The Daily Blurgh: Whither Grindr, Kitty Boots?

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

"Call before you come over, I need to shave my ShoCha."

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That breathless traipse around Land's End really is about (re)fighting the Battle of the Bulge

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Quick Lit: April 14-April 20

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Literary readings, book tours, and talks this week -- including Alice Walker, Men and Dogs, Marin Poetry Festival, "Adapting to Climate Change," and more

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Editorial: No free ride for developers

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Under Newsom's approach, the current residents and businesses of San Francisco will have to put up millions of dollars to cover the costs created by market-rate housing developers

The dumbest plan the Newsom administration has cooked up in a long time continues to make its way through City Hall. The mayor wants to defer fees for housing developers as a way to "stimulate" the economy — despite the fact that the city's own economist concluded the plan would lead to the creation of a relatively tiny number of jobs and perhaps 40 or 50 new market-rate condos over the next two years.

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Did Lennar hire an armed security guard from Andrews International?

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I didn’t attend the April 12 hearing of the Board’s city operations and neighborhood services committee about Lennar’s decision to send an armed ex-SFPD officer to a Feb. 18 community meeting at the Nation of Islam’s mosque on Third Street.

But video footage shows that it was a packed house, during which plenty of folks stated loud and clear that they thought it was a really bad and potentially dangerous idea to send an armed ex-officer into a community meeting in the Bayview.

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Candidates for judge: Robert Retana

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The final installment of our interviews with candidates for Superior Court Judge in San Francisco: Robert Retana

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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 »