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DRUGS ISSUE: California could legalize pot this fall -- so why are medical marijuana providers grumbling?

DRUGS With polls showing that California voters are probably poised to approve Proposition 19 in November and finally fully legalize marijuana, this should be a historic moment for jubilant celebration among those who have long argued for an end to the government's costly war on the state's biggest cash crop. But instead, many longtime cannabis advocates — particularly those in the medical marijuana business — are voicing only cautious optimism mixed with fear of an uncertain future.Read more »

Care not crash

The Bike Plan is finally free. Can it help soothe tensions between cyclists and motorists?


Fresh coats of paint are hitting the pavement in San Francisco, creating new zones of supposed safety for bicyclists. But that long-awaited change comes at a time when local cyclists are as fearful as ever of automobiles, particularly following a horrifying incident in which a motorist intentionally ran down four cyclists.Read more »

Eye fidelity

Our fourth annual Bay Area Photo Issue highlights sharp-eyed local visionaries


This year, the Guardian's photo issue brings you something new, takes you out for a wild night on the town, and gets sexy in bed — not necessarily in that order.Read more »


A Celebration of Local Heroes: Our 36th annual guide to the people, places, and things that make the Bay great


Welcome to the San Francisco Bay Guardian's Best of the Bay 2010! This is our 36th annual celebration of the people, places, and things that make living here such a ridiculous joy — from Best Burrito and Best Amateur Sports Team to Best Strip Club and beyond.

Thousands of our readers voted in our 2010 Best of the Bay Readers Poll for their favorites in more than 200 categories. You'll find the results inside — as well as 150 Editors Picks that highlight some Guardian favorites, old and new, that we think deserve special recognition for lighting up our lives this year.Read more »

Fantasy island

Myles Cooper and Alexis Penney are making San Francisco ground zero for gay pop creativity


Beyond the rage

What the Mehserle verdict says about how far we've come -- and how far we have to go


Downtown Oakland became supercharged with emotion in the hours following the July 8 announcement of the verdict in the trial of former BART police officer Johannes Mehserle. And in the days that followed, the city remained electrified as residents struggled to make sense of the verdict, the rioting that occurred in its wake, and the historic significance of these developments.Read more »

Naked fun in the sun!

Our 36th annual guide to Bay Area nude beaches


Entertainer Wavy Gravy and Pentagon Papers leaker Daniel Ellsberg like Red Rock Beach; Marin Superior Court Commissioner Roy Chernus favors Bass Lake, and Marin County Sup. Steve Kinsey says he's been naked at Red Rock, Bolinas, Hagmier Pond, and Mount Vision Pond.Read more »

Powder keg

The voters are furious -- but are they madder at government or big business? That question could define the next political era

Ask any pollster, political consultant, or academic who studies the American electorate about the mood of the voters this year and you'll get the same one-word answer: Angry.

Everyone's pissed — the liberals, the conservatives, the moderates, the people who don't even know where they fit in. It's an unsettled time and, potentially, very bad news for a progressive agenda that seeks to address issues ranging from poverty and war to the long-term health of the public and the planet.Read more »

25 ideas for our queer future

THE QUEER ISSUE: Gaze into the future of the gays -- LGBTQ leaders, artists, and activists offer their visions for what lies ahead. Plus our 2010 Hot Pink List!


What does the future hold in store for us? In an age of mainstream assimilation and aspiration, is there even such a thing as the queer future? We asked 25 queer leaders, artists, and activists to offer visions in their areas of expertise. The results — philosophical, poetic, practical, and priceless — are inspiring. One thing's for sure, we'll never lose our creative spark. Nor will we lose our motivational zeal. Fate is for the lazy: take action now. (Marke B.)Read more »

Tale of two landfills

With a pair of giant corporations vying for control of San Francisco's trash, will our zero waste dreams ever become a reality?


Everyone should make a pilgrimage to the landfill where their city's garbage is buried. For San Francisco residents to really understand the current trash situation — and its related issues of transportation, environmental justice, greenhouse gas reduction, corporate contracting, and pursuing a zero waste goal — that means taking two trips.Read more »