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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 »

Cab drivers sue over medallion sales

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Five cab drivers have filed a lawsuit against the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, arguing that the agency’s sale of taxi permits should legally be considered a tax and that the agency’s so-called Taxi Medallion Sales Pilot Program is invalid without the approval of two-thirds of the voters.

The pilot program was put in place in part to help close the city’s $483 million dollar deficit.Read more »

Quick Lit: July 28-Aug 3

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Literary readings, book tours, and talks this week

Jennifer Weiner, Brande Roderick, Comedy Talks, Aging as a Feminist Issue, Seminars About Long-term Thinking,  and more.

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Quezada says don’t let “perfect” stand in way of immigration reform

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The SF Bay Area Coalition for Immigration Reform is organizing a rally, Wednesday July 28 at 4 p.m., at the new federal building in San Francisco, at 90 7th Street at Mission to ask Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi to help fix the nation’s broken immigration system.Read more »

The mayor's horrible deal

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The Supervisors should pass legislation outlawing vote trading for all local elected officials, including Newsom

EDITORIAL Mayor Gavin Newsom put the supervisors in a terrible position — and showed the worst kind of political arrogance — when he held $43 million worth of critical services hostage to his desire to continue packing commissions with political hacks. The deal he presented to the board was shameful, and the supervisors should have rejected it. And now they should pass legislation to make this sort of logrolling illegal.Read more »

Street Threads: Look of the Day

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Today's Look: Aurora, Green and Grant

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SFBG Radio: Lies, truth and Meg Whitman

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In today's episode, Johnny and Tim talk about fact, fiction, reality - -and Meg Whitman. You can listen and join the fun after the jump. Read more »