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The Presidio Strikes Backnew

As George Lucas' tech-focused art museum duels with history and nature museums for a key spot on Crissy Field, the Presidio Trust considers going big and allowing all three.
San Francisco Bay Guardian  |  Joe Fitzgerald Rodriguez  |  11-20-2013  |  Housing & Development

On Utopian Frequenciesnew

The month-long Streetopia festival in San Francisco takes it to the streets with visual art, music, panels, workshops, ritual, community, and a bonus eclipse!
San Francisco Bay Guardian  |  Nicole Gluckstern  |  05-31-2012  |  Performance

Will San Francisco's Sunshine Ordinance Finally Get Some Teeth?new

On the same evening the Police Commission shot down Chief George Gascón's plan to arm his officers with Tasers, a Sunshine Ordinance Task Force committee reviewed a proposal to give itself a set of tools that could help nail officials that violate public information laws.
San Francisco Bay Guardian  |  Sarah Phelan  |  03-10-2010  |  Politics

San Francisco's Employment Rate is Relatively Good, but Leaders Can Create More Jobsnew

Last month, Mayor Gavin Newsom held a press conference at the upscale hot-dog restaurant Show Dogs, packed it with press and midlevel bureaucrats, showed up late, and then led an endless platitude-fest about his plans to promote jobs in San Francisco.
SF Weekly  |  Matt Smith  |  02-17-2010  |  Economy

Don Cameron Trains Cops in How to Use Force, Then Defends Themnew

Long ago, Don Cameron set upon a path that would make him a Rosetta Stone for understanding what happens when someone gets his ass kicked by a cop. For most of us, that's a brutish prospect. But to hear Cameron tell it, done correctly, it's justified.
SF Weekly  |  Matt Smith  |  02-17-2010  |  Crime & Justice

Surfers Think City's Exposed Sewage Tunnel Warning is a Bunch of Crapnew

Though less famous than its San Diego–area namesake, San Francisco's Ocean Beach is anything but unknown to surfers: Its three miles of coastline provide "a world-class surf spot," says surfer Josh Berry. However, the recent spate of storms means surfing there could soon get shitty.
SF Weekly  |  Chris Roberts  |  02-03-2010  |  Environment

Will a Big-Name Dem Run Away With the Attorney General's Race?new

You might intuit Rep. Jackie Speier, the frosh congresswoman from the Peninsula, doesn't like her new job in Washington, D.C. - if, before her first full term is even up, her name is appearing in a poll for another elected office.
SF Weekly  |  Joe Eskenazi  |  02-03-2010  |  Politics

While Mayor Vows to Reduce Homeless Population, City Eyes Cutting Shelter Bedsnew

Gavin Newsom has earned a reputation as someone willing to make passionate statements about plans to fix up public housing, reform the civil service system, upgrade parks, or reduce homelessness, and then quickly turn away as if he'd never said anything at all.
SF Weekly  |  Matt Smith  |  01-20-2010  |  Policy Issues

Unleashed: A Brutal Attack has Revived a Battle Over Canine Controlnew

In November, two police officers found 74-year-old Marion Cope sitting on the ground in Huntington Park, clutching her bleeding right leg. The officers had responded to a call about a dog attack at the small patch of public land, which sits in the shadows of three luxury hotels atop exclusive Nob Hill.
SF Weekly  |  Peter Jamison  |  01-20-2010  |  Animal Issues

Todd Smith's Shady Venturenew

If you asked Todd Smith seven or eight years ago what he'd be doing by 2010, the words "online sunglasses entrepreneur" probably would never have come out of his mouth. But after losing his job at Merrill Lynch, he decided to turn his fashionable hobby into a new online business venture.
Pittsburgh City Paper  |  Charlie Deitch  |  01-11-2010  |  Fashion

Is San Francisco Spending Too Much Money?new

What makes San Francisco “the worst-run big city in the U.S.?” Well, part of it, said SF Weekly, is the fact that SF spends more money per capita than any comparable city and county. In fact, according to a chart the paper included in its story, SF spends more than twice as much per capita as Philadelphia.
San Francisco Bay Guardian  |  Tim Redmond  |  01-06-2010  |  Commentary

For Paroled Sex Offenders in San Francisco, Only One Choice: Life on the Streetsnew

In 2006, voters passed Jessica's Law, a ballot measure promising to better track people who'd committed sex crimes. Such people would be banned from living 2,000 feet from a park or school. In densely populated San Francisco, that basically means they can't live anywhere at all.
SF Weekly  |  Lauren Smiley  |  12-30-2009  |  Crime & Justice

How Artsy Renegades Reignited a Movement to Reclaim the Urban Environmentnew

Increasingly, the tactics and spirit of outlaw urbanists, designers, and artists are being adopted inside San Francisco City Hall, and the result is starting to look like a real urban design revolution -- one that harks back to a movement that was interrupted back in the 1970s.
San Francisco Bay Guardian  |  Molly Freedenberg and Steven T. Jones  |  11-18-2009  |  Housing & Development

How San Francisco's Sanctuary Sellout Hurts Undocumented Teensnew

Before: The city coddled undocumented teen criminals. After: The city punishes undocumented teens who commit crimes (and some who don't, too).
SF Weekly  |  Lauren Smiley  |  11-18-2009  |  Immigration

Rolling Strikes are Fresh Tactic in the Labor Struggle Against Hotel Chainsnew

Two consecutive three-day strikes by San Francisco hotel workers signaled a change in strategy for local labor, which is struggling to hold on to past gains in an increasingly bitter contract dispute during this economic downturn.
San Francisco Bay Guardian  |  Dan Abbott  |  11-18-2009  |  Business & Labor

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