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Vote to give Muni more money, raise the minimum wage, discourage real estate speculation, and send Campos to Sacramento

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coverDavid Campos for assembly, Wendy Aragon for City College board, soda, Muni money and the anti-speculation tax round out a controversial list of election 2014 ENDORSEMENTS. Plus: Yarrr, it's the Treasure Island Music Fest! And a new book collects George Kuchar's shouts and murmurs.  Articles Online | Digital Edition

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Bastille Day at Sous Beurre? Oui, oui!

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I'm sure all the travel stories in this week's issue are making you jealous, especially when it's raining fog outside and acting rather un-summery. But I have a secret to tell you. One of the best things about traveling is the food, and if you can find a restaurant here in San Francisco with authentic enough dishes in their kitchen, eating out can be almost as good as getting a new stamp in your passport. Here is one of them.

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Zero tolerance for BART cop killings

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I understand how frustrated some commuters were when protesters shut down the Civic Center BART station. And you can make the argument that the protest might have alienated fewer people if it had been outside the station, or whatever. But the fact is, a man is dead because a BART cop shot him -- and quite a few other people are dead because BART cops shot them, and in at least three of those cases, the shooting was unjustifiable. Read more »

Live Shots: Eddie Vedder and Glen Hansard, Paramount Theatre, 7/11/11

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He sat surrounded by dozens of instruments, all of which were lovingly named in the playbill for the show. As Eddie Vedder made his way through an extensive repertoire of new and old songs, a fresh ukulele or guitar was switched out with each piece, giving the whole evening an ever changing sound and flavor.

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Guardian forum: Tenants, housing and land use

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Should be a great forum July 14. We've got a panel on tenants, housing and land-use issues, some of the key stuff for the future of the city. Great group of speakers -- and, as always, we'll be looking for ideas and input from the audience. This isn't a mayoral debate (that comes later); it's a chance for progressives to talk about the issues that the next mayor needs to address and come up with a platform.

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Benefit tomorrow (Wed./13) for hikers imprisoned in Iran

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Shane Bauer, a Bay Area photojournalist, will spend his 29th birthday in Iran's Evin Prison on July 13. Read more »

Government services but no government?

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There's a fascinating study summarized on boingboing that shows that nearly half the people who are collecting social security say they have "not used a government program." And 43 percent of people on unemployment insurance say the same thing.

You can laugh at it -- but it's actually a frightening (if unsurprising) study. Because it shows just how far the right-wing anti-government dogma has infiltrated this country.Read more »

Will Amazon be the next PG&E?

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The giant retailer is pulling a Prop. 16, seeking to get the voters to overturn a measure forcing online retailers to collect sales tax. Read more »

BART service disruptions as protesters call for transit police to be disbanded (video)

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Rush hour on the BART system in downtown San Francisco was royally screwed up for several hours July 11, and for protesters who paced along station platforms chanting "No justice, no peace!" and engaging in verbal clashes with transit cops, that was the point. The group, after all, is called No Justice, No BART, and they were there to pressure the agency in the wake of a BART police shooting. Read more »

The Fillmore’s clip, cut, and snip: Reggie Pettus of New Chicago Barbershop No. 3 speaks

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35 years ago, if you were to step through the doors of New Chicago Barbershop No. 3 you’d probably find Reginald “Reggie” Pettus standing behind his classic barber’s chair. Today, Pettus can still be found in the shop on Fillmore Street, an area that has seen seismic changes in its community. Pettus and the shop are a part of the Fillmore’s African American past, but he wants people to know that the shop is part of the present, too.

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Editorial: End the BART coverup

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Ten days have passed since a BART police officer shot and killed a man at the Civic Center station — and the public still knows almost nothing about what happened. BART will only say that an officer (unnamed) shot a man who was "aggressive" and "holding a bottle and a knife." One witness told the Bay Citizen that the man "looked like a drunk hippie" and wasn't running or lunging toward the two officers on duty. The coroner has identified the victim as Charles Blair Hill, 45; he had no known address.

And that's about it. BART is investigating and so is the San Francisco Police Department, but neither agency has released a single police report or any further information. BART is still withholding a security video from the station that shows part of the incident. All that either police department will say at this point is that the investigation is under way — but nobody will offer any time frame for its completion. Read more »

Live Shots: Gillian Welch and David Rawlings at the Warfield, 7/7/11

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Call it soul music for soulless times: Gillian Welch and David Rawlings dazzled a devoted crowd on Thursday July 7 with a beautiful bluegrass showcase carried out with hefty Nashville flair. With songs of love and loss, murder and redemption, the duo created evocative atmosphere in the Warfield Theater despite their minimalist setup at center stage. Read more »

One month to read a 1,600-page DEIR on the America's Cup: Ready, set, go!

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Members of the public will have a chance to offer feedback on the massive draft environmental impact report (DEIR) for the America's Cup at the Planning Commision on August 11 -- one month from the date of the DEIR release, July 11. Anyone interested in weighing in on far-reaching plans for the Northern Waterfront during the world-famous sailing matches in 2012, 2013, and beyond ought to download the report now and start diving in. To absorb the whole thing, you'd have to read 53 pages a day. Read more »

The taxi strike

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It's notoriously hard to organize cab drivers to do anything. They're all independent sorts, and they're split among 34 different companies. Some are permit holders, which makes them the landed gentry of the business; some are serfs who have to pay high fees to lease permits. All of them get paid only for days that they work; there is no vacation time or sick pay in the industry. So the idea that there will actually be a citywide tax strike Aug. Read more »

Guns and necessity

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The Public Defender's Office is getting a lot of press for its trial victory in the case of Johnny Stone. And as a big fan of the Public Defender's Office (although not always of Jeff Adachi's outside political ventures), I have to say: Congratulations. Read more »

SoCal secede? Why is this bad?

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I've been talking for years now about how Californians would be better off if we split up the state. Why should those of us who want to live in a civilized society be held hostage to a small cadre of right-wing nuts who have paralyzed the Legislature and are interested only in destroying the public sector?Read more »