Community Briefing

WATER MEETING TONIGHT IN SONORA: The San Francisco Planning Department will seek public comment tonight in Sonora on a $4.3 billion plan to rebuild San Francisco's water system. A key component of the plan would allow the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission to divert -- by 2030 -- up to an additional 25 million gallons of water a day from the upper Tuolumne River. The system also would be refurbished to make it less vulnerable to earthquake damage, among other things. Tonight's hearing begins at 6:30 at the Sonora Opera House, 250 S. Washington St. A public hearing also is scheduled Thursday in Modesto, beginning at 6:30 p.m. at the Thomas Downey High School cafeteria, 1000 Coffee Road.

YOSEMITE LOW ON GAS: A service station providing roadside services to Yosemite National Park visitors will close for six weeks, starting Monday, to complete system upgrades. The facility, at Crane Flat on Highway 120 northwest of Yosemite Valley and east of Groveland, will resume gasoline sales and other retail services on Oct. 19. Two other Yosemite service stations will continue to provide patrons with gasoline: the Wawona facility, 25 miles from Yosemite Valley on State Route 41 near Yosemite's south entrance, and the Tuolumne Meadows facility, 51 miles from Yosemite Valley on Tioga Road in the high country, the latter closing for the winter season at 5 p.m. on Sept. 30. Park visitors always should plan their trips carefully and know the gas mileage limitations of their vehicles. Service schedules are subject to change without notice because of weather or other factors. For the latest information, call 372-1001.