a 3-month intensive intervention to clean up the Mission District.
    (SFC, 9/1/04, p.B4)

2004        Sep 1, Ground was broken in Glen Park for a $10 million project that included 15 new apartments, a grocery market and a branch library.
    (SFC, 9/1/04, p.B4)

2004        Sep 4, San Francisco’s De La Salle High School lost its 1st football game since 1992 to the Bellevue High Wolverines in Washington State, ending a winning streak of 151 games.
    (SFC, 9/6/04, p.B1)

2004        Sep 17, In SF Barry Bonds became the first new member of baseball’s homerun 700 club in 31 years, joining Babe Ruth and Hank Aaron. Timothy Griffith (21), was stabbed to death in a fight after the game. Rafael Antonio Cuevas (22) was arrested Oct 1. On Oct 27 the homerun ball was auctioned for $804,129. On Oct 10, 2008, Cuevas was sentenced 16 years to life for 2nd degree murder and ordered to pay a fine of $10,000.
    (SFC, 9/18/04, p.A1)(SFC, 10/2/04, p.B4)(SFC, 10/28/04, p.B1)(SFC, 10/11/08, p.B2)

2004        Sep 23, Edward Galland Zelinsky, co-founder with Gladys Hansen of the Museum of the City of San Francisco and owner of Musee Mecanique, died.
    (SFC, 1/1/05, p.A15)

2004        Sep 24, William Corpuz turned himself in to SF police for killing his wife, Marisa (31). In 2007 Corpuz (34) was convicted of using a fishing knife to slash the throat of his wife. He had recently attended his 39th weekly session of a 52-week domestic abuse program.
    (SFC, 5/12/07, p.B2)

2004        Sep 27, San Francisco renamed its sports stadium "Monster Park", in a 4-year deal that trades $6 million from an electronics cable company for the name to Candlestick Park.
    (AP, 9/28/04)(SFC, 9/28/04, p.B1)
2004        Sep 27, The body of Maxina Danner (17), a student at Lincoln High, was found wrapped in a blanket near Visitacion Ave. and Mansell. She had disappeared that morning on her way to school. In 2005 Royce Miller (21), a youth councilor at a group home, was arrested in connection with the murder. In 2007 Miller was convicted of 2nd degree murder.
    (SFC, 9/30/04, p.A1)(SFC, 2/12/05, p.B2)(SFC, 3/21/07, p.B2)

2004        Sep 29, Some 1,400 SF hotel workers went on strike. A lockout by 10 hotels was expected the next day. The last contract expired Aug 14.
    (SFC, 9/30/04, p.A1)(SFC, 10/1/04, p.A1)

2004        Sep, San Francisco’s Cannery block was renamed Del Monte Square.
    (SSFC, 10/3/04, p.J1)
2004        Sep, SF Mayor Newsom announced the launch of free wireless Internet service at Union Square. He soon planned to extend free service to Civic Center Plaza, Portsmouth Square and Ferry Plaza.
    (SFC, 10/29/04, p.F1)
2004        Sep, A Trader Vic’s restaurant and bar reopened in SF. A previous version had closed in 1994.
    (SFCM, 1/16/05, p.31)

2004        Oct 2, The Loveparade, which originated in Berlin in 1989, came to San Francisco for its 1st annual bash. Matthias Roeingh, founder, was on hand.
    (SSFC, 10/3/04, p.B1)

2004        Oct 3, Vernon Alley (89), jazz bassist, died in San Francisco.
    (SFC, 10/5/04, p.A1)

2004        Oct 4, SF voters cast their first ranked-choice ballots in early voting at City Hall.
    (SFC, 10/5/04, p.B1)

2004        Oct 5, The first Web 2.0 Conference opened for a 3-day session at the Hotel Nikko in San Francisco.
    (Econ, 3/21/09, p.71)(http://conferences.oreillynet.com/web2con/)

2004        Oct 10, It was officially “Craigslist day” in SF. Craig Newmark started the classified ad Internet service in 1995 and in 2004 it was in 57 cities and 5 countries.
    (Econ, 10/16/04, p.59)

2004        Oct 15, The US National Park Service announced that Golden Gate Park in SF would be added to the National Register of Historic Places.
    (SFC, 10/30/04, p.B4)

2004        Oct 18, A grand opening was scheduled for North Beach Place, a 341-unit complex built on Bay St. near Taylor using $23.2 million federal HOPE VI funds.
    (SFC, 10/2/04, p.B1)

2004        Oct 20, Elizabeth McClintock (92), botanist, died in Santa Rosa. She helped found the Strybing Arboretum Society and helped create the county park on San Bruno Mountain.
    (SFC, 11/27/04, p.B5)

2004        Oct 21, SF Mayor Newsom in his State of the City address pledged to create a giant hot zone serving the whole city with Internet service.
    (SFC, 8/17/05, p.C1)

2004        Oct 23, The 25th annual Exotic Erotic Ball was held at the Cow Palace in Daly City.
    (SFC, 10/27/04, p.E1)

2004        Oct 26, Mayor Newsom joined the picket line to support the 4,000 locked-out workers in the SF hotel strike.
    (SFC, 10/27/04, p.A1)
2004        Oct 26, Some 35 houses in the Sunset and Excelsior flooded from an overnight storm. Old storm drains were blamed for the repetitive flooding.
    (SFC, 10/27/04, p.B4)

2004        Oct 29, William Wolff (81), renowned SF woodcut artist, died.
    (SSFC, 11/7/04, p.A23)

2004        Oct, Jeremy Stoppelman, Russel Simmons and Geoff Donaker co-founded Yelp in San Francisco to help people find great local businesses like dentists, hair stylists and mechanics. In 1012 the company was valued at $1.3 billion.
    (SSFC, 7/15/12, p.A1)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yelp,_Inc.)

2004        Nov 2, San Francisco Prop. K, which called for a .1% gross-receipts tax on companies taking in over 5ook in revenue, was defeated. City voters also rejected Prop J, a sales tax, and an affordable housing bond sponsored by Mayor Newsom.
    (SFC, 11/4/04, p.B5)

2004        Nov 4, Mayor Newsom proposed a list of recommended program cuts and the elimination of some 200 jobs to close the city deficit.
    (SFC, 11/5/04, p.B1)
2004        Nov 4, Richard Hongisto (67), former SF supervisor and sheriff, died of a heart attack.
    (SFC, 11/5/04, p.A1)

2004        Nov 8, Heather Fong was officially acknowledged as police chief of SF.
    (SFC, 11/9/04, p.B4)

2004        Nov 9, Mayor Newsom said the old air-raid sirens were being replaced by a state-of-the-art emergency warning system.
    (SFC, 11/10/04, p.B4)
2004        Nov 9, A gunman robbed 2 teachers at Visitacion Valley Middle School.
    (SFC, 11/10/04, p.B4)

2004        Nov 12, The SF Board of Education voted 4-3 to raise the pay of Superintendent Arlene Ackerman to $250,000 and to increase her monthly housing allowance from $1,200 to $2,000. Her contract was extended to June 30, 2008.
    (SFC, 11/13/04, p.B1)

2004        Nov 20, Negotiators in SF for the hotels and workers’ union agreed to a 60-day cooling off period. Workers planned to return to their jobs Nov 23.
    (SSFC, 11/21/04, p.A1)

2004        Dec 13, It was reported that the SF Board of Supervisors had settled on Aaron Peskin as board president.
    (SFC, 12/13/04, p.A1)

2004        Dec 18, It was reported that a 23-year-old gorilla named OJ had returned to SF after spending 17 years in Buffalo, NY.
    (SFC, 12/18/04, p.A1)

2004        Dec 26, Sacred Heart Church (b.1897), a Lombardy Romanesque-style church at Fillmore and Fell in SF, held its last service due to high retrofit costs and low attendance.
    (SFC, 12/27/04, p.B1)
2004        Dec 26, John Kimbro (75), gothic novelist, died in SF. His more than 40 books included the series “Saga of the Phenwick Women.”
    (SFC, 1/4/05, p.B5)

2004        Kate Pocrass authored “Mundane Journeys,” notes of the author’s 50 favorite walks around San Francisco.
    (SFCM, 3/27/05, p.3)
 
2004        The new $117 mil M.H. de Young Museum in Golden Gate Park was scheduled to open.
    (SFC, 7/18/96, p.A4)

2004        The Mission Place complex opened in the SF Mission Bay district on King St. between 3rd and 4th St. it was later dubbed the Beacon and in 2005 selected as the headquarters for the stem cell research.
    (SSFC, 5/15/05, p.B1)

2004        The SF Board of Supervisors passed legislation, introduced by Supervisor Aaron Peskin, making it easier for neighborhoods to create Community Benefits Districts.
    (SFC, 8/12/05, p.F5)

2004        In SF a small group of professional formed a group called Compact, after the eponymous agreement among the Mayflower pilgrims. Members agreed to go an entire year without buying anything new besides food, health and safety items and underwear, in an effort to fight rampant consumerism.
    (SFC, 2/17/06, p.B8)

2004        An investor group led by Mark Karasick purchased the Bank of America Center in San Francisco for $879 million, or $489 a square foot.
    (WSJ, 9/23/05, p.B3)

2005        Jan 3, McDonald’s Book Shop on Turk St. reopened after a 2 ½ year closure for repairs.
    (SFC, 12/24/04, p.C1)

2005        Jan 5, Mayor Gavin Newsom and his Court TV analyst wife Kimberley Guilfoyle Newsom, announced the end of their 3-year marriage.
    (SFC, 1/6/05, p.A1)

2005        Jan 10, It was reported that AIDS spending in SF dropped $4 million this year to $29 million.
    (SFC, 1/10/05, p.A1)

2005        Jan 17, SF and other US cities held parades honoring Martin Luther King.
    (SFC, 1/18/05, p.A1)

2005        Jan 20, Firefighters found 2,642 marijuana plants at 2359 20th Ave. while responding to a fire. The plants were valued at $2.2 million.
    (SFC, 1/22/05, p.B4)

2005        Jan 22, On the 32nd anniversary of Roe vs. Wade rival sides of the abortion issue staged dueling marches on Market St. in SF. Some 6,000 antiabortion activists were jeered by some 3,000 advocates for abortion rights.
    (SSFC, 1/23/05, p.A1)

2005        Jan 25, Legislators in San Francisco, Ca., voted 8-3 to ban smoking in public parks, becoming the first major American city to embrace such an expansive ban on tobacco use.
    (Reuters, 1/26/05)(SFC, 1/26/05, p.A1)
2005        Jan 25, The SF Commission on the Environment approved a proposal to charge grocery shoppers 17 cents for every paper or plastic bag they take home.
    (SFC, 1/26/05, p.B4)
2005        Jan 25, SF and dozens of other US cities undertook a tally of their homeless competing for nearly $1.5 billion in federal funds to care for the homeless.
    (WSJ, 2/1/05, p.A1)

2005        Jan 26, The SF Board of Supervisors passed measures to resume a tally of homeless deaths. The SF Health Dept. ended its homeless death count in 2000.
    (SSFC, 10/6/02, p.A23)(SFC, 1/27/05, p.B2)

2005        Jan 27, SF transit officials estimated a $24 million budget deficit for the fiscal year ending June 30 and planned to raise Muni fares.
    (SFC, 1/28/05, p.A1)

2005        Feb 1, In SF plans for a $43 million, 60,000-sq.-foot Contemporary Jewish Museum, designed by Daniel Libeskind, were unveiled for a site between Market and Mission across from the Yerba Buena Gardens.
    (SFC, 2/1/05, p.B1)

2005        Feb 8, Susan Leal, SF general manager, reported that the projected cost for rebuilding the Hetch Hetchy water system had risen to $4.3 billion.
    (SFC, 2/8/05, p.A1)

2005        Feb 10, SF Mayor Gavin Newsom declared war on dirty streets and said he will deputize some 400 city workers to write up litterbugs.
    (SFC, 6/11/05, p.A1)

2005        Feb 14, SF reported a 28% drop in the homeless population since Fall of 2002. The Jan 26 count reported 6,248 homeless.
    (SFC, 2/15/05, p.A1)

2005        Feb 19, SF held its annual Chinese New Year parade for lunar year 4703, the Year of the Rooster.
    (SSFC, 2/20/05, p.A1)

2005        Feb 28, The SF board governing MUNI approved a 25-cent fare increase as part of a plan to close a $57 million deficit.
    (SFC, 3/1/05, p.A1)

2005        Mar 5, It was reported that Sima Therapeutics planned to move to China Basin Landing at 185 Berry St., the 2nd biotech firm to commit to the area following Five-Prime Therapeutics.
    (SFC, 3/5/05, p.C1)
2005        Mar 5, Evelyn Curro (97), Americana artist known for her SF cable car drawings, died in Portugal.
    (SFC, 3/22/05, p.B5)

2005        Mar 7, Philip Lamantia (77), SF Surrealist poet, died in North Beach. His 9 books included “Erotic Poems” (1946).
    (SFC, 3/11/05, p.B7)

2005        Mar 11, SF temperatures hit a record 87 degrees.
    (SFC, 3/12/05, p.B5)

2005        Mar 12, A 2-alarm fire at a 28-unit apartment building at 951 Eddy St. left 35 people homeless.
    (SFC, 3/14/05, p.B1)

2005        Mar 13, SF held its 153rd St. Patrick’s Day Parade before an estimated crowd of some 150,000 people.
    (SFC, 3/14/05, p.B1)

2005        Mar 14, San Francisco Superior Court Judge Richard Kramer declared California’s ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional.
    (SFC, 3/15/05, p.A1)

2005        Mar 16, Newly trained SF city workers saturated the Tenderloin to issue citations to litterbugs. Fines ranged from $90 to $1000 and 24 citations were issued.
    (SFC, 3/19/05, p.B2)

2005        Mar 19, SF held its 1st Spring Cleaning Day.
    (SFC, 3/19/05, p.B2)

2005        Mar 21, Justin Mendoza of Daly City was shot and killed outside the Café Cocomo nightclub in SF. In 2008 Gerry Phongboupha (25) was convicted of 1st degree murder and other charges in connection to Mendoza’s murder.
    (SFC, 4/16/08, p.B5)

2005        Mar 22, Riggers installed the steel sculpture “Ballast” by Richard Serra at UCSF’s Mission Bay Campus.
    (SFC, 3/23/05, p.B2)

2005        Mar 23, SF Mayor Newsom called for a “renaissance of housing construction” and reported plans to create 11,000 new housing units.
    (SFC, 3/24/05, p.C1)

2005        Mar 24, A SF jury awarded Dennis Kavanaugh (47) $437,000 in a molest case against the Roman Catholic Archdiocese and the late Rev. Joseph Pritchard.
    (SFC, 3/25/05, p.B1)
2005        Mar 24, Tinkerbelle (39), former SF Asian elephant, was euthanized at an animal sanctuary in San Andreas, Ca.
    (SFC, 3/26/05, p.A1)

2005        Mar 25, The SF Civic Center Plaza was filled with 1,525 pairs of military boots tagged with the names of US service members killed in Iraq as part of an exhibit titled “Eyes Wide Open: The Human Cost of War,” sponsored by the American Friends Service Committee.
    (SFC, 3/26/05, p.A1)
2005        Mar 25, The SF Health Dept. proposed up to $25 million in cuts starting July 1.
    (SFC, 3/26/05, p.B1)

2005        Mar 26, The 10th Annual Bay Area Anarchist Bookfair was held at the SF County Fair Building.
    (SSFC, 3/27/05, p.A18)

2005        Mar, The new 189-room Hotel Vitale opened at Mission and Steuart.
    (SFC, 12/25/04, p.D1)

2005        Apr 5, A few thousand demonstrators protested Gov. Schwarzenegger’s fund raiser at the SF Ritz-Carlton.
    (SFC, 4/6/05, p.A1)

2005        Apr 7, San Francisco’s MUNI prepared to lay off 200 drivers to help close a $57 million deficit.
    (SFC, 4/8/05, p.B4)
2005        Apr 7, California state prosecutors charged Julie Lee, a top volunteer fund-raiser for former Sec. of State Kevin Shelley, with grand theft and other felonies. In 2008 Lee (62) was found guilty on 5 of 7 charges relating to Shelley’s 2002 campaign, All the charges related to a $500,000 grant for a SF Sunset District community center that was never built. In state court Lee pleaded guilty to 9 counts. On Oct 17 Lee was sentenced to 5 years probation following public support for her community work.
    (SFC, 4/8/05, p.A1)(SFC, 7/12/08, p.A1)(SFC, 7/17/08, p.B1)(SFC, 10/18/08, p.B3)

2005        Apr 10, The SF Russian Jewish community dedicated a new 1,200 square foot Heritage Center on Balboa St.
    (SFC, 4/23/05, p.B5)

2005        Apr 14, Mabel Teng, SF Assessor-Recorder, resigned amidst accusations that she hired cronies and gave breaks to friends.
    (SFC, 4/15/05, p.A1)

2005        Apr 20, A SF jury awarded $6 million to 3 men and a woman who were molested as children by Rev. Joseph Pritchard at St. Martin of Tours church in San Jose.
    (SFC, 4/21/05, p.B1)
2005        Apr 20, The 81-year-old Federal Reserve building in SF was sold to Bentley Holdings for $46.8 million.
    (SFC, 4/21/05, p.C1)

2005        Apr 21, Mayor Newsom proposed a number of regulations to regulate SF pot clubs.
    (SFC, 4/22/05, p.A1)

2005        Apr 23, Prof. Slavoj Zizek, Slovenian philosopher and cultural theorist of the Univ. of Ljubljana, attended the world premier of the documentary film “Zizek” in San Francisco, Ca. His books included “Welcome to the Desert of the Real: Five Essays on September 11 and Related Dates” (2002).
    (SSFC, 4/24/05, p.A1)

2005        Apr 27, Luis Cervantes, SF muralist, died. He co-founded Precita Eyes Muralists in 1977 with his wife Susan Kelk Cervantes.
    (SFC, 5/2/05, p.B3)

2005        Apr 28, SF residents of the Northeast Waterfront Historic District and Sidney Walton Square voted to rename the are as the “Barbary Coast.”
    (SFC, 4/29/05, p.F3)

2005        Apr 30, Connie and Merrill Magowan of Hillsborough spent $32,500 in the winning bid to name 2 new bears at the SF Zoo. The pledged to choose names from the entries in a contest that originally began on Nov 17.
    (SSFC, 5/1/05, p.A15)

2005        May 2, Decision makers selected San Francisco as California’s headquarters for the state’s $3 billion stem cell program.
    (SFC, 5/3/05, p.A1)

2005        May 9, Gregory Gray (54) shot to death Bruce Franks (50), a caseworker at Conard Community Service Center at Ninth and Howard. Gray had been fired in Sep 2004.
    (SFC, 5/10/05, p.A1)
2005        May 9, Charles Baker (30), a school volunteer, was killed by a stray bullet in the Bayview at Kirkwood and Mendell.
    (SFC, 5/13/05, p.A1)

2005        May 13, Pope Benedict XVI appointed SF Archbishop William Levada (68) as the new prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, the Vatican’s top arbiter of questions of faith and morals.
    (SFC, 5/14/05, p.A1)

2005        May 14, Carlos Garvin (30) was shot to death on the 100 block of Taylor after he refused to hand $5 over to Douglas Teat (35) and Leonora Robinson (29). In 2006 Teat and Robinson were convicted of murder along with accomplice Anissa Jordan (37), who was in a getaway car.
    (SFC, 6/30/06, p.B7)

2005        May 15, Some 65,000 runners participated in the 94th annual Bay to Breakers. Gilbert Okari of Kenya won in 34:49. Asmae Leghzauoi of Morocco was 1st at 38:22 for the women.
    (SSFC, 5/15/05, p.A1)

2005        May 16, The SF radio station KYCY-AM planned to dump syndicated talk shows and begin broadcasting amateur podcasts from audio programs posted on the Web.
    (SFC, 4/28/05, p.C1)

2005        May 19, The SF Recreation and Park Commission voted to name a South of Market Park in honor of 1948 Olympic medal winner Victoria Manalo Draves.
    (SFC, 6/3/05, p.F1)
2005        May 19, Dr. Robert J. Lull (64) was found stabbed to death inside the doorway of his Diamond Heights home. Concord police later arrested Ellison Millare (30), the ex-convict son of the doctor’s personal assistant. SF police arrested Millare on May 26 to prevent his release by state parole officials.
    (SFC, 5/20/05, p.B1)(SFC, 5/23/05, p.B1)

2005        May 20, Nonbelievers gathered in San Francisco for their 1st “All Atheist Weekend.”
    (SFC, 5/20/05, p.A1)

2005        May 22, SF held its 1st Asian Heritage Street Celebration in Japantown. The pan-Asian festival drew some 50,000 people.
    (SFC, 5/23/05, p.B6)

2005        May 29, SF held its 27th annual Carnaval parade on Mission St.
    (SFC, 5/30/05, p.B1)

2005        May 31, Mayor Newsom proposed a $5.3 billion SF municipal budget.
    (SFC, 6/1/05, p.B1)

2005        Jun 1, A 5-day UN World Environment Day conference opened in SF.
    (SFC, 6/1/05, p.A1)

2005        Jun 3, Nicholas Scott Faibish (12) was mauled to death by 2 family pit bulls at 711 Lincoln Way, SF. In 2006 a jury deadlocked in a trial that charged his mother, Maureen Faibish (40), with felony child endangerment.
    (SFC, 6/4/05, p.A1)(SFC, 8/1/06, p.B1)

2005        Jun 4, Poets of the Café Babar, which closed in 1998, reunited at the Bird and Beckett bookstore in Glen Park to celebrate publication of “New American Underground Poetry: Vol 1, The Babarians of San Francisco, Poets From Hell.”
    (AR, 6/4/05)

2005        Jun 5, In San Francisco big city mayors from around the world signed a set of 21 urban environmental accords, capping a 5-day UN World Environment conference.
    (AP, 6/6/05)(SFC, 6/6/05, p.A1)

2005        Jun 10, The Archdiocese of SF agreed to pay $21.2 million to people who were molested by 5 clergymen. Insurance covered $14.6 million.
    (SFC, 6/11/05, p.B1)
2005        Jun 10, Jeannell Fung Chen Penn (25), a resident of southeastern Washington, was shot and killed in San Francisco’s Hunters Point from gunfire likely intended for someone else.
    (SFC, 6/16/05, p.B1)

2005        Jun 14, SF Supv. Chris Daly said Angelo Sangiacomo (81) had agreed to put 360 of 1,700 new rental apartments under rent control regulations. The new complex will replace the current Trinity Plaza at Market and Eighth.
    (SFC, 6/15/05, p.B4)
2005        Jun 14, Harold Hoogasian, Armenian-born flower merchant, died in SF. He ran a flower stand at 250 Post in front of Gump’s for nearly 50 years.
    (SFC, 6/15/05, p.B7)

2005        Jun 17, It was reported that the SF Asian Art Museum has received 42 works by noted Hong Kong artist Fang Zhaoling (97).
    (SFC, 6/17/05, p.E5)

2005        Jun 17, SF enacted its Environmentally Preferable Purchasing for Commodities Ordnance. It became the 1st US city take public health and environmental stewardship into consideration when purchasing products.
    (SFC, 6/18/05, p.B2)
2005        Jun 17, William Rice Kimball (86), philanthropist, died in SF. The Utah-born grandson of E.O. Wattis founded Kimball Manufacturing, which in the 1950s pioneered the use of fiberglass plastics and latex. He also helped found Alpine Meadows ski resort.
    (SFC, 6/23/05, p.B7)

2005        Jun 19, The 68th season for music at Stern Grove was set to open following $15 million in renovations.
    (SFC, 4/13/05, p.E1)

2005        Jun 25, George Lucas and some 2,000 friends celebrated the opening of the Letterman Digital Arts Center in the Presidio.
    (SSFC, 6/26/05, p.A17)
2005        Jun 25, Chet Helms (b.1942), SF rock music producer, died from a stroke.
    (SSFC, 6/26/05, p.A21)

2005        Jun 26, SF hosted its 35th annual Pride Parade.
    (SFC, 6/27/05, p.A1)

2005        Jun 27, SF Mayor Newsome and Supervisor Tom Ammiano announced their support for a proposed ordnance to bar city government from buying products made under abusive labor conditions.   
    (SFC, 6/28/05, p.B1)

2005        Jul 1, A force of 400 federal and local law officers raided 11 suspected brothels, 10 in SF and one in Emeryville, and arrested 27 suspects in what was described as a major Bay Area sex trafficking operation that preyed on Korean women brought into the country illegally. A similar operation took place in southern California.
    (http://tinyurl.com/pxmc4)
2005        Jul 1, In SF Edwin Macon Jr. (44), jailed for domestic violence, died in an isolation cell. He suffered from heart problems. An autopsy said he died of cocaine overdose. In 2006 his family filed suit for $10 million.
    (SFC, 8/19/06, p.B3)

2005        Jul 5, Deanne Bradford (42) was shot and killed by her estranged husband, Roger Johnson (41), while dropping of 4 of her 6 children in Pacific Heights. Johnson soon after shot himself dead near Ocean Beach in front of relatives that he had summoned.
    (SFC, 7/6/05, p.B1)

2005        Jul 8, The Archdiocese of SF agreed to pay $16 million to 12 people molested during the 1970s by the late Rev. Joseph Pritchard.
    (SSFC, 7/10/05, p.A1)
2005        Jul 8, SF police clashed with anarchists in the Mission District, who were protesting the G-8 meeting in Scotland.
    (SFC, 7/9/05, p.B2)
2005        Jul 8, In SF a 5-alarm fire struck at 3330 16th St. near Mission Dolores and spread to adjacent buildings. It left 66 people homeless with damages estimated at $8.6 million.
    (SFC, 7/9/05, p.B1)

2005        Jul 15, In SF District Court federal prosecutors in the BALCO case dropped 40 of 42 indictments against 3 men accused of providing performance-enhancing drugs to elite athletes.
    (SFC, 7/16/05, p.A1)

2005        Jul 17, Over 20,000 people hiked through Golden Gate Park for the annual AIDS Walk, raising over $3 million.
    (SFC, 7/18/05, p.B2)

2005        Jul 19, The SF Board of Supervisors approved a $5.3 billion spending and revenue plan, the largest budget in city history.
    (SFC, 7/20/05, p.B1)

2005        Jul 23, SF temperature reached a record 82 degrees, beating the 78 high of 1917.
    (SSFC, 7/24/05, p.A16)

2005        Jul 29, The SF Planning Commission voted 4-2 to approve allow Home Depot to open its 1st SF store at the former Goodman’s Lumber location at the eastern edge of Bernal Heights.
    (SFC, 7/30/05, p.B2)

2005        Jul 31, Nearly 15,000 runners participated in the SF Marathon. Tony Torres or Cedar Glen, Ca., won the 26.2 mile event in 2 hours, 31 min. and 57 sec. Sarah Hallas of Petaluma won the women’s race.
    (SFC, 8/1/05, p.A1)

2005        Jul, Modern Luxury Media purchased San Francisco Magazine. SF Magazine was founded nearly 40 years earlier by KQED as San Francisco Focus.
    (SFC, 1/13/06, p.C1)
2005        Jul, Fred Furth (71) paid $5 million to purchase Sacred Heart Church on Fillmore St., along with its rectory, convent and play yard. He planned to keep it a Catholic parochial school and rename it the Megan Furth Academy after his daughter, who died in 2003 at age 31.
    (SFC, 7/28/05, p.B1)
2005        Jul, Silver Terrace Nurseries, the largest vendor at the SF Flower mart, shut its doors. The Italian-American coop that owned the west end of the Flower Mart was considering an $18 million sale to AvalonBay Communities, a Virginia-based real-estate investment firm. The east side of the Flower Mart is owned by descendants of Japanese American farmers.
    (SFC, 8/26/05, p.C1)

2005        Aug 3, Fred Ayatch (35), A SF, Ca., homeless shelter supervisor, was gunned down near his mother’s home on Eddy St. near Divisadero. Dennis Anderson (23) was arrested Aug 19 and charged with the murder on Aug 23.
    (SFC, 8/4/05, p.B4)(SFC, 8/24/05, p.B4)

2005        Aug 4, Mayor Gavin Newsom signed a $5.3 billion SF city budget.
    (SFC, 8/5/05, p.B4)

2005        Aug 13, In SF Donato Rossi (74), part-owner of Gino and Carlo, died. He and his partners acquired the North Beach bar in 1950 and he spent 40 years working there.
    (SFC, 8/16/05, p.B5)

2005        Aug 15, Earl Zindars (77), jazz and classical composer, died in SF.
    (SFC, 8/19/05, p.B7)

2005        Aug 16, SF asked for help in coming up with a plan to create a giant hot zone serving the whole city with Internet service.
    (SFC, 8/17/05, p.C1)

2005        Aug 19, Interstate Bakeries shut down its SF Parisian (f.1856) sourdough bread factory.
    (SFC, 8/20/05, p.B1)
2005        Aug 19, In SF a PG&E electrical transformer blew up beneath Kearny St. at Post severely injuring Lisa Nash (47) with burns to over 40% of her body.
    (SFC, 9/27/05, p.B2)

2005        Aug 20, Thomas Herrion (b.1981), San Francisco offensive lineman, collapsed in the locker room and died in Denver, shortly after the 49ers played the Denver Broncos in a preseason game. Herrion's was the NFL's first football-related death since Vikings tackle Korey Stringer died of heatstroke in 2001.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_Herrion)(AP, 8/20/06)

2005        Aug 26, In SF the new Int’l. Hotel, with 88 studio and 16 one-bedroom apartments, re-opened at 848 Kearny Street. Over 50 tenants from the original “I-Hotel” were evicted Aug 4, 1977. 12 people from the original hotel were 1st in line as 7,500 applicants vied for apartments.
    (SFC, 8/27/05, p.B1)

2005        Aug 27, A celebration was scheduled for the completion of the 16th Avenue Steps in the Sunset’s Golden Gate Heights, featuring a new tile mosaic.
    (SFC, 8/26/05, p.F1)
2005        Aug 27, John Dobson, Connecticut-based telescope inventor, celebrated his 90th birthday in SF at the Randall Museum.
    (SFC, 8/26/05, p.B1)
2005        Aug 27-2005 Aug 28, San Francisco’s 10th annual Dragon Boat Festival moved from Lake Merced to Treasure Island.
    (SFC, 8/26/05, p.F1)

2005        Aug, Augustine Falley, SF Dept. of Building Inspection supervisor, was charged with accepting bribes over a 12-year period.
    (SFC, 8/22/05, p.A1)
2005        Aug, Mayor Newsom named Yomi Agunbiade (36), a Nigeria-born son of a diplomat, as general manager of the SF Recreation and Park Dept.
    (SFC, 10/7/05, p.F1)

2005        Sep 1, A SF jury awarded $27 million to the family of Elizabeth Dominguez (4), who was killed on Feb 11, 2003, when she was hit by a Muni truck at Potrero Ave and 24th. SF appealed and settled the case in 2008 for $21 million.
    (SFC, 9/2/05, p.B1)(SFC, 3/6/08, p.B2)

2005        Sep 2, It was reported that the SF Roman Catholic Archdiocese has agreed to pay $4 million to settle 4 lawsuits by victims of defrocked Monsignor Patrick O’Shea.
    (SFC, 9/2/05, p.B2)

2005        Sep 4, Cyclist Fabian Wegmann of Germany won the $15,000 1st place prize in the 108.1 mile 5th San Francisco Grand Prix.
    (SFC, 9/5/05, p.B1)

2005        Sep 6, The SF Board of Education voted to invoke a compatibility clause as schools Superintendent Arlene Ackerman resigned. She said she would remain until June 30, 2006.
    (SFC, 9/7/05, p.B1)

2005        Sep 9, In SF a ribbon-cutting ceremony was held at Octavia Blvd. and Market Street to mark the opening of Octavia Blvd., and the culmination of a long battle to rid Hayes Valley of the 1959 Central Freeway.
    (SFC, 1/3/07, p.B1)

2005        Sep 9-2005 Sep 11,The Sierra Club’s 1st National Environmental Convention & Expo was held at the SF Moscone Center.
    (SFC, 9/10/05, p.B1)

2005        Sep 13, In SF unionized workers at California Pacific Medical Center in protest over the administration’s refusal to accept a federal mediator’s proposals for a new contract.
    (SFC, 9/14/05, p.B1)

2005        Sep 15, A fire in SF at 395 Capp St. left 3 people dead.
    (SFC, 9/16/05, p.B1)

2005        Sep 19, In SF Arkelylius Collins (20) was murdered at Third and Kirkwood in a hail of gunfire. Terrel Rollins (22) was injured. In 2006 Daniel Dennard (21) and Deonte Bennett (21), members of the Oakdale Mob, were indicted on charges of murder. Rollins was killed on May 4, 2006, and Dennard was released. On July 19, 2008, Dennard was shot and killed on Bayshore Blvd. not far from where Rollins had been murdered. In 2009 Bennett was arrested and charged in an alleged murder for hire plot.
    (SFC, 3/2/06, p.B2)(SFC, 7/21/08, p.A1)(SFC, 1/22/09, p.B8)

2005        Sep 22, SF approved a promotional ski-jump at Fillmore and Vallejo to be staged by Icer on Sep 28-29.
    (SFC, 9/23/05, p.B1)
2005        Sep 22, A group of Hong Kong investors purchased the Bank of America Center in San Francisco for $1.05 billion. Donald Trump had in interest in the deal from a previous sale by the investment group in NYC.
    (WSJ, 9/23/05, p.B3)

2005        Sep 24, The anti-war march in Washington DC drew tens of thousands. In SF an anti-war march from Dolores park to Jefferson Square drew 20-50 thousand people.
    (SSFC, 9/25/05, A1)
2005        Sep 24, The 2nd annual Love Parade began at Market and Second streets in SF and was followed by a celebration at the Civic Center Plaza. 24 floats carried some 200 DJs.
    (SSFC, 9/25/05, A21)

2005        Sep 25, The 22nd annual Folsom Street Fair, a homage to leather fetishists, took place in SF and drew an estimated 300,000 people.
    (SFC, 9/26/05, p.B3)

2005        Sep 28, Dump trucks began unloading snow on San Francisco’s Fillmore Street for Icer Air 2005, a ski jump event sponsored Icer, a Nevada-based ski wax and apparel seller, founded by Glen Griffin and Eric Gordon. Gordon was a high-school friend of Mayor Newsom.
    (SFC, 9/29/05, p.A1)

2005        Sep 29, In SF Icer Air 2005 drew thousands of spectators to snow-covered Fillmore Street. One snowboarder skidded into the crowd and injured 2 people.
    (SFC, 9/30/05, p.A1)

2005        Sep 30, Google submitted a competitive bid to provide SF free wireless Internet access using Wi-Fi technology.
    (SFC, 10/1/05, p.A1)

2005        Oct 1, The SF Opera premiered “Doctor Atomic” by composer John Adams. The libretto was by Peter Sellars.
    (SSFC, 10/2/05, p.A17)

2005        Oct 1, Paul Pena (b.1950), a blind bluesman, died in SF. The 1999 film "Genghis Blues" won the audience award at Sundance for best documentary. It was directed by Roko and Adrian Belic and was about Paul Pena (1950-1955), a blind bluesman, who journeyed to Tuva to compete in a throat-singing competition.
    (SFC, 10/4/05, p.B5)
2005        Oct 1-2005 Oct 2, In SF financier Warren Hellman sponsored the 5th annual Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival in Golden Gate Park.
    (SFC, 10/3/05, p.C1)

2005        Oct 4-2005 Oct 9, The World Golf Championships took place at Harding Park Golf Course along Lake Merced in SF, Ca.
    (SFCM, 10/2/05, p.6)

2005        Oct 8, The new M.H. de Young Memorial Museum, designed by Swiss architects Pierre Meuron and Jacques Herzog, opened in Golden Gate park for a preview to members. Official opening ceremonies were set for Oct 15.
    (SFC, 10/7/05, p.A1)(SFC, 10/14/05, p.B4)

2005        Oct 9, Kevin Eugene McGuinness (43), with blood alcohol at .19, crashed into a cab at Broadway and Webster killing cab driver Zareh Soghikian (76) and Tyler Brown (21), a SF resident and student at Duke Univ. 2 others were injured.
    (SFC, 10/12/05, p.B4)

2005        Oct 11, Yoshi’s jazz club of Oakland broke ground a new 420-seat nightclub at the corner of Fillmore and Eddy streets in SF.
    (SFC, 10/12/05, p.B3)

2005        Oct 12, The Treasure Island board of directors, serving under the direction of SF Mayor Newsom, fired chief Tony Hall in a decision made behind closed doors.
    (SFC, 10/13/05, p.B1)

2005        Oct 14, A trade delegation of some 300 Chinese officials and business executives visited SF for the 1st Hong Kong-Guangdong Business Conference USA.
    (SFC, 10/15/05, p.C1)
2005        Oct 14, Dernae Wysinger (22) and his 2-year-old son were shot to death in San Francisco’s Potrero Hill district. Police soon issued an arrest warrant for suspect Joseph Stevens (22). This marked the 64th and 65th homicides in SF this year. In 2007 Stevens (23) was convicted for the murders, which were apparently done in retaliation for another slaying.
    (SSFC, 10/16/05, p.B1)(SFC, 3/21/07, p.B3)

2005        Oct 15, The new $202 million M.H. de Young Memorial Museum, designed by Swiss architects Pierre Meuron and Jacques Herzog, officially opened in Golden Gate park.
    (SFC, 10/15/05, p.A1)(SSFC, 10/16/05, p.B1)
2005        Oct 15, In SF a new $200 million, 32-story, 550-room, InterContinental Hotel was to begin construction at 888 Howard St. Completion was scheduled for Nov. 2007.
    (SFC, 10/15/05, p.C1)

2005        Oct 16, In SF Andre Daniels (31) was robbed and his wife was raped at 73 Brookdale Ave, in the Sunnyside housing project in Visitacion Valley. Daniels identified Laron Lewis (26) as one of the assailants and a tip led police to Damien Ramond (23). On May 20, 2007, Daniels was shot and killed outside his unit at the Alice Griffith project in the Bayview district. His death doomed the sexual assault case against Lewis and Ramond.
    (SSFC, 11/23/08, p.A14)

2005        Oct 19, In SF escrow closed on the sale of St. Brigid Church to the Academy of Art Univ. Next day the SF Planning Commission voted to designate the exterior as a historic landmark.
    (SFC, 10/21/05, p.B1)
2005        Oct 19, Lashaun Harris (23) threw her 3 children into San Francisco Bay near Fishermen's Wharf. The body of a third sibling was recovered. Harris had been staying with her children at a Salvation Army shelter in Oakland. She told authorities that voices had told her to throw her children into the water. In 2007 a judge ruled that Harris was not guilty by reason of insanity. A jury had convicted her of assault and second-degree murder.
    (AP, 10/20/05)(SFC, 1/18/07, p.B4)

2005        Oct 22, Scott McAlpin (24) of El Sobrante murdered his SF girlfriend Anastasia Melnitchenko (22). McAlpin was arrested the next day by US Park police at the Marin Headlands north of San Francisco. The body of Melnitchenko, was found in the trunk of his car. McAlpin had 8 previous felony convictions for domestic violence. In 2008 McAlpin was convicted of first degree murder.
    (SFC, 10/26/05, p.B1)(SFC, 12/5/08, p.B2)

2005        Oct 23, The 2nd Annual Nike Women’s Marathon expected 15,000 runners to benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
    (SFC, 10/22/05, p.B3)

2005        Oct 27, In SF Hailu Abje (44), an Ethiopian immigrant, shot to death dentist David Gong (56) and then killed himself near the dentist’s Van Ness office. It appeared that Abje held a grudge against Gong for his dental and gum problems
    (SFC, 10/28/05, p.B1)
2005        Oct 27, In SF Grimes Poznikov (59), the former “Human Jukebox” of Fisherman’s Wharf, died from alcohol poisoning. He was found dead of alcohol poisoning on a sidewalk near Highway 101.
    (SFC, 11/1/05, p.B5)(SFC, 2/12/11, p.A8)

2005        Oct 30, In SF some 20,000 people gathered in Golden Gate Park for a memorial concert, the Family Dog’s last Tribal Stomp, to celebrate Chet Helms, who died June 25.
    (SFC, 10/31/05, p.B1)
2005        Oct 30, In SF the 10th running of the Illegal Soapbox Society’s Halloween derby was held in Bernal Heights.
    (SFC, 11/1/05, p.E1)

2005        Oct 31, In SF some 30,000 people gathered in the Castro district for the annual Halloween party.
    (SFC, 11/1/05, p.B2)

2005        Nov 1, In SF the $250 million, 41-story Hotel St. Regis, located at 125 3rd St., was expected to open. 2-bedroom condos were asking $1.8-2.5 million. It was designed by architect Craig Hartman of Skidmore Owings Merrill.
    (SFC, 10/27/05, p.C1)(SFC, 12/14/05, p.B1)(SSFC, 10/6/13, p.C5)
2005        Nov 1, In SF Johnell Kirk Jr. (39), a homeless drifter, died after being set on fire by Scott Darden Kinney (43).
    (SFC, 11/3/05, p.B4)

2005        Nov 2, SF officials struck a deal with large supermarket chains to reduce by 10 million the number of plastic grocery bags given to shoppers by the end of the year.
    (SFC, 11/3/05, p.A1)
2005        Nov 2, In SF police arrested 10 anti-Bush demonstrators as some 2,000 people rallied in a march organized by “The World Can’t Wait,” a group focused on removing Pres. Bush from office.
    (SFC, 11/3/05, p.B4)

2005        Nov 6, In SF the annual Veteran’s Day Parade was held on Market St.
    (SFC, 11/7/05, p.B1)
2005        Nov 6, The Intelligent Transport Systems World Congress opened in SF for a 5-day meeting and demonstration of new products.
    (SFC, 11/7/05, p.A1)
2005        Nov 6, Prince Charles began a visit to SF and the Bay Area. Police services for the 4-day tour, billed to taxpayers, ran to $105,000 in regular and overtime pay.
    (SSFC, 11/20/05, p.B1)

2005        Nov 7, In SF developers of Treasure Island unveiled plans that included 6 residential towers with some 5,500 housing units, a new ferry terminal and saving 260 acres of the island’s 400 acres for open space.
    (SFC, 11/8/05, p.A1)
2005        Nov 7, In SF Maxuman Chenier  (23), an aspiring rap artist, was shot to death in the Oceanview district. On Nov 10 Marcus McNeil (19), a suspect in the murder, surrendered to police in Mansfield, Ohio. He was released after local prosecutors determined their was not enough evidence for his extradition.
    (SFC, 11/15/05, p.B3)(SFC, 11/18/05, p.B3)

2005        Nov 8, SF voters rejected Prop B, which would have allowed $208 million in general obligation bonds for street and sidewalk improvements; Prop A passed for capital improvements in the SF Community College District; Prop H won making it illegal for city residents to possess handguns; Prop F won ending rotating closure of firehouses. Phil Ting, incumbent Assessor-Recorder, won his election bid. In 2008 an Appeals court agreed with 2006 ruling that local governments have no authority under California law to prevent people from owning pistols.
    (SFC, 11/9/05, p.B3)(SFC, 1/10/08, p.B3)
2005        Nov 8, A federal judge ordered a halt to 1983 court-ordered supervision over SF desegregation policies. The ruling left school assignments in the hands of the SF School Board.
    (SFC, 11/9/05, p.B1)

2005        Nov 9, SF reached an out of court settlement in a fraud lawsuit against City Tow for $5.7 million. The Anaheim-based parent company, Pick Your Part, admitted no wrongdoing and will split the payment between SF and the state of California.
    (SFC, 11/10/05, p.B2)

2005        Nov 10, In SF ground breaking was scheduled for a $270 million, 55-story, 709-unit luxury condominium at One Rincon Hill. The project included a 2nd 45-story tower. Completion was set for December 2007.
    (SFC, 11/11/05, p.B1)

2005        Nov 11, SF service workers ended a 2-month strike at Pacific Medical Center by ratifying a labor contract that includes a 16% wage increase for 800 workers over the life of the contract, retroactive from November 2004 to June 2008.
    (SFC, 11/12/05, p.C1)

2005        Nov 13, In SF the Rolling Stones performed at SBC Park sparking a swarm of noise complaints to City Hall.
    (SFC, 11/15/05, p.B1)

2005        Nov 15, SF city supervisors passed new laws requiring spaying and neutering of pit bulls, five months after the fatal mauling of a 12-year-old boy by his family's pit bulls.
    (AP, 11/16/05)

2005        Nov 17, SF City Engineer Hanson Tom ordered that no construction permit be issued for 2 residential towers on Rincon Hill pending more seismic safety study.
    (SFC, 12/8/05, p.A1)

2005        Nov 18, The SF Fine Arts Museums board named John E. Buchanon Jr., director of the Portland Art Museum, to succeed Harry Parker as director effective Feb 1, 2006.
    (SFC, 11/19/05, p.A1)

2005        Nov 23, In SF 2 killings on Turk Street raised the city’s homicide toll this year to 90, 2 more than in all of 2004.
    (SFC, 11/24/05, p.B1)

2005        Nov 25, Mayor Newsom traveled to China to lead a delegation along with Sen. Diane Feinstein to celebrate the 25th anniversary of San Francisco’s sister-city relationship with Shanghai.
    (SFC, 11/25/05, p.B1)

2005        Nov-2005 Dec, In San Francisco between 39,488 and 53,988 gallons of diesel fuel leaked over 4 weeks from an underground storage tank at the John Muir Motor Coach yard at 1095 Indiana St. Muni workers had disabled an alarm system that would have warned of the leak. In 2009 the US EPA sought a $250,000 settlement for the leak which allowed fuel to enter a storm drain leading the SF Bay.
    (SFC, 11/3/09, p.C1)

2005        Dec 3, In SF the new Museum of African Diaspora officially opened at 685 Mission St.
    (SSFC, 11/27/05, p.B1)
2005        Dec 3, Peter Haas Sr. (86), former CEO and president of Levi Strauss, died in SF.
    (SFC, 12/5/05, p.B4)

2005        Dec 6, SF hired Nathaniel Ford Sr. to run the Municipal Transportation Agency (MUNI) for a 5-year contract with a base salary of $298,000. Ford was enticed away from the Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority where his base was $205,000.
    (SFC, 12/7/05, p.B4)
2005        Dec 6, In SF police officer Andrew Cohen (39) was suspended for producing department videos that mocked minorities. 24 other officers were soon suspended for their involvement in the video productions. In 2006 18 officers filed a $20 million lawsuit against SF for defamation and discrimination.
    (SFC, 12/8/05, p.A1,16)(SFC, 12/10/05, p.A11)(SFC, 8/11/06, p.B7)

2005        Dec 14,  SF officials said the $600 million Third Street light rail line was a year late and expected to come into service by the end of 2006. It was running about $21 million over budget.
    (SFC, 12/15/05, p.B3)

2005        Dec 15, SF officials said all the SF police officers suspended for their roles in a controversial video production have been reinstated.
    (SFC, 12/16/05, p.A1)
2005        Dec 15, Utah Archbishop George Niederauer was named Archbishop of San Francisco.
    (SFC, 12/16/05, p.A1)

2005        Dec 23, Robin Hodes (79), SF-based jazz trumpeter, died.
    (SFC, 1/24/06, p.B5)

2005        Oct 25, Barry Nielson (48), SF architect, died from injuries of an assault on Oct 21 at Bryant and Mariposa.
    (SFC, 12/28/05, p.A1)

2005        Dec 26, It was reported that the Roxie Cinema will become part of San Francisco’s New College due to a $200,000 donation. Owner Bill Banning will continue as art director under salary to New College.
    (SFC, 12/26/05, p.D1)
2005        Dec 26, Terrell Anderson (23),  father of a 2-year-old and basketball player for City College, was shot and killed in the early hours outside the Velvet Lounge in North Beach.
    (SFC, 12/28/05, p.A1)

2005        Veronica Monet, former San Francisco based escort, authored “Sex Secrets of Escorts: Tips From a Pro.”
    (SFC, 11/23/05, p.E1)
2005        In San Francisco MUNI began a new transit fare program called MUNI Lifeline, a 50% discounted monthly pass for low income customers.
    (SSFC, 3/1/15, p.A8)

2006        Jan 9, In SF a suspected was found bomb in the Starbucks restroom at 1401 Van Ness Ave. The next day SF police arrested Ronald Schouten (44), who they believe planted the bomb. Federal agents soon reported that no explosive material was contained in the device and that Schouten would likely not be charged.
    (SFC, 1/11/06, p.A1)(SFC, 1/12/06, p.B1)

2006        Jan 12, The Beat Museum, a tribute to the literary generation that helped inspire the 1960s counterculture, opened in San Francisco. The museum, founded by Jerry Cimino, was formerly housed in Monterey, California.
    (Reuters, 1/15/06)

2006        Jan 18, SF Mayor Newsom said he is convinced some cable car conductors were stealing fare money.
    (SFC, 1/19/06, p.A1)

2006        Jan 19, The SF Board of Education voted to close, merge and relocate more than a dozen schools to cut losses due to declining enrollment.
    (SFC, 1/20/06, p.A1)

2006        Jan 21, Abortion foes converged in SF for a 2nd Walk for life. Pro-choice demonstrators staged a counter marched.
    (SSFC, 1/22/06, p.B1)

2006        Jan 30, Fairmont Hotels & Resorts announced that a group of investors including Saudi Prince Alwaleed bin Talal has agreed to buy the luxury hotel chain for about $3.3 billion in cash and some $600 million in assumed debt. A new Canadian company will take over outstanding shares from the Toronto-based sellers.
    (SFC, 1/31/06, p.E3)

2006        Feb 10, SF Mayor Gavin Newsom, in response to the SF Chronicle’s use-of force series, said he will push the SF Police Dept. to create a computerized tracking system for identifying problem officers.
    (SSFC, 2/12/06, p.A1)

2006        Feb 23, The construction firm Tutor-Saliba Corp. agreed to pay $19 million to settle claims that it overcharged for building the int’l. terminal at San Francisco’s airport and violated city minority contracting laws.
    (SFC, 2/24/06, p.A1)

2006        Feb 25, It was reported that researchers in SF had discovered a new virus, dubbed XMRV, inside tumors of some men with prostate cancer.
    (SFC, 2/25/06, p.A2)

2006        Feb 27, In SF Allen Leung (56), a Chinatown businessman and community leader, was gunned down in his export-import business at 603 Jackson St.
    (SFC, 3/1/06, p.A1)

2006        Feb 28, The San Francisco Board of Supervisors passed a resolution (7-3) asking the city’s Democratic congressional delegation to seek the impeachment of Pres. Bush.
    (SFC, 3/1/06, p.A1)

2006        Mar 1, The name of the SF Giant’s ballpark changed from Pac Bell Park to AT&T Park.
    (SFC, 2/4/06, p.C1)
2006        Mar 1, Father Harry Carlin (89), Jesuit priest and former president of St. Ignatius in SF, died. He led the 1965 $2 million purchase of 11 acres for a new school campus.
    (SFC, 3/7/06, p.B5)

2006        Mar 2, In SF Ashlyn Dyer (27) was knocked unconscious during a morning run in the Presidio by a hit and run driver. She died of her injuries on March 12.
    (SFC, 3/14/06, p.A1)(SFC, 3/16/06, p.B3)

2006        Mar 12, SF held its 154th annual St. Patrick’s Day parade.
    (SFC, 3/13/06, p.B1)

2006        Mar 23, Sundance Cinemas said it had signed a purchase agreement for the AMC Kabuki multiplex in San Francisco. Sundance hoped to develop a national chain.
    (SFC, 3/24/06, p.B6)
2006        Mar 23, Karen Eklund (31) of Antioch was shot 11-20 times and killed by police in SF following a 40-mile pursuit that ended in Mission Terrace. She had been sought on a federal warrant in an identity-theft case. In 2007 her daughter (14) filed suit against the CHP saying the killing was unjustified. On April 6, 2011, a federal appeals court overturned a jury’s verdict of wrongdoing and $60,000 in damages against CHP Officer Steven Margraf.
    (SFC, 3/24/06, p.B3)(SFC, 11/3/07, p.B2)(SFC, 4/7/11, p.C2)
2006        Mar 23, Adolph Gasser (b.1912), SF businessman and pioneer in the photographic industry, died.
    (SFC, 4/3/06, p.B8)

2006        Mar 25, In SF an evangelical Christian concert, dubbed “Battle Cry for a Generation,” drew some 25,000 teens to AT&T Park.
    (SSFC, 3/26/06, p.B1)

2006        Mar 27, In SF several thousand protesters marched down Market Street in a peaceful call for legal status for an estimated 12 million illegal immigrants in the US.
    (SFC, 3/28/06, p.A1)

2006        Mar 29, In San Francisco Linda Woo was found inside a car in her garage with her 2 unconscious children. Her daughter 3 died in the attempted suicide. Her 4-year old son suffered brain injuries. In 2009 Woo was sentenced 25 years to life in prison.
    (SFC, 11/27/09, p.C2)

2006        Apr 1, The body of Kimberly Millen (21) of San Bruno was found in Richmond, Ca. The body of her friend Sophia Sciutto-Creps (27) of South San Francisco was found April 5 in Golden Gate Park. Evidence in the case was found at Lake Merced in SF on April 3. Both women had disappeared on March 27. Police arrested Jasmilla Ford (26) on April 16 for the murder of Millen. Police arrested Ford’s brother Troy Richardson (24) on April 17 for the murder of Sciutto-Creps. Both women were believed to have been killed in Ford’s Oakland home on March 27.
    (SFC, 4/6/06, p.B1)(SFC, 4/18/06, p.B1)

2006        Apr 5, SF picked Google and EarthLink to bring free Internet access to the city.
    (SFC, 4/6/06, p.A1)

2006        Apr 18, In SF thousands gathered for the 100 year anniversary of the 1906 earthquake.
    (SFC, 4/19/06, p.A1)
2006        Apr 18, A $1.43 billion joint contract was awarded to American Bridge and Fluor to build the single-tower eastern suspension span of the Bay Bridge.
    (SFC, 4/19/06, p.B4)

2006        Apr 20, In SF federal and local agents raided a chapter of the Hells Angels in the Dogpatch neighborhood of Potrero Hill. They found a pound of methamphetamine in the garage of Michael Demetrescu (46). Agents targeted 16 locations including Livermore and San Mateo County recovering weapons and a total of 6 pounds of methamphetamine. On April 25 Demetrescu was found dead of suspected suicide at Ocean Beach.
    (SFC, 4/21/06, p.B1)(SFC, 4/26/06, p.B2)

2006        Apr 23, Some 10,000 people marched in SF to denounce a bill in the US House of Representatives that would make illegal immigration a felony. Latinos organized a day of protests in over 100 cities. As many as 500,000 marched in Los Angeles.
    (SFC, 4/24/06, p.A1)(Econ, 5/8/10, p.14)

2006        Apr 24, The annual Goldman Environmental Prizes were awarded in San Francisco. The winners included Craig Williams (58) for helping to persuade Congress to order the Defense Dept. to consider alternatives to incinerating chemical weapons; Tarcisio Feitosa (35) of Brazil for his campaign against rampant logging; Olya Melen (26) of Ukraine for her suits forcing the government to scale back a large canal project impacting wetlands; Yu Xiaogang (35) of China for his reports on damages caused by new dams; Silas Siakor (36) of Liberia for his documentation showing how logging was used to fund civil war; and Anne Kajir of Papua New Guinea for her work to get reimbursements from logging companies to peasants.
    (WSJ, 4/24/06, p.B7)

2006        Apr 27, A fiery crash in the San Francisco’s Castro District killed one person and left at least 8 vehicle gutted.
    (SFC, 4/28/06, p.B1)

2006        Apr 30, Some 100,000 rallied in Washington DC, SF and other US cities to urge the Bush administration to take decisive action to stop the genocide in Darfur.
    (SFC, 5/1/06, p.A1)
2006        Apr 30, In San Francisco Daniel Elizalde (17) shot and killed Karl Bartolome (19) as Bartolome walked with his girlfriend and nephew at Lisbon and Persia streets in the Excelsior district. Elizalde later pleaded guilty to 2nd degree murder and was sentenced to 15 years to life.
    (SFC, 12/25/09, p.D2)(http://tinyurl.com/ydhpjr4)

2006        May 1, In the SF Bay Area KQED of SF and KTEH of San Jose announced their merger under the name Northern California Public Broadcasting.
    (SFC, 5/2/06, p.A1)

2006        May 4, In SF Terrell Rollins (22), a witness in a murder case, was shot dead at 269 Bayshore Blvd. His testimony led to the indictment of 2 men on murder charges in March.
    (SFC, 5/5/06, p.A1)

2006        May 9, The SF Board of Supervisors voted 7-4 to close a 1.5 miles stretch of JFK Drive in Golden Gate Park to cars on Saturdays on a 6-month trial basis. On May 15 Mayor Newsom vetoed the plan citing a need for further study.
    (SFC, 5/10/06, p.B4)(SFC, 5/16/06, p.B1)

2006        May 10, UCSF announced that Ray Dolby, founder of Dolby Laboratories, and his wife Dagmar were donating $16 million of help pay for a new stem cell research center in SF.
    (SFC, 5/12/06, p.B9)

2006        May 11, In SF 2 officials of the defunct Pacific Cement company, including founder Ricardo Ramirez, were arraigned on felony and grand theft charges for using inferior concrete on Bay Area projects from 2001-2005. In 2008 Ramirez pleaded guilty to a single environmental count. He was expected to serve a year of home detention and pay $427,000 in fines and restitution.
    (SFC, 5/12/06, p.A1)(SSFC, 7/9/06, p.A10)(SSFC, 6/1/08, p.A1)

2006        May 15, In SF the 77-year old PG&E plant in Hunters Point officially closed.
    (SFC, 5/15/06, p.A1)

2006        May 18, SF Mayor Newsom issued an executive directive for all city departments, that currently use diesel fuel, to switch to biodiesel fuel by the end of 2007.
    (SFC, 5/19/06, p.B3)

2006        May 21, In SF some 62,000 runners participated in the annual Bay to Breakers race. Gilbert Okari (27) of Kenya won in 34 minutes and 20 seconds. Among the women Ukrainian Tetyana Hladyr won in 39:09. Mayor Newsom finished the 7.46 miles in 59:04.
    (SFC, 5/22/06, p.A1)

2006        May 22, Braxton Bilbrey (7) of Arizona swam from Alcatraz Island to San Francisco in 47 minutes.
    (AP, 5/22/07)

2006        May 24, Pogo (48), one of the oldest gorillas in the world, died at the SF Zoo.
    (SFC, 5/25/06, p.B1)

2006        May 28, In SF Barry Bonds hit his 715th home run passing the Babe Ruth record of 714 and approaching Hank Aaron’s 755 record.
    (SFC, 5/28/06, p.A1)
2006        May 28, In SF tens of thousands jammed the Mission District for the 28th annual Carnaval. 81 official units participated in the “Land of Childhood Dreams” parade.
    (SFC, 5/28/06, p.B1)

2006        Jun 12, In SF Superior Court Judge James Warren struck down a voter approved ban on handgun possession. Proposition H, pass last November, would have outlawed possession of handguns by all city residents except law enforcement officers and other who need guns for professional purposes.
    (SFC, 6/12/06, p.B1)

2006        Jun 20, SF Mayor Gavin Newsome proposed a $200 million health plan, San Francisco Health Access Program, to provide an estimated 82,000 uninsured residents with health care.
    (SFC, 6/22/06, p.B1)

2006        Jun 22, In SF, Ca., Edwin Torres (47), former Moraga broker, was sentenced to 90 months in prison for defrauding people of over $5 million in a Ponzi scheme. He was released on bail with a promise to return on August 11. Torres jumped bail.
    (SFC, 9/1/06, p.B2)

2006        Jun 24, Denice Denton (46), UC Santa Cruz Chancellor, jumped to her death from the roof of the 42-story Paramount apartment building in SF. She had assumed office on Feb 14, 2005, and soon called for some $600,000 in upgrades to her university provided housing.
    (SSFC, 6/25/06, p.A13)

2006        Jun 25, SF celebrated its 36th annual Pride Parade. Some 200 groups passed before hundreds of thousands of spectators.
    (SFC, 6/26/06, p.A1)

2006        Jun 27, SF Supervisor Aaron Peskin introduced the Food Service Waste Reduction Act to the Board of Supervisors. The act would require city restaurants to stop using polystyrene as of Jan 1, 2007.
    (SFC, 6/27/06, p.A1)

2006        Jul 5, The Canaan Lutheran Church agreed to sell the 4 Star movie theater at 2200 Clement to Frank and Lida Lee, the theater owners since 1992, for $1.45 million following a mediation session. The Lees beat a 150 day deadline by one week.
    (SFC, 12/8/06, p.E1)

2006        Jul 8, SF opened its Mission Bay Branch Library. The 27th branch, a $4 million, 7,500-sq.-foot space, opened in a mixed use building on Fourth St.
    (SSFC, 7/9/06, p.B1)

2006        Jul 18, The Club Deluxe on Haight Street in SF celebrated the 1st anniversary of its open mike poetry and jazz. It was initiated by New York poets Jennifer Barone and Ingrid Keir and jazz musician Dan Heffez.
    (SFC, 7/22/06, p.E1)

2006        Jul 19, Construction began in SF on the $46 million Jewish Museum set to open in 2008.
    (SFC, 7/20/06, p.B1)

2006        Jul 24, SF City Attorney Dennis Herrera announced that his office had obtained a civil injunction and $20,000 in penalties against Carlos Romero for his graffiti. This marked the 1st time SF has filed a civil suit against a graffiti tagger.
    (SFC, 7/25/06, p.A4)

2006        Jul 25, SF Supervisors gave final approval to a plan to provide health care coverage to the city’s estimated 82,000 uninsured residents.
    (SFC, 7/26/06, p.B1)

2006        Jul 26, SF police officer Nick-Tomasito Birco (39) was killed when a Dodge van carrying 4 robbery suspects broadsided his patrol car at Cambridge and Felton. Steven Wayne Petrilli (19) was charged the next day with murder, manslaughter, evading police and robbery. In 2010 Petrilli was convicted of 1st degree murder. In 2011 Carl Lather (25) and Nicholas smith (26) pleaded guilty to manslaughter and robbery charges.
    (SFC, 7/27/06, p.A1)(SFC, 7/28/06, p.B1)(SFC, 9/24/10, p.C3)(SFC, 2/5/11, p.C2)

2006        Jul 28, SF Mayor Gavin Newsom signed a record $5.7 billion 2006-2007 budget.
    (SFC, 7/29/06, p.B3)

2006        Jul 30, Andrew Cook (25) of Texas won the SF Marathon in 2 hours and 26 minutes. Julia Stamps (27) of Santa Rosa won for the women in 2 hours and 54 minutes. William Goggins (43) of SF collapsed and died after completing 24 miles.
    (SFC, 7/31/06, p.A1)

2006        Aug 1, SF Mayor Newsom launched SF Connect, a nonprofit corporation to manage volunteers and donations for numerous social issues.
    (SFC, 8/1/06, p.A1)

2006        Aug 7, Sue Bierman (82), former SF supervisor (1992-2000) died in a car crash in Cole Valley. A park created in the wake of the demolition ramps leading to and away from the Embarcadero Freeway (1959-1992) was soon renamed Sue Bierman Park, after the former supervisor (d. 2006 at 82) who battled city freeways.
    (www.beyondchron.org/news/index.php?itemid=3563)(SSFC, 7/26/09, p.A16)

2006        Aug 11, In SF Ed Jew, operator of a Chinatown flower shop, filed to run as supervisor for District 4. He won a surprise victory in November. In 2007 he faced residency questions and an FBI investigation regarding money accepted from a businessmen facing permit problems. On January 10, 2008 he resigned from the Board of Supervisors. Jew had been accused of violating the city charter by not living in the district he represented. On November 6, 2007, federal prosecutors obtained a grand jury indictment of Jew on five felony bribery, fraud and extortion charges, accusing him of running a scheme to shake down Sunset District businesses for $84,000 in bribes. His trial on federal charges was slated to being in July 2008.
    (SFC, 5/22/07, p.A1)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ed_Jew#Resignation)

2006        Aug 12, Thousands of people gathered across from the White House, even though President Bush was out of town, to condemn US and Israeli policies in the Middle East. In SF thousands of protesters decried US Mideast policy and Israel’s military actions in Lebanon and Palestine. A smaller group demonstrated on behalf of Israel.
    (SSFC, 8/13/06, p.B1)(AP, 8/12/07)

2006        Aug 14, In San Francisco Aubrey Abrakasa (17) was shot and killed in the Panhandle of Golden Gate Park, while on his way to work. Police knew some of the individuals involved but, as of 2009, due to lack of witnesses the case remained unsolved.
    (SFC, 4/4/09, p.B1)

2006        Aug 19, The new $108 million SF County Jail, designed for 768 prisoners, opened in San Mateo County next to the existing jail built in 1934 and designed for 550.
    (SFC, 8/17/06, p.B8)

2006        Aug 21, Will Smith (59) opened fire at Fort Funston, a popular hang-gliding area, injuring 2 people before killing himself. Hang gliding pilot Dan Murray (48) died from his wounds on Aug 26.
    (SFC, 8/22/06, p.B1)(SFC, 8/23/06, p.B4)(SSFC, 8/27/06, p.B2)

2006        Aug 29, Omeed Aziz Popal (29), a native of Afghanistan, killed one pedestrian in Hayward, Ca., and injured another 16 at 11 locations in SF in a driving rampage. SF police finally rammed him down at California and Spruce streets. In 2008 a SF judge ruled that Popal was legally insane.
    (SFC, 8/30/06, p.A1)(SFC, 8/1/08, p.B1)

2006        Sep 5, The lower deck of the SF Bay Bridge reopened after being shut down for the 3-day Labor Day weekend due to demolition work.
    (SFC, 9/5/06, p.B1)

2006        Sep 8, SF Mayor Gavin Newsom said 50 new security cameras will be installed in public housing projects around San Francisco over the next 18 months.
    (SFC, 9/9/06, p.B1)

2006        Sep 11, In SF measures to turn back a surge in violence included police enforcement of a long-ignored curfew for young teenagers as well as more police in high crime neighborhoods.
    (SFC, 9/12/06, p.A1)

2006        Sep 16, In SF Zachary Roche-Balsam (19) was killed when he tried to stop a robbery of 2 women after a party in the Ingleside Heights neighborhood. In 2007 police arrested and charged Vernon Anderson Jr. (21) with the murder.
    (SFC, 4/11/07, p.B2)

2006        Sep 22, SF hotel workers ratified a new 5-year contract to end a 2-year dispute with their employers.
    (SFC, 9/23/06, p.B2)

2006        Sep 23, The SF Blues Festival continued for the 2nd of 3 days at Fort Mason. The Love Festival parade ended at the Civic Plaza.
    (SSFC, 9/24/06, p.B1)

2006        Sep 24, The 23rd annual Folsom Street Fair took place in SF.
    (SSFC, 9/24/06, p.B1)

2006        Sep 28, The new $440 million Westfield San Francisco Centre, a retail, office and entertainment complex, opened and Fifth and Market at the site of the former Emporium. The complex included Bloomingdale’s, the retailer’s 2nd largest US store.
    (SSFC, 8/6/06, p.F1)(SFC, 8/11/06, p.D1)(SFC, 9/28/06, p.A1)

2006        Sep 30, SF city crews began a cleanup and sweep of Golden Gate park to oust an estimated 100-200 people living there. Crews planned to continue the task for the next 90 days.
    (SSFC, 10/1/06, p.B3)

2006        Sep, The Bank of San Francisco began operating as a program to provide banking services to low income residents not qualifying for regular bank accounts. The program was formed under the auspices of SF, the Federal Reserve and 15 banks and credit unions.
    (SFC, 12/4/07, p.A1)

2006        Oct 3, Jeannik Mequet Littlefield donated $35 million to the SF Opera. She had married Edmund Littlefield in 1945 and he went on to head the Utah Construction Co., a family firm that had built the Hoover Dam.
    (SFC, 10/4/06, p.A1)

2006        Oct 4, Richard Goldman, SF philanthropist, announced a $10 million grant to the SF Symphony.
    (SFC, 10/5/06, p.E1)

2006        Oct 7, Fleet Week in SF featured a waterfront parade of US and Canadian ships as well as an air show. The 2-day Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival opened in Golden Gate Park.
    (SFC, 10/7/06, p.B1)

2006        Oct 8, The 138th annual Italian Heritage Parade took place in SF.
    (SSFC, 10/8/06, p.B1)

2006        Oct 17, Miriam Engelberg, cartoonist and writer, died in SF. She had recently authored “Cancer Made Me a Shallower Person.”
    (SFC, 10/20/06, p.B9)

2006        Oct 21, In SF Joseph James Melcher (25), a traveling wine salesman, opened fire on 3 people in Japantown and 2 died. He was arrested the same evening. On Nov 21 Melcher was also charged with killing Robert Stanford (21) on Aug 27. On May 13, 2009, Melcher was convicted on 3 counts of murder. On June 11 Melcher was sentenced to 200 years to life in prison.
    (SFC, 10/24/06, p.B1)(SFC, 11/23/06, p.B1)(SFC, 5/14/09, p.B2)(SFC, 6/12/09, p.B3)

2006        Oct 22, The Oracle OpenWorld convention opened in SF. Some 42,000 attendees were expected to pump $60 million into the city’s economy by the close on Oct 27.
    (SFC, 10/23/06, p.E1)

2006        Oct 26, In SF the first Amateur Erotic Film Competition opened at the Castro Theater.
    (SFC, 10/26/06, p.B1)

2006        Oct 31, In SF gunfire broke out between two groups at a massive Halloween street party in the city's Castro district, wounding at least 10 people, including innocent bystanders.
    (AP, 11/1/06)
2006        Oct 31, Enrico’s Sidewalk Café in SF’s North Beach district closed after negotiations for a new lease collapsed. Enrico Banducci had opened it in 1958.
    (SFC, 11/1/06, p.B5)

2006        Nov 8, Democratic gains in Congress were seen around the world as a rejection of the US war in Iraq that led some observers to expect a reassessment of the American course there. The victory would make Nancy Pelosi, Representative of SF, the 1st woman and the 1st Californian to serve as speaker of the House. Pelosi promised a 6-pronged action plan: A new direction for America, to be enacted within 100 hours of becoming speaker.
    (AP, 11/8/06)(SFC, 11/8/06, p.A1)(Econ, 11/11/06, p.38)

2006        Nov 14, The SF Board of Education voted 4-2 to phase out the JROTC from schools over the next two years because of the Pentagon's "don't ask, don't tell" policy regarding gay service members. The SF Board of Supervisors mandated foot patrols by city police, in a 9-2 vote overriding a veto by Mayor Newsom. The board also voted to ban the use of plastic foam to-go containers by city restaurants and to effectively decriminalize the use, sale and cultivation of marijuana by adults.
    (AP, 11/15/06)(SFC, 11/15/06, p.B1)

2006        Nov 16, Nancy Pelosi was unanimously named speaker-elect by US House Democrats, the first woman set to take the post that is second in line of succession to the presidency.
    (AP, 11/16/06)
2006        Nov 16, In SF federal agents arrested 24 people on drug charges following a 4-month undercover investigation targeting gangs in the Western Addition.
    (SFC, 11/17/06, p.B3)

2006        Nov 28, In SF Genevieve Paez (53) was shot execution style outside her home in Visitacion Valley. She worked as a customer service supervisor for the US Postal Service. The next day Julius Kevin Tartt (39), a South San Francisco letter carrier, was found dead in Livermore from a self-inflicted gun shot. It was suspected that Tartt killed Paez.
    (SFC, 11/29/06, p.B1)(SFC, 12/2/06, p.B1)

2006        Dec 4, In Oregon rescuers found SF residents Kati Kim and her 2 daughters near Grants Pass. They had been missing for 9 days while on a road trip. James Kim, who went to seek help on Dec 2, was still missing.
    (SFC, 12/5/06, p.A1)

2006        Dec 6, James Kim, a San Francisco man who struck out alone to find help for his family after their car got stuck on a snowy, remote road in Oregon was found dead, bringing an end to what authorities called an extraordinary effort to stay alive.
    (AP, 12/7/06)

2006        Dec 22, SF police officer Bryan Tuvera (28) was shot in the head in a gunbattle that left Marlon Ruff (33), a 2-year fugitive, dead in the Sunset District. Tuvera died hours later.
    (SFC, 12/23/06, p.A1)(SSFC, 12/24/06, p.A1)

2006        Dec 27, It was reported that the SF Dept. of Parking and Traffic had begun a 90-day test run using cameras to scan license plates in search of cars with unpaid citations. Metal boots were immediately attached to cars with at least 5 outstanding tickets.
    (SFC, 12/27/06, p.B1)

2006        Dec 29, In San Francisco gunmen opened fire on 4 people in a car at Innes Avenue and Mendell Street in the Bayview district. 3 people were killed and the 4th hospitalized.
    (SSFC, 12/31/06, p.B1)

2006        Dec 31, In San Francisco members of the Baker’s Dozen, a choral group from Yale, were assaulted on 15th Ave. near Lake Street. Police went under criticism for not making any arrests.
    (SFC, 1/13/07, p.A8)

2006        A new federal government complex at Seventh and Mission was expected to be completed. It was designed by Thom Mayne, winner of the 2004 Pritzker Prize.
    (SFC, 3/21/05, p.C1)
2006        A 211 hot line for social services, modeled after the 911 hot line, was introduced in San Francisco by United Way. In 2008 the service was extended other Bay Area counties.
    (SFC, 2/9/08, p.B2)
2006        Goldman Sachs acquired the Art Institute of California-San Francisco.
    (SFC, 1/4/07, p.B10)
2006        SFO was expected to serve 51 million passengers by this time.
    (SFC, 6/27/96, p.A185)
2006        Family and friends of San Francisco-based Stefan Lyon (11) traveled to Kakamega, Kenya, to supervise the conversion of a cowshed into classroom. The project was begun by Stefan Lyon with funds raised by selling cookies and selling “My Adventures with Stitch,” a book about his pet rat.
    (www.stefanlyon.com)(SSFC, 12/7/08, p.B1)
2006        At least 34 people leaped to their deaths from the Golden Gate Bridge this year.
    (SFC, 1/18/07, p.A1)
2006        In SF the number of homicides for the year totaled 85, with 28 of them in the Bayview neighborhood.
    (SFC, 1/15/08, p.B1)

2007        Jan 1, In SF the minimum wage rose 3.6% to $9.14 per hour following a mandatory 2003 requirement for annual cost of living adjustments. SF police reported a decline in homicides to 85 in 2006, down from 96 in 2005.
    (SFC, 1/2/07, p.E1)
2007        Jan 1, Tillie Olsen (94), writer and SF labor activist, died. In 1961 she won the O. Henry Award for best short story for her “Tell me Riddle.” In 2008 Ann Hershey completed her documentary “Tillie Olsen: A Heart in Action.”
    (SFC, 1/10/08, p.E1)

2007        Jan 5, SF signed a contract with EarthLink and Google to install and operate a free wireless Internet service across the city.
    (SFC, 1/6/07, p.A1)

2007        Jan 8, The San Francisco Hyatt Regency, opened in 1973, was sold by Strategic Hotel Capital LLC to Dune Capital Management and DiNapoli Capital Partners, privately held investment funds in a deal pegged at over $200 million.
    (SFC, 1/9/07, p.E3)

2007        Jan 9, Steve Jobs introduced the iPhone at the annual Macworld Expo in SF. The 4GB version would be sold for $499 starting in June. A television set add-on called Apple TV was planned to hit stores in February for $299. Apple dropped the word “Computer” from its name.
    (SFC, 1/10/07, p.C1)(WSJ, 1/11/06, p.C1)(Econ, 1/13/07, p.57)
2007        Jan 9, The National Park Service announced that it signed a 60-year lease with San Francisco developer to restore Fort Baker and build a hotel called “Cavallo Point, the Lodge at the Golden Gate.”
    (SFC, 1/10/07, p.B1)

2007        Jan 12, In San Francisco a gunman killed a couple parked in a car in the Mission Terrace district leaving two children, aged 5 and 13 months, in the back seat. The boy sought help knocking on neighbor’s doors.
    (SFC, 1/16/07, p.A1)

2007        Jan 13, In SF the Muni Metro T-Third line began operations. Cost overruns totaled at least $154 million since work began in 2002.
    (SFC, 1/13/07, p.B1)(SFC, 1/15/07, p.B2)
2007        Jan 13, It was reported that Kink, a Web-based pornography distributor, had purchased the 1912 old armory building on Mission St. in San Francisco for $14.5 million.
    (SFC, 1/13/07, p.B1)

2007        Jan 17, The SF Police Commission approved Mayor Newsom’s request to add surveillance cameras at 8 additional high-crime locations.
    (SFC, 1/18/07, p.B3)

2007        Jan 27, In Washington DC tens of thousands converged on the National Mall to oppose Pres. Bush’s plan for a troop increase in Iraq. Thousands marched in San Francisco.
    (SSFC, 1/28/07, p.A15)

2007        Jan 28, Jim Gray (63), an acclaimed computer scientist, was last heard from shortly after he set out from San Francisco for the shark-infested waters of the Farallon Islands, about 25 miles west of the Golden Gate Bridge.
    (AP, 2/1/07)

2006        Jan 31, Jennifer Merritt (31) was shot in the arm and head while riding a bicycle in the San Francisco Ingleside Heights neighborhood. She died from her wounds on Feb 11. Police had no explanation.
    (SFC, 2/12/07, p.E6)

2007        Feb 1, In SF Mayor Gavin Newsom admitted to having an affair with Ruby Rippey-Tourk, his campaign manager’s wife.
    (SFC, 2/2/07, p.A1)
2007        Feb 1, John Bryan, underground press writer and editor, died in SF. He had started the Open City Press, San Francisco’s 1st alternative paper, in 1964.
    (SSFC, 2/11/07, p.B7)

2007        Feb 7, In SF Mayor Gavin Newsom met with Lithuania’s Pres. Valdas Adamkus at the Fairmont Hotel following an address at the World Affairs Council. Pres. Adamkus, accompanied by a Lithuanian business delegation, was here for a one week visit seeking US trade opportunities and potential investors.
    (www.president.lt/en/news.full/7476)

2007        Feb 12, In SF John Konstin, owner of John’s Grill on Ellis St., reported the weekend theft of his Maltese Falcon, a copy of the statuette used in the 1941 eponymous film.
    (SFC, 2/13/07, p.A1)
2007        Jan 12, In SF Mia Sagote (30) and Leslie Siliga (29) reportedly doused Leslie May (49), a homeless woman from the Tenderloin, with gasoline and burned her alive at Candlestick Point in retaliation for May’s report to police implicating them in a personal robbery. Sagote was convicted of murder, kidnapping and robbery on Oct 20, 2013. On Dec 20, 2013, Sagote was sentenced to life in prison without parole.
    (SFC, 2/15/07, p.A1)(SFC, 10/30/13, p.D3)(SFC, 12/21/13, p.C3)

2007        Feb 13, Heather MacAllister (37), creator of the Fat Bottom Revue burlesque act in SF, died in Portland, Ore., through assisted suicide after a battle with ovarian cancer.
    (SFC, 2/26/07, p.B1)

2007        Feb 21, Mayor Newsom and Philip Mangano, the government’s head of homelessness, announced that SF had received $19.7 million in federal funds to help fight homelessness.
    (SFC, 2/22/07, p.B1)
2007        Feb 21, The SF Police Commission approved a computerized system to track problematic behavior by police officers.
    (SFC, 2/22/07, p.A1)

2007        Feb 27, In SF a 75-foot wide chunk of Telegraph Hill slid down a granite and sandstone slope above Broadway following recent rains. 120 residents were forced to leave their homes pending repair of the hillside, which could take months.
    (SFC, 2/28/07, p.A1)

2007        Feb, In SF Workers began moving into the new federal building at Seventh and Mission. The $144 million structure was designed by Thom Mayne.
    (SSFC, 2/25/07, p.A1)

2007        Mar 3, SF held its annual Chinese New Year parade, ushering in the Year of the Pig.
    (SSFC, 3/4/07, p.B1)

2007        Mar 16, SF Mayor Newsom said he plans to open a new courthouse to crack down on nuisance crimes such as public urination, panhandling, graffiti and prostitution. Antwanisha Morgan (17) was shot and killed outside the Bayview community youth center. On March 29 a boy (14) was charged in the drive-by murder. Another suspect (17) was arrested April 2, and 2 more (aged 15 & 16) on April 5. In 2009 a juvenile court judge ruled that all 4 suspects participated in the slaying of Morgan.
    (SFC, 3/17/07, p.A1)(SFC, 3/21/07, p.B1)(SFC, 3/30/07, p.B4)(SFC, 4/7/07, p.B2)(SFC, 1/17/09, p.B1)
2007        Mar 16, In San Francisco Ruby Ordenana (27), a transgender prostitute, was brutally killed. Her naked body was found in the Potrero Hill area near I-280. In 2009 DNA evidence tied her murder to Donzell Francis. In the interim Francis raped and brutalized at least 3 other transgender prostitutes. In 2010 SF prosecutors filed murder charges against Francis (41), who was already serving a 17-year prison sentence for another sexual assault.
    (SFC, 11/21/09, p.A1)(SFC, 4/28/10, p.C2)

2007        Mar 19, In SF the Haight Asbury Free Clinic opened a new drop-in center for the homeless. Services at the 13th and Mission location included phones, showers, drug detox and case management.
    (SFC, 3/20/07, p.B1)

2007        Mar 27, SF city leaders approved a ban on plastic grocery bags after weeks of lobbying on both sides from environmentalists and a supermarket trade group. San Francisco would be the first US city to adopt such a rule if Mayor Gavin Newsom signs the ban as expected.
    (AP, 3/28/07)(SFC, 3/28/07, p.A1)
2007        Mar 27, United Commercial Bank of San Francisco said  it had concluded negotiations to become the sole owner of the Business Development Bank of Shanghai. In 1992 the Business Development Bank of Shanghai was established as China’s first foreign-owned bank.
    (Econ, 4/7/07, p.73)

2007        Apr 6, In San Francisco Umar Hudson stabbed his girlfriend, Jernell Scott, to death in front of her home on Ellsworth Street after she reported his sexual abuse of her two daughters, aged 9 & 13. In 2012 Hudson (35) was sentenced to 205 years to life in prison.
    (SFC, 1/26/12, p.C6)

2007        Apr 11, The Evelyn and Walter Haas Jr. Fund announced a $15 million donation for renovations at the Presidio. Plans included 24 new trails.
    (SFC, 4/11/07, p.A1)

2007        Apr 13, In SF Mayor Newsom brokered an agreement to ban cars from Golden Gate Park’s main road for 6 months of the year and to make permanent a Sunday ban for a smaller area. The deal still required approval from the board of Supervisors.
    (SFC, 4/14/07, p.B1)

2007        May 1, Thousands of protesters marched in SF, Oakland, San Jose and across the Bay Area to call for immigration reform and in opposition to recent federal raids that have netted thousands of illegal immigrants.
    (SFC, 5/2/07, p.A1)

2007        May 19, In San Francisco Scott Chris Thomas attacked Loren Schaller (15) with a knife at a Twin Peaks bakery. In 2010 a jury convicted Schaller (29) of attempted murder and mayhem. On Aug 5 Thomas was sentenced to at least 26 years in prison.
    (SFC, 3/3/10, p.C2)(SFC, 8/6/10, p.C2)

2007        May 20, San Francisco’s 96th annual Bay to Breakers race drew some 60,000 runners. Joe Spinale (53) died of a heart attack after crossing the finish line.
    (SFC, 5/21/07, p.B1)(SFC, 5/22/07, p.B2)

2007        May 31, SF Mayor Gavin Newsom proposed a $6.06 billion budget for the 2007-2008 fiscal year, a 5.4% increase over the previous year.
    (SFC, 6/1/07, p.B12)

2007        Jun 2, In San Francisco, Ca., Hugues de la Plaza (36), a French national, was found dead in his Linden Street apartment in Hayes Valley. Police labeled his stabbing death as a possible homicide or suicide. In 2009 a French probe called his death a homicide. The French probe concluded that de la Plaza was stabbed in a surprise attack outside his apartment. In 2009 an independent review ruled out suicide.
    (SFC, 1/27/09, p.B1)(SFC, 2/27/09, p.B1)(SFC, 11/13/09, p.C1)

2007        Jun 12, In SF Supervisor Ed Jew surrendered under charges that he lied about where he lived in order to run for office. Jew posted bail and was released. The SF school board approved a 3-year contract for Carlos Garcia offering the ex-superintendent of Nevada’s Clark County (Las Vegas) a salary of $255,000.
    (SFC, 6/13/07, p.A1)(SFC, 6/13/07, p.B4)

2007        Jun 21, In SF Mayor Newsome described a plan to reduce the number of trash cans in SF as part of a larger pledge to reduce litter by 50% over the next 5 years. Some 305 of 5,000 cans have been removed since January due to alleged inappropriate use by neighbors.
    (SFC, 6/27/07, p.B12)

2007        Jun 24, SF held its 37th annual Pride Parade.
    (SFC, 6/25/07, p.A1)
2007        Jun 24, Tod Pellman, a marine and energy engineer in SF, was reported to be developing a wind turbine for residential use.
    (SSFC, 6/24/07, p.C1)

2007        Jun 26, The SF school Board passed the district’s annual budget, including a 2% cut to each school.
    (SFC, 6/28/07, p.B1)

2007        Jul 4, In SF some 300 skateboarders rolled down the Embarcadero in a 3-mile, police-escorted rally promoted by Emerica, an Orange County shoe and skateboard apparel company.
    (SFC, 7/5/07, p.B1)

2007        Jul 5, It was reported that SF faced a $4.9 billion unfunded liability for health care for retiring city workers. Other local governments and school districts in California also faced unfunded costs.
    (SFC, 7/5/07, p.A1)

2007        Jul 11, In San Francisco Joseph Konopka, a neighborhood activist, died at his home on Ashbury St. in the midst of erotic asphyxiation. Terry Frazier was soon arrested and charged with murder, robbery and burglary. In 2010 Frazier pleaded guilty to manslaughter charges.
    (SSFC, 3/21/10, p.C2)

2007        Jul 10, In Baseball’s All-Star game the American League beat the National League 5-4  at AT&T Park in SF.
    (www.foxnews.com/photoessay/0,4644,2028,00.html)

2007        Jul 12, Jim Mitchell, co-founder of the Mitchell Brothers O’Farrell Theater in SF, died of an apparent heart attack in Sonoma County, Ca. He and his brother Artie had opened the adult theater in 1969 and went on to pioneer pornographic films. In 1991 Jim shot Artie to death in Corte Madera and served just under 3 years at San Quentin Prison for voluntary manslaughter.
    (SFC, 7/14/07, p.A7)

2007        Jul 23, In San Francisco Seu Kuka (28) was gunned down in the Sunnydale Housing projects of Visitacion Valley. In 2010 Jamal Trulove was convicted of 1st degree murder and sentenced 50 years to live in prison. Trulove had appeared on a VH1 reality show, “I Love New York 2,” just 3 months after the slaying. On March 11, 2015, a SF jury acquitted Trulove saying they had trouble reconciling the evidence.
    (SSFC, 10/17/10, p.C2)(SFC, 3/12/15, p.D1)

2007        Jul 25, In SF faulty PG&E breakers caused a power outage that knocked out a number of Web sites.
    (SFC, 7/26/07, p.C1)

2007        Jul 27, SF Mayor Newsom signed a $6.06 billion spending package, the largest budget in SF history.
    (SFC, 7/28/07, p.B3)

2007        Jul 30, Bill Walsh (75), former head coach of the SF 49ers football team, died at his Woodside home following a long battle with leukemia.
    (AP, 7/31/07)

2007        Aug 2, Armen Baliantz (b.1921), SF restaurateur born in China to Armenian parents, died. Her Bali’s Restaurant at Pacific and Battery, had closed in Feb, 1985.
    (SFC, 8/4/07, p.A1)

2007        Aug 3, In SF “The Hotel Casablanca,” an opera composed by Thomas Pasatieri, premiered at the Cowell Theater. It was based on a1907 opera, “A Flea in Her Ear,” by Georges Feydeau, and set in Texas in 1948.
    (SFC, 8/6/07, p.E1)(www.sfopera.com/p/?mID=53&eID=3)

2007        Aug 4, The SF Dept. of Public Works cleaned up the Warm Water Cove Park near Third and 24th streets as volunteers pitched in to paint over graffiti on a long stretch of wall despite protests by pro-graffiti artists.
    (SSFC, 8/5/07, p.B3)
2007        Aug 4, Barry Bonds of the SF Giants hit his 755th home run tying a record set by Hank Aaron. The Giants lost to the San Diego Padres 3-2 in 12 innings.
    (SSFC, 8/5/07, p.A1)

2007        Aug 7, In SF Barry Bonds his record breaking 756th homerun. He had just tied Hank Aaron’s record on August 4. The Giants lost to the Washington Nationals 8-6.
    (AP, 8/8/07)

2007        Aug 8, In SF Donald Fisher (78) and his wife Doris, founders of Gap (a chain of clothing stores), announced plans to build the Contemporary Art Museum of the Presidio.
    (SFC, 8/8/07, p.A3)

2007        Aug 25, SF held its 2nd annual Jug Band Festival at the Golden Gate Park band shell. The annual Renaissance Fair also took place in GG park for a 4th year.
    (eyewitness)(www.sffaire.com/)

2007        Aug 28, EarthLink, the Atlanta-based Internet provider, announced that it no longer believed that providing citywide Wi-Fi for San Francisco was viable for the company. Chicago abandoned plans for a city-wide Wi-Fi network to access the Internet as EarthLink underwent restructuring.
    (SFC, 8/30/07, p.A1)(www.fool.com/investing/general/2007/08/30/too-windy-for-wi-fi.aspx)
2007        Aug 28, Burning Man became Burnt Man four days early, and a San Francisco performance artist was arrested on suspicion of igniting the signature figure of the counterculture festival in the remote Nevada desert.
    (AP, 8/28/07)

2007        Sep 2, In SF a free concert in Golden Gate Park celebrated the 40th anniversary of the Summer of Love featuring dozens of veterans of the era. Boots Hughston bankrolled the $120,000 budget for the party.
    (SFC, 8/30/07, p.E1)(SFC, 9/3/07, p.A9)

2007        Sep 3, The SF Bay Bridge reopened 11 hours earlier than scheduled following the replacement of a section of the upper deck east of Treasure Island.
    (SFC, 9/4/07, p.A1)

2007        Sep 8, In SF “The Singularity Summit: AI and the Future of Humanity” opened at the Palace of Fine Arts. The singularity term was used to describe the day when machines become smart enough to reprogram themselves. Peter Thiel, founder of PayPal, was the principal backer.
    (SFC, 9/7/07, p.A16)

2007        Sep 9, Phil Frank (64), longtime resident of Sausalito, Ca., and creator of the Farley and Elderberries comic strips, announced his retirement. His Farley strip had run in the SF Chronicle for decades.
    (SSFC, 9/9/07, p.A1)

2007        Sep 12, Phil Frank (b.1943), creator of the Farley and Elderberries comic strips, died from a brain tumor. His Farley strip had run in the SF Chronicle for decades.
    (SFC, 9/14/07, p.A1)

2007        Sep 20, The SF Giants told Barry Bonds, a 15-year baseball star with the Giants, that his career with the Giants would end with the conclusion of the 2007 season. The decision was made public the next day.
    (SFC, 9/21/07, p.A8)(SSFC, 9/23/07, p.A1)

2007        Sep 24, In SF union-represented security officers at 14 buildings in the Financial District went on strike protesting contract negotiations that have been fruitless for 3 months. Workers returned to their jobs on Sep 27 following some progress in negotiations.
    (SFC, 9/25/07, p.C1)(SFC, 9/28/07, p.C1)

2007        Sep 25, In SF Mayor Gavin Newsom suspended Ed Jew from his seat on the Board of Supervisors and swore in Carmen Chu (29), a deputy director in his office of policy and finance, as interim supervisor.
    (SFC, 9/26/07, p.A1)

2007        Sep 26, Barry Bonds went 0 for 3 in his last baseball game with the SF Giants.
    (SFC, 9/27/07, p.A1)

2007        Sep 27, The Cleveland adult toy firm GVA-TWN said they would acquire Good Vibrations, a SF sex toy retailer.
    (SFC, 9/28/07, p.C1)

2007        Sep 29, SF held its 35th Blues Festival. The 4th SF Lovefest paraded on Market Street.
    (SSFC, 9/30/07, p.B1)

2007        Sep 30, In SF the 24th annual Folsom Street Fair celebrated leather culture and sexual fetishism.
    (SFC, 10/1/07, p.B1)

2007        Sep 23, Jack Davis (b.1940), director of San Francisco’s SomArts Cultural Center, died following a traffic accident near Ventura, Ca.
    (SFC, 10/3/07, p.B7)

2007        Oct 5, The San Francisco Opera premiered “Appomattox,” by composer Philip Glass and librettist Christopher Hampton.
    (SFC, 10/8/07, p.E2)

2007        Oct 7, In SF the annual weekend Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival, sponsored by Warren Hellman, ended in Golden Gate Park.
    (SFC, 10/8/07, p.E2)

2007        Oct 9, Enrico Banducci (85), the impresario of San Francisco’s North Beach, died.
    (SFC, 10/10/07, p.A1)

2007        Oct 27,     In San Francisco thousands of people called for a swift end to the war in Iraq as they marched through downtown, chanting and carrying signs that read: "Wall Street Gets Rich, Iraqis and GIs Die" or "Drop Tuition Not Bombs."
    (AP, 10/28/07)

2007        Oct 28, Robert LaRue Miller (b.1935), self described “painter with light,” died. He had worked with Frank Oppenheimer to create the SF Exploratorium in 1969.
    (SSFC, 11/18/07, p.B6)

2007        Nov 6, SF Mayor Gavin Newsom declared victory. The vote tally was expected to take as long as 2 weeks due to a state-mandated hand count.
    (SFC, 11/7/07, p.A1)

2007        Nov 15, Barry Bonds, former SF Giant, was indicted on 4 counts of perjury and one count of obstruction of justice related to a December, 2003, grand jury investigation on the BALCO steroid ring. A revamped indictment was unsealed last May.
    (SFC, 11/16/07, p.A1)(AP, 11/15/08)

2007        Nov 19, California Sec. of State Debra Bowen sued Election Systems and Software, a Nebraska voting machine company, for allegedly selling nearly 1,000 uncertified machines to San Francisco and 4 other counties. Bowen sought reimbursements of nearly $15 million.
    (SFC, 11/20/07, p.D1)

2007        Nov 20, In SF large grocery stores stopped using plastic bags as a new city ordnance banning the bags took effect.
    (SFC, 11/20/07, p.D1)

2007        Nov 28, Joseph Hokai Tang (28), musician and violin dealer, was arrested for fraud following a performance in Eugene, Oregon. In 2008 he pleaded guilty to 10 fraud counts and admitted to bilking at least 120 people out of $400,000 worth of instruments. In 2008 he was sentenced in SF District Court to 37 months in prison.
    (SFC, 5/12/08, p.A1)(SFC, 10/21/08, p.B1)

2007        Nov 29, The jazz club Yoshi’s in San Francisco held its grand opening at 1330 Fillmore.
    (SFC, 11/30/07, p.E1)

2007        Dec 7, Barry Bonds pleaded not guilty in San Francisco to charges he'd lied to federal investigators about using performance-enhancing drugs.
    (AP, 12/7/08)

2007        Dec 13, In SF Dr. David Kessler, onetime commissioner of the FDA, was fired as dean of the UCSF School of Medicine by Chancellor Michael Bishop. Kessler said he had been labeled as a “whistle blower” after he attempted to uncover financial irregularities that predated his 2003 appointment.
    (SFC, 12/15/07, p.A1)

2007        Dec 22, In SF Leonard Milo Hoskins (49), a computer software developer, was last seen alive in the city’s Mission Terrace neighborhood. His body was found Feb 1 in a van owned by housemates Richard Carelli (38) and Michelle Pinkerton (38), who left town after their van was towed from the area during a police investigation. Murder warrants were later issued for the couple. On April 7 Carelli and Pinkerton were arrested in El Rosario on the Baha peninsula after they were tracked down by James Spring (39) of San Diego. In 2011 Carelli pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter and was expected to serve 6 years in prison.
    (SFC, 2/14/08, p.A1)(SFC, 2/15/08, p.B6)(SFC, 4/9/08, p.A1)(SFC, 2/25/11, p.C5)

2007        Dec 25, A Siberian tiger named Tatiana (4) escaped its enclosure at the San Francisco Zoo, killing Carlos Sousa (17) of San Jose and mauling two others. The same animal had chewed a keeper’s arm during an attack last December. Police later reported that one of the three victims of the tiger attack was intoxicated and admitted to yelling and waving at the animal while standing atop the railing of the big cat enclosure.
    (AP, 12/26/07)(SFC, 12/26/07, p.A1)(SFC, 12/27/07, p.A1)(AP, 1/18/08)

2007        Dec 31, In San Francisco Albert Collins (30) shielded his daughter (9) from gunfire in the Sunnydale public housing project and was killed becoming the city’s 98th homicide victim.
    (SSFC, 1/6/08, p.B1)

2007        Michael Krasny, SF talk radio host, authored “Off Mike: A Memoir of Talk Radio and Literary Life.”
    (SSFC, 11/4/07, p.M1)
2007        Walter Rice and Emiliano Echeverria authored “The Key System: San Francisco and the Eastshore Empire.”
    (SFC, 3/22/14, p.D2)
2007        SF awarded a sewage contract to Norcal, even though a lower bid was given by S&S Trucking. In 2008 a state court of appeal said the SF Board of Supervisors illegally overruled city staffers in handing the contract to Norcal.
    (SFC, 10/1/08, p.B1)
2007        The SF 49er lease at Candlestick (3Com) Park expired this year.
    (SFC, 9/15/96, p.A11)
2007        In SF the number of homicides for the year totaled 98, with 24 of them in the Bayview neighborhood.
    (SFC, 1/15/08, p.B1)
2007        China Minsheng Bank bought a 10% stake in UCBH Holdings, a San Francisco based bank that served Chinese Americans. UCBH failed in 2009 and Minsheng wrote off its investment.
    (Econ, 5/15/10, SR p.18)

2008        Jan 10, Ed Jew resigned from his seat on the SF Board of Supervisors effective as of noon on Jan 11. Carmen Chu (29), Jew’s temporary replacement, agreed to finish his term.
    (SFC, 1/11/08, p.A1)(SFC, 1/12/08, p.B1)

2008        Jan 28, In SF one worker was killed and 2 others badly injured when a 5-story tower of a decommissioned power plant collapsed during demolition in the Hunters Point neighborhood.
    (SFC, 1/29/08, p.D2)

2008        Feb 9, In San Mateo County, Ca., police found John Alfred Dennis Jr. (59), an Oakland historian and respected college teacher, slain in a vehicle at Montara State Beach. The driver of the vehicle was arrested.
    (SFC, 2/11/08, p.D1)

2008        Feb 19, The SF-based Sharper Image retailer filed for bankruptcy protection. The 184-store chain planned to close 96 stores nationwide. The Sharper Image brand name was later sold to Hilco Organization and Gordon Brothers Group LLC for $33 million in partnership with Windsong Brands LLC and Bluestar Alliance.
    (SFC, 3/8/08, p.C1)(SSFC, 6/29/08, p.C5)

2008        Feb 22, California state Senator Leland Yee introduced a bill to let Daly City purchase the 68-acre Cow Palace property, owned by the state, and tear it down for redevelopment.
    (SFC, 2/28/08, p.A1)

2008        Feb 26, In SF the New College of California received official word that the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) had revoked accreditation. The school was forced to close later this year. Kaushal Niroula, an exchange student from Nepal, contributed significantly to the school’s closure following a binge of graft and murder.
    (SFC, 2/28/08, p.B1)(SSFC, 5/23/10, p.A1)

2008        Feb 28, In SF the new InterContinental Hotel opened at Fifth and Howard streets just in time for the 75th annual meeting of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons.
    (SSFC, 2/24/08, p.C1)

2008        Mar 11, The SF Board of Supervisors passed a law requiring chain restaurants to post nutrition information on their menus.
    (SFC, 3/12/08, p.C1)

2008        Mar 21, The California Academy of Science named David Mindell (55), a human evolutionary researcher at the Univ. of Michigan as the institution’s new science chief. The new academy building in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park was due to open in 6 months.
    (SFC, 3/22/08, p.B1)

2008        Mar 22, Michael Kassel (54), San Francisco blues musician (the Hellhounds) poet known as Vampyre Mike, died after a long illness. His books included “Graveyard Golf” and “Going for the Low Blow.”
    (SSFC, 4/20/08, p.B6)

2008        Mar 29, In SF Philip Ng (24) and Ernad Joldic (21) were shot and killed in a car at Excelsior and Athens Street. In 2009 Erick Lopez, an alleged member of MS-13 street gang, was indicted for the killings.
    (SFC, 10/23/09, p.A12)

2008        Apr 9, The California Supreme Court rejected San Francisco’s appeal of a lower court ruling that limited its ability regulate handguns as approved by voters in 2005.
    (SFC, 4/10/08, p.B1)
2008        Apr 9, In SF officials rerouted the rout of the Beijing Olympic torch at the last minute avoiding most protestors and spectators.
    (SFC, 4/10/08, p.A1)

2008        Apr 10, In San Francisco Luis Solari (38) was shot and killed in an apparent incident of road rage. His 2 young sons survived as his car spun out of control before stopping on I-280.
    (SFC, 4/11/08, p.A1)

2008        Apr 21,     It was reported that the 4th generation Oqo Model 02 personal computer, which weighed one pound and clipped onto a belt, was available for a starting price of $1,300. It had been developed over the last 8 years in SF in a venture begun by former Apple and IBM engineers.
    (SFC, 4/21/08, p.D1)

2008        Apr 24, James Day (89), co-founder of San Francisco’s KQED TV station (1954), died in NYC. In 1995 he published “The Vanishing Vision: The Inside Story of Public Television.”
    (SFC, 4/30/08, p.B9)

2009        Apr 25, In San Francisco Anthony’s Cookies held its grand opening at 1417 Valencia Street.
    (http://tinyurl.com/yae5jzv)(SFC, 12/7/09, p.E1)

2008        May 18, In SF the 97th running of the Bay to Breakers drew some 60,000 participants, of which 33,000 had officially registered.
    (SFC, 5/19/08, p.A1)

2008        May 23, George Frederick Jewett Jr. (81), former director of Potlatch Corp.,, philanthropist and sailing buff, died in SF. He had chaired 5 America’s Cup syndicates.
    (SFC, 5/26/08, p.B3)

2008        May 25, SF held its 30th annual Carnaval parade on Mission Street.
    (SFC, 5/26/08, p.B2)

2008        May 29, A judge in SF sentenced Mark Allen Davis of Tiburon, Ca., to 81 months in prison and to pay over $328,000 in restitution for mail and wire fraud and identity theft charges. He had falsely promised customers information on government foreclosures using ads in over 100 newspapers across the US from 2004-2007.
    (SFC, 5/31/08, p.B3)

2008        May, In San Francisco Juan Rodriguez was shot and killed on the 800 block of Huron Street. In 2009 Jonathan Cruz-Ramirez, an alleged member of the MS-13 street gang, was charged with the murder.
    (SFC, 10/23/09, p.A12)

2008        Jun 3, SF voters (61%) approved Proposition G endorsing plans for a major housing and commercial development at the Hunters Point Shipyard and Candlestick Point. Voters also passed Proposition A, a $198 annual school parcel tax, which would expire in 2028.
    (SFC, 6/4/08, p.A1, B1)(SFC, 6/5/08, p.B1)

2008        Jun 8, The new $47.5 million SF Contemporary Jewish Museum, designed by Daniel Libeskind, opened on Jessie Square next to St. Patrick’s Church on Mission St. It was created in the former 1907 PG&E power station designed by Willis Polk.
    (SSFC, 6/8/08, p.A1)

2008        Jun 10, SF supervisors gave final approval to a program to create a $3 million fund to provide rebates for residents and businesses that install solar power systems.
    (SFC, 6/11/08, p.B3)

2008        Jun 13, In SF it was reported that Ingersoll-Rand of Montvale, NJ, had agreed to hand over 12.3 acres, that included the former Schlage Lock Co. factory in Visitacion Valley, to Universal Paragon Corp. after the developer agreed to drop a $100 million lawsuit alleging polluted groundwater at an adjacent parcel. New development at the site will include 1,250 residential units, 3 parks and several stores.
    (SFC, 6/13/08, p.D1)

2008        Jun 22, In SF a father and 2 sons were shot and killed in the Excelsior district during a minor traffic encounter. On Jun 25 Edwin Ramos (21), an alleged member of MS-13, was arrested in El Sobrante on murder charges. On May 9, 2012, Ramos was convicted on 3 first-degree murder charges in the killings of Tony Bologna (48) and his two sons (16,20). On June 11, 2012, Ramos was sentenced to 3 consecutive life terms with no possibility of parole. An FBI report in 2006 had implicated Ramos in the killing of Rolando Valladares. On July 9, 2012, Wilfredo Reyes (31), suspected of aiding Ramos, was arrested in North Carolina along with Jose Antonio Mejia, a suspected MS-13 gang member. On July 10, 2015, Reyes was sentenced to ten years in state prison.
    (SFC, 6/26/08, p.A1)(SFC, 5/10/12, p.A1)(SFC, 6/12/12, p.C3)(SSFC, 7/1/12, p.A1)(SFC, 7/10/12, p.A1)(SFC, 7/11/15, p.C1)

2008        Jul 7, Bruce Conner (b.1933), SF-based artist, died. His collages and prints looked back to classics of surrealism. His work was later said to look like a bridge between the Beat generation and postmodernism.
    (http://daily.greencine.com/archives/006353.html)(SFC, 7/8/08, p.B5)(SFC, 5/4/09, p.E3)

2008        Jul 11, In San Francisco Armando Estrada (30) of Rodeo, Ca., was shot and killed at 20th and Mission streets. In 2009 Jonathan Cruz-Ramirez and Guillermo Herrera, alleged members of the MS-13 street gang, were charged with the murder.
    (SFC, 10/23/09, p.A12)(www.sfgov.org/site/police_index.asp?id=91505)

2008        Jul 13, Terry Childs (43), a San Francisco computer engineer, was arrested on felony charges for allegedly plotting to hijack the city’s computer system. Childs, who continue to draw his $127,735 annual salary, refused to provide passwords to the network system and was held in lieu of a $5 million bail. Mayor Newsom met with Childs on July 21, who provided system code. Cisco engineers had the system back under control by July 22. On April 27, 2010, Childs was convicted of felony computer tampering. On April 27, 2010, a Superior Court jury concluded that his crime cost the city over $200,000, making him eligible for a maximum state sentence of 5 years. On Aug 6, 2010, Childs was sentenced to 4 years in prison and ordered to pay $1.5 million. Hi conviction was upheld in 2013.
    (SFC, 7/16/08, p.B1)(SFC, 7/23/08, p.B1)(SFC, 4/28/10, p.C1)(SFC, 8/7/10, p.C2)(SSFC, 10/27/13, p.C2C3)

2008        Jul 29, The SF Board of Directors voted 8-3 to ban the sale of tobacco products at most pharmacies in the city.
    (SFC, 7/30/08, p.B1)

2008        Jul 30, In SF Mayor Gavin Newsom signed into law a $6.5 billion city budget.
    (SFC, 7/31/08, p.B1)

2008        Jul 31, Ivan Miranda (14) was killed in the SF Excelsior district in a gang motivated attack. Rony Aguilera (17), an illegal immigrant from Honduras, was charged in the sword attack. Aguilera had veen arrested in 2007 in an assault case, but was not referred to federal authorities under a recently discarded city sanctuary ordnance. In 2009 Walter Chinchilla-Linar (23) and Cesar Alvarado (19), alleged members of MS-13 street gang, were charged with the stabbing death of Miranda.
    (SFC, 11/14/08, p.A1)(SFC, 10/23/09, p.A12)

2008        Aug 3, Some 19,000 runners participated in the 31st annual SF Marathon. Chad Worthen (34) of Sacramento won with a time of 2:31:52. Lauren Gustafson of Millbrae won among the women with a time of 2:52:33.
    (SFC, 8/4/08, p.B1)

2008        Aug 4, In SF Mayor Newsom signed into law stringent green building codes for new construction and renovations of existing structures in the city.
    (SFC, 8/5/08, p.B1)

2008        Aug 9, In SF the 10th annual Gumball 3000 Rally, an 8-day, 3,000 mile trip across the West Coast, North Korea and China, began with a parade that included some 100 participants who had apparently paid the $120,000 entrance fee.
    (SSFC, 8/10/08, p.B3)

2008        Aug 29, In SF the 4-day Slow Food Nation opened at the Civic Center Plaza and continued at Fort Mason, where tickets to the Taste Pavilion sold for $65. The Slow Food movement had begun in Italy in 1986.
    (SSFC, 8/31/08, p.A1)(Econ, 9/13/08, p.38)

2008        Aug 31, SF closed vehicle traffic to 4.5 miles of its waterfront streets for the city’s first Sunday Streets day encouraging thousands to come out for the 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. event.
    (SFC, 9/1/08, p.A1)

2008        Aug, The Friends School opened in SF in the former Levi Strauss clothing factory on Valencia St. The building was re-designed by Pfau Long Architecture.
    (SFC, 9/15/09, p.E2)

2008        Sep 2, In SF, Ca., Mark Guardado (45), president of the San Francisco chapter of the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club, was shot and killed during a fight in the Mission District. Christopher Ablett (37) of Modesto, a member of the Mongols Motorcycle Club, was later identified as a suspect in the killing. Ablett surrendered to police in Oklahoma on Oct. 4. On Feb 22, 2012, Ablett was convicted of murdering Guardado.
    (SFC, 9/4/08, p.B1)(SFC, 9/12/08, p.B1)(SFC, 10/7/08, p.B3)(SFC, 2/24/12, p.C4)

2008        Sep 5, In SF Western artist Thom Ross displayed 100 wooden Indians on horseback on the same stretch of Ocean Beach that was used in a 1902 photo of Buffalo Bill Cody and his Wild West Show featuring live Indians on horseback.
    (SFC, 9/6/08, p.A1)

2008        Sep 13, In San Francisco Tong Van Le left his store in Bernal Heights and headed home to Novato where 5 men, who had followed him, shot him dead with a high-powered rifle. They had allegedly been told to get rid of Tong Le by Larry Blay Jr. (19), who was in jail on charges of robbing the Nasser Market on Crescent Ave. Sep 13. With no witness the case against Blay was dismissed in October. In June, 2009, an indictment accused Blay and 4 of the 5 defendants of murder and conspiracy.
    (SFC, 6/17/09, p.B1)(SFC, 7/29/09, p.D3)

2008        Sep 12, The SF Opera said it had received a commitment from board chairman John A. Gunn (64) and wife Cynthia Fry Gunn for a gift of $40 million. John Gunn served as chairman and CEO of Dodge and Cox Investment Managers.
    (SFC, 9/13/08, p.A2)

2008        Aug 31, BJ Papa (72), influential SF jazz musician, died in North Beach. He was born as William Jackson in Alabama and got the jazz bug while stationed at Letterman Hospital in SF.
    (SFC, 9/17/08, p.B5)

2008        Sep 21, Oracle’s 5-day OpenWorld customer conference opened in SF with some 43,000 people attending.
    (SFC, 9/22/08, p.D1)

2008        Sep 27, Kirsten Brydum (25), a community activist from San Francisco, was robbed and murdered while bicycling in New Orleans. She had helped organize the “Really, Really Free Market” held monthly in San Francisco’s Dolores Park.
    (SFC, 10/3/08, p.B1)

2008        Oct 4, In SF the 8th annual Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival, backed by financier Warren Hellman, continued or its 2nd day in Goldengate Park with an audience of some 40,000. The next day the festival drew some 100,000 fans. SF also celebrated its annual LoveFest, begun in 2004, with a downtown parade that drew tens of thousands of spectators.
    (SSFC, 10/5/08, p.B1,B3)(SFC, 10/6/08, p.E1)

2008        Oct 6, It was reported that Atherton, Ca., philanthropist Lorry Lokey (81) had pledged $75 million to the Stanford Univ. School of Medicine for a major stem cell research center. In 2007 he had pledged at least $33 million.
    (SFC, 10/6/08, p.B1)

2008        Oct 9,  Wells Fargo & Co. proceeded with plans to acquire Wachovia as Citigroup said it would not pursue additional legal actions to halt the takeover. The Federal Reserve approved the acquisition on Oct 12.
    (SFC, 10/10/08, p.A1)(SFC, 10/13/08, p.A15)

2008        Oct 10, Ed Jew, former San Francisco supervisor, pleaded guilty to one count each of mail fraud, bribery and extortion as part of a scheme to shakedown Chinese immigrant owners of tapioca drink shops in the sunset District for $84,000 in bribes. In 2009 he was sentenced to 64 months in federal prison.
    (SFC, 10/11/08, p.B1)(SFC, 4/4/09, p.A1)

2008        Oct 19, In San Francisco over 20,000 runners took part in the 5th annual Nike’s Women’s Marathon. They raised over $18 million for leukemia and lymphoma research. Arien O’Connell (24) of NYC ran the fastest time, but did not win because she did not register as an “elite” runner. On Oct 22 Nike recognized O’Connell as “a winner” in the race.
    (SFC, 10/20/08, p.B1)(SFC, 10/21/08, p.B1)(SFC, 10/23/08, p.A1)

2008        Oct 22, Federal immigration officials arrested several members of the MS-13, Mara Salvatrucha, street gang after conducting raids in SF, Richmond and south San Francisco. 29 people were indicted on multiple charges including murder, car theft and extortion.
    (SFC, 10/23/08, p.B8)(SFC, 10/24/08, p.B1)

2008        Oct 24, Merl Saunders (b.1934), jazz pianist, died in SF. He was best known as co-captain of guitarist Jerry Garcia’s solo excursions outside the Grateful Dead.
    (SFC, 10/25/08, p.B1)

2008        Oct 30, In California Randall Cover (46), a former city of Sonoma Water Department supervisor, was indicted by a federal grand jury in SF for receiving $102,795 in kickbacks from Underground Express. In November a suit was filed against 2 former employees of San Francisco’s Public Utilities Commission for taking thousands of dollars in kickbacks from Sheldon Morris and his Novato plumbing company, Underground Express.
    (SFC, 11/1/08, p.B2)(SFC, 11/25/08, p.B1)

2008        Nov 5, In San Francisco, Ca., Charles Heard shot and killed Richard Barrett (29) outside the Fuse Bar in North Beach. Barrett had refused to give up his Flintstones’ Bamm-Bamm pendant. In 2010 Heard (25) was convicted of first degree murder under the felony murder rule.
    (SFC, 7/2/10, p.C2)

2008        Nov 11, Tim Lincecum, pitcher for the SF Giants, was named winner of the Cy Young Award.
    (SFC, 11/12/08, p.A1)

2008        Nov 23, In San Francisco’s North Beach Brian Goggin unveiled his art installation, “Language of the Birds,” a $120,000 effort that involved hundreds of people.
    (SFC, 11/24/08, p.A1)

2008        Dec 1, A federal jury in SF cleared Chevron Corp. of responsibility for any human rights abuses during a violent protest on a company oil platform in Nigeria a decade ago.
    (AP, 12/2/08)

2008        Dec 9, SF Mayor Gavin Newsom announced $71 million in cuts that included the loss of jobs for nearly 400 city employees.
    (SFC, 12/10/08, p.A1)

2008        Dec 20, San Francisco Police Chief Heather Wong (52) announced her retirement. She became the city’s first female police chief nearly 5 years ago.
    (SSFC, 12/21/08, p.A1)

2008        Dec 31, SF ended the year with 98 homicides. In Milwaukee, Wisc., the total number of homicides dropped 32%, from 105 in 2007 to 71 in 2008, the lowest number since 1985. Detroit had 344 slayings, a 13% drop from the 396 in 2007; Philadelphia's 332 killings were a 15% drop from the 392 in 2007; and the 234 homicides in Baltimore were 17% less than the 392 the year before. Cleveland recorded 102 homicides in 2008, down from a 13-year high of 134 in 2007. Homicides in New York rose 5.2%, to 522 from 496 the year before. Slayings in Los Angeles were down to 376 in 2008 compared to 400 the prior year. Preliminary data in Chicago showed 508 homicides were reported in 2008, the first time the city had more than 500 murders since 2003 and about 15% more than the 442 homicides reported in 2007. Washington, D.C., ended 2008 with 186 homicides, up from 181 in 2007.
    (SFC, 1/2/09, p.1)(AP, 1/3/09)

2008        Willie Brown, former mayor of SF (1996-2004) and speaker of the California State Assembly (1981-1995), authored his autobiography “Basic Brown: My Life and Our Times.”
    (WSJ, 2/7/08, p.D9)
2008        In San Francisco the 16-story Arterra residential tower, designed by Kwan Henmi, was built at 300 Berry St.
    (SSFC, 2/6/11, p.C2)
2008        Airbnb, an online sharing service for accomodations, was founded in San Francisco. Nate Blecharszyk was among the co-founders.
    (Econ, 3/9/13, TQ p.13)
2008        San Francisco landlords Kip and Nicole Macy faced charges relating to their illegal attempts to evict their 5 tenants at 744-746 Clementina St. They failed to show up for trial in 2010 and fled to Italy, where they were detained in 2011. In 2013 they pleaded guilty to residential burglary, attempted grand theft and stalking. Under a plea deal they faced 4 years and 4 months in prison.
    (SFC, 6/20/13, p.D6)

2009        Jan 2, In SF the AsianWeek newspaper, founded in 1979, published its final print edition. It planned to continue a presence online at www.asianweek.com.
    (SFC, 1/1/09, p.C1)

2009        Jan 5, Alexander James Trabulse (61) was arrested at San Francisco Airport, after arriving from France. He had been charged 3 days earlier with mail fraud. Authorities said he had sent account statements to investors in his Fahey Fund that inflated the hedge fund’s returns by as much as 200 percent.
    (SFC, 1/9/09, p.C1)

2009        Jan 7, In San Francisco Peter Fong, a paranoid schizophrenic, slashed the throat of Ryosuke Yoshioka, a sushi chef, in a parking garage in the Inner Richmond neighborhood. In 2013 Fong was sentenced to life in a mental hospital.
    (SFC, 5/18/13, p.C4)

2009        Jan 8, The San Francisco Board of Supervisors elected David Chiu (38) as its first Chinese American president.
    (SFC, 1/9/09, p.A1)

2009        Jan 20, In SF Edgar Diaz (23), a member of the Down Below Gang, was sentenced to 40 years in federal prison after admitting that he took part in 3 murders: Beverly Robinson in April 2004, and Kenya Taylor and Antoine Morgan in June 2004.
    (SFC, 1/21/09, p.B2)

2009        Jan 27, In SF the new $29 million SPCA pet hospital held its official grand opening.
    (SFC, 1/27/09, p.B1)

2009        Feb 7, San Francisco ushered in the Year of the Ox with its annual Chinese New Year parade.
    (SSFC, 2/8/09, p.B1)

2009        Feb 11, San Francisco city leaders banned floats, beer and nudity for the upcoming 98th annual Bay to Breakers run. On Feb 27 city officials agreed to allow nudity and registered floats free of alcohol.
    (SFC, 2/12/09, p.A1)(SFC, 2/28/09, p.B1)

2009        Feb 23, In SF Leticia Hunter (33) was shot and killed in the Tenderloin district. On March 17 three men were charged with murder, assault and cocaine trafficking conspiracy.
    (SFC, 3/18/09, p.B3)
2009        Feb 23, California’s Assemblyman Tom Ammiano of San Francisco introduced a bill to legalize the recreational use of marijuana.
    (SFC, 2/24/09, p.B1)

2009        Feb 27, San Francisco handed out pink slips to 262 city employees, with most cuts coming from the Recreation and park Dept., the Human Services Agency, and the Dept. of Public Works.
    (SFC, 2/28/09, p.B1)

2009        Apr 10, In SF a purse snatcher knocked down Helen Canafax (63) near 680 Folsom street and grabbed her handbag. Canafax broke her hip and was undergoing recovery when she was found dead due to a blood clot on May 3.
    (SFC, 5/13/09, p.B1)

2009        Apr 14, San Francisco Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi proposed legislation for the city to sell and distribute medical marijuana.
    (SFC, 4/15/09, p.A1)

2009        Apr 21, San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom formally declared his 2010 campaign for California governor.
    (SFC, 4/22/09, p.A1)

2009        Apr 30, The San Francisco Municipal Railway announced plans to raise adult bus and streetcar fares, effective July 1, by 50 cents to $2.00, the largest one-time raise in nearly a century. Sweeping service cuts were also approved.
    (SFC, 5/1/09, p.A1)

2009        May 17, In San Francisco’s 98th Bay to Breakers race Sammy Kitwara (22) of Kenya won with a time of 33 minutes, 31 seconds. Teyba Erkesso (26) of Ethiopia was the fastest woman at 38:29. An estimated 62,000 ran as revelers swilled beer despite rules banning alcohol in the 7.5-mile. Street cleaners gathered up some 13 tons of garbage.
    (SFC, 5/18/09, p.A1)(SFC, 5/19/09, p.B1)

2009        May 28, The San Francisco Zoo agreed to pay $900,000 to brothers Amritpal and Kulbir Dhaliwal, who survived a fatal attack by an escaped tiger on Dec 25, 2007.
    (SFC, 5/29/09, p.B1)

2009        May, In San Francisco scientists identified an exotic seaweed growing at the SF Yacht Harbor at near Pier 40. The kelp known as Undaria pinnatifida, globally recognized as one of the top 100 invasive species, has plagued southern California harbors since 2000.
    (SFC, 7/8/09, p.D2) 

2009        Jun 1, San Francisco Mayor Newsom unveiled a $6.6 billion budget for 2009-2010. He also urged Santa Clara voters to reject a $937 million stadium project for the SF 49ers.
    (SFC, 6/2/09, p.A1)

2009        Jun 5, In San Francisco Clyde Forsman (b.1915), singer and accordion enthusiast, died. He was an initial member of San Francisco-based “Those Darn Accordions” and gained notoriety for his full body tattoos.
    (SFC, 6/12/09, p.B6)

2009        Jun 8, Harold Norse (b.1916 as Harold Rosen), SF-based Beat poet, died. His books included “Beat Hotel” (1960), an experimental cut-up novel, and “Hotel Nirvana: Selected Poems: 1953-1973)” (1974).
    (SSFC, 6/14/09, p.B6)(www.beatmuseum.org/norse/haroldnorse.html)

2009        Jun 9, The SF School Board voted 4:3 to allow the JROTC program to satisfy physical education requirements, restoring the program to nearly its original condition before a 2006 effort to kill it.
    (SFC, 6/10/09, p.B1)

2009        Jun 11, In San Francisco BART’s governing board approved a 6.1% fare hike effective July 1. The minimum ride went up 25 cents to $1.75.
    (SFC, 6/11/09, p.B1)

2009        Jun 16, San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom selected George Gascon, the police chief of Mesa, Arizona, to replace outgoing Chief heather Fong.
    (SFC, 6/17/09, p.A1)

2009        Jun 20, The SF Chronicle displayed a picture of a 9x7x2 foot, miniature, toothpick construct of San Francisco, created over the last 34 years by Scott Weaver of Rohnert Park, Ca. Weaver spent some 3,000 hours creating the work.
    (SFC, 6/20/09, p.B1)

2009        Jun 29, San Francisco held its annual Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Pride Parade.
    (SFC, 6/29/09, p.A1)

2009        Jul 6, In San Francisco crews cleaning a homeless encampment in McLaren Park discovered a body later identified as Ronnie Brown (32), who was last seen in San Leandro on Oct 20, 2007. Brown, aka Allah, was on parole for a weapons conviction and had been associated with people connected to Oakland’s Your Black Muslim Bakery.
    (SFC, 7/15/09, p.A13)

2009        Jul 8, In SF Philip Day (63), former head of SF City College, was charged with 8 felonies for using public funds for political donations and other banned expenditures.
    (SFC, 7/9/09, p.A1)

2009        Jul 14, In San Francisco Rev. Floyd Lotito (74), founder of St. Anthony’s Dining Room (1981) died after a long struggle with Parkinson’s disease. The St. Anthony free-meal program currently served nearly 2,600 meals per day.
    (SFC, 7/20/09, p.C5)

2009        Aug 1, In San Francisco David Wehrer (26) shot and killed himself when police caught up with him 4 days after his partner, Robert Christopher (56), was found dead in their Castro Street apartment.
    (SFC, 8/17/09, p.C1)

2009        Aug 9, In San Francisco Bruce Sherman (66), accordionist and singer of sea chanteys, committed suicide.
    (SSFC, 9/6/09, p.A2)

2009        Aug 16, In San Francisco BART management and union leaders reached a tentative contract agreement less that 6 hours before a planned strike to shut down the regional rail system.
    (SFC, 8/17/09, p.A1)

2009        Sep 1, In San Francisco charges were filed against 5 workers of the Public Utilities Commission and 2 workers at city approved vendors in a scam that bilked the city of over $200,000 in goods from 2003-2007. Donnie Alan Thomas and Miles Bonner, line workers making over $95,000 a year, masterminded the scam. In 2011 Thomas pleaded guilty to 4 felony charges. Hatim Mansori (11) was stabbed on his first MUNI ride by himself. No footage of his assailant was captured. Mansori suffered life-threatening wounds, but was recovering.
    (SFC, 9/2/09, p.D2)(SSFC, 11/15/09, p.A13)(SFC, 9/20/11, p.C2)

2009        Sep 3, The San Francisco Bay Bridge was completely shut down at 8pm to replace a 300-foot section of the bridge as part of the project to replace the entire eastern span by 2013. The bridge was expected to reopen on Sep 8. The original estimated cost of $132 million was now projected at $527.6 million.
    (SSFC, 8/30/09, p.A14)(SFC, 9/3/09, p.A1)

2009        Sep 27, Donald Fisher, co-founder of the Gap Inc. (1969), died in SF. He and his wife began collecting art as they founded their blue jeans outlet and by 2009 the Doris and Donald Fisher Collection had become one of the world’s largest private holdings of late 20th and early 21st century art.
    (SFC, 9/28/09, p.A1)

2009        Oct 1, A new Walt Disney Family Museum opened to the public in the Presidio of San Francisco.
    (SFC, 10/2/09, p.E2)

2009        Oct 2, In San Francisco the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass 9 free music festival, financed by investment banker Warren Hellman. The 3 day event drew some 750,000 people.
    (SSFC, 10/4/09, p.C2)(SFC, 10/6/09, p.C2)

2009        Oct 4, In San Francisco Michael Bailey (26) of Baton Rouge, La., was shot and killed after being lured with friends at the City Nights club by a woman, who set them up for a robbery at the Alice Griffith public housing project. On Dec 23 prosecutors charged 5 people in the killing of Bailey. 2 of the 5 suspects were still at large. In 2014 William Jones (25) and Lance Molina (27) were found guilty of first-degree murder. Ariael Kittles (25) was acquitted of charges that she lured Bailey and friends to the complex.
    (SFC, 10/6/09, p.C1)(SFC, 12/24/09, p.C4)(SFC, 6/21/14, p.C3)

2009        Oct 12, In SF Eric Buschman (49) was stabbed to death on the 300 block of Athens Street in the Excelsior District. On Oct 22 police arrested Charlie Fonilloa Sekona (20), man who had been put into a mental health program for assaulting a Costco worker, as a suspect. Police believed the stabbing was random.
    (SFC, 10/24/09, p.C1) 

2009        Oct 13, Record one-day rain fell in the SF Bay area with 2.64 inches recorded in San Francisco. It was the worst October storm since 1962 and knocked out power for 193,000.
    (SFC, 10/14/09, p.A1)

2009        Oct 15, Pres. Obama visited San Francisco for a Democratic Party fundraiser.
    (SFC, 10/16/09, p.A1)

2009        Oct 19, It was reported that almost 10% of SF Muni riders cheat on their fares.
    (SSFC, 10/18/09, p.C1)

2009        Oct 22, SF city officials broke ground on a project to rebuild San Francisco General Hospital. City voters in 2008 had authorized an $887 million bond measure for the project.
    (SFC, 10/23/09, p.D1)

2009        Oct 27, Authorities indefinitely closed the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge after a rod and a metal brace erected last month during an emergency repair job fell onto the bridge's westbound lanes, startling a pair of drivers who collided with the debris and leaving hundreds of others stranded in their cars during the evening commute. Over 5,000 pounds of metal crashed down onto traffic, totaling a couple of cars but leaving the drivers largely unscathed. The bridge remained closed thru the weekend.
    (AP, 10/28/09)(SSFC, 11/1/09, p.A1)
2009        Oct 27, Prof. August Coppola, creator of the San Francisco Exploratorium’s Tactile Dome, died in Los Angeles. Coppola, a former trustee of the California State Univ. system, cofounded CSU’s Summer Arts Program in 1985, and was instrumental in pushing the SF Board of Education in 1992 for a High School of the Arts.
    (SFC, 11/4/09, p.C7)

2009        Oct 28, A San Francisco judge ordered the closure of Pink Diamonds, a Tenderloin strip club, a directed its operator, Damone H. smith, to pay at least $688,500 in fines after he violated a court order to bring the club into compliance with local and state laws.
    (SFC, 10/29/09, p.D1)

2009        Oct 30, SF Mayor Gavin Newsom announced that he was dropping out of the race for governor of California.
    (SFC, 10/31/09, p.A1)

2009        Nov 2, Traffic opened on the SF Bay Bridge after 6 days of emergency structural repair. Engineers expected that it would be closed again in few months for a permanent fix.
    (SFC, 11/3/09, p.A1)

2009        Nov 6, US banking regulators shut down United Commercial Bank of San Francisco. The government had invested $300 million from the Treasury’s Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) in the parent UCBH Holdings. The assets, loans and 63 branches of UCBH were sold to East West Bank of Pasadena. China Minsheng Bank soon wrote off its 10% stake in UCBH. In 2011 federal authorities filed criminal fraud charges against former executives at the bank.
    (SSFC, 11/29/09, p.D1)(Econ, 5/15/10, SR p.18)(SFC, 10/12/11, p.D1)

2009        Nov 13, British adventurers Mick Dawson and Chris Martin completed a 189-day record voyage, begun on May 8, rowing their 23-foot, Kevlar boat across the Pacific from Choshi, Japan, to San Francisco.
    (SFC, 11/14/09, p.A1)

2009        Nov 18, A San Francisco federal judge reduced the 9-year sentence of Pavel Lazarenko (56), a former prime minister of Ukraine (1996-1997), by 11 months. The judge also imposed a $9 million fine and nearly $26 million in forfeitures to the US government, including the value of his sold Novato mansion. Lazarenko was sentenced in 2006 for money laundering and other charges. He was said to have amassed a $250 million fortune in extortions following Ukraine’s independence in 1992.
    (SFC, 11/17/09, p.C2)

2009        Nov 29, San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom led a 50-person Bay Area delegation to Bangalore, India, on a 3-day trip to sign business deals as part of the San Francisco-Bangalore Sister City Initiative.
    (SSFC, 11/29/09, p.D1)

2009        Dec 7, Rick Hendricks (54), SF-based composer and steel guitar player, passed away of brain cancer as a huge gathering of the musical cohorts and many friends assembled at the Amnesia club, San Francisco's home of bluegrass and roots music, on Valencia Street.
    (www.cbaontheweb.org/read.asp?messageid=39821&search)

2009        Dec 10, In SF police arrested 25 protesters a day after students barricaded themselves inside the business school of San Francisco State Univ. to protest fee hikes and budget cuts at the state’s public universities.
    (SFC, 12/11/09, p.C2)

2009        Dec 11, SF Mayor Newsom called on owners of commercial buildings to conduct an energy audit within 5 years to secure their business license renewal. The results would be provided to the city which would make the information available in a public database.
    (SFC, 12/12/09, p.A1)

2009        Dec 16, SF Mayor Gavin Newsom struck a deal with the US Navy to acquire Treasure Island for a guaranteed payment of $55 million over several years. Additional considerations could make the package worth over $105 million to the federal government.
    (SFC, 12/17/09, p.A1)

2009        Dec 18, SF Controller Ben Rosenfield released an audit that said Office Deport had overcharged the city of at least $5.75 million worth of office supplies over 4½ years. Office Depot was beset by overcharging allegations across the country.
    (SFC, 12/19/09, p.C1)

2009        In San Francisco the 645-foot Millennium Tower, designed by Handel Partners was completed at 450 Mission St.
    (SSFC, 6/20/10, p.C2)

2010        Jan 5, The Ninth US Circuit Court of Appeals in SF overturned Washington state’s ban on voting by convicted felons. The ruling could extend ballots to prisoners in other states.
    (SFC, 1/6/10, p.C3)

2010        Jan 3, John Irwin (80), former criminal turned writer and criminologist, died at his SF home. Irwin was released from Soledad Prison in 1957 after serving 5 years for armed robbery. In 1967 He began teaching at SF Univ. and founded Project Rebound, a program to help those coming out of prison to go to college. His 6 books included “The Felon” (1970).
    (SFC, 1/7/10, p.C3)

2010        Feb 3, In San Francisco Timothy Syed Anderson (66), billed as a dermatologist, was charged with 51 counts including practicing medicine without a license and grand theft through deception. He had been implicated in fraud in Sweden, before he left the country in 1996.
    (SFC, 2/4/10, p.A1)
2010        Feb 3, Evelyn Haas (92), philanthropist and patron of the arts, died in San Francisco.
    (SFC, 2/4/10, p.C1)

2010        Feb 17, San Francisco police along with state and federal agents arrested 28 suspected gang members in a daylong operation to clear the “worst of the worst” off the streets.
    (SFC, 2/20/10, p.C4)

2010        Mar 5, In San Francisco, Ca., some 15,000 city workers received pink slips as Mayor Gavin Newsom reiterated his plan to rehire most of them within 2 weeks under a shortened workweek of 37.5 hours instead of their current 40.
    (SFC, 3/6/10, p.C1)

2010        Mar 5, Edgar Wayburn (103), former 5-term president of the Sierra Club, died in SF. In 1999 he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom for his years of efforts in preserving wilderness.
    (SFC, 3/8/10, p.A1)

2010        Mar 9, San Francisco officials ordered the shutdown of all drug testing at the police crime lab amid allegations that Deborah J. Madden (60), a former technician, stole and used some of the cocaine she was supposed to analyze. Madden had officially retired this month. On March 15, 2013, Madden pleaded guilty to misdemeanor cocaine possession.
    (SFC, 3/10/10, p.A1)(SFC, 2/16/13, p.C1)

2010        Mar 12, San Francisco mayor Gavin Newsom formally announced that he is in the race for the office of California lieutenant governor.
    (SFC, 3/13/10, p.A1)

2010        Mar 30, San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera sued the escrow firm Rehab Financial Corp. after learning the company had abruptly shuttered its Huntington Beach office and drained accounts holding city funds. The suit accused the company of misappropriating several million dollars from SF and at least a dozen other California cities.
    (SFC, 4/1/10, p.C2)

2010        Apr 2, A federal grand jury in San Francisco indicted Michael Anthony Nelson (38) of Orlando, Florida, on charges of mail fraud, wire fraud, computer fraud and aggravated identity theft for allegedly hijacking a New York attorney’s good name. In 1999 Nelson had stolen over $700,000 in loans by creating a fake bank and served 5 years in prison.
    (SFC, 4/3/10, p.A1)

2010        Apr 22, In San Francisco Alicia Parlette (28), former copy editor, died at UCSF of cancer. Her diagnosis of incurable cancer at age 23 led to “Alicia’s Story,” a 17-part series in the SF Chronicle.
    (SFC, 4/23/10, p.C5)

2010        Apr 27, It was reported that Fritz Maytag, owner of the SF-based Anchor Brewing Co., has sold the company to the Griffon Group, run by Keith Greggor and Tony Foglio.
    (SFC, 4/27/10, p.A1)

2010        May 1, NYC police found an "amateurish" but potentially powerful bomb that apparently began to detonate but did not explode in a smoking sport utility vehicle in Times Square.
    (AP, 5/2/10)

2010        May 6, SFJazz unveiled plans for the new 3-story, $60 million SF Jazz Center to rise at the corner of Fell and Franklin streets.
    (SFC, 5/6/10, p.A1)

2010        May 12, In San Francisco Mayor Newsom presided over the official dedication of a 3-story, 15-ton Buddha sculpture, “Three heads Six Arms” by artist Zhang Huan, to mark the city’s 30th anniversary sister city relationship with Shanghai. The one year lease expired and the work was dismantled on Feb 15, 2011, for return to Zhang Huan.
    (SFC, 5/13/10, p.C1)(SFC, 2/14/11, p.C1)

2010        May 16, In San Francisco some 60,000 people participated in the 99th Bay to Breakers run. Lineth Chepkurui (22) of Kenya broke her record in the 12-km run with a time of 38 min. and 7 sec. Sammy Kitwara was the winner for the men.
    (SFC, 5/17/10, p.A1)

2010        May 21, In San Francisco the city planning commission approved a plan to open a medical marijuana facility in the Sunset District, despite objections by area residents.
    (SFC, 5/22/10, p.C1)

2010        May, US undercover FBI agent 4599, portraying himself as a La Cosa Nostra member, was introduced to Raymond “Shrimp Boy” Chow, a SF Chinatown gangster who had claimed to have gone straight. This led to indictments of gun trafficking and bribery in 2014 against Chow, California state Sen. Leland Yee and 24 others.
    (SFC, 3/28/14, p.A8)

2010        Jun 2, In San Francisco a driver sent 4 bicyclists to hospital following a 6-minute rampage over 3 neighborhoods in the Mission and Potrero Hill districts. The car was found but the driver had escaped. On June 5 police identified the suspect as David Mark Clark (39) of Albany, Ca. Clark was charged on June 7 with trying to run down and kill bicyclists.
    (SFC, 6/4/10, p.A1)(SSFC, 6/6/10, p.A14)(SFC, 6/8/10, p.C2)

2010        Jun 22, The San Francisco Board of Supervisors' 10-1 vote in favor of an ordinance requiring cell phone retailers to disclose the phones' specific absorption rate, or SAR, to customers.
    (AP, 6/22/10)

2010        Jun 24, The California Budget Project issued a report titled “Making Ends Meet.” It estimated that a single adult must earn nearly $32,000 to live in San Francisco and that 2 working parents with 2 children must take in a little more than $84,000 to get by in the city.
    (SFC, 6/25/10, p.D1)
2010        Jun 24, In San Francisco Walter Shorenstein (95), a pre-eminent real estate developer, die at his home. He controlled 130 buildings nationwide.
    (SFC, 6/25/10, p.A1)

2010        Jun 27, San Francisco held its 40th annual Gay Pride Parade undeterred by a fatal shooting the previous evening in the Castro neighborhood.
    (SFC, 6/28/10, p.A1)

2010        Jun 30, The San Francisco fiscal year ended. Parking meter revenue generated $38 million for the fiscal year. Revenue from expired meter fines added almost $29 million. Meter rates have been raised in 1992, 2003, 2005 and 2009.
    (SFC, 10/7/10, p.A10)

2010        Jul 2, Stanley Williams, co-founder of San Francisco’s Lorraine Hansberry Theater (1981), died at his home in SF. Quentin Easter, his partner and co-founder of the theater, had died 9 weeks earlier.
    (SFC, 7/5/10, p.C5)

2010        Jul 4, It was reported that 5 electricians working for the city of San Francisco spent years allegedly stealing from taxpayers, moonlighting on city time and fraudulently billing to pay for suburban life styles. 5 members of the Hetch Hetchy Power Crew were arrested in 2009. The spree had gone on for about 4 years ending in 2007.
            (SSFC, 7/4/10, p.A1)

2010        Jul 19, San Francisco welcomed Barcelona, Spain, as its newest sister city.
    (SFC, 7/20/10, p.D1)

2010        Jul 27, SF supervisors voted 10-1 to transform the abandoned Hunters Point Naval Shipyard into a new waterfront community.
    (SFC, 7/28/10, p.A1)

2010        Jul 28, SF arrested 2 Bay Area women and charged them with embezzlement for allegedly writing $2.6 million in bonus checks to themselves from Autonomy Inc.
    (SFC, 7/29/10, p.C3)

2010        Aug 3, In San Francisco federal authorities announced the seizure of over 200,000 counterfeit retail items at Fisherman’s Wharf valued at $100 million. 11 people were charged with conspiracy and smuggling. The targeted network was accused of importing goods from China that imitated 70 national and int’l. brands. Estimates of sham goods were reported to account for as much as 7-8% of the world’s retail economy.
    (SFC, 8/4/10, p.A9)

2010        Aug 7, San Francisco began charging a $7 fee for visitors to the arboretum in Golden Gate Park.
    (SFC, 9/18/10, p.A1)
2010        Aug 7, The last bus departed the San Francisco Transbay Terminal allowing demolition to soon begin of the 71-year-old terminal.
    (SFC, 12/2/10, p.C2)

2010        Aug 8, In San Francisco German tourist Mechthild Schroer was killed by a stray bullet outside a comedy club at 414 Mason. On May 4, 2011, police arrested 7 of 8 young men accused of taking part in a gang gunbattle that left her dead. In 2014 four men indicted in the shooting pleaded guilty to lesser charges and were expected to serve five to nine years in state prison.
    (SFC, 5/5/11, p.A1)(SFC, 10/1/11, p.C2)(SFC, 8/16/14, p.C1)

2010        Aug 9, In San Francisco, Ca., a federal grand jury charged Samuel “Maoli” Cohen of Belvedere, Marin County, with 32 counts of wire fraud and money laundering related to defrauding over 55 victims of some $30 million. Cohen was convicted in November of 29 charges of fraud, money laundering and tax invasion. On April 30, 2012, he was sentenced to 22 years in prison.
    (SFC, 8/9/10, p.D1)(SFC, 5/1/12, p.C2)

2010        Aug 10, A San Francisco judge ordered Wells Fargo to pay its customers $203 million for manipulating debit transactions to maximize overdraft fees.
    (SFC, 8/12/10, p.A1)

2010        Aug 13, Geral Rosen (71), American novelist, died in SF. His 7 books included “Blues for a Dying Nation” (1972) and his autobiography “Cold Eye, Warm Heart” (2009).
    (SFC, 8/25/10, p.C8)

2010        Aug 15, In San Francisco the 2-day Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival drew close to 80,000 people to 4 concert stages in Golden Gate Park.
    (SFC, 8/16/10, p.C1)

2010        Aug 19, In San Francisco the city’s Recreation and park Commission voted 6-1 to oust Stow Lake Corp., the 67-year vendor at the Stow Lake snack bar and boat rental, and replace it with an out-of-state vendor. 3 more public hearings were scheduled prior to a vote by the Board of Supervisors.
    (SFC, 8/20/10, p.C1)

2010        Aug 24, Attorneys general in 17 US states demanded in a joint letter that SF-based Craigslist remove its adult services section because the website cannot adequately block potentially illegal ads promoting prostitution and child trafficking.
    (SFC, 8/25/10, p.D1)

2010        Sep 3, SF-based Craigslist yielded to pressure and removed its controversial adult services section. On Sep 15 Craigslist said the shutdown was permanent.
    (SSFC, 9/5/10, p.A1)(AFP, 9/16/10)

2010        Sep 10, A US federal appeals court in San Francisco upheld a jury verdict clearing the Chevron Corp. of alleged human rights abuses during a violent 1998 protest on a company oil platform in Nigeria.
    (AP, 9/11/10)

2010        Sep 22, San Francisco’s Recurrent Energy said it has agreed to be purchased by Sharp Corp., Japan’s biggest solar panel manufacturer for as much as $305 million.
    (SFC, 9/23/10, p.D1)

2010        Sep 26, San Francisco held its 27th annual Folsom Street Fair, a celebration of fetishes and aggressive sexuality.
    (SFC, 9/27/10, p.C1)

2010        Sep 30, San Francisco officials secured a 4th in a series of injunctions against street gangs. a judge approved an order singling out 2 gangs whose bitter rivalry has left 10 people dead over the last 3 years in the Visitacion Valley area.
    (SFC, 10/1/10, p.A1)
2010        Sep 30, Vandals in San Francisco severely damaged 3 golf course holes in Golden Gate Park. The struck again on Oct 4. Damages were estimated at $75k-$100 thousand.
    (SFC, 10/7/10, p.A1)

2010        Oct 3, San Francisco’s Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival, sponsored by financier Warren Hellman, drew some 350,000 listeners to Golden Gate Park. The 10th annual weekend festival drew some 600,000 all together.
    (SFC, 10/4/10, p.C2)
2010        Oct 3, The SF Giants baseball team clinched a division title with a 3-0 win over the San Diego Padres.
    (SFC, 10/4/10, p.A1)

2010        Oct 6, San Francisco unveiled new equipment allowing luxury liners to plug into the city’s power grid, part of an effort to cut diesel suit along the waterfront.
    (SFC, 10/7/10, p.C2)

2010        Oct 11, The San Francisco Giants beat the Atlanta Braves 3-2 at Turner Field to clinch the National League Championship Series.
    (SFC, 10/12/10, p.A1)

2010        Oct 23, The SF Giants won a trip to the World Series. In Pennsylvania Juan Uribe hit a tiebreaking homer off Ryan Madson with two outs in the eighth inning and the Giants held off the Phillies 3-2 in Game 6 of the NL championship series. This finished off the Phillies' bid to become the first NL team in 66 years to win three straight pennants.
    (AP, 10/24/10)(SSFC, 10/24/10, p.1)

2010        Oct 27, The SF Giants battered the Texas Rangers 11-7 in Game 1 of the World Series.
    (AP, 10/28/10)

2010        Oct 28, The SF Giants at home won game 2 of the world series, 9-0, over the Texas Rangers.
    (SFC, 10/29/10, p.A1)

2010        Oct 29, In San Francisco Kathleen Horan (46) was beaten to death by Gary Scott Holland. She had opened her door at 900 Chestnut to Holland who was posing as a utility worker. On Nov 8, 2011, Holland (44) pleaded guilty to murder and faced 25-50 years in prison. On Dec 12 Holland was sentenced 50 years to life in prison.
    (SFC, 11/9/11, p.C2)(SFC, 12/13/11, p.C2)

2010        Oct 30, In Texas the SF Giants lost game 3 of the World Series 4-2 to the Texas Rangers leaving SF up 2 games to 1.
    (SFC, 11/1/10, p.A1)

2010        Oct 31, In Texas the SF Giants won game 4 of the World Series 4-0 against the Texas Rangers putting them up 3 games to 1.
    (SFC, 11/1/10, p.A1)

2010        Nov 1, The SF Giants won the Baseball World Series beating the Texas Rangers 3-1 in Game 5 in San Francisco. Edgar Renteria blasted his second home run of the 2010 Fall Classic, a three-run shot, to win the championship. Renteria had the game-winning hit in the 11th inning of Game 7 in the 1997 World Series for the Florida Marlins.
    (AP, 11/2/10)(http://tinyurl.com/29joxc3)
2010        Nov 1, Salesforce.com announced the purchase of 14 acres in the Mission Bay area of San Francisco and planned a new corporate campus to be built over the next 10 years.
    (SFC, 11/2/10, p.D1)

2010        Nov 2, San Francisco’s Mayor Gavin Newsom was elected as state lieutenant governor.
    (AP, 11/4/10)
2010        Nov 2, San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors passed a law that cracks down on the popular practice of giving away free toys with unhealthy restaurant meals for children. The law, which would take effect on December 1, would allow toys to be given away with kids' meals that have less than 600 calories, contain fruits and vegetables, and include beverages without excessive fat or sugar. Mayor Newsom vetoed the measure on Nov 13.
    (Reuters, 11/3/10)(http://tinyurl.com/25458to)

2010        Nov 3, In San Francisco tens of thousands of baseball fans flocked downtown to toast the SF Giants' World Series championship and see their hometown heroes take a victory lap in a ticker-tape parade.
    (AP, 11/4/10)

2010        Nov 17, In San Francisco some 300 students and UC employees protested at UCSF’s Mission Bay campus as regents met on day 2 of a 3-day meeting. Expectations of a 6th tuition increase in 4 years triggered the protests. On Nov 18 tuition was raised 8%.
    (SFC, 11/18/10, p.A1)(SFC, 11/19/10, p.A1)

2010        Nov 25, San Francisco based Del Monte said it has agreed to be acquired by a group led by KKR & Co. in a $4 billion deal. KKR, Vestar Capital Partners and Centerview Partners agreed to pay $19 a share in cash and would assume $1.3 billion in net debt.
    (SFC, 11/26/10, p.C1)

2010        Nov 29, Richard Goldman (b.1920), San Francisco philanthropist and founder of the Goldman Environmental Prize (1989), died.
    (SFC, 11/30/10, p.A1)

2010        Dec 31, San Francisco was chosen to host the next America’s Cup in 2013.
    (SFC, 1/1/11, p.A1)

2010        In San Francisco stealth artist Banksy spray painted an image that became known as the “Haight Street Rat” on the side of the Red Victorian Bed and Breakfast. Brian Greif later raised $10,000 to have the work removed and restored for display, promising never to sell it.
    (SFC, 1/20/15, p.E1)
2010        Uber launched in San Francisco as an alternative to taxi service allowing customers to hail drivers from their smartphones.
    (Econ, 3/29/14, p.80)

2011        Jan 6, It was reported that San Francisco’s Haight Ashbury Clinic, operating since 1967, and Walden House, a substance abuse center started in 1969, had agreed to merge.
    (SFC, 1/6/11, p.C1)

2011        Jan 7, The San Francisco Board of Supervisors voted 10-1 for City Administrator Ed Lee to serve as interim mayor replacing Gavin Newsom, who was elected as California’s Lt. Gov.
    (SFC, 1/8/11, p.A1)

2011        Jan 8, The San Francisco Board of Supervisors picked Supervisor David Chiu to serve a 2nd term as board president.
    (SSFC, 1/9/11, p.A1)

2011        Jan 30, In San Francisco shopkeeper Hong Ri Wu shot and killed fellow merchants Qiong Han Chu (30) and Fen Ping Ou (30) on Fisherman’s Wharf because they refused to stop selling the same knockoff purses that he was trying to sell. In 2014 Wu (59) was convicted and sentenced to life in prison.
    (SFC, 6/12/14, p.D6)

2011        Feb 18, SF-based novelist Victor Martinez (56), died of cancer. His book “Parrot in the Over: Mi Vida” was awarded the 1996 National Book Award for Young People’s Literature.
    (SFC, 3/4/11, p.C5)

2011        Feb 19, San Francisco celebrated its annual Chinese Lunar New Year Parade, welcoming in the Year of the Hare.
    (SSFC, 2/20/11, p.A1)

2011        Feb 26, In San Francisco snow fell briefly overnight on the city's Twin Peaks neighborhood and some other areas with higher elevations.
    (AP, 2/26/11)

2011        Mar 11, San Francisco police began issuing warnings to homeless people enforcing an ordinance that bans sitting or lying on sidewalks during daytime hours.
    (Reuters, 3/19/11)

2011        Mar 31, SF Giants fan Bryan Stow was beaten and left in a coma following a game outside Dodger Stadium. LA police on May 22 arrested suspect Giovanni Ramirez (31). On June 20 Ramirez was given a 10-month prison sentence for alleged gun possession. On July 21 police arrested two new suspects in the case, Louis Alex Sanchez (29) and Marvin Eugene Norwood (30). Stow spent two years in hospitals and rehabilitation. On Feb 20, 2014, Louie Sanchez (31) and Marvin Norwood (33) pleaded guilty in LA to felony charges in the attack on Stow.
    (SFC, 5/23/11, p.A1)(SFC, 6/21/11, p.C2)(SFC, 7/22/11, p.A1)(SFC, 7/23/11, p.A8)(SFC, 2/21/14, p.A1)

2011        Apr 6, Virgin America Flight VX2001 became the first to land at San Francisco’s newly remodeled Terminal 2. The 1954 structure had just undergone a $383 million upgrade.
    (SFC, 4/7/11, p.A1)

2011        Apr 11, In San Francisco the annual Goldman Environmental prize was awarded 6 people from around the world. The winners included Hilton Kelly for his efforts to cut pollution in Port Arthur, Texas; Francisco Pineda for resisting mining in El Salvador; Ursula Sladek of Germany for creating for reducing her community’s reliance on nuclear power; Prigi Arisandi for her efforts to protect Indonesia’s Surabaya River; Dmitry Lisitsyn for his efforts to protect the Russia’s Sakhalin island; and Raoul du Toit for defending wildlife in Zimbabwe.
    (SFC, 4/11/11, p.A12)

2011        Apr 13, A jury in San Francisco, Ca., convicted former baseball star Barry Bonds of obstruction of justice regarding his use of performance-enhancing drugs. On Sep 13, 2013, a federal appeals court upheld the felony conviction.
    (SFC, 4/14/11, p.A1)(SFC, 9/14/13, p.C1)

2011        Apr 14, San Francisco supervisors heard that the city’s overtime bill for this fiscal year was on pace to hit nearly $40 million, $12 million more than last year.
    (SFC, 4/15/11, p.C4)

2011        Apr 18, Kevin J. Mullen, former SF police officer and crime author, died at his home in Novato, Ca. His 5 books included “The Toughest Gang in Town: Police Stories from Old San Francisco” (2005).
    (SSFC, 5/1/11, p.D9)

2011        Apr 21, San Francisco-based PG&E CEO Peter Darby (58) said he would retire at the end of the month in a bid to give his embattled business a fresh start.
    (SFC, 4/22/11, p.A1)

2011        Apr 26, SF Mayor Ed Lee named Capt. Greg Suhr (30), a local 30-year veteran, as the new police chief.
    (SFC, 4/27/11, p.A1)

2011        May 11, Samuel Kioskli (64), a former San Francisco ATM serviceman, was arrested during a routine traffic stop in Phoenix, Arizona. On July 4, 2010, he stole about 200,000 from six bank branches in SF and one in Daly City, Ca., by replacing cash with counterfeit $20 bills.
    (SFC, 5/27/11, p.C3)

2011        May 15, San Francisco celebrated the 100th anniversary of its 7.46 mile Bay to Breakers race. Organizer’s hired guards to confiscate alcohol and banned iconic floats.
    (SFC, 5/16/11, p.A1)

2011        May 19, San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee signed legislation banning the unsolicited distribution of Yellow Pages in the city.
    (SFC, 5/26/11, p.C1)

2011        May 24, San Francisco supervisors vote 6-5 to approve a $1.2 billion plan to transform the Park Merced area. 1,500 rent-controlled town homes will be replaced with 7,200 units over the next 20-30 years.
    (SFC, 5/25/11, p.A1)

2011        May 25, In San Francisco the 5-day Int’l. Pow Wow travel convention, designed to sell American vacation packages to tourists abroad, closed at the Moscone Center. SF last hosted the convention in 1992 for the first time.
    (SFC, 5/25/11, p.D1)

2011        Jun 1, San Francisco Mayor Lee rolled out his first budget, a $6.8 billion spending plan for the fiscal year beginning July 1.
    (SFC, 6/2/11, p.A1)

2011        Jun 2, In San Francisco firefighter Lt. Vincent Perez (48) was killed after being caught in a flashover at a 4-story home at 133 Berkeley Way in Diamond Heights.
    (SFC, 6/3/11, p.A1)(SFC, 6/4/11, p.A1)

2011        Jun 4, San Francisco firefighter Anthony Valerio (53) died of his injuries from the June 2 fire in Diamond Heights. He was the 2nd firefighter to die from the flashover.
    (SFC, 6/5/11, p.A1)

2011        Jun 6, David Henderson (21), a former SF prep football star, was taken off life support following a May 26 shooting that left him paralyzed from the neck down.
    (SFC, 6/8/11, p.C1)

2011        Jun 7, SF police killed Joshua Camden Smith (25), a robber who had become known as the “Gen X bandit,” due to his distinctive attire while holding up two banks in Orange County.
    (SFC, 6/9/11, p.C3)

2011        Jun 13, In San Francisco an independent arbitrator ruled that municipal transport operators must work under a contract they overwhelmingly rejected last week.
    (SFC, 6/14/11, p.A1)

2011        Jun 14, Mongolia opened its first official US consulate in San Francisco.
    (SFC, 6/15/11, p.D1)

2011        Jun 26, SF held its 41st gay pride parade. NYC held its 42nd.
    (SFC, 6/27/11, p.A1,7)

2011        Jul 1, San Francisco cable car prices rose a dollar to $6 following a recent $19 million upgrade of the California Street cable car line.
    (SFC, 6/28/11, p.C1)

2011        Jul 3, A San Francisco BART officer shot and killed Charles Blair Hill (45), an apparent transient, at the Civic Center Station. Hill had used a bottle as a weapon and drew a knife on an officer.
    (SFC, 7/5/11, p.C1)(SFC, 7/8/11, p.C2)

2011        Jul 6, SF Giants management dismissed payroll manager Robin O’Connor (41) after she admitted to diverting over $608 thousand to her personal bank account. Further reviews found that she had diverted over $1.5 million to her own accounts since June, 2010. On March 26, 2012, O’Connor admitted embezzling $2.2 million and was sentenced to 21 months in federal prison.
    (SFC, 8/31/11, p.A1)(SFC, 3/27/12, p.C2)

2011        Jul 16, In San Francisco Kenneth Wade Harding (19) was killed in a confrontation with police in the Bayview district. Harding was wanted in Washington state in connection with a July 13 killing. On July 21 police said Harding died from a bullet allegedly fired from his own gun.
    (SFC, 7/22/11, p.A1)

2011        Jul 26, San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors approved a controversial $112 million contract to send city refuse to a landfill just outside Wheatland, Yuba County.
    (SFC, 7/25/11, p.C1)

2011        Jul 28, Peter Berg, co-founder of the Diggers and founder of the Planet Drum Foundation, died in San Francisco. The Diggers were a radical community-action group of activists and Improv actors (1966-68), based in the Haight-Ashbury neighborhood.    
    (SSFC, 8/14/11, p.C9)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diggers_%28theater%29)

2011        Aug 8, San Francisco’s Mayor Ed Lee (59) said he will run for a full 4-year term.
    (SFC, 8/8/11, p.A1)

2011        Aug 14, The hacker group known as Anonymous struck a Bay Area Rapid Transit website and released customer information in retaliation for BART’s decision to cut cellular phone service to prevent an antipolice protest in San Francisco. Hackers carried out a 2nd attack on Aug 17 breaching the website of the agency’s rank-and-file police.
    (SFC, 8/15/11, p.A1)(SFC, 8/18/11, p.A1)

2011        Aug 22, San Francisco police and BART authorities arrested 45 people in connection with protests and demonstrations at Civic Center over the July 3 killing of knife-wielding man and a wireless blackout on August 11. The Civic Center and Powell stations were closed 4 times during the afternoon commute hours.
    (SFC, 8/23/11, p.A1)

2011        Aug 30, In San Francisco a jury convicted 6 men of racketeering and conspiracy as members of the MS-13 crime organization in the Mission district, which was responsible for at least 3 murders in 2008.
    (SFC, 8/31/11, p.C1)

2011        Sep 6, George Kuchar (69), SF-based filmmaker, died. His over 500 low-budget films included “Hold Me While I’m Naked” (1966) and “”The Devil’s Cleavage” (1975).
    (SFC, 9/8/11, p.C4)

2011        Sep 8, SF police arrested 20-30 protesters at the Powell Street BART station. The station was closed for 2 hours after officers determined that demonstrators were creating unsafe conditions there. Protesters hoped to force BART to disband its police force. 8-10 men in black hoodies smashed fare gates, card readers and ticket vending machines at the Glen Park Station.
    (SFC, 9/9/11, p.C1)(SFC, 9/10/11, p.C2)

2011        Sep 17, The Occupy SF movement began on Sep 17 with 6 people gathering outside the former Bank of America center on California Street in solidarity with protesters in NYC, who had set up camp in Zucotti Park near Wall Street the same day.
    (AP, 10/6/11)

2011        Sep 24, In San Francisco 40 or so naked men and one woman staged a nude-in at Castro and 17th streets to support their right to wander in the buff.
    (SSFC, 9/25/11, p.D3)

2011        Oct 5, In San Francisco some 800 people marched downtown joining a growing movement whose followers believe that the nation’s financial system is broken and its distribution of wealth unfair.
    (SFC, 10/6/11, p.A10)

2011        Oct 22, In San Leandro, Ca., motorcyclist George Lopez (51) was run over and killed by the driver of a paratransit van. Police believed driver Eddie Hall (31) intentionally hit Lopez, who was riding with a group of Hells Angels.
    (SFC, 10/25/11, p.C3)

2011        Oct 25, In San Francisco Democratic Assemblywoman Mary Hayashi (45) of Castro Valley was stopped by a security detail at Nieman Marcus after she left the store with unpaid items worth $2450.
    (SFC, 10/29/11, p.A1)

2011        Oct 28, In San Francisco Rachael Marie Smith was sentenced to 2 years behind bars for swindling 18 potential apartment renters out of $110,000. Smith was also ordered to repay the stolen money.
    (SFC, 10/29/11, p.C2)

2012        Oct, In San Francisco a new brain health center opened as part of the California Pacific Medical Center. It was later named the Ray Dolby Brain Health Center after Ray Dolby, the founder of Dolby Laboratories. In 2014 the Ddolby family acknowledged a $21 million donation to make the center possible.
    (SFC, 9/18/14, p.A1)

2011        Nov 8, San Francisco’s Interim Mayor Ed Lee was elected mayor under the city’s new ranked choice voting system, becoming the first Chinese-American to be elected as SF mayor.
    (SFC, 11/10/11, p.A1)

2011        Nov 20, San Francisco and Oakland authorities moved to take control of the Occupy protests, raiding an offshoot of the SF encampment and clearing a new camp in a vacant lot in Oakland. SF protesters in response shutdown Market street for several hours.
    (SFC, 11/21/11, p.A1)

2011        Nov 28, San Francisco City College officials detected an infestation of computer viruses with origins in criminal networks in Russia, China and other countries. By mid January officials traced at least 723 Internet protocol addresses to the Russian Business Network, a gang in the business of stealing and selling personal information. The network disbanded around 2008, but criminals were reportedly still collecting data.
    (SFC, 1/13/12, p.A1)

2011        Dec 1, In San Francisco 5 members of the MS-13 gang were sentenced to life in prison for a campaign of violence that included three murders in 2008.
    (SFC, 12/2/11, p.C4)

2011        Dec 7, In San Francisco police cleared the Occupy SF encampment in an early morning raid. Demonstrators returned in the evening and clashed with police. A half dozen people were arrested, but police pulled back as demonstrators refused to leave Justin Herman Plaza.
    (SFC, 12/8/11, p.C1)

2011        Dec 11, San Francisco police cleared the city’s last remaining Occupy protest camp arrested 55 people in front of the Federal Reserve Bank at 101 Market St.
    (SFC, 12/12/11, p.C2)

2011        Dec 5, In San Francisco Clifton Sanders (41), a former city health inspector, was arrested taking bribes of 100-200 from local restaurants in 2007-2008. Ajamu Stewart (54), another SF health inspector, was arrested for similar charges Dec 8.
    (SFC, 12/15/11, p.C2)

2011        Dec 15, In San Francisco a caller told police that there was a body in a second-floor room of the Broadway Hotel at 2048 Polk St. near Broadway. The medical examiner concluded the man was the victim of a homicide. Friends at the Broadway Hotel identified the man as Robert Slivoski (68).
    (SFC, 12/17/11, p.C5)(http://tinyurl.com/brjrprw)

2011        Dec 18, Warren Hellman (b.1934), San Francisco financier and sponsor of the annual Hardly Strictly Bluegrass festival, died from complications of leukemia.
    (SFC, 12/18/11, p.A1)

2012        Jan 1, The minimum wage in San Francisco rose 32 cents to $10.24 an hour.
    (SSFC, 1/1/12, p.A1)

2012        Jan 6, Salesforce.com signed an 18-year, 400,000-square-foot lease at 50 Fremont St. in San Francisco for nearly $340 million. The software company was founded by Marc Benioff in a Telegraph Hill apartment in 1999.
    (SFC, 1/7/12, p.A1)

2012        Feb 2, The US national Football League announced it would give the SF 49ers $200 million loans and straight payments for its new $1 billion stadium in Santa Clara, Ca.
    (SFC, 2/3/12, p.C1)

2012        Feb 17, The westbound top deck of the SF Bay Bridge was closed until Feb 21 as work progressed on the new eastern span set to open Labor Day 2013. The bridge reopened the evening of Feb 19 as work was completed ahead of schedule.
    (SFC, 2/18/12, p.A1)(SFC, 2/20/12, p.A1)

2012        Mar 5, A magnitude 4.0 earthquake shook the San Francisco Bay area. It was centered about 15 miles northeast of San Francisco, and was at a depth of 5.5 miles.
    (Reuters, 3/5/12)

2012        Mar 12, SF Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of false imprisonment in connection with an incident in which he allegedly inflicted a bruise on his wife.
    (SFC, 3/13/12, p.A1)

2012        Mar 14, In San Francisco owners of the Fairmont said they have reached an agreement to sell the Nob Hill hotel to Woodridge Capital Partners of Los Angeles, for some $200 million. Toronto-based Fairmont Hotels and Resorts would continue to manage the property.
    (SFC, 3/15/12, p.D1)

2012        Mar 20, San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee announced his move to oust Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi from office for official misconduct over a domestic violence issue. He asked former Chief Deputy Vicki Hennesy to come out of retirement to replace Mirkarimi, who vowed to fight the ouster. 
    (SFC, 3/21/12, p.A1)

2012        Mar 21, San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee suspended  Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi, charging him with official misconduct. Vicki Hennesy was sworn in as interim sheriff.
    (SFC, 3/22/12, p.A1)

2012        Mar 23, In San Francisco the bodies of 5 people were found in a row house at 16 Howth Street near City College. On March 25 police arrested Binh Thai Luc (35) on suspicion of murdering Hua Shun Lei (65), his wife Wan Yi Wu (62), their daughter Ying Xue Lei (37), their son Vincent Lei (32) and his wife Chia Huei Chu (30).
    (SFC, 3/24/12, p.A1)(SFC, 3/26/12, p.A1)(SFC, 3/18/15, p.D3)

2012        Apr 1, Occupy SF activists took over an unoccupied building at 888 Turk Street, owned by the Archdiocese of San Francisco, following a peaceful rally and march earlier in the day.
    (SFC, 4/2/12, p.A1)

2012        Apr 2, San Francisco police evicted nearly 80 Occupy activists from a building owned by the Catholic Archdiocese of SF.
    (SFC, 4/3/12, p.C1)

2012        Apr 3, San Francisco’s treasurer ruled that Airbnb, an online home rental service, and other companies like it are responsible for paying the city’s hotel tax.
    (SFC, 4/4/12, p.C1)

2012        Mar 29, In San Francisco bicyclist Chris Bucchere (36) hit pedestrian Sutchi Hui (71) in the Castro district. Hui died of her injuries on April 2. In 2013 Bucchere cut a deal with prosecutors, pleading guilty to felony vehicular manslaughter. On Aug 15, 2013, he was sentenced to 3 years probation and 1,000 hours of community service.
    (SFC, 4/7/12, p.C2)(SFC, 8/16/13, p.D5)

2012        Apr 12, In California a large thunder storm dropped a record 1.24 inches of rain in San Francisco. The previous record was .92 inches on April 12, 2003.
    (SFC, 4/14/12, p.C3)

2012        Apr 14, In the Full Crew Farallones Race outside San Francisco 5 sailors were lost as a towering wave washed them overboard as their boar rounded the Farallon Islands. 3 sailors survived.
    (SFC, 4/17/12, p.A1)(SFC, 4/25/12, p.A1)

2012        May 2, SF police and sheriff’s officers arrested 26 people who had occupied a vacant church building at 888 Turk St. Most of those arrested were homeless or former residents of the old Occupy camp on Justin Herman Plaza.
    (SFC, 5/3/12, p.A15)

2012        May 10, San Francisco police shot and killed Dennis Hughes (41) after he fired numerous shots at officers from the apartment of his girlfriend at 861 Post St. Police a day earlier found the body of his mother, Diana Hughes (66), beaten to death at her home in Rohnert Park.
    (SFC, 5/11/12, p.C1)

2012        May 20, In San Francisco the 101st annual Bay to Breakers run drew 40,000 registered entrants. Mamitu Daska of Ethiopia and Sammy Kitwara of Kenya were the top female and male runners.
    (SFC, 5/21/12, p.A1)

2012        May 21, Owners of the Golden State Warriors basketball team said they would leave Oakland and move to a new $500 million arena on the San Francisco waterfront. The team still had 5 years on their Oakland contract.
    (SFC, 5/22/12, p.A1)

2012        May 24, Kathi Kamen Goldmark (b.1948), San Francisco-based literary impresario and country-rock singer, died of breast cancer.
    (SSFC, 5/27/12, p.A14)

2012        Jun 4, In San Francisco Calvin Sneed (22), an alleged Los Angeles gang member, was shot to death near Candlestick Park. On June 9 police arrested Barry Gilton and Lupe Mercado, whose daughter (17) was being pimped by Sneed.
    (SFC, 6/14/12, p.A1)

2012        Jun 13, In San Francisco Matt Cain pitched a perfect game in a 10-0 victory over the Houston Astros. This was a first for the SF Giants and only the 22nd perfect game in major league history.
    (SFC, 6/14/12, p.A12)

2012        Jun 17, Webb Simpson (26) of North Carolina won the US Open golf tournament at the San Francisco’s Olympic Club with one stroke over par.
    (SFC, 6/18/12, p.A1)

2012        Jun 20, San Francisco’s new headquarters of the Public Utilities Commission, a 13-story box at 525 Golden Gate Ave., was officially dedicated.
    (SSFC, 6/17/12, p.C1)
2012        Jun 20, A highly invasive brown kelp native to Japan, commonly known as Wakame, was reported to have spread throughout the San Francisco waterfront. It was first discovered in California about 12 years ago and in SF in 2009.
    (SFC, 6/20/12, p.A1)
2012        Jun 20, In San Francisco a 4-alarm blaze tore through a warehouse on Pier 29 and caused over $2 million in damages.
    (SFC, 6/22/12, p.C1)

2012        Jun 24, San Francisco held its 42nd gay pride parade with more than 200 floats making their way down Market Street.
    (AP, 6/25/12)

2012        Jul 6, California lawmakers approved billions of dollars in construction financing for the initial segment of the nation's first dedicated high-speed rail line connecting Los Angeles and San Francisco.
    (AP, 7/7/12)

2012        Jul 16, San Francisco revoked the 78-year-old month-to-month lease of the pacific Rod and Gun Club for 4 acres on the shore of Lake Merced.
    (SFC, 7/17/12, p.C1)

2012        Jul 27, The Vatican named Oakland, Ca., Bishop Salvatore Cordileone (56), a leader in the fight against same-sex marriage, as the new archbishop of San Francisco.
    (SFC, 7/28/12, p.A1)

2012        Aug 10, In San Francisco the 5th Outside Lands music festival opened in Golden Gate Park with some 65,000 people attending.
    (SFC, 8/11/12, p.A1)

2012        Aug 14, Remy Charlip (83), dancer and author of 38 children’s books, died in San Francisco. He was one of the co-founders of the Merce Cunningham Dance Company.
    (SFC, 8/18/12, p.C4)

2012        Sep 20, A SF judge issued a warrant for the arrest of Jay Shah (48), an associate of con artist Kaushal Niroula (31), a Nepalese exchange student known as the “Dark Prince.” Shah was convicted a day earlier of 13 felonies linked to a $2.2 million condominium scam. Shah was apprehended by police in Watsonville on Oct 3.
    (SFC, 9/21/12, p.C2)(SFC, 10/5/12, p.C4)

2012        Sep 24, In San Francisco the Purple Onion Comedy Club featured its final show. All items from the “dungeon” club were scheduled to be auctioned off the following day.
    (SSFC, 9/16/12, p.A1)

2012        Oct 6, San Francisco police arrested 11 men and nine women as protesters marched through the financial district and tossed projectiles at officers. Police believed the anarchist group known as Black Bloc was involved.
    (SFC, 10/9/12, p.C3)

2012        Oct 7, In San Francisco the 12th annual Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival ended a 3-day run in Golden Gate Park. Fleet Week closed out with performances by the Blue Angels jet team. The America’s Cup World Series took place on the Bay. The Castro Street Fair took place along with the Italian Heritage Parade on Market St.
    (SFC, 10/8/12, p.A7)

2012        Oct 9, The San Francisco Board of Supervisors bucked mayor Ed Lee and gave suspended Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi his job back. Lee needed 9 of 11 votes, but only got seven.
    (SFC, 10/10/12, p.A1)

2012        Oct 28, In Detroit, Michigan, the SF Giants won the World Series beating the Detroit Tigers 4-3 in a 4-game sweep.
    (SFC, 10/29/12, p.A1)

2012        Oct 31, In San Francisco an estimated one million-plus people turned out to the celebrate the SF Giants World Series victory parade.
    (SFC, 11/1/12, p.A1)

2012        Nov 6, The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission and owners of the Pacific Rod and Gun Club reached an agreement allowing the club to remain open for up to 2 more years at its 14-acre space on the shores of Lake Merced.
    (SFC, 11/7/12, p.C2)
2012        Nov 6, San Francisco voters approved Prop B, a $195 million park bond and Prop C to provide money for affordable housing. Prop D to consolidate the elections for city attorney and city treasurer also won. Prop E, a plan to revise the city’s business tax, passed as  did Prop G, a policy statement opposing increased corporate financing in politics. Voters rejected Prop F, a plan to take the first steps to drain the Hetch Hetchy Reservoir.
    (SFC, 11/7/12, p.A17)

2012        Nov 20, San Francisco lawmakers disappointed committed nudists by voting 6-5 t0 approve a ban on public nakedness despite concerns the measure would undermine the city's reputation as a sanctuary for free expression. Exemptions would be made for participants at permitted street fairs and parades.
    (AP, 11/20/12)(SFC, 11/21/12, p.A1)
2012        Nov 20, The San Francisco Board of Supervisors voted to allow the construction of hundreds of 220-square-foot residential units, which would allow up to 2 people to live in the micro-apartments.
    (SFC, 11/21/12, p.C1)

2012        Nov 28, Spain Rodriguez (72), Zap Comix artist and influential cartoonist, died in San Francisco after battling cancer for 6 years.
    (SFC, 11/29/12, p.C3)

2012        Dec 4, A ban on nudity in San Francisco was given final approval by the city’s Board of Supervisors in a raucous meeting at which several people stripped naked in board chambers.
    (SFC, 12/5/12, p.C1)

2012        Dec 6, A US District Judge ruled that snakes, frogs and fairways can coexist at the San Francisco-owned Sharp Park Golf Course in Pacifica.
    (SFC, 12/8/12, p.C6)

2012        Dec 14, In San Francisco Frederick Dozier Jr. (33), a school cafeteria worker, was sentenced to 373 years to life in prison for assaulting 3 women in the Mission District in 2011.
    (SSFC, 12/16/12, p.C11)

2012        Philip Choy (86) authored “San Francisco Chinatown:  A Guide to Its History and Architecture.”
    (SFC, 1/10/13, p.E1)
2012        San Francisco became the first US city to cover the cost of gender reassignement surgeries for its uninsured residents after the Board of Supervisors approved legislation encouraging the city’s health department to remove exclusion of such surgeries from its code.
    (SSFC, 11/18/12, p.C1)

2013        Jan 21, The new SFJazz Center opened at 201 Franklin St.
    (SFC, 1/22/13, p.A1)

2013        Feb 1, In San Francisco a ban on public nudity took effect.
    (SSFC, 2/2/14, p.C1)

2013        Feb 3, In New Orleans the Baltimore Ravens defeated the SF 49ers 43-31 in Super Bowl XLVII. The game was delayed for 34 minutes in the 3rd quarter when lights went out in the stadium. Some 109 million people watched the game.
    (SFC, 2/4/13, p.A1)(Econ, 2/9/13, p.67)

2013        Feb 16, Italian sailor Giovanni Soldini led an 8-member team of the Maserati to a record 47-day trip from NYC around Cape Horn to San Francisco, beating a 1998 monohull record.
    (SSFC, 2/17/13, p.A12)

2013        Mar 5, The San Francisco Bay Bridge lit up with 25,000 LED lights in the debut of Leo Villareal’s $8 million “Bay Lights” installation. The 1.8 mile light show will continue for 2 years.
    (SFC, 3/6/13, p.A1)(SSFC, 3/10/13, p.A1)

2013        Mar 22, The owners of San Francisco's Palace Hotel removed the famous 1909 Maxfield Parish Pied Piper painting that has graced the hotel's main bar for over a century and plan to sell it at auction.
    (http://tinyurl.com/cnkh4ed)

2013        Mar 25, In San Francisco executives of the Palace Hotel changed their minds, amid ringing outcry, and planned to return the Pied Piper painting by Maxfield Parrish to the hotel following restoration work.
    (SFC, 3/26/13, p.A1)

2013        Mar 26, In San Francisco Henry Doelger’s Art Deco/Streamline Modern real estate office at 320 Judah St. was voted in as the city’s 265th historical landmark by the Board of Supervisors.
    (http://tinyurl.com/bswp2to)

2013        Mar 27, The San Francisco Golden Gate Bridge toll plaza completed its first day of all-electronic tolling.
    (SFC, 3/28/13, p.D1)

2013        Apr 9, The San Francisco Housing Authority commission voted unanimously to terminate the contract of its chief, Henry Alvarez.
    (SFC, 4/10/13, p.A1)

2013        Apr 13, San Francisco Symphony musicians accepted concessions and voted to ratify a new 26-month contract.
    (SSFC, 4/14/13, p.C7)

2013        Apr 17, The San Francisco Exploratorium reopened at its new location on Pier 15.
    (SFC, 4/18/13, p.D1)

2013        Apr 20, In San Francisco some 10-15 thousand people gathered at Golden Gate Park’s Hippie Hill for the annual “420” unofficial pot-smoking bacchanalia. They left some 10,000 pounds of garbage for cleanup.
    (SFC, 4/22/13, p.A1)

2013        Apr 22, A new San Francisco company called the Minerva Project announced that it will issue an annual $500,000 prize to one autstanding higher education faculty member whose innovations have led to extraordinary student learning experiences.
    (SFC, 4/23/13, p.C1)

2013        Apr 24, Robert Shearer (68), a former San Francisco State Univ. official, was charged with 128 felonies for allegedly taking bribes for a waste-disposal contract that ultimately cost the university millions in additional dollars. Stephen Cheung (47) of Chemical Hazardous Material Technology was charged with 118 felonies, including commercial bribery.
    (SFC, 4/25/13, p.A7)

2013        May 14, Prosecutors in San Francisco said 6 current and former SF Unified School District employees faced a total of 205 felony charges for allegedly misappropriating some $15 million in public funds.
    (SFC, 5/15/13, p.A1)

2013        May 23, In San Francisco bicyclist Dylan Mitchell (21) was killed when a garbage truck turned right and collided with him at 16th and Van Ness.
    (SFC, 5/25/13, p.C2)

2013        Jun 26, In San Francisco construction began at the Hunters Point Shipyard on a project for a brand new neighborhood that would include some 12,000 new affordable homes. Groundbreaking also took place on a 2-tower condominium complex at 201 Folsom.
    (SFC, 6/26/13, p.D1)
2013        Jun 26, It was reported that at least 32 government agencies in the SF Bay Area use license plate readers. Police in Daly City, Milpitas and San Francisco have all signed agreements to provide data from plate readers to the Northern California Regional Intelligence Center.
    (SFC, 6/26/13, p.A8)

2013        Jun 28, The 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco lifted an injunction it had imposed in September, 2010, that had blocked a federal judge’s ruling, alowing same-sex marriages to resume for the first time since Prop. 8 prohibited them in November 2008.
    (SFC, 6/29/13, p.A1)

2013        Jun 29, In San Francisco, Ca., firefighter Michael Quinn ran a red light while driving a fire rig and badly injured motorcyclist Jack Frazier at Fifth and Howard. On March 31, 2014, Quinn surrendered to face felony drunken driving charges stemming from the accident. On March 20, 2015, a SF judge tossed out the case against Quinn ruling that police lacked legal justification to arrest him.
    (SFC, 4/1/14, p.C1)(SFC, 3/21/15, p.A1)

2013        Jun 30, San Francisco’s 43rd annual LGBT Parade drew a crowd estimated at 1.2 million people.
    (SFC, 7/1/13, p.A1)
2013        Jun 30, In San Francisco a woman 28 was punched in the early hours and then robbed of her purse and cell phone. The attacker then returned and kicked her in the face in an event that was captured on video. On July 26 police arrested Christopher Porter-Bailey of Oakland on suspicion of robbery and assault.
    (SFC, 8/1/13, p.A1)

2013        Jul 1, SF Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) workers went on strike leaving many commuters stranded.
    (SFC, 7/3/13, p.A1)

2013        Jul 4, In San Francisco representatives from BART and two unions agreed to a 30-day extention of the current contract and said transit workers will go back to work on July 5.
    (SFC, 7/5/13, p.A1)

2013        Jul 6, Asiana Airlines Flight 214 arriving from South Korea crashed while landing at San Francisco International Airport. 2 Chinese girls were killed and 70 people injured out of 290 passengers and 16 crew members on the Boeing 777. Another Chinese girl died in a SF hospital on July 12, becoming the 3rd fatality. SFO officials on the same day confirmed that one of the girtls who died on July 6 had been struck and run over by a fire truck.
    (SSFC, 7/7/13, p.A1)(Reuters, 7/12/13)(SFC, 7/13/13, p.A1)

2013        Jul 8, SF Bay Bridge officials said repairs to cracked rods would delay the opening of the new $6.4 billion Bay Bridge by at least 3 months. Sep 3 had been the scheduled opening date.
    (SFC, 7/9/13, p.A1)

2013        Jul 12, In San Francisco 2 women were killed at a jewelry store in the 5-story Gift Center and Jewelry Mart at 888 Brannon. The blood-soaked suspect, later identified as Barry White (23) of Antioch, surrendered to police.
    (SFC, 7/13/13, p.C1)(SSFC, 7/14/13, p.A14)

2013        Jul 24, Google announced a plan to bring wireless internet access to at least 31 parks in San Francisco.
    (SFC, 7/24/13, p.A1)

2013        Jul 25, In San Francisco Barnaby Jack (35), a hacker who specialized in finding security flaws, was found dead. He had been due to give a presentation entitled “Implantable Medical Devices: Hacking Humans.” Police ruled out foul play.
    (Econ, 8/3/13, p.52)

2013        Aug 5, Ruth Asawa (b.1926), San Francisco-based sculptor, died at her home of natural causes.
    (SFC, 8/7/13, p.A1)

2013        Aug 8, In San Francisco an inaugural gun buyback by SF Bay Area-based Gunbuyback.org collected 157 firearms in exchange for $15,500.
    (SFC, 8/9/13, p.A6)

2013        Aug 11, A San Francisco Superior Court judge, at the request of Gov. Jerry Brown, ordered a 60-day cooling-off period to avert a BART strike.
    (SFC, 8/12/13, p.A1)

2013        Aug 14, In San Francisco bicyclist Amelie Le Moullac (24) was fatally struck as a delivery truck struck her while turning right from Folsom St. onto Sixth. On Jan 15, 2015, a SF jury found the driver negligent and ordered his employer, Daylight foods of Milpitas, to pay $4 million to her family.
    (SFC, 1/16/15, p.D4)

2013        Aug 19, In San Francisco demolition began on the Pagoda Palace, a North Beach theater built in 1908. The site will be used to remove boring machines that will dig the Central Subway.
    (SFC, 8/20/13, p.C4)

2013        Aug 22, In San Francisco the Maxfield Parrish painting “The Pied Piper of Hamelin,” commissioned in 1909, returned to the Palace Hotel after owners decided not to auction it off.
    (SFC, 8/23/13, p.D1)
2013        Aug 22, San Francisco’s City Attorney Dennis Herrera filed suit against the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges to halt the process of closing down City College of San Francisco.
    (SFC, 8/23/13, p.A1)

2013        Aug 29, The Bay Area Air Quality Management district rolled out 700 heavy duty bicycles as part of a regional bike-sharing program stretching from San Francisco to San Jose.
    (SFC, 8/30/13, p.D1)

2013        Sep 1, The new eastern half of the SF Bay Bridge opened for traffic following a shutdown that began Aug 28.
    (SFC, 9/3/13, p.A1)

2013        Sep 5, San Francisco parks employee Thomas Burnoski (58) ran over Christine Svanemyr (35) of Daly City as she was lying in the grass in Holly Park with her baby and dog. Svanemyr was killed. On Nov 1 Burnoski received notice of termination. He faced charges of hit and run as well as vehicular manslaughter.
    (SFC, 9/7/13, p.A1)(SFC, 11/2/13, p.C2)

2013        Sep 10, San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera sued the state of Nevada accusing it of deliberately giving almost 500 psychiatric patients one-way bus tickets to California.
    (SFC, 9/11/13, p.D1)

2013        Sep 25, Oracle Team USA won the 19th and final sailing race on the SF Bay defeating the Emirates Team New Zealand and winning the 34th America’s Cup.
    (SFC, 9/25/13, p.A1)

2013        Sep 27, In San Francisco Kevin San (16) was killed after Jennie Zhu (58) crashed her speeding Mercedes into a minivan. On Dec 16 Zhu was charged with felony gross vehicular manslaughter.
    (SFC, 12/17/13, p.D1)

2013        Sep 29, San Francisco held its 30th Folsom Street Fair.
    (SFC, 9/30/13, p.C4)

2013        Oct 2, FBI agents in San Francisco arrested Ross William Ulbricht (29) at the Glen Park library and accused him of being the “Dread Prince Roberts,” the once-anonymous mastermind behind an online drug marketplace known as Silk Road. Ulbricht used Bitcoin virtual currency for transactions and was indicted in Manhattan on Feb 4, 2014.
    (SFC, 10/3/13, p.A1)(SFC, 2/5/14, p.A8)

2013        Oct 4, In San Francisco the 13th edition of the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival began its 3-day run in Golden Gate Park.
    (SSFC, 10/6/13, p.A11)

2013        Oct 7, SF announced that Marc Benioff, head of Salesforce.com, will donate $2.7 million to the city’s 12 middle schools.
    (SFC, 10/7/13, p.A1)

2013        Oct 8, In San Francisco an engineering staff member discovered the body of Lynne Spalding (57), during a quarterly check of a stairwell, 17 days after she went missing at SF General Hospital. In December 2014 San Francisco and the Univ. of California tentatively agreed to pay a total of $3 million to settle a claim by her family.
    (SFC, 10/10/13, p.A1)(SFC, 12/13/14, p.C4)

2013        Oct 18, SF Bay Area BART workers went on strike leaving hundreds of thousands of Bay Area commuters scrambling for ways to get to work.
    (SFC, 10/18/13, p.A1)

2013        Oct 21, San Francisco Bay Area BART workers ended their strike with a tentative agreement between the transit agency and its two largest unions. Trains began running Oct 22. Workers scored a 15.4% pay raises over four years as well as other benefits.
    (SFC, 10/22/13, p.A1)(SFC, 10/22/13, p.A9)

2013        Oct 29, The SF Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a bill banning the possession of large-capacity magazines for guns.
    (SFC, 10/30/13, p.D3)

2013        Nov 5, SF voters rejected Prop C, a referendum that would have allowed construction of a waterfront high-rise, the 8 Washington project for 134 luxury condos.
    (Reuters, 11/5/13)(SFC, 11/6/13, p.A1)
2013        Nov 5, The SF Board of Supervisors voted 6-5 to close city parks from midnight to 5am.
    (SFC, 11/6/13, p.A7)

2013        Nov 15, San Francisco’s Mayor Ed Lee presented Batkid, aka Miles Scott (5), with the key to the city for his heroic deed in saving Gotham.  The Make-a-Wish Foundation arranged the extravaganza for Scott as he fought off leukemia.
    (SFC, 11/16/13, p.A11)

2013        Nov 19, The US National Rifle Association (NRA) sued San Francisco claiming the city violated the constitutional right to possess guns for self defense with a new ordnance banning possession of magazines that can hold more than 10 rounds.
    (SFC, 11/20/13, p.D3)

2013        Nov 21, In San Francisco BART directors voted to reject an agreement with unions unless a provision granting six weeks of paid famiy medical leave was removed.
    (SFC, 11/22/13, p.A1)
2013        Nov 21, The San Francisco area was hammered by strong winds that knocked down trees and power lines, leaving at least 2 people dead and more than 50,000 without power in the state.
    (Reuters, 11/22/13)

2013        Dec 19, In San Francisco nudism activist Gypsy Taub (44) married Jaymz Smith (20) and both promptly went naked in front of City Hall.
    (SFC, 12/20/13, p.D1)

2013        Matthew Morse Booker authored “Down By the Bay: San Francisco’s History Between the Tides.”
    (SSFC, 6/23/13, p.F5) 

2013        The Presidio by federal law was to be self sufficient by this time.
    (SFC, 10/22/98, p.A22)

2014        Jan 1, In San Francisco an arson attack destroyed the main entrance of the Chinese Consulate. On Jan 3 Yan Feng (39), who lives south of the city, surrendered to police after confessing to the attack.
    (SSFC, 1/5/14, p.A5)(AFP, 1/6/14)

2014        Jan 3, Saul Zaentz (b.1921), film and music producer, died in San Francisco. Three of his 10 films won Oscars for best picture.
    (SSFC, 1/5/14, p.A1)

2014        Jan 19, The Seattle Seahawks defeated the SF 49ers 23-17 for the NFC championship.
    (SFC, 1/20/14, p.A)

2014        Jan 29, In San Francisco Michael Kwong (42) was cited for being in violation of a 2011 state ban on shark fins. Authorities seized 2,138 pounds of shark for sale at his Kwong Yip Inc. business.
    (SFC, 2/15/14, p.C2)

2014        Feb 27, In San Francisco five police officers and a former officer faced federal corruption charges following a 3-year investigation. Surveillance video showed officers abusing and stealing from residential hotel dwellers.
    (SFC, 2/28/14, p.A1)

2014        Feb, In San Francisco construction workers discovered human remains at the site of the new Transbay Transit Center. They were later dated back about 7,500 years.
    (SFC, 10/21/14, p.D1)

2014        Mar 7, In San Francisco Salesforce and the nonprofit Tipping Point announced the formation of SF Gives, an initiative to raise $10 million over the next 60 days for Bay Area antipoverty programs.
    (SFC, 3/7/14, p.A1)

2014        Mar 11, In San Francisco a new Mission Bay construction site went up in flames. The block-long BRE Properties $227 million complex at Fourth and China Basin streets had fallen way behind schedule.
    (SSFC, 3/16/14, p.C4)

2014        Mar 21, In San Francisco Alejandro Nieto (28) was shot and killed by police after he pointed a Taser shock at them in Bernal Heights. Police said they mistook the Taser for a pistol and fired 59 shots at Nieto, who was struck 10-15 times. In 2015 four officers were cleared of any wrongdoing.
    (SFC, 2/14/15, p.C1)(http://tinyurl.com/qjnxpzd)

2014        Mar 26, In California state Sen. Leland Yee was arrested in an FBI sting on charges that he conspired to traffic in firearms and traded favors in Sacramento for bribes. Yee represented half of San Francisco and most of San Mateo County. Yee was one of 26 people ensnared in a 5-year federal investigation that targeted Raymond “Shrimp Boy” Chow, a Chinatown gangster who had claimed to have gone straight.
    (SFC, 3/27/14, p.A1)

2014        Mar 28, California’s Democratic controlled state Senate voted to suspend three members. They included Leland Yee of SF and San Mateo Ct. and Ron Calderon and Roderick Wright of LA County.
    (SFC, 3/29/14, p.A1)

2014        Apr 1, In downtown San Francisco the First Church of the Last Laugh hosted the 36th annual St. Stupid’s Day Parade.
    (SFC, 4/2/14, p.A1)

2014        Apr 7, Marc Benioff, founder of Salesforce.com, and his wife Lynne announced a 2nd $100 million donation to the UCSF and Children’s Hospital of Oakland, which formed an alliance in January for research and medical care.
    (SFC, 4/8/14, p.A1)

2014        May 31, San Francisco police raided an apartment at 1831 Polk Street, the home of Ryan Kelly Chamberlain II, and reportedly found explosives. The FBI launched a nationwide manhunt for Chamberlain, a self-described political junkie with a background in Bay Area public relations. Chamberlain was arrested in SF on June 2. On June 3 the FBI said bomb making materials were found in Chamberlain’s apartment. FBI court filings later said Chamberlain was seeking illegal toxins on a black market website.
    (SFC, 6/2/14, p.A1)(SFC, 6/3/14, p.A1)(SFC, 6/4/14, p.E1)(SFC, 6/7/14, p.C1)

2014        Jun 2, In San Francisco some 700 of the city’s transit workers staged a sickout over a proposed labor agreement. Only 200 of 600 scheduled buses and rail cars were on duty.
    (SFC, 6/3/14, p.A1)(SFC, 6/5/14, p.A1)(SFC, 6/6/14, p.D7)

2014        Jun 3, San Francisco voters approved Proposition B requiring voter approval for any new building on Port of San Francisco property to exceed existing height limits.
    (SFC, 6/4/14, p.A1)
2014        Jun 3, In San Francisco half of the city’s 538 Muni transit workers called in sick on the 2nd day of public transit disruptions due to an impasse in contract negotiations. Scheduled buses and rail cars on duty climbed to 300 out of 600.
    (SFC, 6/4/14, p.A1)(SFC, 6/5/14, p.A1)(SFC, 6/6/14, p.D7)

2014        Jun 4, San Francisco’s transit system limped through a 3rd day of an operator sickout as 290 drivers called in sick. City officials moved to snuff out the protest by filing legal charges against the operator’s union, which denied responsibility. Scheduled buses and rail cars on duty climbed to 440 out of 600.
    (SFC, 6/5/14, p.A1)(SFC, 6/6/14, p.D7)

2014        Jun 5, In San Francisco 163 transit drivers called in sick reducing the 4th day sickout of daily runs to 266 out of 1200. The average absentee rate ranged from 94-112.
    (SFC, 6/6/14, p.D7)

2014        Jun 6, San Francisco’s Glide Foundation announced that Andy Chua of Singapore bid $2,166,766 to win a private lunch with Warren Buffet, head of Omaha-based Berkshire-Hathaway.
    (SSFC, 6/8/14, p.A8)

2014        Jun 13, Priceline, a global booking agency, announced that it is acquiring OpenTable, a SF-based restaurant reservation service, for $2.6 billion.
    (SFC, 6/14/14, p.D1)

2014        Jun 19, San Francisco DA George Gascon said Google and Microsoft will incorporate kill switches into the next versions of of their operating systems for mobile devices.
    (SFC, 6/20/14, p.A1)

2014        Jun 29, San Francisco held its 44th annual Gay Pride Parade.
    (SFC, 6/30/14, p.A1)

2014        Jul 2, In San Francisco former Chief Trial Deputy Joanne Hoeper filed a wrongful termination suit saying she was demoted and later fired for investigating how city officials steered millions in public fuinds to a handful of plumbing companies for unneeded repairs in private sewer lines. Hoeper said City Attorney Dennis Herrera suppressed her probe and estimated that the scheme cost taxpayers over $10 million from 2002-2012.
    (SFC, 7/3/14, p.A1)

2014        Jul 10, Curt Gentry (b.1931), San Francisco-based authored, died. His books included “The Madams of San Francisco” (1964) and “Helter Skelter: The True Story of the Manson Murders” (1991).
    (SSFC, 7/20/14, p.C8)

2014        Jul 27, The San Francisco Half Marathon drew some 5,500 runners. The Up Your Alley Street Fair at Folsom and Dore drew some 12,000 at the clothing optional event.
    (SFC, 7/28/14, p.A1, C1)

2014        Sep 2, In San Francisco Rashawn Williams (14), a freshman at Sacred Heart Cathedral Preparatory, was stabbed to death in front of a Mission District convenience store. In 2015 an accused teen (14) was released after a surveillance camera identified another assailant. 
    (SFC, 1/28/15, p.D1)

2014        Sep 18, San Francisco opened for business its new $100m James R. Herman cruise ship terminal at Pier 27. Herman (d.1998) was a former port commissioner and ILWU leader.
    (SFC, 9/19/14, p.D7)

2014        Oct 7, The SF Board of Supervisors voted to legalize the growing trend of turning homes into ad-hoc hotels by passing the “Airbnb law,” which places some restrictions on the practice.
    (SFC, 10/8/14, p.A1)

2014        Oct 11, In San Francisco the new US assault ship, the America, was officially enetered into service as part of Fleet Week celebrations.
    (SSFC, 10/12/14, p.C1)

2014        Oct 15, The SF Bay Guardian weekly newspaper published its final edition and began closing due to financial reasons. It was founded in 1966 by Bruc Brugmann and his wife, Jean Dibble. They ran it until 2012 when it was acquired by San Francisco Media.
    (SFC, 10/15/14, p.A1)

2014        Oct 22, Former SF police officer Reynaldo Vargas, one of three officers charged in a corruption case, admitted to four felony charges and promised to testify against former colleagues in an upcoming trial. On May 21, 2015, Vargas was sentenced to one year in federal prison after cutting a deal with prosecutors.
    (SFC, 10/24/14, p.D1)(SFC, 5/22/15, p.D5)

2014        Oct 23, Joan Quigley (b.1927), former astrologer to Ronald and Nancy Reagan, died in San Francisco. The SF socialite and writer began working for the Reagans in May, 1981, and continued for seven years.
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    (SFC, 10/24/14, p.D1)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joan_Quigley)

2014        Oct 27, SF Mayor Ed Lee signed a law legalizing Airbnb and other short-term home rentals in San Francisco. Opponents promised to organize a ballot initiative against the measure.
    (SFC, 10/28/14, p.C3)

2014        Oct 29, The SF Giants beat the Kansas City Royals 3-2 to win the World Series in the 7th games of the series in Kansas City.
    (SFC, 10/30/14, p.A1)

2014        Oct 31, In San Francisco hundreds of thousands gathered at Civic Center Plaza to celebrate the SG Giants World Series Championship.
    (SFC, 11/1/14, p.A1)

2014        Nov 5, US federal agents in San Francisco arrested Blake Benthall (26) on charges that he had assumed control of the anonymous “Silk Road” Internet drug bazaar.
    (SFC, 11/7/14, p.A1)

2014        Nov 13, In San Francisco drug dealer and informant Cesar Hernandez told a court that SF police officers paid him cash and drugs as long as he cooperated with them. On trial were officers Edmond Robles and Sgt Ian Furminger. Officer Reynaldo Vargas pleaded guilty last month to felony charges and agreed to testify against his former colleagues.
    (SFC, 11/13/14, p.D11)

2014        Nov 24, SF police found Tai Lam (67) a homeless man, dead in his sleeping in an alcove at 137 Sutter St. A security video showed three suspects viciously beating Lam.
    (SFC, 12/3/14, p.E1)

2014        Dec 5, A San Francisco court convicted police officers Edmond Robles of five felony charges and Sgt. Ian Furminger guilty of four in a case related to officers stealing from drug dealers. On Feb 23, 2015, Furminger was sentenced to 41 months in prison. On March 18, 2015, Robles was sentenced to 39 months in prison.
    (SFC, 12/6/14, p.A1)(SFC, 1/24/15, p.A1)(SFC, 3/19/15, p.E1)

2014        Dec 26, Merla Zellerbach (b.1930), San Francisco philanthropist, author and former journalist, died of pancreatic cancer. Her last days were spent dosed with pain medication.
    (SSFC, 1/25/15, p.A1)

2014        James Tracy authored “Dispatches Against Displacement: Field Notes from San Francisco’s Housing Wars.”
    (SSFC, 11/23/14, p.N1)

2015        Jan 9, In San Francisco 4 men were shot dead inside a double-parked stolen Honda in the Hayes Valley neighborhood.
    (Reuters, 1/10/15)(SFC, 1/13/15, p.A1)

2015        Jan 10, San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge was closed to traffic for the first time in its 77-year history to allow for the installation of a movable median barrier. Re-opening was set for Jan 12.
    (SSFC, 1/11/15, p.C1)

2015        Jan 24, In San Francisco thousands of people filled Civic Center Plaza calling for an end to abortion in the annual West Coast march for Life.
    (SSFC, 1/25/15, p.C1)

2015        Jan 28, In San Francisco chopped up body parts were found in a suitcase outside a Goodwill store on 11th St. between Mission and Market. The victim’s head, lower arms and hands were missing. On Jan 31 police arrested Jeffrey Andrus (54) on suspicion of murder. Andrus was released on Feb 3 for lack of evidence and died at a city hospital on Feb 8.
    (SFC, 1/30/15, p.A1)(SFC, 1/31/15, p.A1)(SSFC, 2/1/15, p.A1)(SFC, 2/4/15, p.A1)(SFC, 2/9/15, p.A1)

2015        Jan 30, It was reported that Clarke Howatt, the public finance director of the Association of Bay Area Governments, is under scrutiny for orchestrating the theft of $1.3 million in bond money meant for public parks and street improvements in San Francisco’s south of Market area. A routine audit uncovered the missing cash last month.
    (SFC, 1/30/15, p.A14)
2015        Jan 30, Carl Djerassi (b.1923), Standford chemist, died of complicatioons of cancer at his home in San Francisco. He was a key contributor to the invention of the birth control pill.
    (SSFC, 2/1/15, p.D1)

2015        Feb 11, The San Francisco medical examiner’s office said a dismembered body found in a suitcase on Jan 28 was that of Omar Shahwan (58), a longtime friend of Jeffrey Andrus, the prime suspect in the case, who died on Feb 8.
    (SFC, 2/12/15, p.A1)
2015        Feb 11, A former San Francisco police officer and four others were indicted by a federal grand jury in San Jose on charges that they hacked into computers to gain an advantage over adversaries in civil lawsuits.
    (SFC, 2/12/15, p.D6)

2015        Feb 18, The Univ. of California in San Francisco (UCSF) announced a $100 million gift from philanthropist Charles Feeney (83).
    (SFC, 2/19/15, p.A1)

2015        Mar 7, In San Francisco the Chinese New Year Parade ushered in the Year of the Ram.
    (SSFC, 3/8/15, p.A12)

2015        Mar 9, In San Francisco Kenyatta Butler Jr. (18) of San Leandro and Donzel Gaines of SF were gunned down as they sat in a car near the Crocker Amazon Playground. On March 26 Davante Robinson (21) and Gregory Morton III were booked on suspicion of murder.
    (SFC, 4/1/15, p.D3)

2015        Mar 18, San Francisco police officer Michael Robison (46), a 23-year veteran, resigned after being identified as one of four officers invovled in sending racist and homophobic text messages. Robison had come out as gay before being hired in 1992.
    (SFC, 3/20/15, p.D1)

2015        Mar 27, In San Francisco a jury sided in favor of venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caulfield & Byers on all claims in a sex-bias case filed in 2012 by former employee Ellen Pao.
    (SFC, 3/28/15, p.A1)

2015        Mar 30, In San Francisco an indictment, filed on March 25, was unsealed and charged Carl Force (46), a special agent with the DEA, and Shaun Bridges (32), a special agent with the US Secret Service, with stealing digital currency during the investigation of the Silk Road online marketplace and its founder Ross William Ulbricht.
    (SFC, 3/31/15, p.A8)

2015        Apr 24, San Francisco agreed to a $725,000 settlement for Kelly O’Haire, a former police department attorney, who said Police Chief Greg Suhr had fired her in 2011 for exposing his mishandling of a domestic violence case.
    (SFC, 4/25/15, p.A1)

2015        May 1, San Francisco raised wages for thousands of workers from $11.05 per hour to $12.25 per hour.
    (SFC, 5/1/15, p.A1)

2015        May 15, Rev. John Lo Schiavo (b.1925), former president of the Univ. of San Francisco (1973-1991), died in Los Gatos.
    (SFC, 5/16/15, p.C4)

2015        Jun 18, It was reported that Silicon Valley entrepreneur Sean Parker (35), the founder of Napster and former president of Facebook, has given a $4.5 million gift to UCSF to tackle malaria.
    (SFC, 6/18/15, p.D1)

2015        Jul 1, In San Francisco Kathryn Steinle (32) was shot and killed on the waterfront at Pier 14 while walking with her father. Francisco Sanchez, an illegal immigrant listed by police as 45, was soon arrested and charged with murder. Sanchez, listed as 52 in jail records, later said he was shooting at seals. He had been released from jail in SF on April 15 after a 10-year-old marijuana possession charge was dropped. The gun Sanchez used was recently stolen in late June from a federal agent in a car burglary.
    (SFC, 7/3/15, p.A1)(SFC, 7/4/15, p.A9)(SFC, 7/8/15, p.A11)

2037        The master lease at San Francisco’s Pier 39 expires.
    (SFC, 8/22/96, p.E2)

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