Ever since midday Saturday, our attention has been riveted to what happened over a span of a few seconds at the end of Runway 28L at San Francisco International Airport. That’s when an Asiana Airlines Boeing 777 from Seoul hit the seawall at the end of the runway, vaulted briefly back into the air, did […]
So where exactly does Northern California end and Southern California begin? Wikipedia says: ” ‘Southern California‘ is not a formal geographic designation and definitions of what constitutes southern California vary.’ ” (Likewise, “Northern California” is not a formal geographic designation, but in terms of state of mind, we like to think if you find yourself […]
Northeast of Sacramento, on a remote part of the former McClellan Air Force Base, there’s a massive warehouse that holds a treasure trove of artifacts from early California — items ranging from historic railroad ledgers to enormous Gold Rush-era freight wagons. California State Parks curators Ross McGuire and Nancy Jenner, as well as State Parks […]
After years of waiting, we finally have two U.S. Supreme Court rulings on the legality of same-sex marriage. But neither ruling was the type of clear-cut decision that advocates on both sides of the issue were hoping for. KQED spoke to several experts about the details of the cases and how this could all play […]
Mac Rumors, via The Loop, via EverySteveJobsVideo, via the Silicon Valley Historical Association, published this video yesterday, ostensibly never seen before in public, of Steve Jobs in 1994 talking about his legacy.
Nearly five years after voters passed Proposition 8, the U.S. Supreme Court will soon decide the fate of California’s ban on same-sex marriage. But will that be the final word? When two same-sex couples filed a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of Prop. 8, their attorney, Theodore Olson, described the issue in sweeping terms. “The case […]
Two years ago this month, the California Department of Parks & Recreation announced a list of 70 parks it planned to close. Park lovers rallied, giving their time and money to pick up the parks the state was willing to drop off. There is no closure list now, and the department is under new management, […]
Mike Brodie has earned the nickname “Polaroid Kidd” by winning prestigious photography awards for his pictures documenting the lives of freight train hoppers across the United States. Now, while also working as a car mechanic in Oakland, he has just published his first book of photography, “A Period of Juvenile Prosperity,” which chronicles his years on […]
In San Francisco, we have a lot of streets with no-nonsense names, like Pine, 3rd Street and Broadway. But what about Geary? Divisadero? Castro? Do you know what they’re named for? There’s a map for that. A new interactive map from Noah Veltman, a Knight-Mozilla OpenNews Fellow at the BBC, gives the history behind the names of San […]
We’ve heard a lot over the last couple of years about all the money troubles the California state parks have been having—but not all state parks are starved for cash. Eight “off-highway vehicle parks” get a steady stream of gas-tax funds guaranteed by state law. These parks are a different breed from the rest. They’re even run by a separate division within the Department of Parks and Recreation. And in many ways, off-roaders struggle with Californians who have a very different idea of what a park should be.