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Thursday, March 26, 2015

HER, a New App for Women Who Love Women, Isn't Just Grindr for Girls

Posted By on Thu, Mar 26, 2015 at 11:20 AM

Just as gay bars tend to be heavily slanted towards men over women, the same unfair dynamic has played itself out online. Hook-up apps such as Grindr, Scruff, Planet Romeo and the like all skew pretty much exclusively male, and they do so by design. And even as those apps have entered public consciousness via late-night TV, there remains a sort of tumbleweed-strewn desert where an online community for women who love women ought to be.

Well, Mother Nature abhors and a vacuum, and so does Robyn Exton, the founder of HER. HER is not a brand-new app, but a re-launch of the pre-existing Dattch, and it’s just arrived in San Francisco.

“The way I would best describe it is as the complete opposite of Grindr,” Exton tells me by phone. “It’s a combination of Pinterest, Facebook Chat and Instagram, and it’s used for a variety of different relationships, to chat online, and to meet new friends,” as well as for hunting for that special someone, which was Dattch’s focus.

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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Supervisor John Avalos Wants 16-Year-Old Kids to Vote So They Can Also Feel Screwed by Politics

Posted By on Wed, Mar 25, 2015 at 1:52 PM

San Francisco City Supervisor John Avalos recently put forward a ballot measure giving 16-year-old kids the right to vote in city elections, stating that they should have the right to be just as disappointed in democracy as everyone else.

“I believe with all my heart that, if given the vote, teenagers will be every bit as satisfied with the American political system as African Americans, Hispanics, and women are,” Avalos said. “It’s their turn.”

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S.F. Sewer Department Releases Rap Video That Doesn't Really Flow

Posted By on Wed, Mar 25, 2015 at 11:45 AM

The San Francisco Sewer and Water people decided to have some fun at work and create a rap ditty about the city's sewage system. The goal of the video remains somewhat unclear, but we'd say it's about 30 percent entertaining.  

The very-low budget rap video, titled "You Can't Live a Day Without Me," gives a lyrical day-in-the-life of a sewer system, providing pointed information about how things uh, flow around town. 

It's actually really hard to find the words to describe this jingle, so we'll shut up and let you watch this for yourself:

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UC Researchers Discover a Pill That Makes You Want to Give Homeless People Money

Posted By on Wed, Mar 25, 2015 at 10:48 AM

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Of all the "happy" pills you pop everyday, here's one you probably could really use: A medication that makes you a hell of a lot nicer to other people, even the ones on BART. 

Fortunately, scientists are working on this. Some researchers over at UC Berkeley and UC San Francisco have discovered a new blend of meds that might make you compassionate enough to hand over your spare change to a homeless person without flinching. 

Imagine that kind of Utopia. 

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Escaped Jail Inmate Is (Allegedly) Serious, Well-Armed Meth Trafficker

Posted By on Wed, Mar 25, 2015 at 7:00 AM

A legitimate well-armed drug trafficker (allegedly). - SF SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT
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When Alexander Santiago-Gonzales was arrested for allegedly trafficking methamphetamine and heroin in Santa Cruz and San Mateo counties last year, authorities thought enough of the bust to call a press conference.

There, an impressive weapons cache — assault rifles, body armor, and a brace of high-powered handguns — as well as a half-kilo of meth and 1.5 ounces of heroin were shown to off news media, who were told that their suspect was a "major supplier" of drugs to local street dealers.

This is the same Alexander Santiago-Gonzales who escaped from the San Francisco County Jail while taking out the trash on Monday night. He remained at large as of late Tuesday. 

He is the second inmate to escape from jail in that fashion in under a year. But unlike last year's escapee — a drug offender scheduled to soon be released, located at a homeless shelter blocks from jail after two weeks of "freedom" — Santiago-Gonzales appears to be an uncommon criminal, a review of his court and criminal records shows.

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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Have You Seen This Escaped Inmate, Clad In His Skivvies?

Posted By on Tue, Mar 24, 2015 at 10:47 AM

Alexander Santiago-Gonzales, ex of an orange jumpsuit. - SF SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT
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The San Francisco County Jail is short an inmate today following yet another nighttime escape.

Authorities are scouring the city today for Alexander Santiago-Gonzales, who bolted from jail custody at about 8:45 p.m. Monday, according to a release from the Sheriff's Department.

Santiago-Gonzales, who has been in jail since last summer on a U.S. Marshal hold following a drug bust, was taking out the trash under the supervision of a sheriff's deputy when he took off running. He outran his jailer, the second jail inmate to beat out a deputy in a trash night footrace in less than a year.

The 26-year old was last seen running down Harriet Alley towards Harrison Street, but he may be easy to spot: he reportedly shed his orange jumpsuit and was last seen clad only in blue boxer shorts, broadcast news is reporting.

But what's another naked guy in South of Market anyway?

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Monday, March 23, 2015

U.S. Supreme Court Hears Case of SFPD Shooting of Mentally Disabled Woman

Posted By on Mon, Mar 23, 2015 at 2:26 PM

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The United States Supreme Court is hearing oral arguments today for a case involving a mentally ill woman shot by San Francisco Police officers in 2008. The woman, Teresa Sheehan — who survived the encounter — suffers from schizophrenia. The groundbreaking case, known as City and County of San Francisco et al. v. Teresa Sheehan, raises issues of how police should be expected to confront a person whom they know has a mental disability. 

The shooting occurred on the night of August 7, 2008, when two SFPD officers, Kimberly Reynolds and Katherine Holder, entered Sheehan's apartment to detain her for an emergency psychiatric evaluation at the request of her social worker. When a mentally ill Sheehan threatened the officers with a knife, they responded by shooting her five or six times. Though Sheehan suffered severe hip and head injuries, she survived and sued the officers for violating her 4th Amendment rights against excessive force and for violating the Americans with Disabilities Act. Though the District Court first dismissed her case, she proceeded to win a series of appeals that has finally landed her, seven years later, at America's highest seat of justice. 

Oakland Civil Rights Attorney John Burris, who is representing Sheehan, thinks that the case has important ramifications for law enforcement and for disabled communities across the US. “This is potentially a landmark case defining the protections that the mentally impaired can or should expect with confronted by the police." Burriss said in a press release. “The police should not have created a confrontation with a mentally disabled person particularly when they are aware of her disability."

The American Civil Liberties Union has said that the officers are ultimately to blame for failing to de-escalate the situation. Sound familiar? In this respect, Sheehan's story echoes those of Michael Brown, Eric Garner, Jason Harrison, and many others. Given the past year of nationwide outrage at police brutality, the progression of Teresa Sheehan's case will be worth watching. 
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Unconscious Woman Found Stabbed

Posted By on Mon, Mar 23, 2015 at 12:30 PM

San Francisco police are trying to find out what happened to an unidentified woman who was found on 12th Street with multiple stab wounds. 

Officer Albie Esparza says officers were called out to the unit block of 12th Street on Saturday at about 10:40 p.m. on reports of an unconscious woman on the street. When they arrived , they saw she had been stabbed multiple times. She was taken to San Francisco General Hospital where she remains in critical condition. 

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Protesters Block Entrance to Mission District Police Station

Posted By on Mon, Mar 23, 2015 at 9:55 AM

Protesters got to work early this Monday morning by chaining themselves to the entrance of the Mission District police station to mark the one-year anniversary of the shooting death of 28-year-old Alex Nieto.  

According to the Twitter world, the protesters marched down Valencia Street early this morning, pounding drums and holding signs, shaming San Francisco police one year after shooting Nieto to death in Bernal Heights Park after they mistook his Taser for a pistol. Yes, parts of Valencia Street has been shut down for the morning commute.

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Friday, March 20, 2015

Gun Buy Back: Saving Lives in the Western Addition

Posted By on Fri, Mar 20, 2015 at 12:01 PM

Rudy Corpuz wants you to give up your guns. The former gang member, drug dealer and addict now runs United Playaz, a SOMA outreach and advocacy group which seeks to help young men, particularly in the African American community, avoid getting caught up in a lifestyle that nearly ruined his own life.

This Saturday, United Playaz will join other organizations for a gun buy back in the Western Addition, where you can anonymously turn over your gun for cash — and for good reason.

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