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2008 Stories by Joe Eskenazi

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  • The LOL Year in Review

    published December 31, 2008

    Just check out any newsstand right now and you'll see that 'tis the season — for year-in-review issues. While the annual lookback is an... More >>

  • R.I.P: Dr. Dan Kliman

    published December 10, 2008

    In death, unlike life, Dan Kliman was easy to describe. In death, he is the man who fatally plunged down the elevator shaft of a San Francisco... More >>

  • Long Shot

    published November 26, 2008

    After striking the ball past Chinese goalkeeper Gao Hong, Brandi Chastain whipped off her shirt in what was likely the world's most-watched... More >>

  • He's No Menace

    published November 19, 2008

    As the implosion of the No on Prop. 8 campaign devolves into a melee of finger-pointing — Blacks! Mormons! Black Mormons! — the... More >>

  • Voodoo on the Vine

    published November 19, 2008

    In a remote corner of the Benziger Family Winery, you can just barely hear the tour guide's voice from over the adjacent ridge. Sightseers will... More >>

  • Take the Rude Train

    published November 12, 2008

    If you're looking for chivalry, search elsewhere than on the 8:05 a.m. BART to Millbrae. With the recent birth of her first child, a Bay Area... More >>

  • Landlords no longer holding General Hospital bond hostage

    published October 15, 2008

    In the film John Q., a disgruntled Denzel Washington takes hostages in a hospital. Here in San Francisco, we do things differently.... More >>

  • Controversial police ticketing program gets makeover

    published October 15, 2008

    The San Francisco Police Department wasted no time overhauling the Safe Paths of Travel (SPOT) program, which was the subject of SF... More >>

  • Building Overtime

    published October 8, 2008

    Six hundred and twenty-two dollars and eighty-one cents. This is a figure virtually every builder toiling within San Francisco city limits has... More >>

  • Law Requires Lobbyists to Disclose Little

    published September 10, 2008

    When it comes to obfuscation, some city lobbyists have apparently taken Bill Clinton's seminar regarding what the meaning of the word "is" is.... More >>

  • Treasure Island museum in witness protection program

    published August 27, 2008

    It may sound strange, but both the president and vice president of the Treasure Island Museum are uncertain exactly where their museum... More >>

  • Going for Gold

    published August 27, 2008

    A quick glance through a propped-open door at Kezar Pavilion reveals a dozen or so women of Amazonian proportions outfitted in snazzy black... More >>

  • S.F. schools sometimes rely on kids to translate bad news to parents

    published August 13, 2008

    According to the San Francisco Unified School District, thousands of conversations take place each day with parents who do not speak English at... More >>

  • Guv candidate Gavin Newsom eligible for $48,000 campaign donations

    published July 30, 2008

    If you've got a soft spot in your heart for Gavin Newsom — and, say, $48,200 burning a hole in your pocket — the mayor would like... More >>

  • The 12-year-old behind the Craigslist cockatiel scam

    published July 30, 2008

    John Fetto's wife, Rita, loved their bird, Valentine. Five years ago, Rita died of breast cancer at age 47. So when Valentine flew out of... More >>

  • Blood, Sweat, and Tutus

    published July 23, 2008

    In retrospect, the skirt was just too damn long. "I was a little concerned. But they said, 'Can you please try it at this length?' And... More >>

  • The Price of Failure

    published July 9, 2008

    On a recent sweltering evening, Big Mike (aka Cab Man) took out his frustrations on a heaping plate of thighs and wings at Louisiana Famous... More >>

  • The queer race to be chair of SF's Democratic Party

    published July 9, 2008

    A koan for San Francisco: If an election pits a straight candidate against a gay candidate, and if a straight member of a gay political club... More >>

  • FlounderAde

    published June 11, 2008

    City dwellers may have noticed an eye-catching set of ads around town featuring a Godzilla-sized version of 49ers quarterback Alex Smith... More >>

  • The Gay Divorcees

    published June 4, 2008

    Barring a last-minute stay of the California Supreme Court's May decision, the state will begin allowing same-sex couples to wed on June 17.... More >>

  • Pay to Sway

    published May 28, 2008

    Stop us if you've heard this one: A developer and a city planner walk into a bar ... Actually, it's not so much a bar but a "gala." And all the... More >>

  • Neither rain nor snow, nor heavy campaign mail sidelines mail carrier

    published May 28, 2008

    An ascent up the 250-odd steps of Harry Street — a street in name only — carries you past wildly painted cottages, verdant gardens,... More >>

  • Postal employees not happy about working in the Tenderloin

    published May 21, 2008

    Life seems so much simpler when you only read press releases. Take the one issued last week by the United States Postal Service. The residents... More >>

  • Comcast ads anger taqueria owners

    published May 7, 2008

    While it may not rise to the level of Fajitagate, a series of local advertisements have some San Francisco taqueria owners crying... More >>

  • An Inconvenient Plant

    published April 16, 2008

    A beer bottle cap sails off the porch and glides toward Baker Beach far below. Videogame music and howls of trash talk waft downward, along... More >>

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