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Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Nap Pods to the People!

Posted By on Tue, Oct 13, 2015 at 12:16 PM

  • DozeSF owner Brandon Smith
DozeSF, the San Francisco nap pod startup, is moving one step closer to bringing pod napping to the people. 

In case you missed it, a few weeks ago, SF Weekly took a field trip to this tiny new business that aims to offer a tech company amenity — to wit, 25 minute naps in $11,000 napping pods — to the masses. We enjoyed our sojourns in the vibrating Metropods, but we worried that, at $20 a visit, DozeSF would be out of the price range of the average working schmoes that owner Brandon Smith says he wants to help with his service.

Smith, a former tech industry worker, is a true believer in the health benefits of napping. "Despite what Doze is continually being characterized as," he wrote us in an email today, "I'm actually in this for the wellness, not the money."

That's why Smith has decided to change his pricing model. Customers can now choose to pay $80 per month for unlimited naps or "pay what you want" for each individual nap. Right now, if you register for an individual nap on the website, you can choose any dollar amount between $0 and $30 for your 25-minute appointment. 

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Monday, October 12, 2015

Medical Marijuana is Regulated. What's Different? (Nothing, yet.)

Posted By on Mon, Oct 12, 2015 at 11:19 AM

It's a celebration... just like before. - WIKIMEDIA
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  • It's a celebration... just like before.
On Friday, Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law three bills that, for the first time, regulate California's massive multi billion-dollar medical cannabis industry on a state level.

For the first time, commercial marijuana activity is expressly allowed under state law. Sales and turning a profit — both long considered no-no's for cannabis growers and sellers by law enforcement — are OK. Growers, sellers, testers, transporters and manufacturers will be licensed, and all of it will be overseen by a new Bureau of Medical Marijuana regulation, run by a "weed czar" to be appointed by the governor.

Meanwhile, individual medical cannabis patients will be allowed to grow and smoke limited amounts without any license required.

The passage of AB 243, AB 266 and SB 643 required cooperation between the state's marijuana industry players, law enforcement, local government, and organized labor, and is no doubt a big deal. This is what the federal Justice Department has demanded for several years. It is also the first time the state Legislature has accomplished anything on marijuana since 2003, when SB 420's passage — seven years after Prop. 215 in 1996 first legalized medical cannabis — led to the state's first boom in cannabis grows and dispensaries (which, to date, have all had to operate as nonprofit collectives or cooperatives).

So what's different? Right now, nothing. 

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Warriors Announce Purchase of Future 12-Acre Mission Bay Arena Site

Posted By on Mon, Oct 12, 2015 at 10:58 AM

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Big news today about the Golden State Warriors’ planned 18,000-seat Mission Bay arena (which once faced opposition from UCSF, former mayor Willie Brown, and powerful political consultant Jack Davis): the NBA team has bought the 12-acre parcel where the sports and entertainment complex will be built.

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Friday, October 9, 2015

Ballsy Man Allegedly Smuggles 100 Pounds of Weed on Flight From SFO

Posted By on Fri, Oct 9, 2015 at 11:39 AM

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The easiest way to transport a large cargo of weed is to fly it across the country, which is allegedly what one ballsy San Jose man did this week.

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Three Drifters Linked to Murders of Marin County Hiker and Tourist in Golden Gate Park

Posted By on Fri, Oct 9, 2015 at 10:18 AM

Angold, Alligood, and Haze
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The murders of a Marin County yoga teacher killed on a secluded hiking trail west of Fairfax and a young Canadian tourist killed in Golden Gate park have been traced to three drifters arrested in Oregon.

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Thursday, October 8, 2015

The Sacramento Native Who Helped Foil a French Train Attack Was Stabbed This Morning

Posted By on Thu, Oct 8, 2015 at 12:06 PM

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Spencer Stone, the US Air Force Airman who got a hero's welcome after helping to foil a mass shooting on a Paris train in August, was stabbed in midtown Sacramento early this morning following a dispute.

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Yesterday's Crimes: The Serial Killer Who Stalked Gay Men in the Castro

Posted By on Thu, Oct 8, 2015 at 10:39 AM

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On January 27, 1974, the body of Gerald Earl Cavanaugh, 49, was found on Ocean Beach, with the tide threatening to drag his corpse out to sea. Cavanaugh had been stabbed several times. The coroner’s report described him as “never married” — a polite way of implying that he was homosexual.

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Local Journalist Could Face 25 Year Prison Sentence for Defacing LA Times Website

Posted By on Thu, Oct 8, 2015 at 10:03 AM

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Yesterday, a jury in Sacramento found local journalist Matthew Keys guilty of computer hacking, the long-awaited denouement of a case that began in December 2010.

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Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Police Standoff with Carjacking Suspect Ends — Peacefully

Posted By on Wed, Oct 7, 2015 at 6:17 PM

  • Photo by Jonah Owen Lamb

A carjacking suspect who threatened to jump from the third story of a South of Market building was successfully talked off the ledge into safety, San Francisco police said on Wednesday evening. 

As of 6:11 p.m., the still-unidentified is now in custody, according to Officer Grace Gatpandan, a police spokeswoman.

Earlier, the unidentified man was dangling from a third-story window on 10th Street and threatening to jump. 

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