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BART Testing New Transit Pass Compatible with All Bay Area Transit AgenciesBART Testing New Transit Pass Compatible with All Bay Area Transit Agencies
By - posted 5/14/2022
Bay Area Updates, Transportation

By Eli Walsh, Bay City News Foundation BART plans to launch a pilot program later this year to test the viability of a global transit pass compatible with every public transit agency in the nine-county Bay Area. The first phase of the pilot program could begin as early as August and more...

Heavy Spring Rains Destroyed 80% of the Bay Area's Strawberry CropHeavy Spring Rains Destroyed 80% of the Bay Area’s Strawberry Crop
By - posted 5/2/2022
Bay Area Updates, Outdoorsy

By Hoda Emam, Bay City News Foundation After a wet autumn and warm sunny days in the first three months of this year, the 2022 strawberry crop was exceptionally promising — growing earlier and more rapidly than usual. It was a pleasant surprise for Javier Zamora, owner of JSM Organics in Watsonville. more...

Golden Gate Park's JFK Drive Now Car-Free ForeverGolden Gate Park’s JFK Drive Now Car-Free Forever
By - posted 4/27/2022
Bay Area Updates, Museums / Cultural Institutions, Parks & Beaches, San Francisco

On April 26, 2022 the San Francisco Board of Supervisors approved Mayor Breed’s legislation to ensure John F. Kennedy Drive in Golden Gate Park remain vehicle-free permanently. See the map of car-free JFK Drive. The legislation, co-sponsored by Supervisors Matt Haney, Rafael Mandelman, and Dean Preston, greenlights more than 40 improvements more...

World Famous Gilroy Garlic Festival Cancelled IndefinitelyWorld Famous Gilroy Garlic Festival Cancelled Indefinitely
By - posted 4/25/2022
Bay Area Updates, Fairs & Festivals, Festival Updates, Goodbye

The world-famous Gilroy Garlic Festival, a much-loved annual event that has been a mainstay since the late 1970s, is not moving ahead with a festival this summer nor for the foreseeable future, according to festival organizers. Citing lingering uncertainties from the pandemic, along with “prohibitive insurance requirements” by the city of more...

SF's Golden Gate Park Gardens Now Free for Residents (Starting April 22)SF’s Golden Gate Park Gardens Now Free for Residents (Starting April 22)
By - posted 4/21/2022
Bay Area Updates, Only in San Francisco, Outdoorsy, Parks & Beaches

San Francisco residents will finally get free admission to the Conservatory of Flowers and Japanese Tea Garden in Golden Gate Park starting April 22, 2022 On Friday, legislation will go into effect making the Gardens of Golden Gate Park free for San Francisco residents (as well as all veterans regardless of more...

SF's "The Great Highway" Turns Into the "Great Sandway"SF’s “The Great Highway” Turns Into the “Great Sandway”
By - posted 4/19/2022
Bay Area Updates, City Insight, San Francisco, Storm Watch

Thanks to SF Gate for sharing the news that after two unusually windy storms, San Francisco’s The Great Highway has turned into the Great Sandway. An abundance of sand has taken over sections of The Great Highway, creating massive sand dunes that have engulfed traffic light poles and buried rip current more...

SF's "Phoenix Irish Bar" in Mission to be Demolished for New HousingSF’s “Phoenix Irish Bar” in Mission to be Demolished for New Housing
By - posted 4/19/2022
Bay Area Updates, Brand New, Housing, San Francisco

Thanks to SF Gate for sharing the news that the 21-year old pub, The Phoenix Irish Bar & Restaurant, located at 811 Valencia Street in the Mission, is set to be demolished. The 63-year-old building is being demolished to make way for the construction of a brand new six-story, mixed-use building. more...

SF's Muni and Caltrain Say Mask Mandate Still In Place (For Now)SF’s Muni and Caltrain Say Mask Mandate Still In Place (For Now)
By - posted 4/19/2022
Bay Area Updates, Masks, Transportation

A Monday ruling by a federal judge in Florida overturning mask mandates on public transportation doesn’t appear to be immediately changing most local transit agency policies, at least yet. SFMTA, Caltrain, The Vine transit services, and Solano County Transit all say that riders and staff are still required to wear face more...

For the 1st Time Ever, You Can Buy Weed Legally at SF's 420 Fest at Hippie HillFor the 1st Time Ever, You Can Buy Weed Legally at SF’s 420 Fest at Hippie Hill
By - posted 4/19/2022
Bay Area Updates, Brand New, Fairs & Festivals, Festival Updates, Only in San Francisco, San Francisco

By Eli Walsh, Bay City News Foundation San Francisco will allow on-site cannabis sales at Wednesday’s 4/20 celebration in Golden Gate Park for the first time in the annual event’s history, city officials said Monday. The celebration, returning for the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic began, is scheduled from noon to more...

CDC Extends Muni/BART/Travel Mask Requirement 2 WeeksCDC Extends Muni/BART/Travel Mask Requirement 2 Weeks
By - posted 4/13/2022
Bay Area Updates, Masks, Transportation, Travel

Thanks to AP News for sharing the update that the nationwide mask requirement for public transit has been extended for 15 days in order for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to assess the recent uptick in COVID-19 cases due to the BA.2 Omicron subvariant. The mask mandate for travel more...

SF Chinatown's "Washington Bakery & Restaurant" Closing After 27 YearsSF Chinatown’s “Washington Bakery & Restaurant” Closing After 27 Years
By - posted 4/13/2022
Bay Area Updates, Eat & Drink, Goodbye, San Francisco

Thanks to SF Chronicle for sharing the unfortunate news that Washington Bakery & Restaurant, located at 733 Washington Street, is sadly shutting its doors on April 23, 2022, after serving San Francisco Chinatown for 27 years. Washington Bakery & Restaurant specializes in Hong Kong Style cuisine and baked goods with its more...

Oakland Coliseum Over Run with Feral CatsOakland Coliseum Over Run with Feral Cats
By - posted 4/13/2022
Bay Area Updates, East Bay, Oakland

By Keith Burbank, Bay City News  Feral cats are a maybe too common a sight these days at the Oakland Coliseum property, the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum Authority executive director said Tuesday, calling it an invasion. Rats are no longer the problem, said executive director Henry Gardner. “We have been invaded by these more...

BART Trying to Make SFO Station Easier to UseBART Trying to Make SFO Station Easier to Use
By - posted 4/12/2022
Bay Area Updates, Transportation

BART has made changes to improve SFO BART station so that it’s now easier to use for locals and visitors. Just in time for spring and summer travel, BART has made transformative changes at the San Francisco International Airport (SFO) Station to make it easier than ever to take the train. more...

Adrift 564-ft Container Ship Rescued Off SF CoastAdrift 564-ft Container Ship Rescued Off SF Coast
By - posted 4/12/2022
Bay Area Updates

By Tony Hicks, Bay City News Foundation The Wan Hai 176, a 564-foot container ship that lost engine power and drifted about seven miles off the coast of Point Reyes with 21 people aboard Friday, was towed into San Francisco Bay Sunday and is secured at anchorage nine, according to the more...

This Popeyes Lot in SF is Up for Sale for $2.4 MillionThis Popeyes Lot in SF is Up for Sale for $2.4 Million
By - posted 4/4/2022
Bay Area Updates, City Insight, San Francisco

Attention fried chicken fans… the popular Popeyes on Divis is up for sale.  Thanks to Socketsite for sharing the news that the plot of land and the 2,000 square-foot building that currently houses Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen, located at the southwest corner of Divisadero and Hayes, has hit the market. The price tag more...