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The California crab — fat, plentiful and relatively cheap — clatters once more on Bay Area dinner plates after four sparse years. Supermarkets offer the red-shelled Humboldt variety (brought in at Eureka and Crescent City) for $1.29 a pound these days. — Jan. 6

President Ford signed a proclamation terminating the executive order which sent more than 112,000 Japanese-Americans to internment camps during World War II. Executive Order 9066 was signed by President Franklin D. Roosevelt 34 years ago today and was never really lifted. — Feb. 19

As a symbolic austerity gesture, Mayor Moscone stops weekly delivery of Golden Gate Park flowers to his office. Park department mistakenly cuts all City Hall deliveries, causing political tempest in a flower pot. — March 3

Patricia Hearst is sentenced to 25 years in prison for 1974 S.F. bank robbery with SLA. — April 12

Conditions along Market Street, especially between Fourth and Eighth streets, have deteriorated to a point where merchants are boiling mad. Business operators meet with Police Chief Charles Gain to complain of "hundreds of winos, panhandlers, pimps, prostitutes, pickpockets and shoplifters." — May 19

Residence limit for city employees extended from 30 to 34.5 miles after policeman's wife points out that the law says "airline miles" and airlines use nautical miles, which equal 1.15 ordinary miles. New legal homes for city employees include Inverness, Pittsburg and Pleasanton. — June 4

The San Francisco version of the Bicentennial didn't exactly follow the script. A traffic jam and fog spoiled the view of a huge Alcatraz fireworks display. — July 5

Drought strikes: Water bills being sent to San Franciscans this month carry notices admonishing them to conserve water. — July 8

There's a growing movement, up and down the California coast, to legalize nude sunbathing, now punishable by a $500 fine and/or a six-month term in the clinker. — Aug. 19

The unexpectedly aggressive San Francisco debate between President Ford and Jimmy Carter set off political shock waves. In the debate at the Palace of Fine Arts, Carter accused the President of making an "absolute distortion" of his position. Later, Ford said Carter was "totally inaccurate" on another matter. — Oct. 7

Mayor Moscone met with The City's top criminal justice officials last night to map an attack on crime and violence on the Municipal Railway. — Nov. 17

"Channel 5's hiring of KCBS radio personality Dave McElhatton to anchor its 6, 7 and 11 p.m. newscasts with Lynne Joiner is a bold stroke — either a flash of genius or an incredible blunder. I think it was a great idea." — TV critic Bill Mandel, Dec. 7

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