Where were you when the war started?

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Five years ago next month, San Francisco was essentially shut down by protests as the United States invaded Iraq, capping a series of large demonstrations urging our leaders not to launch an offensive war that we knew would be a disaster. The Guardian offered the most comprehensive coverage of those protests, and now we're reexamining that momentous time to explore what it meant -- then, now, and for the future. Read more »

Team Newsom’s $$$ value. More or less.

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Before we get to the juicy details of how much money Team Newsom is taking home, it's worth noting that Mayor Gavin Newsom spent last Friday handing out draft copies of the report in which these figures can be found--a report that Budget Analyst Harvey Rose drew up at Sup. Jake McGoldrick's request to figure out the impacts that staff changes within the Mayor's Office would have on the City's budget--changes Newsom announced Jan. Read more »

"What if she changed her name to Lenin?" Yoko Ono sues singer-songwriter Lennon Murphy for use of own name

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Lennon Murphy bares some, if not all.

Boy, I love Yoko Ono: I think the woman is a genius and at 70-something she still rocks it live. Read more »

PG&E wins a big one!

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By Bruce B. Brugmann

The email came in to me from a City Hall source during Tuesday's meeting of the Board of Supervisors.

"Are you hearing the same thing I am about Daly possibly approving Sklar's appointment? I can't get my head around why he would do that, if the rumor is true."

I sent a note back saying that our understanding at the Guardian was that there were seven solid votes against the mayor's nomination of Richard Sklar and Ryan Brooks for reappointment to the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission, a longtime PG&E bastion in City Hall. The swing vote, I said, was Sup. Read more »

Joakim: Very tall, very French

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By Vanessa K. Carr

It's hard to tell sometimes with the French: how much of their dry humor and peculiarity is due to their French-ness, and how much is straight up eccentricity? For French electronic music producer and Tigersushi label manager Joakim (Versatile, K7), it's most definitely the later. Read more »

Pollo Del Mar explains it all for you

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Eager-eyed writer Justin Juul continues his Guardian's SF series "Meet Your Neighbors" by interviewing the current reigning Miss Trannyshack (and local journalist) Paul E. Read more »

The SF Weekly's war of attrition

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Another fascinating day in court in the Guardian’s predatory-pricing lawsuit against the SF Weekly and its corporate owner. The Weekly is now well into its defense case, and the lawyers for the 16-paper chain that owns the paper are making the same arguments they’ve made all along. And they aren’t holding up very well.

The Guardian, as readers of this blog know by now, is claiming that the Weekly and Village Voice Media, the chain formerly known as New Times, sold ads below cost in an effort to harm the local competitor.

Today’s main witness was Jed Brunst, the company’s Phoenix-based CFO. Read more »

Climate change: yes? no? banana?

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Global warming is just one of many, many emergency environmental issues -- like, the world is just plain looking trashy lately -- but, hey, warming gets all the press these days. Whether or not the uptick in earthly sweatiness is caused by man ("anthropogenic") or cosmos (solar flares?) is kind of a moot point: everyone pretty much agrees there's some warming going on, and, to me, anything that panics consumers into using less and actually thinking about how products are made and where they come from is a good thing. Read more »

IndieFest: "Pop Skull"

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Any movie that kicks off with a warning to epileptics -- high strobe content ahead! -- is gonna attract a certain lurid interest. Adam Wingard's Pop Skull follows a small-town drug addict (co-writer Lane Hughes) as he lurches from hallucination to barely-tolerable reality; his flash-happy mind often seems garbled from the ghosts of experimental films past. The film's jarring sound design, in particular, owes a lot to the avant-garde. Read more »

Five Days Homeless: The Journals

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MSC South, one of the city's largest homeless shelters

by Amanda Witherell

DAY ONE – Wednesday, January 16, 2008
Multi-Service Center South, 525 Bryant Street

In San Francisco, you’re not supposed to just walk into a homeless shelter and get a bed, but I decide to give it a shot.

The woman behind the counter wants my “l Read more »