Monday, August 16, 2021

For the love of the game: NPSL Title match between El Farolito and Academica brings out emotions for all

There is something amazing about lower-division soccer in America.

Over the weekend, I covered the NPSL Golden Gate Division final between Academica of Turlock and El Farolito of San Francisco.

The past few years, these teams have consistently been the top two clubs in the league, and when they were facing off in a final, you just knew that it would be an amazing game to experience.

We drove from the Bay Area to Turlock, deep in the Central Valley, to watch the game and cover it for At kickoff, it was still a sweltering 100 degrees, and the quality of the action of the field was just as hot.

It was a back-and-forth affair.

Both teams had their chances.And their missed opportunities.With ten minutes left, Academica took the lead off a brilliant goal from Coby Golbad. He sprinted to the goal line to celebrate with the home fans.

He added an insurance strike with a few minutes to spare.

After the game, the emotions boiled over.

An El Farolito player, believing a teammate was being taunted by an Academica player, ran over to defend him. For a few minutes, the players of both teams were pushing each other back and forth until coaches, and other officials pulled the teams apart.

From there, the players received their trophy...

...and hoisted it into the air.

And celebrated with drinking out of the trophy.

It was an incredible game and experience. 

You can read the full game report on

Sunday, February 21, 2021

Victorian house moved in San Francisco

It's not every day you get to see a Victorian house moved from one location to another.  The Victorian home, located on Franklin Street was moved to its new location to Fulton Street.
Spectators gather to watch the Victorian home move.
And walked with it as it made it's way through the street.

The workers safely moved it despite a number of obstacles.
And people watched from their patios.

San Francisco City Hall watched the house move along Golden Gate Avenue.

Ben Zotto uses a vintage Super 8 camera to record a vintage Victorian behind moved.
One of the hydraulic wheels rises off the ground while going around the corner.
A worker removes a street sign that blocked the path of a Victorian home turning onto Laguna Street

Movers talk strategy before backing in a victorian house to its new location

Workers dispose of tree branches taken down to clear space for a victorian home to be moved into place.
Movers back into the victorian house to its new location.

The house will eventually be made into new housing.

Sunday, September 13, 2020

Tule Elk Protest at Point Reyes National Seashore

Around 60 protesters stuck their hands through the fence of the Tule Elk Preserve at Point Reyes National Seashore to represent the elk attempting to break free through the fence that surrounds the preserve. 
Activists, including and In Defense of Animals claim the Point Reyes tule elk are dying from neglect by the National Park Service, held a demonstration on September 13, 2020 at the fence of the Tule Elk Preserve on the 58th anniversary of Point Reyes National Seashore.

Spiraleena Mason of speaks to about 60 protesters asking to take down the fence of the Tule Elk Preserve at Point Reyes.

Jack Gescheidt of the Tree Spirit Project (left) organizes a protest at the fence of the Tule Elk Preserve at Point Reyes National Seashore. 

The local media was on hand to record the protest.

 For Marin IJ story, click here.

Wednesday, September 9, 2020

The Orange Sky above San Francisco

Woke up at 6:30 for my SFGate shift to dark skies and thought: “Wow the days are getting shorter!” 
About 20 minutes later it was clear that the dark sky was caused by wildfire smoke filtering out the sun.
After a crazy morning sourcing images from social media, I went into SF to capture a few images myself. 
Well me and about five thousand other photographers. :)

What an insane year when an orange sky is only about the fourth or fifth worst issue of 2020. 


Monday, June 8, 2020

George Floyd protesters stop traffic on Golden Gate Bridge

A peaceful protest against the death of George Floyd and in support of Black Lives Matters on the Golden Gate Bridge turned tense Saturday afternoon after thousands of protesters entered the roadway halting traffic in both directions for over a half-hour. 

The California Highway Patrol was able to chase off most of the protesters, but several had to be removed by force onto the bridge’s pedestrian walkway. 

Before protesters entered the roadway, thousands gathered at the plaza in San Francisco at noon to start their march north to Marin.

California Highway Patrol officers rode a single file in the slow lane of the northbound roadway to block vehicles from being close to the protesters and to discourage any of them from leaving the pedestrian walkway. Many held signs chanting, “His name? George Floyd!” “Black Lives Matters,” and “No justice, no peace.”

Protesters stretched the whole span of the east pedestrian walkway.  At one point, protesters stopped their march and took a knee for 8 minutes and 46 seconds, the amount of time a Minneapolis police officer kneed George Floyd, who died at his hands. Some raised their fists in the air, a symbol of black power and unity.

It was during this point that protesters entered the northern roadway jumping over the railing from the east walkway. Eventually, protesters from the west walkway also jumped the fence.

California Highway Patrol officers were able to get traffic moving on the northern roadway within several minutes. Still, thousands of protesters marched on the southbound road for 20-25 minutes chanting and holding signs.

Then CHP motorcycle officers advanced from the Marin side of the bridge with sirens blaring and chased off most of the protesters back onto the pedestrian walkway.

A handful of protesters refused to leave the roadway and were forcibly removed to the fence separating the road from the pedestrian walkway and were told to climb over.

One protester, James Barham from Alameda, exchanged words with a CHP officer and refused to move. He was pushed in the chest by the officer and then joined by several other CHP officers to force Barham over the fence.

Stopped motorists honked their car horns in support...

...or raised their fists in the air in solidarity.

CHP moved other protestors that stopped traffic at the toll plaza and were able to get traffic moving. But the protesters had made their voices heard loud and clear.

To see more photos read the article on Marin IJ.