Newsom runs terrified from Muni reform

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By Tim Redmond

Sup. Aaron Peskin has a new version of his Muni reform measure, and it includes an excellent provision to limit new parking downtown. This has Don Fisher's allies all atwitter -- and I hear Gutless Gavin is going to abandon his support for the measure, showing again that he's nothing more than an errand boy for downtown.

New rumblings in the alternative press

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By Tim Redmond

So many interesting and odd things going on in the world of alternative media. Read more »

The poetry of Lindsay Lohan

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What the hell is happening to young Hollywood? Read more »

More free, fab sounds: Amber Asylum's Kris Force comes out old-school

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Amber Asylum honchette Kris Force gives an olde-styley performance with pal Sigrid Sheie tonight, July 25, at the Homestead. Me thinks it won't be heaviosity incarnate - instead, Force e-mails, "We've been working on a collection of standards and torch songs that we would love to share with you." She adds that Chewy of Hammers of Misfortune will be joining the duo on brushes.

It's all happening tonight, about 9:30 p.m. And it's, dang, free... Read more »

Best of the Bay "Diamond" Dave snapped!

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Aha! Steve Rhodes happened upon our Best of the Bay Local Hero "Diamond" Dave Whitaker last night, riding home on the Muni with a BOB in his lap. Precious.

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Thanks for sending it our way, Steve! See more of his snaps here.

The unabridged Santino

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As promised in this week's gargantuan Best of the Bay issue, here's a longer Q&A with Santino Rice, who will be at the Castro Theatre this Friday. Illustrations to come tomorrow!

GUARDIAN: You once judged the Miss Universe pageant. What was that like?
SANTINO RICE: Parts of the experience – being that close to the stage, to the beautiful women and the gowns – were great. As a young boy I watched pageants, but I’m far from obsessed with them. Read more »

San Francisco midnight movie memories (Extended mix)

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We recently put together a cover package on midnight movies. The midnight movie scene is thriving right now, but it also has a long history -- in fact some credit SF as a, if not the, birthplace of the phenom. Below you'll find a mix of direct quotes from local cinema lovers and excerpts from books that outlines what has happened when the clock strikes twelve in the Bay Area. Read more »

All you need is…less diapers, more navel-gazing ‘60s nostalgia

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By Sean Manning

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In a move that’s sure to send the diaper industry to its knees - and the general public into an era of unabashed pants-pooping - an announcement will be made at the Musicians for Peace stage at this year’s Monterey Summer of Love Festival to protest Proctor and Gamble’s use of the Beatles “All You Need Is Love” in a TV ad. Get it? Like, “Luvs.” Why? ‘Cause that’s, like, our anthem, man. Read more »

The Chris Daly show

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By Tim Redmond

Oh, it's so easy to make fun of Chris Daly. You can even make fun of his beard.

Or you can watch his much-derided speech at the Board of Supervisors, and recognize that: 1. He's not a crazed nut; his points are cogent, well argued and entirely credible, and; 2. Read more »

New redevelopment chief

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By Tim Redmond

Lots of talk about who the new SF Redevelopment Agency chief will be after Marcia Rosen announced (in terse terms) her resignation, which sounds awfully suspect. (Whenever you hear "resigned to pursue new opportunities" think: Canned for political reasons.)

One persistent rumor is that Mayor Newsom wants an African American to head Redevelopment, at a time when the agency is under fire in Bayview- Hunters Point. Read more »