Local Artist of the Week: Jen Merrill

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LOCAL ARTIST Jen Merrill
TITLE The Proportion of Perception
THE STORY Inspired by scientific anatomical studies and human interactions, Merrill uses paper, paint, and her scalpel to create a three-dimensional world of eerie, sometimes humorous figures. Read more »

I’m for PG&E, at 50 bucks a head

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If public power can work in Rock Rapids, Iowa, why can't it work in San Francisco?

By Bruce B. Brugmann

When I came into yesterday’s public hearing at City hall on the emerging clean energy act initiative, I wasn’t surprised to see the room stacked with people obviously rounded up by PG&E for the occasion. After 42 years of covering PG&E, I know how private utility operates.

I asked the man sitting next to me, obviously not a
City Hall regular, why he was attending the hearing. His answer was vague but he was obviously agitated about the clean energy act initiative. Read more »

Lincecum strikes out SJ jinx

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By A.J. Hayes

For Tim Lincecum’s sake lets hope that there’s some validity to the phrase "What you don't know, can't hurt you."

After the Giants young ace - billed as “The Freak” - was featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated last week, Lincecum claimed he had no prior knowledge of the famed S.I. Jinx. Over the years the bad luck curse has claimed past cover boys ranging from Rick Barry to Barry Sanders.

“All it is s a magazine, right?” said Lincecum. Read more »

Newsom political loyalist to head staff

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In another sign that Mayor Gavin Newsom is increasingly looking past San Francisco's needs into his own political future as a candidate for governor, he has announced the resignation of chief of staff Phil Ginsburg, a competent manager and bureaucrat who appears to have been forced out for not having sharp enough political teeth. Read more »

High speed rail moves forward

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The California High Speed Rail Authority, during a meeting this morning in San Francisco, voted unanimously to set the Bay Area route through the Pacheco Pass and up the peninsula into the Transbay Terminal and to approve the related environmental documents. Read more »

Weekly tries to overturn verdict

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Lawyers for the SF Weekly and its parent company tried July 8 to overturn the Bay Guardian’s $16 million predatory pricing verdict, rehashing several old arguments and trotting out a few new ones.

Judge Marla Miller took the case under submission and is expected to rule within ten days.

The Weekly and Village Voice Media asked the judge to throw out the jury verdict or order a new trial. Read more »

Sonic Reducer Overage: Police cuff Elvis, Sun City Girls gather kudos, Flobots love those "Handlebars,' and more

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The Sun City Girls also rise.

Too much time on your hands? Guitar Hero III and Gossip Girl not doing it for you? Have I got some high-quality musical fun for you. Read more »

SOS: Vote here on phony PG&E poll

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By Bruce B. Brugmann (Scroll down to vote against PG&E and for the Clean Energy Act)

Already, even before the supervisors approve the new San Francisco Clean Energy Act, PG&E operatives are down the poles like firemen and women.

Their first strike is a poll in the July ll edition of the San Francisco Business Times, a link in the American City Business Journals chain, the nation's largest publisher of metropolitan business journals, headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina. Read more »

Ammiano writes Jesse Helms obituary

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Today's Ammianoliner:

Jesse Helms is dead. You should only speak good of the dead. He's dead. Good.

(From the home telephone answering machine of Sup. Tom Ammiano.) B3

the nation

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Click here
to read the Nation's open letter to Barack Obama.