San Francisco Bay Guardian - Essential Bay Area News, Politics, Arts, and Culture http://www.sfbg.com/frontpage/%20%09%20Mark%20Growden%27s%20Handlebars%20%20%20http%3A/www.youtube.com/%20http%3A/ag.ca.gov/newsalerts/twitter.com/%20http%3A/www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi en Chiu's Airbnb legislation, still a controversial mess, moves to full board http://www.sfbg.com/politics/2014/09/30/chius-airbnb-legislation-still-controversial-mess-moves-full-board <div class="field field-type-aef-image field-field-uberimage"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="aef-image"><img src="http://www.sfbg.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/Full_325_wide/chiu%20mug_1.aspx" alt="" title="" width="325" height="275"/><div class="aef-image-infos" style="width:325px"><div class="aef-image-infos-title-credits"><div class="aef-image-infos-title">Will Airbnb sink David Chiu's reputation as a effective legislator who can find good compromises?</div></div><div class="aef-image-infos-title-legend"></div></div></div> </div> </div> </div> <p><!--paging_filter--> <p>Board of Supervisors President David Chiu’s reputation for forging decent compromises is being severely tested as his <a href="http://www.sfbg.com/politics/2014/04/28/new-coalition-opposes-chius-airbnb-legislation-updated">widely criticized</a> legislation to <a href="http://www.sfbg.com/politics/2014/04/15/chiu-introduces-legislation-airbnb-and-short-term-housing-rentals">legalize and regulate</a> Airbnb and other short-term housing rental companies now <a href="http://www.sfbg.com/2014/09/16/still-not-sharing">moves to the full board</a>, where its fate is uncertain.<span class="read-more"><a href="/politics/2014/09/30/chius-airbnb-legislation-still-controversial-mess-moves-full-board"><strong>Read more &raquo;</strong></a></span></p> Airbnb Corporations Sharing Economy Steven T. Jones Tue, 30 Sep 2014 19:37:31 +0000 steven 31383 at http://www.sfbg.com Win Tickets to Rock the Boat to Treasure Island Festival http://www.sfbg.com/promo/2014/09/30/win-tickets-rock-boat-treasure-island-festival <div class="field field-type-aef-image field-field-uberimage"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="aef-image"><img src="http://www.sfbg.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/aef_image_original_format/300x300_0.jpg" alt="" title="" width="300" height="300"/><div class="aef-image-infos" style="width:px"></div></div> </div> </div> </div> <p><!--paging_filter--><br /> <div style="line-height: normal; margin: 0px; padding: 0px 0px 8px; color: #666666; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif;">For the second year in a row, <a href="http://www.thebolditalic.com/">The Bold Italic</a> is hosting a <a href="http://treasureislandfestival.com/2014/">Treasure Island Music Festival</a> party boat to ferry you to and from the festival fun.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: normal;">This year, they’ve partnered with&nbsp;</span><a style="font-family: Arial, Tahoma, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; color: #0f90ba; text-decoration: none;" href="ht </div> <span class="read-more"><a href="/promo/2014/09/30/win-tickets-rock-boat-treasure-island-festival"><strong>Read more &raquo;</strong></a></span> Tue, 30 Sep 2014 16:24:48 +0000 Guardian Promo 31382 at http://www.sfbg.com Live shots: Modest Mouse sweat it out at the Masonic http://www.sfbg.com/noise/2014/09/29/live-shots-modest-mouse-sweat-it-out-masonic <div class="field field-type-aef-image field-field-uberimage"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="aef-image"><img src="http://www.sfbg.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/aef_image_original_format/mm%20end_0.jpg" alt="" title="" width="540" height="360"/><div class="aef-image-infos" style="width:px"><div class="aef-image-infos-title-credits"><div class="aef-image-infos-title">Modest Mouse at the Masonic Sept. 26. Photos by Emily Sevin.</div></div><div class="aef-image-infos-title-legend"></div></div></div> </div> </div> </div> <p><!--paging_filter--> <p><a href="https://www.facebook.com/ModestMouse" target="_blank">Modest Mouse</a> got hot and heavy at the <a href="www.masonicsf.com">Masonic</a> Sept. 26, and we were there to catch them in all their sweaty glory. Mimicking Birds (first photo below) opened.</p> <p></p> <hr /></p> <p>All photos by Emily Sevin.</p> <p><img src="/sites/default/files/modestmouse1_0.jpg" alt="mm" class="mceItem" height="332" width="540" /></p> <p><img src="/sites/default/files/modest%20mouse_0.jpg" alt="mm" class="mceItem" height="360" width="540" /><span class="read-more"><a href="/noise/2014/09/29/live-shots-modest-mouse-sweat-it-out-masonic"><strong>Read more &raquo;</strong></a></span></p> Live Shots Modest Mouse Tue, 30 Sep 2014 02:33:24 +0000 Emma Silvers 31381 at http://www.sfbg.com Now that Willie Brown is a lobbyist, will the SF Chronicle finally cut him loose? http://www.sfbg.com/politics/2014/09/29/now-willie-brown-lobbyist-will-sf-chronicle-finally-cut-him-loose <div class="field field-type-aef-image field-field-uberimage"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="aef-image"><img src="/sites/default/files/dynimagecache/0-0-264-223-325-275/willie_mug.jpg" alt="" title="" width="325" height="275" /><div class="aef-image-infos" style="width:325px"><div class="aef-image-infos-title-credits"><div class="aef-image-infos-title">Da Mayor, Da Questions</div> <span class="aef-image-infos-credits">SF Chronicle</span></div><div class="aef-image-infos-title-legend"></div></div></div> </div> </div> </div> <p><!--paging_filter--> <p>Years ago, the San Francisco Chronicle handed Willie Brown a megaphone, but now that he's officially recognized as a paid lobbyist, isn't it time to yank it back?<span class="read-more"><a href="/politics/2014/09/29/now-willie-brown-lobbyist-will-sf-chronicle-finally-cut-him-loose"><strong>Read more &raquo;</strong></a></span></p> Mayor Ed Lee San Francisco Chronicle Willie Brown Joe Fitzgerald Rodriguez Tue, 30 Sep 2014 02:29:59 +0000 31380 at http://www.sfbg.com Investigation shows outsider ownership of SF's luxury condos http://www.sfbg.com/politics/2014/09/29/investigation-shows-outsider-ownership-sfs-luxury-condos <div class="field field-type-aef-image field-field-uberimage"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="aef-image"><img src="http://www.sfbg.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/aef_image_original_format/infinity%20map.JPG" alt="" title="" width="310" height="355"/><div class="aef-image-infos" style="width:px"><div class="aef-image-infos-title-credits"><div class="aef-image-infos-title">Map showing where the owners of Infinity Tower live.</div> <span class="aef-image-infos-credits">48hillsonline.org</span></div><div class="aef-image-infos-title-legend"></div></div></div> </div> </div> </div> <p><!--paging_filter--> <p>Former Bay Guardian editor and publisher <a href="http://www.sfbg.com/category/author/tim-redmond">Tim Redmond</a> has a <a href="http://48hillsonline.org/2014/09/29/investigation-new-condos-arent-owned-san-francisco-residents/">great new investigation on his 48Hills site</a> showing how many new luxury condos in San Francisco are owned as investments by out-of-towners, puncturing the myth that unfettered market-rate housing development will help with the city’s affordability crisis. Check it out.&nbsp;</p> Affordable Housing Housing Wealth Steven T. Jones Tue, 30 Sep 2014 01:34:40 +0000 steven 31379 at http://www.sfbg.com Ammiano "angry" as Brown vetoes prosecutor misconduct bill http://www.sfbg.com/politics/2014/09/29/ammiano-angry-brown-vetoes-prosecutor-misconduct-bill <div class="field field-type-aef-image field-field-uberimage"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="aef-image"><img src="/sites/default/files/dynimagecache/0-37-258-218-325-275/sfbg-innocent300.jpg" alt="" title="" width="325" height="275" /><div class="aef-image-infos" style="width:325px"><div class="aef-image-infos-title-credits"><div class="aef-image-infos-title">Our Sept. 3, 2003 cover story on JJ Tennison is one of many Guardian stories of prosecutorial misconduct.</div></div><div class="aef-image-infos-title-legend"></div></div></div> </div> </div> </div> <p><!--paging_filter--> <p>Assemblymember Tom Ammiano strongly criticized Gov. Jerry Brown today [Mon/29] for yesterday vetoing his Assembly 885, which would have provided modest sanctions for prosecutors who willfully withhold evidence during criminal trials, a huge problem we’ve repeatedly covered in the Bay Guardian.<span class="read-more"><a href="/politics/2014/09/29/ammiano-angry-brown-vetoes-prosecutor-misconduct-bill"><strong>Read more &raquo;</strong></a></span></p> District Attorney Police racism Steven T. Jones Tue, 30 Sep 2014 00:48:33 +0000 steven 31378 at http://www.sfbg.com The Mountain Goats' John Darnielle on his first novel, unreliable narrators, and the joys of getting real mail http://www.sfbg.com/noise/2014/09/26/mountain-goats-john-darnielle-his-first-novel-unreliable-narrators-and-joys-getting <div class="field field-type-aef-image field-field-uberimage"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="aef-image"><img src="http://www.sfbg.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/Full_325_wide/Darnielle-John-C-Lalitree-Darnielle-750x400-2_0.jpg" alt="" title="" width="325" height="275"/><div class="aef-image-infos" style="width:325px"><div class="aef-image-infos-title-credits"><div class="aef-image-infos-title">John Darnielle will appear at Green Apple Books on the Park Mon/29.</div> <span class="aef-image-infos-credits">Photo by Lalitree Darnielle</span></div><div class="aef-image-infos-title-legend"></div></div></div> </div> </div> </div> <p><!--paging_filter--> <p><a href="https://twitter.com/mountain_goats" target="_blank">John Darnielle</a>’s brain seems like it runs at just a slightly higher RPM than other people’s.</p> <p>One could get this impression from listening to the tightly crafted mini-universe he creates inside each track on a Mountain Goats record — take your pick, he’s penned some 14 full-length studio LPs inside the last 18 years, not counting a slew of singles and B-sides and other assorted treats — or from his Twitter feed, which zooms from his enthusiasm for black metal to witty commentary about televised wrestling to on-point, eloquent opining about Ferguson, vegetarianism, or abortion rights. <span class="read-more"><a href="/noise/2014/09/26/mountain-goats-john-darnielle-his-first-novel-unreliable-narrators-and-joys-getting"><strong>Read more &raquo;</strong></a></span></p> Book Reading Music. Literature Q&A Emma Silvers Fri, 26 Sep 2014 23:28:58 +0000 Emma Silvers 31376 at http://www.sfbg.com Moderate politicians push "affordable housing" definition up to higher income brackets http://www.sfbg.com/politics/2014/09/26/moderate-politicians-push-affordable-housing-definition-higher-income-brackets <div class="field field-type-aef-image field-field-uberimage"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="aef-image"><img src="http://www.sfbg.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/Full_325_wide/three-quarters%20pie.jpg" alt="" title="" width="325" height="275"/><div class="aef-image-infos" style="width:325px"><div class="aef-image-infos-title-credits"><div class="aef-image-infos-title">Do three-quarters of city residents really need housing subsidies, or just those most in need, at-risk, and diverse?</div></div><div class="aef-image-infos-title-legend"></div></div></div> </div> </div> </div> <p><!--paging_filter--> <p>San Francisco, its General Plan <a href="http://www.sfbg.com/politics/2014/06/17/supervisors-consider-affordable-housing-half-step">Housing Element</a>, and various city codes have always had a very specific definition of what they mean by “affordable housing”: homes that are affordable to those making 120 percent of area median income (AMI) and below, the kind that generally require public subsidies to build from scratch in San Francisco.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 20.7999992370605px;">That group is defined annually by the US Department of Housing and Urban Development using </span><a style="line-height: 20.7999992370605px;" href="file:///C:/Documents%20and%20Settings/sjones/My%20Documents/Downloads/2014_AMI_IncomeLimits-SanFranHMFA%20(5).pdf">the latest data</a><span style="line-height: 20.7999992370605px;">, and this year in San Francisco, it is defined as individuals making $81,550 or less year, or households of four people making $116,500 or less, according the </span><a style="line-height: 20.7999992370605px;" href="http://sf-moh.org/index.aspx?page=321">Mayor’s Office of Housing and Community Development</a><span style="line-height: 20.7999992370605px;">. </span><span class="read-more"><a href="/politics/2014/09/26/moderate-politicians-push-affordable-housing-definition-higher-income-brackets"><strong>Read more &raquo;</strong></a></span></p> Affordable Housing Housing Steven T. Jones Fri, 26 Sep 2014 21:31:05 +0000 steven 31375 at http://www.sfbg.com Arca underwhelms at Gray Area http://www.sfbg.com/noise/2014/09/25/arca-underwhelms-gray-area <div class="field field-type-aef-image field-field-uberimage"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="aef-image"><img src="http://www.sfbg.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/Full_325_wide/ry.JPEG" alt="" title="" width="325" height="275"/><div class="aef-image-infos" style="width:325px"></div></div> </div> </div> </div> <p><!--paging_filter--> <p><strong>By Ryland Walker Knight</strong></p> <p><a href="grayarea.org" target="_blank">Gray Area Arts &amp; Technology</a> is a newish venue, admittedly a work in progress, with construction and renovation continuing when the doors are closed, but they are already booking unique electronica acts. My first visit was, as it happens, the first time Tim Hecker played a show in San Francisco (late July; great waves of processed sounds), and my second, Tuesday night (Sept. 23), was one of the five stops on <a href="https://www.facebook.com/arca1000000" target="_blank">Arca</a>’s current DJ tour along the West Coast.</p> <p><span class="read-more"><a href="/noise/2014/09/25/arca-underwhelms-gray-area"><strong>Read more &raquo;</strong></a></span></p> Arca Kanye West Live Review Thu, 25 Sep 2014 23:56:27 +0000 Emma Silvers 31374 at http://www.sfbg.com Where are all the vanilla sexuality events? http://www.sfbg.com/sexsf/2014/09/25/where-are-all-vanilla-sexuality-events <div class="field field-type-aef-image field-field-uberimage"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="aef-image"><img src="http://www.sfbg.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/Full_325_wide/HeadFirst1_1.JPG" alt="" title="" width="325" height="275"/><div class="aef-image-infos" style="width:325px"></div></div> </div> </div> </div> <p><!--paging_filter--> <p>I moved to the Bay Area this year with the intention of diving head first into kinky chaos. As far as repressed small town chicks go, I guess you could say I’m a daredevil. When I expressed my desire for sexploration to the locals, they had helpful suggestions ranging from fucking a sybian to getting hung from ceilings with rope.<span class="read-more"><a href="/sexsf/2014/09/25/where-are-all-vanilla-sexuality-events"><strong>Read more &raquo;</strong></a></span></p> Head First Krissy Eliot Thu, 25 Sep 2014 23:50:55 +0000 steven 31373 at http://www.sfbg.com TIFF 2014: Three more notables, plus a lucky top 13 http://www.sfbg.com/pixel_vision/2014/09/25/tiff-2014-three-more-notables-plus-lucky-top-13 <div class="field field-type-aef-image field-field-uberimage"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="aef-image"><img src="http://www.sfbg.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/Full_325_wide/heaven.jpg" alt="" title="" width="325" height="275"/><div class="aef-image-infos" style="width:325px"><div class="aef-image-infos-title-credits"><div class="aef-image-infos-title"><em>Heaven Knows What</em></div> <span class="aef-image-infos-credits">Photo courtesy of TIFF</span></div><div class="aef-image-infos-title-legend"></div></div></div> </div> </div> </div> <p><!--paging_filter--> <p><em>Jesse Hawthorne Ficks reports from the recent 2014 Toronto International Film Festival. Previous installment <a href="http://www.sfbg.com/pixel_vision/2014/09/24/tiff-2014-american-standouts">here</a>!</em></p> <p><span style="line-height: 20.7999992370605px;">Three films at this year's Toronto Film Film Festival achieved a consistently exhilarating cinematic aesthetic.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span style="line-height: 20.7999992370605px;">The first was instant horror classic <em>Goodnight Mommy</em> (Austria), which had critics tripping over each other as they ran out of the theatre. I overheard one woman hailing the psychological terror film as the best movie she had seen at TIFF in five years.</span></p> <p><span style="line-height: 20.7999992370605px;"> </span><span class="read-more"><a href="/pixel_vision/2014/09/25/tiff-2014-three-more-notables-plus-lucky-top-13"><strong>Read more &raquo;</strong></a></span></p> Toronto International Film Festival 2014 Jesse Hawthorne Ficks Thu, 25 Sep 2014 20:28:27 +0000 cheryl 31372 at http://www.sfbg.com Win tickets to Chinatown at Paramount Theatre October 10 http://www.sfbg.com/promo/2014/09/25/win-tickets-chinatown-paramount-theatre-october-10 <div class="field field-type-aef-image field-field-uberimage"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="aef-image"><img src="http://www.sfbg.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/aef_image_original_format/Paramount_300x300_Chinatown_optimized.jpg" alt="" title="" width="300" height="300"/><div class="aef-image-infos" style="width:px"></div></div> </div> </div> </div> <p><!--paging_filter--> <p><em>CHINATOWN</em> (1974) - In 1937 Los Angeles, private eye Jake "J.J." Gittes (Jack Nicholson) is hired by Evelyn Mulwray (Faye Dunaway) to undertake an investigation that leads him deeper and deeper into a web of scandal, deceit, and corruption. One of director Roman Polanski's greatest films, Chinatown hooks the viewer into a plot whose unpredictable twists and turns develop into a mind-bending and unguessable conclusion. Complex characters, pitch-perfect dialogue, and masterful acting all combine to make this one of the best noir films of all time. <span class="read-more"><a href="/promo/2014/09/25/win-tickets-chinatown-paramount-theatre-october-10"><strong>Read more &raquo;</strong></a></span></p> Thu, 25 Sep 2014 17:03:28 +0000 Guardian Promo 31371 at http://www.sfbg.com Sound sneak preview: Ai WeiWei Alcatraz exhibition http://www.sfbg.com/pixel_vision/2014/09/24/sound-sneak-preview-ai-weiwei-alcatraz-exhibition <div class="field field-type-aef-image field-field-uberimage"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="aef-image"><img src="http://www.sfbg.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/Full_325_wide/Screen%20Shot%202014-09-24%20at%205.55.20%20PM.png" alt="" title="" width="325" height="275"/><div class="aef-image-infos" style="width:325px"><div class="aef-image-infos-title-credits"><div class="aef-image-infos-title">From Blossom, an installation in several hospital ward cells on Alcatraz, part of the @Large exhibition.</div> <span class="aef-image-infos-credits">GUARDIAN PHOTO BY REBECCA BOWE</span></div><div class="aef-image-infos-title-legend"></div></div></div> </div> </div> </div> <p><!--paging_filter--> <p>Here’s a taste from <a href="http://www.for-site.org/project/ai-weiwei-alcatraz/">@Large</a>, the exhibition by internationally renowned Chinese artist Ai WeiWei, which will open to the public on Alcatraz Sat/27.</p> <p>This recording is from Illumination, one of the sound installations, which makes use of the prison hospital – an Alcatraz site not normally open to daytime visitors.&nbsp;<span class="read-more"><a href="/pixel_vision/2014/09/24/sound-sneak-preview-ai-weiwei-alcatraz-exhibition"><strong>Read more &raquo;</strong></a></span></p> Rebecca Bowe Thu, 25 Sep 2014 01:09:48 +0000 rebecca 31370 at http://www.sfbg.com New protections for abortion seekers proposed, but may face rival efforts http://www.sfbg.com/politics/2014/09/24/new-protections-abortion-seekers-proposed-it-may-face-rival-efforts <div class="field field-type-aef-image field-field-uberimage"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="aef-image"><img src="http://www.sfbg.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/Full_325_wide/Planned%20Parenthood%20protestors%20007_1.jpg" alt="" title="" width="325" height="275"/><div class="aef-image-infos" style="width:325px"><div class="aef-image-infos-title-legend"> <div class="aef-image-infos-credits">GUARDIAN PHOTO BY CAITLIN DONOHUE</div></div></div></div> </div> </div> </div> <p><!--paging_filter--> <p><span style="line-height: 20.7999992370605px;">After a years-long saga of trying to regulate the loudest and rudest protesters outside clinics that offer abortions, a new law may finally protect patients and employees of Planned Parenthood in San Francisco from harassment. Sup. David Campos introduced a resolution yesterday [Tues/23] that would refine his previous legislation creating a buffer zone outside reproductive healthcare centers, the latest in legal maneuverings to protect free speech while sparing medical care-seekers from harm.</span><span class="read-more"><a href="/politics/2014/09/24/new-protections-abortion-seekers-proposed-it-may-face-rival-efforts"><strong>Read more &raquo;</strong></a></span></p> Joe Fitzgerald Rodriguez Wed, 24 Sep 2014 22:15:25 +0000 Joe Fitzgerald 31369 at http://www.sfbg.com Anti-war groups take to the streets of SF to protest US bombing campaign UPDATED http://www.sfbg.com/politics/2014/09/24/anti-war-groups-take-streets-sf-protest-us-bombing-campaign <div class="field field-type-aef-image field-field-uberimage"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="aef-image"><img src="http://www.sfbg.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/Full_Width_545_wide/t-iraq-war-slide_596_298.jpg" alt="" title="" width="540" height="250"/><div class="aef-image-infos" style="width:540px"><div class="aef-image-infos-title-credits"><div class="aef-image-infos-title">Image from The World Can't Wait.</div></div><div class="aef-image-infos-title-legend"></div></div></div> </div> </div> </div> <p><!--paging_filter--> <p>With the US military now <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2014/09/23/world/middleeast/us-and-allies-hit-isis-targets-in-syria.html?_r=0">bombing targets in both Syria and Iraq</a>, and the Islamic State that we’re targeting <a href="http://www.cnn.com/2014/09/22/world/meast/isis-threatens-west/index.html">threatening to retaliate against US citizens</a>, the Bay Area’s anti-war movement is taking the streets today [Wed/24] and in the coming days (although the SF Chronicle apparently <a href="http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Where-are-the-peace-protests-over-Syria-bombing-5775926.php">di </a><span class="read-more"><a href="/politics/2014/09/24/anti-war-groups-take-streets-sf-protest-us-bombing-campaign"><strong>Read more &raquo;</strong></a></span></p> Military War Steven T. Jones Wed, 24 Sep 2014 21:30:52 +0000 steven 31368 at http://www.sfbg.com