SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle

September 29, 2014 11:03 ET

Sound the Foghorns! SFGate and Mayor Ed Lee Kick Off Citywide Celebration From Bridge to Bay on Nov. 5

Mayor Ed Lee and SFGate Announce LoveLocalSF and Call on the Community to Celebrate the Unique Culture and People of San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwired - Sep 29, 2014) - The San Francisco Chronicle's SFGate celebrates its 20th anniversary this year as the leading online voice of San Francisco. Since 1994, it has been at the forefront of telling the stories of San Francisco -- from Super Bowl and World Series championships, to dot-com booms and busts, to the legalization of same-sex marriage. In recognition of SFGate's anniversary, SFGate and Mayor Ed Lee have teamed up to announce LoveLocalSF Day on Nov. 5 -- a special day to honor the City, its people and the places that make San Francisco unique.

"As the birthplace of many of our nation's defining social and political movements, and as a haven for artists, dreamers, activists and entrepreneurs, San Francisco has both a historic and growing presence in the world. LoveLocalSF Day will reflect the spirit of the City by the Bay and serve as a catalyst to bring people together to revel in all that San Francisco has to offer," Mayor Ed Lee said. "I welcome everyone to participate by creating your own pop-up events, promotions, parties, art, music and community service activities in your neighborhood that embody the uniqueness and culture of San Francisco. On Nov. 5, I encourage everyone, in San Francisco and around the Bay Area, to wear red, as a symbol of love for our City."

"For 20 years, SFGate has provided a 360-degree view of San Francisco and has long served as the go-to site for anyone looking to get purposeful, fast and immediate breaking news, or a quick taste of what is happening in San Francisco," said Kristine Shine, president of The San Francisco Chronicle. "There is no better way to commemorate our anniversary than to share it with the people of San Francisco who have inspired 20 years of storytelling. We want LoveLocalSF to be the biggest crowd-sourced party the City has ever seen!"   

To celebrate LoveLocalSF Day, SFGate will send a double-decker bus with a San Francisco-themed show roving the City throughout the day Nov. 5. The performances will be emblematic of San Francisco's eclectic character.

To date, 826 Valencia, the Contemporary Jewish Museum, Coqueta, Golden Gate Moms Group, Muttville, San Francisco Ballet, SF Food Bank, Sports Basement, State Bird Provisions, Union Square Ice Rink and many others have already signed on to participate Nov. 5. For details about #LoveLocalSF and how to get involved, visit the LoveLocalSF hub at

In conjunction with the community events on Nov. 5, SFGate will feature a series of lists highlighting the best local favorites, such as the top street style looks, Bay Area power couples, signature dishes and drinks, the oldest bars and feel-good stories of the year.

In addition, SFGate will launch a "Locals We Love Bracket Challenge." Readers will vote for their favorites across a series of categories including the Bay Area's most important sports icons, the most influential business and technology leaders and the most important cultural icons of the past 20 years. At the end of the challenge, the top vote-getters in each category will be recognized as the most loved by SFGate readers.

To kick off LoveLocalSF, SFGate has created a playlist that includes cherished songs about The City by the Bay, as well as songs by iconic artists from San Francisco. The LoveLocalSF playlist can be accessed and shared on Spotify here.

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