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News, The Snitch CA Lawmaker Says Human Trafficking is a Good Reason to Make Your Smartphone Less Secure

CA Lawmaker Says Human Trafficking is a Good Reason to Make Your Smartphone Less Secure

January is Human Trafficking Awareness month, and here in San Francisco, state and local agencies have been busy hosting press conferences, summits, and training sessions for staff in the hospitality industry. Yesterday, at an event in the Tenderloin, the…
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News, The Snitch California Passed A Lot of New Laws This Year. Here Are the Ones You Should Know.

California Passed A Lot of New Laws This Year. Here Are the Ones You Should Know.

It was a busy year for California’s legislature, which signed 807 bills into law in 2015. Some were almost laughably niche (Spanish moss was designated the state’s official lichen), while others were game changers (doctors can now prescribe lethal doses…
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News, The Snitch David Chiu Wants to Hear Your Ideas for New Laws

David Chiu Wants to Hear Your Ideas for New Laws

Ever wanted the glory of being a politician without any of the bullshit? If you live in California’s 17th Assembly District (which includes San Francisco), you’ll soon have your chance. Assemblyman David Chiu, who represents the district, today launched…
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News, The Snitch Dying for Abalone: Why a California Delicacy Has Become Lethal

Dying for Abalone: Why a California Delicacy Has Become Lethal

A 56-year-old San Francisco man (still unidentified until the family is contacted) drowned while diving for abalone near Mendocino on Sunday, according to Santa Rosa’s Press Democrat. It’s the eighth abalone death of the Northern California season, which is…
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News, The Snitch Urban Shield's "Top Seller" is a T-Shirt Riffing on #BlackLivesMatter

Urban Shield's "Top Seller" is a T-Shirt Riffing on #BlackLivesMatter

After years of protest over the annual Urban Shield conference at the Oakland Marriott, this year's event has been moved to the Alameda County fairgrounds in Pleasanton. Urban Shield is a trade show and training exercise for law enforcement…
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News, The Snitch California Supreme Court Will Rule On Affordable Housing Requirements Today

California Supreme Court Will Rule On Affordable Housing Requirements Today

Update: The California Supreme Court has ruled in favor of allowing cities to retain broad authority in establishing affordable housing mandates.  The California Supreme Court will rule today in a case about affordable housing requirements that could affect nearly…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Public Nudity: It's Different in New York City (Sort of)

Public Nudity: It's Different in New York City (Sort of)

Being naked in public is a crime, right? Well, not always (unless you're in Berkeley). Which is to say, sometimes it can be a crime (if you're in San Francisco), but you probably won't get arrested. Then again, sometimes it…
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Dining, SFoodie S.F. Restaurants Are Not Required to Serve Free Tap Water

S.F. Restaurants Are Not Required to Serve Free Tap Water

This week at SFoodie we were wondering whether restaurants are required, by law, to serve tap water for free. It's a simple enough question, but it took a surprising amount of digging to figure out the answer. The Internet provided…
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News, The Snitch SF Gets Tough On Smoking In Parks: It's The Quality Of Life Crimes, Not The Quantity

SF Gets Tough On Smoking In Parks: It's The Quality Of Life Crimes, Not The Quantity

So it finally happened: the city issued its first $100 fine for smoking in a park, more than two years after the law was introduced. The lucky winner was some dude at Portsmouth Square in Chinatown, a park that…
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