When arch-conservative Fox News host Sean Hannity decided to weigh in recently on the contentious and immensely complicated issue of California water policy, here's how he summed it up: "Farmers in California are losing their crops, their land, and their livelihood all because of a two-inch fish!"
Television viewers were treated to scenes of the Central Valley, showing a lush field of crops followed by a dusty, withered almond orchard that has been cut off from water exports from the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. Read more »
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Joe Grand and his accomplices, Jacob Appelbaum of Noisebridge and Chris Tarnovsky of Flylogic Engineering, have had their way with San Francisco's new "smart" parking meters, hacking their way into the systems, exposing how easily they are manipulated, and sharing the entire experience with whoever would listen.
The three men, all highly skilled computer programmers, built a smart card capable of fooling San Francisco's parking meter system into giving up that sweet parking space for free, and right in front of our eyes. Read more »
The week started off in celebratory mood for members of the local immigrant rights community who attended an Aug. 18 rally outside City Hall to support legislation by Sup. David Campos that would extend due process rights to immigrant youth. Read more »
In the early 2000s, crystal meth abuse became so rampant in San Francisco that city officials formed the Crystal Methamphetamine Task Force in 2005. A correlated increase in HIV transmission led the task force to focus on the gay men's party circuit, targeting that community with education campaigns on the drug's effects, safer usage, and safe sex tips.
But while the party boys got the attention, the drug appears to now be taking an increased toll on women. Read more »
Opposition to drug use is often couched in concern about children, but today's kids are using fewer drugs than in the past. And, according to a survey of risky behavior, San Francisco's young people are using fewer drugs than those nationally.
The San Francisco Unified School District, in conjunction with the U.S. Read more »
San Francisco has always been a big recreational drug town, from its opium dens of yore to the pill-popping beats and acid-eating hippies to business elites doing bumps in bathrooms to ravers on E and cranked-out clubbers, not to mention the tattered street souls scoring fixes of crack or smack.
But in terms of sheer numbers of Bay Area partiers stocking up on the full illegal pharmacopoeia all at once, it's hard to top right now, the month of August, the run-up to Burning Man.
For decades, proponents of marijuana reform have argued that cannabis is less dangerous than alcohol or cigarettes, has legitimate medical uses, and should be decriminalized on the grounds that prohibition doesn't work.
In 1996, these arguments helped convince California voters to approve Proposition 215, which allows the use of marijuana for medical purposes. And in March, U.S. Read more »