G.W. Schulz

Where's Michela?

Is Sup. Alioto-Pier's heart in San Francisco -- or at her house in St. Helena?
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Michela Alioto-Pier, carpetbagger.

That's what her Democratic primary challenger called her in 1996, when Alioto-Pier ran for the House of Representatives from the 1st congressional district, which hugs the California coastline from the town of Napa to the Oregon border.

Alioto-Pier, a San Francisco native, had spent the previous two and a half years at the White House advising Al Gore on telecommunications issues. After returning to the West Coast, the ambitious 26-year-old packed up her belongings and moved to St. Read more »

Newspaper editor briefly seized by rationale

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Another of Dean Singleton's editors has hit the dust. Here's what Santa Cruz Sentinel editor Tom Honig -- who stepped down after more than 35 years -- had to say about the matter. Read more »

Civil service bait and switch

Two black juvenile probation officers say they've hit a glass ceiling despite being top performers
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Roger Gainey thought he had what it takes to become a supervisor at the San Francisco Juvenile Probation Department.

He certainly met the basic criteria: "May be required to restrain hostile or agitated youth.... Requires ability to work in stressful situations.... Minimum four years of verifiable professional experience as a juvenile probation officer."

Gainey has worked as a probation officer in the department for eight years and received satisfactory performance evaluations from superiors. Read more »

BONDS INDICTED

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Fifty-three comments in 20 minutes. Extraordinary. Here's the original press release from the U.S. Read more »

Behind the Bey empire

Behind the Bey empire: Did real estate fraud help build Your Black Muslim Bakery into an enterprise worth killing for?
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Editor’s Note: The Chauncey Bailey Project, a collaboration of local media outlets including the Guardian, is investigating the circumstances surrounding the Aug. 2 murder of Bailey, an Oakland journalist who was reporting on the financial dealings of the Bey family’s Your Black Muslim Bakery at the time he was killed. Read more »

Dead town

San Francisco hosts a Halloween celebration suitable for suburban San Diego
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Every reporter assigned to the Castro on Halloween knew right away that the story was, in fact, the nonstory.

There were no outlaws. No shootings or stabbings as in the past. There weren't even many of the scumbag bridge-and-tunnelers police feared most. The mayor's plan worked: two decades of fun in the Castro on Halloween died in 2007.

"People are leaving in droves," one man said into his cell phone around 10:30 p.m. "We can't drink."

By that point the San Francisco Police Department could count the total arrests on one hand. Read more »

Dean Singleton still hates your stupid union

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The Denver Post, flagship paper for Dean Singleton's MediaNews chain, went on a blinding-mad rampage against Colorado's governor in a rare front-page editorial Nov. 4.

If there was any doubt in your mind that Dean "Pinkerton" Singleton hates labor unions, this should be enough to dispel it right away. Read more »

American Journalism Review decries Chronicle as vile cesspool of incomplete chores

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Remember last year when Business Week, in a cover story about Digg.com, described our offices as "grungy," and several major arteries located in the neck of our boss, Bruce Bruggman, nearly exploded? They also hilariously misidentified us as the SF Weekly.

The lack of imagination in American journalism makes for strange bedfellows, it turns out. Read more »

41st Anniversary Special: Private practice

The Department of Public Health has taken privatization to a bizarre new level
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Low-income tenants cheered late last year when the San Francisco Department of Public Health ended its housing contract with the John Stewart Co. Read more »

41st Anniversary Special: Psych out

Newsom administration pushes plan to privatize mental health treatment
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San Francisco is a beautiful place. But it's also a city where an extraordinary number of people suffer from mental health problems, sometimes quietly, sometimes visibly. City government has always taken on the burden of caring for those who really need it, but the Gavin Newsom administration has been trying to outsource that obligation in recent years.

Department of Public Health director Mitch Katz has tried for years to trim the number of psychiatric-care beds maintained by San Francisco General Hospital. Read more »