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.

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Eerily empty San Francisco as COVID-19 coronavirus spread continues

With the City of San Francisco announcing all events with over 1,000 people are banned, plus countless Bay Area companies issuing work from home orders, the city is noticeably light on foot traffic to start the week, oftentimes eerily so.

Here is how the city looks on March 11, 2020.

View all the photos on SFGate.

Saturday, December 14, 2019

Deacon Dave's Christmas display lights up Bay Area with over 640,000 light

For the past 37 years, Deacon Dave's Christmas light display in Livermore has been a beacon of light and holiday joy for the Bay Area. And each year, it grows just a bit brighter thanks to Dave Rezendes and a legion of volunteers who annually put together the event in the yard of his house.

"It's always fun watching the expressions of the faces and the joy," of visitors to his holiday display, he said. "Life has so many trials that it throws at people, and this is a moment that you can escape that, and enjoy the beauty of the season."

No home holiday light display in the Bay Area comes even close in sheer size to Deacon Dave's. This year's show contains 640,350 lights, most of them consisting of chained 100-light strands bought at stores. Having the largest light display in the Bay Area was never the goal for Deacon Dave. It just happened organically.

An army of volunteers starts building the holiday display on the weekends after Labor Day. They range in age from teenagers to seniors, and come from all walks of life, including engineers from nearby Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. They break into two teams. One team works on developing and building mechanical items and displays, while the other is responsible for placing the lights around the property.

Each year, his holiday display has a different theme. For 2019, the theme is Poinsettia Village, and includes an elf factory with a mechanical conveyor belt where the elves fill pots and plant poinsettia plants. Although his religious faith is on display, he makes the display accessible to non-Christian holiday-goers. Deacon Dave usually comes up with the theme himself each year, but how the display comes together is a collaborative project between everyone who volunteers.

"I want to capture their imagination. I do reserve the papal veto," Deacon Dave explained with a smile.
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Saturday, November 16, 2019

Bike lane opens on Richmond Bay Bridge

Hundreds of bicyclists ride across the newly opened bicycle and pedestrian path on the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge's upper deck on Saturday morning, November 15, 2019, in Richmond, California. They were separated from auto traffic by a movable barrier.

Read the story on Marin IJ.