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2005 Stories by Matt Smith

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  • The Storm of the Teeth

    published May 18, 2005

    Norman Hobday sits at the north end of his SOMA fern bar in a wrinkled T-shirt, stained overalls, disheveled short gray hair, and gray stubble,... More >>

  • Gridlock

    published May 4, 2005

    On a drizzly Thursday afternoon in April a pair of construction workers in orange Mitchell Engineering vests mucked around with shovels on the... More >>

  • The Politics of Cynicism

    published April 27, 2005

    Ordinarily, to keep my cynicism levels in check, I write about politics the minimum amount that allows me to hold onto my job commenting on our... More >>

  • The 2005 Pulitzer Prize for Distinguished Public Relations

    published April 13, 2005

    Publicists have a dreary and emotionally exhausting job. Daily, they must cold-call and suck up to journalists in attempts to forge relationships... More >>

  • Dumb as a Potted Plant

    published April 6, 2005

    I like Mark Leno. He has the straight-laced disposition of a mortician, which juxtaposes nicely with his role as one of the California Assembly's... More >>

  • I Picket, Ergo Sum

    published March 30, 2005

    Last Monday I received a note titled "PHILOSOPHERS TO PICKET IN SUPPORT OF HOTEL WORKERS" from Phil Gasper, a philosophy professor at a school in... More >>

  • Wrong Prescription

    published March 23, 2005

    Let's say you're happily planting tomatoes, stalking an ex-boyfriend, or whatever it is you do, when a vein in your brain sprouts a bulge like a... More >>

  • Anus, Already

    published March 2, 2005

    Peeking from the clutter of my desk screams the infuriated text of a newsletter sent to me monthly by the Small Property Owners of San Francisco.... More >>

  • The Daly Show

    published February 23, 2005

    In the usually spite-soaked rag that is local San Francisco politics, it was refreshing to run across Supervisor Jake McGoldrick last week sharing... More >>

  • Unbalanced Budgeting

    published February 16, 2005

    The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency -- the bureaucracy that runs our bus and light-rail systems, city-owned parking garages, and... More >>

  • Chemical Welfare

    published February 9, 2005

    When Bechtel Corp. inflates federal infrastructure contracts, manipulates politicians into serving the company's economic ends, and egregiously... More >>

  • Tsunami Politics

    published January 26, 2005

    As Supervisor Chris Daly weaves, bobs, and grandstands in an attempt to squeeze $1 million in tsunami relief from within San Francisco's budget... More >>

  • Make Public Dog Sex Legal

    published January 19, 2005

    A few months ago, in the warren of back yards that stretches east from our third-floor rear window, my wife heard a chorus of yawps, yells, barks,... More >>

  • The Parmalat Syndrome

    published January 12, 2005

    There is a huge unfolding American corporate scandal that U.S. officials don't seem to consider an American corporate scandal, a scandal so... More >>

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