When President Obama was elected in November 2008, the national unemployment rate was at 6.5 percent, and quickly rising. The Great Recession was picking up speed. By the inauguration, the unemployment rate had reached 8.5 percent. It eventually peaked a year later, in January 2010, at 10.6 percent. ... More >>
Napa County cops have busted the man who they say is responsible for a slew of residential burglaries, including one at Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi's wine country house Monday night. According to news reports, police on Wednesday arrested 21-year-old Kevin Michael Hagan after he admitted to breaking ... More >>
Police have ended the search for 26-year-old Jose Ernesto Magana who fell into the water on Sunday while fishing with his brother-in-law in Napa County. Magana, a San Francisco resident, was reportedly drinking with Cesar Rivera Moreno, 31, of San Rafael, at about 2:45 a.m. when he fell into the wat ... More >>
Denizens of San Francisco -- especially those who frequent pot clubs -- might be a bit miffed with U.S. Attorney Melinda Haag. And despite how much you might love marijuana, perhaps you can still give credit where it's due.Haag handed down sort-of stiff sentences to Michael Ohayon, 44, and David Pap ... More >>
The past 24 hours in gossip, innuendo, and cold hard facts about the San Francisco food scene. Odd names and taglines: Tablehopper discovers, via Chowhound, that Indo-Bali Cooking Street has opened in the Financial District (343 Kearny at Pine). The Indonesian restaurant is from the former Bangkok ... More >>
Ben NarasinModel Bakery's English muffins are all about anticipation and fulfillment. From the moment you take a light, thick disk out of its sleeve, the buttery touch on your fingers -- in stark contrast with the crisp, dry, dusted crust -- makes you want to take a bite. But you have to to ... 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 >>
Donald McGuire with one of his alleged victimsMarquette University has managed to raise $43 million for its retiring president, Jesuit priest Robert Wild, despite his involvement in his order's controversial handling of one of the most notorious child predators in the history of the Catholic ... More >>
Fill 'er up -- for $135!Those of us not named Rush Limbaugh know that in order to prevent the world from devolving into a giant Mad Max set, we've got to drive less. So as California's politicians and environmental regulators set ambitious emission reduction targets to combat global warming, the ... More >>
Three ThievesStraight outta St. Helena in Napa County, Three Thieves' Bandit beverages are a slick alternative to two-buck Chuck or one's favorite box of wine. Priced around $9 for one liter (or $4.79 for a juice box-sized half liter), they're kind of a steal.It's not exactly outdoor picnic weath ... More >>
Iso Rabins' foraged food is the toast of San Francisco's gourmet set. Health inspectors and environmentalists aren't so thrilled.
How four tiny Indian tribes, with help from powerful gambling interests, are trying to transform the Bay Area into a slot machine Mecca
Before you succumb to nostalgia about a simpler, humbler baseball time, heed the lesson of Vacaville
He's running for mayor again, and this time he wants to define himself, before his enemies do it for him
Traveling room to room in the Columbia, a Tenderloin SRO, shows that fixing a building up is one thing. Repairing broken lives is another.