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2007 Stories by Matt Smith

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  • The Mayor Yells Fire

    published May 23, 2007

    On Friday, May 11, Mayor Gavin Newsom released a blue-ribbon commission report saying San Francisco public housing is so decrepit it would take... More >>

  • Golf in the Hole

    published May 9, 2007

    During the past couple months, staffers in Mayor Gavin Newsom's Department of Recreation and Park have been telling anyone who'll listen that the... More >>

  • Flip That Housing Authority

    published May 2, 2007

    Late afternoon last Thursday at San Francisco's Soweto, a housing project known as Hunters View, wouldn't ordinarily be described as "troubled,"... More >>

  • A Step Forward

    published April 18, 2007

    Judging from the hale, serene demeanor of the co-lead barrister in the small-business and civil-rights litigation firm at Two Shaw Alley, there's... More >>

  • Union Disunity

    published April 11, 2007

    “With time, my loss of Cassie began to transform the way I approached life.” —Andy Stern, Getting America Back... More >>

  • Making (Radio) Waves

    published March 28, 2007

    Thin, polite, deliberate, and articulate Doug Loranger offers me a seat in his Western Addition flat and turns on a television set to a video he... More >>

  • Bambi Must Die

    published March 21, 2007

    Sitting at a German restaurant near the S.F. opera house with three gravy-covered strips of meat in front of me, a glass of darkish beer to my... More >>

  • A Walk in the Park

    published March 14, 2007

    For 40 years San Francisco has barred cars from the eastern section of Golden Gate Park on Sundays. The quiet, safe expanse of parkway has over... More >>

  • Free Trade (in Doctors)

    published March 7, 2007

    With its thousands of acres of universities, conservatories, libraries, bookstores, teaching hospitals, med schools, and other enterprises... More >>

  • Shake-down Tour

    published February 28, 2007

    Mauro Gianetti, the elegantly thin, fashionably bald Swiss former pro racer who runs the Spanish Saunier Duval-Prodir cycling team, engages me by... More >>

  • Harboring a Land Bonanza

    published February 14, 2007

    San Francisco Plumbers union boss Larry Mazzola's quest to turn a concert venue into an Indian gambling casino hit a significant roadblock last... More >>

  • Par for the Course

    published February 7, 2007

    I know what some of you are thinking: "Cool, San Francisco has a white Marion Barry." But I urge you to reconsider. To begin with, Gavin... More >>

  • Our Money Flies Out of SFO

    published January 31, 2007

    Imagine a place where bureaucrats cause millions of public dollars to disappear into a private company, mislead the people of an impoverished... More >>

  • Burnt Man

    published January 24, 2007

    In June 1976 17-year-old John Law hitchhiked to San Francisco, checked into a youth hostel, and learned from the innkeeper that he'd arrived too... More >>

  • Let the Gaming Begin

    published January 17, 2007

    Democratic members of Congress say they'll forgo gifts from lobbyists such as skybox parties and rides in comfy corporate jets, and... More >>

  • A Union Made in Political Heaven

    published January 10, 2007

    Democratic members of Congress say they'll forgo the gifts from lobbyists such as skybox parties and rides in comfy corporate jets, and... More >>

  • Drive-by Reporting

    published January 10, 2007

    Woo hoo! Last Thursday, San Francisco became hometown to the world's most powerful woman. Party on dudes, er, babes, er, ladies, um, anyway:... More >>

  • Song Cycle

    published January 3, 2007

    On Oct. 27, 32-year-old composer Flip Baber was driving through downtown San Francisco to see a movie when he got stuck in traffic. The movie... More >>

  • Porkmistress Pelosi

    published January 3, 2007

    Though Nancy Pelosi only emerged from the starting gate Tuesday as American history's most powerful woman, she's been hinting for weeks at what's... More >>

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