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Arnold and Emily

Global warming solutions dodged by the governor but understood by a little girl
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This is a story about a muscle-bound governor, a nine-year-old girl, and some polar bears. The governor is Arnold Schwarzenegger, the girl is Emily Magavern, and the polar bears or at least photos of them served as backdrops for a pair of speeches the two gave on global warming.

Emily, the daughter of a Sierra Club lobbyist, gave her speech in Sacramento on April 3 at a press conference outlining legislation that Democratic lawmakers have introduced to create a mandatory limit on greenhouse gases."I don't want the polar bears to lose their homes," Emily told the gathering. Read more »

Invisible minority

A new study shows Pacific Islanders experience high dropout, arrest, and depression rates
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A new community-based research report on Pacific Islanders Tongans, Samoans, Hawaiians, Fijians, and other Polynesians reveals disproportionately high dropout, arrest, and depression rates among the population in Oakland.Read more »

Dede Wilsey's whoppers

De Young Museum patrons lie about the impact of Golden Gate Park road closures
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An aggressive and misleading campaign against Saturday road closures in Golden Gate Park by the Corporation of the Fine Arts Museums spearheaded by its board president, Dede Wilsey appears to be backfiring as the proposal heads for almost certain approval by the Board of Supervisors.

Yet the Healthy Saturdays proposal by Sup. Jake McGoldrick which would close from May 25 to Nov. Read more »

222 Club

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REVIEW This jazzy, Euro-cozy joint in the ’Loin just got licensed for hard alcohol, but don't let that stop you from enjoying its Spanish-inflected wine list and sparkling sojuladas (a lovingly crafted combo of soju and limonada). Read more »

Horoscope

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April 5–11

Aries

March 21-April 19

Aries, everyone’s got a little bit of the people-pleaser in them, even you. You might annoy the shit out of yourself this week as you notice all the ways you refine your personality to suit what other people want or need from you. Pay attention to which of your closest relationships provoke such chameleonesque activity.

Taurus

April 20-May 20Read more »

Zombies are back!

Chris D. reanimates a classic LA punk incarnation of the Flesh Eaters
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In early 1981 a Los Angeles punk band called the Flesh Eaters made a record called A Minute to Pray, a Second to Die for the Slash Records imprint Ruby. The band members that recorded the album played only a handful of shows and then went their separate ways. Now, almost 25 years later, these monsters have crawled out from under a rock to perform just a few more times, concluding with an appearance at the influential All Tomorrow's Parties Festival, in Great Britain. Read more »

Family business

The taxpayers bailed out Frank Lembi's S&L, but he emerged to build a huge real estate empire
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Frank Edward Lembi has spent nearly six decades turning San Francisco's hot housing market into his version of the American dream, in the process creating nightmares for many struggling renters.

The aging patriarch still resides at the top of the Lembi family's colossal accumulation of capital, Skyline Realty, also known widely as CitiApartments, the second-largest owner of rental units in San Francisco, as the company describes itself. Read more »

Flaming creatures

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The Flaming Lips headlining Noise Pop

Marry, marry quite contrary

Bush has finally secured millions to promote marriage in "at-risk" communities.
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In the coming year the federal government will unfurl a $500 million grant program with the sole purpose of encouraging low-income people to get hitched. The idea is that advertising, counseling, and mentoring by real, live married couples will increase the marriage rate in "at-risk" communities — leading to increased prosperity. Read more »

Making a splash

The country's first male synchronized swimming team breaks one barrier, but others remain
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"One, two, three, four – squeeze your butt, Paul! – seven, eight," coach Suzanne Baker says into the microphone, pacing the poolside deck and counting the beats to a techno remix of "Another One Bites the Dust." Read more »