Christmas decorations in Ashbury Heights

Christmas decorations in Ashbury Heights

San Francisco likes banning things

The city banned the sale of cigarettes at pharmacies, with an exception allowing supermarkets with a pharmacy to continue selling cigarettes. Walgreens, a pharmacy chain, complained the supermarket exception was unfair, and a court agreed. San Francisco modified the law to remove the exception for supermarkets.

Like in the rest of California smoking is banned in restaurants and bars, in San Francisco smoking is also banned in parks, taxis, transit stops, cab stands, ATM lines, farmers markets and common areas of residential buildings.

Here are some more things banned by San Francisco: 

  • Plastic bags from grocery stores
  • Sitting or lying on city sidewalks from 7am until 11pm
  • Cat declawing 
  • Happy meals
  • Eating and drinking on public transit

Bans under consideration:

Freakonomics asks What Will San Francisco Ban Next?

Update: The Washington Times is keeping track, they list more things banned by San Francisco.

iTunes Beatles gift cards for sale at the supermarket

iTunes Beatles gift cards for sale at the supermarket

MySQL says: Farewell CHM, hello EPUB!

The MySQL Documentation Team have finished with the CHM (Compiled HTML Help) format, they’re switching to EPUB.

A house decorated for Halloween on Funston Ave, near the Internet Archive.

A house decorated for Halloween on Funston Ave, near the Internet Archive.

This is what the clouds look like from our apartment

This is what the clouds look like from our apartment

Sidewalk stencil art on 10th Ave next to the Richmond branch of the San Francisco public library.

Sidewalk stencil art on 10th Ave next to the Richmond branch of the San Francisco public library.

Tree on Cabrillo Street that I pass on my morning walk to the Internet Archive.

Tree on Cabrillo Street that I pass on my morning walk to the Internet Archive.

San Fransicso botanical garden plant sale

San Fransicso botanical garden plant sale

Cloud. Post from 35000 feet.

Cloud. Post from 35000 feet.