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New I-80 Freeway "Urban Forest" Coming to SF in 2023New I-80 Freeway “Urban Forest” Coming to SF in 2023
By - posted 4/7/2022
Brand New, City Insight, Good News, Green, New Parks, Only in San Francisco, Outdoorsy, Parks & Beaches, San Francisco, Uplifting

Thanks to the SF Examiner for letting us know that the litter-strewn entrance to the Bay Bridge in SoMa is soon going to be converted into an “urban forest” and tree nursery which will take root (he he) new freeway offramps. According to the San Francisco Department of Public Works, the more...

Oldest National Park Service Ranger Retires at 100-Years-OldOldest National Park Service Ranger Retires at 100-Years-Old
By - posted 4/4/2022
Celebrations, Goodbye, Parks & Beaches, Uplifting, Wow

By Keith Burbank Bay City News Betty Reid Soskin, the oldest active National Park Service ranger, retired Thursday following more than 15 years sharing stories of her life and those of other working women during World War II at Rosie the Riveter/World War II Home Front National Historic Park in Richmond. Soskin, more...

SF's Biggest AIDS Quilt Display Ever is Coming (June 2022)SF’s Biggest AIDS Quilt Display Ever is Coming (June 2022)
By - posted 3/29/2022
Brand New, Causes, Fairs & Festivals, Festival Updates, LGBTQ+, Only in San Francisco, Reopening, San Francisco, Uplifting

The National AIDS Memorial will mark the 35th anniversary of the AIDS Memorial Quilt with an historic outdoor display in Golden Gate Park that will feature nearly 3,000 hand-stitched panels of the Quilt. The display will be the largest display of the Quilt anywhere in the world in over a decade more...

49 of SF’s Most Inspiring Pandemic Murals from Boarded-Up Storefronts49 of SF’s Most Inspiring Pandemic Murals from Boarded-Up Storefronts
By - posted 1/19/2022
Artsy Fartsy, Community, Fairs & Festivals, Murals, Only in San Francisco, San Francisco, Uplifting

When San Francisco shut down during shelter-in-place in early 2020 artists created gorgeous temporary murals throughout the city on boarded-up storefronts. Fortunately, as the city reopened, many of these works of art were saved and are now on view together for the first time in the nation’s largest exhibit of more...

Critically Endangered Salmon Return to Bay Area Thanks to Record RainfallCritically Endangered Salmon Return to Bay Area Thanks to Record Rainfall
By - posted 1/13/2022
Outdoorsy, Uplifting

By Olivia Wynkoop, Bay City News Foundation Hundreds of salmon are returning to Bay Area streams for the first time in years, all thanks to the region’s record-high levels of rain in October. The early rain coincided with adult Chinook salmon’s fall-run migration back to freshwater, California Department of Fish and more...

Stunning New Immersive Light Art Show Coming to SF's JapantownStunning New Immersive Light Art Show Coming to SF’s Japantown
By - posted 11/29/2021
Artsy Fartsy, Brand New, Holiday Lights, Holidays, San Francisco, Uplifting, Wow

A brand new immersive light art experience is coming to San Francisco’s Japantown for an 8 week limited run this winter. The Japantown Community Benefit District in partnership with Ryotaro Muramatsu and NAKED, Inc. is excited to present the U.S. premier of the Dandelion Project to San Francisco’s Japantown. Follow @japantowncbd and more...

Oakland's Brand New 2021 "Town Nights" Parks FestivalOakland’s Brand New 2021 “Town Nights” Parks Festival
By - posted 11/22/2021
East Bay, Fairs & Festivals, Oakland, Outdoorsy, Parks & Beaches, Police Reform, Uplifting

On Monday, November 22, Oakland’s Department of Violence Prevention is kicking off the 2021 Town Nights events at eight locations across the city of Oakland. According to the flyer there will be free food, games, sports, entertainment and more. Town Nights events aim to change community norms around violence through community engagement, more...

Ten Cute Baby Ducks Rescued from Evil Storm Drain in San MateoTen Cute Baby Ducks Rescued from Evil Storm Drain in San Mateo
By - posted 8/11/2021
Adorable, Uplifting

By Olivia Wynkoop Bay City News Foundation Ten baby ducklings were trapped in a San Mateo storm drain until the Peninsula Humane Society & SPCA saved them and reunited them with their mother on Monday. A concerned resident called the PHS/SPCA after spotting a mother duck pacing next to a storm more...

Alameda County Offers $210k Loans to First-Time HomebuyersAlameda County Offers $210k Loans to First-Time Homebuyers
By - posted 8/10/2021
Bay Area Updates, Causes, Uplifting

By Eli Walsh Bay City News Foundation Alameda County announced the opening of applications Monday for more than $12 million in down payment assistance loans for residents seeking to buy their first home. Applications for the AC Boost loan program, which will disperse loans of up to $210,000 to chosen recipients, will more...

SF's "Street Overdose Response Team" Launches August 2ndSF’s “Street Overdose Response Team” Launches August 2nd
By - posted 7/31/2021
Brand New, Crime, Getting Help, Police Reform, Uplifting

San Francisco will begin rolling out its newly formed Street Overdose Response Team (a.k.a “SORT”) starting Monday, August 2, 2021 to address non-fatal overdoses through a holistic approach, city officials said Friday. SORT will respond to overdose calls and provide an immediate response from San Francisco Fire Department paramedics, followed by more...

SF to Get 400 New Drug & Mental Health Treatment BedsSF to Get 400 New Drug & Mental Health Treatment Beds
By - posted 7/22/2021
Causes, Community, Uplifting

San Francisco Mayor London Breed announced Thursday that the city will create 400 new treatment beds, 140 of which will open this year, for people experiencing mental health issues or substance abuse. Read the full details at sfmayor.org The beds, which will increase San Francisco’s residential treatment capacity by 20 percent, allow more...

Kitty Rescued from I-380 Overpass Near SFO Up for AdoptionKitty Rescued from I-380 Overpass Near SFO Up for Adoption
By - posted 6/25/2021
Uplifting

By Bay City News A kitten rescued recently from a freeway overpass near San Francisco International Airport is now up for adoption. Workers at the Peninsula Humane Society & SPCA performed a daring rescue of the kitten, which was found June 10 cowering on the ledge of a freeway sign elevated high more...

Juneteenth Now an Official Paid City Holiday in SFJuneteenth Now an Official Paid City Holiday in SF
By - posted 6/17/2021
Uplifting

Today, following President Biden’s declaration of Juneteenth as a federal holiday, Mayor London Breed declared by proclamation that Juneteenth will be a recognized legal holiday for all City employees. Juneteenth celebrates the end of slavery in the United States and specifically commemorates June 19, 1865, when Union soldiers brought the news more...

Guy Fieri Awards $25k to Oakland TaqueriaGuy Fieri Awards $25k to Oakland Taqueria
By - posted 6/17/2021
Eat & Drink, Support the Bay, Uplifting

Thanks to SF Gate for sharing the uplifting story that Oakland restaurant Maya Halal Taqueria was just awarded a $25,000 grant from Guy Fieri. The celebrity chef and Food Network star, Guy Fieri, has a new streaming show, “Guy’s Restaurant Reboot” which he awards grants to restaurant owners to help them more...

Amazing Big Sur Trail Reopens For First Time Since 2008Amazing Big Sur Trail Reopens For First Time Since 2008
By - posted 6/16/2021
Fire Updates, Outdoorsy, Parks & Beaches, Reopening, Uplifting, What's Closed / What's Open

Thanks to KCBS for letting us know that the popular Pfeiffer Falls Trail in Big Sur is reopening for the first time in 13 years. Save the Redwoods League and California State Parks are reopening a fully renovated Pfeiffer Falls Trail in Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park on June 18, 2021. This is the first time more...