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News, The Snitch Mystery Solved: The Story Behind Fire Rig's "145=529" Decal

Mystery Solved: The Story Behind Fire Rig's "145=529" Decal

One tends not to notice all the ephemera pasted onto a fire truck. The noise overpowers questions about bumper stickers. And, in the event it's your house or car -- or you -- that's on fire, the sporting allegiances of…
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SF Weekly Letters

Where There's Smoke... Fighting fires shouldn't result in money going up in flames: Firefighters have gone from last decade's heroes to this decade's thieves — and the spokesman, Mr. O'Connor, seems to pride himself on being a pathological liar…
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Despite firefighters' scare tactics, city unlikely to burn to the ground because of proposed cuts

It was more than a century ago, but the horrors of the 1906 earthquake and fire aren't buried very deep in our collective subconscious. But those in need of a reminder need look no further than the home page of…
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News, Sucka Free City The Labor Lobby

The Labor Lobby

Last week an eye-catching ad appeared on the San Francisco Chronicle's home page; clicking on it led to the Web site www.saveourfirehouses.com. You won't find out who wants you to save our firehouses from budget-induced closures (by deluging members of…
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News, The Snitch Where's the Fire? Union's Chron Ad, Campaign Stir Accusations of Improper Lobbying.

Where's the Fire? Union's Chron Ad, Campaign Stir Accusations of Improper Lobbying.

Whether an orchestrated campaign to spur the general public to call or write their city councilmen is benevolent or nefarious depends upon the cause at hand. But to argue that such a campaign doesn't constitute "lobbying" is to take up…
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