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News, Sucka Free City A Bridge to No-Name: A Lawsuit Challenging the Willie L. Brown Bridge Resolution May Be Pointless

A Bridge to No-Name: A Lawsuit Challenging the Willie L. Brown Bridge Resolution May Be Pointless

Former state Assemblyman and San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown is known as a master of navigating around rules. His new namesake, the 77-year-old western span of the Bay Bridge, will be a definitive symbol of that talent. Recently, California legislators…
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The Excess Express: Muni Spends Money to Get Ready for a Train That may Never Arrive

Now is the summer of our discontent for California's High-Speed Rail plan, the state's very big engine that couldn't. Last month, a Sacramento County judge dealt the beleaguered project a potentially fatal blow, ruling it violated the voter-enshrined terms of…
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News, The Snitch Central Subway Critics: Costly Boondoggle Can Still Be Stopped

Central Subway Critics: Costly Boondoggle Can Still Be Stopped

For some reason we'll never know, ardent foes of the Central Subway chose, today, to hold a press conference in a children's playground. Attendees sat on slides and sidestepped miniature tricycles. But there was no playing around. And the Central…
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News, The Snitch Ross Mirkarimi Adds Shepard Kopp to Legal Team

Ross Mirkarimi Adds Shepard Kopp to Legal Team

Not long ago, Judge Quentin Kopp told SF Weekly he felt Sheriff-in-Limbo Ross Mirkarimi would prevail in court based on legal precedent. Like father, like son -- it turns out Mirkarimi today added Shepard "Shep" Kopp alongside David Waggoner to…
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Moral Mirkitude: Nixing the Sheriff's Pension Would Be a Feat

After working with Willie Brown and Gavin Newsom, Mayor Ed Lee should know moral turpitude when he sees it. The same goes for "official misconduct," which Lee claims Ross Mirkarimi has committed, justifying the canning of the sheriff-in-limbo. Now, word…
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News, Matt Smith Supes Want to Rescind Law that Bans Competition in SF Trash Collection

Supes Want to Rescind Law that Bans Competition in SF Trash Collection

Does Recology have a right to pick up San Francisco's trash forever? Supervisors Ross Mirkarimi and David Campos don't think so. They plan to put a measure before voters in November rescinding a 1932 law that prevents the city from…
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News, The Snitch Accused Coke Thief Lab Tech Has Colleagues in High Places

Accused Coke Thief Lab Tech Has Colleagues in High Places

The allegations tumbling out of the city's much-maligned crime lab seem to be ripped straight from Law & Order. Veteran lab tech Deborah Madden is accused of purloining the cocaine she was supposed to be testing, resulting in a swath…
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Lawyer for tiger mauling victim has own legal problems

Amritpal "Paul" Dhaliwal, who survived the Christmas Day tiger mauling at the San Francisco Zoo along with his brother, has been in the news lately because of a few uncomfortable run-ins with the law. As it turns out, one of…
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The Grid

U.S. Sen. Richard Shelby (R-Alabama) The Capitol Washington, D.C. Dear Sen. Shelby: As chairman for the Senate subcommittee responsible for doling out federal tax dollars for commuter train projects, you have some big decisions to make. One involves the rail…
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Steal Now, Don't Pay Later

In August 1990, Daniel W. Smith was convicted of grand theft in Alameda County and sentenced to five years probation, the statutory maximum. Part of that sentence included an order that he pay restitution to his victims. But two of…
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Lawless Limos

Just past last call on Saturday night, three women in short black dresses vie for a cab at the neon corner of Columbus and Broadway. When the light changes, 25 feet of limousine creeps into the bus zone, and the…
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