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Ballot-box alliance

Proposition A brings progressives and communities of color together - finally
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gwschulz@sfbg.com

Maggie Agnew knows more about gun violence than anyone should ever have to know. Three of her children have been murdered since 1986, all of them during altercations that involved guns.

The church she attends has done all it can to help her and other parents of homicide victims. But not everyone attends church, she says. More needs to be done.Read more »

Here's Bill!

Maher fights for his job -- title
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The gluttonous Willie Brown era lead to a city workforce of mangers who earned princely salaries in exchange for their political loyalty, but appeared to have little in the way of clear job responsibilities. Read more »

His architect

Director Sydney Pollack's portrait of Frank Gehry is sketchy at best
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Attack of the NIMBYs!

Suburban wannabes vs. the Party Party people
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marke@sfbg.com

A fairy tale: Once upon a time there was a stone-hearted ogre named Capt. Dennis Martel of the San Francisco Police Department's Southern Station. The Ogre Martel either through manic moodiness, misguided morality, or perpetual constipation owing to the enchanted stick up his ass was determined not to let people party like it was 1999. Read more »

Whole paycheck

Plans for upscale supermarket worry Haight Ashbury residents
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amanda@sfbg.com

On a Sunday afternoon, the Cala Foods at Stanyan and Haight is a dismal sight. Thrifty shoppers, beckoned by the 6070 percent off price tags walk out into the drizzle, empty-handed. The doors close permanently May 24, and there isn't much left.Read more »

Shooting at the OCC

Police union claims the problem isn't rogue cops, but the agency that investigates them
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gwschulz@sfbg.com

When the head of the city's police union, Gary Delagnes, appeared before the San Francisco Police Commission May 10, he told a story based on his recent lunch with Boston's former top cop, Kathleen O'Toole.Read more »

The Delegate Zero factor

Mexico's famed Subcommander Marcos has re-emerged -- and thrown a wrench into the nation's presidential election
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MEXICO CITY -- The Marcos Factor has unexpectedly become a wild card in Mexico's closely fought July 2nd presidential election. 
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Eviction battle continues

Latest effort to help renters wins board support, but Newsom veto remains possible
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sarah@sfbg.com

Back when the tsunami of condo conversions now rolling across San Francisco was but a ripple on the rental pool, local resident William Johnston didn't know "the ins and outs of the Ellis Act."

"Now I have a Ph.D. in it," jokes Johnston, 70, about the legislation allowing landlords to get out of the rental market, which has been increasingly abused over the past decade by landlords wishing to sell their buildings in a scheme known as tenancy-in-common.Read more »

Paying for renewal

Subsidies for the 49ers are among the many concerns being raised about the Bayview
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gwschulz@sfbg.com

BayviewHunters Point residents have cause to be concerned about any redevelopment plan that would dramatically alter the face of their neighborhoods, particularly given the displacement and corporate subsidies that have resulted from past redevelopment schemes in San Francisco.Read more »

One down, one to go

City officials challenge Mirant power plant pollution as PG&E finally shutters its controversial Hunters Point facility
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gwschulz@sfbg.com

As the Pacific Gas and Electric Co. prepared to finally shut down its Hunters Point power plant May 15, environmentalists were gearing up for another task pressuring the Mirant Corp. to replace its 40-year-old, pollution-spewing cooling system near Potrero Hill. The two plants have been blamed for a wide variety of health problems in the southeast part of San Francisco.Read more »