Guardian Staff Writers

Uber adjusts insurance policy in wake of fatal collision

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Transportation Network Companies, more commonly known as "rideshares," have operated in legal limbo regarding their insurance since their creation. This came to a head on New Year's Eve with the death of six-year-old Sofia Liu, who was killed in a collision with an Uber car driven by a man named Syed Muzzafar. Uber claimed in a blog post that because Muzzafar was not ferrying a passenger at the time, and only using the app to search for fares, that he was not officially covered by their insurance.Read more »

'Budapest,' 'Mars,' and more: CAAMFest + new movies!

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Last night heralded the opening of the Center for Asian American Media's CAAMFest; it runs through March 23 at the Castro Theatre, 429 Castro, SF; Great Star Theater, 636 Jackson, SF; New Parkway Theater, 474 24th St, Oakl; New People Cinema, 1746 Post, SF; Pacific Film Archive, 2575 Bancroft, Berk; and Sundance Kabuki Cinemas, 1881 Post, SF. For tickets (most shows $12) and complete schedule, visit www.caamedia.org. For commentary, see "The Art of Martial Arts," "Telling Tales, " and "Women With Movie Cameras."

New movies after the jump.

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Digital Warrior

Remembering an internet activist and innovator who fought to liberate knowledge in our annual Freedom of Information coverage

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Few have shaped the Internet like Aaron Swartz. A programmer and Internet freedom advocate, Swartz’s activism challenged the notion that information should be owned. An open web, he argued, is key to the betterment of humanity.

His life ended abruptly, at the age of 26. Many hail him as a hero. Fighting through his demons, Swartz pioneered technology dedicated to free and open access to information. He helped inspire an ongoing national movement against online censorship.  Read more »

SF bans water bottles

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San Francisco continues to lead the way in the nation's environmental policy, with the Board of Supervisors on March 4 voting unanimously to bar the city from buying plastic water bottles and to ban distribution of plastic water bottles smaller than 21 ounces on city property starting Oct. 1. The ban excludes city marathons and other sporting events. Read more »

Watchdogs in action

A look at the winners of this year's Freedom of Information Awards

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The Society of Professional Journalists, Northern California, will honor the following James Madison Freedom of Information Award winners during a March 20 banquet. Details on their work and the dinner are available at www.spjnorcal.org.

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SFBG Wrap

No coal for Oakland, Newsom missed the train, and an app for SF's homeless

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No coal for Oakland Port

A company that operates a coal mine in Colorado has been looking to ship its fossil fuel products to Asia via the Port of Oakland.

A coalition of environmental organizations sounded the alarm that the Board of Port Commissioners was considering a lease proposal from Bowie Resource Partners to operate a coal export facility at Oakland's Charles P. Howard Terminal.Read more »

SFBG Wrap

Google buses, library targets the homeless, and Kelly takes on Cohen in D10

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Google bus plan challenged

San Francisco activists and labor filed an appeal of the controversial commuter shuttle (aka, the Google buses) pilot program with the Board of Supervisors on Feb. 19, alleging it was pushed through without a proper environmental review.

The appeal was filed by a coalition of the Harvey Milk LGBT Democratic Club, SEIU 1021, The League of Pissed Off Voters, and Sara Shortt of the Housing Rights Committee.Read more »

Goldies 2014 Film: Malic Amalya

A filmmaker who strives for both academic and artistic excellence

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GOLDIES If you want to see a filmmaker light up brighter than a brand-new projector bulb, ask him about his camera.Read more »

Goldies 2014

OUR 25TH GUARDIAN OUTSTANDING LOCAL DISCOVERY AWARDS CELEBRATE BAY AREA ARTS

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The Goldies are silver! The San Francisco Bay Guardian celebrates the 25th annual Goldies — if you're new here, that stands for Guardian Outstanding Local Discovery Awards — with a special issue celebrating nine emerging Bay Area artists and groups who're producing exciting, intelligent, provocative work. Gazing into our glittery crystal ball, we predict great things ahead for their careers. And that's not all: We also honor one veteran performer whose wide-reaching influence has been a beacon of inspiration for over three decades.Read more »

New movies: Clooney, vampires, stellar imports, and more!

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This week's big release, George Clooney's The Monuments Men, is a dud. So what else should you see instead? Options include a pair of well-received foreign imports (Gloria and Stranger by the Lake), as well as a tribute to a 1980s comedy classic courtesy of SF Sketchfest. Read on!

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