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Ammiano wants to clean up crime labs

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Why could the San Francisco crime lab operate with so many problems for such a long time? One reason: There’s little or no effective state oversight or regulation of local crime labs in California.

That seems like a glaring problem -- crime labs can mean the difference between guilt and innocent, the difference between a long prison term and a free life, between an innocent party getting wrongly convicted and a guilty party getting away with murder.Read more »

SFBG Radio: Tim and Johnny on channeling the inner Huey Long

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Today, Tim and Johnny talk about GOP loonies, Carly and Sarah and the case for our inner Huey Long. You can listen after the jump. Read more »

Janelle Monáe: Soul with perfect teeth

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By Ryan Lattanzio

Janelle Monáe has the most beautiful teeth I’ve ever seen. No, really. If you ask me, their pearly whiteness is unmatched.

Just as much as she bared her teeth on Friday afternoon at Rasputin in Berkeley, she bared a little slice of her soul. Monáe stripped her many layers of production and favored an acoustic set – something she said she loves – performing “Tightrope,” the single off this year’s The ArchAndroid (Atlantic), and the gorgeous “Smile” from the 2008 EP Metropolis: The Chase Suite (Atlantic).

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Live Shots: 54th Annual North Beach Festival, 6/20/10

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You know it's summer time in the City when the smell of smoky meat wafts up your nostrils and jazzy tunes wind their way down the streets. As the marathon of fairs and festivals continues, where better to spend this weekend than at the North Beach Festival?Read more »

God's not on the side of the union busters

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Dick Meister, former labor editor of the SF Chronicle and KQED/TV Newsroom, has covered labor and politics for a half-century. Contact him through his website, www.dickmeister.com, which includes more than 250 of his recent columns.


God may or may not be on the side of unions, but a Catholic scholars group says that being on the other side, that is being against unions, is a "grave violation" of the church's social doctrine. Opposing unions is, in fact, a mortal sin. And should be.

Anti-union actions violate both the letter and spirit of Catholic social doctrine, declared the Massachusetts- based Catholic Scholars for Worker Justice in a document distributed recently by the Catholic News Service. Read more »

Street Threads: Look of the Day

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Today's Look: Cortland and Andover

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SFBG Radio: Johnny and Tim on the Whitman clan and class privilege

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Today, Johnny and Tim talk about the Whitman family -- and why the rich are different from you and I. Not to mention some choice GOP oil spill commentary. You can listen after the break. Read more »

No traffic lights on Market Street!

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No stop signs, either. Just an amazing collection of horses, cars, trolleys and -- yes! -- bicycles crowding the city's main drag, just four days before the 1906 quake. Check out the footage here. 

Bicycles sharing the street with cars (and also horses, and people who just run right out in front of traffic), police foot patrols, multi-modal transportation ... good times. It's great film, and fun to watch.

From the email Larry Fahn, former Sierra Club president sent me:Read more »

The Daily Blurgh: Ethnic Frensing, a bear suns in Oakland

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Fake trend alert! "Ethnic Frensing." Quick! Get it into circulation before Tyra Banks tries to copyright it.

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WTF Headline of the day: "Ghoulish cargo of 60 severed heads found at airport."

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SF mayoral analysis in the NY Times misses the mark

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I have praised Bay Citizen's early work and I think Gerry Shih is a smart young reporter, but I think their analysis of who will be San Francisco's next mayor – which ran in today's New York Times – was off the mark and shows they don't yet have a good grasp of this city's political dynamics. Read more »

The Gaza resolution

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I know that the discussion over the John Avalos/Sophie Maxwell resolution on the Gaza flotilla took a long time, and kept the supervisors and assorted city employees at work until midnight, and Sweet Melissa says that cost the city some money. And she makes the same argument we hear all the time when these things come up:Read more »

Following Recology’s $$$ to Environment Commission and DCCC

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If you've been looking for a financial connection between the city's tentative decision to award the next landfill disposal contract to Recology, which plans to dispose of our trash in Yuba County, then you'll be interested in this campaign finance item: Because records show that Recology contributed $5,000 last year to SF Forward, a San Francisco Chamber of Commerce political action committee, which also got Money  from Bechtel, Medjool, PG&E, Charles Schwab, and Shorenstein Realty.

Recology Vice President and Group Manager John Legnitto is Chamber’s Chair Elect. Read more »

The public-employee pension fight

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Public employees are getting attacked on all fronts, and one of the major issues is pensions. Forum did a show on it this morning, and all the usual suspects were there arguing that the public is outraged, that pensions are out of control, that nobody in the private sector gets these kinds of deals and that high pensions are damaging the very social programs that progressives love. Read more »

Turning Clinton's words into Brewer and Whitman's problem

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"Obama Admin has decided to sue AZ and we had to learn about it through Ecuadorean TV. Outrageous!"
So tweeted accidental Arizona Governor Jan Brewer, after Sec. of State Hillary's Clinton admitted that the US DOJ has decided to sue Arizona over SB 1070. 
Brewer, who faces a gubernatorial primary August 24,  is betting that  talk about immigration, will help her win the race.
"This is no way to treat the people of Arizona," Brewer said.

But wasn't that exactly the point Clinton was making?Read more »

Street Threads: Look of the Day

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Today's Look: Corrin, 18th Street and Valencia

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