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Construction delays on the $2.2 billion Transbay Transit Center have pushed back the opening of the mega-bus station and rooftop park until at least August. The plans had been to finish construction of the four-block-long building โ€” known officially as the Salesforce Transit Center โ€” by late last year and start AC Transit cross-bay service this month. Thatโ€™s no longer an option. (1) The extension bridge that will be used by buses. (2) Workers install glass partitions at the site. (3) A skylight illuminates construction. (4) Overhead work continues this week. (5) A view of the terrace level. ๐Ÿ“ท: @mmacor
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#transbayterminal #salesforcetower #sf

South of Market

Just weeks before his death late last year, Mayor Ed Lee pledged to get 1,000 homeless people off San Franciscoโ€™s streets by the end of winter. Tuesday was the first day of spring, and despite creating a pipeline of shelter spaces expected to open in the coming months, it appears the city has fallen well short of Leeโ€™s ambitious goal โ€” 689 people short, to be exact. In this photo, TJ calls toward a friend while standing at a homeless encampment near the corner of Florida and Treat streets. ๐Ÿ“ท: @jachristian
#homeless #SanFrancisco #shelter

San Francisco, California

Spring is officially here, and cannabis gardening is now legal across California. Proposition 64 enshrined into law your right to grow up to six plants indoors, or out, so long as you follow your local city or countyโ€™s rules. Marijuana goes in the ground after the last freeze of spring and is harvested before the fall rains. But how do you even start? Follow @yourgreenstate for more tips on cannabis gardening. ๐Ÿ“ท: @santimejia_
#cannabis #marijuana #cannabisgarden #california #gardening #garden #spring

San Francisco, California

Herbs play a symbolic role during Nowruz, the Persian New Year that celebrates the start of spring. The 13-day celebration begins March 21. Nowruz is all about change and fresh starts, and herbs represent rebirth. Dishes like kuku sabzi (eggs, herbs and barberries), sabzi polo tahdig (herb rice) and mohi safeed (fried white fish) showcase essential elements in Persian cooking like saffron, fresh fenugreek and turmeric. Aisan Hoss (above) sources these Iranian ingredients from grocery stores in the East Bay, mostly Super Tehran in Concord and Bazar Tajrish in Walnut Creek. ๐Ÿ“ท: @pdsphoto
Follow @sfchronicle_food for more ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿปโ€๐Ÿณ๐Ÿฝ๏ธ๐Ÿฒ #nowruz #persiannewyear #persian #persianfood #persiancooking #iran #iranian #iranianfood #instafood #foodstagram

Hercules, California

In drought-weary California, many believe that building more desalination plants, like the one above in Newark, could provide an endless supply of drinking water from the ocean. But as a handful of these projects take shape along the coast, many communities have found that desalination makes much more sense inland. Dozens of landlocked water districts are turning to briny groundwater basins or brackish rivers and bays, where the process of removing salt from water is generally a lot easier and cheaper. ๐Ÿ“ท: @saltyshortssss
#desalination #eastbay #cadrought #reverseosmosis

Newark, California

Health care workers, former soldiers, politicians and mourners gave a tearful farewell Monday to three women shot to death by a veteran at the Pathway Home care facility in Yountville. The crowd of more than 2,000 people packed into the Performing Arts Center at the Lincoln Theater, on the sprawling tree-lined campus of the Veterans Home of California, to honor Dr. Jennifer Gonzales Shushereba, Christine Loeber and Jennifer Golick. (1) Dorothy Salmon hugs a friend of one of the victims as she holds T.J. Shusherebaโ€™s hand. (2) Mitch Laing of the American Legion Riders holds a flag with other members of the group outside of the Performing Arts Center before the service. (3) Yountville Mayor John Dunbar speaks during the service. (4) Mike Gonzales, father of Shushereba, gets a hug from Keith Armstrong, as Brandina Jersky and Dr. Vito Imbasciani watch after he spoke to the audience about his daughter. ๐Ÿ“ท: @carlosavilagonzalez
#Pathway #PathwayHome #Yountville #LincolnTheater #memorial

Yountville, California

San Francisco's cable cars may only be restored by a handful of carpenters. Luis Ferreira is one of them:

Powell St. Cable Car Turnaround

These savory lamb swirl buns, inspired by Nik Sharma's childhood in India, are sure to be a crowd pleaser. Every bite has just the right combination of savory meat, with a hint of sweetness from the bread. Saffron and cardamom are ground to a fine powder and added to the dough. The meat is seasoned and cooked before it's rolled into swirls, sliced and baked.
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Follow @abrowntable for more cooking tips and ideas.
#india #indianfood #indianrecipes #abrowntable #niksharma #recipe #recipes #baking #instafood #foodstagram

Oakland, California

San Francisco seems to have a split personality these days, writes Chronicle columnist Carl Nolte. He recently went up to Billy Goat Hill, an old favorite with a spectacular view, and puzzled: How can a city like this have a main street lined with squalor and also have unexpected corners with beautiful vistas, sights and neighborhoods? "Both San Franciscos are on display, often within walking distance of each other," he writes. "Two different worlds in the same city." ๐Ÿ“ท: @lhafalia
#sf #sanfrancisco #billygoathill

Billy Goat Hill Park

Firefighters hosed debris from the streets and checked for flareups Sunday after a major blaze ripped through a three-story North Beach building the previous night, damaging at least 10 businesses and displacing eight people from their homes. (1) Mop-up fire crews survey the damage to the building at 659 Union St. (2) Salvatore Cortara, the owner of Michelangelo Cafe, which suffered smoke and water damage, said he would probably have to close his family-run Italian restaurant for a month. (3) Charred debris litters the sidewalk at a bus stop along Columbus Street across from 659 Union St. (4) An unidentified man from North Beach Gyro sweeps up ash. (5) Fire crews stand in front of the damaged building. ๐Ÿ“ท: @pdsphoto and @carlosavilagonzalez

#NorthBeach #fire #blaze #SanFrancisco #sf #SFFD

North Beach

Some 500 people gathered at Oaklandโ€™s Starline Social Club recently for Brumaire, an annual tasting event of natural wines from around the world. This was the third Brumaire, and by far the biggest. It featured 51 wineries, about twice the number it hosted in its original 2016 installment. The turnout was remarkable because natural wine is โ€” or has been โ€” a fringe movement, a radical blip on the radar of conventional winemaking. (1) Krista Scruggs of Krista Scruggs Winery pours at the Starline. (2) Antonella Gerosa of Partida Creus winery holds a bottle at the event. (3) The wines of Donkey & Goat are showcased. (4) People mingle at the tasting. (5) The wines of Clos Saron winery are displayed. ๐Ÿ“ท: @foodstorey56

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#wine #wines #winery #Oakland #StarlineSocialClub #Brumaire #tasting

Oakland, California

1902-1906, via @sfchronicle_vault: The Flood Building rises in downtown San Francisco during its construction between 1902 and 1904. In the final photo, from May 1906, the 12-story landmark at 870 Market St. stands strong after the Great Quake and fires that tore through the city. ๐Ÿ“ท: Kurt Rogers

#chroniclevault #floodbuilding #sf #architecture

Flood Building