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Court to Chevron: consider climate change

Environmental and local groups celebrate a ruling against a project that would have fouled Bay Area air

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By Adam Lesser

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GREEN CITY When a California appellate court rejected Chevron Corporation's attempt to expand its Richmond refinery without clarifying whether it intends to process heavier, more polluting crude oil two weeks ago, planetary concerns loomed even larger than local impacts.Read more »

The sound of the city

Streets of San Francisco: Catch the beat (and brass, and buckets, and accordions) of SF's iconic street musicians -- our exclusive interviews

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STREETS OF SAN FRANCISCO Do you have a favorite musician who plays outside in San Francisco? I'd name many, if I knew their names. There's the kid no older than 10 who led a two-piece rock band (himself on voice-guitar) through a great show to a growing crowd at Dolores Park, then played soccer immediately after. There's the guy at 24th Street BART who sounds like Johnny Cash. There's the man with the white guitar by San Francisco Center, and the guy who used to sing opera by Macy's. Read more »

Vandalism Manifesto

Streets of San Francisco: In praise of the old, the new, and the terribly offensive

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Editor's note: An earlier edition of this manifesto was scrawled onto the walls of an abandoned underground Muni tunnel somewhere in the Sunset District.

STREETS ISSUE The magic of the word — VANDALISM — is terribly offensive. Vandalism offends all the right people and launches an offensive against all the wrong people. Wait, vandalism converts our doublemoralspeak to honesty. Vandalism affirms a number of precarious values: freedom, justice, the art of unmediated living, etc.Read more »

Pickles and Web sites

Streets of San Francisco: Eco-superhero Zoey Kroll connects dirt with technology to bring life to the street

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By Margaret Tedesco

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STREETS OF SAN FRANCISCO Zoey Kroll does a lot of things to bring life to the streets of the city. One of her current projects is a hands-on workshop on photography and social media. It takes place twice a week this month at the 2.2 acre outdoor photo studio of Hayes Valley Farm. Kroll plans for some of the upcoming workshops to have a theme that compliments this article. Read all about it.

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Immigrant rights - in Arizona and at home

As with SB 1070 in Arizona, the policy of requiring juvenile probation officers to report young people to ICE before they receive due process has opened the door to racial profiling and torn many innocent youth from their families
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By Angela Chan

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Uproot: An urban homesteading bonanza

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Now that locavorism has been firmly established as a socially acceptable and environmentally positive movement, people are now considering the place of hyperlocal food, which generally refers to edibles cultivated right within the context of urban and suburban communities. Well, that first part is not entirely true.

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LAST DAY TO VOTE! OUR 2010 BEST OF THE BAY READERS POLL

Be a local hero! Share your knowledge of everything outstanding in the Bay Area. Vote now!

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It's that time again! In 1974 we blazed a trail by being the first paper to present “best of” awards. Every year since then we’ve given Best of the Bay recognition to the people, places, and things that make the Bay Area great. Read more »

Dude, where's my car share?

New legislation could make it easier for people to share their cars
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By Brady Welch

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GREEN CITY Owning and storing a car in San Francisco is neither cheap nor efficient, so car-sharing companies have become increasingly popular in recent years. So why can't individual car owners share or rent their vehicles? Right now, insurance law makes that difficult, but new legislation could make it easier for people to share their cars. Read more »

Lydia Pense & Cold Blood shake the Biscuits and roll the Blues

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By Lilan Kane

After 41 years together, local blues-funk outfit Cold Blood still sounds exactly like I imagine they would have when they were fresh to the scene back in the Bill Graham days. I never had the chance to see them before, so the evening I finally caught them, on April 23, was a particular treat for me, an avid Lydia lover. Of course I'm talking about lead singer Lydia Pense. It is near unbelievable how such a big a voice comes out of her pint-sized frame. Time has not faded her soulfulness by any means -- she still holds it down like a female James Brown. Read more »

Pension reform: don't blame workers

It's all the rage these days to blame the economy's woes on public workers, whatever the facts are, no matter who the culprit really is

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By Larry Bradshaw and Roxanne Sanchez

OPINION Members of Service Employees International Union Local 1021, who make up about half of all San Francisco city employees — the lowest-paid half — are currently at the negotiating table with the Mayor's Office working out a deal to give back $100 million toward the city's deficit over the next two years. Last year our members gave back $48 million.Read more »