When the first issue of the Bay Guardian hit the stands in 1966, it was still really possible to talk about the California dream. The state had seemingly limitless potential and was in many way a model for the nation a free public university system that was the envy of the world, an economy that provided jobs to hundreds of thousands of new arrivals, the beginnings of what would be the nation's premier environmental movement pushing to save San Francisco Bay, save the coast, save Lake Tahoe ... Read more »
Much of the right-wing agenda that has thrown this nation into economic chaos can be traced back to what was once called the Golden State.
The tax revolts that started here under Gov. Ronald Reagan and continued to sweep the country and the world under President Reagan never abated. Indeed, they have only been strengthened by the big business power that created and benefited from them.Read more »
The signs around Kimbell Playground in the Western Addition announce the field's closure for construction until April 2010. Although they detail the extensive renovations, there is no hint that controversy swirls around one particular aspect: replacing living grass with synthetic turf.
In 2004, the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department issued an assessment of the city's recreation facilities that estimated the city needed 30 softball fields and 35 soccer fields to match demand from the city's players. Read more »
Sup. David Campos' proposal to amend San Francisco's sanctuary policy so that the city guarantees due process to juvenile immigrants heads for a full vote of the board next week with the support of a veto-proof majority of supervisors.
The chief was running late. As a group of Guardian reporters filed into his modest, comfortable conference room on the fifth floor of the Hall of Justice, an aide told us that Police Chief George Gascón was still meeting with Mayor Gavin Newsom at City Hall, and that we'd all have to cool our heels for a while.Read more »
San Francisco is facing the worst budget crisis in modern history. More than 1,000 employees, mostly front-line workers in the Department of Public Health, have been laid off, and the red ink continues. Yet the only measure on the November ballot that would raise any money for the city is Sup. Bevan Dufty's plan to sell off naming rights for Candlestick Park.
That's pathetic. During the summer budget discussions, Mayor Newsom vowed to work with business, labor, and the supervisors to come up with a reasonable plan to bring in some new cash for the city. Read more »
"Power Exchange is currently closed due to unfair Fire Department restrictions," states the message on the telephone answering machine of the embattled sex club, which plans to open and possibly reignite its battle with neighbors and city officials as soon as this weekend, Oct. 11.
Owner Michael Powers had hoped to open Oct. 2 after being shut down for alleged Fire Code violations on Sept. 18, shortly after opening for business in its new home at 34 Mason St. in the Tenderloin. Read more »