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Board to vote on resolution opposing HANC eviction

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Last week, Mayor Ed Lee met for around 45 minutes with Ed Dunn and Jim Rhoads of the Haight Ashbury Neighborhood Council (HANC) Recycling Center, Melanie Nutter of the Department of the Environment, and some others who have been in discussions over HANC's pending eviction from Golden Gate Park.

"The mayor wanted us to consider alternatives to the site we're in," Rhoads told the Guardian after the meeting. He noted that ideas had been floated about relocating HANC to a parcel owned by the Port of San Francisco in District 10, or creating a mobile recycling unit. Read more »

Mystery of the school lunches -- revealed!

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Editors note: My son, Michael, constantly complains that none of the reporters who cover the public schools (including me) ever talk to the students. We listen to school board members, adminstrators, parents, sometimes teachers -- but the kids never get a voice. I agree -- it's a problem. So when his sixth grade Language Arts class at Aptos came by the Guardian for a field trip (thanks, Ms. Oryall), I decided to let them write their own story, about whatever was bothering them. Read more »

Hilton breaks ranks and reaches a deal with its workers

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After an 18-month contract impasse, hotel workers in San Francisco landed a breakthrough deal when Hilton decided to settle with its union’s negotiating team, which was announced by both parties in a press conference today.Read more »

5 Things: March 7, 2011

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Each day our staff picks five (or so) things we think might interest you

>>FLY AWAY DOLO Well, we called it – feather extensions have officially blown up. The trend hit Dolores Park this weekend, when extension mavens Featherluxe set up shop for parkside hair flairing Saturday afternoon. Check the group's Facebook page for news on when they'll be back for more.

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SFBG Radio: From Rodney King to Tasers

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Today we remember the 20th anniversary of the Rodney King beating -- and talk about police accountability, videos and why the SFPD should not have Tasers. Listen after the jump. Read more »

Keep David Crane away from your government

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Sen. Leland Yee continues to strongly push his case against confirming San Francisco venture capitalist David Crane to the UC Board of Regents, finding allies among labor unions and Sen. Ted Lieu (D-Torrance), chair of the Senate Labor Committee, but failing so far to win over legislative leaders that Yee has alienated himself from with his quixotic budget stands of recent years.

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Domestic workers celebrate Women's Day with call for justice

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On the fifth floor of a building in Chinatown salty porridge, fried pastry, and oranges were being passed for at a special Women's Day meeting of the Chinese Progressive Association. Of course, the day itself is Tuesday, but as member Wen Lan Rong told me (through an interpreter), in China the holiday is a much bigger deal: women often get the day off work to go out to special meals or outings with their lady friends. Staff and volunteers passed out roses and folic acid vitamins to the females in the room, but the morning played host to a discussion of a campaign that, if successful, could be a much more substantial way of honoring women in our society: the Domestic Workers' Bill of Rights and attendant legislative drive.  

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Pie attack? Bike Basket Pies delivers

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Get your fork ready: SFBG videographer Ariel Soto grabs some piping hot slices with Natalie Galatzer of Bike Basket Pies in the Mission

Appetite: Betelnut's secret Malaysian menu, March 8 until May 8

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Foodies, take note. If you like offal, Malaysian food, or adventurous eating, there's a "secret" offal menu through Blackboard Eats. Sign up for the Betelnut special on March 8th only. You'll get a passcode to give to your waiter at the restaurant during any dinner until May 8th. Read more »

Appetite: Three reasons to visit Gitane

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Sexy, sultry Gitane had me at “hello” when it opened over two years ago. There is no other place in SF with quite its seductive charm. (In the neighboring alley to Gitane’s Claude Lane, Irish Bank is a festive, beer-soaked hang-out.) Gitane lures you into its tiny space with sherry cocktails and Spanish-Moroccan food. Read more »

American Idol: Well, at least that's over

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How long does it take to tell 10 contestants that they're in and 14 that they might have to go home? Particularly when there are no real surprises and pretty much everyone knows what's going to happen? Wait! I just did it! About 11 seconds!Read more »

SFBG Radio: protecting obnoxious speech

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In today's episode, Johnny Angel and Johnny Venom talk about the Supreme Court, free speech, the asshole Fred Phelps -- and why we have to stand up for the rights of people to be really, really obnoxious. Listen after the jump. Read more »

In Wisconsin, it's all about jobs--249,865 of them

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By Jess Brownell

(Jess Brownell is a freelance writer in Milwaukee who keeps a sharp eye on job-creating events in Madison, Wisconsin.)

  According to our new Governor, Scott Walker, his budget – which includes big tax breaks for the private sector and strips public employees and teachers of their collective bargaining rights – will engender a business climate that will soon produce 250,000 new jobs in Wisconsin.  Right now the outcome remains uncertain.  The battle is on, and after the battle the war will continue.   Yet who can argue with the need for jobs?  And what state couldn’t use 250,000 new ones?  So in the interest of fairness, let us put aside our differences for a moment and peer into this rosy future . . .

(The Governor of Wisconsin and an aide are showing a prospective factory site to a manufacturer who is considering moving his production facility to Wisconsin.) Read more »

Divergent views on Chiu's challenge

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The political season is definitely upon us, and despite all the sunny statements coming from mayoral hopefuls, I predict is going to get ugly. One gauge was the split reactions to my stories on David Chiu getting into the mayor race and how his belief that “there's always common ground” to be attained on big issues will be tested this year.Read more »

Accusations against SFPD officers impact D.A.'s race

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The decision by San Francisco prosecutors to drop a drug case that involved four of six plainclothes officers currently under investigation for illegally raiding residential hotel rooms and then lying about the busts in police reports, came one day after the Public Defender’s Office released videos that contradicted police reports in two separate cases. And it’s thrown another curve ball into the D.A.’s race, which veered into weird and uncharted territory the minute former Mayor Gavin Newsom appointed the city’s top cop George Gascón as SF’s next D.A.Read more »