San Francisco Remembers 1906

This is the Anniversary of the 06 Earthquake

The Exploratorium will display a large-scale Jell-O model of San Francisco for just one day, Jell-O doesn't last long.

Firefighters will host a costume ball where the best bustled skirts, top hats and other turn-of-the-century clothes win prizes.

1906 Great Earthquake and Fire Exposition at Pier 48 is sponsored by the San Francisco Fire Department Historical Society

1906 Earthquake and Fire Parade. April 18, 10 a.m. The parade begins at City Hall and proceeds down Market Street

And, of course....Lottas Fountain

Every April 18, 4:30-5:30 a.m. Market Street, at Kearny, Third and Geary streets a meeting in remembrance of those lost and found at Lottas fountain is replicated. Its the centerpiece of the city's events and a true memorial to those who came before us.

After the earthquake in 1906, the fountain, one of the few structures still standing on Market Street, became a central meeting place for San Franciscans. People gathered round Lottas fountain to meet and find friends and family. Notes and messages were left in the hopes of rejoining loved ones.

In celebration of San Francisco's 1906 earthquake, a few survivors, the mayor and San Franciscans in period costumes will sing, from the heart, a not so perfect rendition of the song "San Francisco"....

Howard Bell

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Green is the New Black

EPAa and California Energy Commission fund an innovative pilot project to turn waste-only brown grease into bio fuel. The program is an extension of the SFGreasecycle program that since 2007 has been collecting used cooking oil and recycling it into bio diesel for its own fleet.


In addition to providing a renewable fuel source, the diversion of Fats, Oils, and Grease (FOG) helps save money by reducing grease blockages in San Francisco sewers. Half of of all sewer emergencies are grease related costs the City $3.5 million a year.

Brown grease is the mix of used oils and food scrapings that flow from our homes and restaurants and is not being recycled. The city has a free collection program for restaurants that will provide the basis of new fuel.

The new bio diesel plant will be constructed at the Oceanside Treatment Plant next near the zoo. It's the first of its kind to combine sewage treatment and generate alternative energy sources:

1. High-grade, road-worthy certified bio diesel for vehicles
2. Lower grade boiler fuel for running sewage treatment plant equipment.
3. Converted methane to run the treatment plant

If we can provide fuel for city fleets and run sewerage plants with recaptured brown grease, experts think we could save 3% three percent of the nation’s electrical consumption. Treatments plants run 24 x 7. Each plant upgrade is expected to cost about a million, making this truly cost effective. What is really cool is that San Francisco has been chosen to build the template for the country. A tool box of recycling methodology that could be copied by other cities.

San Francisco has been relatively sheltered from the economic downturn compared to the rest of the state. We have been blessed to near Berkeley and Stanford and Silicon Valley and those Google buses that allow Silicon Valley workers to work there and live here. As Lenard Cohen writes: we got the machinery and the verse.
Thanks for Reading

Howard Bell

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