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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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Guardian poll: The next district attorney

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George Gascon is the incumbent who should never have been given the job. David Onek is an outsider with plenty of ideas who has never prosecuted a case (of course, neither has Gascon). Sharmin Bock is a career prosecutor with no political experience. Who are you going to vote for? Or is the field still too thin? The Guardian Poll is after the jump. Read more »

The Performant: Spank it!

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Austin invades SF with Christeene Vale, Wammo, and Guy Forsyth

There’s glamour. Then there’s Glamour. And then there’s Glamour’s myriad permutations, like Drag Glamour. And Drug Glamour. And Diva Glamour. Glamour makes respectable what might otherwise be considered merely ostentatious, excessive, or gauche. Elusive but instantly recognizable, there’s no doubt that glamour can enthrall. But frankly, sometimes it bores. 

There’s nothing boring about Christeene ValeRead more »

Kucinich v. Palin: Guess who wins?

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Boy, wouldn't this be fun?

 Trump is not the weakest Republican in the two hypothetical match ups we tested with Dennis Kucinich. Kucinich's lead over Sarah Palin if they were to face off would be 43-36. In that scenario Kucinich gets 16% of Republicans to Palin's 12% of Democrats and leads her by 10 points with independents at 42-32.Read more »

Civil Grand Jury report rips Parkmerced plan

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One week before the massive Parkmerced redevelopment project is slated to go before the Board of Supervisors for a second shot at approval, the San Francisco Civil Grand Jury has issued a scathing critique of the plan in a report titled "The Parkmerced Vision: Government-by-Developer." The assessment charges that the project's development agreement fails to guarantee adequate rent-control protections for current tenants whose homes will be razed and replaced with new units as part of the ambitious, 20-to-30 year overhaul. Read more »

Appetite: Island bites, part four

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I spent some brilliant days -- and the first three of five installations in my Hawaiian series -- exploring Oahu. But based on what every traveler I'd ever met had told me, I knew it could only get better with Kauai. This time around, let's talk the restaurant scene on Kauai – next time, I'll feature its hotels and drink. 

But first, the ugly: traffic jams are jarring shocks on the island's east side near Lihue, particularly in Kapaa. One-lane roads at a dead stop along stetches of strip malls are downright irritating. I almost missed my flight home when it took one hour to go 10 miles from Kapaa to Lihue Airport (the day before the same route took 10 minutes). Read more »

Why Diablo Canyon is unsafe

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Bad industrial accidents have a common thread: They happen when more than one thing goes wrong. At the Fukushima nuclear plant, an earthquake damaged the reactors and a tsunami knocked out the backup generators. At Three Mile Island, a series of small mistakes cascaded into a much larger disaster.Read more »

Dick Meister: Child Labor-Back to the 19th Century?

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Dick Meister, formerly labor editor of the SF Chronicle and KQED-TV Newsroom, has covered labor, politics and other matters for a half-century.

Even the most casual students of American labor history undoubtedly have come across the appalling accounts of child labor, accompanied by photos of exhausted, grime-covered teen and pre-teen children staring sad-eyed into the camera.

The children stand outside the mines, mills, farms and other often highly dangerous places where they worked 10, 12, 15 hours a day, sometimes even more. They worked at home as well, in their impoverished families' dilapidated tenement flats, rolling cigars, stitching garments and doing other work for long, miserably paid hours. Read more »

The problem with the yellow pages

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Editors note: We ran an opinion piece this week opposing Sup. David Chiu's proposal to limit delivery of yellow pages phone books. It's gotten a lot of comments. Chiu asked if his supporters could respond.Read more »

SFBG Radio: Is San Francisco un-American?

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The last car dealership selling U.S.-made vehicles has closed in San Francisco, and Johnny wonders: Is this yet another reason for people to think San Francisco is unAmerican? (I don't think so. Although I do hate America right now. Listen to me tell him why after the jump). Read more »

Twitter, Mirkarimi and stock options taxes

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Fist of all, and I hate to be harsh but I've been driven to it: Fuck Randy Shaw. I said from the start, from the beginning of the discussion about the Twitter tax break, that this was all about stock options:Read more »

The case for local taxes

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When state Sen. Darrell Steinberg introduced SB 653, a bill that would allow cities to impose an income tax, a car tax and excise taxes, I called his press office and asked if the senator was serious. Me, I thought this was one of the best ideas I'd ever heard of out of Sacramento, but I couldn't believe Steinberg was actually going to push it.Read more »

SFBG Radio: The politics of the debt ceiling

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Today, Johnny and Johnny talk about the economics and politics of the debt ceiling -- and what happens if the Republicans get their way and Congress refuses to raise it. Listen after the jump. Read more »

Supervisors and activists decry businesses that deny wages to low-income workers

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For one of this country's first government hearings regarding wage theft yesterday (Thurs/12), San Francisco activists, public employees, and politicians alike were determined to find ways to address issues surrounding low-income workers who are paid below minimum wage or otherwise deprived of money they're entitled to.Read more »

Peabody coal company threatens to sue over getting punked

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Change.org, the website that allows users to create petitions for social change, received a legal threat from Peabody Energy after Coal Kills Kids (CKK) -- a group that partnered with the Yes Men to unveil a faux Peabody charity initiative earlier this week -- continued the hoax with a mock petition. Read more »

Idol: We hate America

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Agghh! Gakk! Sputter! Those howls you hear (and the tears in the background) are the Redmond household at 8:55, when Ryan Seacrest announced that James Durbin had been voted off and was going home. James was a wreck; he didn't expect this, and neither did anyone else. Certainly not our readers.Read more »