It doesn't take a pure cat person to know that some dogs are too ugly for words. Instead of attempting to beautify dogs who aren't so easy on the eyes, their owners have decided to reward them for their crooked tongues, rat's nest fur, and general icky appearance. This week is the annual World's U ... More >>
Despite all the things you hear about kids getting more fat than exercise in their day, San Francisco parents need not worry about their kids getting sucked into the truffle shuffle. A new study says San Francisco County is the second healthiest places in the country for children, trailing behind ... More >>
Here's a thing that'll go over well with the kids: The Marin County Board of Supervisors adopted a resolution making June, July, and August "Soda Free Summer" months. While the measure doesn't outright ban sugary carbonated beverages, it does encourage Marin residents to adopt "soda free policies" a ... More >>
There hasn't been a rock concert on top of Mount Tamalpais in decades. But there will be this year, when the first-ever Mount Tam Jam brings Galactic, Cake, Taj Mahal, and others to play a benefit show for the Marin County peak on its very own slopes. The concert comes at at difficult time for the C ... More >>
Don't you love when bazillionaires get behind a cause you like? Me too! So I'm pretty stoked that Bill Gates is all about changing factory farming. He's even promoting Hampton Creek Foods and their plant-based egg substitute. Here's a little background, these dudes seem pretty pro-animal: See ... More >>
Hey pescatarians, take note. The California Department of Public Health is warning hungry people not to eat harvested mussels, clams, or whole scallops that come from Marin County where dangerous levels of paralytic shellfish poisoning toxins have been detected in this region. Specifically, the to ... More >>
If you're regularly in the practice of harvesting and cooking your own mussels from the waters of Marin county ... stop doing it for now. (Also, can we join you next time?) The California Department of Public Health issued a statement this morning warning consumers not to eat recreationally harvest ... More >>
It's not too hard to believe that some cash-strapped gun toters would turn over their firearms in exchange for some money. What is hard to believe is that any of them would hand over those very expensive items to the cops for free. Marin County reports that police stations have been flooded with f ... More >>
A Marin County woman donning a fairy costume was booked into jail after she allegedly attacked and robbed an accused Novato marijuana dealer on Halloween. According to news reports, 21-year-old Molly Ann Blumberg was with two other women on Oct. 31 when they went to 46-year-old David Murray Randolph ... More >>
Several times a month, Book Passage, an independent bookseller with locations in San Francisco and Corte Madera, hosts a dinner series called Cooks with Books where a cookbook author gets to direct the preparation of a meal from their book at a restaurant in the city or in Marin County. The author i ... More >>
With a sales outpost in Marin County, the Belgian chocolate company Newtree has maintained a quiet presence in the Bay Area for years. Now, Newtree has announced a big and new local presence with its first flagship location, a retail shop and cafe in San Francisco. The space is designed with recycle ... More >>
Not every innocuous schoolboy joke becomes a worldwide cultural phenomenon, but this one -- 4/20, 4-20, four twenty -- has had legs since it began 41 years ago at San Rafael High in Marin County.This year, the universal code for marijuana use is being co-opted by everyone's favorite "hacktivist" col ... More >>
You would think that a city that restricts residents from overindulging on calorie-packed Happy Meals and nicotine would rank high on the charts of obnoxiously healthy. But alas, Marin -- a county filled with binge drinkers and crappy public transit -- outdid us on this front. Don't worry, S.F ... More >>
The past 24 hours in gossip, innuendo, and cold hard facts about the San Francisco food scene. Chef pop-up: We've been following where Evan and Sarah Rich have appeared around the city, and now Inside Scoop shares their Rebel pop-up menu: fried chicken. If not a fan of the fried, than this may be ... More >>
Metallica singer James HetfieldExit light, enter night, if you will -- but don't go entering into James Hetfield's sprawling Marin County property. The Metallica singer and rhythm guitarist erected a metal fence on his ranch that blocked off a popular trail connecting two nature preserves. S ... More >>
Move over, Large MargeCyclists commuting between San Francisco and Marin County face another three months of frustration as crews complete seismic work that's closed the bike path on the west edge of the Golden Gate Bridge. Rather than speed to their destinations, cyclists must now inch through p ... More >>
No more oysters? Zut alors!Oysters can definitively be counted among Things San Franciscans Love. Whether opening our wallets for those tasty bivalves at the Ferry Building or taking a Zipcar up to Tomales Bay for a picnic of raw shellfish, we show our love for the oyster in countless ways.So it ... More >>
He may soon be enjoying spacious new digs. Or maybe not. It's a miracle that the grueling and litigious process required to redevelop one's property in Marin County hasn't led to enraged neighbors landing on death row. Fittingly, the process to redevelop death row appears to be no easier. The sta ... More >>
The future of Bay Area energy?As both San Francisco and Marin County struggle to get "community choice aggregation" green-energy plans up and running, one of the big questions on observers' minds is whether electricity consumers will pay more for power from renewable sources such as wind and ... More >>
Fewer ratepayers than expected are dropping out of a new public-power program in Marin County, a development that could prove a harbinger for a similar initiative in San Francisco.
Alligator bites: A fitting background for hot sauce.On Sunday, we braved the well-appointed wilds of Marin County to devour a Savory Thymes-sponsored feast of game and foraged delicacies to benefit Swamp Cabbage, a documentary-in-process by Hayley Downs and Julie Kahn. The irony in the occa ... More >>
The odd media war unfolding in San Francisco -- in which major dailies establish editions here while local periodicals fade away -- advanced in a new direction Friday, with a page A-19 story in the New York City edition of the New York Times titled "San Francisco's Cyclists Facing Backlash for Fl ... More >>
Does everyone want to live in Marin? The Center For Investigative Reporting, the Berkeley nonprofit that recently formed a team of sleuths to take up where downsized California newspapermen and women left off, came out slugging earlier this month. It published a scintillating piece demonstrating ... More >>
A few highlights of the week in SFoodie, in case you missed 'em:Tea and passion were brewed up strong at a tea tasting led by Samovar Zen Valley (297 Page) owner Jesse Jacobs Wednesday night. The tea lounge's official launch is Saturday. With the opening of new gastropub the Tipsy Pig (2231 Chestnut ... More >>
Politicians want pork to pay for Golden Gate increases, but the money should be paid by drivers instead.
There is a way bike riders and car drivers can more safely coexist, and help the environment.
The efficient killing of invasive deer is being fought by concerned animal activists in Marin. But who's looking out for S.F. venison connoisseurs?
Marin County DA Ed Berberian switches his office's position, agreeing to Catholic Church demands to withhold sex-abuse documents from the press
Week of Wednesday, February 9, 2005
S.F. Archbishop William Levada doesn't want the public to know about decades of alleged sexual misconduct by his clerics. But why are district attorneys in San Mateo, Marin, and San Francisco helping him keep secrets?
Disasters duke it out on the soccer field
The prison guards' union angrily ripped the rug from under the governor in February
The Private Press (MCA)
Potheads distort the record -- and endanger the justice system -- as they try to recall the Marin DA
A media chain buys a local television station. Employees worry. Oh, the horror.
Marin County has a program to protect bicyclists. In S.F., we keep killing them.
It wasn't impossible to find justice in Michael Dufficy's Marin County courtroom. But it was easier if you had been to one of his parties.
An out-of-state company mismanaged its Mill Valley nursing home, then closed it down, casting dozens of elderly patients to the winds. Within months, 10 of them were dead.