Joe Eskenazi

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    December 25, 2013
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    November 6, 2013
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    October 2, 2013
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    September 4, 2013
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    July 31, 2013
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    May 29, 2013

    Humans Force Local Dogs to Celebrate Canine's Birthday in Stupid Party Hats

    With all the horrific news of puppy abuse cases we'd figure readers could use a little pick-me-up. So while you sip your Cuppa Joe check out these adorable photos of dogs observing their fellow canine's day of birth. The pup party was held over the weekend in McLaren Park, a popular dog spot. Unfo ... More >>

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    April 17, 2013
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    January 17, 2013

    Public Nudists Hang Out -- Literally -- at The Courthouse Today (NSFW)

    As promised, public urban nudists (as opposed to rural nudists?) descended on the steps of the federal court building this afternoon as a federal judge hears their challenge to the city's public nudity ban, which goes into effect Feb. 1. SF Weekly's Joe Eskenazi is down at the courthouse, but bef ... More >>

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    November 6, 2012

    London Breed, F.X. Crowley, Eric Mar Lead in Supervisor Races (Update)

    Update at the bottom:The polls in California have officially closed, and now voters and candidates wait. The San Francisco Elections Department said results could come as early as 8:30 p.m.A crowd of people gathered at the University of San Francisco where students, faculty, and whoever else felt l ... More >>

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    October 10, 2012
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    September 5, 2012

    Bobble-Headed Dog in Car Actually a Real (Bobble-Headed) Dog

    The old Coca-Cola motto used to note "you can't beat the real thing." This Yellow Cab driver seems to agree. Rather than settle for a standard dashboard bobble-headed dog for his vehicle, he's got the real thing! SF Weekly at first mistook this creature for a Made-in-Taiwan decoration. We were disab ... More >>

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    August 6, 2012

    Fire Roaring at Chevron Refinery in Richmond (Update)

    Update (9:45 p.m.): BART officials say all stations have been reopened except for Richmond.Update (9:35 p.m.): News outlets are reporting that tons of people are flooding emergency rooms complaining of breathing problems. Update (9:17 p.m.): Chevron officials just held a short news conference, sayin ... More >>

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    July 26, 2012

    Martuni's: The Last S.F. Piano Bar in a Karaoke World

    If you've ever been inside Martuni's, that dark-walled bar on the corner of Valencia and Market, you know it's a special place: As SF Weekly staff writer Joe Eskenazi describes in this week's cover story, Martuni's is a piano bar thriving in a karaoke world. It's the last remaining example of what u ... More >>

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    May 11, 2012

    "No Parking" Never Looked Happier

    If the kinetic energy of San Franciscans' palms smacking the table after they realize they've forgotten to move the car could be captured and used to electrify our city, we'd never have to read about public power again (and the Local Agency Formation Committee could get around to forming local agenc ... More >>

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    April 11, 2012
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    April 4, 2012

    Why Is Split-Pea Soup Taxable and Gazpacho Isn't?

    In this week's cover story, Joe Eskenazi tackles the crazy logic behind California's laws regulating whether foods are subject to sales tax or not. Most people know the basics: Foods sold for preparation at home are not taxed and foods eaten outside the home are taxed. But the practical implications ... More >>

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    March 2, 2012

    America's Cup: SF Weekly Reporter on the Air

    ​This week, the evolving America's Cup deal underwent a sea change. A proposal to reimburse Larry Ellison's America's Cup Event Authority to the tune of hundreds of millions of dollars via long-term leases for waterfront property was abruptly curtailed; now the city and race organizers are wrangli ... More >>

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    January 23, 2012

    Here's That Telegraph Hill Rockslide That Nailed a Car

    Update, 4:40 p.m.: The Oldsmobile potentially totaled when tons of rocks tumbled down the side of Telegraph Hill at 8:40 this morning has been pulled free -- and it's seen better days. SF Weekly systems administrator and scratch photographer Paul Dahlke was on the scene: ​

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    December 7, 2011
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    November 11, 2011

    Exercise Bike Rolls Through San Francisco

    Joe EskenaziA crafty man, and alarmingly honest about his dishonesty​A man who billed himself as an exemplar to the city's housebound was recently spotted slowly riding a jury-rigged exercise bicycle through downtown San Francisco. The pale rider was a fortysomething, tattooed man who puffed away ... More >>

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    September 7, 2011
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    July 8, 2011

    Bomb Scare Closes Civic Center Streets

    Joe EskenaziBomb scares are scary​UPDATE: Police have confirmed that the backpack was filled with personal items and clothing, not a bomb. Read more details after the jump.Original story 2:40: Police have closed off parts of the Civic Center after an unknown African American man told federal marsh ... More >>

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    June 29, 2011
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    June 23, 2011

    Catch SF Weekly Staff Writer Joe Eskenazi on L.A. Public Radio Tonight

    Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa personally congratulates Joe Eskenazi on his succesful transit odyssey.​On the off chance you find yourself in Los Angeles and listening to the lower end of the FM band, SF Weekly staff writer Joe Eskenazi will be on LA's KCRW, 88.9, talking to Warren Olney, ... More >>

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    June 21, 2011

    San Francisco to Los Angeles on Public Transportation: Maps, Pictures, Insanity

    View "In Transit:" How to Get from S.F. to L.A. in a larger map Huh. We just realized we're crazy. How so? The Google map above traces the public transit odyssey your humble narrator undertook between San Francisco and Los Angeles. Fifteen transfers, seven local transit agencies -- ah, sorry, we' ... More >>

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    March 16, 2011
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    January 26, 2011
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    December 27, 2010

    Rainy Christmas Day in San Francisco (PICS)

    All photos | Joe Eskenazi​There are upsides to rainy weather. On Christmas day, hopefully one upside is inside -- with friends or loved ones. Happy holidays. Click below for more images of a rain-soaked city by the bay.

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    December 22, 2010

    Rainbow at Mission Bay -- Coooooool!

    Joe EskenaziClick for a larger version​Anyone who'd characterize Mission Bay as a soulless scrap of concrete strewn with clumps of medical buildings and condos resembling the structure on the Stolichnaya label -- well, now it's all that with a hell of a rainbow. Those seeking the pot of gold shoul ... More >>

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    November 9, 2010

    Listen to Joe Eskenazi Talk Pensions on KALW

    ​Your esteemed online news editor Joe Eskenazi will be talking about pension and health care reform -- which he wrote about in SF Weekly cover story "Let it Bleed" -- on Crosscurrents today at 5 p.m. on KALW (91.7 FM.) Here are some fun facts from the article to whet your appetite:In fiscal y ... More >>

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    November 2, 2010

    S.F. Supes Pass Happy Meal Ban with Veto-Proof Majority

    ​Snitch editor Joe Eskenazi has the word on today's vote by the Board of Supervisors to end toy giveaways for fast-food meals that fail to rate as nutritious. Eskenazi: The supes today passed an ordinance that will require meals to meet nutritional guidelines if restaurants wish to include a t ... More >>

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    September 28, 2010

    Banning Happy Meals Might Be a Good Idea, But Some of the Data Is Shady

    loop_oh/FlickrReally? A third of the food San Franciscans consume in a year is junk?​Our favorite morsel from the blogs. City Supervisors are continuing to weigh legislation banning toys from fast-food meals existing as thinly veiled fat and corn syrup bombs. But as reported Joe Eskenazi poin ... More >>

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    July 12, 2010

    Spain 1, Netherlands 0: World Cup Final at Civic Center (Pics)

    Joe EskenaziYou can put away the vuvuzelas now ... and forever​In the world of international soccer -- prior to yesterday -- there were two great hard-luck losers: Spain and Holland. But if Holland were the Red Sox of futility -- they lost the World Cup finals twice before, in '74 and '78 -- then ... More >>

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    April 20, 2010

    Port of San Francisco's Sweet Exercise Bike

    Joe EskenaziWith a view like that, no Port employee has an excuse for being out of shape​Wandering down Terry Francois Boulevard and hanging a left at the distillery, one ambles into an open, airy warehouse. Walking through the warehouse, one comes face to face with ... another warehouse! Finally, ... More >>

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    April 7, 2010

    Ballpark-Area Homeless Eagerly Await Baseball Opening Day

    Joe EskenaziJim McQuown looks forward to snapping up beer cans and empty bottles near AT&T Park​It turns out you don't need a home to enjoy a home game. Friday's opening day at AT&T Park transforms Mission Bay from a banal realm of wide streets and boxy condos resembling something you'd fi ... More >>

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    April 2, 2010

    Barry Zito Gets No Love on Caltrain

    Joe EskenaziBarry's Caltrain dis...​Sports fans -- and public rail enthusiasts -- may have heard how larger-than-life images of San Francisco Giants' stars are now gracing Caltrains' gallery cars. It remains to be seen if this will put more derrieres in AT&T Park's seats -- but it's a wonderfu ... More >>

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    March 29, 2010

    Those Aren't Parking Tickets. They're Contributions to Our Broke City.

    Joe EskenaziThree parking tickets! Hey, big spender! ​Just don't try to write this one off on your taxes. 

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    March 22, 2010

    Zipping About San Francisco Via Motorized Barstool

    Joe EskenaziLarry Smith's sweet, sweet ride​San Francisco native Larry Smith doesn't have to go where everybody knows his name to find a barstool waiting for him. He takes one everywhere -- in fact, we caught up with him zipping about Mission Bay on a motorized barstool he says can achieve speeds ... More >>

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    March 19, 2010

    Flags Come Down at City Hall -- And Are Replaced By Expensive New Ones

    Joe EskenaziBruce Porteous changes up the Lone Star flag​City Hall officials hoping to run their ideas up the flagpole and see if anyone would salute them ran into a problem yesterday. Bruce Porteous was already atop the flag poles, removing the flags -- thus inhibiting everyone's saluting instinc ... More >>

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    March 15, 2010

    Creative (Snotty) Answers to 'What's Your Favorite City?'

    All photos | Joe Eskenazi​Visitors to the San Francisco Planning and Urban Research Association (SPUR) will find the above installation imploring them to spend a few minutes penning the name of their favorite city and justifying the preference. As you would imagine, a great many folks who wand ... More >>

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    March 1, 2010

    Worst Monday Morning Yet: In Line to Shell Out for Parking Tickets

    Joe EskenaziDoes the party ever stop? ​If you're reading this, it indicates that you have made it through Monday morning and are now enjoying a majestic Monday afternoon. You are to be congratulated. And however unpleasant your Monday morning was, odds are it paled in comparison to that experience ... More >>

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    February 22, 2010

    'Milk' Star Back in San Francisco -- Passing Water

    No, it wasn't Sean Penn. Nor Josh Brolin, Diego Luna, or even Tom Ammiano, as himself, getting off the best line in the film. The former Milk star spotted back in the city was this 1977-vintage fire engine: Joe EskenaziI'm ready for my close-up, Mr. Van Sant​And yet this erstwhile movie star wasn' ... More >>

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    February 17, 2010

    What's Left To Do at Strybing Arboretum?

    Joe EskenaziNO WIRE HANGERS! Look for it -- it's on there.​Hey, we appreciate that there are things you shouldn't do at a classy arboretum like Strybing. But we have to admit -- this sign is just a bit unintentionally hilarious. We believe the one just above the "No stealing food from squirrels' m ... More >>

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    February 9, 2010

    What Does 33 Cubic Yards of Sewer Filth Look Like? And Can I Get It In Red?

    Joe EskenaziWave back at the nice man cleaning detritus from the antebellum era out of the city's sewers...​Posit the question "How do they clean the sewers in San Francisco" and you'll be surprised. Unless, of course, your answer was "They roll out a device resembling a Victorian-era laboratory c ... More >>

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    February 2, 2010

    Crosswalks Ablaze in Lower Haight

    Joe EskenaziAmazing scenes were witnessed today...​City workers slowly ambling across Haight and Steiner undertook a job certainly none of them ever considered they'd be doing when they were children. The men were blasting the crosswalks off the street with fire. As the workers explained, the temp ... More >>

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    January 21, 2010

    Rain Dog's Refuge: The N-Judah Train

    It was George Carlin who said "A crowded elevator smells different to a midget." In a similar vein, three inches of rain feels different when you're only six inches tall. Perhaps why this sweater-wearing gentleman was so relieved to be warm and (relatively) dry on the N-Judah. Joe Eskenazi​

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    January 21, 2010

    Coming To America -- 100 New Citizens Sworn-In Downtown

    Joe EskenaziCitizens-to-be take the oath​Considering the years of paperwork, legal wrangling, and leaping through hoops many of the would-be American citizens sitting this morning in San Francisco's Herbst Theater had suffered through, the government's last obstacle was hardly a chore: Two hours o ... More >>

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    January 7, 2010

    We're On the Air: Joe Eskenazi and Benjamin Wachs Debate the Guardian's Tim Redmond on KQED Tomorrow

    ​Perhaps you remember our recent cover story "The Worst Run Big City in the U.S." by Joe Eskenazi and Benjamin Wachs. The story ruffled some feathers, to be sure, garnering a lot of comments on the Web site and a response from Tim Redmond, editor of  the Guardian, which was (too say the least ... More >>

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    January 6, 2010

    Evidence Clearly Points to Margaritas in Haight Street Scene

    Joe EskenaziThe dots have been connected...​A Dozen years ago, I stumbled across a telltale scene in my apartment. A pair of voices emanated from the shower, my room was, literally, fogged up, condom wrappers littered the floor, Marvin Gaye played on the sound system, and a bone dry bottle of wine ... More >>

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    January 4, 2010

    Dogs and Their People Now Resemble One Another More Than Ever

    Joe EskenaziMatching grays with a dog is a kindly thing to do -- after all, they're colorblind​It seems you can't just outfit your San Francisco doggie in any old sweater. As captured in the photo above -- and in many, many trips to the supermarket -- the thing to do is match your outfit to your d ... More >>

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