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News, The Snitch Lawsuit: PG&E Brass Ordered Documents Destroyed After San Bruno

Lawsuit: PG&E Brass Ordered Documents Destroyed After San Bruno

Officials with Pacific Gas and Electric Company — whose gas main blew up in San Bruno in September 2010, killing eight people and destroying a neighborhood — ordered documents destroyed after the explosion, according to a claim made in a lawsuit.…
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News, Sucka Free City Free Bird: One Need Not Be Houdini to Bust Out of a San Francisco Jail

Free Bird: One Need Not Be Houdini to Bust Out of a San Francisco Jail

The problem with foolproof plans is that fools are so ingenious. But Timothy Midgett's plan for escaping county jail at 850 Bryant St. earlier this month was, indeed, foolproof. While taking out the trash, Midgett ran out the open door.…
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News, The Snatch

The Snatch: Always Carrying at Least Two Forms of ID

But did he go to fake jail? A desperate Muni rider was arrested last week after he got busted not just evading his bus fare, but impersonating an officer so that he could evade his bus fare. Two cops inspecting…
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News, The Snitch Contractor Says He's Really Sorry for Busting San Bruno Gas Line Yesterday

Contractor Says He's Really Sorry for Busting San Bruno Gas Line Yesterday

The contractor responsible for nicking the PG&E gas line yesterday in San Bruno sent his apologizes to the city and residents who were evacuated during the  gas leak and vowed to implement better safety measures.Workers for San Francisco-based Shaw Pipeline…
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News, The Snitch PG&E Tries to Explain Vague "Lost Its Way" Comment

PG&E Tries to Explain Vague "Lost Its Way" Comment

PG&E, the company that evokes nightmarish images of Satan's lair for many San Franciscans after sparking the fire that killed eight and burned 38 homes, recently launched a $10 million multimedia advertising campaign to subtly quell the storm of Bay…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Genealogy Research Just Got a Whole Lot Easier -- and Closer

Genealogy Research Just Got a Whole Lot Easier -- and Closer

Cultural institutions in San Francisco continually search for new acquisitions. Alexis Coe brings you the most important, often wondrous, sometimes bizarre, and occasionally downright vexing finds each week. 43,000 new case files now call the National Archives in San…
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News, Sucka Free City Pants Down: Prisoners Work Unpaid Wearing Sweatshop-Made Garb

Pants Down: Prisoners Work Unpaid Wearing Sweatshop-Made Garb

Earlier this month, the Examiner revealed that the city outfitted its prisoners in jail pants manufactured in a Dominican plant purportedly guilty of a bevy of sweatshop violations. In running afoul of the Sweatfree Contracting Ordinance, the city has been…
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News, The Snitch Peninsula Humane Society Offers $5,000 Reward in "Horrific" Dog Cruelty Case

Peninsula Humane Society Offers $5,000 Reward in "Horrific" Dog Cruelty Case

So many things disturb us here at the Snitch -- Newt's kinky marital desires, the Guardian's off-putting blogs, and the fact that our sheriff spent time in his own jail. But nothing, nothing, upsets us more than a story about…
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News, The Snitch Ed Lee's Praise of PG&E Draws Fire

Ed Lee's Praise of PG&E Draws Fire

Mayor Ed Lee's kind words for PG&E -- a company whose name conjures up horrific images of fire -- are drawing some fire of their own. Fellow mayoral candidates Dennis Herrera and John Avalos this morning issued press releases blasting…
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News, The Snitch Aleen Lam and Virginia Chan Pon, "Marijuana Grannies," Busted for Allegedly Growing Pot

Aleen Lam and Virginia Chan Pon, "Marijuana Grannies," Busted for Allegedly Growing Pot

So this is what some baby boomers are doing to make money after losing all their retirement in the recession: growing pot. Two "grannies" are in jail today after reportedly being busted growing hundreds of pot plants inside their San…
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News, The Snitch Feinstein and Boxer Crack Down on Pipeline Safey After San Bruno Blast

Feinstein and Boxer Crack Down on Pipeline Safey After San Bruno Blast

It's kind of hard to imagine that any agency could be more disorganized than San Francisco's Housing Authority which can't keep its records straight long enough to collect a month's worth of rent. But it appears that Pacific Gas and…
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News, The Snitch Jackie Speier Blasts PG&E for Sloppy Record-Keeping

Jackie Speier Blasts PG&E for Sloppy Record-Keeping

Congresswoman Jackie Speier tells the Chronicle this morning that she is "appalled" by the fact that Pacific Gas and Electric Co. leaders "don't know what's underground." This became transparent after the company admitted it can't find important documents on many…
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Video: In Wake of San Bruno Inferno, PG&E's Handling of Castro Gas Leak Angers Merchants

This week's Matt Smith column describes how PG&E's mishandling of a relatively minor gas leak left Castro merchants on edge weeks later. The leak started as a loud hiss in the early afternoon of Oct. 21, just outside Cliff's Variety…
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News, Matt Smith Castro merchants say PG&E mishandled gas leak

Castro merchants say PG&E mishandled gas leak

In the early afternoon of Thursday, Oct. 21, Cliff's Variety manager Terry Asten noticed construction workers sprinting away from the front of her Castro District store screaming "Run!" Next, "I heard a loud whooshing," Asten says. "It was so loud…
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Culture, Stagecap

'Three Sisters: Final Cut': Theater Review

Let's begin with a caveat: A recent performance of Three Sisters: Final Cut coincided with the opening game of the World Series, leaving only three die-hard theatergoers in attendance. It's possible that the production suffered from a near-total absence of…
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List: What else does PG&E want you to pay for?

In the tragic wake of the gas line explosion in San Bruno, PG&E is supporting a new state regulation that would require its customers to pay for damages from any future explosions that aren't covered by its insurance. What other…
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News, The Snitch PG&E Will Reveal Pipeline Locations -- Sort Of

PG&E Will Reveal Pipeline Locations -- Sort Of

KTVT/KTXALook! There's one! ​In the wake of the San Bruno disaster, a number of environmental and First Amendment types have demanded PG&E disclose the routes of its riskiest gas pipes. The utility provider has declined, however, citing the risk that…
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News, The Snitch Schwarzenegger to Tour San Bruno Today

Schwarzenegger to Tour San Bruno Today

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, fresh from visiting the future Bay Bridge in China, will tour the disaster zone today in San Bruno. Alongside Sen. Leland Yee and Lieutenant Governor Abel Maldonado, the governor will "receive a briefing," walk through the…
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Culture, Artcap

David Marc Grant and Chadwick Heath Moore: "Plastastik"

During a recent walk along the Bay Trail, I was drawn in by a beach at San Bruno Point. Littering the high-tide line was the jetsam of a disposable culture. Everywhere you looked, there were plastic objects: flip-flops, pen caps,…
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Dining, Eat Queen's Louisiana Po-Boy Cafe brings the flavor and fun of N'awlins

Queen's Louisiana Po-Boy Cafe brings the flavor and fun of N'awlins

Finding honest-to-God Louisiana cooking in this town is as difficult as tracking down a proper deep-dish pizza, an outstanding haggis, or a really good goulash. The cuisine of New Orleans is as multilayered, evocative, and elusive as the Big Easy…
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