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BEST OF THE BAY 2014 READERS POLL IS HERE http://www.www1.sfbg.com/pixel_vision/2014/08/26/best-bay-2014-coming <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.www1.sfbg.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/Full_325_wide/calavera_mariachi.jpg" alt="" title="" width="325" height="275"/><div class="aef-image-infos" style="width:325px"></div></div> </div> </div> </div> <p><!--paging_filter--> <p>Our 40th annual Best of the Bay issue is coming Oct. 15!&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 20px;">This year's theme is Dia de los Muertos, in celebration of true Bay Area spirit.</span></p> <p><span style="line-height: 20px;"> </span><span class="read-more"><a href="/pixel_vision/2014/08/26/best-bay-2014-coming"><strong>Read more &raquo;</strong></a></span></p> Best of the Bay 2014 Tue, 26 Aug 2014 19:43:26 +0000 admin 31167 at http://www.www1.sfbg.com Drag queens plan to protest Facebook over name-change policy http://www.www1.sfbg.com/pixel_vision/2014/09/14/drag-queens-plan-protest-facebook-over-name-change-policy <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.www1.sfbg.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/Full_325_wide/dragqueenprotest.jpg" alt="" title="" width="325" height="275"/><div class="aef-image-infos" style="width:325px"></div></div> </div> </div> </div> <p><!--paging_filter--> <p>Drag queens throughout San Francisco and the cyberverse are <a href="https://www.facebook.com/events/331937683646810" target="_blank">planning to protest at Facebook HQ on Tuesday at 9:30am</a>, if a meeting between Facebook representatives and Sister Roma of the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence tomorrow yields no favorable results.</p> <p>At issue: a controversial new Facebook policy that is forcing performers to use their legal names (rather than drag or other professional names) on their personal profiles on the social media site.</p> <p><span class="read-more"><a href="/pixel_vision/2014/09/14/drag-queens-plan-protest-facebook-over-name-change-policy"><strong>Read more &raquo;</strong></a></span></p> Drag Facebook Nightlife Protest Queer Super Ego Marke B. Mon, 15 Sep 2014 04:36:06 +0000 admin 31280 at http://www.www1.sfbg.com Silicon-centric proposal to split California fails to make ballot http://www.www1.sfbg.com/politics/2014/09/12/silicon-centric-proposal-split-california-fails-make-ballot <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.www1.sfbg.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/aef_image_original_format/CaliforniaSplitArt_0.jpg" alt="" title="" width="540" height="563"/><div class="aef-image-infos" style="width:px"><div class="aef-image-infos-title-credits"><div class="aef-image-infos-title">Our May 27, 2009 cover story.</div></div><div class="aef-image-infos-title-legend"></div></div></div> </div> </div> </div> <p><!--paging_filter--> <p>While we at the Bay Guardian<a href="http://www.sfbg.com/politics/2009/03/17/should-california-be-split"> have long</a> been <a href="http://www.sfbg.com/politics/2014/07/17/tbt-time-we-called-californias-break">intrigued</a> by the <a href="http://www.sfbg.com/2009/05/27/golden-states-extreme-makeover">possibilities of splitting California up</a> into several states — the Bay Area could be an economic powerhouse with compassionate social services and modern infrastructure, while conservative counties would have low taxes but crumbling roads and bridges — we’re happy to <a href="http://www. <span class="read-more"><a href="/politics/2014/09/12/silicon-centric-proposal-split-california-fails-make-ballot"><strong>Read more &raquo;</strong></a></span></p> California Tech Steven T. Jones Fri, 12 Sep 2014 22:39:22 +0000 steven 31277 at http://www.www1.sfbg.com Viracocha is legit! Here are five things from the past five years that we wish we could've written about http://www.www1.sfbg.com/noise/2014/09/12/viracocha-legit-here-are-five-things-past-five-years-we-wish-we-couldve-written-abo <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.www1.sfbg.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/Full_325_wide/Viracocha_performance_space_550.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">Ezza Rose performs at Viracocha in less-legal times.</div> <span class="aef-image-infos-credits">PHOTO BY PETE LEE</span></div><div class="aef-image-infos-title-legend"></div></div></div> </div> </div> </div> <p><!--paging_filter--> <p>As you may have heard by now, <a href="https://www.facebook.com/ViracochaSF" target="_blank">Viracocha</a> — everyone's favorite Never-Never Land of a music venue/spoken word performance space/speakeasy/antiques store/beautiful place to <a href="http://sfist.com/2013/09/09/viracocha_named_finalist_for_americ.php" target="_blank">stop and use the bathroom</a> should you find yourself having to pee on Valencia — has gone legit.<span class="read-more"><a href="/noise/2014/09/12/viracocha-legit-here-are-five-things-past-five-years-we-wish-we-couldve-written-abo"><strong>Read more &raquo;</strong></a></span></p> Live Music Mission Viracocha Emma Silvers Fri, 12 Sep 2014 19:07:22 +0000 Emma Silvers 31275 at http://www.www1.sfbg.com Enter to win a pair of tickets to FallFest 2014 on October 11! http://www.www1.sfbg.com/promo/2014/09/11/enter-win-pair-tickets-fallfest-2014-october-11 <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.www1.sfbg.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/Full_325_wide/15261_FallFest_MPU_SANF0914NoTicketLink_FINAL.jpg" alt="" title="" width="325" height="275"/><div class="aef-image-infos" style="width:325px"></div></div> </div> </div> </div> <p><!--paging_filter--><br /> <div style="color: #222222; font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.7272720336914px; line-height: normal;"><span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif;">Taste all the Bay Area has to offer at FallFest 2014 — a&nbsp;</span><span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; line-height: normal;">celebration of the Bay Area’s best in local food, wine, beer and cocktails! </span></div> <span class="read-more"><a href="/promo/2014/09/11/enter-win-pair-tickets-fallfest-2014-october-11"><strong>Read more &raquo;</strong></a></span> Fri, 12 Sep 2014 00:02:49 +0000 Guardian Promo 31274 at http://www.www1.sfbg.com Disrupting Disrupt http://www.www1.sfbg.com/politics/2014/09/11/disrupting-disrupt <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.www1.sfbg.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/Full_325_wide/Screen%20Shot%202014-09-11%20at%204.10.21%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">The highly disruptive crowd at the biggest startup conference of the year</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>A friend and I made a spur-of-the-moment decision to hit the final TechCrunch Disrupt after-party last night. Because, sheer curiosity. So here comes one of those borderline journalistic essays where, no, I didn’t actually formally interview anyone. But a conversation we had offered a fascinating glimpse into attitudes held by folks working in the tech startup sector, so I’m blogging it.<span class="read-more"><a href="/politics/2014/09/11/disrupting-disrupt"><strong>Read more &raquo;</strong></a></span></p> Rebecca Bowe Thu, 11 Sep 2014 23:25:45 +0000 rebecca 31273 at http://www.www1.sfbg.com Rising tenant buyouts in SF targeted by new legislation and map http://www.www1.sfbg.com/politics/2014/09/11/rising-tenant-buyouts-sf-targeted-new-legislation-and-map <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.www1.sfbg.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/Full_325_wide/buy%20out%20map.JPG" alt="" title="" width="325" height="275"/><div class="aef-image-infos" style="width:325px"></div></div> </div> </div> </div> <p><!--paging_filter--> <p>A <a href="http://www.antievictionmappingproject.net/buyouts.html">new interactive map</a> published today by the Anti Eviction Mapping Project shows the spike in tenancy buyouts over the last year in San Francisco, just in time to raise awareness for Sup. David Campos’ proposed legislation to document and regulate tenant buyouts, which has a hearing later this month.<span class="read-more"><a href="/politics/2014/09/11/rising-tenant-buyouts-sf-targeted-new-legislation-and-map"><strong>Read more &raquo;</strong></a></span></p> Displacement Evictions Housing Kyle Da Silva Tenants Thu, 11 Sep 2014 23:15:52 +0000 steven 31272 at http://www.www1.sfbg.com New SFBG columnist dives into SF sex culture head first http://www.www1.sfbg.com/sexsf/2014/09/11/new-sfbg-columnist-dives-sf-sex-culture-head-first <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.www1.sfbg.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/Full_325_wide/HeadFirst1.JPG" alt="" title="" width="325" height="275"/><div class="aef-image-infos" style="width:325px"></div></div> </div> </div> </div> <p><!--paging_filter--> <p><em>[Editor’s Note: The Bay Guardian welcomes and presents our new sex columnist, Krissy Eliot, whose columns you can find here every Thursday and in our print edition on an occasional basis, including in next week’s Sex Issue. Enjoy.]</em><span class="read-more"><a href="/sexsf/2014/09/11/new-sfbg-columnist-dives-sf-sex-culture-head-first"><strong>Read more &raquo;</strong></a></span></p> Head First Krissy Eliot Thu, 11 Sep 2014 21:10:47 +0000 steven 31271 at http://www.www1.sfbg.com Travel Back to a Time of Merriment and Mirth at the Northern California Renaissance Faire http://www.www1.sfbg.com/promo/2014/09/11/travel-back-time-merriment-and-mirth-northern-california-renaissance-faire <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.www1.sfbg.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/aef_image_original_format/NorCalRenFaireAd-300x300.jpg" alt="" title="" width="300" height="300"/><div class="aef-image-infos" style="width:px"></div></div> </div> </div> </div> <p><!--paging_filter--><br /> <p style="color: #0000ff; font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.7272720336914px; line-height: normal; margin: 0in 0in 10pt;"><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif;"><span style="color: #000000; font-size: small;">Travel back to a time of knights, feasts, and festivities during the Northern California Renaissance Faire, happening every weekend starting September 13th through October 12th at Casa de Fruta in Hollister.</span></span><span class="read-more"><a href="/promo/2014/09/11/travel-back-time-merriment-and-mirth-northern-california-renaissance-faire"><strong>Read more &raquo;</strong></a></span></p> Thu, 11 Sep 2014 18:51:17 +0000 Guardian Promo 31270 at http://www.www1.sfbg.com Bombshell BART report slams hiring of union-busting negotiator Tom Hock http://www.www1.sfbg.com/politics/2014/09/10/bombshell-bart-report-slams-hiring-union-busting-negotiator-tom-hock <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.www1.sfbg.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/Full_Width_545_wide/bart%20strike%20shot.png" 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">A new report analyzes the mistakes that led to two BART strikes and two fatalities last year.</div> <span class="aef-image-infos-credits">Rebecca Bowe</span></div><div class="aef-image-infos-title-legend"></div></div></div> </div> </div> </div> <p><!--paging_filter--> <p>Independent investigators analyzing BART's recent turmultuous, rollercoaster-ride labor negotiations issued their report yesterday, concluding that last year's pair of damaging strikes could and should been avoided. The o<span style="line-height: 20.7999992370605px;">pinions that the analysts collected from the unions, management, and BART's Board of Directors covered a wide spectrum, but there were a couple of common themes.&nbsp;</span><span class="read-more"><a href="/politics/2014/09/10/bombshell-bart-report-slams-hiring-union-busting-negotiator-tom-hock"><strong>Read more &raquo;</strong></a></span></p> BART BART negotiations Tom Hock Joe Fitzgerald Rodriguez Thu, 11 Sep 2014 00:45:59 +0000 Joe Fitzgerald 31269 at http://www.www1.sfbg.com Go do this thing tonight: Tell Supes Chiu and Campos how to make SF nightlife better http://www.www1.sfbg.com/noise/2014/09/10/go-do-thing-tonight-tell-supes-chiu-and-campos-how-make-sf-nightlife-better <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.www1.sfbg.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/Full_325_wide/M28196925.jpg" alt="" title="" width="325" height="275"/><div class="aef-image-infos" style="width:325px"></div></div> </div> </div> </div> <p><!--paging_filter--> <p>Are you sick of San Francisco being a town that shuts down at 2am (and more realistically about an hour earlier)?</p> <p>Are you annoyed that people keep moving next door to music venues and then <a href="http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Residential-development-threatens-S-F-s-music-5680418.php" target="_blank">complaining when the music venues hold music shows</a> that involve, you guessed it, amplified live music?</p> <p>Do you enjoy ranting about these issues and more, both in person and in long, exceedingly negative Facebook posts?<span class="read-more"><a href="/noise/2014/09/10/go-do-thing-tonight-tell-supes-chiu-and-campos-how-make-sf-nightlife-better"><strong>Read more &raquo;</strong></a></span></p> Free Supervisor David Campos Supervisor David Chiu The Fillmore Emma Silvers Thu, 11 Sep 2014 00:33:14 +0000 Emma Silvers 31268 at http://www.www1.sfbg.com Legal aid funding for undocumented youth clears board committee http://www.www1.sfbg.com/politics/2014/09/10/legal-aid-funding-undocumented-youth-clears-board-committee <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.www1.sfbg.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/Full_325_wide/campos%20tony.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">Sup. David Campos with Tony, an 11-year-old from El Salvador who just received asylum.</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>Brian, who is 12, came to the United States from Guatemala with his younger brother, Edwin, who is seven. They arrived in a car driven by a coyote, an adult who ferried them across in an arrangement made with their family. But the brothers were quickly detained by Border Patrol agents.<span class="read-more"><a href="/politics/2014/09/10/legal-aid-funding-undocumented-youth-clears-board-committee"><strong>Read more &raquo;</strong></a></span></p> Rebecca Bowe Wed, 10 Sep 2014 23:00:34 +0000 rebecca 31267 at http://www.www1.sfbg.com The funkmaestro of Vulfpeck on gaming Spotify, German pronunciation mishaps, and Google search optimization http://www.www1.sfbg.com/noise/2014/09/10/funkmaestro-vulfpeck-gaming-spotify-german-pronunciation-mishaps-and-google-search- <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.www1.sfbg.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/Full_325_wide/vulfpeck-1.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">Vulfpeck bring their sweet funk to Brick & Mortar for free this Mon/15.</div></div><div class="aef-image-infos-title-legend"></div></div></div> </div> </div> </div> <p><!--paging_filter--> <p><strong>By Jonathan Kirchner</strong></p> <p>Members of the band <a href="https://www.facebook.com/vulfpeck" target="_blank">Vulfpeck</a> describe themselves as&nbsp;a "half-Jewish German-American rhythm section." Creators of severely catchy, mostly-instrumental grooves, the four-piece — who first met in a German literature class at the University of Michigan — have built a following with their quirky YouTube videos: Each album track is accompanied by a cleverly shot and edited video of its recording. The videos not only capture the band's&nbsp;camaraderie, loose attitude, and sense of humor, but also their&nbsp;musical cohesion as a group. Each song is endlessly and effortlessly funky. <span class="read-more"><a href="/noise/2014/09/10/funkmaestro-vulfpeck-gaming-spotify-german-pronunciation-mishaps-and-google-search-"><strong>Read more &raquo;</strong></a></span></p> Brick and Mortar Music interview Q&A Show Preview Vulfpeck Wed, 10 Sep 2014 19:45:26 +0000 Emma Silvers 31266 at http://www.www1.sfbg.com Lee and UC Berkeley institute take on income inequality http://www.www1.sfbg.com/politics/2014/09/10/lee-and-uc-berkeley-institute-take-income-inequality <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.www1.sfbg.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/aef_image_original_format/HIFIS_logo_small.jpg" alt="" title="" width="405" height="175"/><div class="aef-image-infos" style="width:px"></div></div> </div> </div> </div> <p><!--paging_filter--><br /> <p dir="ltr">Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Oakland) and U.C. Berkeley’s Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society are teaming up today [Wed/10] in Washington DC to release and discuss the institute’s first policy prescriptions for reducing inequality.</p> <p dir="ltr">The policy brief—the first to be issued by the Haas Institute—will introduce research-based approaches suggested by a diverse array of economists looking at inequality through different lenses.<span class="read-more"><a href="/politics/2014/09/10/lee-and-uc-berkeley-institute-take-income-inequality"><strong>Read more &raquo;</strong></a></span></p> Kyle Da Silva Wed, 10 Sep 2014 17:56:59 +0000 steven 31265 at http://www.www1.sfbg.com Deal reached in Transbay Tower tax district showdown http://www.www1.sfbg.com/politics/2014/09/10/deal-reached-transbay-tower-tax-district-shodown <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.www1.sfbg.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/aef_image_original_format/transbay%20tower_0.jpg" alt="" title="" width="250" height="400"/><div class="aef-image-infos" style="width:px"></div></div> </div> </div> </div> <p><!--paging_filter--> <p>The deal almost sounds too good to be true.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 20.7999992370605px;">After threats of lawsuits, frantic backdoor dealmaking and a very harried week for the Board of Supervisors, a deal was finally reached yesterday on <a href="http://www.sfbg.com/politics/2014/09/08/developers-lobby-hard-slash-payments-promised-transbay-terminal-and-high-speed-r">a dispute over taxes in the area around the new Transbay Terminal</a> and the Salesforce Tower.&nbsp;</span><span class="read-more"><a href="/politics/2014/09/10/deal-reached-transbay-tower-tax-district-shodown"><strong>Read more &raquo;</strong></a></span></p> Salesforce Tower Supervisor Jane Kim Supervisor Scott Wiener tax district Transbay Tower Joe Fitzgerald Rodriguez Wed, 10 Sep 2014 17:50:03 +0000 Joe Fitzgerald 31264 at http://www.www1.sfbg.com