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Culture, The Exhibitionist Seven Choice Bits From Sup. Aaron Peskin's Talk at the Tenderloin Museum

Seven Choice Bits From Sup. Aaron Peskin's Talk at the Tenderloin Museum

Newly elected Supervisor Aaron Peskin presented at the Tenderloin Museum's monthly guest speaker series last week. While not as heavily attended as Sup. Jane Kim's talk in April, the atmosphere was a bit less heated, as no one rose to…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Ten Tidbits from Jane Kim's Talk at the Tenderloin Museum

Ten Tidbits from Jane Kim's Talk at the Tenderloin Museum

At lunchtime on the first Monday of every month, The Tenderloin Museum hosts a guest speaker. Former Mayor Willie Brown led off the series in March, while yesterday, it was Sup. Jane Kim's turn. In the hour-long discussion (moderated…
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Calendar, Night&Day Activism 2.0

Activism 2.0

Randy Shaw wrote the book on progressive activism. Literally. His 2001 primer, The Activist's Handbook, was hailed as the ultimate guide for the city's liberals, misfits, and housing activists. It was released into a San Francisco with clear parallels…
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News, Sucka Free City The Apple of Beef: Big Business Is Welcome, but It Must Not Come with Fries

The Apple of Beef: Big Business Is Welcome, but It Must Not Come with Fries

Acolytes of an older, mom-and-pop-driven mid-Market retail corridor are railing against the latest business to colonize prime real estate at the Ninth Street intersection, using its vast cash reserves to curry favor with the landlord, override zoning controls, and displace…
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News, The Snitch Who Should Progressives Root for In World Cup?

Who Should Progressives Root for In World Cup?

Last week we wrote about how the U.S. World Cup team's thrilling, last-minute victory over Algeria wasn't due to any kind innately American traits hard-wired into players' DNA (as some in the sporting world and even on the team seemed…
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News, The Snitch Landlord Sues Blog, City-Funded Nonprofit That Runs Blog

Landlord Sues Blog, City-Funded Nonprofit That Runs Blog

BeyondChron.org -- the left-leaning online news source operated by Randy Shaw of the Tenderloin Housing Clinic -- was sued for defamation on Monday by a landlord who has a long-running legal history with Shaw and his tenant-friendly organization. Rita…
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News, The Snitch The Case For Barry Zito

The Case For Barry Zito

My old pal Randy Shaw at BeyondChron and your humble narrator will never be confused for blood brothers -- but we are both U.C. Berkeley alums and longtime San Francisco Giants supporters who have suffered mightily for our sporting allegiances.…
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News, The Snitch Is Payback a Bitch? How Angry is Gavin at Obama's 'Snub'?

Is Payback a Bitch? How Angry is Gavin at Obama's 'Snub'?

Mayor Gavin Christopher Newsom could be mistaken for many things, but not an aggressive homeless man. And yet, Chronicle columnist C.W. Nevius penned a piece on the mayor this morning. In it, Nevius quotes numerous sources — including Hizzoner…
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News, The Snitch Bring Out Your Dead: S.F.’s Swelled Voter Rolls Were Possibly Stuffed With Stiffs

Bring Out Your Dead: S.F.’s Swelled Voter Rolls Were Possibly Stuffed With Stiffs

Just how the hell did the city lose 43,000 registered voters in four years? By Joe Eskenazi We’ve all lost things: our keys, glasses, coins in the couch. But we’ve never lost 42,529 registered voters like the city of…
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News, Letters

Letters for the week of October 24-30, 2007

Hotel (Northern) California A lovely place: The front page cartoon for the "Vice Hotel" article is a cruel and bitter irony, for the cartoon appears to depict affluent dotcom refugees getting in touch with their bad selves by…
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News, Matt Smith The Vice Hotel

The Vice Hotel

The biceps of 53-year-old ex-boxing coach Emmett Marcel Oliver bulge to the size of cantaloupes as he demonstrates his punching technique against a locked fire escape door he says should be open. Bam! Oliver says he's a former drug dealer,…
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News, Matt Smith

The Place That Time Forgot

Time doesn't move steadily. Sometimes, in some places, it clambers along vigorously through acres of portentous events. Elsewhere it coasts for miles past flat, empty expanses that disappear from memory. Consider the life of retired locksmith Noel Gasaway, age 67.…
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News, Bay View

Mission's End

Victor Miller, the local publisher and neighborhood advocate who was best known for "comforting the afflicted and afflicting the comfortable" as the founder and editor of the New Mission News, died last Wednesday of what is believed to be a…
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News, Matt Smith No Parking Zone

No Parking Zone

For years, denizens of the academic world -- planners, architects, and ecologists; physicians, engineers, and sociologists -- have disparaged urban parking garages. Every added parking space draws dozens of additional car-trips into pedestrian-friendly urban centers, these experts have said in…
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News, Letters

Letters to the Editor

I Jerk My Knee All on My Own, Thank You Very MuchIf Matt Smith really believes that the free market will solve the problems of displacement and gentrification in San Francisco ("In a Galaxy Far Too Close to Home," June…
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News, Feature

Merchant of Redemption

The stubble covering his pate and chin is indistinguishable from the soot. He is a fixture on San Francisco's seedier streets, about 30 years old, apparently deranged, a condition exaggerated or perhaps caused by extreme drug abuse. Let's call…
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News, Letters

Letters

Battle Stations In Ellen McGarrahan's profile of AIDS activist Michael Petrelis ("Petrelis the Pest," Bay View, April 10), she describes how his fits, fomentation, and agitation about AIDS issues have earned him the respect and enmity of AIDS researchers and…
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News, Letters

Letters

All Fired Up Federal Court Special Master James Jefferson's quote ("The Fire Next Time," April 3) is off the wall and way foul. Rest assured that we as firefighters do not plant articles in newspapers. What we do with our…
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News, Feature

Randy Shaw's Power Plays

It's a scene out of an activist's handbook. Upstairs at the Tenderloin Housing Clinic (THC), early afternoon. A meeting of the ombudspersons -- tenants of SRO hotels who are paid $115 a month to monitor hotel conditions for the THC.…
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Dog Bites

Life and Limb The city's trees, like so many holiday noshers, might need New Year's resolutions to buff up. Dozens of the 1,000 or more trees that snapped and buckled in the recent windstorms, Recreation and Park officials say, got…
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