Most towed vehicles in San Francisco go to the City and County of San Francisco Impound on 7th Street, between Harrison Street and Bryant Street, which is open 24 hours a day.
The facility is operated by the City’s contractor, Auto Return, and confirmation that a vehicle is there can be made online at autoreturn.com or by calling 415-865-8200.
To release your towed vehicle you must appear in person at the impound and pay all fees. To claim a vehicle towed by order of the San Francisco Police Department, you must first obtain a release form by taking your driver’s license and proof of ownership to a police station.
McCovey Cove is named in honor of former San Francisco Giants baseball player Willie McCovey.
The body of water in San Francisco Bay is officially called China Basin, but the section alongside Oracle Park, the Giants’ ballpark, that lies outside right field is widely known as McCovey Cove. Credit for suggesting the name originally is given to sportswriters Mark Purdy and Leonard Koppett.
Splash hits are recorded when Giants players hit home runs that land in the Cove on the fly and an electronic counter on the right field wall keeps a tally of the total since the ballpark opened in 2000. Barry Bonds was the first to hit a home run that landed in the water on May 1st, 2000.
The Beaver Street Wall is a radiolarian chert, a hard sedimentary rock comprising fine silica crystals originating from the shells of radiolaria, tiny ocean-dwelling plankton, that settled to the sea floor millions of years ago.
Large areas of the rock appear smooth and shiny, a feature known as a slickenside, which suggests that the rock sat on one side of a geological fault line. Sliding against rock on the other side of the fault over many years has left a polished, glassy surface in places.
San Francisco property tax can be paid in person at The Office of the Treasurer & Tax Collector in City Hall Monday through Friday (except holidays) from 8 am to 5 pm. Wait times at the office are longer around delinquency dates.
Property taxes are payable in two equal installments, the first is due November 1st and delinquent after December 10th, and the second is due on March 1st and delinquent after April 10th.
Blue Bottle Coffee opened its first cafe in January 2005 in a garage at 315 Linden Street, in San Francisco’s Hayes Valley.
Located in an alley off Gough Street, between Hayes and Fell Streets, the kiosk cafe is still open today. Blue Bottle Coffee has since expanded, opening more locations in San Francisco, and other cities including New York, LA, and Tokyo.