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Laura's Law's reactionary backers demonize progressives

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San Francisco Chronicle columnist C.W. Nevius often gets things wrong in his columns, sometimes painfully so. Nobody's perfect and we all make mistakes. But what's less excusable is the fact that Chuck's erroneous reporting, prominently presented by his newspaper, almost always serves a conservative political agenda. Even worse is that he won't admit when he gets something wrong, even when directly confronted with accurate information – a cardinal sin for anyone who considers himself a journalist. Read more »

Thousands of bees murdered at Hayes Valley Farm

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Very sad news about a massive honey bee crime at Hayes Valley Farm: apparently, sometime between the late afternoons of July 19 and July 20, someone sprayed pesticide into two San Francisco Bee-Cause (SFBC) honey bee colonies at Hayes Valley Farm (HVF) and tried to do the same to a third, smaller colony, according to Karen Peteros, SFBC’s bee keeper.Read more »

Restore Hetch Hetchy throws another curveball

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It would be lovely to be able to talk seriously about removing the dam in Hetch Hetchy Valley, to restore John Muir's "holiest temple" and expand hiking and camping areas in Yosemite. But I'm not ready to go there right now -- and to claim that giardia in the water is a good reason to dynamite O'Shaugnessy Dam is a bit beyond silly.Read more »

McGoldrick to challenge Fang for BART Board?

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The calls are already going out: former Supervisor Jake McGoldrick ought to challenge James Fang for BART Board. Bruce Balshone reported enthusiastically on the draft Jake effort in the Examiner, and when I called McGoldrick tonight, he seemed open to the idea. Read more »

SFBG Radio: Meg's taxes, Jerry's campaign, Linda's music

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In today's episode, Johnny and Tim talk about why Meg Whitman wants to avoid paying taxes, why Jerry Brown is so late in getting a campaign started ... and why the oldies stations never play Linda Rondstadt songs. You can check it out after the jump. Read more »

The Performant: When I die I will be offcenter

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Scoping out the local arts and culture scene ...

If there were a Best of the Bay category for performance space with the catchiest moniker, I’ve always felt that Mama Calizo’s Voice Factory had a clear lock on the title. That’s just one of the many things about the place I’ll miss when it shuts its doors, possibly for good, at the end of this month (though a loose association of affiliated artists including acting MCVF director Ernesto Sopprani, have announced their intention to continue as Theoffcenter, so look for future programming from them in an as-yet-undetermined location).

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Work and play with the Shout Out Louds

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By John Lambert Pearson

Does life on the road effect the music of the constantly-touring Shout Out Louds? "I guess it does," says singer Adam Olenius. "You know, I think you're sorta living a different life on the road and you think about home and being away and returning and of course that effects you. You meet a lot of people. People that you meet and things that happen while you're traveling and things we do as a band become [what] I sing about. I'm not sure it's being at a certain place, it's just...being away, and trying to figure out your life." Read more »

Appetite: NYC Food Cheat Sheet, part two

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During my latest visit to my beloved New York, I spent eight days gleefully eating my way around the city, as I have done in countless trips past. I am continually asked for NY recommends as many of us in the Bay Area are either East Coast transplants, do business in both cities, or are savvy frequent travelers. Check out my Perfect Spot newsletter-archives for much more NY food and drink, but now I bring you part two. Read more »

Sunset for Suncal in Alameda

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Alameda Island resident and community organizer Gretchen Lipow says the effort to oust developer SunCal, which threatened to sue the city last night when it was clear the jig was up, began two years ago. Read more »

Trashy art: Recology's 20 years of shoving artists into heaps

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One thing I learned yesterday about the artist in residence program at the Recology dump; Sirron Norris and other alums were not wading through the mountains of lightly used diapers and rotting carrots to cull the materials for the flights of foraged fancy they produce in the program, a 20-year retrospective of which opens today, Wed/21, at Intersection 5M. No no, they pick through the goods turned up by the city's curb-side and drop-off recycling program, which you think would be a little cleaner. I mean, look at the art they made from it. But you'd be surprised...  Read more »

Redevelopment requires “duty of loyalty” from Arc Ecology

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As a longtime member of the Mayor’s Hunters Point Shipyard Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC), Scott Madison took exception to a "duty of loyalty" clause in Arc Ecology’s most recent contract with the Redevelopment Agency.Read more »

San Francisco Jewish Film Festival: "Protektor" and "A Small Act"

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(For more on the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival, check out the two articles in this week's Guardian.)

Protektor (Marek Najbrt, Czech Republic, 2009) Marek Najbrt's pomo period piece -- spiced by switches from color to monochrome, soundtracked DJ mashups, and other bendy tropes -- provides an elegant yet energetic reprise of some familiar themes. Rising Czech film actress Hana (Jana Plodkova) refuses to leave Prague despite the considerable danger posed by her (secret) Jewish identity. Husband Emil (Marek Daniel) is a popular radio host who struggles to protect her as he nonetheless rises in favor under the wartime Nazi "protectorate." But Hana proves uncontrollable as wife and (eventually boycotted) thespian, unable to keep her libido or boredom safely wrapped. And Emil's bosses soon enforce a cruel choice. Protektor is self-conscious, but also surprising -- the highly stylized presentation lends what could have played as an ordinary, earnest victim scenario an edge more seductive than distracting. Mon/26, Castro, 4:30 p.m.; Sat/31, 9:45 p.m., Roda. (Dennis Harvey)

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What radio stations did the armed nut-case listen to?

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The Rush Limbaughs and Sean Hannitys  and Glenn Becks of the world are quick to point at Muslim religious leaders and schools and say they're inciting violence against the United States. Read more »

Newsom's extortion

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The mayor really wanted the supervisors to get rid of two reform measures that would have shifted to the board some of the appointments to the Recreation and Park Commission and Municipal Transportation Agency. The landlords really wanted the board to scrap a plan to reform the Rent Board. And both got exactly what they wanted.Read more »

Street Threads: Look of the Day

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Today's Look: Yuichi, Powell and Ellis

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