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News, Chem Tales Shady On Ocean: The City's Diciest Pot Club Operator Is Back

Shady On Ocean: The City's Diciest Pot Club Operator Is Back

It's not easy to get a license to sell weed in this town. It takes a lot of time, even more money, and a big dab of luck. The wrong neighbors or the wrong city bureaucrat on the wrong day…
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News, Chem Tales Profiles in Boredom: Pot-Based Crimes are Generally Not Very Crimey

Profiles in Boredom: Pot-Based Crimes are Generally Not Very Crimey

Cops Investigate Weed Brownie The boys at the San Francisco Police Department crime lab had a tough cookie to deal with last year: a medical marijuana-infused edible that came complete with something a little extra, according to a citizen complaint.…
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News, Sucka Free City A Condom in Every Wallet: S.F. DPH Seeks Mass Sex Appeal

A Condom in Every Wallet: S.F. DPH Seeks Mass Sex Appeal

A city, like any living thing, has some weird urges. It's got a dominance streak a mile wide and sits there huge and damp as the Marquis de Sade. Through the foreplay of contracts, it calls on others to attend…
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News, The Snitch Medical Marijuana Is Still Too Expensive

Medical Marijuana Is Still Too Expensive

Being poor is not so bad. Not in San Francisco at least, where in addition to free housing, city officials are now also handing out taxpayer-subsidized puppies to panhandlers. The disabled, terminally ill, or downright dirt-poor also "enjoy" an advantage…
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News, Sucka Free City Nothing's Free: S.F. DPH Cracks Down on Foraged Dinners

Nothing's Free: S.F. DPH Cracks Down on Foraged Dinners

Iso Rabins has always done a delicate tango around environmental and food regulations. Rabins pioneered the Bay Area's burgeoning wild-foods movement when he founded ForageSF in 2009, but city health inspectors, noting the potential hazards of eating products gathered in…
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Six unexpected things S.F. city employees receive bonuses for

FROM WORKING UNDERWATER to knowing how to operate word-processing software, there are lots of ways for public employees to make a special bonus — called a "premium payment" — for doing certain kinds of work in San Francisco. Here are…
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News, Matt Smith Suckers! The media want us to think there's a bedbug invasion.

Suckers! The media want us to think there's a bedbug invasion.

Armando Silva, an exterminator for Marina Pest Control, has seen a lot of nastiness during his years killing ants, fleas, cockroaches, and flies. But "this is the first bug I've seen that made someone cry in front of me," he…
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News, Sucka Free City <i>Arroz Con Caca </i>

Arroz Con Caca

A handwritten note posted in the window of La Rondalla Bar and Restaurant states the 50-year-old Mission establishment "will be closed temporarily for remodeling." It turns out that this dive known for its curiously strong margaritas, blinking lights, and live…
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News, Bay View Brain Storms

Brain Storms

Two years ago, Donna Mateer lost her grip on reality. She was living in a San Francisco board and care home, a private dwelling that provides limited care for small groups of the mentally disabled. Residents can come and go…
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City of Night

At night, the cars are like blood cells -- white headlights, red taillights, a glistening stream of motion and life. Steven isn't watching the traffic, though. He is telling a story. "This guy, he picked me up," Steven is saying.…
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