"Uncertainty!" Scottinsh dramatist David Mallet wrote "Fell demon of our fears! The human soul that can support despair, supports not thee." The human soul and the economy have that in common. By now, it's been ingrained in our consciousness by news stories and stump speeches: Uncertainty is holdin ... More >>
Suburban poverty is a relatively new phenomenon. For the past 60 or so years, the suburbs have traditionally represented the American Dream. Work hard, play by the rules, and it'll all be yours-- the crisp lawn, white fence, two-car garage, little league practice, backyard tree-house, etc -- and you ... More >>
If only feds had listened back in 2006.America's financial crisis had roots in fraudulent schemes to rope immigrants and other disadvantaged borrowers into loans they could never repay. And federal regulators knew of this problem as early as 2006, when abusive lending practices were the subject o ... More >>
How a wannabe banking magnate from S.F. built an empire on deception.
Our weekly roundup of SFoodie news
Lara Hata/SF WeeklyProspect: High-end dining in San Francisco is not in danger.Twelve months, ten storylines: It's SFoodie's annual look back at the year in food.Back in January, people were talking about the San Francisco restaurant scene as if it were flagging fast. The fretting was fueled by t ... More >>
Sorry kids! Busy here...But good luck affording one...A new Housing Inventory report put out by San Francisco's Planning Department says the last time builders created more apartments than they did in 2009 was 1964.But citywide opposition to new housing construction -- as evidenced by last night' ... More >>
photo via Pet ButlerPotty jobEven in a dismal economy there are two things unemployed people are still willing to shell out for: a double latte and their pets.Specifically, their pets pooh. It seems that the poop-scooping business is proving to be recession proof. So Matt "Red" Boswell, Chief (Ex ... More >>
Despite Obama's promises of change, corporate crooks are still going unpunished for their roles in the financial collapse.
That paragon of quality news reporting, Fox, ran a story on its Web site today about two local arts organizations that received federal stimulus funding for "...Saturday night 'pervert' revues and the airing of pornographic horror films at art houses in San Francisco." The two organizations ... More >>
What happens to the document you spend hours perfecting -- until your computer crashes and burns? Sure, the data is lost -- but, existentially, where does it go? Is there a special corner of the universe chock full o' unsaved term papers and other e-casualties? If so, perhaps that's where peeved sha ... More >>
(with apologies to the authors of He's Just Not That Into You)
How Federal Home Loan Banks and their execs exacerbated the banking meltdown.
An investigator who exposed dishonest savings and loan regulators in the '80s re-encounters an old rival in the latest banking crisis.
Did stimulus really help them?Washington's elected officials and punditocracy have of late been consumed in hashing out the shape of an economic stimulus package. While no love has been lost between Republicans and Democrats in the pit fight over the bill's final shape, both sides say they recognize ... More >>
Now that Wall Street investments have collapsed in value, it's fair to credit Nancy Pelosi's lead in the 2005 battle against Social Security privatization for saving us all from spending old age in abject poverty."In this downturn in the financial -- the stock market, thank God we won that fight," ... More >>
Theater critic Chloe Veltman wrote this week that the recession is taking its toll on the performing arts. As the Weekly was about to go to press, more bad news emerged: San Francisco's famed Magic Theatre may have to cancel its 2009 season if it can't raise $350,000 by Jan. 9. A statement pos ... More >>
A swanky hotel chain's four-letter ad campaign.
How long a recession, if the Federal Reserve adopts "Positively Outrageous Service" as an official slogan?
A San Francisco firm rolls the dice in the multibillion-dollar game of global finance