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Tapas with Sean: Some modest questions for a West Portal supervisor

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Ever since the Brugmann family moved into the West Portal area in 1964 (with the help of local realtor John Barbagelata), I have been annoyed with the fact that many of our West of Twin Peaks supervisors prance around in their neighborhoods as “neighborhood supervisors,” then go to City Hall and vote to protect PG&E and vote the downtown/bigdeveloper/real estate line without blushing.Read more »

Hennessey, Lee and change

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I'm not surprised that Randy Shaw is defending Ed Lee and arguing that either Lee or Mike Hennessey would be fine as interim mayor:

Ed Lee is not Gavin Newsom. Lee has dedicated his life to public service, spent years as a poverty lawyer, and has proved an outstanding administrator over the past two decades.Read more »

Weird emergence

Look to the skies — Pictureplane's other car is a broom

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Which witch house is which? For an answer to this head-spinning question, it helps to go to the source, Travis Egedy of Pictureplane (coming to town Sat/8), who half-jokingly helped coin the phrase when a website asked him to predict what 2010 would bring in terms of music. Turns out Egedy was more correct than even he expected, as blogs, music journalists, and Last.fm grabbed hold of the idea of witch house and made it into a quasi-genre, to the degree that other acts, such as Salem, are more synonymous with the term. Read more »

So dreamy

Teengirl Fantasy's swirl of Chinese Go Karts, Angelfire, warehouse rave, and The-Dream

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Of all the indie bliss-bands to break through in the last year, Teengirl Fantasy -- coming to town Sat/8 -- is the dreamiest. Not just in the heart-dotted Tigerbeat vein, although TF's spangly Angelfire website (teengirlfantasy.angelfire.com) certainly plays on giggle-driven hormone rushes.Read more »

Johnny are you Weir?

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Yes. Finally ending decades of knuckle-biting speculation, ice skater Johnny Weir came out today(ish) -- just in time for the release of his new book and new single! He scores a belated Lamebow Award. Watch him unveil his new song "Dirty Love" in Flint, Michigan last month if you dare.

Is Chiu really set to roll into D.A.’s office?

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Last month, when I wrote about the game of musical chairs in the D.A.'s office that Kamala Harris’ victory in the Attorney General’s race triggered, Board President David Chiu said he wanted to stay put, “for now.”

But is it possible that Chiu was referring to December 2010, or the first week of January 2011, when he said “now”.Read more »

Hot sexy events: January 5-11

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Strutting his stuff as the leather parade marshall in last year's Pride festivities, Steve Ward no doubt had many thoughts relating to the thriving kink community that cavorted about him. But one of those was surely that people need a guide to this crazy wonderland. After all, many of us crave a good spanking at the hand of an experienced master -- or vice versa -- but often that urge has trouble translating readily into one's role in the sex community. 

Luckily, now we have a guide. Ward is organizing a class on Tues/11 entitled “The Crooked Path: Carving out your niche in the BDSM Communities,” a one-time course that will explore the difference in roles in the BDSM community from dungeon volunteers to leaders of events, and to those that adopt leather as a lifestyle versus those that do it on the studded side. The sociology of kink? Perhaps – give it a look to learn more about your sensual stylings. And hey, what's the rest of all this? Oh, just another week of sexy SF events. Read more »

Let's get roasting Chris Daly!

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Guardian executive editor Tim Redmond, city editor Steve Jones, and publisher Bruce Brugmann recall their fondest Chris Daly moments. Video shot inside the Guardian's HQ on the winter solstice by the Guardian's Rebecca Bowe and narrated by the Guardian's Sarah Phelan. Watch it after the jump! 

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Chris Daly's Final Say

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As part of my effort to compile a list of most roastable moments of Sup. Chris Daly's decade-long career at City Hall, I asked the termed-out D6 supervisor if he would sit down for an exit interview. Read more »

Welcome, new Republican overlords! Please bend over

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Our fuzzy friends over at Daddyhunt.com just popped this 'tube in our box. To welcome the incoming House majority, here's a video countdown of their top 10 RILFs (Republicans They'd Like to ... Filibuster?) -- many significantly less Droopy-looking in Daddyhunt's representation. Spank 'em redder! 

Jerry Brown and local government

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So Jerry Brown wants to go back to the days before Prop. 13. He wants to do what a lot of people say, in retrospect, he should have done in 1978: Leave local government with the responsibility for all those things that property taxes used to fund.

His idea is being framed as a little more gentle than that:Read more »

The Performant: Fresh Starts

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Renewing ourselves with Right Brian Performancelab and Ween cover band Golden Eel
 
I spent my New Year’s Eve basically riding around in circles from shut-down party to shut-down party. (Let’s hear it for that War on Fun!) But I’m a big believer in the symbolic do-over that the first week of the year offers up as a recompense for the things left undone over the last one. Looking back and yet forward, Right Brian Performancelab’s one night reprise of September’s “The Elephant in the Room” served as a good example of how to straddle the line between past accomplishments and future ambitions. After a four-year parenting hiatus, Performancelab’s John Baumann and Jennifer Gwirtz’ reentry into the hybrid arts scene combined movement, text, shadow, and song into a piece both playful and poignant.

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Backroom Ed Lee mayoral deal raises suspicions

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Last night’s dramatic eight-hour Board of Supervisors meeting, at which six supervisors suddenly came together around naming City Administrator Ed Lee to succeed Gavin Newsom as mayor, was a classic case of backroom dealing making, the full results of which the public still doesn’t know. And it is those unknowns that have progressives rightfully pissed off and distrustful of the choice. Read more »

The vote's delayed until Friday

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Late at night, a bit of common sense at the board. After Supervisors David Campos, John Avalos and Ross Mirkarimi made the same basic point -- that none of them had had a chance to talk to Ed Lee about the job, that Lee wasn't even in town right now and that it was crazy to vote for a mayoral candidate who hasn't been part of any process -- six supervisors, including Sophie Maxwell, voted for a continuance until Friday, Jan. 7th at 3 pm. So it will be another crazy three days trying to figure all this out.

 

 

The problem with Ed Lee

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Is not just that he's the candidate of the conservatives on the board; I don't even know at this point how to describe his political inclinations, and Eric Mar thinks he's got progressive credentials (from the past, though, not from anything recent.) The problem is that we don't have any idea how he would handle any of the central issues facing the city, starting with the budget mess.Read more »