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Behind the Scenes: Shooting our 2010 Local Heroes

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Take a peek at the robo-amazing Blue Sky Studios, as photographers Keeney + Law shoot three of this year's Best of the Bay Local Heroes. Video by Michael Keeney.

Board had to ask for Lennar's approval...

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Images by Luke Thomas

The Board of Supervisors found itself in the humiliating position July 27 of having to ask for the approval of Lennar and the city's Redevelopment Agency before it could amend Lennar's massive redevelopment plan for Candlestick Point-Hunters Point Shipyard.

If that's not an argument for reforming how this city approaches redevelopment, I don't know what is. Especially since the Board's meeting illustrated only too well how thoroughly Lennar's local executives, who used to work for the city under Mayor Willie Brown,  understand this game and how to outfoxed any resistance to their ongoing effort to eat San Francisco whole. Read more »

Street Threads: Look of the Day

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Today's Look: Lauren, Castro and Market

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Appetite: Smoothing out with Camus' fabulous cognac

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Cognac has a taste I've yearned to dive more fully into ever since I had my first cognac flight at Brandy Library in NY years ago. I have made attempts to learn more by attending cognac seminars at Tales of the Cocktail in New Orleans or the Manhattan Cocktail Classic. Read more »

Bug love: Paxton Gate's insect mounting class

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Say that this morning, as you swept aside your window-sash, eager to let in the “warm” summer breezes that are so characteristic of late July in San Francisco, you saw there on your sill a fuzzy little bumblebee – dead, but for all the world looking like the embodiment of the grassy field and sunflower days of your youth. Now. Have you the instinct to preserve the furry fella in, say a diorama also featuring a map of your childhood favorite municipal park and a cut out image of you at eight, perhaps attired in a swatch of that kitty cat dress you couldn't bear to be apart from at the time? (Just sayin'.) If that sounds apt, have the local horticulture-taxidermy enthusiasts down at Paxton Gate got a class for you!

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DCCC seats are fine for Newsom, just not supervisors

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Mayor Gavin Newsom is seeking to be seated on the San Francisco Democratic County Central Committee when it swears in newly elected members tonight, even though the body's legal counsel says he's not entitled to a seat and Newsom has put a measure of the November ballot that would prohibit local officials from serving on that body.Read more »

SFBG Radio: The Arizona ruling and the right wing

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In today's episode, Johnny and Tim celebrate the court ruling on Arizona's immigration law -- and talk about how the right wing is going to respond. You can listen in and join the fun after the jump. Read more »

The Performant: Upright Citizen’s Brigade and Fly Trap Theatre spelunk the absurd

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Reviews of recent arts and culture happenings

When asked by the Upright Citizen’s Brigade touring company last Friday what his motto in life was, the random guy onstage we’ll call Nick (because that’s what he called himself) said “abandon all hope ye who enter here,” which seemed a little heavy for an evening of comedy, but the UCB took it in stride. This influential improv group, hosted locally by Bay Area improvisers Pan Theater, plumbed the depths of Nick’s predilections and peccadilloes with gusto. Got hit by an SUV on your motorcycle, must be those preciously extended pinkies, dude. Got slapped down by a bio-bitch down the street—why don’t you stick with the steampunk tranny hos in your own backyard? Why not launch a string of rockets into the street and call it installation art? Why not make sandwiches with a block of cheese containing the cremated ashes of your loved ones?

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Hot sexy events July 28- Aug 3

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After the frenzied frotting of Pride, and the general onset of sex season in San Francisco (wait, is there a not-sex season? Perhaps that first part swims in the Sea of Redundant), you have perhaps found yourself lacking a certain skill you need to get you or yours off in the most spectacular way possible. No? Ah. Well anyways, there are lots of sex skills classes this week. Maybe you can tell your well meaning but awkward acquaintance about them.

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Big Brother? Body cams, face-recognition apps, and liquid body armor

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The San Francisco Chronicle reported yesterday that several police departments in California are equipping officers with tiny cameras to wear while on duty. San Jose and Oakland police departments are reportedly testing out similar technology, and the so-called body cams are under consideration in Seattle too. Read more »

News of the weird on Mariposa

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This morning, we spotted a giant pile of fire extinguishers blocking a traffic lane on Mariposa Street near the off-ramp of North 280, around the corner from the Guardian office.

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Street Threads: Look of the Day

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Today's Look: Meryl, Columbus and Vallejo

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Herrera's right to appeal the Alioto-Pier decision

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I'm not exactly sure what Ken Garcia was trying to say here -- his argument is rambling and makes no sense -- but Dennis Herrera really had no choice: He had to appeal the Alioto-Pier decision.Read more »

Local 'bucha bottlers rise effervescently over booze content controversy

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At first, we were frightened. My god, they're taking our kombucha! But though distribution of our liquid love has drastically slowed, there's one good thing about the 'bucha alcohol labeling debacle: it's been great for local businesses. That's because while bigger companies are halting production, the small scale of the Bay Area's local kombucha operations are allowing them to dodge the labeling problems of national chains. Read more »

Board progressives ditch their own tax measures

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After failing to win support from the small business community for a measure that would have helped it and fearing a well-funded attack from large corporations, Board of Supervisors President David Chiu today made the motion to reject his business tax reform ballot measure. Read more »