SFBG Radio: Wavy Gravy on Owsley

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In a special episode today, Johnny talks to Wavy Gravy, founder of the Hog Farm, patron of Camp Winnarianbow, MC at Woodstock and close friend of Stanley Owsley, the late acid avatar. Hear him talk about Owsely's home in Australia, the dangers of the platypus, the acid test days, the all-meat diet and much more after the jump. Read more »

Ammiano: what about the hospitals?

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One of the most frightening aspects of an major earthquake in the Bay Area is the potential destruction of some of the big  local hospitals. "If it happened today, we'd have no SF General, no Kaiser," Assembly Member Tom Ammiano told me. St. Lukes? I wouldn't bet on it. And considering the conditions in Sendai, that's not a pleasant prospect.Read more »

Finally, the Chron's against nuclear power

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Well, maybe not entirely against nuclear power, but in a rather surprising editorial, the paper noted:Read more »

The GOP convention dilemma

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Word in Sacramento is that five Republicans may be close to going along with the governor's plan to put $12 billion in tax extensions (NOT tax increases, just extensions of existing taxes) before the voters. Read more »

Fantastic fantasy

Dragon Age II is as elaborately polished and stage-managed as its predecessor was rough-hewn and idiosyncratic

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GAMER When they first announced a new game called Dragon Age: Origins, the prizewinning developers at BioWare were enjoying the success of Mass Effect, their wildly popular space opera, which had just introduced the public to the intergalactic potential of the studio's imagination by creating an entire sci-fi universe from scratch. If Mass Effect was all about the future of role-playing games, Origins was all about their past. Read more »

Anticlimax

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Dear Andrea:

I'm living with my first "serious" girlfriend and everything is great except the sex. As far as I can tell, she is having orgasms but I'm not. When we have sex I have to finish myself off with my hand. I don't think it's supposed to go this way.

Love,

Disappointed

Dear Dis:

You don't say whether you've ever had intercourse with anyone else before Serious, but I'm going to guess not.Read more »

5 Things: March 15, 2011

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>>1. (PARTY) HELP FOR JAPAN SF's nightlife community is already pulling out the fundraiser stops for Japan. First up: Thursday night's Good Foot party at SOM, a rad hip-hop and funk-soul affair with special superstar guests Lyrics Born and Trackademics. Read more »

Showdown time for Twitter/Tenderloin tax break

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After months of backroom deals to enlarge the tax giveaway zone – which I detail in this week's Guardian, based on my review of thousands of pages of public documents – the Board of Supervisors Budget and Finance Sub-Committee tomorrow (Wed/16) will finally consider the mid-Market and Tenderloin payroll tax exclusion zone.Read more »

SF health food stores selling out of potassium iodide **UPDATED**

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***UPDATE***

OK, we've got some new information here, which is different from what the California Department of Public Health told us a little while ago: U.S. Surgeon General Regina Benjamin told media she supports the idea of buying potassium iodide as a "precaution." Read more »

How taxes on millionaires could save the NBA

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March is heaven for basketball junkies. The NCAA tournament goes full-tilt boogie and for fans of the pro game, playoff jockeying intensifies into overdrive. As a member of the latter camp whose team sits atop the NBA East, there is a river of joy flowing through the ventricles of my pumping heart.Read more »

Board considers extra $75.4 million for Mission Bay redevelopment

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UPDATE: An earlier version of this post reported that the Board was meeting in closed session. This was incorrect.

The Board is meeting today  to consider amending the San Francisco Redevelopment Agency’s (SFRA)  budget to issue an additional $70 million in tax increment bonds and appropriate $75.4 million ($70 million in bond proceeds, plus $5.4 million tax increment). The request, which comes on the heels of last year’s $64 million request, represents a 109.4 increase of tax increment bonds in 2010-2011. The city says thiis has nothing to do with Gov. Jerry Brown’s proposal to eliminate redevelopment agencies. But the last-minute timing of today’s session looks a tad fishy at best. And it's playing out as a vote on Treasure Island's final environmental impact report approaches, and against a backdrop of extreme funcertaintly related to all things Redevelopment, as Mayor Ed Lee and other city leaders try to figure out ways to prevent or reduce the affordable housing fallout from the governor's elimination proposal. Read more »

Editorial: The Willie Brown loophole

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As the stories in this issue show, open government laws are critical to democracy. Without the city’s sunshine law, we wouldn’t know how the proposal to give Twitter a tax break ballooned into a major giveaway. Without the sunshine laws, Tim Crews, the embattled publisher of the Sacramento Valley Mirror, wouldn’t have been able to use his small paper to hold public officials accountable.

That’s why the laws on the books need to be enforced — and sometimes strengthened. One example in San Francisco is the lobbyist registration requirement. Read more »

Twitter tax: It's not all about Jane Kim

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Randy Shaw's latest piece announcing that (duh) the Small Business Commission supports the Twitter tax break makes it seem as if the entire opposition to the deal is based on dislike for Sup. Jane Kim:Read more »

Eating green, gay crow

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Well it looks like our St. Patrick's Day coverage included more disreprencies than just last week's nomenclature kerfuffle. As Rob Blackwell, president of the Lesbian and Gay Band Association informed us via email yesterday, the Key West, Queens, and San Francisco St. Paddy's promenades are not, as we reported in the March 8 “March to the rainbow” article, the only shamrock shuffles in this country that welcome the participation of the LGBT community. In fact, writes Blackwell: 

This year and every year, several member organizations from the Lesbian and Gay Band Association march in similar events across the United States. Read more »

The net: Young victory and top-ranked tennis musings at the BNP Paribas Open

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The process of parking and getting to the Indian Wells Tennis Garden is a bit of a roundabout involving dusty lots and a bus ride. On the morning of March 11, day five of the two-week BNP Paribas Open, touring tennis professionals drive up and sidle through a lot by the main stadium, some passing two-story two-dimensional images of themselves on the building's wall. Read more »