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SFO mourns the loss of Maria Lourdes Soza, an employee of the Subway food and beverage facility in Terminal 3. Maria was slain by a stray bullet outside the family’s duplex in the Bayview neighborhood on January 28, 2015 while her three children stood just a few feet away. She was employed by Subway for the past eight years and the last position she held was Assistant Manager. “Everybody loved Maria because she was very friendly,” remarked Soza’s sister, who is also named Maria and is the SFO Subway Manager. “She treated customers like family. She was a very hard working woman and always...
The Sunflower is July 2014 Plant of the Month. The Sunflower reminds us of summer days and happy times. Sunflowers are easy to grow as they grow rapidly and can easily reach a height of 6 feet in just three months’ time. Sunflowers grow best in a sunny location, and once they get started, they are drought tolerant. A distinguishing feature of the Sunflower is the flower head tracks the movement of the sun. Sunflowers are an important agricultural crop worldwide. A single flower can produce up to 2,000 seeds which are used for making cooking oil, medicine, paint, animal feed, biodiesel as well...
On June 19, 2014, SFO announced the latest enhancement to its Clean Vehicle infrastructure, outlining plans to install four high-speed electric vehicle (EV) chargers at the Airport’s Cell Phone Lot. The 480-volt “fast-chargers”, which can fully charge most EVs in about 30 minutes, were made possible by a grant from the California Energy Commission (CEC) to the Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD), which will supply the units to SFO. “We are proud to be an industry leader in Clean Vehicle policy,” said Chief Operating Officer Ivar Satero. “We have achieved this through strong...
The June 2014 Plant of the Month is Asiatic lilies. Asiatic and Oriental lilies are the two most popular types of lilies for ornamental gardens. Asiatic lilies are among the easiest to grow. They're very hardy, need no staking, and are not particularly fussy about soil, as long as it drains well. Oriental lilies have become increasingly popular, due to their large, exotic (often frilly) blooms and heavy, sweet perfume. They can be grown successfully in much of the Bay Area, provided the soil is organic and acidic with good drainage, and you mulch them heavily each fall. For the next couple of...
Mary Agnes and Penny Ann, two sisters who were adopted by different families as children, recently experienced a very special reunion at SFO after being separated for nearly five decades. Mary Agnes and Penny Ann were born in the 1950s. Their mother was unable to care for them and they were removed by social services when Penny Ann was a baby and Mary Agnes was two years old. Initially, they were in the same foster home, but in 1956, they were adopted by different families in the greater Chicago area. Mary Agnes knew that she had younger sister, but Penny Ann did not remember Mary Agnes and...

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