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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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SFBG Radio: Obama is no Chicago politician

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If Barack Obama has his roots in Chicago poltiics -- where people play for keeps -- why is he such a candyass who gets rolled by an orange-faced guy who's half in the bag? Johnny Angel and Johny Venom discuss after the break. Read more »

The loveliness of libraries, now at your local library

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En route to City Hall the other day, the wind must have been at my back. Because? I got there very early, nearly a half hour before the intermidable Board of Appeals hearing I'd convinced myself was a good idea to attend was slated to begin. A couple options here:

a. Arrive at City Hall early and see how the government is coping with loiterers these days. 

b. Lounge about on the wind-swept tundra that the Civic Center often becomes in this uncertain world in which we live

c. Go to the library. Read more »

Rule change for Mayor Ed Lee could expand beyond special case

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Last week, the Guardian reported on the Ethics Commission's decision to waive two post-employment bans for city officials in order to allow mayoral staffer Kyri McClellan to take a job as executive director of the America's Cup Organizing Committee, a role that will put her into direct contact with the same office she's departing from as a representative of private-sector interests. Read more »

Proposed SFPD crackdown on clubs gets a hearing

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A draconian proposal by the San Francisco Police Department to require all visitors to nightclubs in the city to scan their identity cards into a database and go through metal detectors while being filmed by security cameras will be held tomorrow night (Tues/12) by the Entertainment Commission, but an expanding coalition of opponents are rallying against it.Read more »

Activists respond to sit-lie with handmade benches

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Sometime before 1 a.m. on April 11, a group of activists installed handmade benches at 10 different locations throughout San Francisco as a political statement against the city's sit-lie ordinance. The law, approved by voters last November, prohibits sitting or lying down on city sidewalks. Read more »

Survivin' sunshine: Sunday Streets Great Highway, 4/10/11

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A friend made a good point today: in case shit hits the fan, you could do worse than own a bicycle. Think about it: earthquake, tsunami, governmental shut-down, what have you -- gas is not going to be cheap or easy to get, and you're still going to need to be able to get around. Why the morbid turn of conversation? Probs because we spent today cruising through (a completely unmorbid) Sunday Streets, Great Highway edition.

Crashing waves and hordes of bikers, you see, were the catalyst for all the survivalist talk -- as well as my own, admittedly poor follow-up thought that bike folk could build coalitions with the gun rights groups over the question of self-sufficiency.

But around me, folks were reveling in their break from excessive use of fossil fuels, not morosing out. The second Sunday Streets of the year was not the most densely packed and attraction-studded event the series has held (the Mission, etc., makes for better people watching, strictly speaking) but it was the most pleasant this year to traverse on a bike. Read more »

Republicans favor unemployment

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I like the chart that the Economic Policy Institute has put out on the value of spending vs. tax cuts, but one of the critical points is deep in the report: The GOP budget plans in Washington would lead to the loss of as many as 800,000 jobs in the next year.Read more »

SFBG Radio: Parents gone wild

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In today's episode, Johhny takes a break from budget politics to talk about crazy parents and youth sports. Imagine: Johnny Angel, peaceful soccer dad. Next, the minivan. Listen after the jump. Read more »

Will Muni youth passes be saved?

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A popular and successful program that gave free group bus passes to summer programs for kids is up for renewal -- but nobody knows if Muni officials will approve it.Read more »

American Idol: The Pia shocker

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When I first saw that Jacob was in the bottom three, I wondered: Did the hard-core Christian vote fail to turn out in a crucial election? Did his on-camera (much hyped) decision to make a moral statement about Marvin Gaye (he refused to sing “Let’s Get it On” because he couldn’t do a song about people “doing the nasty”) make enough of us want to puke that his incredible singing talent was eclipsed?

No: He made it through. Which is fine; the guy can sing. My kids love him. I just hope he’s not a finalist; there’s enough religion on the airwaves as it is.Read more »

Sinisterism and lost hills: The Slow Poisoner joins forces with Fantomas in San Francisco

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In conjunction with the continuing "Fantomas by the Bay" series presented by City Lights, the Cultural Services of the Consulate General of France, and the Mechanics' Institute Library, here's an interview with the Slow Poisoner, who may be casting a musical shadow over the Fri./8 event, “An Elegant Threat.” The man also known as Andrew Goldfarb holds forth on his Fantomas bonds, surrealist activity in San Francisco, and the Slow Poisoner's current and next moves. Read more »

Live Shots: Caitlin Rose at Cafe du Nord, 4/7/11

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To be honest, I could have cared less who the Cafe Du Nord headliners were that night. I was there for only one reason: to see the opener, Nashville-born singer Caitlin Rose.

I found Caitlin Rose's music on one of those lucky Youtube click-happy sessions. You know what I'm talking about. Where you go from one “recommended” video to the next, until finally you land on something good. And that goodness was Caitlin Rose's “Own Side,” a melancholy, sweet bluesy, twang-licious song. Oh yes, this was a very good recommendation. And as luck would have it, she was going to be coming to San Francisco in less than three weeks. Perfection. Read more »

Male lingerie: The proof is in the panties

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Lingerie has long been a lady thing. Lots of lace, ribbons and girly details ideally made to display womanly humps and lumps. Dudes can easily purchase a pair of Vicky’s panties to pretty up their anatomy but not all bodies can or want to rock their cock in female style. Options do exist. Read more »

More on environmental justice in the Bay Area

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As part of our 2011 Green Issue, the Guardian is spotlighting several pollution-plagued areas throughout the region and the environmental justice campaigns aiming to improve public health for surrounding residents. Read more »

Sunday Streets could spawn skating world records

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A Guinness world record for the longest roller skating chain may be broken here in San Francisco this weekend. The car-free Sunday Streets returns to the Great Highway and Golden Gate Park, where “godfather of skating” David Miles plans to break the record now held by Samsung Asia Pte Ltd. in Singapore, with 280 skaters on August 6, 2006.Read more »