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You may have seen the bronze, compasslike Barbary Coast Trail plaques embedded in sidewalks around the city. Each shows a clipper ship, some old buildings, and a smiling hatted miner holding a pan of gold. Along with a book by…
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The 3M Corp. Is Breathing a Huge Sigh of Relief For a while there, we were worried that tape -- you know, the stuff you put up fliers with -- was not just potentially illegal, but in truth ... dangerous.…
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Speechless in San Francisco One of the chief representatives of small-f fascism in San Francisco is sitting across from me at a Starbucks explaining his theory of social decay. The end of civility, Rick Thurber says, begins with fliers about…
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The (Sad) Story of O. While Dog Bites has, among friends and acquaintances, a certain reputation as a giver of advice, the advice sought is generally to do with how to get rust stains out of denim, what brand of…
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Because San Francisco is one of the world's most physically attractive cities -- and, as design competitions for the new UCSF campus and Union Square show, constantly on the lookout to better itself -- SF Weekly recently reconvened its standing…
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Barbara's World and Welcome to It Your article on Barbara Kaufman ("The First Ever Official SF Weekly Barbara Kaufman Conflict-of-Interest Map," The Grid, Aug. 20) was so poorly substantiated as to represent gratuitous criticism. I have no love for the…
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The Grid

The Map of Kaufman Anyone who has attended a San Francisco Board of Supervisors meeting knows what it is like to be bored by the board. Committees and committees of the whole convene and report in a blaze of dullness.…
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Absences Without Malice That was some bold, decisive move by Board of Supervisors President Barbara Kaufman when she stripped Supervisor Leland Yee of his committee assignments last week. Her reasoning was impeccable. Yee had racked up an unacceptable number of…
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The Grid

Money for Nothing Last month, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors agreed to pay more than $10 million for a 73-year-old building that is not worth half that sum. The building -- a three-story, seismically suspect industrial structure at the…
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The Grid

Of Privilege and Persistence So, Mayor Willie Brown has appointed his new supe: Gavin Newsom, a 29-year-old, straight, white guy whose sensibilities proceed from the homogenous Cow Hollow neighborhood, where he owns a restaurant with the Pelosi (read Congresswoman Nancy)…
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Government in Exile Political moderate Barbara Kaufman, the newly sworn president of the S.F. Board of Supervisors, sounded a conciliatory tone in opening remarks of her installation speech Jan. 8. " have a duty to ensure that our political differences…
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The Grid

Banishments and Blandishments The Board of Supervisors meeting Dec. 9 -- the last substantive session of the year -- provided a window on a centrist trio in the making and hints of how legislative power may flow in the year…
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The Grid

Margo's Motor's Running Strong poll showings for San Francisco Board of Supervisors candidate Margo St. James, the sex-workers' rights crusader and North Beach bartender, are being dismissed by some politicos as an amusing expression of S.F.'s well-known electoral whimsy. Still,…
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You're Either on the Bus or off the Bus

San Francisco's Proposition AA was the quintessence of common sense. Pushed by Jerry Brown populists and passed by the voters in 1993, the non-binding initiative made it city law for local officials and employees to ride public transit to and…
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The Supes List

Fifty-seven potential candidates, 14 active candidates, and rising ... Deep Tout, a San Francisco political devotee who craves publicity and anonymity in equal portions, maintains a frequently updated short list of sure things, long shots, and wannabe candidates for the…
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Complaint Department I would like to clarify a few of the points in "City Slackers" (July 5). The DA's office has diligently pursued every ethics complaint brought through our doors. Specifically, Supervisor Terence Hallinan's complaint was rejected based upon the…
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Candidate Promises Citizen Mayor Delivers?

Candidate Frank Jordan responded to a 1991 questionnaire on downtown business concerns thusly: "To encourage job growth, should San Francisco grant a payroll tax exemption for one to three years for new jobs created?" He answered, "Yes." As mayor, Jordan…
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