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News, Sucka Free City Going Native: A Plant Lovers' War Turns Political

Going Native: A Plant Lovers' War Turns Political

A three-minute YouTube video by the local nonprofit group San Francisco Forest Alliance shows how easily an internecine debate between environmentalists can devolve into political mudslinging. "NAP's Nativist Agenda is Taking Our Parks," reads the video's first subtitle, imposed over…
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News, Bad Seed: City Residents Fight Over a Botanical Miracle

Bad Seed: City Residents Fight Over a Botanical Miracle

To San Francisco biologist Daniel Gluesenkamp, finding a rare species of manzanita on Doyle Drive — the site of a major Caltrans construction project in the Presidio — was like discovering an exotic orchid, or the tallest redwood tree. Manzanita…
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News, The Snitch Forget Weed -- San Franciscans Complain of Plant Thefts

Forget Weed -- San Franciscans Complain of Plant Thefts

Are succulents a gateway plant? ​ Let's be honest. We all know what the No. 1 cash crop is in the Sunset. The specter of valuable marijuana plants being stolen by well-armed entrepreneurs -- or defended by equally well-armed businessmen…
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News, The Snitch Dean of San Francisco Gardeners: You Call This a Drought? I'll Show You a Drought!

Dean of San Francisco Gardeners: You Call This a Drought? I'll Show You a Drought!

One of the joys of speaking with folks whose institutional memories stretch back to the days when the Canaanites roamed the earth is being told -- repeatedly --  how much tougher things were back then. Conversely, it's truly horrifying when…
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News, The Snitch Who Would Possibly Complain About San Francisco's Lovely Weather? Our Plants -- If They Could

Who Would Possibly Complain About San Francisco's Lovely Weather? Our Plants -- If They Could

"If trees could scream, would we be so cavalier about cutting them down? We might, if they screamed all the time, for no good reason." -- Jack HandeyNo, Virginia, plants cannot talk. But, if they could, San Francisco's would ape…
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News, Matt Smith The Nature of Politics

The Nature of Politics

Retired Golden Gate Park gardener Jake Sigg parks his decades-old Volkswagen Beetle at the end of a cul-de-sac halfway up Mount Davidson, steps slowly onto the street, and gives me a friendly, if halting, handshake. Sigg is a loquacious man…
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