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    May 23, 2013

    Pier 39 Audit Reveals Port Shortchanged $44 in Rent -- Total -- Over Three Years

    Sometimes a title really does say it all. For a city controller's performance audit of Pier 39 released yesterday, that's certainly the case: Pier 39 Underpaid Its Rent by $44 Because It Did Not Report Subtenant Rent Underpayments for December 29, 2008, Through December 25, 2011This 18-page document ... More >>

  • News

    December 29, 2010

    The Mad Quest of Mr. Wu

    How a wannabe banking magnate from S.F. built an empire on deception.

  • News

    April 9, 2008


    By most accounts, David Kessler's four years as UCSF's medical school dean were a rip-roaring success. So why was he fired?

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    November 19, 2003

    Arrested Development

    Mayor Brown is pushing for quick approval of a Hunters Point Shipyard redevelopment plan that gives a lot to homebuilding giant Lennar, and not nearly enough to the city or the shipyard's neighbors

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    July 3, 2002

    Letters to the Editor

    Week of July 3,2002

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    June 26, 2002

    Auditing the Auditors

    The expensive tastes of KPMG

  • News

    June 26, 2002

    Sleeping With the Auditor

    Why San Francisco and its outside accountants are a little too close for comfort -- and how it could threaten the city's financial integrity

  • News

    March 15, 2000

    If They Could See Us Now

    Our fashion editor's dispatch from the Vividence coming out ball

  • News

    January 12, 2000

    For Pete's Sake

    Why giant corporations like PG&E bankrolled a juvenile crime initiative

  • News

    September 29, 1999

    It Ate City Hall

    If you like monstrous cost escalation, you'll love Don Todd Associates, whose mutating consulting agreements typify the city's horrifying contracting problems

  • News

    January 20, 1999

    Telling Fortunes

    A San Francisco firm rolls the dice in the multibillion-dollar game of global finance

  • News

    May 6, 1998

    Downtown's Fairy Godmother

    Doris Ward, San Francisco's assessor, is tossing around commercial tax breaks as if they were fairy dust. It's costing the city at least $100 million a year.

  • News

    December 31, 1997

    The Great Bank Thievery

    The city and state say the Bank of America stole hundreds of millions -- even billions -- of dollars from the government. But didn't San Francisco finance officials know what was going on? And shouldn't B of A executives be under criminal investigation?

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    June 18, 1997

    UCSF's Mad Money

    The Stanford-UCSF merger's tab -- including a "pro bono" review that cost $191,490 -- is running into the millions

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