Things to do in San Francisco

WELCOME to The Taxi Drivers Guide To San Francisco .com a tool and soon to be published travel guide to the city by the bay. I have been a San Francisco taxicab driver for the past 24 years and would like to share my experiences, travel tips and things to do in San Francisco.

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San Francisco, is ranked #1 in the nation for being the ideal city for walking, hiking, or sightseeing on foot. However, when the winds and rain start pouring down and the temperature drops sometimes you might be in need of taxi transportation. Read More >>

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The goal of this website is to save the reader time, and money and make their visit rememberable and safe.   The weather in San Francisco is ever changing the first travel tip is to bring a sweater as well as summer wear.   Often times the temperature  changes 10 degrees from day to night not to mention wind and rain.  The city of San Francisco is 7 miles long and 7 miles wide.   Things to do in San Francisco I recommend as a taxidriver are as follows:     Alcatraz Island   the most famous fomer Federal Prison in history:  This prison housed Al  CoponeMachine Gun Kelley, and the “Bird Man of Alcatraz“.   Haight Ashbury the ground zero area for the start of the 1960′s counterculture movement .   The area now known as The Haight was where Charles Manson recruited his followers.  The 1960′s greats such as Big Brother and the Holding Company, Jefferson Starship and many others formed in this historical area of San Francisco.    The Golden Gate BridgeGolden Gate Park and the Painted Ladies are a must see.   The cable car system in San Francisco is affordable, safe, and fun video yourself and send a picture home to your friends and stop off in Chinatown for some great Asian Food.

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The father told police he was supposed to drop the infant off at a babysitter's home before work Wednesday, but he forgot, said Sgt. Heather Randol, a spokeswoman for the San Jose Police Department. The father parked his vehicle on the 3700 block of Payne Avenue near his work and left the baby strapped in a car seat, police said.
Author: Evan Sernoffsky
Posted: April 17, 2014, 5:24 pm
Umpires temporarily halted play between the Giants and the visiting Los Angeles Dodgers at about 9:30 p.m., police said, after a loud explosion was heard and smoke was seen billowing from the area above right-center field. Witnesses said a man sitting in the outfield bleachers, wearing a Giants hat and orange jacket, threw a large firecracker that looked like an M-80 into a group of people standing in the pedestrian concourse near the Coors Light concession stand, police said.
Author: Kurtis Alexander
Posted: April 17, 2014, 4:34 pm
A man killed in San Francisco Bay when a sailboat crashed into a buoy near Redwood City was identified Thursday as Yong Sun, a 39-year-old Burlingame resident. Another man was injured in the crash that happened around 7 p.m., said Mark Leahey, a spokesman for the U.S. Coast Guard.
Author: Evan Sernoffsky
Posted: April 17, 2014, 4:01 pm
Both drivers were taken to a hospital and authorities are investigating the crash as if it was fatal, said Sgt. Heather Randol, a spokeswoman for the San Jose Police Department. Police initially said the driver on life support was killed in the crash, but later said he had life-threatening injuries.
Author: Evan Sernoffsky
Posted: April 17, 2014, 2:04 pm
Goldman was honored by Mayor Ed Lee on the steps of City Hall at 8 a.m. before setting off with a modified jogging stroller in the world-record attempt. Goldman, a New Hampshire native, will attempt to run the equivalent of two marathons a day as she works to raise awareness and cash for the Brain Injury Association of America. If she pulls it off, she would edge out the previous unofficial record holder, Lorna Michael of Florida, who reportedly took 64 days - but never filed official paperwork to confirm it.
Author: Evan Sernoffsky
Posted: April 17, 2014, 12:59 am
San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee plans to announce on Thursday that he'll spend $5.4 million for immediate repairs to the constantly malfunctioning elevators in public housing high-rise buildings that have left some senior and disabled tenants stranded for days at a time. [...] the commitment won't be enough to stave off a lawsuit that a local attorney says he will file next week against the San Francisco Housing Authority on behalf of 24 tenants who live in Clementina Towers South of Market. Tenant rights attorney Joseph Tobener filed a notice of intent to sue last month, and said he'll make it official next week by filing a lawsuit against the Housing Authority. The plaintiffs, who pay a third of their income in rent, say the agency has committed breach of contract and elder abuse, violated the federal Fair Housing Act and inflicted emotional distress. Several tenants say they've experienced claustrophobia and panic attacks after being stuck in the elevators, which lately have been lurching to floors that don't match the buttons pushed and freezing up with their lights out for several minutes. Found $5.4 millionThe Mayor's Office of Housing and Community Development found $5.4 million in this year's regular operating budget to spend on immediately fixing elevators in nine public housing high-rise buildings, including Clementina Towers, Ping Yuen in Chinatown and Rosa Parks in the Tenderloin. Beverly Saba, president of an association for senior and disabled tenants in public housing, praised the mayor and the Housing Authority for the new money for elevator repair. Lee promised last year to remake the Housing Authority after The Chronicle revealed a number of problems plaguing the agency, including employee lawsuits filed against now-fired Director Henry Alvarez, allegations he steered contracts to friends and political allies, and a score by federal inspectors rating it as one of California's two worst public housing agencies. New federal programWith the help of the mayor's office, the Housing Authority has qualified for a new federal program to let private and nonprofit developers manage the properties in exchange for rehabbing them.
Author: Heather Knight
Posted: April 17, 2014, 12:46 am
Once the site of vacant, run-down storefronts, Uzi robberies and poorly lit parking lots, the Foothill Square shopping center in deep East Oakland - next to Interstate 580 at 106th Avenue - is now clean, bright and busy. In the past month, the rebuilt and remodeled strip mall has welcomed new tenants: a 75,000-square-foot Foods Co. supermarket, a Ross department store, Anna's Linens and a Wells Fargo branch, the area's first full-service bank branch since 1968. "What Foothill Square could be for people is: 'I am a little iffy about the area, but I am shopping around here and, oh, I would like a coffee shop,' and then a coffee shop opens," Hutson said. Security is tight at the shopping center, where guards in black uniforms patrol the parking lot and stores, and Oakland police officers roll through to keep watch on things. Real groceries"A lot of residents were relying on those liquor stores for food, and those kids weren't getting a lot of produce," she said as she picked out tomatoes and onions in the supermarket produce section. Maggie Parker, 67, a resident of East Oakland for 40 years, said she used to have to ride the bus to San Leandro to buy groceries and then take another trip to get new clothes. Mayor Jean Quan, who said she tries to visit the shopping mall every time she's in that part of town, said she hopes the new shopping center will "start a little virus of optimism."
Author: Will Kane
Posted: April 17, 2014, 12:46 am
BART riders are getting one final chance to weigh in on the design details of the transit cars that will be carrying passengers around the Bay Area as soon as 2017. A line of interested people snaked through a half-length model of one of the reimagined cars Wednesday at San Francisco's Justin Herman Plaza, testing out the colorful seats, the real-time electronic system map and other innovations, such as dedicated space for bikes. [...] we want to get a final confirmation of the design before the manufacturing begins. People using wheelchairs also found that their hands could be squeezed when they rolled too close to the widened part of the new multipronged pole near the doors, designed to make traveling easier for standing riders. Marie Marchese, who often rides BART to and from her home in Daly City, was worried that the straps for standing riders were set too high. Marchese, who works with the disabled, also suggested that the size of the signage be increased to make traveling easier for the visually impaired. The signs, which replace the maps on the walls of the current train cars, not only provide a multicolored digital look at the entire BART system, but they include a real-time "you are here" look at where the train is and what stops are coming up. The new seats are thinner, covered in a vinyl material that's lime green and teal. If you see an eight-car train at 8 a.m. during the morning commute, it shows there's something wrong.
Author: John Wildermuth
Posted: April 17, 2014, 12:45 am

In San Francisco, a street name stamped on a sidewalk corner serves a simple purpose: telling people where they are. Each time a sidewalk in the city is paved or repaved, third-party contractors hired by the Department of Public Works ready themselves to stamp the intersecting street names into the wet concrete. [...] a guerrilla army of sidewalk typo buffs combs San Francisco's streets, with cameras at the ready to capture the freshest or funniest misprint preserved in artificial stone. The enthusiasts share their prizes by uploading them to communal Flickr groups, then continue the hunt. Frances Hochschild, 51, was "flabbergasted" to see that construction crews revamping sidewalks near her home at Broadway and Divisadero Street this month managed to stamp "BRODWAY" and "BROADWEY" at the same intersection. Older sidewalk typos, however, aren't likely to be fixed unless the whole curb is redone, which usually happens when streets are widened or curb ramps are modernized. In many places, the only sidewalk stamps are construction stamps, the result of local governments requiring contractors to stamp their name and the year (often one in the 1930s) on new sidewalks as a form of quality assurance. Some theories suggest the practice began in 1906 because people had a hard time recognizing their surroundings after the earthquake that April. Fischer, though, found the original ordinance, which went into effect Nov. 6, 1905: "In all artificial stone sidewalks hereafter ... shall be impressed in letters or figures ... the streets so intersecting." [...] as Fischer notes, street signage was mostly voluntary in that era, limited to buildings that chose to include the street name in the facade. Contractors sometimes make spelling errors when stamping street names into sidewalk corners - though some residents consider the typos a unique San Francisco treasure. Fuad Sweiss, Department of Public Works deputy director of infrastructure, (415) 554-6940

Author: Ellen Huet
Posted: April 17, 2014, 12:15 am
Lewis Mahlmann, former director of the Storybook Puppet Theater at Children's Fairyland in Oakland, died of pneumonia March 18. A singer, dancer, actor, musician and artist, Mr. Mahlmann combined his many talents for the theater when he took on the role of director in 1967. "Lewis was an amazing man, an influential artist, a mentor to many and a great friend," said Randal Metz, who worked with Mr. Mahlmann for over 40 years at the theater and succeeded him as director. Mr. Mahlmann was a charter member of the San Francisco Bay Area Puppeteers Guild and served twice as president of the Puppeteers of America, once with Jim Henson as vice president. Earlier this year, Mr. Mahlmann was honored by the Oakland Heritage Alliance with a Lifetime Achievement Partners in Preservation Award for his commitment to preserving the art, craft and performance of puppetry.
Author: Jillian Sullivan
Posted: April 17, 2014, 12:03 am

At a press conference led by Supervisor London Breed, whose district includes the Haight and Golden Gate Park - where most of last year's revelry occurred around Hippie Hill at Sharon Meadow - city officials stressed that they weren't trying to kill the fun, just ensure everyone stays safe. Illegal parking, camping, drug sales, open alcohol containers and underage drinking were among the "code violations" that Suhr, Breed, and Recreation and Park head Phil Ginsberg said would be enforced with vigor. "Underage drinking, drug sales and the use of marijuana by young people is something we have concerns about," said Nance, who plans to station juvenile probation officers alongside police and park patrol officers in the park Sunday. Breed, who last year threatened to shut down the impromptu celebration, said her main goal is to make sure everyone stays safe and respectful - "not to be a buzz kill or judge anybody's recreational activity."

Author: Marisa Lagos
Posted: April 17, 2014, 12:03 am
Ted Gullicksen, executive director of the San Francisco Tenants Union, says that's already happening. For example: A potential renter would have to have already lived in the unit for at least 60 days and intend to make it his primary residence for three-fourths of the year. Hotel tax must be paid, and a renter cannot make more in subletting his apartment than he pays his landlord in rent. Many buildings like ours are in the process of rewriting their homeowners association agreements to restrict those rentals. Ride-sharing companies are wrestling with insurance and liability issues, and short-term housing rental companies are going to run into legal objections. Chiu's legislation specifically says it would not override landlord-tenant or HOA agreements, so if it is written into the lease or building agreement that the tenant is not allowed to rent with Internet hosting platforms, the option is off the table. A reasonable case can be made for someone making a little spare cash by renting out their place for a couple of weeks while they are on vacation.
Author: C.W. Nevius
Posted: April 17, 2014, 12:01 am

Antwan Wilson, 42, the assistant superintendent for Denver Public Schools, was named Wednesday as the last-standing candidate for the post out of 20 applicants, district officials said. Oakland district officials said Wilson was a standout, specifically for his work turning around one of Denver's troubled high schools, Montebello High, where the number of students accepted to two- and four-year colleges was at 95 percent in 2008, up from 35 percent when he started his work in Denver in 2005. "What really got me excited about him ... was the work that he's done in high schools and in high schools that are really struggling," said Oakland school board member Jody London.

Author: Jill Tucker
Posted: April 16, 2014, 10:24 pm
Based on a number of factors - including percentage of population within the Millennial age range, median rent, median income, racial diversity and unemployment rate - the site concluded that if you were born after the early 1980s, Cow Hollow is the place to be. Of the roughly 8,000 people who call the neighborhood home, more than 80 percent have at least a bachelor's degree, and the median household income is north of $116,000 a year, according to Niche. The website also quotes the average rent in Cow Hollow as just over $1,700 a month, though a quick search on Craigslist returned exactly zero vacant units at that price in the neighborhood.
Author: Kale Williams
Posted: April 16, 2014, 8:43 pm
A fast-burning fire at a dilapidated San Francisco public housing complex in Visitacion Valley claimed the life of a woman and her 3-year-old son Wednesday as others leaped to safety from second-floor windows, authorities said. In addition to the burned home, two adjacent apartments in the building were damaged, and residents were relocated to vacant apartments in the complex, according to city officials. The burned building is part of San Francisco's biggest public housing development, where 1,700 people live in run-down former barracks spread over 50 acres. In 1997, a blaze at a complex in the Hunters Point neighborhood killed a grandmother and five children, prompting a judge to rule that the Housing Authority was responsible for failing to install working smoke detectors. The agency struggled for years to pay off the multimillion-dollar court judgment, eventually getting help from the city to sell off unused land and clear its debt.
Author: Evan Sernoffsky and Kurtis Alexander
Posted: April 16, 2014, 6:01 pm

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