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Sounds and slides from May 1 immigration rally

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Thousands of people spilled out into the streets of San Francisco on Saturday, May 1, to march for federal immigration reform and to denounce Arizona's SB 1070, an anti-immigration measure widely perceived as a racist, ill-advised approach to addressing illegal U.S. border crossings. The law makes it a state-level crime to be in the U.S. illegally, and criminalizes failure to carry immigration papers at all times.

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Lydia Pense & Cold Blood shake the Biscuits and roll the Blues

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By Lilan Kane

After 41 years together, local blues-funk outfit Cold Blood still sounds exactly like I imagine they would have when they were fresh to the scene back in the Bill Graham days. I never had the chance to see them before, so the evening I finally caught them, on April 23, was a particular treat for me, an avid Lydia lover. Of course I'm talking about lead singer Lydia Pense. It is near unbelievable how such a big a voice comes out of her pint-sized frame. Time has not faded her soulfulness by any means -- she still holds it down like a female James Brown. Read more »

Interview: Author Paul Loeb and Soul of a Citizen

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Paul Loeb, author, speaker, thinker and the man behind the surprising best-seller Soul of a Citizen stopped by the Guardian April 30 to chat about the new edition of his book -- and about the state of community activism, the Obama administration, and the way people become engaged in politics. You can listen to the interview after the jump.

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PG&E gets spanked

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The California Public Utilities Commission, the state agency tasked with regulating investor-owned utilities, seldom holds Pacific Gas & Electric Co.'s feet to the fire -- even when advocacy groups are in an uproar over company practices. However, this may be changing. Read more »

A bit of fairness for Prop. 13

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EDITORIAL Behind the crisis in the San Francisco schools, behind the city's fiscal nightmare, behind the state's intractable budget deficit is one gigantic policy mistake that dates back to 1978. It's almost impossible to talk, even today, about repealing Proposition 13, the measure that limits property taxes. Millions of homeowners love their low taxes, and even the liberals among them are dubious about giving up their cherished perk. Read more »

The problem with Willie Brown Jr. Boulevard

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Ok, Eve Batey has a fun item on SF Appeal: Even the Chronicle, which pays Brown to write his deeply conflicted newspaper column, doesn't want to see Third Street renamed for the former mayor. That's probably because Hearst Corp., which owns property on Third Street, doesn't want to spend the money to change all of its letterhead, documents, mailing address etc. Read more »

Why don't we love you enough, Beyonce?

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Editors Note: Before the Bobo defense squad piles tearily on, a surprising many of us here at the Guardian do, indeed, love Beyonce -- perhaps a bit too much. We wait on baited tenterhooks for the mashup of her latest with that MIA vid.

I'm sorry, Beyonce. I'm just not buying it. Glycerin tears and and "naughty" Bettie Page-inspired get-ups (in your new video for "Why Don't You Love Me?") do not a believable actress make, and we know that this is a ludicrous question for either you -- or your bad girl alter-ego Sascha Fierce (who, should you need reminding, you killed off at the beginning of the year) -- to ask.

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The guv runs away from offshore drilling

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The fallout from the disaster in the Gulf of Mexico has Repulicans scurrying for cover, and the latest on the list is Gov. Schwarzenegger, who just announced he no longer supports the Tranquillon Ridge project. (SacBee, from SFist). But Meg Whitman is still hanging tough; her website still says:Read more »

Appetite: 3 blanco tequilas for Cinco de Mayo margaritas

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Cinco de Mayo is nearly here, and you know what that means: time to stock up on fine tequilas, kick up your heels, and start mixing margaritas. I taste-tested these tequilas side-by-side, then used each in the very appealing classic margarita recipe from Chronicle Books' Ultimate Bar Book, a classic tome that came out in 2006:Read more »

Street Threads: Look of the Day

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Today's Look: Leia, 24th Street and Noe

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The Daily Blurgh: The prenup claws

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Curiosities, quirks, oddites, and items (plus a lot about kitties) from around the Bay and beyond

Make all the catty jokes you want about Uwe Mitzscherlich, the German man who married his asthmatic cat Cecilia to honor their decade of companionship. Seriously, though, if you've ever bonded with a pet, the whole thing is just heartbreaking. In happier animal news, the Bay Area's baby peregrine falcons got tagged today.

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SFBG Radio: Tim and Johnny on sit-lie

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ON SFBG radio today, Tim Redmond and Johnny Angel Wendell talk about the foolishness that is San Francisco's proposed sit-lie law. Listen after the jump

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The Chron just wants to cut transit

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Interesting that the Sfgate.com poll running along with the Matier and Ross item on transit agency deficits only cites four possible solutions: Cut service, cut employee pay, raise fares or "get in the bailout line." I realize that the Bay Area's transit agencies don't always work well together and duplicate some service, and that some managers are overpaid, and some money is wasted on consulting contracts. Read more »

GOP debate sets up Brown for gov campaign

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I don't know how many people were watching a Sunday afternoon Republican gubernatorial debate, but it hardly matters: All that Steve Poizner and Meg Whitman did was help the Democrats.Read more »

Monster rock: Gama-Go explodes into its second year

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Greg Long stands behind his guitar-shaped spatula. “We want to make things people have joy and humor in, but aren’t embarrassed to have lying around the house,” says the co-founder of Gama-Go, a homegrown clothing and houseware store which, judging by its one year victory lap/anniversary party going down Sat/8, seems to have struck a cord with those looking for a little hip whimsy in their potholders and change purses. Read more »