Anyone who has searched for an apartment in San Francisco could appreciate the proverb "A drowning man will clutch at a straw." The process sucks. Open houses draw dozens of competitors, some who eagerly inform the landlord that they're willing to pay $200 more in rent and hand over the first-months ... More >>
A Menlo Park police detective who was caught with his pants down -- literally -- is back patrolling the streets after prosecutors dropped charges against him for soliciting a prostitute. Officer Jeffrey Kenneth Vasquez was arrested in Feb. 2011 in Sunnyvale after he was found naked in a Motel 6 wi ... More >>
Sad news in the Bay Area punk scene today: Tony Sly, the singer and guitarist for San Jose pop-punk outfit No Use For a Name, passed away this morning, according to his record label, S.F.'s Fat Wreck Chords. Sly was only 41. "One of my dearest friends and favorite song writers has gone way too soon ... More >>
It smells like a Japanese restaurant, looks like a loaf of foie, and delivers a taste reminiscent of foie lathered in mayonnaise. Rau Om's Tofu Misozuke, made in Belmont, is about as close to foie gras as a vegan can ever taste without violating principle.Tofu Misozuke uses Miso Cured Tofu, made ... More >>
"Pandering to the conventional wisdom," former New York Times Executive Editor Bill Keller once observed, is "the mortal sin of journalism." There are plenty of journalistic sinners out there, particularly when it comes to the conventional wisdom on San Francisco.Self-consciously middle-of-the-ro ... More >>
ConfessesFeliciano Valencia-Santiago, the man accused of murdering a San Jose woman and dumping her body in a garbage bag, has reportedly confessed to the heinous crime. According to media outlets, police say that during an interrogation, Valencia-Santiago admitted that he killed Maria Esther Oro ... More >>
Feliciano Valencia-Santiago SF Weekly told readers about the disturbing and gruesome discovery a Sunnyvale man made in his front yard last Sunday: A garbage bag filled with bloody body parts. Police quickly identified the victim as Maria Esther Orozco, and now they've identified the suspected kil ... More >>
Not what you expect to find in your garbage Sunnyvale police are bewildered by a Sunday morning grisly discovery: A bag of body parts found on a sidewalk in a quiet neighborhood. Someone called police at about 10:10 a.m. on Sunday to report they had found a garbage bag that looked as if a body wa ... More >>
If you're like us, you spend an hour or so on your bike every day, from home to work and then back, then maybe to the supermarket, and occasionally over to a friend's house or up to Corona Heights to watch the sunset. Wouldn't it be neat to keep track of your rides so you know how far you've gone ... More >>
It's worse than you think.So you think the Bay Area's newspapers are bad now - they are only going to get worse. A new survey shows that local newspapers will continue to strip away what little staff and resources they have left. Newspapers will get leaner, despite the fact that they have already ... More >>
The good ol' days Bay Area news jobs have shrunk by nearly half in the last decade, which is a worse showing than newsrooms overall nationwide, which declined by about one-third, according to a new federally funded report. Not that we needed a federal report commissioned to tell us that the marke ... More >>
This is a fight best left to Veronica Corningstone A San Francisco writer is leading a class action lawsuit against media giant Thomson Reuters, claiming the company worked them to the bone without paying them overtime or giving them proper meal breaks.Jason Beahm, a local attorney and journalist ... More >>
Alex HochmanTammy Tan's spice shop is now one of six vendors at the 6-month-old food market in Bernal Heights.A simultaneous welcome party and anniversary celebration went down Saturday at 331 Cortland, the six-stall food marketplace in Bernal Heights. The welcome party was for Spice Hound, T ... More >>
Brian YaegerSocial Kitchen brewmaster Rich Higgins, manning the SF Brewers Guild booth in Denver.As the 51-week wait for next year's 30th Great American Beer Festival begins, let's look back at the last few days in Denver, where 462 breweries converged inside the Colorado Convention Center, a ... More >>
Ever have problems figuring out what to do with those old shoe boxes? Paul Shin Devine apparently doesn't. Prosecutors claim feds found roughly $150K squirreled away in the home of the former Apple global supply manager, as well as more than $20,000 in foreign currency. The massive amount of cas ... More >>
Paul Shin Devine is, allegedly, one bad appleTalk about a rotten apple. Paul Shin Devine, a mid-level manager at Apple, was arrested on Friday on charges he pocketed more than $1 million in kickbacks from multiple Asian suppliers of iPhone and iPod parts in exchange for spilling company secrets. ... More >>
At least Coakley's people hit the streets. And that dude San Francisco, there was an election last night. And you went to the polls. Or at least some of you did. You also went to happy hour, the laundromat, or maybe the refrigerator. Wherever you went, whatever you did, three out of four of you f ... More >>
Be well...If there were a list compiled of how many lists a city is listed in -- well our city of San Francisco would be tops on that list. So I'm always reticent to write about some national rankings the City by the Bay finds itself on. That being said, we just stumbled across one that's interes ... More >>
But the cute bear wants me to buy disposable diapers...Like many of you, I was more than a bit amazed at an article yesterday on SFgate, in which a woman with the Marx Brothers-worthy name of Willow Lune explained her raison d'etre: Pushing a diaper-free lifestyle in which one's children can be t ... More >>
How 15-year-old Ben Casnocha brought e-government to Cupertino, Menlo Park, Burbank, and other cities across California
We know words like "propinquity." So are we smart enough for Mensa?
Week of June 4, 2003
When the Burning Man folks met the Air Force guys, the desert camping tips flew
Week of June 19, 2002
Power Tool Drag Races. What else do you need to know?
Bay Area researchers are using a particular cancer to produce neuronlike cells that, when injected into the brain, seem to reverse the effects of stroke. Is the treatment a historic medical breakthrough, or a reckless ploy to attract investors?
You don't have to be embarrassed to read romance novels anymore. With modern themes and better writing, Bay Area authors are helping to make the genre almost (gasp!) respectable.
Mental Breakdown; Criticisms and Compliments; Corrections
Making the rounds of Fisherman's Wharf bars, you'll meet people from the Philippines, Bulgaria, or even Alameda
But Jon Kelly's still doing backward speech analysis -- Dubya to "Make a Monica"; Britney on self: "Baby, I'm really sick. Save me, will ya?"
With MP3s under attack and major labels designing new standards, three Bay Area firms try to corner the market on online music
Why do San Francisco emergency workers live so far away?