July 03, 2002





Andrea Nemerson's

Norman Solomon's

The nessie files

Tom Tomorrow's
This Modern World

Jerry Dolezal


Arts and Entertainment

Venue Guide

Electric Habitat
By Amanda Nowinski

Tiger on beat
By Patrick Macias

By Josh Kun



By Annalee Newitz

Without Reservations
By Paul Reidinger

Cheap Eats
By Dan Leone

Special Supplements


Our Masthead

Editorial Staff

Business Staff

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• cover feature

The brutal budget
Mayor Brown is planning drastic program cuts. Why isn't he looking at the real fat?
By Tim Redmond

Winners, losers
Top executives made out like bandits, while ordinary workers got the shaft.
By Camille T. Taiara

Talk isn't cheap

Contracting disease
Why sole-source contracting is unhealthy for the city's budget.
By Cassi Feldman

O.T. bonanza at SFPD
Why is San Francisco wasting so much money on police overtime?
By A.C. Thompson

Brown's big payroll
Why not ask the richest employees to give up their fat raises for a year?
By Rachel Brahinsky

Summary showing the increase in city employees making $100,000 or more, between fiscal year 1993-94

City employees making $100,000 or more, fiscal year 1993-94

City employees making $100,000 or more, fiscal year 2002-03
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• news

In this issue

By Tim Redmond

Ban fur, win tourists

The silent theft
by ralph nader

Reject Brown's budget

No more mayoral hacks

Good news for sunshine

'Independence for who?'

Going public
Supervisors, advocates gear up for first public debate on new power initiative
By Rachel Brahinsky

In City College we trust?
School board dodges promise to comply with local sunshine law
By Julian Foley

Bay Guardian wins CNPA awards

• a+e


What does it mean when the art gallery becomes a multiplex?
By Glen Helfand

Beijing fling
Stanley Kwan's speaks from the heart.
By Chuck Stephens

The silver-tongued devil
Singer-songwriter Kris Kristofferson has lived through hits and hard times.
By Derk Richardson

Feeling good about feeling bad
By George Chen

Mondo metal
The Bay Area's underground metal scene is splintered, opinionated, and full of fucking life.
By Will York

Mighty real
Sean San José rides through three psychedelic decades of city history in i feel love.
By Brad Rosenstein

'Angelic States – Event Sequence'
Through July 27, Walter and McBean Galleries
By Will York

'Green Dragon'
Immigrant song

Correct techniques


Last Exit

Local Live
Bat Makumba
June 4, Elbo Room

Local Grooves
Forget about the Girl (Mimicry)

Liner notes
Dream scene

2nd time around
Amy Rigby
18 Again (Koch)

Script Doctor
Fan files

Joe and Paul

By Josh Kun

Electric Habitat
Queens of cups
By Amanda Nowinski

Tiger on beat
Sleazy and wild

By Patrick Macias

Bass Head
By Amanda Nowinski

The Mix


• culture

Incest and insects
By Andrea Nemerson

Dot-com sentimentality
By Annalee Newitz

culture shocked
Orange juice
By katharine mieszkowski

Go west, young chef
By Paul Reidinger

Without Reservations
The sorcerer's apprentice

By Paul Reidinger

Cheap Eats
About last night ...

By Dan Leone

Moon Signs
By Sally Cragin

The Blender




Web Exclusive Features

In the Public Interest
The silent theft
By Ralph Nader,

Focus on the Corporation

Big Pharma's fig leaf:
Why drugs really cost so much
By Russell Mokhiber and Robert Weissman, 07.03.02

Media Beat
Media strategy memo
George, Dick, and John.
By Norman Solomon, 06.04.02

SCA 7: The Open Government Sunshine Amendment
SCA 7 is legislation that would place a Constitutional Amendment on the ballot to allow voters to strengthen the public's right of access to government deliberations and records. SCA 7 would have to pass both the Senate and Assembly by a two-thirds majority before being placed on the ballot. A majority of voters would then have to approve the addition to the state constitution.

The shame of Hearst
Editor's Note
By Bruce B. Brugmann, 11.14.01


• etcetera


Northern California film festivals

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Miriam Wolf describes a passel of new photo books, comic collections, and coffee-table books are as easy to give as they are on the eyes. PLUS: Middle-earth in the balance, Land of the free ... agent, and more in December Lit.

Anniversary Issue
The case for MUD: A public power agency could cut electric rates by 20 percent – and still make millions of dollars.