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The next mad rush to the sky

Ugly canyons everywhere! With the latest San Francisco construction boom, history repeats itself
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EDITORIAL For much of the history of this newspaper, the battle to keep San Francisco from turning into another Manhattan was a defining element in local politics. It had all the makings of urban drama: shifty-eyed developers looking to make a fast buck, sleazy politicians willing to bend over in any direction for campaign cash, a corporate power structure devoted to greasing the path for unlimited growth, citizen activists revolting over the block-by-block destruction of their neighborhoods ... Read more »

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The case for a real mayoral race
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tredmond@sfbg.com

I made it through the week without anyone calling to complain about my analysis of the mayor's race, so maybe for once I got it right: unless Gavin Newsom drops out or a third strike drops and it's pretty bad, we already know what things are going to look like in the fall.

So we might as well get on with it: Matt Gonzalez and Ross Mirkarimi should get together and talk it out, then one of them should just go ahead and announce.

For a long list of reasons, there has to be a real mayor's race this fall — and Tony Hall plus a few nutcases against Mayor Read more »

Guardian Casualty Report

The human costs of the Iraq war, updated daily on the Bruce Blog
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I've got a secret

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andrea@altsexcolumn.com

Dear Andrea:

My newish husband and I are madly in love. We're extremely experimental and both love porn. We share a healthy sex life (five-plus times a week) and talk about everything — except the fact that he secretly jerks off after I leave for work or when I'm in the bath, whether we have sex or not. (The signs are all there, so I know I'm not mistaken.) It's not so much that I'm upset about it (I'd love to watch!) but that it decreases his volume and ability to achieve orgasm with me. Read more »

Peeing by design

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TECHSPLOITATION If you think it's hard to find a decent public bathroom in the city, try finding a bathroom for the gender ambiguous. People who appear androgynous, whether unintentionally or because they're going for that cool genderqueer look, know that finding a bathroom is an ordeal. It sucks to walk into the women's room and have the ladies tell you to get out just because you've got short hair and like to wear ties. Same goes for short, girly boys who get the hairy eyeball in the men's room. Read more »

More than clean

Newsom's aggressive "quality of life" push draws a backlash in the Mission District and elsewhere
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amanda@sfbg.com

Cleaner streets, crack-free sidewalks, an urban landscape unmarred by graffiti and made greener by leafy trees: that was the improved "quality of life" espoused by Mayor Gavin Newsom in his State of the City speech Oct. 26, 2006. Read more »

Too many big buildings

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Housing is now being stuffed into downtown blocks, more than 7,000 units in the stretch running from Market Street to the Bay Bridge. Read more »

Bush's big favor to PG&E

Why is the incredibly anti-environmental Bush suddenly keen to restore Hetch Hetchy Valley?
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EDITORIAL If there were ever any doubt about the political forces arrayed behind the move to demolish San Francisco's Hetch Hetchy dam, this should put it to rest: President George W. Bush, who has done nothing but attack, undermine, and cut funding for public parks and environmental initiatives since the day he took office, suddenly wants to spend $7 million to study restoring the valley behind the dam.

That's right. Read more »

Editor's Notes

Newsom gets the treatment
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tredmond@sfbg.com

If the Matier and Ross report in the San Francisco Chronicle on Feb. 11 is to believed, then Mayor Gavin Newsom is actually taking his alcohol problem seriously. Mimi Silbert, who runs Delancey Street, told the dynamic duo that Newsom has been showing up every night for three or four hours of intense counseling and therapy. Good for him. Read more »

Chasing my stolen bicycle

Enter the urban underworld of open-air chop shops, steal-to-order thieves, and brazen fencing networks, where San Francisco's most pervasive crime is ignored by the authorities
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news@sfbg.com

I stalked across the parking lot of the Mission District's Best Buy. Like the hordes of people that streamed into the store, I was there to do a little shopping, but it wasn't for a flat-screen TV or an iPod. I was in the market for a stolen bike.

I bypassed the aisles of buzzing electronics and headed around the back of the store to a trash-strewn alley. It was empty except for a beat-up white van with its side door ajar. Read more »