These pictures are a mix of Chilean street art I found in Santiago and Valparaíso (which is really similar to SF in too many ways to list). It was really cool walking though the back streets and stumbling across these beautiful and colorful pieces. I tried to focus my lens on the best murals, funniest cartoons, and the pieces that I felt were more than just "graffiti."
State Senator Mark Leno is introducing a bill that could stop Pacific Gas and Electric Company from spending ratepayer money on political campaigns.
The bill, which doesn't yet have a number, would put a serious crimp in the private utility's ability to launch another effort like Prop. 16 -- the $50 million campaign to block public power in California.Read more »
Or, birth of a meme: Princess Tuna! Not that we're trolling for snuggly jihadis, but this pic of New Jersey's recently detained (for the usual wannabe-terrorist idiocy) Mohamed Alessa, from this NYT story about his troubled but scarily typical teens, caught our attention. "Death to the West!" scream the crazy space-eyes of Princess Tuna (actual cat's name).
The California Court of Appeal heard oral arguments on the Bay Guardian’s lawsuit against SF Weekly and its chain parent June 11, and the discussion focused almost entirely on the Weekly’s assertion that it’s too easy to prove predatory pricing under California’s Unfair Practices Act.
Justices James J. Marchiano, Sandra L. Margulies and Robert L. Dondero peppered the Weekly’s lawyer, Dennis Maio, with questions as he attempted to argue that state law needed to be brought in line with federal standards.Read more »
MEXICO CITY (June 11th) -- The Caliente Sports Book down the street is buzzing with betters studying dog and horse races, Major League Baseball, even golf, on the multiple screens. Of particular interest are those channels running wrap-ups of the afternoon match between Mexico and 2006 World Cup champion Italy, from which the national team emerged victorious in a final prelim before this year's edition of the Copa del Mundo gets underway later this week.Read more »
As part of the Berkeley Art Museum's eclectic performance series "L@TE: Friday Nights @ BAM/PFA," a trio of noise- or distortion-oriented musicians takes the...well, there isn't exactly a stage, but they'll be playing in Gallery B, where Thom Faulders' interactive sculpture installation, known as the BAMscape, resides. Read more »
“The only thing worse than a thug is an ineffective thug,” a source, who has closely tracked Pacific Gas & Electric Co.’s activities for years, told us yesterday. “And that’s what [PG&E CEO] Peter Darbee is revealing himself to be.” Read more »
Should you be struck with a sharp desire for refined carbohydrates in a culturally authentic form while you whip down the Mission Street hill to Daly City, slow down, park that gas guzzling machine, and curb your wheels. You're going to Bread Basket.Read more »
A day before Oliver Luby's last day at the Ethics Commission, his union has called for a hearing into why his boss removed a special condition from the job that allowed him to be bumped and whether it was retaliation for Luby's history of blowing the whistle on problems within the troubled agency.Read more »
There's an interesting story in the NY Times about a Texas billionaire whose entire estate will be passed along tax-free, thanks to a rather silly act of Congress. It's obviously a bit of a scandal that a guy worth $9 billion will pay no estate tax at all, but the really interesting tidbit was deep in the story:Read more »