All those long, thankless hours you work to pay for that studio apartment you actually can't afford is clearly wearing you down. And we have the statistics to prove it. According to a new survey, San Francisco is the fourth most stressed-out city in America. In other words, those worry knots are re ... More >>
Western-style capitalism has arrived at a very strange place. Image-consciousness has become such a powerful force that it's the first thing many companies think of whenever they consider a new initiative -- not the initiative itself, but how that initiative will be perceived. That's why when Mark ... More >>
Welcome to the hub of American prosperity. Yesterday, the Census Bureau released the results from the 2011 American Community Survey, and in the competition for Wealthiest City in America, the Bay Area snagged gold and silver. San Jose took the top spot, with a median income of $76,593 and San Fra ... More >>
"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 >>
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 >>
Had Pelosi-as-witch been standing on her private property when John Dennis melted her, he'd be in big troubleJohn Dennis, Nancy Pelosi's Republican congressional opponent, informs us that his campaign platform does not include the privatization of America's sidewalks. We don't usually need to poi ... More >>
If you had 1:35 a.m. in your Lennar Hunters Point Naval Shipyard pool as the hour the Board of Supervisors would vote on the massive project -- you're the big winner. The board approved the gargantuan redevelopment plan by an 8-3 vote this morning following at least 10 hours of meetings and oft-i ... More >>
The state's quick budget fix of selling off public buildings is a horrible idea.
When we got wind that the Guardian was planning a response to the "Worst-Run Big City in the U.S." article I wrote with Benjamin Wachs, we guessed they'd do two things: Focus almost entirely on one chart that went along with our lengthy article (nearly completely ignoring the article) and propose ... More >>
Despite Obama's promises of change, corporate crooks are still going unpunished for their roles in the financial collapse.
Forbes magazine recently came out with a list of America's Best and Worst Cities for Families. The publication looked at the 40 most populated metropolitan areas according to the U.S. Office of Management and Budget and then used the Economic Policy Institute's Basic Family Budget Calculator to dete ... More >>
How Federal Home Loan Banks and their execs exacerbated the banking meltdown.
By Benjamin Wachs What's that, you say? Didn't Gavin already give a Newsom-isode on the economy? Well, yes, but that was the "Economic Climate." This is the Newsom-isode on "Economic Development." What's the difference? Well, one kind of tells you what Gavin plans to do, and the other kind of ... More >>
A swanky hotel chain's four-letter ad campaign.
Talk about missing the trees for the forest. Michael Scott, a reporter at the Santa Rosa Press Democrat, put a local North Bay spin on the national mortgage crisis Sunday with a feature story that began “Is my bank safe?” before reassuring readers that “Sonoma County banks, however, remain on ... More >>
By Benjamin Wachs It’s hard to believe, but somehow I’ve ended up agreeing with both Sean Elsbernd AND Chris Daly on an issue. Not that they agree with each other. As the Examiner reported, the two Supervisors got into a brouhaha (I’ve always wanted to say that) over the Mayor’s propos ... More >>
The city's new New Deal: Privatizing public parks
Give away city golf courses? Yet another scheme to take public property and put it into private hands without much oversight.
Online microfinance can unleash your inner Rockefeller
A questionable proposition may dramatically inhibit the city's attempts to regulate growth
Could it be the activists who claim they're trying to rebuild it?
Jonathan Nossiter's wine documentary is subversive, funny, and humane
Breathing in sleaziness at the rarefied and urbane levels of San Francisco political life
Executives involved in outsourcing U.S. jobs should also become involved in sponsoring CA schools
Once upon a time, there were airport officials who wanted to spin tall tales, spend $745,000 on Honduran boondoggling, and not explain very much
How SFO officials used city employees and money -- in apparent violation of state and federal law -- in a very odd attempt to privatize the airports of Honduras
Is it smart to jump into the Bay Guardian's version of public power, without even studying whether it will save money?
Are San Francisco International Airport managers running Honduras' airports? If so, why?
A federal audit reveals the waste and mismanagement that ruined a once-promising minority aid program
Anarchy Through Government (and Vice Versa)
Conservatives Help Fund Anti-WTO Rally
In a city that loves to hate chain stores, plans for a new Pottery Barn in the Castro are scarcely raising a peep. The neighborhood may regret it.
A strange mix of art, politics, and economic policy stalls renovation of the York Theater and revitalization of the Mission District
A San Francisco firm rolls the dice in the multibillion-dollar game of global finance