Same-sex couples who rushed to City Hall after the Supreme Court's anti-DOMA ruling in June can rest easier now, knowing that they now have an endorsement from the U.S. Treasury Department. Officials announced today that they will respect gay marriages on all federal tax forms, regardless of where ... More >>
In these days of leaks, the federal government has bigger worries than drug war dissidents. But Uncle Sam hasn't forgotten about the marijuana movement. This week, the target of the biggest federal drug raid in recent Bay Area memory was finally brought to heel: the $180,000 in cash, found at the ... More >>
For those corporations or philanthropists who always wanted to attach their names to the country's self-described most expansive and storied collection of marijuana-related artifacts, the time is now.Better yet: If you're a property owner with available commercial space in downtown Oakland, the Oaks ... More >>
Prior to the four-alarm fire next door, the coffee shop behind the nameless awning and signless storefront at 208 Valencia St. was notable not for what was behind the white door opposite the barista -- a pot club -- but for the dispensary's flaunting of federal law.Exactly how 208 Valencia Caregiver ... More >>
Budget hawks incensed over San Francisco's supposedly profligate spending ought to spend a few minutes at Congress, observing the dollar requests submitted by federal departments.Take the $28.2 billion, 111,998-employee federal Department of Justice, for example. The country's 12,000 employees in Un ... More >>
Less than a week after federal agents raided Oaksterdam University, seizing many of its assets, including plants, bank accounts, records and computers, its founder, Richard Lee, has decided it's time to go. Lee, the most visible pot legalization advocate in the state, told the Los Angeles Times that ... More >>
What many saw as the inevitable hit Oaksterdam founder Richard Lee on Monday, when federal agents came knocking at the home and businesses of the man who has become the marijuana movement's de-facto figurehead.After Lee revived a moribund part of downtown Oakland with a school dedicated to the pot t ... More >>
THCfinder.comBusting you -- with public records.Fifth SF Dispensary Likely To CloseIt wasn't Tommy gun-toting agents who finally put Prohibition-era bad boy Al Capone behind bars on Alcatraz: it was paper-pushers from the Internal Revenue Service who busted the syphilitic mobster on tax fraud.In ... More >>
menuism.comCan we see your papers, please?The owners of Taqueria El Balazo pleaded guilty last week in federal court to immigration and tax violations, and face up to 20 years in prison. Marino Sandoval, 58, and his wife Nicole Sandoval, 50, were charged last year with harboring and employin ... More >>
Missionites: up to 15 percent of your neighbors are undocumented.San Francisco's highest concentration of illegal immigrants lives in the city's Mission District -- a zip code of day laborers, black-market hot dog vendors, and fake document peddlers.The Public Policy Institute of California relea ... More >>
Matt SmithIt's hard to stop a leak.Attorneys for Lance Armstrong pivoted from demanding an apology for purported inaccuracies in a recent 60 Minutes doping exposé to lambasting the "leakers" who proved that the report was true. Last month, Armstrong hired a San Francisco law firm famed ... More >>
Post rapture, KUSF-in-Exile will be heard in ex-Family Radio Inc. srongholds such as Europe, Asia, Russia, South America and Sub-Saharan AfricaHere is one group that will truly benefit from not being raptured. Former KUSF DJs, who lost their terrestrial radio station when the University of San F ... More >>
Matt SmithNow if only public bowling were available inside City Hall.Jumpstart, a nonprofit that places college student instructors in lower-income preschools, took over San Francisco's Civic Center Thursday, setting up outdoor bowling and other games and giving nursery school children their firs ... More >>
Even Democratic Socialists like money. How's this for great leadership: In June, Oakland Mayor Ron Dellums publicly promised to take a 10 percent pay cut, then privately kept collecting his full pay. His excuse: It was just a really inconvenient time to make less money. According to news reports, ... More >>
By a 23-15 vote, the California State Senate yesterday approved a "joint resolution" urging the federal government to stop Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) raids on medical marijuana patients and providers. The Sen. Mark Leno-authored resolution additionally calls for the nation to "create a compreh ... More >>
The city needs to stop subsidizing the S.F. Symphony and other snobby arts organizations that cater to the rich.
Let's hope the Fishers use it to clean up the messes they've created.
DiFi's husband and the Giants' owner should resolve to do better in the coming year
How musician royalties are being pocketed by SoundExchange
Playing against type, Will Ferrell can't quite ground this artificially whimsical romantic comedy
Memo to Ashcroft: Why aren't you pursuing Barry Bonds the way you did Martha Stewart?
After mortgaging our future in an orgy of budget-related borrowing, the Legislature hatches new orgiastic plans: sleazy tax shelters
Friendly obfuscations, tipping obligations, and jerks who calls themselves "friend"
What could the IRS possibly have to do with affairs of the heart?
Before you succumb to nostalgia about a simpler, humbler baseball time, heed the lesson of Vacaville
Performances at Thick House
A con man feeds on fear and paranoia in the software business
Willie Brown plays hide-and-seek with his tax returns
For consultants, the S.F. school district ATM is wide open
Bike messengers organizing for April 15 walkout
Sutter Health, which owns one of California's largest hospital empires, is a nonprofit, tax-exempt charity. Critics wonder why Sutter dispenses so little charity, and vacuums so much profit, from the hospitals it acquires.