Heading into Indian Summer, the pay-offs from winter’s big rains just keep on coming for lakes in the greater Bay Area region: 18 of 22 major lakes in eight counties are heading into fall more than 84% full, and 13 are more than 90% full. The big winners include three of the biggest lakes with the best recreation opportunities in the region, giant Lake Berryessa near Napa at 90% full, Los Vaqueros north of Livermore at 92% and Del Valle south of Livermore at 99% full. Similar news comes from Marin, where without a drop of rain for months, seven lakes add up to 88% full in the Marin Municipal Water District. The one exception is the traditional black hole of water, Santa Clara County, an anomaly across California and excluded from the above numbers. Of the district’s 10 lakes, four are under 50% full. At Anderson near Morgan Hill, the county’s No. 1 recreation lake, the Park District ordered a temporary closure to boating this month because of low water levels, 43% … [Read more...] about As fall heats up, Bay Area lakes are the place to cool off
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GENEVA - The Office of the U.N.’s top human rights official is urging India to scrap its new Citizenship (Amendment) Act, which it says discriminates against Muslims. Violent protests erupted in the Indian states of Assam and Tripura in the wake of last week’s passage of India’s new citizenship law, killing three people and Injuring many others, including police officers. The U.N. human rights office says it deplores the government’s brutal crackdown on those protesting the enactment of the law, which it calls fundamentally discriminatory. The amended legislation grants citizenship rights to six religious minorities fleeing persecution in Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan. But human rights spokesman, Jeremy Laurence, says the law does not extend the same protection to Muslims. “The amended law would appear to undermine the commitment to equality before the law enshrined in India’s constitution and India’s obligations under the … [Read more...] about UN Rights Official Urges India to Scrap New Citizenship Law
For more stories like this, check out The Chronicle’s weekly Travel newsletter! Sign up here. From 10,000 feet, Salinas resembles an uncut diamond in the middle of a patchwork quilt of lettuce fields. To journalist and author Claudia Meléndez Salinas, it says a lot about her adopted home: With the right perspective, Salinas holds gems that otherwise remain obscured. “Salinas might not always seem pretty in the traditional sense,” Meléndez Salinas says while sitting at the Cherry Bean, a coffee shop in Oldtown Salinas. “But the history, hard work and resolve of the people, especially the Latino community, has made for a place with a strong cultural identity.” The city of 160,000 is often overlooked by people who come to Monterey County to visit Cannery Row and the aquarium, the pastoral Carmel Valley and rugged, world-famous Big Sur. It’s widely known as the childhood home of and inspiration to Nobel Prize-winning author John Steinbeck, as … [Read more...] about Salinas is more than Steinbeck. An insider’s guide to visiting the city
For more stories like this, check out The Chronicle’s weekly Travel newsletter! Sign up here. Big Sur might be the prettiest undeveloped section of coast in the country. And while the rocky region is a world-class destination that attracts tourists by the truckload, its unique qualities allow visitors a potent dose of relaxing, scenic seclusion — if you know what you’re doing. From a distance, it’s difficult to reconcile how the region, which extends from Carmel Highlands 70 miles south, to San Simeon along a single road (Highway 1), hosts the 7 million tourists who visit each year. That’s a full 3 million more visitors than Yosemite National Park sees on an average year. But up close, it becomes clear: Everyone goes to the same spots to see the same sights. Bixby Bridge. The overlook above McWay Falls. Pfeiffer Beach. Few venture far from their cars, and most pass through Big Sur in a mad dash, like they’re ticking boxes on a rote checklist. That … [Read more...] about One Day, One Place: Big Sur
Click through the gallery to see what 19 SoMa restaurants, cafes and bars recommended in a 1995 food guide by Patricia Unterman look like today. Click through the gallery to see what 19 SoMa restaurants, cafes and bars recommended in a 1995 food guide by Patricia Unterman look like today. Photo: Douglas Zimmerman/SFGate.com Photo: Douglas Zimmerman/SFGate.com Image 1 of / 43 Caption Close Image 1 of 43 Click through the gallery to see what 19 SoMa restaurants, cafes and bars recommended in a 1995 food guide by Patricia Unterman look like today. Click through the gallery to see what 19 SoMa restaurants, cafes and bars recommended in a 1995 food guide by Patricia Unterman look like today. Photo: Douglas … [Read more...] about I tried to visit restaurants from a ‘95 SF guidebook. Almost everything was closed.