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Bay Area Snapshots, Cover Stories, San Francisco »

[By Beat News Service | 17 May 2015 | No Comments]
Crowds fill San Francisco's Streets for the 2015 Bay to Breakers Race. (CALIFORNIA BEAT PHOTO)

Superheroes, celebrities and the naked came out to San Francisco’s colorful Bay to Breakers footrace Sunday morning. The sun may not have made an appearance during the duration of the 12K event, but it did not stop some partiers from celebrating in their skivvies.

Do you recognize anyone in our photo gallery from this year’s race?

Bay Area Snapshots, Oakland, San Francisco, Traffic & Transit »

[By Steven Luo | 3 Jul 2013 | No Comments]
Passengers wait for an AC Transit Transbay bus in Oakland during Tuesday afternoon's BART-strike-hit commute. (Steven Luo / CALIFORNIA BEAT)

Bay Area commuters faced crowded buses, ferries and freeways on the second day of the on-going work stoppage by the two unions representing BART’s train operators, station agents and mechanics.

Here’s our collection of photos of what Tuesday’s commute looked like, and what future commutes will probably resemble, until the transit district reaches a contract agreement with its unions.

Bay Area Snapshots, Same Sex Marriage, San Francisco »

[By Beat News Service | 1 Jul 2013 | No Comments]
Record crowds turned out for the annual San Francisco Gay Pride Parade Sunday, June 30, 2013. (CALIFORNIA BEAT PHOTO)

The stars of the victorious fight for Gay Rights took center-stage during an especially significant San Francisco Pride Parade Sunday.

Like in years past, marriage remained a prevailing theme. This year, there was added reason to celebrate: more than 500 same-sex marriage certificates were issued during Pride Weekend at San Francisco City Hall following the defeat of Proposition 8, California’s ban on same-sex marriage, at the U.S. Supreme Court last week. 

Bay Area Snapshots, Cover Stories, The Bay Area »

[By Nathan Wyss | 20 May 2013 | No Comments]
More than 100,000 people turned out for the Maker Faire at the San Mateo County Fairgrounds, a convention of creativity attracting engineers, hobbyists and artists. (Nathan Wyss/ CALIFORNIA BEAT PHOTO)

The San Mateo County Fairgrounds transformed into a hotbed for creativity over the weekend, playing host to the enormously popular do-it-yourself festival Maker Faire.

The festival offers hobbyists, engineers, and anyone with an imagination a chance to show-off their creations — from dizzying pieces of art to solar-powered inventions.

Bay Area Snapshots, San Francisco, The Bay Area »

[By Beat News Service | 19 May 2013 | No Comments]
Tens of thousands turned out to party on the streets during the 102nd running of the Bay to Breakers footrace in San Francisco May 19, 2013. (CALIFORNIA BEAT PHOTO)

Some came dressed like Waldo, pirates, or the Super Mario Brothers.

Others came wearing nothing at all.

Tens of thousands of costumed revelers crowded sidewalks and streets Sunday morning for the 102nd annual running of the Bay to Breakers 12K footrace, a quintessentially San Francisco event that brought out fun, frivolity, and — despite an official ban on alcohol — booze-fueled partying on the streets. 

San Francisco »

[By Steven Luo | 28 Nov 2012 | No Comments]
Kittens and puppies up for adoption from the San Francisco SPCA are on display at Macy's Union Square during the holiday shopping season. (Steven Luo/ CALIFORNIA BEAT)

Puppies and kittens are striking a pose for holiday shoppers at Macy’s Union Square during the holiday shopping season as part of the San Francisco SPCA’s adoption event to find homes for the shelter’s cats and dogs.

As predicted when this year’s window display was unveiled earlier this month, it’s another big hit.

Bay Area Snapshots, San Francisco »

[By Steven Luo | 26 Nov 2012 | No Comments]
Large crowds watched the lighting of Macy's Christmas Tree at San Francisco Union Square Friday. (Steven Luo/ CALIFORNIA BEAT)

The sights and spirit of the holiday season greeted thousands of people who watched Macy’s 2012 Christmas tree light up Friday evening at San Francisco’s Union Square.

The 83-foot tree has been decorated with 33,000 energy-efficient LED bulbs from top to bottom. The tree itself isn’t real — it’s reusable.

Bay Area Snapshots, San Francisco »

[By Andrew Leonard | 17 Nov 2012 | No Comments]
Andrew Leonard / CALIFORNIA BEAT

Like the Christmas tree in the center of Union Square or the lights at Embarcadero Center, the sight of adorable puppies and kittens has become synonymous with the holiday spirit in San Francisco.

Former San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown did the honors to unveil this year’s SPCA holiday pet adoption display at the Macy’s department store Friday afternoon in front of a crowd of spectators who wanted to be among the first to say hello to the animals. 

Cops & Courts, San Francisco »

[By Beat News Service | 17 Nov 2012 | No Comments]
Security camera footage from Yerba Buena Gardens shows a man who allegedly beat then robbed an elderly man Oct. 24. (Courtesy SF Police)

Police were seeking two men who attacked and injured a 63 year-old man near San Francisco’s Metreon during a violent cell phone robbery that happened Oct. 24.

Authorities released footage from Yerba Buena Gardens security cameras that police said purportedly shows the two robbery suspects moments before the 6:30 p.m. attack.

San Francisco »

[By Beat News Service | 28 May 2012 | No Comments]
Thousands turned out for San Francisco's 34th Carnaval Parade in the city's Mission District Sunday, May 27, 2012. (CALIFORNIA BEAT PHOTO)

For more than three decades, San Franciscans have been treated to a colorful display of culture in the form of dance, music and attire directly from countries in Central and South America at the annual Carnaval Parade.

This year did not disappoint: thousands watched 62 parade floats passing through the Mission District Sunday morning in an delightful display of community and ethnic pride.