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weekcoverGrover Norquist brings the Black Rock blues as Burning Man Jumps the Shark! Pro-Palestine protesters block the boat, fed-up teachers take strike vote, and crack cocaine sentences may soon get smoked. Plus: Myron & E lay down street soul at Noise Pop, Nick Monaco belts out his Mating Call, and Aubrey Plaza slays in Life After Beth. Articles Online | Digital Edition

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


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


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!


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


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 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


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


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


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


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


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 »

A swing to Lee -- Daly ballistic


Bevan Dufty emerged from his meeting in the mayor's office to say he was ready to vote for Ed Lee. The deal was cut; we don't know what it is, but that's what happened. And Sup. Chris Daly is ballistic.Read more »

Dufty the swing vote -- and talking to Newsom


The Board of Supervisors has gone into recess with a split vote on either Ed Lee or Mike Hennessey as interim mayor. One supervisors have voted no on both nominees -- and now holds the power to decide who the next mayor will be.

And Bevan Dufty, the wing vote, along with Sophie Maxwell, was just seen walking into the mayor's office.Read more »

Jerry Brown wants to eliminate Redevelopment


Calitics reveals today that newly sworn-in Gov. Jerry Brown told the Sacramento Bee that he’s proposing to eliminate local redevelopment agencies as part of a set of austerity measures that he is proposing in a purported effort to shock folks into approving new revenues Read more » V-ball


Dear Andrea:

I've always fantasized about girls kicking me in the balls. I have always secretly desired it, especially women or girls wearing sexy boots. I have always had a thrill for women dominating men. When I would watch the TV show V, I would dream of Diana kicking Mike Donovan in the balls with her sexy stiletto boots. She is one of many women I would have liked to have been kicked by. What causes men to like it? Why would us guys enjoy such pain and agony?



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Editorial: How Brown can save California


There are two things Gov. Jerry Brown has to do to get California back on track, and he needs to start right away. He has to restore at least a degree of public faith in state government and he has to put a series of tax increases on the June ballot.

The first step ought to be right in the Brown playbook. The public is fed up with the secrecy, lies, machinations, and policy failures of the Schwarzenegger administration, and Brown can start off by telling people the truth. The budget situation is frightening; it can't all be solved by cuts without destroying the state of California as we know it. But it also requires an understanding that the taxpayers don't want to see their money wasted. Read more »