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Chris Roberts has spent most of his adult life working in San Francisco news media, which is to say he's still a teenager in Middle American years. He has covered marijuana, drug policy, and politics for SF Weekly since 2009.
News, Feature The Great Eliminator: How Ronald Reagan Made Homelessness Permanent

The Great Eliminator: How Ronald Reagan Made Homelessness Permanent

At Christmastime 1982, fed-up religious leaders called a press conference. The Rev. Paul Moore, New York City's Episcopal bishop, was furious. Standing next to Methodist and Catholic bishops, a rabbi and a Muslim, Moore laid into the source of his…
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News, Sucka Free City The Real Reason S.F. Wants To Ban Tent Encampments

The Real Reason S.F. Wants To Ban Tent Encampments

Camping is illegal on San Francisco's streets and sidewalks, but that didn't stop the space under the Highway 101 overpass at 13th Street from becoming a de-facto campground for homeless people seeking shelter from El Niño this past winter. A…
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News, Chem Tales Big Money and Bigger Risks

Big Money and Bigger Risks

Mendocino County is back in the marijuana business. Not that its citizens ever stopped growing, and not that the Emerald Triangle's cash-rich economy found another cash crop. But after a few years' hiatus, Mendocino is again using cannabis as a…
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News, Sucka Free City SFPD Hangs Onto The Sleeperhold

SFPD Hangs Onto The Sleeperhold

It's the 21st century and the age of innovation, yet the bag of tricks San Francisco police have to deploy on wrongdoers is fairly old school — and it's shrinking. SFPD's use-of-force policies have been under scrutiny since the Dec.…
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News, The Snitch Big Day For Airbnb: Sues City, Seeks Funding at $30 Billion

Big Day For Airbnb: Sues City, Seeks Funding at $30 Billion

Airbnb is all growed up. The San Francisco-based company — which was a literal air mattress in its co-founders' apartment just a few years ago — is now an international juggernaut offering hotel alternatives in 200 countries (where in…
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News, The Snitch VIDEO: Pride Trashes Dolores Park Into Submission, Evokes Dystopian Metaphors

VIDEO: Pride Trashes Dolores Park Into Submission, Evokes Dystopian Metaphors

The above is video footage captured in Dolores Park this morning, in the not-too-distant, post-Pride present, in a reality where humans have abdicated their responsibilities and where trash is the dominant life form. Instead of green space, there is…
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News, The Snitch Police Presence Leads Social Justice Groups to Exit Social Justice-Themed Pride

Police Presence Leads Social Justice Groups to Exit Social Justice-Themed Pride

Pride weekend is here, and it's secure: Metal detectors will greet visitors to Pride's main stages at Civic Center on Sunday and all festivities will include a heightened police presence, measures taken following the June 12 slaughter of 49…
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News, The Snitch S.F. Cop Union Supported Death Penalty Measure, Even Before There Was a Measure

S.F. Cop Union Supported Death Penalty Measure, Even Before There Was a Measure

California's various police officers don't necessarily love one another — L.A. cops look down at SFPD as a loose outfit, whereas SFPD scoffs at LAPD as a band of paramilitary, Hollywood-wannabe showboats — but they can agree on one…
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News, The Snitch "Sleeper Hold," Cops Shooting At Cars Central To Dispute Over S.F. Police Use of Force Policy

"Sleeper Hold," Cops Shooting At Cars Central To Dispute Over S.F. Police Use of Force Policy

Nationally, San Francisco police have a reputation as lovable, fuzzy pussycats. That's according to the San Francisco Police Officers Association, the city's police union, who have traditionally resisted most any change to the way they do business out on…
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News, Sucka Free City S.F. Jail's Trans Inmate Problem

S.F. Jail's Trans Inmate Problem

Last September, former Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi announced a novel innovation for San Francisco County Jail: Incarcerated transgender women would be housed with women, rather than housed alone. While there are never more than a handful of trans people in jail…
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Cops Endorse the Death Penalty

Police don't want to kill anybody. Cops will tell you this. Fatally shooting somebody takes the officer off the street, away from his or her usual job, and into a ream of paperwork and lengthy interviews. Simply put, it's too…
News, Feature Stepping Out: "Freedom" For California's Famous Trans Inmate

Stepping Out: "Freedom" For California's Famous Trans Inmate

Tall and lean in a waist-length buttoned sweater, Michelle-Lael Norsworthy takes large steps in her thigh-high booted feet. But as the sun cracks through the morning fog at the Palace of Fine Arts, she breaks her stride — straight and…
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News, Chem Tales Why Inspect When You Can Raid?

Why Inspect When You Can Raid?

Last Wednesday in Sonoma County, officials responded to a report of workplace safety violations with armed law enforcement officers in Kevlar and camouflage. Until that day, a major cannabis company called CBD Guild had been producing cannabis oil cartridges, cannabis…
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News, The Snitch City That Spends Millions Criminalizing Homeless Might Criminalize More Homeless

City That Spends Millions Criminalizing Homeless Might Criminalize More Homeless

Look: San Francisco is rich. It may not necessary feel that way while walking down any number of potholed streets strewn with detritus (and that's a nice euphemism), but S.F. is filthy loaded. We have $9.6 billion in the…
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News, The Snitch Report: Bay Area Restaurants Have Worst Racial Income Gap In Country

Report: Bay Area Restaurants Have Worst Racial Income Gap In Country

Beset on all sides by rampant inequality and unaffordability, well-off Bay Area residents can't even escape to a nice restaurant for an escapist meal to forget about it all — because, chances are, the inequality is even worse there.  The Bay…
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News, The Snitch FedEx Not A Drug Dealer After All: Feds Abruptly Drop Case Over Illegal Drug Shipments

FedEx Not A Drug Dealer After All: Feds Abruptly Drop Case Over Illegal Drug Shipments

Is the U.S. Justice Department running out of things to do? In 2014, the federal government secured a grand jury indictment of FedEx, on allegations that the delivery giant was in fact a giant drug dealer. The feds claimed…
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News, The Snitch Snitchin: Ex-Employee Sparked Massive, Empty-Handed Raid of Sonoma Cannabis Company

Snitchin: Ex-Employee Sparked Massive, Empty-Handed Raid of Sonoma Cannabis Company

Last week's police raid on a major California cannabis company in Sonoma County came after a disgruntled former employee, who is attempting to form his own competing company, called the authorities on his old employer, an attorney said Friday.…
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News, The Snitch Report: Homeless Man Killed By SFPD Was On Ground, Shot In Head

Report: Homeless Man Killed By SFPD Was On Ground, Shot In Head

Luis Gongora, the 45-year old homeless man shot and killed by San Francisco police on April 7, was prone on the ground when he was fatally shot in the head, according to results of a private autopsy released Friday. Gongora…
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News, The Snitch Ayesha Curry Was Right: Her Father Looks Nothing Like This Con Artist

Ayesha Curry Was Right: Her Father Looks Nothing Like This Con Artist

It was a rough night all around for the Golden State Warriors and most human beings associated with the NBA's winningest team. Shoved around, swatted aside, and in every way beaten by LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game…
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News, The Snitch Scott Wiener's Camp Blames Jane Kim For George W. Bush

Scott Wiener's Camp Blames Jane Kim For George W. Bush

It continues to be testy between Supervisors Scott Wiener and Jane Kim, the San Francisco City Hall co-workers competing for a job in the state Senate. Having raised twice as much money, Wiener was supposedly the big favorite in…
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