Noe Valley, San Francisco
Noe Valley is a neighborhood in the central part of San Francisco, California. Speaking, Noe Valley is bounded by 21st Street to the north, 30th Street to the south, Dolores Street to the east, Grand View Avenue to the west; the Castro is north of Noe Valley. The neighborhood is named after José de Jesús Noé, the last Mexican alcalde of Yerba Buena, who owned what is now Noe Valley as part of his Rancho San Miguel. Noé sold the land to be known as Noe Valley, to John Meirs Horner, a Mormon immigrant, in 1854. At this time the land was called Horner's Addition; the original Noé adobe house was located in the vicinity of the present day intersection of 23rd Street and Douglass Street. Along with nearby neighborhood Corona Heights, Noe Valley was the site of two quarries until 1914. Noe Valley was developed at the end of the 19th century and at the beginning of the 20th century in the years just after the 1906 San Francisco earthquake; as a result, the neighborhood contains many examples of the "classic" Victorian and Edwardian residential architecture for which San Francisco is famous.
As a working-class neighborhood, Noe Valley houses were built in rows, with some of the efficient, low-cost homes being more ornate than others, depending on the owner's taste and finances. Today, Noe Valley has one of the highest concentration of row houses in San Francisco, with streets having three to four and sometimes as many as a dozen on the same side. However, few facades in such rows of houses remain unchanged since their creation in the late 19th and early 20th century. Many Noe Valley streets were laid out and named by John Meirs Horner, who named Elizabeth Street after his wife and Jersey Street after the state where he was born. Most of Noe Valley is still called Horner's Addition for tax purposes by the city assessor's office. Present day 24th Street was named "Park Street," and 25th Street was named "Temple Street" to commemorate John Meirs Horner's Mormon faith. St. Paul's Catholic Church known as Parroquia De San Pablo, is a famous church located at Church and Valley Street.
It was the filming location for the movie Sister Act. Like many other San Francisco neighborhoods, Noe Valley started out as a working-class neighborhood for employees and their families in the area's once-thriving blue-collar economy but has since undergone successive waves of gentrification and is now considered an upscale neighborhood, it is home to many urban professionals young couples with children. It is colloquially known for the many strollers in the neighborhood; the median sale price for homes in Noe Valley as of September 2015 was $2.37 million. One of the attractions of Noe Valley is that the adjacent Twin Peaks blocks the coastal fog and cool winds from the Pacific, making the microclimate sunnier and warmer than surrounding neighborhoods. Traffic flow is limited – one main north access through Castro Street to Eureka Valley, one main west access up Clipper Street toward the former Twin Peaks toll plaza and west of the city, several east accesses to the Mission District through 24th Street, Cesar Chavez, other numbered streets, the main north–south Church Street access used by the J Church Muni Light Rail.
Public transit includes the J Church. The 24 Muni Bus runs through Noe Valley, its route switches to Noe Street at 26th Street. It exits the neighborhood via 30th Street; the neighborhood is residential, although there are two bustling commercial strips, the first along 24th Street, between Church Street and Diamond Street, the second, less dense corridor along Church Street, between 24th Street and 30th Street. Ruth Asawa was a resident of Noe Valley from 1962 until her death in August 2013. Carlos Santana graduated from James Lick Middle School on Noe Street in the early 1960s, as did Benjamin Bratt in the following decade. Famous residents include Scott Hutchins, Evan Williams, Mark Zuckerberg, Terry Karl. San Francisco Bay Area portal The Noe Valley Voice, the neighborhood's newspaper
Matthew Adam Nathanson is an American singer-songwriter whose work is a blend of folk and rock and roll music. In addition to singing, he plays acoustic and electric guitar, has played both solo and with a full band, his work includes the platinum-selling song "Come On Get Higher". One of his hit songs, "Giants", was the opening music for the 2016 World Series of Poker in Las Vegas on ESPN. Nathanson was raised in Lexington and attended Proctor Academy in Andover, NH, his father is Jewish and his mother is Catholic. Nathanson attended Pitzer College in California. Matt attended the Fessenden School in West Newton, Massachusetts along with his brother, prior to going to high school at Proctor Academy. Despite living close by in Lexington, the two boarded at Fessenden during the week before going home for weekends; the members of his band have included Aben Eubanks on guitar and vocals, who left to join Kelly Clarkson and was replaced by Aaron Tap. John Thomasson began as bassist in 2004. Thomasson continues to play for them today.
Jason McKenzie was on drums until Fall 2006. Konrad Meissner is the drummer. Before 2005, Nathanson was accompanied by cellist Matt Fish. Current touring band, as of late 2014: Aaron Tap, Chris Lovejoy, Shiben Bhattacharya, his album Some Mad Hope was released on August 14, 2007. The song "All We Are" was featured on the television series NCIS in the fifth-season episode "Family", the first season Private Practice episode "In Which Charlotte Goes Down the Rabbit Hole", the One Tree Hill episodes "My Way Home is Through You" and "Forever and Almost Always", he was featured on Women's Murder Club. The ABC show Big Shots featured his song "Come On Get Higher", the song "I Saw" was featured on Scrubs in the sixth-season episode "My Best Friend's Baby's Baby and My Baby's Baby". Nathanson's song "Little Victories" was used on the Season 7 episode of Scrubs, "My Dumb Luck". On January 30, 2008, Nathanson and his band performed "Car Crash" on Late Night with Conan O'Brien, his song "Sooner Surrender" was used on the May 28, 2008 episode of Men in Trees, "New Dog, Old Tricks".
Nathanson and his band performed "Come On Get Higher" on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson on December 22, 2008. The CW show Privileged featured his song "All We Are", "Family Ties" and Life Unexpected in second-season episode titled "Parents Unemployed", his song "Bulletproof Weeks" appeared in the episode "Another Second Chance" of the TV series Private Practice on January 14, 2010. On February 13, 2009, Nathanson and his band performed "Come On Get Higher" on the Late Show with David Letterman. On March 3, 2009, he performed on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, singing "Come On Get Higher". In March 2009, Nathanson was the special guest for Episode 17 of Live From Daryl's House, Daryl Hall's monthly Internet concert. They, along with Hall's house band, performed "Car Crash", "Come On Get Higher", "Still", "All We Are", as well as Hall & Oates classics "Did It in a Minute" and "One on One". Matt Nathanson's "Come On Get Higher" is featured on the CD "Circle of Friends – Dave FM: Volume 2", an Atlanta-based radio station.
Matt Nathanson appeared on the hit show The Bachelor, where he serenaded bachelor Ben Flajnik and runner-up Lindzi Cox with his hit "Faster"."Kiss Quick" was featured on One Tree Hill season 8 episode 22. On July 9, 2013, Nathanson and his band performed his single "Mission Bells" on the Jay Leno Show. Nathanson wore a That Metal Show T-shirt during his The Tonight Show with Jay Leno appearance and as a result he was invited to appear on Season 13 Episode 5 of That Metal Show along with Myles Kennedy and Mark Tremonti from the band Alter Bridge. On February 14, 2016, Nathanson again appeared on The Bachelor for the "Bachelor At 20" special, he serenaded Bachelor in Paradise winners Jade Roper and Tanner Tolbert at their wedding with his song, "Bill Murray". Nathanson has said that "Bill Murray" is the linchpin for his latest album Show Me Your Fangs and his favorite song that he has written. Matt Nathanson's cover of "Laid" by Manchester band James was featured on the American Wedding soundtrack, as well as American Pie Presents Band Camp.
Nathanson covered the Prince song "Starfish & Coffee" for the children's album For The Kids Too. Matt performed a cover of Cat Stevens's "The Wind" for the album Wake Up Everybody, ‘I Hope That Something Better Comes Along’ by The Muppets for Muppets: The Green Album. In 2018, Nathanson released an EP with 6 Def Leppard covers entitled ‘Pyromattia’. Selections include ‘Pour Some Sugar On Me’, ‘Hysteria’ and ‘Promises’. Recorded and mixed in February/March 1993 in a house in Van Nuys, California. Most of the songs were written while Nathanson was in high school and a freshman at Pitzer College in Claremont, CA. Before this, Nathanson had recorded only demos; this was his first collection of songs put on CD. Please was released in the spring of 1993. Recorded in Nathanson's new hometown of San Francisco in the winter of 1997. An acoustic record, the instrumentation is acoustic guitar with some accordion and percussion; this record was mixed at Toast Studios in San Francisco, by Jaquire King. This record is a compilation of unreleased material, the bulk of, recorded in San Rafael, CA in the fall of 1997.
Two other songs on this compilation, "You're Smiling" and "Wait Up" were recorded in Santa Barbara, CA in the summer of 1995. The final two songs, "Trace of a Cat's Eye" and
San Francisco Public Library
The San Francisco Public Library is the public library system of the city of San Francisco. The Main Library is located at Civic Center, at 100 Larkin Street; the library system has won several awards, such as Library Journal's Library of the Year award in 2018. The library is well-funded due to the city's dedicated Library Preservation Fund, established by a 1994 ballot measure, subsequently renewed until 2022 by a ballot measure in 2007. In August 1877 a residents' meeting was called by state senator George H. Rogers and Andrew Smith Hallidie who advocated the creation of a free public library for San Francisco. A board of trustees for the Library was created in 1878 through the Free Library Act, signed by Governor of California William Irwin on March 18, which created a property tax to fund the Library project; the San Francisco Public Library opened on June 7, 1879 at Pacific Hall on Bush Street at Kearny Street and hired Albert Hart as the first librarian. In 1888 the Library moved to the Larkin Street wing of City Hall at Civic Center.
The first three branches opened from 1888 to 1889, in the Mission, in North Beach, in Potrero Hill. In 1889 the Library became a Federal depository by nomination of Senator George Hearst. In 1905, architect Daniel Burnham presented his plans for a new Civic Center for San Francisco, including a new library building; these plans were put on hold after the 1906 San Francisco earthquake, which destroyed about 140,000 volumes, nearly 80% of its holdings. The library moved to temporary quarters while a new building was built. In 1917, the new main library building, designed by George W. Kelham, opened in the Civic Center. Ten major murals by California Tonalist Gottardo Piazzoni were installed in 1931–1932. In 1986, a task force was set up to complete the design of the Civic Center, including the use of Marshall Square, next to the main library at the time, for a new main library; the building was completed in 1995 and opened a year on April 18, 1996. The old main library, damaged in the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake, was rebuilt as the new Asian Art Museum.
The Piazzoni murals moved to the de Young Museum in 1999. In 2018 Library Journal awarded it the Library of the Year award. In March 2019, the San Francisco Public Library Commission voted to remove standing library fines and wipe out future fines because the fines serve as a impediment to access for community patrons who would otherwise use and visit one of San Francisco’s twenty-seven public libraries; the vote still needs to be approved by a Board of Supervisors and the mayor of San Francisco, Mayor London Breed is supportive of this action. In addition to the Main Library, the San Francisco Public Library has 27 branch libraries. In 1930, San Francisco voters approved a charter amendment to increase taxes to fund the construction of the Anza Branch Library. Using the site of the old Lafayette School, architect John W. Reid, Jr. designed and landscaped the new branch building. The new branch was dedicated on April 1932, with 11,823 new books on the shelves. Total cost for the building and its furnishings was $57,117.29.
Anza Branch Library was the 17th branch established in the San Francisco Public Library system. The branch closed temporarily for renovation in May 2009; the Anza Branch reopened on Saturday June 18, 2011. The new Bayview Library opened February 23, 2013; the original Bayview/Anna E. Waden Branch Library was opened as a storefront facility in 1927, it was the 13th branch in the San Francisco Public Library system, replacing a "library station", established in 1921. In 1969, a red brick building was built on the corner of the 3rd Street and Revere Avenue in the Bayview/Hunters Point district with a bequest from Anna E. Waden, a clerical employee of the City of San Francisco. Miss Waden's gift of $185,700 paid for the development of this cooperative community project; the building was completed in February 1969, the formal dedication took place on July 12, 1969. The architect was John S. Bolles & Associates and the contractor was Nibbi Brothers; the façade included a sculpture by Jacques Overhoff.
The Bernal Heights Renovation was completed on January 30, 2010. A “library deposit station” was established in 1920 at 303 Cortland Avenue; as the neighborhood and library grew, it was moved, to 324 Cortland. When that proved inadequate the neighbors lobbied for a new building; the one floor branch library at 500 Cortland, was the 21st in the system and built on the site of the original Bernal School at a cost of $94,600. It was designed by Frederick H. Meyer, one of the most prolific and versatile architects in San Francisco at the turn of the 20th century, funded by the Work Projects Administration and dedicated on October 21, 1940. Chinatown Branch Library, built in 1921 by architect G. Albert Lansburgh is a Carnegie library named the North Beach Branch, it is the third branch in the system. Located in Chinatown on Powell Street between Washington and Jackson, the name was changed in 1958 to more reflect the community served. In 1972, the Chinese language, the Chinese American Interest collections were started in response to the needs and interests of the Chinatown community.
In 1991, public and private funds were obtained for a major renovation and expansion of the Chinatown Branch Library. The branch was seismically retrofitted and expanded to twice its original size with a community meeting room and story-room available to use for programs and special events; the Grand Reopening of the Chinatown Branch Library was held on June 15, 1996. The Eureka Valley Renovation was completed on October 24, 2009; the first branch building was the second branch in
San Francisco the City and County of San Francisco, is the cultural and financial center of Northern California. San Francisco is the 13th-most populous city in the United States, the fourth-most populous in California, with 884,363 residents as of 2017, it covers an area of about 46.89 square miles at the north end of the San Francisco Peninsula in the San Francisco Bay Area, making it the second-most densely populated large US city, the fifth-most densely populated U. S. county, behind only four of the five New York City boroughs. San Francisco is part of the fifth-most populous primary statistical area in the United States, the San Jose–San Francisco–Oakland, CA Combined Statistical Area; as of 2017, it was the seventh-highest income county in the United States, with a per capita personal income of $119,868. As of 2015, San Francisco proper had a GDP of $154.2 billion, a GDP per capita of $177,968. The San Francisco CSA was the country's third-largest urban economy as of 2017, with a GDP of $907 billion.
Of the 500+ primary statistical areas in the US, the San Francisco CSA had among the highest GDP per capita in 2017, at $93,938. San Francisco was ranked 14th in the world and third in the United States on the Global Financial Centres Index as of September 2018. San Francisco was founded on June 29, 1776, when colonists from Spain established Presidio of San Francisco at the Golden Gate and Mission San Francisco de Asís a few miles away, all named for St. Francis of Assisi; the California Gold Rush of 1849 brought rapid growth, making it the largest city on the West Coast at the time. San Francisco became a consolidated city-county in 1856. San Francisco's status as the West Coast's largest city peaked between 1870 and 1900, when around 25% of California's population resided in the city proper. After three-quarters of the city was destroyed by the 1906 earthquake and fire, San Francisco was rebuilt, hosting the Panama-Pacific International Exposition nine years later. In World War II, San Francisco was a major port of embarkation for service members shipping out to the Pacific Theater.
It became the birthplace of the United Nations in 1945. After the war, the confluence of returning servicemen, significant immigration, liberalizing attitudes, along with the rise of the "hippie" counterculture, the Sexual Revolution, the Peace Movement growing from opposition to United States involvement in the Vietnam War, other factors led to the Summer of Love and the gay rights movement, cementing San Francisco as a center of liberal activism in the United States. Politically, the city votes along liberal Democratic Party lines. A popular tourist destination, San Francisco is known for its cool summers, steep rolling hills, eclectic mix of architecture, landmarks, including the Golden Gate Bridge, cable cars, the former Alcatraz Federal Penitentiary, Fisherman's Wharf, its Chinatown district. San Francisco is the headquarters of five major banking institutions and various other companies such as Levi Strauss & Co. Gap Inc. Fitbit, Salesforce.com, Reddit, Inc. Dolby, Weebly, Pacific Gas and Electric Company, Pinterest, Uber, Mozilla, Wikimedia Foundation and Weather Underground.
It is home to a number of educational and cultural institutions, such as the University of San Francisco, University of California, San Francisco, San Francisco State University, the De Young Museum, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the California Academy of Sciences. As of 2019, San Francisco is the highest rated American city on world liveability rankings; the earliest archaeological evidence of human habitation of the territory of the city of San Francisco dates to 3000 BC. The Yelamu group of the Ohlone people resided in a few small villages when an overland Spanish exploration party, led by Don Gaspar de Portolà, arrived on November 2, 1769, the first documented European visit to San Francisco Bay. Seven years on March 28, 1776, the Spanish established the Presidio of San Francisco, followed by a mission, Mission San Francisco de Asís, established by the Spanish explorer Juan Bautista de Anza. Upon independence from Spain in 1821, the area became part of Mexico. Under Mexican rule, the mission system ended, its lands became privatized.
In 1835, Englishman William Richardson erected the first independent homestead, near a boat anchorage around what is today Portsmouth Square. Together with Alcalde Francisco de Haro, he laid out a street plan for the expanded settlement, the town, named Yerba Buena, began to attract American settlers. Commodore John D. Sloat claimed California for the United States on July 7, 1846, during the Mexican–American War, Captain John B. Montgomery arrived to claim Yerba Buena two days later. Yerba Buena was renamed San Francisco on January 30 of the next year, Mexico ceded the territory to the United States at the end of the war. Despite its attractive location as a port and naval base, San Francisco was still a small settlement with inhospitable geography; the California Gold Rush brought a flood of treasure seekers. With their sourdough bread in tow, prospectors accumulated in San Francisco over rival Benicia, raising the population from 1,000 in 1848 to 25,000 by December 1849; the promise of great wealth was so strong that crews on arriving vessels deserted and rushed off to the gold fields, leaving behind a forest of masts in San Francisco harbor.
Some of these 500 abandoned ships were used at times as storeships and hotels.
California's 12th congressional district
California's 12th congressional district is a congressional district in California. Speaker of the United States House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi, a Democrat, has represented the district since January 2013; the 12th district is within the city of San Francisco. Prior to redistricting by the California Citizens Redistricting Commission of 2011, the 12th district consisted of portions of both San Mateo County and San Francisco, it is the smallest district by area outside of New York City. When the 12th Congressional District was created after the 1930 Census, it was located in Los Angeles County; as California's population grew, the district was moved northward to the San Francisco peninsula.) Richard Nixon, who would subsequently serve as the 37th President of the United States, represented this district from 1947-1951. Nancy Pelosi, the former 52nd Speaker of the House and current Speaker of the House, is the current representative of this district, after serving California's 8th Congressional district from 1993-2013.
As of April 2015, there were five living former members of the House of Representatives from this district. The most recent death was that of Tom Lantos, who died in office on February 11, 2008. List of United States congressional districts GovTrack.us: California's 12th congressional district RAND California Election Returns: District Definitions California Voter Foundation map - CD12
Hillary Ronen is an American elected official in San Francisco, California. She serves as a member of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors representing Supervisorial District 9. District 9 includes the neighborhoods of Mission District, Bernal Heights, the Portola. Ronen received her B. A. from University of California, San Diego and her J. D. from University of California, Berkeley. After graduating, she moved to the Mission District, she worked as an immigrant rights attorney. Ronen was a legislative aide to supervisor David Campos, she succeeded him on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors after winning election to the board in November 2016. Ronen was sworn in as the supervisor for San Francisco District 9 on January 9, 2017, her election created a female majority on the board for the first time in 20 years. In 2018, Ronen fought to prevent the construction of a 75-unit building on the site of a laundromat, she argued that an environmental review of the building did not consider the impact of a shadow on a nearby schoolyard though an environmental review conducted by officials at the San Francisco Planning Department showed that the new construction, including its shadow, would not have an adverse impact on children at the schoolyard.
Ronen is married to attorney Francisco Ugarte. They live in the Portola neighborhood with their daughter. Official website
Silicon Valley is a region in the southern part of the San Francisco Bay Area in Northern California that serves as a global center for high technology and social media. It corresponds to the geographical Santa Clara Valley. San Jose is the Valley's largest city, the third largest in California, the tenth largest in the United States. Other major Silicon Valley cities include Palo Alto, Menlo Park, Santa Clara, Mountain View, Sunnyvale; the San Jose Metropolitan Area has the third highest GDP per capita in the world, according to the Brookings Institution. The word "silicon" in the name referred to the large number of silicon chip innovators and manufacturers in the region, but the area is now home to many of the world's largest high-tech corporations, including the headquarters of 39 businesses in the Fortune 1000, thousands of startup companies. Silicon Valley accounts for one-third of all of the venture capital investment in the United States, which has helped it to become a leading hub and startup ecosystem for high-tech innovation and scientific development.
It was in the Valley that the silicon-based integrated circuit, the microprocessor, the microcomputer, among other technologies, were developed. As of 2013, the region employed about a quarter of a million information technology workers; as more high-tech companies were established across San Jose and the Santa Clara Valley, north towards the Bay Area's two other major cities, San Francisco and Oakland, the "Silicon Valley" has come to have two definitions: a geographic one, referring to Santa Clara County, a metonymical one, referring to all high-tech businesses in the Bay Area. The term is now used as a synecdoche for the American high-technology economic sector; the name became a global synonym for leading high-tech research and enterprises, thus inspired similar named locations, as well as research parks and technology centers with a comparable structure all around the world. The popularization of the name is credited to Don Hoefler, who first used it in the article "Silicon Valley USA", appearing in the January 11, 1971 issue of the weekly trade newspaper Electronic News.
The term gained widespread use in the early 1980s, at the time of the introduction of the IBM PC and numerous related hardware and software products to the consumer market. Silicon Valley was born through several contributing factors intersecting, including a skilled STEM research base housed in area universities, plentiful venture capital, steady U. S. Department of Defense spending. Stanford University leadership was important in the valley's early development. Together these elements formed the basis of its success. On August 23, 1899, the first ship-to-shore wireless telegraph message to be received in the US was from the San Francisco lightship outside the Golden Gate, signaling the return of the American fleet from the Philippines after their victory in the Spanish–American War; the ship had been outfitted with a wireless telegraph transmitter by a local newspaper, so that they could prepare a celebration on the return of the American sailors. Local historian Clyde Arbuckle states in Clyde Arbuckle's History of San Jose that "California first heard the click of a telegraph key on September 11, 1853.
It marked completion of an enterprise begun by a couple of San Francisco Merchants' Exchange members named George Sweeney and Theodore E. Baugh…" He says, "In 1849, the gentleman established a wigwag telegraph station a top a high hill overlooking Portsmouth Squares for signaling arriving ships… The operator at the first station caught these signals by telescope and relayed them to the Merchant's Exchange for the waiting business community." Arbuckle points to the historic significance the Merchants Exchange Building and Telegraph Hill, San Francisco when he goes on to say "The first station gave the name Telegraph to the hill on which it was located. It was known as the Inner Station. Both used their primitive mode of communication until Messrs. Sweeney and Baugh connected the Outer Station directly with the Merchants's Exchange by electric telegraph Wire." According to Arbuckle Sweeney and Baugh's line was an intra-city, San Francisco-based service. E. Allen and C. Burnham led the way to "build a line from San Francisco to Marysville via San Jose and Sacramento."
Delays to construction occurred until September 1853. The line was completed when Gamble's northbound crew met a similar crew working southward from Marysville on October 24." The Bay Area had long been a major site of United States Navy research and technology. In 1909, Charles Herrold started the first radio station in the United States with scheduled programming in San Jose; that year, Stanford University graduate Cyril Elwell purchased the U. S. patents for Poulsen arc radio transmission technology and founded the Federal Telegraph Corporation in Palo Alto. Over the next decade, the FTC created the world's first global radio communication system, signed a contract with the Navy in 1912. In 1933, Air Base Sunnyvale, was commissioned by the United States Government for use as a Naval Air Station to house the airship USS Macon in Hangar One; the station was renamed NAS Moffett Field, between 1933 and 1947, U. S. Navy blimps were based there. A number of technology firms had set up shop in the area around Moffett Field to serve the Navy.
When the Navy gave up its airship ambitions and moved most of its west coast