Sara Knight

Superlist: Queer partner dancing

Lead, follow, your choice!
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Just 'cause we're queer doesn't mean we can't tango, swing, and salsa with our partners. Sure, there are great places to shimmy and shake while trying not to spill our mojitos. But for those of us who wish we could work the graceful angle a little more, well, there's hope for us yet. Parties abound where knowledgeable teachers provide a preparty lesson, then let us float (or flop) our way around the dance floor. If we're lucky, we'll have so much fun we won't even remember the awkward trauma inflicted by our high school prom. Read more »

The Ron Paul phenomenon

The Ron Paul phenomenon: How a Republican presidential campaign caught fire in San Francisco
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San Franciscans rarely get excited about Republican presidential candidates, and it's rarer still to see GOP campaign signs in Mission District windows, beat-up old cars, or crowds of enthusiastic supporters flooding the city's streets. But that's what Ron Paul has been inspiring.

"I would give my entire net worth to see Ron Paul elected president," a man holding a "Ron Paul '08" sign on the corner of Powell and Geary on Dec. 16 said. Read more »

Green City: Meeting the Climate Challenge

A race to turn the lights out
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GREEN CITY It is easy to become discouraged by environmental problems, but a few San Franciscans are reminding us that we have collective power to make positive change. And we might even have a little fun along the way.

Paul Scott came up with the idea of the San Francisco Climate Challenge, a citywide contest to reduce household energy consumption. Scott is a lawyer and founding member of One Atmosphere — a nonprofit created by North Beach neighbors concerned with sustainability and conservation. Read more »

Green City: Plugging into what's next

Backyard car conversion kits
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GREEN CITY Hybrid cars — those that run on a combination of gasoline and electricity — are all the rage among drivers looking to go green. But imagine a car that could drive 100 miles on one gallon of gas. That's what a hybrid could get if converted into a plug-in version, something Bay Area residents are starting to do themselves, filling a void left by the auto industry.

The California Car Initiative (a.k.a. CalCars) is on a mission to make plug-in hybrid electric vehicles widely available. Read more »

Green City: PG&E's two faces

Seeking to water down environmental standards
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GREEN CITY If Pacific Gas and Electric Co. is really working to become "the nation's greenest utility," as it claims, why is it opposing more renewable energy in California? Pending legislation — which PG&E opposes — would require a larger percentage of the state's energy to be produced from renewable resources by 2020.

The fact that PG&E is against Senate Bill 411 doesn't jibe with its self-proclaimed goal of going green. Read more »