P.J. Johnston

  • Blogs

    September 21, 2011

    Tom Otterness Killed Dog, Got City Contracts. What if He Killed People?

    Did Muni give this guy money, too? ‚ÄčIt's almost impossible to stay rational when discussing the plight of dog-slaughtering artist Tom Otterness, who may or may not lose out on millions in city money due to his troubling past. That's because it's hard to conceive of a transgression that would provo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 17, 2011

    Parkmerced Agreement Won't Protect Tenants, Civil Grand Jury Says

    Stay tuned for the future ... ‚ÄčThe Civil Grand Jury has released an interesting and curiously-timed report on the proposed Parkmerced development which validates the city's worst fears -- that tenants would no longer be protected by rent control laws.According to the report -- which was released a ... More >>

  • News

    December 18, 2002

    Showing Segway the Highway

    San Francisco stays fit and comely by walking -- and by banning silly electric-powered scooters from the sidewalks

  • News

    November 20, 2002

    Laborer Pains

    The San Francisco Day Labor Program loses city funding amid a labyrinthine dispute between its political supporters and the Mayor's Office

  • News

    August 28, 2002

    The Stealth Campaign

    At a seemingly innocuous event in the Sunset, Willie Brown proves again why he's the patron saint of patronage

  • News

    May 1, 2002

    House of Race Cards

    Willie Brown to S.F.: You're racist. Racist racist racist racist racist racist racist. Biased, too.

  • Calendar

    November 7, 2001

    Underground Voices

    The best of Northern California filmmakers at the FilmArts Festival of Independent Cinema

  • News

    August 8, 2001

    Dirty Pool

    As the Bayview waits for a rebuilt MLK pool, the project, a stated mayoral priority, keeps gobbling money and time--making it the prototypical city contracting fiasco.

  • Film

    July 18, 2001

    Dead Presidents

    An annual conference that helps indie filmmakers finance their projects gets canceled -- for lack of funding

  • News

    June 13, 2001

    Mental Cruelty

    Michael Wise and Susan Owsley are recovering schizophrenics who got the right kind of help, and got off the street.The mayor's secret budget cuts will make sure that doesn't happen anymore.

  • News

    November 1, 2000

    Down on Brown

    Many blacks in Bayview/Hunters Point say they feel ignored by the mayor. In this election, they are returning the favor.

  • Film

    October 4, 2000

    Reel World

    S.F. Film and Video Arts Commission; Rodney Ascher

  • News

    November 17, 1999

    Indecent Disclosure

    Willie Brown plays hide-and-seek with his tax returns

  • News

    October 20, 1999

    We Used to Be in Pictures

    San Francisco's once-hot film industry is in a slump; will it come back?

  • Calendar

    August 4, 1999
  • Film

    June 30, 1999
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    April 28, 1999
  • Calendar

    March 24, 1999
  • News

    September 17, 1997

    This Old Screwed-Up House (The Sequel)

    Will the government ever fix Ora Nance Lewis' home?

  • News

    July 30, 1997

    Spokesman Without a Cause

    For the media, Christian Lackner has equaled Critical Mass -- even though he's deeply disliked or feared by many cycling leaders

  • News

    June 11, 1997
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    June 19, 1996
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    May 8, 1996

    Charlotte's Web

    The mayor's plan for City Hall could net the city's protocol chief millions in taxpayer-financed rent

  • News

    March 13, 1996

    You're Either on the Bus or off the Bus

    Pols and bureaucrats thumb their noses at Proposition AA

  • News

    December 27, 1995

    Developing Appeal

    Haig Mardikian's eight-year battle to build condos on top of Nob Hill

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