SAN FRANCISCO - San Francisco has come to be known around the world as a place for aggressive panhandling, open-air drug use and sprawling tent camps, the dirt and despair all the more remarkable for the city's immense wealth. Some streets are so filthy that officials launched a special "poop patrol." A young tech worker created "Snapcrap" -- an app to report the filth. Morning commuters walk briskly past homeless people huddled against subway walls. In the city's squalid downtown area, the frail and sick shuffle along in wheelchairs or stumble around, sometimes half-clothed. The situation has become so dire that a coalition of activists collected enough signatures to put a measure on the city's Nov. 6 ballot that would tax hundreds of San Francisco's wealthiest companies to help thousands of homeless and mentally ill residents, an effort that failed earlier this year in Seattle. Proposition C would raise $300 million a year, nearly doubling what the city already spends to combat … [Read more...] about Rich San Francisco businesses could face homeless tax
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The ambassador, who is on a visit in San Francisco, said he felt that Russian citizens in the area suffered from lack of consular assistance. © Sputnik / Konstantin ChalabovGroundless Expulsion of Diplomats Narrows Way to Mend US-Russian Ties - Analysts"I think the time will come when the United States will realize the need to return all the seized buildings unlawfully taken from us. And in this case, the US-Russia relations will develop better. And moreover, it will be easier for Russian citizens to live here." The ambassador noted that no one approached the diplomats while they were examining the buildings. "I didn’t want to provoke anyone. I want to know the condition of the Russian property," he said. "It is sad to see empty flagstaffs without Russian flags." READ MORE: Russia to Continue to Seek Return of Diplomatic Property in US — Kremlin The administration … [Read more...] about Russian Envoy Examines Exterior of Closed San Francisco Diplomatic Premises
An insider's guide to the top places to stay in San Francisco, including the best hotels for period features, designer interiors, buzzing cocktail bars and an arty vibe The Battery San Francisco, California, United States 9 Telegraph expert rating Read expert review From £ 425 per night California hotel magnate Chip Conley started his Joie de Vivre chain by transforming this formerly seedy 1950s "no tell motel" in 1987 into a rock ‘n’ roll haunt catering to the likes of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, David Bowie, Pearl Jam and Keanu Reeves. The public spaces have a colourful, groovy and modern feel with artwork by local artists. Hotel Vitale San Francisco, California, United States 8 Telegraph expert rating Read expert review From £ 191 per night Check availability Rates provided by Booking.com A modern boutique hotel with a light and airy feel and fabulous views over the bay or the city from … [Read more...] about Top 10: the best San Francisco boutique hotels
Jasmine Ball was barely five months pregnant with twins when the labor pains jolted through her lower body. Rushed to the hospital, the doctors told her that her cervix had dilated completely. There was nothing they could do to stop the babies from coming. “I didn’t know what was going on,” said Ball, a San Francisco native. “I was in shock.” Weighing 1lb each, Da’Mya was born first and survived for one hour. Ja’Mya was a stillborn. “Da’Mya was just waiting for her little sister to come out before she died,” said Ball, who was 20 at the time. Her nightmare didn’t stop there. As she held her daughters’ bodies in her arms, a white man entered the delivery room. He could have been a pediatrician or a grief counselor – Ball isn’t sure because he never introduced himself. “He said to me ‘But you’re really young, you can have more kids,’” said Ball. “Like I had just lost an … [Read more...] about Why are so many of San Francisco’s black mothers and babies dying?
SAN FRANCISCO — A major tobacco company is pumping millions of dollars into a campaign to persuade San Francisco voters to reject a ban on selling flavored tobacco products, including menthol cigarettes, certain chewing tobaccos and vaping liquids with flavors like cotton candy, mango and cool cucumber. R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. has contributed nearly $12 million to the "No on Proposition E" campaign, filling television and radio airwaves and mailboxes with ads urging voters to reject a law supervisors approved last year that is now on the June 5 ballot. By comparison, ban supporters have raised $2.8 million, including more than $2 million from billionaire former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg. Supporters say a ban would help stop another generation from getting hooked on nicotine, but critics point out that California already raised the smoking age to 21 and say a ban would only drive sales underground. San Francisco supervisors last year unanimously approved a ban on … [Read more...] about San Francisco may ban flavored vaping liquids, menthols