Not that we San Franciscans should be complaining about crappy winter weather when the east coast was hit with three snowstorms in one week and Chicago now looks like this, but today is Groundhog Day (why do we even still follow this weird custom?) and Punxsutawney Phil did not see his own shadow, which means spring should be coming earlier this year!
The SFPD has issued a warning that they will be conducting a “Pre-Super Bowl Sobriety Checkpoint” on Saturday, February 5. The checkpoint will be located at Geary Blvd. and Steiner St. and will run from 8:30pm – 1am. The police holding the sobriety check the night before the big game in an effort to catch early revelers and discourage any drinking and driving during the weekend.
You know those yellow bricks that you have no idea what to do with? Well, the phone books you either let become rain-soaked clumps on your stoop or clunky door stops somewhere in your house may be a thing of the past. David Chiu, president of the Board of Supervisors, is proposing a ban on unwanted Yellow Pages.
Where are the top pick up spots in San Francisco? Grocery stores- Check. Cocktail parties- Check. Muni (Strange, yes, but try it!)- Check. Time to add the San Francisco Public Library to the list as it hosts its first-ever “literary speed-dating” events this week in honor of Valentine’s Day, with an event for straight singles tonight.
ABC News reports that State Senator Joe Simitian (of Palo Alto) plans on introducing a bill that would allow cyclists who are talking on their cell phones while biking to be fined $20. The logic is that bicycles are subjected to the same traffic laws as cars, and if it is now illegal for drivers to use their cellphones without a wireless device then the same should apply to cyclists.
According to ABC News, a California company is recalling “four brands of fresh cilantro because they may be contaminated with salmonella.The recalled cilantro was sold between Jan. 14 and Jan. 28 under the labels Nature’s Reward, Ocean Mist, Tanimura & Antle and Queen Victoria.”
Things are getting crazy in Egypt as protesters continue demonstrations against the government and President Hosni Mubarak’s 30-year rule. Egyptian protesters are now defying a curfew and remain on the streets. First Tunisia then Sudan and now Egypt? Things are getting really shaken up in North Africa.
Check out this video from The Guardian UK:
New York City may have the High Line, but the Bay Area may just get our own green trail called the East Bay Greenway, a 12-mile bike path under the elevated BART tracks between Oakland and Hayward. Utilizing the space underneath the tracks could not only provide bikers with a safe traveling route but also help revitalize the area along the proposed path.