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Street Threads: Look of the Day

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Today's Look: Jane, 16th Street and Valencia

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Historic preservation fight at the board

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The supervisors will hear a recommendation from the Rules Committee Jan. 25th to appoint Richard Johns to a seat on the Historic Preservation Commission. These things typically aren't that controversial -- but there will probably be a fight over this one. And it's significant because of what it says about the new board committees appointed by board President David Chiu.Read more »

Appetite: Germanic adventures

A preview of new German and Austrian restaurants

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Though I have more than a few food obsessions, there’s something about authentic food and wine from the Germanic countries that comforts me on a profound level. Maybe it’s my German Miller (or Mueller) family heritage on my Dad’s side or the satisfying straightforwardness of dishes like dumplings or sauerkraut. Either way, there’s not enough food around from that region as far as I’m concerned. So it is with great delight I witness the opening of two unique restaurants. Read more »

Newsom’s (unbelievably short) resignation letter

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When I clicked on the link to “Mayor resignation” on the Board of Supervisor’s website, I expected a video of Newsom making an incredibly gushy and long-winded resignation speech to pop up.

Instead, I found a one-sentence resignation letter that Starr Terrell faxed to Clerk of the Board Angela Calvillo at an unspecified time on Jan. 10, 2011. Read more »

SFBG Radio: The economics of pearl handled dildos

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In today's episode, we discuss the economics of pearl-handled dildoes -- and how supply, demand and income inequality impact the unemployment rate. Just in time for the State of the Union speech. You can check it out after the jump. Read more »

Challenging Gascón in the D.A.'s race

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Challenging George Gascón in the District Attorney's race isn’t going to be a cake walk, even though he was Newsom’s former police chief and was registered as Republican until Newsom appointed him D.A. a few weeks ago.

Here’s why: Read more »

Ting's "knee-jerk car populism"

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By Asaf Shalev

Assessor-Recorder Phil Ting’s campaign for mayor is trying to rile up San Francisco’s car drivers with a new petition called “San Francisco Parking Ticket Overload,” but it seems to be misrepresenting the situation to score election season points.Read more »

Tell us how you met your snugglebunny -- and win a $160 date!

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Maybe your hands brushed while browsing the vinyl jazz bins at Amoeba. Maybe she caught up with you on the new Valencia bike lanes to compliment your ride. Or perhaps your kite strings got entangled on Marina Green one windy afternoon ...

If you found your special someone in a very special way, enter our first annual SFBG Meet-Cute Contest! No matter how improbable, mystifying, funny, weird, or, yes, mushy, we want to know how you met your sweetie (or sweeties) for the Guardian's Valentines Issue.

Tell us in 100 words or less your personal meet-cute story by Thursday, February 3. We'll pick our 10 favorites and publish them in our Valentine's Issue, coming out Feb. 9. One lucky participant, drawn at random, will win a date at Yoshi's San Francisco worth $160! (Dinner and a live show with your honey -- how can you beat that?)

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MUNI gets beastly, in a nice way

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A horde of salt marsh mice scurry down Market Street. Salmon leap across Divisadero traffic. Blue Mission butterflies cover your #22 Fillmore. If you haven’t been doing any wildlife-spotting recently, keep those binoculars close by. A new MUNI art program seeks to bring endangered species to the forefront of our transit consciousness -- making our much-maligned buses prettier to look at, and bringing Bay nature back into our daily lives all in one fell swoop.

Visual artist Todd Gilens and an installation team wrapped four city buses with large-scale images of local endangered wildlife in their natural abodes as part of a project called “Endangered Species.” In a space normally reserved for advertisements for bail bondsmen or the new season of Real Housewives, you can now peep aforementioned mice broods and threatened fish and bugs. Gilens came up with the idea after the publication of a municipal transportation agency’s transit effectiveness project. The report used stats to measure the efficacy of SF public transit, but the visual artist felt that something was missing from the survey's findings: namely, the community presence of our modes of public transportation. 

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Street Threads: Look of the Day

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Today's Look: Herald and Biko, Dolores Park

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Calling all John Ross fans

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I'm compiling some of John's best poetry for the next issue of the Guardian, and I'm thinking we might try to collect them all in some sort of anthology. But I only have a few of his chapbooks, and I don't know if anyone has all of them. If you have any of the books on this list, can you give me a call (487-2554)?

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SFBG Radio: Why is Reagan still an icon?

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In Republican land, Ronald Reagan is still such an icon that when his son's book raises questions about whether he was mentally competant to be president, the GOP squawk machine goes into overdrive. But as Johnny and Tim discuss on today's show, Reagan wouldn't get elected to anything in today's Republican Party -- he raised taxes. Read more »

CA Labor stats: Bay Area schools shed jobs, department stores hire

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A new set of labor market data released Jan. 21 by California's Employment Development Department reveals that unemployment in San Francisco was 9.2 percent in December 2010, compared with 12.3 percent for California and 9.1 percent for the nation during the same period.Read more »

Appetite: Catching our Fancy

The top 10 tastes from the Fancy Food show at the Moscone Center this past weekend

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Fancy Food, the largest showcase of specialty foods in North America (held annually in NYC and SF) returned to the Moscone Center. Again this week I explored thousands of products from around the world, with only the limits of my stomach to slow me after hours of sampling. Read more »

The Performant: A dance named desire

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Exploring personal myth with EmSpace Dance and Porchlight

Descending the wooden staircase into the basement performance space at Viracocha, one leaves the surface world behind and enters a parallel underworld of theatricality and allusion. Warm hardwood panels and golden lights, a distinct contrast to the concrete and glass-filled streets above, soothe the spirit -- and unintentionally convey the crux of one Blanche DuBois’ obsession with creating a more beautiful reality from the one she’s been sentenced to. Prone to artifice and artfulness, Ms. DuBois is the central catalyst of the action in Tennessee William’s A Streetcar Named Desire and its ultimate sacrifice. In EmSpace Dance’s adaptation (A Hand in Desire) however, the focus is spread more evenly among the five-person cast, both their stage personae and their “real” selves.

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