San Francisco Police Chief Greg Suhr demonstrates the size of bags that Bay to Breakers race participants are permitted to carry this weekend. (Deborah Svoboda/KQED)


Pancho Ramos-Stierle, an Occupy the Farm supporter, held plant starts that survived a UC plow and are ready to be replanted. University of California police arrested four activists Monday for trespassing on UC property and plowed up recently planted crops. But activists have not been deterred and vowed to continue coming back. Activists would like to see the land used for urban agriculture, but UC Berkeley has plans to develop a grocery store on the site. (Emilie Raguso/Berkeleyside)


The Edible Schoolyard at King Middle School in Berkeley held its annual plant sale on Saturday, May 11, a big fundraiser for the Edible Schoolyard. The King garden is funded by the nonprofit and is not facing the same funding problems as other Berkeley school district gardening programs. (Nancy Rubin/Berkeleyside)


Sixty volunteers showed up at McLaren Park on the southeast side of San Francisco Saturday, May 11, to catalog plant and animal species found there. Using iNaturalist’s mobile app, the group canvassed the 300-acre park in three hours, taking smartphone pictures that were tagged with map coordinates. They racked up more than 1,250 sightings that scientists can use in their research. (Tamara Schwarz/KQED)


Just before Mother’s Day, protesters rallied in front of West County Detention Center to bring attention to the expense of phone calls for detainees. High fees for phone calls often makes communication with family nearly impossible. (Wendi Jonassen/Richmond Confidential)

  • The organizers of Bay to Breakers would like to remind you that no alcohol and/or “floats” will be allowed at this year’s event. Likewise, participants may carry only bags smaller than 4″ by 7″, may not disrobe at any time, and may not dress in “costumes”. Further restricted this year: laughing, talking with other runners, thinking about smoking cigarettes, and occasionally glancing from left t…o right. Runners are to assemble at their starting point at the pre-approved time, and must walk, silently in single file until they are excused from the race. If we all work together, we can continue to suppress this San Francisco tradition by destroying everything about it that ever made it something anyone wanted to do. Woo-Hoo!

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Katrina Schwartz

Katrina Schwartz is a journalist based in San Francisco. She's worked at KPCC public radio in LA and has reported on air and online for KQED since 2010. She's a staff writer for KQED's education blog MindShift.

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