G.W. Schulz

41st Anniversary Special: Bus stop

Muni remains a lucrative target for the private sector
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There's a money room in the basement of 1 South Van Ness, where the Municipal Transportation Agency, which operates Muni, is headquartered. Read more »

41st Anniversary Special: Privatize the airport?

Will the airport go on the block in 2011?
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In August 2006 the five commissioners who oversee San Francisco International Airport discussed renewing a small contract with a consulting outfit called John F. Brown Co.

The contract's value doesn't matter as much as the advice the outfit was giving. Read more »

California's tough regs reputation undeserved

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Big business loves complaining about California’s famously “tough” regulations. But if they exist mostly on paper and there’s no one around to enforce them, than what the hell is big business whining about?

The state legislature gets the best of both worlds as a result. Read more »

Journalism 101: Jeez, prof, what's a byline?

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By G.W. Schulz

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Here's a small arrow indicating exactly what a byline is, if anyone's struggling to grasp how it works. And we thought anonymous assaults were the exclusive domain of the barely pubescent teen girls that occasionally drop by our comments section. Read more »

Postmortem

Assassinated Oakland journalist Chauncey Bailey wins posthumous award
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Being named journalist of the year is a significant distinction. It's just too bad that Chauncey Bailey isn't around to receive the award.

The Northern California Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists named Bailey the winner of its top award Sept. Read more »

Cold case

The SFPD hasn't solved the homicide of Hugues de la Plaza -- so now the French ambassador is getting involved
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The gruesome death of a French national living in San Francisco is becoming a political hornet's nest for local top law enforcement officials and the Mayor's Office.

It's still not clear how local homicide cops will define 36-year-old Hugues de la Plaza's death after months of allowing for and even favoring the possibility that he took his own life. Read more »

Sutter bleeds St. Luke's

The ailing but vital Mission District hospital has an uncertain future
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Dr. Bonita Palmer has worked at the embattled St. Luke's Hospital on the southwest corner of César Chávez and Valencia for 17 years.

Before a packed room of union organizers and religious leaders Sept. 12 at St. Mary's Cathedral near Japantown, she gave a brief speech about her experiences at the beloved but financially troubled hospital.

"St. Luke's has been struggling to stay afloat for many years," Palmer told the audience. Read more »

The tragic tale of Tamesha Tobie

Gun violence kills a teenage girl -- and nobody's solving the crime
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At first, police believed it was a terrible, self-inflicted mishap.

It happened April 15, just after the funeral held for a San Francisco man who'd succumbed to diabetes. Mourners were gathered in the Western Addition home of Tamesha Tobie's grandmother, Edna Tobie. Tamesha, a 14-year-old first-year high schooler in town from Stockton for the funeral, was hanging out with two teenage boys, her cousins, in a bedroom — a room where, it turns out, another family member had stashed a powerful .357 Magnum revolver. Read more »

Your Black Muslim Bakery on the chopping block for $900,000

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Want a decades-old Oakland bakery uncomfortably linked to a litany of alleged violent and sexual felony criminal charges? It’s yours for just $900,000.

Oh yeah, it’s been shut down by the health department, too.

A trustee for Your Black Muslim Bakery’s Chapter 7 federal bankruptcy has hired a real-estate broker for the seemingly impossible task of selling the business, according to court records filed in Oakland last week. Read more »

Breaking a sweat

What's taking San Francisco so long to implement its anti-sweat shop law?
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When San Francisco took the national lead in eschewing consumer products made by workers forced to endure unsavory working conditions, Mayor Gavin Newsom positioned himself front and center on the issue.

Along with Sup. Read more »