Top Story

Caption here (*required)

Politics are holding back San Francisco's best shot at reducing carbon emissions

This Week's Paper

GREEN ISSUE: Save the planet, work less. Plus: Martinez Brothers, Hope Mohr Dance, Oakland Drops Beats, 'Faust,' more. Articles Online | Digital Edition

From the Blogs

The news from back East

|
(0)

One of the first telling primary races is over, and it appears that Blanche Lincoln has narrowly survived a primary challenge in Arkansas. The progressive Dems who fought hard to get rid of a senator who helped kill the public option and might as well be a Republican will be unhappy, but the fact that even with the (tepid) support of the president she only squeaked by with the narrowist of victories sends a signal to other fence-sitting Dems. Read more »

Yes on 16 poaches supporters, No on 16 snags Pelosi, and SFPUC disputes Matier & Ross

|
(3)

On the brink of the June 8 election, the clock is ticking before the moment of truth on Proposition 16 -- Pacific Gas & Electric Co.’s anti-competitive ballot initiative, which has earned widespread criticism for aiming to snuff out competitive community-choice aggregation programs to put a lock on its own power monopoly. Read more »

The Daily Blurgh: Mapping vice, talking smack

|
(0)

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

Hope: Keep riding the good ride!

*****

Chow/Assholes: McDonald's hates on Oakland melty cheese establishment.

Read more »

Californian beards are the best beards in the country

|
(2)

all photos by Simone Paddock

Glory upon ye, Californians, for your beards have triumphed! Yes, even without the competitive edge of Jack Passion (two time Full Natural Beard world champ and Bay resident, who sat this one out to emcee), the Golden State prospered with three out of four first places at the National Beard and Mustache Championships in Bend, Oregon this weekend. Per his promise, Jack Passion filled us in with what went down with the beardos.Read more »

Editorial: No matter who wins on Prop 16, full speed ahead with CCA

|
(0)

EDITORIAL Proposition 16 — Pacific Gas and Electric Co.'s monopoly power grab — has to rank as the most venal, corrupt abuse of the initiative system in California history. The utility spent nearly $50 million to pay for a misleading signature drive, mount a campaign of lies and distortions, create bogus front groups, and flood the airwaves with ads — all in an effort to convince Californians to vote against their own interests. It's a case study in why the state needs initiative reform (a ban on paid signature gatherers and limits on corporate campaign contributions would be good places to start).

At press time, we didn't know how the election would turn out — but this much is clear: San Francisco needs to move ahead with community choice aggregation and continue to push for public power anyway.

Read more »

SFBG Radio: Johnny and Tim on June 8 ballot props

|
(4)

Today, Johnny and Tim talk about the June 8th ballot props, why Republicans ought to vote No on 16 -- and the monopoly power of PG&E and Comcast. You can listen after the jump. Read more »

Three words: Vote June 8

|
(1)

The problem with the June 8th ballot is that the Democrats aren't fighting with each other.Read more »

Citizen Kane just got smaller

|
(0)

By Ryan Lattanzio

It should come as no surprise that Netflix has just previewed its new iPhone app. That's right. Now you can stream unlimited movies for a small monthly fee on your cell phone. Writer Ramu Nagappan of Macworld says it will offer "the full Netflix experience: you can stream video (over Wi-Fi and 3G), view recommendations, browse genres, and access your queue."

Read more »

World's best (sharp-dressed) drummer?

|
(0)
See video

You decide. (h/t Nick Larimer and Richard Bott)

Appetite: Celebrating Sailor Jerry, tattooist and rum

|
(0)

What do tatooing and rum have to with each other? Well, there's a rum named after one of the most legendary tattoo artists of all time, Sailor Jerry. It's his own personal recipe, distilled in the U.S. Virgin Islands, and is truly a beaut. Bracingly strong at 92 proof, it's got a spiced, caramel burn that goes down smooth on its own as it does in a cocktail (Dark & Stormy, anyone?) It lingers pleasantly while also delivering a punch. Kind of like the colorful Jerry himself? Read more »

The best worst I've ever had

|
(0)

By Sam Stander

There are few fandoms so charmingly enthusiastic as the hordes of video-hounds who treasure Troll 2 (1990), by many accounts the worst movie ever made. This past Saturday night, the East Bay took its turn in the publicity blitz for Best Worst Movie, a documentary about the Troll 2 phenomenon, directed by the ridiculous horror flick’s then-child star Michael Paul Stephenson. Stephenson appeared with his costar George Hardy in San Francisco on Friday, but only Hardy was on hand for the Saturday night screenings at Berkeley’s Shattuck Cinemas.

Read more »

If crime in San Francisco was shown as peaks and valleys

|
(1)

...it would look like this.

And what a revealing landscape the city suddenly becomes.

Read more »

Street Threads: Look of the Day

|
(2)

Today's Look: Anna, Valencia and 19th Street

Read more »

Live Review: Holy Ghost!, Fillmore, 6/3/2010

|
(0)

By Peter Galvin

While much of the mainstream is still poking fun at the hair bands and taking pot-shots at the easy-listening fluff, the '80s have snuck back in for a full-on revival. Kids who grew up in the decade of Ninja Turtles and parachute pants surely have the fondest memories, and two of those kids play poker-faced homages to the era as Holy Ghost! Full of flashy synths and smooth vocals, Holy Ghost goes a step beyond the copycat ambiance of Ariel Pink or the sly winking of Francis and the Lights or Chromeo, passing up tongue-in-cheek for reverence.

Read more »

Hot air: The passion and Hot Lixx of air guitar

|
(0)

By Zach Ritter

Someday, an enterprising cultural archivist is going to compile a history of air-musicianship. I've got to assume that the phenomenon long predates the headbanging era. Maybe it's just because I get a kick out of imagining top-hatted fops sawing away on invisible violins, but the instinct to mime an instrument just seems so natural that I have to assume people have been doing it for centuries. I mean, nobody teaches you air guitar. When you hear a sufficiently righteous riff, the hands just take over. Read more »