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News, The Snitch Don Fisher: Union Buster, Egomaniac, Rube, In His Own Words

Don Fisher: Union Buster, Egomaniac, Rube, In His Own Words

Published memorials for the death of Gap, Inc. founder Don Fisher have described a pioneering entrepreneur, major philanthropist, civic leader, major political donor and major art collector. But few captured the hatred many locals felt for this man, who dedicated…
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News, The Snitch Ideal Location Found For Itinerant Fisher Collection -- At Its Current Gap, Inc. Site

Ideal Location Found For Itinerant Fisher Collection -- At Its Current Gap, Inc. Site

Kudos to the Chronicle's John King for today's scoop on Donald Fisher's decision to abandon his contentious plan to house his modern art collection at the Presidio National Park. "Doris and I will take some time to consider the future…
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SF Weekly Letters

"Punk" Rocks Musician gives sound advice: I very much enjoyed last week's cover story, and was so pleased to see an iconic family get some well-deserved coverage . As you well know, Henry Rosenthal is a creative…
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News, Matt Smith

Fall Into the Cash

Don Fisher, the iconic founder of the Gap stores, is known for the messes he and his sons step into. A few years ago, he invited a boycott of his company by bringing his sons into the side business of…
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News, The Snitch The GAP Museum: Lament for a Bowling Alley

The GAP Museum: Lament for a Bowling Alley

Today marks the anniversary of Juan Bautista de Anza's "discovery" of the Presidio. The former army headquarters have gone through several changes and is due for a few more. If you are unlucky enough to belong to one of…
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News, Sucka Free City Termed-out Supervisor Gerardo Sandoval running for judge?

Termed-out Supervisor Gerardo Sandoval running for judge?

During the holiday season, it didn't go unnoticed that termed-out District 11 Supervisor Gerardo Sandoval was making the rounds at parties all over town. To paraphrase one City Hall wag, no politician goes to that many events unless he's running…
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News, Matt Smith

Portrait of a Capitalist

For a version of San Francisco history from the perspective of the masses, visit the Rincon Annex at Mission and Spear streets. The cartoonish yet unsettlingly realistic murals Anton Refregier painted there as a Works Progress Administration commission in 1940…
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Parking, transit advocates reach compromise; both support diluted parking measure for Feb. 2008 ballot

Backers of a November local ballot initiative to build more downtown parking garages have reached a compromise with transit advocates, who believed the new garages would generate more automobile traffic, and that the additional cars would clog bus lanes. Under…
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Matt Smith's Graphic Novel, Aparkalyspe Now -- Dig It

Here's the column: Profits for Developers Initiative -- Take a closer look at this truly awful measure funded by Don Fisher before signing on And here's the Graphic Novel: Aparkalypse Now II -- The So-Called "Parking For Neighborhoods Initiative" Is…
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Falling for the Gap

If you walk from the foot of Market Street south along the Embarcadero, you become part of one of the views that keep bringing the tourists back to San Francisco. To your left is the blue of the bay and,…
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