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Bernal blows up

PG&E's unresponsiveness and history of sloppy recordkeeping raise concerns about construction near its pipelines

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rebecca@sfbg.com

When Herb Felsenfeld and his wife, Gail Newman, look out the window of the Bernal Heights home they've lived in for more than 30 years, they see a vacant hilly lot grown in with tall grass, stretching up in the direction of nearby Bernal Heights Park.

The surrounding area has become quite popular. Earlier this year, real estate firm Redfin crowned Bernal Heights the nation's No. 1 "hottest neighborhood," its desirability ranked using "a combination of big-data analysis and real-life human experience," according to the company blog.Read more »

Fast food workers strike in the Bay Area and worldwide

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Bay Area fast food workers who walked out and picketed their stores last year are set for a repeat performance in their battle against the house that Big Mac built, timed to debut right as the Guardian hits the streets. And this strike is also set to expand.Read more »

Bimbo's 365 club

Guardian Small Business Award winner has been rocking the city for 85 years

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When Agostino "Bimbo" Giuntoli first arrived in San Francisco from Italy in 1922, the 19-year-old found work as a janitor and then as a cook at the swanky Palace Hotel. He likely didn't think that, within 10 years, he'd be running one of the hottest Prohibition-era speakeasies in the city — where well-heeled guests came to drink, gamble, and watch a young Rita Hayworth dance in the chorus line. Even tougher to believe, most likely, would be the fact that his club is still in business, and run by his family, nearly 85 years later.Read more »

Trouble Coffee

Guardian Small Business Award winner that makes $4 toast isn't really a gentrifier

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Inscribed on the window at the Yosemite Avenue location of Trouble Coffee & Coconut Club is the phrase: "Serving guts and honor."

Proprietor Giulietta Carrelli, who opened the Bayview location on April Fools Day of 2013, six years to the day after opening the first Trouble Coffee location on Judah Street in the Outer Sunset, said she started it "to build a community."Read more »

Tobener Law Center

Guardian Small Business Award winner has helped lead the current housing rights movement

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San Francisco attorney Joseph Tobener has been doing tenants rights work in San Francisco for more than a decade, starting his own practice in 2002, where he currently employs three other attorneys and two paralegals. Another pair of attorneys who used to work there recently spun off their own practice.Read more »

Thee Parkside

Guardian Small Business Award winner is a neighborhood mainstay that also attract music lovers

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Once upon a time, the Bay Guardian was headquartered in a giant converted warehouse at the bottom of Potrero Hill. Since Thee Parkside was just a short walk away, at 17th and Wisconsin streets across from Jackson Park, it was only natural for the music venue and pub to become a regular destination for Guardian staff.Read more »

Panchita's Pupuseria

Guardian Small Business Award winner is turning a new generation of Mission dwellers onto pupusas.

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In the gentrifying heart of the Inner Mission District — near the corner of 16th and Valencia streets, where longtime bookstores, markets, bars, and restaurants have all been forced out by rising rents in the last year or so — a simple Salvadorean restaurant has continued to thrive by serving one dish, pupusas, to customers old and new.Read more »

SF LGBT Center Economic Development Department

Guardian Small Business Award winner helps its community members become entrepreneurs

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The first initiative in the nation to "comprehensively address the economic barriers faced by low- and moderate-income LGBT individuals and families," the 10-year-old San Francisco LGBT Center's Economic Development Department (EDD) takes on a huge task.Read more »

Le Video

Guardian Small Business Award winner has been a labor of love that recently got a big dose of community support

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cheryl@sfbg.com

In March, Bay Area cinephiles were seized with alarm when Inner Sunset stalwart Le Video interrupted its usually upbeat Facebook feed with sad news: Due to financial hardship, the store — famed for its massive, meticulously curated film collection — would be forced to close in April after 34 years in business.Read more »

HeartZilla

Guardian Small Business Award winner took her Pirate Salon clientele to a groovy new spot on Valencia

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Hidden in a strange, inward-facing compound at 18th and Folsom streets that is filled with small art galleries, hair salons, and oddly themed storefronts, Pirate Salon has always been groovy spot to get a killer hairdo with a rogue flair, particularly by the Barcelona-born-and-trained queen of color and style Ana Rivero Rossi for the last four years.Read more »