San Francisco and “The Ugly Law”


Most US states have their share of bizarre, borderline offensive and sometimes just very dated laws. Take North Carolina and it’s “Bingo games cannot last more than 5 hours.” law. Or how it’s illegal to sell your eyeballs in Texas. Bear Wrestling matches? Yeah, it’s prohibited in Alabama. Our dear San Francisco isn’t any different. For a decade (1860s-1870s), several major cities had something called The Ugly Law which makes it illegal for “unsightly” or “not-very-pleasant-to-look-at” people to appear in public.  The very first appearance of this law was said to be in 1897 in our very own city. One of the most commonly cited one is that from Paris, Illinois- The City of Paris Ordinance. It states:


No person who is diseased, maimed, mutilated or in any way deformed so as to be an unsightly or disgusting object or improper person to be allowed in or on the public ways or other public places in this city, or shall therein or thereon expose himself to public view, under a penalty of not less than one dollar nor more than fifty dollars for each offense.



Although some silly laws are still in effect in a lot of our cities and states, the San Francisco Ugly Law has long been gone from San Francisco. Do you know of other odd old or existing laws? Let us know!

rebecCAREaltor series: Wonder Dog Rescue

Animals have always held a special place in Rebecca’s heart. The new addition to the rebecCAREaltor program is Bay Area’s own Wonder Dog Rescue!


Wonder Dog Rescue is a community of volunteers committed to saving lives and finding adopters for vulnerable homeless dogs throughout Northern California. Experienced volunteers mentor and support newcomers, empowering each to use their individual gifts to change the lives of dogs from their very first days with us. We embrace the Power of Foster, placing dogs with supportive foster families immediately, providing each a place to heal and to grow into the loving dog they were meant to be.

As any non-profit organization, there are a lot of ways to help including fostering, adoption, donating and volunteering. Find out how you can support Wonder Dog Rescue now. Our furry friends need our help now more than ever!

Wonder Dog Rescue

Office Address: 2926 16th Street, San Francisco, CA 94103
Mailing Address: PO Box 40121 San Francisco, CA 94140-0121
tel: 415.621.3647 ~or~ email

The rebecCAREaltor program aims to give back to the community through Rebecca’s work and your support. A portion of your real estate transaction commission will be donated to one of Rebecca’s favorite charities or to one of your choice under your name. Contact us for more information on how you can help.

Did you know these foods originated in San Francisco?

San Francisco, mecca of cultures, religions and ethnicities has become one of the best foodie cities in the United States. Although we boast of cuisines and food items we’re best known for, these ones should be on top of everyone’s list as “Very San Francisco”. Why? Because pioneers that we are, they originated here in the Bay Area!


Hangtown Fry

Hangtown fry was an omelette made famous during the California Gold Rush in the 1850s. The dish was invented in Placerville, California, then known as Hangtown. According to most accounts, the dish was invented when a gold prospector struck it rich, headed to the Cary House Hotel, and demanded the most expensive dish that the kitchen could provide. The most expensive ingredients available were eggs, which were delicate and had to be carefully brought to the mining town; bacon, which was shipped from the East Coast, and oysters, which had to be brought on ice from San Francisco, over 100 miles away. The dish was popularized by Tadich Grill in San Francisco, where it has apparently been on the menu for 160 years.


California Sourdough Bread

This is not a stretch! Although one of the oldest sourdough breads was excavated from Switzerland, French bakers brought sourdough techniques to Northern California during the California Gold Rush, and it remains a part of the culture of San Francisco today. The nickname remains in “Sourdough Sam”, the mascot of the San Francisco 49ers. Sourdough has long been associated with the 1849 gold prospectors, though they were more likely to make bread with commercial yeast or baking soda.

pan-fried sand dabs

Pacific Sanddabs

Served only in Californian restaurants, the sanddab is a species of flatfish. It is a popular game fish in northern California, found on menus in the Monterey Bay and San Francisco area, though more difficult to find in southern California restaurants and markets. Usually sold frozen, some regard it as a delicacy, but it is very affordable and quite delicious.


It’s It

In 1928, a celebrated San Francisco tradition began. George Whitney placed a scoop of creamy vanilla ice cream between two freshly baked large old-fashioned oatmeal cookies, and then dipped the sandwich into fine dark chocolate. The delicious combination of savory sweetness was declared by all to be “IT!” That how the IT’S-IT Ice Cream Sandwich was born and got its unforgettable name, being sold in droves exclusively in San Francisco’s own legendary Playland-at-the-Beach for over four decades.



In 1895, Italian-born immigrant Charlie DeDomenico moved to California, where he set up a fresh produce store. A successful businessman, he married Maria Ferrigno from Salerno, Italy. Back home, her family owned a pasta factory, so in 1912 she persuaded him to set up a similar business in the Mission District of San Francisco. The enterprise became known as Gragnano Products, Inc. It delivered pasta to Italian stores and restaurants in the area. In 1934, Paskey changed the name to Golden Grain Macaroni Company. Inspired by the pilaf recipe she received from Mrs. Pailadzo Captanian, Tom’s wife, Lois, created a dish of rice and macaroni, which she served at a family dinner. In 1958, Vince invented Rice-A-Roni by adding a dry chicken soup mix to rice and macaroni. It was introduced in 1958 and went nationwide four years later. Because of its origins, it was called “The San Francisco Treat!”.

Do you know of other food items originating in San Francisco? Let us know via comments!

rebecCAREaltor series: Glide Foundation San Francisco

One of Rebecca White’s favorite charitable institutions, GLIDE Foundation San Francisco has been around since the 1920s- beginning with Methodist philanthropist Lizzie Glide purchasing a parcel of land at the intersection of Ellis and Taylor Streets in San Francisco.


The construction of what is known as GLIDE Memorial United Methodist Church was completed two years later. It is affiliated with the United Methodist Church. Since then, its contributions to the community have been recognized by renowned figures such as Maya Angelou, Oprah Winfrey, and Bill Clinton, among many.



A radically inclusive, just and loving community mobilized to alleviate
suffering and break the cycles of
poverty and marginalization.


GLIDE operates with a radically simple methodology: love, acceptance, and compassion, which we apply through programs in Wellness, Growth, Spirit, and Leadership.


Here are some of GLIDE’s existing programs:

“Meeting people where they are” means that change begins with healing. Working with empathy, preserving dignity, and practicing mutual respect, our Wellness programs lift people’s bodies and spirits.


What does it take to transform the world? In developing initiatives from youth education programs to our innovative urban rooftop garden, GLIDE is encouraging people to make our world better, imagine possibilities, and overcome obstacles on the path to self-sufficiency, self-respect, and personal success.


Whether you are dancing at GLIDE’s Sunday Celebrations or working with our Social Justice Team, GLIDE invites you to affirm our shared humanity and a common need to give and receive. We celebrate beauty, imagination, spirituality, and hope.


GLIDE’s communities are at the forefront of what is happening now – culturally, socially, and politically. Our Leadership programs connect individual actions with a profound impact on the world. Glide leaders take risks to break down boundaries. We allow our own personal transformations and drive innovation tuned to the needs of real people.


Interested in learning more and donating? Follow this link.

The rebecCAREaltor brand aims to give back to the community through Rebecca’s work and your support. A portion of your real estate transaction commission will be donated to one of Rebecca’s favorite charities or to one of your choice under your name. Contact us for more information on how you can help. 

Rebecca’s Tips: Rainy Days in SF


Rain is something the city doesn’t experience too often. When San Franciscans say rain, it could be anywhere from a heavy mist enough to coat the ground wet to slight drizzling to sometimes well, a pour.

Because of this scarcity, a rainy day isn’t really something most of us prepare for. Here are Rebecca’s tips for SF rainy day activities:

Watch a Foreign or Independent Film

With a very selective taste in movies to show plus what we hear are very comfortable seats, visit the Landmark Embarcadero.

Get or Stay Active

Visit Planet Granite at the heart of The Presidio. Go climbing or bouldering with views of Crissy Field. Enjoy 25,000 sqft of fitness equipment and activities including climbing, cardio and yoga.


With a multitude of hands-on activities, The Exploratorium is somewhere you can spend tons of hours on a rainy day. Located at Embarcadero and Green St, you know you can follow up this location with a lot more others whether it’s restaurants, shops or recreation.


Located at the top of Nob Hill, Grace Cathedral is a sight to see whether you’re religious or not. This iconic structure houses an indoor labyrinth which is meant to be meditative. Try to allot at least 30 minutes to go through the labyrinth surrounded by beautiful architecture. Plus, there’s a gift shop at basement level.

Learn New Cooking Techniques

Want to learn the art of dumplings? Maybe you’re more of a pastry person and want to expand your knowledge on cake decorating or chocolate techniques? Or maybe you want to start eating healthier and in need of gluten-free or organic preparations. Stop by San Francisco Cooking School. They have a variety of classes led by industry-respected instructors.

Go Wine Tasting 

From SF to Treasure Island, we don’t really have a shortage of wine tasting rooms. Indulge by yourself, with a partner or friends!


With a variety of shopping establishments often housing +-50 retail shops, you will never run out of things to buy or look at. Consider The Westfield, Pier 1, Stonestown Galleria and more!

Stay In and Relax

Go ahead and get up just a tad bit later. Binge on Netflix shows. Read a book. Just enjoy the rain. Afterall, it’s not going to last forever.