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East Bay races and measures

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Editor's note: The following story has been altered from the original to correct an error. We had originally identified Courtney Ruby as running for Alameda County Auditor; the office is actually Oakland City Auditor.

Oakland City Auditor
COURTNEY RUBY
Incumbent Roland Smith has to go. He's been accused of harassing and verbally abusing his staff and using audits as a political weapon against his enemies. The county supervisors have had to reassign his staff to keep him from making further trouble. Read more »

Online bonanza

Fixed-gear fracas, Lusty Lady lowdown, and Pixel Vision hits Vancouver in the blogs.
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Fixed gear fracas

Duncan Scott Davidson's rant about fixed-gear bikes is causing a ruckus.

"Your article is based on ignorance, stereotypes, and one bad experience shared by your friend. You are not qualified to have written this article."

--Jake Guy

"Dude! I couldn't agree more! I'm glad to see someone else is finally taking up the cause against these damn hipsters! Read more »

Small pieces unjoined

What if they're un-Googleable?
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annalee@techsploitation.com
TECHSPLOITATION I think ubiquitous digital surveillance and searchability have given me a weird new sense of entitlement. I feel like I should be able to find anybody on the Web, and if I can't — well, why not hire somebody to search the databases I can't access? I caught myself having this exact bizarro train of thought the other day, when I was trying to locate an old friend of mine from high school.
I did all the usual things that generally yield results and have helped me find out all kinds of useless things about lost childhood friends. Read more »

Opposites attract, kinda

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andrea@altsexcolumn.com
Dear Andrea:
I have a very close gay male friend who often behaves like he's interested in me romantically. He has even told me that he gets crushes on girls, that 1 percent of him likes women, and that he's gotten semihard from girls three different times. He often gazes at me while we're talking as if he's thinking of kissing me. Even my friends notice. He also tells me that I brought happiness back to him and that he feels alive when he's with me. We spend every other night together talking and flirting till 5 a.m.
I don't need a boyfriend. Read more »

Editors notes

The Prop. 90 problem
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tredmond@sfbg.com
There's something scary happening in Bayview–Hunters Point, and it's not the redevelopment bulldozers.
For some reason that I find hard to understand, community leaders like Willie Ratcliff and Marie Harrison, who are opposed to the Redevelopment Agency's plan for that neighborhood, have signed on with a frightening gang of radical right-wing property rights advocates. Read more »

Divorcing Columbus

The Italian-American dilemma
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OPINION This year may go down in history as the one new immigrants reignited a civil rights mobilization in the United States. Their efforts, like those of the black liberation movement of the ’60s, will certainly become a catalyst for progressive action from many communities. As southern Italian Americans, this Columbus Day we have to ask our community the age-old question — which side are we on? Unfortunately, many of us have chosen exactly which side we are on: supporting racist immigrant bashers, whether they are legislators in the halls of Congress or vigilante Minutemen. Read more »

Why does the OES fear KGO-TV?

The controversy over obtaining copies of San Francisco's disaster plans
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KGO-TV news reporter Dan Noyes and producer Beth Rimbey have been trying for the last 15 months to acquire copies of San Francisco's disaster plans from the Office of Emergency Services. Despite firm deadlines set by the city's Sunshine Ordinance and public promises made by Mayor Gavin Newsom and OES chief Annemarie Conroy, not all of the requested documents have been released.
In fact, OES officials won't even talk to KGO anymore.
"We're only allowed to speak to the Mayor's Office," Rimbey said at a Sept. 26 Sunshine Ordinance Task Force hearing on the issue. Read more »

Shades of green

The West Coast Green conference highlights San Francisco for its leadership — and shortcomings — in environmentally sensitive building
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news@sfbg.com
An assembly of the nation's premier green architects, engineers, academics, and policy makers was gathered Sept. 28 in the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium, patiently awaiting a keynote address from Mayor Gavin Newsom. Read more »

Hip buzz phrases

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annalee@techsploitation.com
TECHSPLOITATION Usually I don't let the PR e-mails get to me. My standard procedure is to review and delete these missives from alternate marketplace universes where people care about incremental changes to the graphic user interface in a piece of useless software. Read more »

Be a liver

By Andrea Nemerson
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andrea@altsexcolumn.com
Dear Andrea:
Many years ago, I contracted the Hepatitis C virus (HCV). I had many partners before tests became available. None, to my knowledge, has contracted HCV from sexual contact with me. I know it's possible to pass it through sexual contact but it's very rare. It requires blood to blood contact: someone would need to stick their bloody penis in some equally bloody orifice on my body — not gonna happen! I'm always safe when it comes to anal sex. As for oral, well, that does give the opportunity to examine my partner more closely. Read more »