NOISE: Yes, there is a Grandaddy, Virginia

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Yes, Grandaddy may be gone but the band's not forgotten. In particular, poobah Jason Lytle hasn't spaced on his group's songs -- though he did stumble and not quite fall during "Jeez Louise" off his latest album, Just Like the Fambly Cat. It was a sweet, hypnotic, dimly lit, and not-quite-acoustic set on Tuesday, Aug. 8, at Cafe du Nord, the first of two nights at our fave former speakeasy. Lytle switched between guitar and keyboards, playing with multi-instrumentalist Rusty Miller from Jackpot. Read more »

Why people get mad at the media, part 4, will guerrilla email help?

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It looks to me as if there isn’t anybody from Business Week /McGraw Hill that will be graduating from the Rock Rapids College of Community Journalism (see my first blog about journalistic principles as practiced at the Lyon County Reporter in Rock Rapids, Iowa.) The Business Week folks really don’t want to deal with readers who have legitimate complaints.

As you will remember from my last post, the stonewall continues. Read more »

Peskin's political playbook

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By Steven T. Jones
Board of Supervisors president Aaron Peskin helped engineer the placement of some solid progressive measures on the fall ballot yesterday -- and unsuccessfully tried to derail one that would give sick days to all SF workers. Read more »

Gypsies, tramps, and thieves

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It was Cher done him in. Oh, Bradley the time-management-challenged hippie, we'll miss your non-sequitors about beards and whales and eagles.

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Cop measure headed for full board

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By Sarah Phelan
The San Francisco Board of Supes Rules Committee voted 2-1 to send a resolution opposing federal meddling in local police investigations and calling for support of California's reporter's shield law, as well as support of similar bills at the federal level that are currently working their way through Congress.

Why people get mad at the media, part 3, The case of “grungy offices” and “grungy journalism”

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Following up my attempts to my attempt to get a full correction from Business Week/McGraw Hill:

I finally got a call yesterday (Tuesday) from Jessi Hempel, one of the two authors of the front page piece on Kevin Rose. She apologized and said the error about mixing up the Guardian and the SF Weekly/VVM/New Times offices was “atrocious” and that Business Week/McGraw Hill would correct it in their next issue.

Fine, thanks, I replied, can you read me the correction? No, she said it is our ethical policy not to do that. Read more »

The best things in life aren't free

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By Cheryl Eddy

Maxing out my inbox's credit line today: a press release heralding the Westfield San Francisco Centre's September 28 grand opening. The $460 mil project is sandwiched between Walgreens and the mall that's already down by Fifth St and Market (you know, the one with the spiral escalator -- across the street from that "Jesus Loves You" guy). It's freakin' huge -- 1.5 million square feet, to be exact.

From the curiously punctuated PR missive:

NOISE: Whoo! I mean, Wu! Rock the Bells...

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Guardian assistant art director Ben Hopfer checked out the Rock the Bells rap convo on Aug. 6 in Concord:

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Redman carouses backstage at Rock the Bells. Read more »

Farewell, Sue Bierman

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By Sarah Phelan
News that former San Francisco Sup. Sue Bierman died Monday afternoon after her car crashed into a dumpster in the Cole Valley, got the current supervisors sharing memories of her at the August 8 Board of Supes meeting.
Sup. Gerardo Sandoval said "volumes could be written about the accomplishments" of this woman, who was "probably a grandmother/sister figure to many of us."
Sup. Aaron Peskin called her "an incredible person, an FDR-type Democrat," who was behind the demolition of the old Embarcadero freeway."Said Sup. Read more »

Farewell, Sue Bierman

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I never had the honor of meeting Sue Bierman, but news that the former San Francisco supervisor died Monday afternoon after her car crashed into a dumpster in the Cole Valley, got the current supes sharing memories of her at the August 8 Board meeting. leaving me with the impression of a much loved, sometimes feared, outspoken and universally respected 82-year old.
Here's just a sampling of some of the many tributes made:
"Volumes could be written about the accomplishments of this woman," said Sup. Gerardo Sandoval said. "She was probably a grandmother/sister figure to many of us."
Sup. Read more »