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    April 9, 2014
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    April 2, 2014
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    March 26, 2014

    Sir Richard Branson Asked To Bankroll Marijuana Legalization in California

    It's not private prisons or Big Pharma that's keeping marijuana illegal in California (though no doubt both benefit big-time from drug prohibition). It's money, as in a lack of about $3 million to put a voter initiative like the ones that legalized small amounts of cannabis in Colorado or Washingt ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 26, 2013

    Prop. 8: Revisiting Judge Vaughn Walker's Masterpiece

    When Judge Vaughn Walker in 2010 delivered his legal masterpiece, meticulously putting foes of same-sex marriage into clown suits, many smart folks predicted its 15 citations of Justice Anthony Kennedy's own rulings would make it difficult for the Supreme Court's swing vote to disagree with himself. ... More >>

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    December 18, 2012

    Sandy Hook Shooting: Technology and Law Should Serve Us, Not Control Us

    On Friday, not long after the Sandy Hook shootings, NPR's political editor Ken Rudin took to Facebook to tell his followers: As tempting as it may be to once again debate guns and gun contro -- and try to come to grips with this madness -- we know nothing is going to change. The fault/blame for th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 26, 2012

    Sales Tax: San Francisco Left in the Dust

    San Francisco is an expensive place to be if you're paying a parking ticket or writing out a rent check or purchasing real estate. We've got that covered. But, when it comes to obtaining a bottle of juice or bar of soap, we're very reasonable. While San Francisco voters spurned a half-a-percent sale ... More >>

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    July 17, 2012

    Oakland City Leaders Are Picking Marijuana Over Murders, Chronicle Columnist Says

    What the hell are Oakland city leaders smoking these days? As the Chron's Chip Johnson astutely notes this week, Oakland city leaders' priorities are completely ass backwards, as evidenced by their reaction to the two biggest news stories in the last few weeks, involving pot clubs and murders.When t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 23, 2012

    Mexican Border Crossings Lowest in Decades, Study Finds

    ​A new study by researchers at Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs upends a lot of the conventional thinking about the effects of U.S. immigration policy -- most notably the contention that harsher security measures along the U.S.-Mexico border have kep ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 13, 2012

    Could a Soda Tax Save Lives?

    ​In April last year, the California state Assembly Committee on Revenue and Taxation shot down AB 669, Assemblymember Bill Monning's attempt to pass a penny-per-ounce tax on all sweetened beverages, such as sodas, energy drinks, and sweetened fruit-juice drinks. Monning's office estimated that the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 14, 2011

    Mayor Ed Lee Defends His Friendship with Willie Brown, Rose Pak

    So what if he is a puppet, get over it!​The mayor's race might be over, but the deep tensions that often defined the candidates are still very much there. On KQED this morning, Forum host Michael Krasny reminded Mayor Ed Lee that his political rivals, namely state Sen. Leland Yee, are still beatin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 7, 2011

    Adachi Campaign Alleges Lee Door Hangers Violate Campaign Finance Law

    Ed Lee​Interim Mayor Ed Lee is facing new allegations of wrongdoing on the eve of the election, capping a slew of ethical complaints that has dogged his campaign this fall.Public Defender and mayoral contender Jeff Adachi says he filed a complaint with the San Francisco Ethics Commission this morn ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 27, 2011

    LA Times Just Now Figures Out That Ed Lee Isn't Running for S.F. Mayor

    Los Angeles Times takes the new out of news​For as prestigious a paper as the Los Angeles Times is, we have to wonder how the reporting staff missed the news that Mayor Ed Lee says he isn't running for San Francisco mayor. Admittedly, we don't follow every story in the Los Angeles area, but if we ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 2, 2011

    Joanna Rees Gives a Large Chunk of Money to Democratic Party For No Good Reason

    The best way to support the Democratic Party is to JOIN the party​In the San Francisco's mayor's race Joanna Rees has played the part as the unknown, nonpolitical candidate who has confounded people by claiming she is a "progressive independent" -- whatever that means. But now it seems the apoliti ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 10, 2011

    Cesar Ascarrunz Would Have Spiced Up Mayoral Candidate Forum

    Hmmmm. How could we make the mayor's race a little spicier!​Cesar Ascarrunz, the legendary nightclub impresario and current mayoral candidate, blasted the University of San Francisco for excluding him from a recent candidate forum."They're afraid, because they know I'm going to win the election," ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 6, 2011

    Sheriff Michael Hennessey to Give Illegal Immigrants a Break

    Talk to the hand, ICE.​Today we woke up to the news that Sheriff Michael Hennessey has found a loophole in the federal fingerprinting program that identifies illegal immigrants in the county jail. And as of June 1, Hennessey will no longer hold illegal immigrants booked into county jail on minor m ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 21, 2011

    Tea Partier Portrays Obama as Ape in E-Mail to Friends

    Courtesy OC WeeklyTea Partier Marilyn Davenport sent this photo to fellow conservatives​Time for some link love to one of the southern garrisons of the Village Voice Media empire. We've written before about the paranoiac, semiliterate reasoning that supports the related belief systems of the Tea P ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 1, 2011

    Gay Binational Couples Fighting Deportations On Obama's New DOMA Stance

    ​Gay couples are already using President Obama's new stance against the Defense of Marriage Act as a weapon to fight deportations of their foreign spouses. The couples hope that the administration's declaration last week that the law that defines marriage as only between a man and a woman is uncon ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 16, 2011

    Ross Mirkarimi Says Talk of Mayoral Run is 'a Leap'

    Running for mayor?​After reading Willie Brown's column on Sunday, reporters started peppering Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi with calls about whether he plans to run for mayor. Why? In his column, Brown leaves readers to believe that the District 5 supervisor is planning not only a run for sheriff but ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 14, 2011

    Gay Couples to Stage City Hall Sit-In to Celebrate Valentine's Day

    Love hurts​For many San Francisco gay couples, Valentine's Day is just a bitter reminder of what they don't have -- marriage certificates. So expect a huge turnout at San Francisco City Hall for the hallmark holiday today; gay couples across the nation will celebrate their love with a little civil ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 4, 2011

    KUSF Needs You To Write the FCC

    Only Uncle Sam can save you now....​On Tuesday, the Board of Supervisors will likely approve a symbolic resolution opposing the University of San Francisco's decision to sell KUSF, the community-based radio station that was abruptly shut down two weeks ago. Even if the vote is unanimous, as author ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 28, 2011

    Week in Gay: Ted Haggard is Bisexual and Anderson Cooper has a 'Companion'

    Coming after cousin Geri​This edition of The Week in Gay is a potpourri (either a miscellaneous collection of stories or a mixture of dried flowers and spices) of four categories - plus an extra special bonus!Included are updates on the repeal of Don't Ask Don't Tell, the latest stories from San F ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 20, 2011

    Ed Lee Still Doesn't Want to Be Mayor

    Ed Likes Policy, Not Politics​Mayor Ed Lee never wanted to be mayor of San Francisco in the first place. In fact, he had to be convinced and cajoled by powerful people in the Chinese-American community to take the job when it was offered. Knowing that, it has been interesting to watch him bounce a ... More >>

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    December 7, 2010

    Tom Ammiano Makes It Official: He Won't Be Next Mayor

    Count me out, says Tom Ammiano​Assemblyman Tom Ammiano told SF Weekly, in no uncertain terms, he doesn't want to be the next damn mayor. He told his former board colleagues the same. He hasn't yet hired out a pilot to do skywriting -- but his drift is unmissable. Supervisor Chris Daly remains unda ... More >>

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    December 1, 2010
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    July 28, 2010

    Republicans Following Porn on Twitter (NSFW)

    By following @_PrettyAlison, the California GOP studied the body politic...​If you're going to get hit with a sex scandal, you should at least make sure to enjoy the sex. Yet the California Republican Party has been monitoring the online offerings of dozens of porn purveyors in a situation that ga ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 7, 2010

    Guardian Editors Would Benefit from Prop. 13 Legislation They Endorsed

    It's always nice to get in the game early and pull up the ladder after you...​On Nov. 3, 2003 the Wall Street Journal published a letter from Warren Buffett in which the Nebraska billionaire explained his negative view of California's Proposition 13, the 1978 law that limits property tax assessmen ... More >>

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    April 20, 2010

    Will Tea Partiers Kill Pro-Marijuana Measure?

    Fibonacci BlueSo paranoid. So uptight. So stiff. What could cure this? Hmmm...​On today of all days, marijuana is on everyone's mind. But that goes doubly for politicians: Just last week, state Democratic Party chairman John Burton told media that he and fellow Dems (like that Jerry Brown guy) ... More >>

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    April 14, 2010
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    April 12, 2010

    What Do You Get For Being Mayor of S.F. Library on Foursquare?

    The once and future mayor...​Maybe you know someone -- maybe you are someone -- who must compulsively whip out a phone whenever entering a cafe, restaurant, or bar in order to ensure he or she will remain mayor of said establishment on foursquare. It's a fitting metaphor for San Francisco, where m ... More >>

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    April 7, 2010
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    April 7, 2010

    On Cue, Lt. Gov Candidate Hahn Plays Race, Gender, S.F. Cards vs. Newsom

    Too white and San Franciscan to win? ​Less than 24 hours after lieutenant governor candidate Gavin Newsom trumpeted an endorsement from Sen. Dianne Feinstein -- giving him statewide cred and appealing to female voters -- his opponent released polling data she commissioned claiming Newsom is a liab ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 5, 2010

    Healthy San Francisco's Long Lines Slim Down

    Yours, sooner...​No sooner did SF Weekly report that the city's universal health care program Healthy San Francisco had contributed to long lines at public clinics, than a new city report came out this week showing that waits had been reduced during recent months.According to the the San Francisco ... More >>

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    April 1, 2010

    Obama 'Even Worse' Than Bush On Secret Wiretapping Case, Says S.F. Lawyer

    Is 'Mr. Change' listening?​San Francisco attorney Jon Eisenberg thinks he's learned a thing or two about Barack Obama over the past 15 months. Eisenberg, who won a landmark decision against the government in Northern California's U.S. District Court Wednesday on a wiretapping case, says that when ... More >>

  • News

    March 10, 2010

    Distressed Properties

    The state's quick budget fix of selling off public buildings is a horrible idea.

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    February 23, 2010

    Letter to the Media: Stop Coddling Tea-Party Crazies

    But not to stop tea-partiers' batshit lunacy​Those who pick up their news exclusively from such esteemed outlets as The Economist magazine, the Web site Politico, or ABC television could be forgiven these days for having a charitable view of the new American political force known as the Tea Party ... More >>

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    February 23, 2010

    Explained: The Clusterfuck That Lost the Proposition 8 Campaign

    ​During testimony, filings, and deliberations in the Proposition 8 trial, an unasked question reverberated through the federal courthouse in San Francisco: Why, exactly, are we here?A step outside into the reality of still separate and unequal California provided an answer: An inept anti-Prop. 8 c ... More >>

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    February 22, 2010

    Frantic E-Mail Bemoans Scant Submissions For Mayor's Teacher, Principal Awards

    When it comes to submissions, the mayor's office has got it bad, got it bad, got it bad...​An urgent e-mail fired off to every member of the Board of Supervisors and other government officials pleads with them to drum up entrants for the Mayor's Teacher of the Month and Principal of the Year Award ... More >>

  • News

    February 17, 2010

    Stimulating Debate

    S.F.'s employment rate is relatively good, but city leaders can still create more jobs. Here's how.

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    February 12, 2010

    Leno: Even if Maldonado Becomes Lt. Gov, Republican Voters Won't Back a Latino

    La respuesta del Senador Maldonado en español from CA Senate GOP on Vimeo. Sen. Mark Leno, the sole San Francisco legislator to vote in favor of installing Republican Abel Maldonado as the state's next Lieutenant Governor, said he has good reasons for casting his vote the way he did. But he said M ... More >>

  • News

    November 25, 2009


    A lawsuit against the city highlights an affordable-housing program's decades of mismanagement — and the middle-class homeowners who lost out as a result.

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    November 3, 2009

    Oh Yes, There's an Election Today. A Guide For the Last-Minute Voter.

    Hey, lazy! It ain't too late to turn in that absentee ballot! ​Here at SF Weekly, we make a point of not telling you how to vote. Well, I'm going to break that taboo today. But not really. I'm not telling you who or what to vote for. I'm going to, literally, tell you how to vote. When we spoke wit ... More >>

  • News

    March 11, 2009


    How Federal Home Loan Banks and their execs exacerbated the banking meltdown.

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    July 25, 2007
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    August 23, 2006

    Mexico Burning? Don't believe it.

    S.F.'s Global Exchange wins publicity by pushing a vote recount Mexico doesn't need

  • News

    November 9, 2005

    The Deal With Treasure Island

    Tony Hall's firing casts the spotlight on a real estate mega-deal that slogs along under a veil of secrecy

  • News

    October 19, 2005

    S.F. Hosing Authority

    City government promised Katrina victims a haven, then it gave some of them the shaft

  • News

    December 19, 2001

    The Spybots Among Us

    How the NSA tracks terrorists in the United States through the Internet

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    May 9, 2001


    Newly released documents indicate the Navy dumped far more nuclear waste than it's ever acknowledged in a major commercial fishery just 30 miles west of San Francisco. Why won't the government even study the Farallon Islands Nuclear Waste Site?

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    May 2, 2001


    How nuclear researchers handled -- and grossly mishandled -- the Cold War's most dangerous radioactive substances at a top-secret lab inside the Hunters Point Shipyard. The same shipyard the city wants to remake as San Francisco's newest neighborhood.

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    February 7, 1996

    Bitch, Bitch, Bitch

    Politicos, prudes, and the paranoid protest the programming heard on Bay Area radio stations to the highest authority in the land -- the Federal Communications Commission

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