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Friday, October 2, 2015

SF Weekly Takes a (Pod) Nap

Posted By on Fri, Oct 2, 2015 at 12:26 PM

Peter Lawrence Kane gets comfortable.
  • Peter Lawrence Kane gets comfortable.

I've been having trouble sleeping. 

I could blame work and stress and capitalism and patriarchy, but I think mostly it's due to the bug bites I acquired Sunday night when I gathered a group of local misandrists to worship the Super Blood Moon and cast spells on the patriarchy. (I think we killed it. Go us.) 

My ankles itch. I wake up every couple of hours to run them under freezing cold water in my bathtub and then try to fall asleep again before they regain sensation. This strategy has not been working that well. My ankles still itch. 

So when the deeply unhappy people who spend their time making fun of startups/job creators/innovators/the future on Twitter* turned their attention to DozeSF, a new San Francisco company that offers 25 minutes in a high tech nap pod for $20 a pop, I immediately scheduled one for myself.

And, since everything's more fun if you bring two somewhat reluctant co-workers along, I signed up SF Weekly Arts Editor Peter Lawrence Kane and Music Editor Matt Saincome as well.

Group naps! It's a thing! (DozeSF also has a promotion going on for this, it's first week in business, so our naps were free.)

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More Families Are Living in SROs, and Conditions Inside are Making Them Sick

Posted By on Fri, Oct 2, 2015 at 10:56 AM

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The number of families living in SROs in San Francisco has more than doubled over the past decade, according to a new report from Single Room Occupancy Hotel Families United.

Since 2001, 55 percent more families now live in SROs; as the Examiner notes, that brings the total number of families in SROs to just under 700.

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Thursday, October 1, 2015

Branch office of 'No on F' vandalized, 'Fuck Airbnb'

Posted By on Thu, Oct 1, 2015 at 2:01 PM

  • Photo by Joe Fitzgerald Rodriguez

Well, that escalated quickly.

A campaign office of the "No on F" campaign has been vandalized. No on F is advocating against a law introducing tighter regulations of Airbnb and other similar services in San Francisco. Suffice to say, the whole debate is getting heated. 

"Fuck AIRBNB" is scrawled across the windows of the Richmond District office, which sits along Geary Boulevard at Spruce.

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Will This Shooting Be Our 101 California (And Finally Change Something)?

Posted By on Thu, Oct 1, 2015 at 1:54 PM

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  • When is enough enough?
On the afternoon of July 1, 1993, a middle-aged man in a dark suit walked into a law office on the 34th floor of 101 California Street, the striking circular skyscraper near the Embarcadero BART station.

A UC Santa Cruz graduate, former mental health counselor, and failed businessman armed with two Tec-9 pistols, 55-year old Gian Luigi Ferri shot and killed eight people and wounded six others before turning a weapon on himself as police closed in.

Reactions to the 101 California Street massacre aren't so unfamiliar as the feelings we muster today whenever there's a mass shooting, like the one at Umpqua Community College in Oregon this morning. Early reports indicate as many as 13 dead and 20 wounded, according to the Oregonian

But there is one major difference between 101 California and other mass shootings, including the Sandy Hook massacre, the Virginia tech massacre, the Oikos Universty massacre, and the massacres at a Charleston church and a theater in Tennessee: something came of it.

Meaningful gun control laws, including the federal assault weapons ban, directly came about as a result of the murders in San Francisco. Since the ban expired in 2004, shootings in the United States spiked considerably. It does not take a gifted logician to draw an obvious conclusion.

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Yesterday's Crimes: Penny Dreadful, the Blonde Thrill Killer

Posted By on Thu, Oct 1, 2015 at 11:35 AM

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August Norry of Daly City once dreamed of glory in baseball's major leagues, but he didn’t have enough of a fastball. After an unsuccessful tryout with the San Francisco Seals (the team that put Joe DiMaggio on the path to the Yankees), Norry settled down, got married, and started his own gardening business.

On Feb. 1, 1959, he took a Sunday afternoon drive on San Bruno Mountain, on the border of San Francisco and Daly City, where he frequently dumped lawn clippings back when people did that sort of thing.

The next day he made the papers in the worst possible way when his “bullet-torn, blood-spattered automobile” was found “abandoned on a lonely ‘lover’s lane,’” according to the San Mateo Times.

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Women Kicked Off the Napa Valley Wine Train Are Suing for $11 Million

Posted By on Thu, Oct 1, 2015 at 10:01 AM

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The 11 women kicked off the Napa Valley Wine Train in August for being “too loud” are now suing the train owners for $11 million.

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Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Venture Capitalist Rants About Tesla's "Unacceptable" Model X Unveiling

Posted By on Wed, Sep 30, 2015 at 2:44 PM


Last night, Tesla debuted its new $130K Model X — an electric SUV with self-opening gull-wing doors, a bioweapon defense button, and other bells and whistles that have tech gawkers calling this thing a computer with tires. Two years in the making, the car has generated a lot of hype, but its big unveiling last night near the Tesla factory in Fremont left some people pretty pissed off.

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SF Government Tries Again with Cannabis — Come Meet the City's Weed Deciders

Posted By on Wed, Sep 30, 2015 at 12:23 PM

A few years ago, with cannabis legalization supposedly around the corner, San Francisco city government tried to engage the local marijuana industry — then more commonly referred to as the medical cannabis "movement."

A city supervisor created a 15-member "task force" for marijuana, one of dozens of task forces and commissions in San Francisco, and stocked it with dispensary owners, growers, and "patient advocates."

It was a spectacular failure. Rife with personal disagreements and regular arguments, the Medical Cannabis Task Force was mercifully ended after a parliamentarian deadlock: so many members stopped attending meetings that the task force did not have a quorum.

Now, with the legalization of recreational cannabis for adults supposedly around corner, San Francisco city government is trying again to engage the local marijuana industry. Who might that be? You can meet them and ask them just that question tonight.

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The Top 9 People and Companies Cashing in on Airbnb's $8 Million Campaign

Posted By on Wed, Sep 30, 2015 at 11:53 AM

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Airbnb's jawdropping $8 million expenditure to defeat the ballot measure that would strictly regulate short-term rentals in San Francisco has the No on Proposition F campaign on track to become one of the most expensive in San Francisco history. With five weeks to go, Airbnb trails only the American Beverage Association ($9.2 million to defeat the soda tax in 2014) and PG&E ($10.8 million in 2008 to defeat public power).

Airbnb's $8 million far outstrips the $5.6 million that all 14 mayoral candidates combined spent in the 2011 election. 

So what is Airbnb doing with all that money? 

Well, first of all, the campaign has only reported the expenditures up to September 19, at which point it had paid out $3,582,028. About 20% of that dough (approximately $600,000) has gone to things like payroll, office supplies, rent (the campaign had to swallow a $10,000 loss after cancelling a $40,000 lease with landlord Edward Litke on its ill-fated Mission campaign HQ), Uber rides, Instacart deliveries, meals for volunteers, and Clipper cards. 

The other 80% has gone to a handful of big winners. Here's who's cashing in on Airbnb's pile of cash:

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Monday, September 28, 2015

Feds Say They Have Evidence Linking Raymond "Shrimp Boy" Chow to Murder

Posted By on Mon, Sep 28, 2015 at 3:28 PM

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Federal prosecutors in the racketeering case against Raymond “Shrimp Boy” Chow say they have evidence linking the Chinatown gangster to two murders, including the still unsolved killing of Allen Leung, who preceded Chow as “dragon head” of the Ghee Tung Kong.

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