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Joe Kukura

Nov 25, 2020
Oakland

Free public WiFi coming to large sections of Oakland

Oakland is closing the digital divide with a $7.7 million CARES Act grant that will provide free public WiFi to as much as 85% of the city. Read More

Nov 25, 2020
San Francisco Union Square

Martin Yan’s Westfield Centre restaurant M.Y. China closes permanently

A lucrative location was rendered a terrible location when the pandemic hit, and Martin Yan’s namesake foray into shopping mall chic has closed. Read More

Nov 20, 2020
San Francisco

SF is hiring artists and performs to do COVID-19 PSAs

Work will be slightly less scarce for 30 underemployed artists and performers in the coronavirus economy, as a new San Francisco Creative Corps will be giving the gift of gigs. Read More

Nov 19, 2020
San Francisco Union Square

Rejoice! A new Britex Fabrics neon sign has gone up in Union Square

The cultural fabric of Union Square has been brightened with a spiffy new incarnation of the iconic Britex Fabrics sign. Read More

Nov 17, 2020
San Francisco Mission Mission Bay Nob Hill Polk Potrero Hill

San Francisco exodus is real, Nob Hill has the most move-outs

Postal Service change of address data indicates as many as 90,000 households may have moved out of SF in the pandemic, with Nob Hill the most frequently fled neighborhood. Read More

Nov 16, 2020
San Francisco Bayview Bernal Heights Hunters Point Visitacion Valley

Alemany Farmers’ Market to become free COVID-19 testing site

Starting Tuesday, the site of the Alemany Farmers’ Market will be the newest free coronavirus testing center, with no insurance required. Read More

Nov 12, 2020
San Francisco Nob Hill Russian Hill

House of Prime Rib is remaining open, switching to carry-out only

The imminent indoor dining shutdown prompts House of Prime Rib to go take-out only, but you have to come in and place the order yourself. Read More

Nov 10, 2020
San Francisco

Menlo Park school board president resigns over wife’s racist Kamala Harris tweets

Some crude speculation about Kamala Harris’ anatomy has led to the resignation of the Las Lomitas Elementary School District president. Read More

Nov 09, 2020
San Francisco Mission

Banksy mural in the Mission marked up by taggers

A 10-year-old Mission District mural attributed to street artist Banksy got graffitied, so cue up the debate on the ethics of tagging over someone else’s tagging. Read More

Nov 04, 2020
San Francisco Mission

Video: ‘Funeral’ held for 24th Street ficus trees slated to be cut down

Many of the trees along 24th Street are coming down, but a Day of the Dead ‘ceremonia’ paid a spiritual homage to those 50-year-old ficuses set for removal. Read More

Nov 05, 2020
San Francisco Bayview

Bayview’s Vegan Hood Chefs will be featured in ad during 49ers’ Thursday Night Football game

Thursday night’s 49ers game will feature a cameo from Bayview soul food truck and catering service Vegan Hood Chefs, as they’ll appear on prime time TV in a Bud Light commercial. Read More

Oct 30, 2020
San Francisco

Long live the new parklets as ‘Shared Spaces’ program gets extended through June 2021

With more than 1,800 businesses now sprawled onto sidewalks and streets, City Hall has approved a six-month extension of the popular arrangement. Read More

Oct 28, 2020
Oakland

New Burma Superstar spin-off opens on Telegraph Ave., with DoorDash as an investor

The delivery-and-take-out only Burma Bites opened today, delivery app DoorDash is a surprise investor. Read More

Oct 26, 2020
San Francisco SoMa Union Square

Westfield Centre’s cineplex Century Theatre set to reopen Friday

One San Francisco cineplex will reopen this weekend for the true movie theater experience, but with no concessions, small crowds, and of course masks required. Read More

Oct 24, 2020
San Francisco Financial District

Long-delayed FiDi luxury hotel gets sleek new proposed design, still nowhere near approval

They’re basically building a 200-room glass hotel on top of the current Cort Furniture brick facade at Battery and Merchant Streets, but nary a Planning Department permit has been granted for the new plan. Read More

Oct 21, 2020
San Francisco Tenderloin

Tommy’s Joynt announces Oct. 29 reopening, teases Thanksgiving plans

We could be stuffing our faces with Tommy’s Joynt turkey this Thanksgiving, and the old-school Van Ness sandwich-and-stew hofbrau has announced a “reduced” reopening for Thursday, October 29. Read More

Oct 20, 2020
San Francisco West Portal

This West Portal house wins SF Halloween 2020 with brilliant mask display

If you want to see San Francisco’s cleverest Halloween decoration display of 2020, a West Portal house really has you covered. Read More

Oct 16, 2020
San Francisco Excelsior Visitacion Valley

Pink Martini, Major Lazer bring back live concerts at Burlingame drive-in

We haven’t seen live concerts from big-name national acts in 7 months — but they’re coming back next week, at Burlingame’s Bayshore Drive-In. Read More

Oct 16, 2020
San Francisco Civic Center

Alt-right rabble-rousers get their ‘Free Speech Rally’ permit for Saturday, but it’s at Civic Center

A cast of D-list QAnon mini-celebrities had planned to protest in Dolores Park Saturday, but have scored a permit for Civic Center instead. Read More

Oct 14, 2020
San Francisco Chinatown

New Chinatown photo book explores neighborhood’s journey ‘from shame to celebration’

America’s oldest Chinatown shares secret sights never before seen publicly in the just-released coffee table book and deep-dive community profile ‘San Francisco’s Chinatown.’ Read More

Oct 09, 2020
San Francisco Union Square

SF’s first Latina-owned dispensary opens to big crowd in Union Square

Though Union Square is still mostly boarded up like a ghost town, a new cannabis dispensary opening today is creating a big buzz. Read More

Oct 05, 2020
San Francisco Fisherman's Wharf

Buena Vista Cafe gets landmark plaque honoring its Irish coffee-soaked history

Here are some shots of Saturday’s unveiling of a new landmark plaque honoring the U.S. birthplace of the whiskey-and-caffeine concoction Irish coffee. Read More