It's been nearly 48 hours after an Asiana Airline jetliner made a crash landing at SFO, and for some people, the terror of it all might be just now starting to sink in. That's why the San Francisco Department of Public Health has dedicated a group of mental health counselors to assist anyone who w ... More >>
Anyone who passed out in a drunken stupor on a city street and awoke to discover this story about San Francisco's burgeoning alcoholism rate in a nearby Examiner can label himself a newsmaker. Per the story -- and this troubling data -- San Francisco's rate of alcohol-related emergency room visits h ... More >>
Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval says indeed his state did improperly discharge one mentally ill patient from a state-run hospital, but no more than that -- and it was accidental. According to Reuters, the republican governor defended his state, and denied accusations that Nevada had been busing hundred ... More >>
As far as epidemics go, childhood obesity may inspire more giggles than fear. But unlike SARS or swine flu, (remember that, when we were all gonna die?) it's no joke. Some 20 percent of kids today are fat.Genetics plays a role, but diet and exercise -- or lack thereof -- are usually the twin culprit ... More >>
A toddler is back in the unsupervised care of his Southern California father after an appeals court ruled that the state cannot remove a child from their home because the parent uses medical marijuana.The boy, who was 14 months old at the time, became a ward of the court in 2011 after the Los Angele ... More >>
Mat Honan of Wired is a better man than me. In exchange for his promise not to prosecute, he got the hacker who ruined his digital life to talk to him. If it were me, I might have left my need to know the details of the attack, along with my inherent desire to tell a good story, to one side so that ... More >>
In 2004, California voters approved the Mental Health Services Act (MHSA), which allows the Department of Public Health to hire employees who had personal experiences with mental health issues, either their own or those of a family member.Funded by the state's millionaires' tax, this peer-based appr ... More >>
Cleaner junkies on the streets of San Francisco Tenderloin junkies are apparently leaving cleaning up their mess. According to a new report, drug users are leaving far fewer syringes on the streets, a welcome relief to the street sweepers who end up having to clean them up. However, that's not to ... More >>
Sadly, New Leaf is being turned overExploding costs of health care benefits and leases will force New Leaf -- a 35-year-old San Francisco center serving the LGBT community with mental health, substance abuse, and HIV/AIDS services -- to close in October. The center's board of directors announced ... More >>
Joseph ByrnesWe've been following the sad tale of Joseph Byrnes, a San Francisco musician accused of hacking his pit bull to death in a Bernal Heights church. Back on Aug. 9, witnesses saw Byrnes striking his dog, Nickel, with a hatchet outside the Immaculate Conception Church. When police entere ... More >>
Will HarperIf ever you were looking to keep Gavin Newsom away, scare up a picket line Employees of the University of California vociferously protesting proposed fee hikes and furlough days had an unforeseen consequence on the plans of one Mayor Gavin Newsom -- who may or may not have a Santa Clara U ... More >>
In San Francisco, lizards, rodents, and vicious Chihuahuas have all been declared service animals.
The excitement stops here. I know ... I know ... that today's the day Gubernatorial Candidate Gavin Newsom releases his budget for San Francisco (a California city he occasionally resides in for campaign purposes). And I know that, when he does, we're all going to die a little. I know. But ... More >>
I'm Spartacus!So the Church of Scientology will be out in droves this weekend to protest the American Psychiatric Association's convention at Moscone Center this upcoming Saturday through Thursday. The Citizens Commission for Human Rights, the anti-psychiatry activist arm of Scientology, will have f ... More >>
They pile up their stuff to the point of fire danger and rat infestation. A task force is taking on this nearly insurmountable problem.
Raising teachers' self esteem through massage - and other "education" moments from Gavin's enormous State of the City Address. By Benjamin Wachs Every now and again, Gavin Newsom finds his moment. In the last State-of-the-Citysode, it was a brief minute when he was talking about why the Laguna ... More >>
Fine actors turn a dated comedy about psychotherapy into something worth seeing
Down from the mountain, a softly lit Heath Ledger can't save this by-the-numbers Aussie drug flick
Question for Jordan Knight: Was the Block those New Kids were on located in the Castro?
Depression is all around us, but here's some upcoming shows that won't bring you down
A downward spiral hits its nadir
Local filmmaker Caveh Zahedi's career was waylaid by his addiction to prostitution and porn. Today, his sexual compulsions could be the source of his comeback.
Proposition 36 is based on a noble idea: substituting drug treatment for prison sentences. But the measure needs practical help.
Gary Johnson is about to become the first transsexual to sue for discrimination under a new state law. The only catch: He must admit to being "disabled."
The stormy relationship between a transitioning transsexual and a well-known sex counselor raises questions about the growing field of sexology
The promise of a new treatment has opened a painful divide
A smack addict tries to become an overnight success