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The Four Worst Bottlenecks in the Los Angeles Freeway System

Fun fact: "About 45% of all [traffic] delay statewide is experienced in Los Angeles County, and bottlenecks account for a significant portion of it," according to the head of Caltrans's office of performance. Certainly feels that way, doesn't it? Those bottlenecks are the hellmouths where the …

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Every Wednesday<p>Every Wednesday – 6:30 am | Cost: FREE | Alta Plaza Park<p>Every Wednesday morning at 6:30 am, gather at Alta Plaza Park for a free …

A Writer's Guide to San Francisco Cafes

Whether you’re a screenwriter looking for inspiration, a novelist in need of a strong cup of Joe, or a student trying to get out of the library, here …

Tech companies haven’t gotten past sexism 1.0

Tech startups often ply journalists with swag, a never-ending bounty of logo T-shirts and mouse pads, gizmos and gadgets.<p>A vibrator, though, was a first.<p>A few weeks ago, a startup founder showed up in the lobby of The Chronicle after hours. He told me I hadn’t responded to his e-mails. And he …

California Farmers Pray for Rain, Prepare for Continued Drought

That means importing more expensive hay and reducing the number of cattle.<p>"As it stands today we're probably down a little bit. Maybe 3,500 instead …

Microsoft CEO to women: Don’t ask for a raise

Newbie Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella had some retro advice for women attending the Grace Hopper Celebration on Thursday: lean out.<p>Nadella, on stage with Harvey Mudd College president Maria Klawe, told women that they shouldn’t worry about asking for a raise.<p>“It’s not really about asking for a raise, …

One City’s aim: Soften effects of S.F. gentrification

City and technology industry leaders will try to soften the negative effects of tech boom-inspired gentrification Tuesday with a new philanthropic campaign that experts say is unusual in its scope and coordination.<p>Dubbed “One City,” the effort backed by Citizens Initiative for Technology and …

Oakland's (and America's) First Cat Cafe Sets Opening Date

Cat cafes have been the story of 2014, with seemingly every major city boasting a crowdfunding campaign to replicate the popular Japanese model of combining afternoon coffee hangouts and cuddles with anonymous kitties. But while Purina One did host a pop-up cat cafe in NYC earlier this year, a …

Sean Parker gives $100K to CA ballot measure to cut prison time for drug crimes

Big tech money is starting to roll into California’s ballot measures. Fresh off of the news we broke about Netflix CEO Reed Hastings giving $250,000 to Props 1 & 2 comes word that venture capitalist Sean Parker — he of Napster and early Facebook investor fame — just dropped $100,000 on Proposition …

Presidio Officers’ Club reopens into a new museum

The first troops to deploy from El Presidio de San Francisco were 20 horse soldiers who rode off to quell an Ohlone rebellion in the Santa Cruz Mountains, in 1794. The last troops to deploy from the Presidio of San Francisco were 200 U.S. Army engineers sent to Saudi Arabia, in 1990.<p>The almost 200 …

Letter of the Week: Who needs taxis?

The Letter of the Week goes to writer Gail Moore who submitted “Who needs to call a cab?” (Sept. 24).<p>The letter reads:<p>The taxi companies have no one but themselves to blame for the predicament they find themselves in. For over 40 years, I used Veterans Cab, and in the last two years, the level of …

New beer garden, retail planned on Spenger's block

Citing the need to revitalize a business that’s been on the decline for decades, a developer is seeking to make major changes to the West Berkeley …

Sharing economy means putting your trust in complete strangers

A week ago my family rented a house though Airbnb in Stinson Beach for a vacation. We were having a great time until our college-age daughter came to visit.<p>“Hey, you guys,” she said when she walked into the kitchen. “Did you know there’s a video camera in here?”<p>Uh, what?<p>Sure enough, high up on the …

Prop. F to develop S.F.’s Pier 70 set for smooth sailing

In a city where waterfront development proposals inevitably become political brawls, Proposition F — a ballot initiative that would allow Forest City to go ahead with the massive redevelopment of Pier 70 — stands out for another reason.<p>It has virtually no opposition.<p>Take Art Agnos. The former mayor …

Monochromatic terminal sheds any pretense about Pier 27 role

San Francisco’s newest maritime structure shows how the city’s relationship to the working waterfront has changed — and what the concept of our working waterfront has come to mean.<p>It’s the James R. Herman Cruise Terminal at Pier 27, a crisply detailed shed of corrugated aluminum that’s 40 feet tall …

A Modern Guide to Santa Cruz

For local, design-savvy getaways, San Franciscans usually look north to Napa and Sonoma. But 90 minutes south of the city, Santa Cruz has been …