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With climate change threatening life as we know it, perhaps it's time to revive the forgotten goal of spending less time on our jobs

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Welcome to Peter Darbee’s world

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“The only thing worse than a thug is an ineffective thug,” a source, who has closely tracked Pacific Gas & Electric Co.’s activities for years, told us yesterday. “And that’s what [PG&E CEO] Peter Darbee is revealing himself to be.” Read more »

Street Threads: Look of the Day

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Today's Look: Rima, 24th Street and Castro

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No Filipino pastry craving is bigger than Bread Basket

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Should you be struck with a sharp desire for refined carbohydrates in a culturally authentic form while you whip down the Mission Street hill to Daly City, slow down, park that gas guzzling machine, and curb your wheels. You're going to Bread Basket.Read more »

SEIU wants a hearing on unseemly Ethics ouster

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A day before Oliver Luby's last day at the Ethics Commission, his union has called for a hearing into why his boss removed a special condition from the job that allowed him to be bumped and whether it was retaliation for Luby's history of blowing the whistle on problems within the troubled agency.Read more »

The Daily Blurgh: Pissed librarians, neighborhood art, zoo babies

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Curiosities, quirks, oddites, and items from around the Bay and beyond

I want my LGBTV! Prop 8 Trial closing arguments will not be televised.

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Andrei Tarkovsky made a whole lotta gorgeous films. He also took a whole lotta gorgeous Polaroids.  (Thanks Boing Boing).

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Death and (estate) taxes

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There's an interesting story in the NY Times about a Texas billionaire whose entire estate will be passed along tax-free, thanks to a rather silly act of Congress. It's obviously a bit of a scandal that a guy worth $9 billion will pay no estate tax at all, but the really interesting tidbit was deep in the story:Read more »

Hyatt workers completing three-day strike

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By Brittany Baguio
About 400 hotel workers are wrapping up a three-day strike at the Hyatt Regency that began Tuesday morning to protest increasing workloads and efforts to increase their health care costs. This was the fifth strike UNITE-HERE Local 2, a union comprised of hotel workers in San Francisco and San Mateo Counties, has called during nearly a year of negotiations since the last contract expired for 9,000 San Francisco hotel employees. Read more »

Arizona getting you down? Here's some activist inspiration.

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Two things I learned about Rosario Dawson last night:

  1. When she was little, she spent time living in a San Francisco squat with her “free spirited” mother.

  2. She's heading up one of the most important non partisan political organizations in the country.Read more »

Carly learns about open mikes

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Carly Fiorina just learned a key lesson in modern politics: Be sure the mike is off when you're saying something stupid.Read more »

Felonious gets back into it (and lays it all out) with the smashing "Live City"

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By Lilan Kane

A capella, beatbox, theater, vaudeville, live band, and everything in between -- that's Felonious (playing tonite, Thu/10, at the Independent). Originally an a cappella hip-hop duo, Felonious has morphed into a hip-hop theater production receiving rave reviews in The Source magazine, Chronicle and Examiner, and have produced sold-out shows in SF, New York, Germany and Oakland. They have shared the stage with The Roots, De La Soul, Big Daddy Kane, DJ Premier, Black Eyed Peas, Zion I, Living Legends, Radioactive, and Crown City Rockers. Their shows capture different elements of entertainment creating something old school in principal but very innovative and contemporary.

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Goodbye, 49ers -- and do we really care?

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Tony Winnicker, the mayor's press secretary, was chatting with a group of folks at the Newsom victory party on election night, and Steven T. Jones, the Guardian city editor, asked how the stadium vote was going down in Santa Clara. "Oh, it's winning, but it's never going to get built," Winnicker said. "Cities building stadiums is an economic loser."Read more »

The Good Life, full of passion

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By Peter Galvin

Like the musical counterpart of your everyday office workaholic, Tim Kasher has been pulling long hours for most of his life. Currently the frontman for the Good Life -- playing Thurs/10 at Bottom of the Hill -- and indie-rockers Cursive, Kasher has been making it in various bands since the age of 18, including a '90s supergroup with members of the Faint and a 15-year-old Conor Oberst.

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Live Shots: Air Guitar Championships, Fillmore, 06/05/2010

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I've been to plenty of concerts in my life, and I've seen some pretty wild shows in various states of consciousness. That being said, nothing could have prepared me for this year’s Air Guitar Regional Championships at the Fillmore.Read more »

Street Threads: Look of the Day

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Today's Look: Lee, 24th Street and Castro

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Newsom's fiscal conservatism undermines his agenda

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Gavin Newsom's nomination for lieutenant governor places many San Franciscans in an uncomfortable position, one that was illustrated well by the victory speech that he gave last night just as our story our on his latest budget – in which he proudly rejected taxes in favor of deep spending cuts and future budget deficits -- was coming off the presses.Read more »