Whoa, there was a lot of helicopter noise all of a sudden and I looked up and my backyard was completely filled with smoke. It was like something out of Apocalypse Now. And then it passed. And then MonkeyBrains tweeted us this pic:

UPDATE: CBS has all the info.

UPDATE: From reader Jesse F., some striking photographs:

Burning Man attendees have returned and they’re parked all up on your sidewalk

[via Emily]

Here’s an opportunity to join the Secret Alley family

It’s a legendary place. You know you wanna.

Here’s the deal, according to Craigslist:

We are three women looking for a new officemate to share our unique space inside an incredibly unique arts collective space located in the Mission District. You are a full- or part-time creative freelancer type person, but we’re also open minded.

The shared space is an open 25″ x 10″ room with two white walls, one bright sea green wall, and one black wall. We have built three desks into the space using redwood and welded rebar. We also created a small chill space with two chairs, a coffee table, a record player, and a bar set-up. We’d love your creative input and help in finishing the design of the space, if that’s something that interests you.


We are not directly inside the arts space but rather right next door to it. We are considered part of the community and have access to the shared space inside, including a magical events space and kitchen/bar area. Other tenants include filmmakers and a community radio station. On the first floor is a gallery space that is currently being built out. Our space is on the second floor and there is a working elevator.


[via @eviloars]

Literally a sign of the times

Yeah, remember when this was Spanish-language beer ads for like ever? And oftentimes just blank?

Different times!

[Photo and title (and additional reporting) by Tanya Wheeler]

Empathy for the doomed old Sears in Oakland

From our favorite Oakland personality Ryan Christopher Parks:

The Sears is being demolished and turned into lofts.

[Photo by Google Maps]

The story of a little freeway fire in the East Bay

[via David Mohr]

Heroic firefighters perched atop the building they just saved

(Thanks, Erin!)

A much scarier view of the fire

[via Nick Carpenter]

Fire at 20th and San Carlos!

I’m sure you can hear the sirens. (Photo by Mike Chino.)

UPDATE: Lil Tuffy has more info:

Looks like it was started by some roofers. They saved a puppy from


Your missing compost bin is joyriding around town in a convertible

[via @cuhsandra]