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B. 01-01 Mayor Newsom engaged to actress Siebel SF City Hall
C. 01-16 Oracle to Buy BEA for $7.85 Billion Oracle
D. 01-22 Bay Area foreclosures rose 482.5% Contra Costa County
4. 01-23 New job for editor Bronstein SF Chronicle
5. 01-23 Whitman resigns as CEO eBay
6. 01-25 Bushee New Chronicle Editor SF Chronicle
02-01 Microsoft makes unsolicited $44.6b bid Yahoo
I. 02-11 Yahoo officially rejects Microsoft's takeover Yahoo
J. 02-19 City Budget Woes May Force Bankruptcy Vallejo

Summary.     Click for More > Bushee New Chronicle Editor  Ward H. Bushee has been named executive vice president and editor of The SF Chronicle, the Hearst Corp. said Microsoft makes unsolicited $44.6b bid
  Mayor Newsom engaged to actress Siebel  San Francisco Mayor proposed to actress Jennifer Siebel in Hawaii and the couple are now engaged to be married Oracle to Buy BEA for $7.85 Billion Bay Area foreclosures rose 482.5% New job for editor Bronstein Whitman resigns as CEO
Jan.1   SF City Hall
Jan.3  Mountain View  Startup Revives SF Free Wi-Fi Project
Jan.4  Intel  Laptop Project Blames Intel for Breakup
Jan.5  SF Zoo  Attendance up following fatal tiger attack
Jan.8  PG&E  PG&E's blacked-out is 10-year record
Jan.15  SF Downtown  Apple introduces slim notebook
Jan.16   Oracle
 San Francisco  Ex-Brocade CEO Gets Prison
Jan.17  Bay Area  Bay Area home sales fall to 20-year low
Jan.22   Contra Costa County
Jan.23   SF Chronicle
  eBay
  Meg Whitman, CEO for nearly 10 years, plans to resign March 31, capping a tenure marked by the online flea market's rise coupled with recent troubles.    John Donahoe, 47, who oversees auction business, was named as her replaceme...
Jan.25   SF Chronicle
Jan.30  SF City Hall  Restaurants asked to ban trans fats
Jan.31  Google  Disappointing 4Q
Feb.1   Yahoo
  Microsoft has made an aggressive bid to buy struggling behemoth, in hopes that the combined forces would create a formidable competitor Google
 The offer leaves the decision in the hands of Yahoo's board. In making the unsolicited public acquisition offer, MS is hoping to force Yahoo's investors to support the deal as they bemoan a slumping share price. The surprise offer of $31 per share seizes on Yahoo's weakness while Microsoft tries to muscle up in a high-stakes battle with Google likely to define the technology for years to come. Yahoo said it will 'carefully and promptly' study the bid
Feb.4  Google  Google offers to help Yahoo Feb.8  SF Castro  Filmmakers Recreate Harvey Milk March Feb.11   Yahoo Yahoo officially rejects Microsoft's takeover Feb.14  Bay Area  Bay Area home sales fall to 20-year-low Feb.19  HP  1Q Profit Rises 38 Percent  SJ Mercury News  Papers seek buyouts to cut costs   Vallejo City Budget Woes May Force Bankruptcy Feb.20   San Francisco Bankruptcy for Sharper Image Feb.21  Google  Google to Store Patients' Health Records Feb.22  Genentech  FDA Clears Avastin for Breast Cancer Feb.25  San Francisco  Visa readies record $18.8 billion IPO Feb.26  Vallejo  City Council discusses filing for bankruptcy Feb.28  South of Market  Huge InterContinental Hotel opened Mar.4  Vallejo  City Agreement Staves Off Bankruptcy Mar.5  Yahoo  Board meeting postponed to stave off bid  San Francisco  Jury sides with Guardian Mar.6  San Francisco  47 Bay Area billionaires on Forbes list  Google  Pentagon bans Google map-makers  Apple  Apple opens iPhone to developers Mar.9  Contra Costa County  Evictions becoming common Mar.11  Google  Google closes $3.1 billion DoubleClick deal Mar.15  Yahoo  Yahoo, Microsoft hold informal talks Mar.19   San Francisco Visa Soars In Largest-Ever IPO  Visa Inc. shares soared more than 30% to $58 from their IPO price of $44 in their stock market debut Mar.21   Bay Area Bay Area Nurses Launch 10-Day Strike Mar.26  Redwood City  Take-Two Board Rejects EA Bid Apr.5  Google  Couple Says Street View Invades Privacy  Yahoo  Microsoft gives Yahoo deadline for deal Apr.8  SF Downtown  Gere joins torch protests Apr.9  Google  Google and Yahoo to share web ads Apr.15  Schwab  Schwab's Best 1Q Ever Apr.17  San Francisco  Bay Home Prices Fall 16%  Google  1Q profit climbs 30%, tops analyst views Apr.22  San Francisco  Ship Pilot Charged With Lying In Spill Probe Apr.26  Yahoo  Yahoo mum as Microsoft's deadline passes  SF Bayview  Pelosi Kicks Off Foreclosure Workshop Apr.29   San Francisco Average Gas Price Reaches $4 A Gallon  The average price for a gallon of unleaded gasoline in San Francisco is marking a record-setting price for the city May.2  San Ramon  63 Restaurant Workers Nabbed In Raid May.3  Oakland  Man robbing 10 adult bookstores   Yahoo Microsoft walks away from Yahoo May.7  Vallejo  City Council Votes To File For Bankruptcy May.12  HP  HP in talks to buy Electronic Data Systems May.15  Yahoo  Icahn Picks 10 Directors  San Francisco  CBS in $1.8B deal for info site Cnet May.16   Napa Pioneering winemaker Mondavi dies  Pioneering vintner Robert Mondavi, who helped put Californian Cabernets and Chardonnays on the world's map, has died at the age of 94 May.18  Yahoo  Microsoft gives Yahoo bid another go May.20   San Jose   Silicon Valley janitors strike  Janitors at some of technology and biotechnology companies will go out on strike, having dismissed a contract offer from cleaning companies  San Francisco  Bay Area home sales climbed nearly 30% May.22  Yahoo  Yahoo postpones meeting, battle Icahn May.23   Vallejo City Files For Bankruptcy Due To Woes  The city of Vallejo filed for protection to deal with a ballooning budget deficit caused soaring employee costs and declining tax revenue May.28  Bay Area  Bay Area home prices plummet 20.2% May.29  Oakland  Bank Facing Questions Over Lending May.31  Fremont  GM, Toyota in talks to build hybrid at plant Jun.2  San Jose  Brocade to pay $160M to settle lawsuit Jun.4   San Francisco Voters Pass Bayview Development  Yahoo  Investor steps up Yahoo campaign Jun.6  Intel  FTC opens antitrust probe Jun.9  Apple  Speedier, Cheaper iPhone Jun.10  Santa Rosa  Three Sonoma wineries sold in deal Jun.12   Yahoo Yahoo-Google agree online ad deal  Foster City  Invitrogen to buy Applied Biosystems Jun.29  SF Downtown  Marriage Freedom Is Focus Of Gay Parade Jun.30  San Carlos  Tesla to build electric sedan in Bay Area Jul.13   Yahoo Yahoo turns down another Microsoft offer  Yahoo rejected an offer to sell its Internet search business to Microsoft. and leave the remainder of the company in control of Carl Icahn Jul.17  Richmond  City approves upgrade at refinery  AMD  CEO Changed as Results Fall Short  Bay Area  Home prices at four-year low Jul.18  Google  Shares fall after disappointing earnings Jul.21  Yahoo  Yahoo, Icahn End Proxy Fight  Apple  3Q Profit Jumps 31% but stock drops Jul.22  San Jose  County defaults rose 194.2% to 3,751 Jul.28  Menlo Park  Ex-Googlers Debut 'Cuil' Search Engine Jul.29  Hayward  Mervyns files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy Jul.30   Bay Area The plunge in price of homes gets worse  Gap  Gap-Backed To Reorganize Pacific Lumber Aug.1  Chevron  Chevron 2Q Profit Soars On Oil Prices  Yahoo  Board Re-Elected Aug.5  SFO  Laptop with Clear applicants' info found Aug.6  San Francisco  Pfizer moving biotech research unit to S.F. Aug.12  Walnut Creek  CVS Caremark buys Longs Drug Stores Aug.18  Redwood City  EA Drops Take-Two Bid Aug.28  South of Market  St. Regis penthouse on sale for $70 mil Sep.1  Google  Google Readies Web Browser  Golden Gate Bridge  Bridge Toll Jumps To $6 Sep.3  San Francisco  Bank Under Siege By Facing Foreclosure Sep.9  SF Downtown  Apple Unveils New iPods Sep.10  Apple  Options Case Settled Sep.15  HP  HP to cut 24,600 jobs as EDS integration Sep.16   San Jose Tesla Motors To Build Electric Sedan Sep.23  Bay Area  Inspectors Looking For Tainted Milk Sep.24  Oracle  Software maker Oracle going hardcore Sep.29  Apple  Shares drop 18 percent Oct.3   Wells Fargo Wells Fargo To Buy Wachovia  Wachovia agreed to be acquired in a $15.1 billion all-stock deal. Citigroup demands that Wachovia abide by the terms of its earlier deal Oct.6  eBay  eBay to cut 1,600 jobs Oct.9  Oakland  Mother's Cookies abruptly shut down  Wells Fargo  Wells gets green light for Wachovia Oct.13  Wells Fargo  Feds approve merger with Wachovia Nov.5  Google  Google pulls out of Yahoo ad partnership Nov.9  Bay Area  Home prices down in 90% of ZIP codes Nov.11  Google  Google.org joins CDC in battle with flu Nov.12  AMD  AMD Rolls Out New Server Chips Nov.14  Sun  Sun To Cut 6,000 Jobs Nov.17   Yahoo Jerry Yang Out As CEO  Jerry Yang plans to step down, ending a tenure that was marked by a slumping business and failed takeover by Microsoft Nov.19  Bay Area  Survey: job cuts coming to Bay Area Nov.24  UC Berkeley  Obama tapping Berkeley economist Romer Nov.25  Bay Area  Home prices had annual plunge, 29.5% Nov.30   San Jose BART Opponents Demand Recount Dec.5   Hercules Wal-Mart gives up plans to build store Dec.12  SF City Hall  400 City Workers Getting Pink Slips Dec.15  Concord  98 Cars Vandalized At Audi Dealership Dec.16   Apple Apple Pulls Out Of Macworld  Apple is saying it no longer relies on trade shows to reach out to its customers. Jobs will not be delivering the keynote address at this year's... Dec.17  LinkedIn  LinkedIn Founder Reclaims CEO Job Dec.18   Bay Area Home values hit 8-year low  Bay Area home values plummeted to an eight-year low in November, to the median for existing single-family homes as $350,000  SF Downtown  S.F. Office Rent Dips 22% Dec.21  San Francisco  Price of gas lowest in nearly 5 years Dec.22   Palo Alto Fry's exec arrested for embezzlment  Ausaf Umar Siddiqui arrested on charges he embezzled more than $65 million from Fry's to fuel his lavish lifestyle and pay off debts  Sonoma County  Feuding family sells Sebastiani Vineyards Dec.27  Port of Oakland  Union Vs. Union Showdown At Port Dec.28  San Jose  Tesla Motors puts factory plans on hold Dec.30   Bay Area Record 31% drop in home prices  Port of Oakland  Dispute Settled Over Ship Unloading


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February 2008
Microsoft makes unsolicited $44.6b bid
Yahoo officially rejects Microsoft's takeover
City Budget Woes May Force Bankruptcy
Bankruptcy for Sharper Image
Microsoft makes unsolicited $44.6b bid
Yahoo officially rejects Microsoft's takeover
City Budget Woes May Force Bankruptcy
Microsoft makes unsolicited $44.6b bid
Yahoo officially rejects Microsoft's takeover
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March 2008
City Agreement Staves Off Bankruptcy
Jury sides with Guardian
Visa Soars In Largest-Ever IPO
Bay Area Nurses Launch 10-Day Strike
Bay Area Nurses Launch 10-Day Strike
Take-Two Board Rejects EA Bid
City Agreement Staves Off Bankruptcy
Take-Two Board Rejects EA Bid
47 Bay Area billionaires on Forbes list
April 2008
Microsoft gives Yahoo deadline for deal
Average Gas Price Reaches $4 A Gallon
Average Gas Price Reaches $4 A Gallon
Microsoft gives Yahoo deadline for deal
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Microsoft gives Yahoo deadline for deal
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May 2008
Microsoft walks away from Yahoo
HP in talks to buy Electronic Data Systems
Pioneering winemaker Mondavi dies
Silicon Valley janitors strike
Pioneering winemaker Mondavi dies
Silicon Valley janitors strike
Microsoft walks away from Yahoo
HP in talks to buy Electronic Data Systems
Icahn Picks 10 Directors
City Files For Bankruptcy Due To Woes
Microsoft walks away from Yahoo
HP in talks to buy Electronic Data Systems
Microsoft gives Yahoo bid another go
Icahn Picks 10 Directors
June 2008
Three Sonoma wineries sold in deal
Yahoo-Google agree online ad deal
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Voters Pass Bayview Development
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July 2008
Yahoo turns down another Microsoft offer
The plunge in price of homes gets worse
CEO Changed as Results Fall Short
The plunge in price of homes gets worse
Yahoo turns down another Microsoft offer
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Yahoo turns down another Microsoft offer
CEO Changed as Results Fall Short
August 2008
Pfizer moving biotech research unit to S.F.
CVS Caremark buys Longs Drug Stores
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CVS Caremark buys Longs Drug Stores
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September 2008
Google Readies Web Browser
Bank Under Siege By Facing Foreclosure
Tesla Motors To Build Electric Sedan
Shares drop 18 percent
Google Readies Web Browser
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October 2008
Wells Fargo To Buy Wachovia
eBay to cut 1,600 jobs
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Wells Fargo To Buy Wachovia
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November 2008
Jerry Yang Out As CEO
BART Opponents Demand Recount
Home prices had annual plunge, 29.5%
Jerry Yang Out As CEO
BART Opponents Demand Recount
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Jerry Yang Out As CEO
December 2008
Wal-Mart gives up plans to build store
Apple Pulls Out Of Macworld
Home values hit 8-year low
Fry's exec arrested for embezzlment
Record 31% drop in home prices
Wal-Mart gives up plans to build store
Home values hit 8-year low
Record 31% drop in home prices
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January 2008 ... more > Top ^
Jan.1   SF City Hall
  San Francisco Mayor proposed to actress Jennifer Siebel in Hawaii and the couple are now engaged to be married
Jan.3  SF Zoo  Visitors Show Support For Reopened Zoo   Mountain View Startup Revives SF Free Wi-Fi Project
Jan.4   Intel Laptop Project Blames Intel for Breakup Jan.5   SF Zoo Attendance up following fatal tiger attack Jan.7  SF Downtown  Crews working to contain spill Jan.8   PG&E PG&E's blacked-out is 10-year record  An estimated 1.9 million to 2.1 million customers lost electricity after the storm's howling winds and driving rain Jan.9  San Francisco  Employers To Subsidize Health Care Plan Jan.10  San Francisco  Young Broadcasting to sell KRON-TV Jan.14  Oakland  Clorox introduces green line of products Jan.15   SF Downtown Apple introduces slim notebook  CEO Steve Jobs introduced the world's thinnest notebook computer MacBook Air that measures between 0.16 inch and 0.76 inch thick  Intel  Wall Street punishes Intel on 4Q results  San Jose  Governor Talks Budget To Silicon Valley Jan.16   Oracle Oracle to Buy BEA for $7.85 Billion
  Oracle agreed to buy BEA Systems Inc. for about $7.85 billion, a compromise price that ends a months-long dispute over the value of the company
 Sun  Sun to buy MySQL for $1 billion   San Francisco Ex-Brocade CEO Gets Prison  Oakland City Hall  Bill Clinton calls for foreclosure aid in city Jan.17   Bay Area Bay Area home sales fall to 20-year low  Bay Area  Bay Area rents jump 9% Jan.18  Livermore Lab  Lab to lay off more workers this year  Pleasanton  Safeway Goes Green With Biodiesel Trucks Jan.21  Yahoo  Yahoo expected to cut hundreds of jobs Jan.22   Contra Costa County Bay Area foreclosures rose 482.5%
  4,573 in the fourth quarter, compared with 785 a year ago. Contra Costa County up 533.3%. Alameda County 514.4%
 Apple  2Q Outlook Spooks Investors Jan.23   SF Chronicle New job for editor Bronstein
  Chronicle Editor is leaving his post to assume a broader role in the newspaper division of the Hearst Corp., which owns The Chronicle
  eBay Whitman resigns as CEO
  Meg Whitman, CEO for nearly 10 years, plans to resign March 31, capping a tenure marked by the online flea market's rise coupled with recent troubles
 John Donahoe, 47, who oversees auction business, was named as her replacement. Meg Whitman had brought in the former Bain & Co. consultant 3 years ago
Jan.25   SF Chronicle Bushee New Chronicle Editor
  Ward H. Bushee has been named executive vice president and editor of The SF Chronicle, the Hearst Corp. said
 Bushee, 58, a second-generation journalist, is editor and vice president of the Arizona Republic in Phoenix since 2002
Jan.29  Yahoo  Yahoo to lay off 1,000. Profit Drops 23% Jan.30   SF City Hall Restaurants asked to ban trans fats Jan.31   Google Disappointing 4Q

February 2008 ... more > Top ^
Feb.1  Chevron  Chevron Beats Profit Expectations   Yahoo Microsoft makes unsolicited $44.6b bid
  Microsoft has made an aggressive bid to buy struggling behemoth, in hopes that the combined forces would create a formidable competitor Google
 The offer leaves the decision in the hands of Yahoo's board. In making the unsolicited public acquisition offer, MS is hoping to force Yahoo's investors to support the deal as they bemoan a slumping share price. The surprise offer of $31 per share seizes on Yahoo's weakness while Microsoft tries to muscle up in a high-stakes battle with Google likely to define the technology for years to come. Yahoo said it will 'carefully and promptly' study the bid
 SJSU  Blood drives halted over gay donor ban Feb.4   Google Google offers to help Yahoo Feb.6  Cisco  Shares Sink on Forecast Feb.7  San Carlos  Firm fined after worker's death Feb.8  Vallejo  7-Eleven Clerk Shot, Killed   SF Castro Filmmakers Recreate Harvey Milk March Feb.9  Yahoo  Yahoo weighs outsourcing ads to Google Feb.11  Chevron  Chevron Added to Dow   Yahoo Yahoo officially rejects Microsoft's takeover
  Yahoo Inc.'s board is saying that it 'substantially undervalues' the Web portal, but at the same time, left the door open for a counter offer
Feb.13  Yahoo  Yahoo in talks with News Corp. Feb.14  San Francisco  Sharper Image replaces CEO Lightman   Bay Area Bay Area home sales fall to 20-year-low Feb.19   HP 1Q Profit Rises 38 Percent   SJ Mercury News Papers seek buyouts to cut costs   Vallejo City Budget Woes May Force Bankruptcy
  City Council met in closed session with the city's employees' organizations to try to find a solution to the city's budget crisis
Feb.20   San Francisco Bankruptcy for Sharper Image
  The retail chain known for selling expensive gadgets filed for bankruptcy protection, saying it plans to sell off stores and inventory
Feb.21   Google Google to Store Patients' Health Records  Vallejo  Residents Pack Meeting On City's Finances Feb.22  Millbrae  Workers Strike At Convalescent Hospital   Genentech FDA Clears Avastin for Breast Cancer Feb.24  Redwood City  Electronic Arts offers $2b for gaming rival Feb.25   San Francisco Visa readies record $18.8 billion IPO  The world's largest electronic payment processing company, filed paperwork for what may be the richest-ever IPO, hoping to raise $18 Feb.26  SF City Hall  Academy of Art saving Flower Mart  Google  Google showing signs of slowing down   Vallejo City Council discusses filing for bankruptcy Feb.28  Google  Google Releases Health Service Details   South of Market Huge InterContinental Hotel opened  Vallejo  Deal May Avoid City Of Bankruptcy

March 2008 ... more > Top ^
Mar.4   Vallejo City Agreement Staves Off Bankruptcy  The City Council approved 3 resolutions that are intended to prevent the city from filing bankruptcy by the end of the month  Facebook  Facebook Hires Top Google Exec As COO  Apple  Shareholders OK 'Say on Pay' Mar.5   Yahoo Board meeting postponed to stave off bid
 San Francisco  Allegations swirl around Wikipedia's Wales   San Francisco Jury sides with Guardian  A jury awarded up to $15 million in damages to the Bay Guardian alternative weekly newspaper, to be paid by SF Weekly, its competitor Mar.6   San Francisco   47 Bay Area billionaires on Forbes list  The Bay Area's biggest billionaire is Oracle founder Larry Ellison, worth $25 billion   Google Pentagon bans Google map-makers   Apple Apple opens iPhone to developers  SF Downtown  Sex assault in hotel Mar.7  SJ Mercury News  Mercury News Lays Off 34 Mar.9   Contra Costa County Evictions becoming common Mar.11   Google Google closes $3.1 billion DoubleClick deal Mar.13  Atherton  Housekeeper sues couple for OT Mar.14  Bay Area  1,600 Bay Area teachers losing their jobs Mar.15   Yahoo Yahoo, Microsoft hold informal talks  Golden Gate Bridge  Bridge to get congestion tolls  San Francisco  Second Life creator steps down Mar.19   San Francisco Visa Soars In Largest-Ever IPO
  Visa Inc. shares soared more than 30% to $58 from their IPO price of $44 in their stock market debut
 The company makes its money from processing fees. Visa touted itself as a safe have during the credit crunch that has scarred many of the lenders that issue its cards
Mar.21   Bay Area Bay Area Nurses Launch 10-Day Strike
  Thousands of nurses who work at hospitals affiliated with Sutter Health have gone on strike for the third time since October
Mar.25  Bay Area  Bay Area home prices drop record 13.2%  San Francisco  Iconic ad man Hal Riney dies  SF Downtown  Supe Looks To Curb Business Energy Use Mar.26   Redwood City Take-Two Board Rejects EA Bid  Grand Theft Auto publisher told its shareholders to reject a $2 billion buyout bid from rival Electronic Arts, saying it's not enough  Oracle  3Q profit meets expectations Mar.27  Woodside  $3 million tax cut on Larry Ellison's estate Mar.29  San Francisco  City to go dark for Earth Hour  San Francisco  Striking Nurses Go Back To Work

April 2008 ... more > Top ^
Apr.1  Oakland Downtown  Luxury condos sell at a discount Apr.5   Google Couple Says Street View Invades Privacy   Yahoo Microsoft gives Yahoo deadline for deal  The ultimatum, revealed in a letter from CEO Steve Ballmer to Yahoo's board, underscores impatience with the two-month merger saga Apr.7  Yahoo  Yahoo not opposed to deal with Microsoft Apr.8  Yahoo  Flickr photo site adds video   SF Downtown Gere joins torch protests Apr.9   Google Google and Yahoo to share web ads  The world's two biggest search engines, have announced a 2 week experiment that will see them share advertising space Apr.10  San Francisco  Sharper Image chairman resigns Apr.11  Google  Fierce battle over Yahoo/Microsoft deal  Highway 80  Schwarzenegger opens bridge approach Apr.15   Schwab Schwab's Best 1Q Ever  Livermore Lab  Lab To Layoff 500 More Workers Apr.16  eBay  eBay posts 22 percent hike in 1Q profit Apr.17   San Francisco Bay Home Prices Fall 16%   Google 1Q profit climbs 30%, tops analyst views Apr.18  Redwood City  EA extends tender offer for Take-Two Apr.22   San Francisco Ship Pilot Charged With Lying In Spill Probe  eBay  eBay Sues Craigslist  Yahoo  Earnings slightly exceed expectations Apr.23  Apple  Mac Sales Polish Apple Apr.24  Genentech  Court slashes $200 million from judgment  Yahoo  Microsoft Won't Increase Bid For Yahoo Apr.26   Yahoo Yahoo mum as Microsoft's deadline passes   SF Bayview Pelosi Kicks Off Foreclosure Workshop Apr.27  San Francisco  Choir prayers for lower gas prices Apr.29   San Francisco Average Gas Price Reaches $4 A Gallon
  The average price for a gallon of unleaded gasoline in San Francisco is marking a record-setting price for the city
 San Francisco  Visa profit jumps 28% on rising volumes  San Francisco  Home prices down 17% in February Apr.30  Genentech  Bad news on cancer drug Rituxan

May 2008 ... more > Top ^
May.2  Chevron  Chevron 1Q Profit Tops $5 Billion  Yahoo  Microsoft sweetened bid for Yahoo   San Ramon 63 Restaurant Workers Nabbed In Raid May.3   Oakland Man robbing 10 adult bookstores  Chevron  Chevron notches record 1st-quarter profit   Yahoo Microsoft walks away from Yahoo
  Microsoft has dropped its 3-month-old bid to buy internet firm because the two sides cannot agree on an acceptable sale price.    CEO Steve Ballmer withdrew the offer in a letter to Yahoo chief executive Jerry Yang. Microsoft had raised its offer from $44.6bn to $47.5bn - $33 per shar...
May.4  Marin County  County bills ship owners $600K for cleanup  Yahoo  CEO on hot seat after rebuffing Microsoft May.5  Yahoo  Shares Plummet After Microsoft Rejection  San Francisco  Half Of Cosco Busan Crew To Return May.6  SF City Hall  Mission Paint Store Okd May.7   Vallejo City Council Votes To File For Bankruptcy  SF Downtown  Protest on measure to end rent control  Cisco  3Q profit beats views, shares rise May.12   HP HP in talks to buy Electronic Data Systems  Hewlett-Packard is in advanced talks to buy Electronic Data Systems for about $12 billion to compete with IBM in the business info May.13  East Bay  Mandatory Water Rationing Imposed  Yahoo  Icahn considering attempt to oust board  Bay Area  Bay Area Gas Price Hits $4.02 A Gallon May.14  Google  Google Sites Ranked No. 1 May.15   Yahoo Icahn Picks 10 Directors  Billionaire investor Carl Icahn officially launched an effort to unseat Yahoo board to pressure to restart merger talks with Microsoft   San Francisco CBS in $1.8B deal for info site Cnet  San Francisco  New jobs, houses spur S.F. population May.16   Napa Pioneering winemaker Mondavi dies
  Pioneering vintner Robert Mondavi, who helped put Californian Cabernets and Chardonnays on the world's map, has died at the age of 94
 Mondavi died peacefully at his Napa Valley home. Governor Schwarzenegger said he was 'a true California legend'
May.18   Yahoo Microsoft gives Yahoo bid another go  Microsoft has made a new, downsized offer to cooperate with the Web portal while leaving the door open to a merger down the road May.19  Redwood City  EA again extends Take-Two deadline May.20   San Jose   Silicon Valley janitors strike
  Janitors at some of technology and biotechnology companies will go out on strike, having dismissed a contract offer from cleaning companies
  San Francisco Bay Area home sales climbed nearly 30%  San Jose City Hall  McKesson Sued On Prices May.21  Yahoo  T. Boone Pickens joins proxy contest May.22  Oakland  Newsman Dennis Richmond Retires  Bay Area  Homes sales get lift, but lid still on prices   Yahoo Yahoo postpones meeting, battle Icahn May.23   Vallejo City Files For Bankruptcy Due To Woes
  The city of Vallejo filed for protection to deal with a ballooning budget deficit caused soaring employee costs and declining tax revenue
May.24  Marin County  Home sales move up 39.4% from March May.25  SF Mission  Thousands Participate, Watch Carnaval May.28   Bay Area Bay Area home prices plummet 20.2%  San Jose  Janitors approve contract, return to work May.29   Oakland Bank Facing Questions Over Lending  San Francisco  Visitors to SF in 2007 set spending record May.31   Fremont GM, Toyota in talks to build hybrid at plant  UC Berkeley  Student top female Jeopardy! Player

June 2008 ... more > Top ^
Jun.2  Yahoo  Documents show Yahoo-Microsoft saga   San Jose Brocade to pay $160M to settle lawsuit
Jun.4   San Francisco Voters Pass Bayview Development
  SF voters considered 8 local propositions in primary election, approving a parcel tax to improve public education.    Measure G Reopens Door On 49er Stadium: In the city's largest redevelopment project since Worl...
  Yahoo Investor steps up Yahoo campaign  Napa  Election: No Growth Limits, Supes Runoff Jun.5  Moffett Field  Google leases acreage for complex Jun.6   Intel FTC opens antitrust probe Jun.7  Richmond  City caps 'drty' crude at Chevron refinery Jun.9   Apple Speedier, Cheaper iPhone Jun.10   Santa Rosa   Three Sonoma wineries sold in deal  Wine giant Constellation Brands is selling 7 properties, including three prominent Sonoma County wineries, for $209 million Jun.11  Sausalito  Glassdoor Offers Inside Look At Employers Jun.12  SF City Hall  Different sort of free Wi-Fi starts to thrive   Yahoo Yahoo-Google agree online ad deal
  Yahoo has agreed a deal with Google which will see Yahoo use Google's advertising technology. Google ads will appear alongside Yahoo search results.    The agreement with Google could be worth up to $800m in additional revenue every year. Recent Yahoo-Mic...
  Foster City Invitrogen to buy Applied Biosystems Jun.13  Visitacion Valley  Old Schlage Lock factory finally sold Jun.16  Adobe  2Q Profit Jumps 41% Jun.17  LinkedIn  VCs betting LinkedIn worth $1 billion Jun.18  Contra Costa County  43.3% of resold homes foreclosed Jun.21  North Beach  Levi's Could Leave S.F. Jun.24  Bay Area  Bay Area home prices continue steep fall  San Jose  Racist Rap Costs Novellus Jun.25  Oracle  4Q Earnings Rise 27 Percent To $2.04B Jun.26  SF Downtown  Builders' trade show feels pain Jun.29   SF Downtown Marriage Freedom Is Focus Of Gay Parade Jun.30   San Carlos Tesla to build electric sedan in Bay Area  eBay  eBay Told To Pay $61M To French Brand

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Jul.2  Yahoo  Microsoft Exploring Partnership For Yahoo  San Francisco  Muni to pay $2 m to woman hit by train Jul.7  Yahoo  M-soft wants to negotiate with new board Jul.8  Palo Alto  VMware shares plunge on CEO change Jul.9  Yahoo  Flickr turns to Getty to sell photos  San Francisco  California High-Speed Rail Route Approved Jul.10  Apple  500 software programs for iPhone 3G Jul.11  Apple  Setup problems plague new iPhone Jul.13   Yahoo Yahoo turns down another Microsoft offer
  Yahoo rejected an offer to sell its Internet search business to Microsoft. and leave the remainder of the company in control of Carl Icahn
 The complex deal would have meant a major dismantling of Yahoo; the sale of its coveted search engine; the spin-off of its Asian assets and the ouster of its top management, including CEO Yang
Jul.16  Wells Fargo  Wells Fargo Boosts Payout Jul.17   Richmond City approves upgrade at refinery   AMD CEO Changed as Results Fall Short  Hector Ruiz was pushed aside after six tumultuous years as CEO, as the chip maker tries to pull itself out of a deep financial hole   Bay Area Home prices at four-year low  Intel  EU hits Intel with fresh charges  SF Downtown  Starbucks To Close 12 Locations Jul.18   Google Shares fall after disappointing earnings Jul.19  East Bay  East Bay lost greatest number of jobs  Yahoo  Board won support of major shareholder Jul.20  San Jose  Unemployment rises in Silicon Valley Jul.21   Yahoo Yahoo, Icahn End Proxy Fight  Genentech  Roche Offers $44B For Remaining Shares   Apple 3Q Profit Jumps 31% but stock drops Jul.22   San Jose County defaults rose 194.2% to 3,751  SF City Hall  $6.4 Billion City Budget Adopted  San Jose  Plug-in hybrids generate buzz Jul.28   Menlo Park Ex-Googlers Debut 'Cuil' Search Engine Jul.29   Hayward Mervyns files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy Jul.30   Bay Area The plunge in price of homes gets worse
  Prices fell 22.9% in May compared with a year ago. That made the area the 6th worst-performing region in the country
  Gap Gap-Backed To Reorganize Pacific Lumber  San Francisco  Visa Profits Jump 41%

August 2008 ... more > Top ^
Aug.1   Chevron Chevron 2Q Profit Soars On Oil Prices
  Yahoo Board Re-Elected Aug.2  San Francisco  Newspapers assail news-rack fee hike plan  Marin County  County to ban tobacco at pharmacies Aug.5   SFO Laptop with Clear applicants' info found  Yahoo  Revised vote reveals disdain for board Aug.6   San Francisco Pfizer moving biotech research unit to S.F.  The world's largest drugmaker will move the headquarters of its new biotech research unit to Mission Bay, next door to UCSF's new campus Aug.12   Walnut Creek CVS Caremark buys Longs Drug Stores  Drug store chain CVS Caremark Corp., looking to build its West Coast presence in a deal valued at $2.7 billion Aug.13  Genentech  Genentech rejects Roche's $43.7b bid Aug.14  Yahoo  Biondi, Chapple new board members  PG&E  PG&E plans big investment in solar power Aug.15  Bay Area  Bay Area Confidence Slips Aug.18   Redwood City EA Drops Take-Two Bid Aug.19  Bay Area  Home Prices Plunge To 53-Month Low  Apple  iPhone Shortage Lingers  HP  Hewlett-Packard Beats Street Aug.21  Gap  Tom Wyatt becomes Old Navy president Aug.22  Golden Gate Park  Outside Lands Festival Rocks Park Aug.25  San Francisco  Company puts video on every device Aug.26  Bay Area  Home sales soar as prices plunge Aug.27  South SF  Cell Genesys Drug Trial Halts Aug.28   South of Market St. Regis penthouse on sale for $70 mil  SF City Hall  Fire commission rejects settlement Aug.29  Bay Area  5 of 100 most powerful women in B. Area

September 2008 ... more > Top ^
Sep.1   Google   Google Readies Web Browser  Google is releasing its own Web browser in a long-anticipated move aimed at countering the dominance of Microsoft Internet Explorer   Golden Gate Bridge Bridge Toll Jumps To $6
Sep.3   San Francisco Bank Under Siege By Facing Foreclosure  SF Wachovia branch was under siege by people on the verge of losing homes, accusing of giving mortgages that the bank knew they couldn't aff... Sep.6  San Francisco  Cosco operator offers to plead no contest  San Francisco  Tourism Boosts S.F. Economy Sep.9   SF Downtown Apple Unveils New iPods  South SF  Solazyme producing oil from algae Sep.10   Apple Options Case Settled Sep.11  Chevron  Chevron tied to oil royalties scandal Sep.12  BART  BART to Charge More During Peak Hours Sep.15   HP HP to cut 24,600 jobs as EDS integration  Walnut Creek  Walgreens tops CVS offer Sep.16   San Jose   Tesla Motors To Build Electric Sedan
  But with plans in the works for a new headquarters and factory, the startup hopes it's taking the first step toward making electric cars
Sep.17  SF Chronicle  Chronicle names Adkins as new president  Google  Google CEO 'committed' to Yahoo ad pact Sep.18  Yahoo  Yahoo testing new home page design Sep.23   Bay Area Inspectors Looking For Tainted Milk  Google  Google, T-Mobile introduce Android phone Sep.24   Oracle Software maker Oracle going hardcore Sep.29   Apple Shares drop 18 percent  Shares of Apple dropped nearly 18% following a pair of analyst reports that downgraded the stock and Wall Street fears about a defeated bailout Sep.30  Walnut Creek  B. Area News Group names new publisher

October 2008 ... more > Top ^
Oct.1  Santa Clara  SEC charges two with insider trading Oct.3   Wells Fargo Wells Fargo To Buy Wachovia
  Wachovia agreed to be acquired in a $15.1 billion all-stock deal. Citigroup demands that Wachovia abide by the terms of its earlier deal
 The Citigroup deal would have been done with the help of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. Wells deal without it
 Apple  Stock dives on false report Oct.6   eBay eBay to cut 1,600 jobs  eBay will cut about 10% of work force in an attempt to streamline its business and plans to get rid of several hundred temporary workers Oct.8  Walnut Creek  Walgreen withdraws bid for Longs Oct.9   Oakland Mother's Cookies abruptly shut down   Wells Fargo Wells gets green light for Wachovia Oct.11  San Francisco  Lasorda Pulls Out Of Italian Parade Oct.13   Wells Fargo Feds approve merger with Wachovia Oct.29  SF Castro  'Milk' Premiere Brings Stars To SF's Castro

November 2008 ... more > Top ^
Nov.4  SF Downtown  Web 2.0 kicks off amid economic downturn Nov.5   Google Google pulls out of Yahoo ad partnership
 Apple  Apple Boosted Payroll 48% Nov.7  Yahoo  Microsoft: No interest in buying Yahoo Nov.9   Bay Area Home prices down in 90% of ZIP codes Nov.10  San Francisco  ABA Chief Defends Banks  Google  CEO's name bandied about as tech czar Nov.11   Google Google.org joins CDC in battle with flu Nov.12  Bay Area  Homeowners owe more than home's worth  Antioch  SF Police Inspector Sues Antioch   AMD AMD Rolls Out New Server Chips Nov.14   Sun Sun To Cut 6,000 Jobs Nov.17   Yahoo Jerry Yang Out As CEO
  Jerry Yang plans to step down, ending a tenure that was marked by a slumping business and failed takeover by Microsoft
 A search for a successor has already started; Yang will resign after his replacement is found. He took the helm last year as the company started listing in the face of stiff competition from Google and its second place status in search
Nov.18  Genentech  Avastin linked to higher risk of clots  HP  Shares Soar On 4Q Outlook Nov.19   Bay Area Survey: job cuts coming to Bay Area Nov.20  SF Downtown  WAMU to eliminate 1,600 jobs in Bay Area Nov.21  Bay Area  Bay Area sheltered from huge job cuts Nov.24   UC Berkeley Obama tapping Berkeley economist Romer Nov.25   Bay Area Home prices had annual plunge, 29.5%  Among the 20 cities tracked, the San Francisco metropolitan region has the largest monthly decline, 3.9%  Napa  Mondavi food, wine museum shuts doors Nov.30   San Jose BART Opponents Demand Recount
  Opponents of a measure that would increase the sales tax in the county to help pay for an extension are suing for a partial recount of the vote.    Supporters of the measure, which needed a 2/3 majority ...


December 2008 ... more > Top ^
Dec.1  Bay Area  600 properties listed below $100,000 Dec.3  Yahoo  Icahn: No Partial Yahoo Sale Dec.5   Hercules Wal-Mart gives up plans to build store
  After buying a tract of land in 2005, Wal-Mart had wanted to build a big-box store on the property. The plans resulted a lengthy legal battle
Dec.10  Yahoo  Investor pushes Yahoo to sell search unit Dec.12   SF City Hall   400 City Workers Getting Pink Slips  Workers were being given notice, and released from service in February as part of more than $118 million in budget cuts Dec.15  Google  Trust In Google Drops   Concord 98 Cars Vandalized At Audi Dealership   The vandalism at Diablo Audi over the weekend caused at least $500,000 in damage. They keyed every single car on the lot Dec.16   Apple   Apple Pulls Out Of Macworld
  Apple is saying it no longer relies on trade shows to reach out to its customers. Jobs will not be delivering the keynote address at this year's show
Dec.17   LinkedIn LinkedIn Founder Reclaims CEO Job  San Jose City Hall  City to pay $70K in Taser settlement Dec.18   Bay Area Home values hit 8-year low
  Bay Area home values plummeted to an eight-year low in November, to the median for existing single-family homes as $350,000
  SF Downtown S.F. Office Rent Dips 22%  The rents made the largest decline in seven years, as the shrinking financial services industry flooded downtown with empty space Dec.20  Bay Area  Bay Area unemployment less than state  Marin County  Subway settled with 3 counties Dec.21   San Francisco Price of gas lowest in nearly 5 years Dec.22  Palm  Elevation Partners raises its stake in Palm  Redwood City  Ex-Lockheed president dies   Palo Alto Fry's exec arrested for embezzlment
  Ausaf Umar Siddiqui arrested on charges he embezzled more than $65 million from Fry's to fuel his lavish lifestyle and pay off debts
 He sent more than $120 million to firms belonging to the Las Vegas Sands and the MGM alone since 2005
  Sonoma County Feuding family sells Sebastiani Vineyards Dec.27   Port of Oakland Union Vs. Union Showdown At Port Dec.28   San Jose Tesla Motors puts factory plans on hold Dec.30   Bay Area Record 31% drop in home prices
  4.2% drop from the prior month. Medians in the Marin, San Francisco and San Mateo counties have held up better than in Alameda, Contra Costa.    Values for the region are still u...
  Port of Oakland Dispute Settled Over Ship Unloading



City Budget Woes May Force Bankruptcy




SF Bay Area, Business, 2008 Financial Timeline ... See Bay Area Financial timeline, World Financial timeline Top ^
2008
Jan.15  San Jose  Governor Talks Budget To Silicon Valley
Feb.19   Vallejo
  City Council met in closed session with the city's employees' organizations to try to find a solution to the city's budget crisis
Feb.21  Vallejo  Residents Pack Meeting On City's Finances May.29   Oakland Bank Facing Questions Over Lending
Jun.4   San Francisco Voters Pass Bayview Development
  SF voters considered 8 local propositions in primary election, approving a parcel tax to improve public education.    Measure G Reopens Door On 49er Stadium: In the city's largest redevelopment project since Worl...
Jul.16  Wells Fargo  Wells Fargo Boosts Payout Jul.22  SF City Hall  $6.4 Billion City Budget Adopted Sep.3   San Francisco Bank Under Siege By Facing Foreclosure  SF Wachovia branch was under siege by people on the verge of losing homes, accusing of giving mortgages that the bank knew they couldn't aff...



SF Bay Area, Business, 2008 Food Timeline ... See Bay Area Food timeline, World Food timeline Top ^
2008 Jan.30   SF City Hall Restaurants asked to ban trans fats Jun.10   Santa Rosa Three Sonoma wineries sold in deal  Wine giant Constellation Brands is selling 7 properties, including three prominent Sonoma County wineries, for $209 million Sep.23   Bay Area Inspectors Looking For Tainted Milk Nov.25  Napa  Mondavi food, wine museum shuts doors



SF Bay Area, Business, 2008 Merger and Acquisition Timeline ... See Bay Area Merger and Acquisition timeline, World Merger and Acquisition timeline Top ^
2008 Jan.16   Oracle Oracle to Buy BEA for $7.85 Billion
  Oracle agreed to buy BEA Systems Inc. for about $7.85 billion, a compromise price that ends a months-long dispute over the value of the company
Jan.16  Sun  Sun to buy MySQL for $1 billion Feb.1   Yahoo Microsoft makes unsolicited $44.6b bid
  Microsoft has made an aggressive bid to buy struggling behemoth, in hopes that the combined forces would create a formidable competitor Google
 The offer leaves the decision in the hands of Yahoo's board. In making the unsolicited public acquisition offer, MS is hoping to force Yahoo's investors to support the deal as they bemoan a slumping share price. The surprise offer of $31 per share seizes on Yahoo's weakness while Microsoft tries to muscle up in a high-stakes battle with Google likely to define the technology for years to come. Yahoo said it will 'carefully and promptly' study the bid
Feb.11   Yahoo Yahoo officially rejects Microsoft's takeover
  Yahoo Inc.'s board is saying that it 'substantially undervalues' the Web portal, but at the same time, left the door open for a counter offer
Feb.13  Yahoo  Yahoo in talks with News Corp. Feb.24  Redwood City  Electronic Arts offers $2b for gaming rival Mar.5   Yahoo Board meeting postponed to stave off bid Mar.11   Google Google closes $3.1 billion DoubleClick deal Mar.15   Yahoo Yahoo, Microsoft hold informal talks Mar.26   Redwood City Take-Two Board Rejects EA Bid  Grand Theft Auto publisher told its shareholders to reject a $2 billion buyout bid from rival Electronic Arts, saying it's not enough Apr.5   Yahoo Microsoft gives Yahoo deadline for deal  The ultimatum, revealed in a letter from CEO Steve Ballmer to Yahoo's board, underscores impatience with the two-month merger saga Apr.7  Yahoo  Yahoo not opposed to deal with Microsoft Apr.18  Redwood City  EA extends tender offer for Take-Two Apr.24  Yahoo  Microsoft Won't Increase Bid For Yahoo Apr.26   Yahoo Yahoo mum as Microsoft's deadline passes May.2  Yahoo  Microsoft sweetened bid for Yahoo May.3   Yahoo Microsoft walks away from Yahoo
  Microsoft has dropped its 3-month-old bid to buy internet firm because the two sides cannot agree on an acceptable sale price.    CEO Steve Ballmer withdrew the offer in a letter to Yahoo chief executive Jerry Yang. Microsoft had raised its offer from $44.6bn to $47.5bn - $33 per shar...
May.12   HP HP in talks to buy Electronic Data Systems  Hewlett-Packard is in advanced talks to buy Electronic Data Systems for about $12 billion to compete with IBM in the business info May.14  Google  Google Sites Ranked No. 1 May.15   San Francisco CBS in $1.8B deal for info site Cnet May.18   Yahoo Microsoft gives Yahoo bid another go  Microsoft has made a new, downsized offer to cooperate with the Web portal while leaving the door open to a merger down the road May.19  Redwood City  EA again extends Take-Two deadline May.22   Yahoo Yahoo postpones meeting, battle Icahn Jun.2  Yahoo  Documents show Yahoo-Microsoft saga Jun.4   San Francisco Voters Pass Bayview Development
  SF voters considered 8 local propositions in primary election, approving a parcel tax to improve public education.    Measure G Reopens Door On 49er Stadium: In the city's largest redevelopment project since Worl...
Jun.4  Napa  Election: No Growth Limits, Supes Runoff Jun.12   Foster City Invitrogen to buy Applied Biosystems Jul.2  Yahoo  Microsoft Exploring Partnership For Yahoo Jul.7  Yahoo  M-soft wants to negotiate with new board Jul.13   Yahoo Yahoo turns down another Microsoft offer
  Yahoo rejected an offer to sell its Internet search business to Microsoft. and leave the remainder of the company in control of Carl Icahn
 The complex deal would have meant a major dismantling of Yahoo; the sale of its coveted search engine; the spin-off of its Asian assets and the ouster of its top management, including CEO Yang
Jul.30   Gap Gap-Backed To Reorganize Pacific Lumber Aug.13  Genentech  Genentech rejects Roche's $43.7b bid Aug.18   Redwood City EA Drops Take-Two Bid Sep.15  Walnut Creek  Walgreens tops CVS offer Oct.3   Wells Fargo Wells Fargo To Buy Wachovia
  Wachovia agreed to be acquired in a $15.1 billion all-stock deal. Citigroup demands that Wachovia abide by the terms of its earlier deal
 The Citigroup deal would have been done with the help of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. Wells deal without it
Oct.8  Walnut Creek  Walgreen withdraws bid for Longs Oct.9   Wells Fargo Wells gets green light for Wachovia Oct.13   Wells Fargo Feds approve merger with Wachovia Nov.7  Yahoo  Microsoft: No interest in buying Yahoo Nov.30   San Jose BART Opponents Demand Recount
  Opponents of a measure that would increase the sales tax in the county to help pay for an extension are suing for a partial recount of the vote.    Supporters of the measure, which needed a 2/3 majority ...
Dec.22   Sonoma County Feuding family sells Sebastiani Vineyards



SF Bay Area, Business, 2008 Bio Tech Timeline ... See Bay Area Bio Tech timeline, World Bio Tech timeline Top ^
2008 Feb.22   Genentech FDA Clears Avastin for Breast Cancer
Apr.30  Genentech  Bad news on cancer drug Rituxan May.13  East Bay  Mandatory Water Rationing Imposed May.31   Fremont GM, Toyota in talks to build hybrid at plant Aug.6   San Francisco Pfizer moving biotech research unit to S.F.  The world's largest drugmaker will move the headquarters of its new biotech research unit to Mission Bay, next door to UCSF's new campus Aug.6   San Francisco Pfizer moving biotech research unit to S.F.  The world's largest drugmaker will move the headquarters of its new biotech research unit to Mission Bay, next door to UCSF's new campus Aug.27  South SF  Cell Genesys Drug Trial Halts Sep.11  Chevron  Chevron tied to oil royalties scandal Nov.18  Genentech  Avastin linked to higher risk of clots



SF Bay Area, Business, 2008 Local Politics Timeline ... See Bay Area Local Politics timeline, World Local Politics timeline Top ^
2008 Jan.30   SF City Hall Restaurants asked to ban trans fats
Feb.19   Vallejo City Budget Woes May Force Bankruptcy
  City Council met in closed session with the city's employees' organizations to try to find a solution to the city's budget crisis
Feb.21  Vallejo  Residents Pack Meeting On City's Finances Feb.26   Vallejo City Council discusses filing for bankruptcy Mar.15  Golden Gate Bridge  Bridge to get congestion tolls Mar.25  SF Downtown  Supe Looks To Curb Business Energy Use Apr.27  San Francisco  Choir prayers for lower gas prices Apr.29   San Francisco Average Gas Price Reaches $4 A Gallon
  The average price for a gallon of unleaded gasoline in San Francisco is marking a record-setting price for the city
May.6  SF City Hall  Mission Paint Store Okd May.7   Vallejo City Council Votes To File For Bankruptcy May.13  Bay Area  Bay Area Gas Price Hits $4.02 A Gallon May.23   Vallejo City Files For Bankruptcy Due To Woes
  The city of Vallejo filed for protection to deal with a ballooning budget deficit caused soaring employee costs and declining tax revenue
Jun.7  Richmond  City caps 'drty' crude at Chevron refinery Jun.30   San Carlos Tesla to build electric sedan in Bay Area Jul.17   Richmond City approves upgrade at refinery Jul.22  SF City Hall  $6.4 Billion City Budget Adopted Jul.22  San Jose  Plug-in hybrids generate buzz Aug.28  SF City Hall  Fire commission rejects settlement Sep.1   Golden Gate Bridge Bridge Toll Jumps To $6 Sep.16   San Jose Tesla Motors To Build Electric Sedan
  But with plans in the works for a new headquarters and factory, the startup hopes it's taking the first step toward making electric cars
Dec.15   Concord 98 Cars Vandalized At Audi Dealership   The vandalism at Diablo Audi over the weekend caused at least $500,000 in damage. They keyed every single car on the lot Dec.21   San Francisco Price of gas lowest in nearly 5 years Dec.28   San Jose Tesla Motors puts factory plans on hold



SF Bay Area, Business, 2008 Healthcare Business Timeline ... See Bay Area Healthcare Business timeline, World Healthcare Business timeline Top ^
2008 Jan.9  San Francisco  Employers To Subsidize Health Care Plan Feb.1  SJSU  Blood drives halted over gay donor ban Mar.21   Bay Area Bay Area Nurses Launch 10-Day Strike
  Thousands of nurses who work at hospitals affiliated with Sutter Health have gone on strike for the third time since October
May.5  San Francisco  Half Of Cosco Busan Crew To Return Sep.23   Bay Area Inspectors Looking For Tainted Milk Nov.11   Google Google.org joins CDC in battle with flu



SF Bay Area, Business, 2008 Power Outage Timeline ... See Bay Area Power Outage timeline, World Power Outage timeline Top ^
2008 Jan.8   PG&E PG&E's blacked-out is 10-year record  An estimated 1.9 million to 2.1 million customers lost electricity after the storm's howling winds and driving rain Jan.22  Apple  2Q Outlook Spooks Investors Jan.31   Google Disappointing 4Q
Feb.1  Chevron  Chevron Beats Profit Expectations Feb.19   HP 1Q Profit Rises 38 Percent Mar.26  Oracle  3Q profit meets expectations Apr.15   Schwab Schwab's Best 1Q Ever Apr.17   Google 1Q profit climbs 30%, tops analyst views Apr.22  Yahoo  Earnings slightly exceed expectations Apr.23  Apple  Mac Sales Polish Apple Apr.27  San Francisco  Choir prayers for lower gas prices Apr.29  San Francisco  Visa profit jumps 28% on rising volumes May.2  Chevron  Chevron 1Q Profit Tops $5 Billion May.3  Chevron  Chevron notches record 1st-quarter profit May.7  Cisco  3Q profit beats views, shares rise Jun.16  Adobe  2Q Profit Jumps 41% Jun.25  Oracle  4Q Earnings Rise 27 Percent To $2.04B Jul.21   Apple 3Q Profit Jumps 31% but stock drops Jul.30  San Francisco  Visa Profits Jump 41% Aug.1   Chevron Chevron 2Q Profit Soars On Oil Prices



SF Bay Area, Business, 2008 Justice Timeline ... See Bay Area Justice timeline, World Justice timeline Top ^
2008 Jan.16   San Francisco Ex-Brocade CEO Gets Prison
Feb.22  Millbrae  Workers Strike At Convalescent Hospital Mar.29  San Francisco  Striking Nurses Go Back To Work Apr.22   San Francisco Ship Pilot Charged With Lying In Spill Probe May.2   San Ramon 63 Restaurant Workers Nabbed In Raid May.5  San Francisco  Half Of Cosco Busan Crew To Return May.20   San Jose   Silicon Valley janitors strike
  Janitors at some of technology and biotechnology companies will go out on strike, having dismissed a contract offer from cleaning companies
May.28  San Jose  Janitors approve contract, return to work Sep.6  San Francisco  Cosco operator offers to plead no contest Oct.1  Santa Clara  SEC charges two with insider trading Dec.27   Port of Oakland Union Vs. Union Showdown At Port Dec.30   Port of Oakland Dispute Settled Over Ship Unloading



SF Bay Area, Business, 2008 Media Business Timeline ... See Bay Area Media Business timeline, World Media Business timeline Top ^
2008 Jan.10  San Francisco  Young Broadcasting to sell KRON-TV Jan.23   SF Chronicle New job for editor Bronstein
  Chronicle Editor is leaving his post to assume a broader role in the newspaper division of the Hearst Corp., which owns The Chronicle
Feb.8  Vallejo  7-Eleven Clerk Shot, Killed Mar.5   San Francisco Jury sides with Guardian  A jury awarded up to $15 million in damages to the Bay Guardian alternative weekly newspaper, to be paid by SF Weekly, its competitor Aug.2  San Francisco  Newspapers assail news-rack fee hike plan Sep.30  Walnut Creek  B. Area News Group names new publisher Nov.18  Genentech  Avastin linked to higher risk of clots



SF Bay Area, Business, 2008 Job Cut Timeline ... See Bay Area Job Cut timeline, World Job Cut timeline Top ^
2008 Jan.18  Livermore Lab  Lab to lay off more workers this year Jan.21  Yahoo  Yahoo expected to cut hundreds of jobs Jan.29  Yahoo  Yahoo to lay off 1,000. Profit Drops 23% Feb.19   SJ Mercury News Papers seek buyouts to cut costs Mar.7  SJ Mercury News  Mercury News Lays Off 34 Mar.14  Bay Area  1,600 Bay Area teachers losing their jobs Apr.15  Livermore Lab  Lab To Layoff 500 More Workers Jul.19  East Bay  East Bay lost greatest number of jobs Jul.20  San Jose  Unemployment rises in Silicon Valley Sep.15   HP HP to cut 24,600 jobs as EDS integration Oct.6   eBay eBay to cut 1,600 jobs  eBay will cut about 10% of work force in an attempt to streamline its business and plans to get rid of several hundred temporary workers Nov.14   Sun Sun To Cut 6,000 Jobs Nov.19   Bay Area Survey: job cuts coming to Bay Area Nov.20  SF Downtown  WAMU to eliminate 1,600 jobs in Bay Area Nov.21  Bay Area  Bay Area sheltered from huge job cuts Dec.12   SF City Hall 400 City Workers Getting Pink Slips  Workers were being given notice, and released from service in February as part of more than $118 million in budget cuts Dec.15   Concord 98 Cars Vandalized At Audi Dealership   The vandalism at Diablo Audi over the weekend caused at least $500,000 in damage. They keyed every single car on the lot Dec.20  Bay Area  Bay Area unemployment less than state



SF Bay Area, Business, 2008 Industrial Accident Timeline ... See Bay Area Industrial Accident timeline, World Industrial Accident timeline Top ^
2008 Feb.7  San Carlos  Firm fined after worker's death Feb.20   San Francisco Bankruptcy for Sharper Image
  The retail chain known for selling expensive gadgets filed for bankruptcy protection, saying it plans to sell off stores and inventory
Feb.26   Vallejo City Council discusses filing for bankruptcy Feb.28  Vallejo  Deal May Avoid City Of Bankruptcy Mar.4   Vallejo City Agreement Staves Off Bankruptcy  The City Council approved 3 resolutions that are intended to prevent the city from filing bankruptcy by the end of the month May.7   Vallejo City Council Votes To File For Bankruptcy May.23   Vallejo City Files For Bankruptcy Due To Woes
  The city of Vallejo filed for protection to deal with a ballooning budget deficit caused soaring employee costs and declining tax revenue
Oct.9   Oakland Mother's Cookies abruptly shut down



SF Bay Area, Business, 2008 High Tech Business Timeline ... See Bay Area High Tech Business timeline, World High Tech Business timeline Top ^
2008 Jan.3   Mountain View Startup Revives SF Free Wi-Fi Project
Jan.4   Intel Laptop Project Blames Intel for Breakup Jan.15   SF Downtown Apple introduces slim notebook  CEO Steve Jobs introduced the world's thinnest notebook computer MacBook Air that measures between 0.16 inch and 0.76 inch thick Feb.4   Google Google offers to help Yahoo Apr.9   Google Google and Yahoo to share web ads  The world's two biggest search engines, have announced a 2 week experiment that will see them share advertising space Jun.6   Intel FTC opens antitrust probe Jun.9   Apple Speedier, Cheaper iPhone Jun.12  SF City Hall  Different sort of free Wi-Fi starts to thrive Jul.11  Apple  Setup problems plague new iPhone Jul.17  Intel  EU hits Intel with fresh charges Aug.19  Apple  iPhone Shortage Lingers Aug.19  HP  Hewlett-Packard Beats Street Sep.9   SF Downtown Apple Unveils New iPods Sep.9  South SF  Solazyme producing oil from algae Sep.23  Google  Google, T-Mobile introduce Android phone Sep.24   Oracle Software maker Oracle going hardcore Nov.5  Apple  Apple Boosted Payroll 48% Nov.12   AMD AMD Rolls Out New Server Chips Dec.16   Apple Apple Pulls Out Of Macworld
  Apple is saying it no longer relies on trade shows to reach out to its customers. Jobs will not be delivering the keynote address at this year's show




SF Bay Area, Business, 2008 Bad Economic News Timeline ... See Bay Area Bad Economic News timeline, World Bad Economic News timeline Top ^
2008 Feb.7  San Carlos  Firm fined after worker's death Apr.15  Livermore Lab  Lab To Layoff 500 More Workers Aug.15  Bay Area  Bay Area Confidence Slips



SF Bay Area, Business, 2008 IPO Timeline ... See Bay Area IPO timeline, World IPO timeline Top ^
2008 Feb.25   San Francisco Visa readies record $18.8 billion IPO  The world's largest electronic payment processing company, filed paperwork for what may be the richest-ever IPO, hoping to raise $18 Mar.6   Google Pentagon bans Google map-makers Mar.19   San Francisco Visa Soars In Largest-Ever IPO
  Visa Inc. shares soared more than 30% to $58 from their IPO price of $44 in their stock market debut
 The company makes its money from processing fees. Visa touted itself as a safe have during the credit crunch that has scarred many of the lenders that issue its cards




SF Bay Area, Business, 2008 Criminal Probe Timeline ... See Bay Area Criminal Probe timeline, World Criminal Probe timeline Top ^
2008 Jun.6   Intel FTC opens antitrust probe



SF Bay Area, Business, 2008 Business Lawsuit Timeline ... See Bay Area Business Lawsuit timeline, World Business Lawsuit timeline Top ^
2008 Mar.13  Atherton  Housekeeper sues couple for OT Apr.5   Google Couple Says Street View Invades Privacy
Apr.22  eBay  eBay Sues Craigslist Apr.24  Genentech  Court slashes $200 million from judgment May.2   San Ramon 63 Restaurant Workers Nabbed In Raid May.20  San Jose City Hall  McKesson Sued On Prices Jun.2   San Jose Brocade to pay $160M to settle lawsuit Jun.13  Visitacion Valley  Old Schlage Lock factory finally sold Jun.24  San Jose  Racist Rap Costs Novellus Jun.30  eBay  eBay Told To Pay $61M To French Brand Jul.2  San Francisco  Muni to pay $2 m to woman hit by train Aug.28  SF City Hall  Fire commission rejects settlement Sep.10   Apple Options Case Settled Nov.12  Antioch  SF Police Inspector Sues Antioch Dec.17  San Jose City Hall  City to pay $70K in Taser settlement Dec.20  Marin County  Subway settled with 3 counties



SF Bay Area, Business, 2008 Aviation Timeline ... See Bay Area Aviation timeline, World Aviation timeline Top ^
2008 Aug.5   SFO Laptop with Clear applicants' info found




SF Bay Area, Business, 2008 Animal Accident Timeline ... See Bay Area Animal Accident timeline, World Animal Accident timeline Top ^
2008 Jan.5   SF Zoo Attendance up following fatal tiger attack
Jan.18  Pleasanton  Safeway Goes Green With Biodiesel Trucks Feb.8  Vallejo  7-Eleven Clerk Shot, Killed Feb.28  Vallejo  Deal May Avoid City Of Bankruptcy Mar.4   Vallejo City Agreement Staves Off Bankruptcy  The City Council approved 3 resolutions that are intended to prevent the city from filing bankruptcy by the end of the month May.3   Oakland Man robbing 10 adult bookstores May.6  SF City Hall  Mission Paint Store Okd Jun.21  North Beach  Levi's Could Leave S.F. Jul.17  SF Downtown  Starbucks To Close 12 Locations Jul.29   Hayward Mervyns files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy Aug.2  Marin County  County to ban tobacco at pharmacies Aug.12   Walnut Creek CVS Caremark buys Longs Drug Stores  Drug store chain CVS Caremark Corp., looking to build its West Coast presence in a deal valued at $2.7 billion Dec.5   Hercules Wal-Mart gives up plans to build store
  After buying a tract of land in 2005, Wal-Mart had wanted to build a big-box store on the property. The plans resulted a lengthy legal battle




SF Bay Area, Business, 2008 Tourism Timeline ... See Bay Area Tourism timeline, World Tourism timeline Top ^
2008 Feb.28   South of Market Huge InterContinental Hotel opened Mar.6  SF Downtown  Sex assault in hotel May.29  San Francisco  Visitors to SF in 2007 set spending record May.31  UC Berkeley  Student top female Jeopardy! Player Sep.6  San Francisco  Tourism Boosts S.F. Economy Nov.12  Antioch  SF Police Inspector Sues Antioch



SF Bay Area, Business, 2008 Environmental Timeline ... See Bay Area Environmental timeline, World Environmental timeline Top ^
2008 Jan.7  SF Downtown  Crews working to contain spill Jan.7  SF Downtown  Crews working to contain spill Mar.29  San Francisco  City to go dark for Earth Hour Apr.22   San Francisco Ship Pilot Charged With Lying In Spill Probe
May.4  Marin County  County bills ship owners $600K for cleanup May.5  San Francisco  Half Of Cosco Busan Crew To Return Jun.7  Richmond  City caps 'drty' crude at Chevron refinery Sep.6  San Francisco  Cosco operator offers to plead no contest



SF Bay Area, Business, 2008 Public Transportation Timeline ... See Bay Area Public Transportation timeline, World Public Transportation timeline Top ^
2008 Jul.9  San Francisco  California High-Speed Rail Route Approved Sep.12  BART  BART to Charge More During Peak Hours Nov.30   San Jose BART Opponents Demand Recount
  Opponents of a measure that would increase the sales tax in the county to help pay for an extension are suing for a partial recount of the vote.    Supporters of the measure, which needed a 2/3 majority ...




SF Bay Area, Business, 2008 Software Timeline ... See Bay Area Software timeline, World Software timeline Top ^
2008 Feb.9  Yahoo  Yahoo weighs outsourcing ads to Google Feb.21   Google Google to Store Patients' Health Records Feb.26  Google  Google showing signs of slowing down Feb.28  Google  Google Releases Health Service Details Mar.6   Google Pentagon bans Google map-makers Mar.6   Apple Apple opens iPhone to developers Apr.8  Yahoo  Flickr photo site adds video Apr.11  Google  Fierce battle over Yahoo/Microsoft deal Jun.11  Sausalito  Glassdoor Offers Inside Look At Employers Jun.12   Yahoo Yahoo-Google agree online ad deal
  Yahoo has agreed a deal with Google which will see Yahoo use Google's advertising technology. Google ads will appear alongside Yahoo search results.    The agreement with Google could be worth up to $800m in additional revenue every year. Recent Yahoo-Mic...
Jun.17  LinkedIn  VCs betting LinkedIn worth $1 billion Jul.9  Yahoo  Flickr turns to Getty to sell photos Jul.10  Apple  500 software programs for iPhone 3G Jul.28   Menlo Park Ex-Googlers Debut 'Cuil' Search Engine Aug.25  San Francisco  Company puts video on every device Sep.1   Google Google Readies Web Browser  Google is releasing its own Web browser in a long-anticipated move aimed at countering the dominance of Microsoft Internet Explorer Sep.17  Google  Google CEO 'committed' to Yahoo ad pact Sep.18  Yahoo  Yahoo testing new home page design Nov.4  SF Downtown  Web 2.0 kicks off amid economic downturn Dec.10  Yahoo  Investor pushes Yahoo to sell search unit Dec.15  Google  Trust In Google Drops



SF Bay Area, Business, 2008 Construction Timeline ... See Bay Area Construction timeline, World Construction timeline Top ^
2008 Apr.11  Highway 80  Schwarzenegger opens bridge approach



SF Bay Area, Business, 2008 Political Leaders Timeline ... See Bay Area Political Leaders timeline, World Political Leaders timeline Top ^
2008 Jan.1   SF City Hall   Mayor Newsom engaged to actress Siebel
  San Francisco Mayor proposed to actress Jennifer Siebel in Hawaii and the couple are now engaged to be married
Jan.23   eBay Whitman resigns as CEO
  Meg Whitman, CEO for nearly 10 years, plans to resign March 31, capping a tenure marked by the online flea market's rise coupled with recent troubles
 John Donahoe, 47, who oversees auction business, was named as her replacement. Meg Whitman had brought in the former Bain & Co. consultant 3 years ago
Jan.25   SF Chronicle Bushee New Chronicle Editor
  Ward H. Bushee has been named executive vice president and editor of The SF Chronicle, the Hearst Corp. said
 Bushee, 58, a second-generation journalist, is editor and vice president of the Arizona Republic in Phoenix since 2002
Feb.14  San Francisco  Sharper Image replaces CEO Lightman Mar.4  Facebook  Facebook Hires Top Google Exec As COO Mar.5  San Francisco  Allegations swirl around Wikipedia's Wales Mar.6   San Francisco 47 Bay Area billionaires on Forbes list  The Bay Area's biggest billionaire is Oracle founder Larry Ellison, worth $25 billion Mar.14  Bay Area  1,600 Bay Area teachers losing their jobs Mar.15  San Francisco  Second Life creator steps down Apr.10  San Francisco  Sharper Image chairman resigns May.4  Yahoo  CEO on hot seat after rebuffing Microsoft May.15   Yahoo Icahn Picks 10 Directors  Billionaire investor Carl Icahn officially launched an effort to unseat Yahoo board to pressure to restart merger talks with Microsoft May.21  Yahoo  T. Boone Pickens joins proxy contest Jun.4   Yahoo Investor steps up Yahoo campaign Jul.17   AMD CEO Changed as Results Fall Short  Hector Ruiz was pushed aside after six tumultuous years as CEO, as the chip maker tries to pull itself out of a deep financial hole Jul.19  Yahoo  Board won support of major shareholder Jul.21   Yahoo Yahoo, Icahn End Proxy Fight Aug.1   Yahoo Board Re-Elected Aug.5  Yahoo  Revised vote reveals disdain for board Aug.14  Yahoo  Biondi, Chapple new board members Aug.21  Gap  Tom Wyatt becomes Old Navy president Aug.29  Bay Area  5 of 100 most powerful women in B. Area Sep.17  SF Chronicle  Chronicle names Adkins as new president Nov.10  San Francisco  ABA Chief Defends Banks Nov.10  Google  CEO's name bandied about as tech czar Nov.10  Google  CEO's name bandied about as tech czar Nov.17   Yahoo Jerry Yang Out As CEO
  Jerry Yang plans to step down, ending a tenure that was marked by a slumping business and failed takeover by Microsoft
 A search for a successor has already started; Yang will resign after his replacement is found. He took the helm last year as the company started listing in the face of stiff competition from Google and its second place status in search
Nov.24   UC Berkeley Obama tapping Berkeley economist Romer Nov.24   UC Berkeley Obama tapping Berkeley economist Romer Dec.3  Yahoo  Icahn: No Partial Yahoo Sale Dec.17   LinkedIn LinkedIn Founder Reclaims CEO Job Dec.22   Palo Alto Fry's exec arrested for embezzlment
  Ausaf Umar Siddiqui arrested on charges he embezzled more than $65 million from Fry's to fuel his lavish lifestyle and pay off debts
 He sent more than $120 million to firms belonging to the Las Vegas Sands and the MGM alone since 2005




SF Bay Area, Business, 2008 Stocks Timeline ... See Bay Area Stocks timeline, World Stocks timeline Top ^
2008 Jan.15  Intel  Wall Street punishes Intel on 4Q results Jan.16   San Francisco Ex-Brocade CEO Gets Prison Feb.6  Cisco  Shares Sink on Forecast Feb.11  Chevron  Chevron Added to Dow Mar.4  Apple  Shareholders OK 'Say on Pay' Apr.16  eBay  eBay posts 22 percent hike in 1Q profit May.5  Yahoo  Shares Plummet After Microsoft Rejection May.13  Yahoo  Icahn considering attempt to oust board Jul.8  Palo Alto  VMware shares plunge on CEO change Jul.18   Google Shares fall after disappointing earnings Jul.21  Genentech  Roche Offers $44B For Remaining Shares Sep.29   Apple Shares drop 18 percent  Shares of Apple dropped nearly 18% following a pair of analyst reports that downgraded the stock and Wall Street fears about a defeated bailout Oct.1  Santa Clara  SEC charges two with insider trading Oct.3  Apple  Stock dives on false report Nov.18  HP  Shares Soar On 4Q Outlook Dec.22  Palm  Elevation Partners raises its stake in Palm



SF Bay Area, Business, 2008 Real Estate Timeline ... See Bay Area Real Estate timeline, World Real Estate timeline Top ^
2008 Jan.16  Oakland City Hall  Bill Clinton calls for foreclosure aid in city Jan.17   Bay Area Bay Area home sales fall to 20-year low
Jan.17  Bay Area  Bay Area rents jump 9% Jan.22   Contra Costa County Bay Area foreclosures rose 482.5%
  4,573 in the fourth quarter, compared with 785 a year ago. Contra Costa County up 533.3%. Alameda County 514.4%
Feb.14   Bay Area Bay Area home sales fall to 20-year-low Mar.9   Contra Costa County Evictions becoming common Mar.25  Bay Area  Bay Area home prices drop record 13.2% Mar.27  Woodside  $3 million tax cut on Larry Ellison's estate Apr.1  Oakland Downtown  Luxury condos sell at a discount Apr.8   SF Downtown Gere joins torch protests Apr.17   San Francisco Bay Home Prices Fall 16% Apr.26   SF Bayview Pelosi Kicks Off Foreclosure Workshop Apr.29  San Francisco  Home prices down 17% in February May.3   Oakland Man robbing 10 adult bookstores May.7  SF Downtown  Protest on measure to end rent control May.7  SF Downtown  Protest on measure to end rent control May.20   San Francisco Bay Area home sales climbed nearly 30% May.22  Bay Area  Homes sales get lift, but lid still on prices May.24  Marin County  Home sales move up 39.4% from March May.28   Bay Area Bay Area home prices plummet 20.2% Jun.4   San Francisco Voters Pass Bayview Development
  SF voters considered 8 local propositions in primary election, approving a parcel tax to improve public education.    Measure G Reopens Door On 49er Stadium: In the city's largest redevelopment project since Worl...
Jun.4  Napa  Election: No Growth Limits, Supes Runoff Jun.18  Contra Costa County  43.3% of resold homes foreclosed Jun.24  Bay Area  Bay Area home prices continue steep fall Jun.26  SF Downtown  Builders' trade show feels pain Jul.17   Bay Area Home prices at four-year low Jul.22   San Jose County defaults rose 194.2% to 3,751 Jul.30   Bay Area The plunge in price of homes gets worse
  Prices fell 22.9% in May compared with a year ago. That made the area the 6th worst-performing region in the country
Aug.19  Bay Area  Home Prices Plunge To 53-Month Low Aug.26  Bay Area  Home sales soar as prices plunge Aug.28   South of Market St. Regis penthouse on sale for $70 mil Nov.9   Bay Area Home prices down in 90% of ZIP codes Nov.12  Bay Area  Homeowners owe more than home's worth Nov.25   Bay Area Home prices had annual plunge, 29.5%  Among the 20 cities tracked, the San Francisco metropolitan region has the largest monthly decline, 3.9% Dec.1  Bay Area  600 properties listed below $100,000 Dec.18   Bay Area Home values hit 8-year low
  Bay Area home values plummeted to an eight-year low in November, to the median for existing single-family homes as $350,000
Dec.30   Bay Area Record 31% drop in home prices
  4.2% drop from the prior month. Medians in the Marin, San Francisco and San Mateo counties have held up better than in Alameda, Contra Costa.    Values for the region are still u...




SF Bay Area, Business, 2008 Good Economic News Timeline ... See Bay Area Good Economic News timeline, World Good Economic News timeline Top ^
2008 Jan.14  Oakland  Clorox introduces green line of products May.15  San Francisco  New jobs, houses spur S.F. population Jun.24  San Jose  Racist Rap Costs Novellus Jul.17   Richmond City approves upgrade at refinery



SF Bay Area, Business, 2008 Police Timeline ... See Bay Area Police timeline, World Police timeline Top ^
2008 Dec.17  San Jose City Hall  City to pay $70K in Taser settlement



SF Bay Area, Business, 2008 Commercial Real Estate Timeline ... See Bay Area Commercial Real Estate timeline, World Commercial Real Estate timeline Top ^
2008 Feb.26  SF City Hall  Academy of Art saving Flower Mart Jun.5  Moffett Field  Google leases acreage for complex Dec.18   SF Downtown S.F. Office Rent Dips 22%  The rents made the largest decline in seven years, as the shrinking financial services industry flooded downtown with empty space Dec.22   Palo Alto Fry's exec arrested for embezzlment
  Ausaf Umar Siddiqui arrested on charges he embezzled more than $65 million from Fry's to fuel his lavish lifestyle and pay off debts
 He sent more than $120 million to firms belonging to the Las Vegas Sands and the MGM alone since 2005




SF Bay Area, Business, 2008 LGBT Timeline ... See Bay Area LGBT timeline, World LGBT timeline Top ^
2008 Feb.1  SJSU  Blood drives halted over gay donor ban Feb.8   SF Castro Filmmakers Recreate Harvey Milk March Jun.29   SF Downtown Marriage Freedom Is Focus Of Gay Parade Oct.29  SF Castro  'Milk' Premiere Brings Stars To SF's Castro Nov.5   Google Google pulls out of Yahoo ad partnership



SF Bay Area, Business, 2008 Entertainment Timeline ... See Bay Area Entertainment timeline, World Entertainment timeline Top ^
2008 Jan.1   SF City Hall   Mayor Newsom engaged to actress Siebel
  San Francisco Mayor proposed to actress Jennifer Siebel in Hawaii and the couple are now engaged to be married
Jan.3  SF Zoo  Visitors Show Support For Reopened Zoo Jan.5   SF Zoo Attendance up following fatal tiger attack Feb.8   SF Castro Filmmakers Recreate Harvey Milk March Apr.8   SF Downtown Gere joins torch protests Apr.26   SF Bayview Pelosi Kicks Off Foreclosure Workshop May.22  Oakland  Newsman Dennis Richmond Retires May.25  SF Mission  Thousands Participate, Watch Carnaval May.31  UC Berkeley  Student top female Jeopardy! Player Jun.29   SF Downtown Marriage Freedom Is Focus Of Gay Parade Aug.22  Golden Gate Park  Outside Lands Festival Rocks Park Aug.29  Bay Area  5 of 100 most powerful women in B. Area Oct.11  San Francisco  Lasorda Pulls Out Of Italian Parade Oct.29  SF Castro  'Milk' Premiere Brings Stars To SF's Castro



SF Bay Area, Business, 2008 Business Obituary Timeline ... See Bay Area Business Obituary timeline, World Business Obituary timeline Top ^
2008 Mar.25  San Francisco  Iconic ad man Hal Riney dies May.16   Napa Pioneering winemaker Mondavi dies
  Pioneering vintner Robert Mondavi, who helped put Californian Cabernets and Chardonnays on the world's map, has died at the age of 94
 Mondavi died peacefully at his Napa Valley home. Governor Schwarzenegger said he was 'a true California legend'
Dec.22  Redwood City  Ex-Lockheed president dies



SF Bay Area, Business, 2008 Energy Business Timeline ... See Bay Area Energy Business timeline, World Energy Business timeline Top ^
2008 Jan.8   PG&E PG&E's blacked-out is 10-year record  An estimated 1.9 million to 2.1 million customers lost electricity after the storm's howling winds and driving rain Mar.25  SF Downtown  Supe Looks To Curb Business Energy Use Mar.29  San Francisco  City to go dark for Earth Hour Aug.14  PG&E  PG&E plans big investment in solar power



SF Bay Area, Business, 2008 Sex Crime Timeline ... See Bay Area Sex Crime timeline, World Sex Crime timeline Top ^
2008 Mar.6  SF Downtown  Sex assault in hotel