The Chamber of Commerce scorecard: You gotta be kidding

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The San Francisco Chamber of Commerce has released a voting scorecard on the supervisors -- and it's a bad joke. The Chamber says the scorecard shows who are top opponents of business in the city, the ones who don't support "job creation and government efficiency" -- two poll-tested buzzwords the Chamber will try to use in supervisorial campaigns this fall.Read more »

Street Threads: Look of the Day

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Today's Look: Seungtaek, Sacramento and Polk

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Officials accused of destroying public documents on Palin visit

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The lesson of political scandals from Watergate through Monicagate is that the cover-up is often worse than the original crime, and that could once again prove true with the simmering conflict over large speaking fees that CSU-Stanislaus has agreed to pay Sarah Palin, particularly given new revelations that university officials might have destroyed public documents that had been requested by Sen. Leland Yee. Read more »

Powder room confessions with Sia

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I was expecting nothing but a stream of strange, awkward and amazing when I dialed up Australian singer Sia-- playing Wed/14 at the Regency Ballroom-- but her super quirky banter wouldn't be the only sound traveling the wires. Ring ring and the blondie answered with a cheery "How are you sweetie?", followed by, "How do you feel about me taking a leak while we chat?" 

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New media sources win Pulitzers

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American journalism’s biggest awards, the Pulitzer Prizes, were awarded today and among the honorees was a nonprofit newsroom, Pro Publica, which was recognized for groundbreaking work that it did on the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.Read more »

The Daily Blurgh: That cat should have won the prize

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Curiosities, quirks, oddites, and items from around the Bay and beyond

“We offer a kind of grittiness you can’t find much anymore,” said Randy Shaw, a longtime San Francisco housing advocate and a driving force behind the idea of Tenderloin tourism. “And what is grittier than the Tenderloin?”

Now that San Francisco is going to court the tourist dollars of baby boomers descending upon the TL in search of reawakening the pleasure centers of their youth – the music! the drugs! the picturesque squalor! – perhaps City Hall should also consider starting up tourism franchises in other "gritty" parts of the city? 

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Youth Speaks' young poets roar

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“Poetry’s made a big difference in my life. It’s allowed me to express myself in ways that I never would have been able to,” says Erica McMath Sheppard, 17, one the winners of Sat/3’s Youth Speaks Teen Poetry Slam at the Warfield Theater.Read more »

Will Obama help Kamala Harris?

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President Obama is coming to California to help raise money for Sen. Barbara Boxer, who already has more than $8 million on hand. The president has to do this; Boxer's seat is critical to the Democrats hopes for hanging on to a majority in the Senate,and Obama will pull out all the stops in this fall's campaign to help Dems in tough races.Read more »

Stop mistreating working women!

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Dick Meister, formerly labor editor of the SF Chronicle and KQED-TV Newsroom, has covered labor and politics for a half century. Contact him through his website www.dickmeister.com

Although the global recession has had a serious impact on working men and women alike, two new reports make clear that women in the United States and throughout the world have suffered most because of long-standing discrimination. Read more »

Make PG&E get two-thirds for its initiative

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Sacramento Bee columnist Dan Morain just joined the chorus of voices against Pacific Gas and Electric Co.'s Prop 16 with a piece that reminds us how PG&E just nine years ago last week went into bankruptcy. It's particularly interesting to read the comments; the Bee publishes in a town that's had public power for decades. Read more »

Just out of prison, Addis returns to SF with a message

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Paul Addis is a playwright and performance artist best known for prematurely igniting Burning Man's eponymous central effigy during a Monday night lunar eclipse at the event in 2007, a crime for which he served two years in a Nevada prison. He was recently released and returned to San Francisco, where his new one-man show debuts at The Dark Room on April 30.

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Candidates for judge: Richard Ulmer

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Another candidate for judge, another interview, another sound file for your listening pleasure. This is incumbent Judge Richard Ulmer, who is facing two challengers, Michael Nava and Dan Dean.

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Appetite: 3 non-whisk(e)y highlights from Whiskies of the World

There was more to WoW than smoky shots

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Whiskies of the World is a little smaller in scope and selection than Whiskyfest, both of which come to few cities in America -- and we're lucky to always be one of them. On March 27, WoW, as Whiskies of the World is known, was chaotic and overly packed in a Hotel Nikko ballroom. Read more »

Street Threads: Look of the Day

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Today's Look: Kelly, Divisadero and California

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CubaCaribe Dance Festival sweeps into the Bay

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Ariel Soto takes an indepth look at the energetic and festive dancers and organizers behind Cuba Caribe, one of the Bay's liveliest dance festivals, beginning Wed/15.