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Thursday, August 27, 2015

Airbnb Hires Bill Clinton Spin Doctor to Manage PR

Posted By on Thu, Aug 27, 2015 at 1:41 PM

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  • Chris Lehane at the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival

Airbnb is doing whatever it can to defeat Prop F, the ballot measure that would outlaw listing a San Francisco housing unit on Airbnb or other "home-sharing" websites for more than 75 nights per year. Whether cutting checks to the city’s political power brokers, waging an advertising charm offensive, comparing itself to Ellis Island, or turning “homespun Americana horseshit” into a PR opportunity, Airbnb is determined to come out on top.

Today, the company announced it has hired former White House strategist Chris Lehane to be its new head of global policy and public affairs. Lehane, nicknamed the “Master of Disaster,” is a high-profile spin doctor best known for managing fallout from Whitewater and the Monica Lewinsky affair during Bill Clinton’s scandal-plagued presidency.

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Yesterday's Crimes: A Summer of Dismembered Drug Dealers in the Haight

Posted By on Thu, Aug 27, 2015 at 11:29 AM

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It was barely August, and the Summer of Love was already getting ugly.

I'm not just talking about pools of vomit on the corner of Clayton Street and raging cases of gonorrhea. No, the ugly I'm talking about involves severed arms, a wannabe Evel Knievel, and maybe even the mob.

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Taxi Drivers Say SFO Lets Uber, Lyft, and Sidecar Break Airport Rules

Posted By on Thu, Aug 27, 2015 at 11:01 AM

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At a press conference on the steps of City Hall yesterday, The San Francisco Taxi Workers Alliance (SFTWA), SF Yellow Cab, and Luxor Cab came out swinging against ride-hail apps at SFO.

“Cab companies are not against innovation. We love innovation. What [ride-hail companies] brought to the table is great. What they’re trying to attempt to do is good. We’ve learned from it, too. We have apps,” said Jim Gillespie, President and General Manager of Yellow Cab.

The issue, Gillespie said, is public safety.

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Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Man Robbed by Fake Cops in the Mission District

Posted By on Wed, Aug 26, 2015 at 1:28 PM

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  • The real deal.


Here’s an odd incident:

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Suspect in Virginia Shooting Has Ties to San Francisco

Posted By on Wed, Aug 26, 2015 at 10:04 AM

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The alleged gunman who shot and killed two members of a TV news crew in Roanoke, Virginia, this morning has ties to San Francisco.

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Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Mayor Lee Tells the Homeless To Leave During the Super Bowl

Posted By on Tue, Aug 25, 2015 at 11:52 AM

Ed Lee isn’t one to let human rights get in the way of a dollar, as his latest tone-deaf remarks on the homeless indicate.

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Monday, August 24, 2015

Uber Launches New Service That's Basically a Bus — Only Worse

Posted By on Mon, Aug 24, 2015 at 5:03 PM

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Ask Uber CEO Travis Kalanick to describe his idea of a perfect ride and he’ll probably say: neverending.

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Embarcadero BART Station Closed Due to Medical Emergency

Posted By on Mon, Aug 24, 2015 at 2:25 PM

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It’s shaping up to be a tough day for BART.

This morning, trains were delayed in the East Bay as police at the Lake Merritt station tried to apprehend a robbery suspect who had fled into a tunnel. And this afternoon, the Chronicle reports that a person may have jumped in front of a train at the Embarcadero station.

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New Hardass Sheriff Promises a Crackdown at Burning Man

Posted By on Mon, Aug 24, 2015 at 9:57 AM

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There’s a new Sheriff in Black Rock City, and he’s not a fan of Burning Man.

As the Reno Gazette-Journal reports, former deputy Jerry Allen replaced Richard Machado as Sheriff of Pershing County in January. Unlike his predecessor, who was lax on marijuana possession and nudity, and who patrolled the playa with retired officers instead of active-duty cops, Allen talks tough when it comes to enforcing desert law.

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Friday, August 21, 2015

Man and His Three Mules Not Allowed to Pass Over Golden Gate Bridge – Again

Posted By on Fri, Aug 21, 2015 at 3:05 PM

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  • Photo courtesy John Sears

John Sears' rough stubble and weathered face invite comparisons to the pioneers who settled the American west. Perhaps that's intentional, because pioneers and wayward wanderers greatly inspire Sears.

Sears, a.k.a. "Mule," is a roamer of California, on a one man (and three mule) journey to reclaim natural spaces and public byways for those on two feet. Or four hooves.

"The way of life, this nomadic lifestyle, which is hundreds of thousands of years old, we brought it to the megatropolises," Sears says, comparing his journey to a lifelong protest "to San Diego, San Francisco, and LA."

The "we" is he and his three mules. According to Sears, Little Girl, the 26-year-old white mule, has been with him for 23 years; Lady, the 36-year-old brown mule, has been with him for 31 years; and Who-dee-doo, the 11-year-old palomino, has been with him since February.

Together, they meet barriers head on: seemingly impassable freeways, bridges created for cars only, and a constant slipstream of automobiles. Sears has been arrested, fined, and otherwise legally smacked many a time, he says.

Now, he's stuck at the Golden Gate Bridge, which he wants to cross to en route through San Francisco. But, hey, at least he's got his mules for company.

Although his mules are also the problem, according to the Golden Gate Bridge Authority.

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