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News, Hi Haters, We See You.

Hi Haters, We See You.

San Francisco has long been a sanctuary for outsiders. Hippies, hobos, queers, and kinksters of all colors have called it home, and it is tempting to believe that hateful extremists could never gain a foothold here. Yet they already have.…
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News, Why 30 North Korean Defectors Were in San Francisco

Why 30 North Korean Defectors Were in San Francisco

On the evening of July 20, about 200 people packed inside Full Gospel San Francisco English Ministry church in the Western Addition to hear 30 North Korean defectors share what a press release promised would be "stories of persecution, death,…
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News, Dump Dianne: Revisiting the 1983 Mayoral Recall

Dump Dianne: Revisiting the 1983 Mayoral Recall

Recall elections are serious business. Beyond being a bully tactic brandished by opponents, they are costly and time-consuming without any guarantee of success. And despite many mayors at least hearing recall whispers during their tenures, it's rare to actually qualify…
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Tale from the Crypt: A Walk Through the Morgue

In the early hours of Saturday, May 21, staff at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital began the process of moving more than 150 patients into its newest facility — a state-of-the-art building recently constructed in the heart of the campus.…
News, Rescuing 911

Rescuing 911

During two recent mass shootings in the U.S., some people caught up in the mayhem took to their cellphones to reach out for help — not through calls but instead through text messages. They did not do this out of…
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News, Can Toney Chaplin Change the Culture of SF Police?

Can Toney Chaplin Change the Culture of SF Police?

On a weeknight in early March, the safest place in San Francisco was the United Irish Cultural Center, a country barn of a banquet hall (with requisite subterranean bar) out by the zoo in the windswept Outer Sunset. There, on…
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News, Cops Blame Gangs for S.F.'s Property Crime Wave

Cops Blame Gangs for S.F.'s Property Crime Wave

In January, San Francisco police Capt. Joseph McFadden — commanding officer of Ingleside Station, which polices the Excelsior, Ingleside and the Outer Mission — sent his superiors at SFPD command staff a special request. In an official operations order, the…
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News, The Last Ride of the Jitney

The Last Ride of the Jitney

After 44 years of regular service, San Francisco's last jitney has sat idly on a SoMa street corner for weeks. Every day since the Nixon Administration, Jess Losa drove from the Caltrain station on Fourth Street to downtown in the…
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News, The "Other" Black and Brown Crisis

The "Other" Black and Brown Crisis

On a sunny morning in early February, Jessie Tello sat in his wheelchair in the front room of his modest home on Newcomb Avenue in the Bayview District, located within sight — but today, thanks to a favorable breeze, not…
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News, The Tent City the Super Bowl Created

The Tent City the Super Bowl Created

Imagine you're having a party. Your friends are there, and your co-workers, and your boss. You're all chummy, but there's tension in the air — you're eager to impress, after all. When the doorbell rings, you realize you've left out…
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News, After the Mario Woods Shooting, Chief Greg Suhr Pledges to Reform the SFPD

After the Mario Woods Shooting, Chief Greg Suhr Pledges to Reform the SFPD

San Francisco police havetrouble with racial bias. Police need to better handle encounters with the mentally-ill and with suspects armed only with knives — and above all, the police need to never have another encounter like the Dec. 2 shooting…
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News, Fillmore Tenants go on Strike to Protest Rising Rents

Fillmore Tenants go on Strike to Protest Rising Rents

The Midtown Park Apartments, a block of unremarkable buildings in the Fillmore District, were built in 1964 atop land cleared during San Francisco's "Urban Renewal" projects. Transformations of Edwardian and Victorian neighborhoods into concrete blocks were hailed by anti-"blight" groups.…
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News, Public Assistance, for a Mission Condo Project

Public Assistance, for a Mission Condo Project

At night, the heart of the "Mission Miracle Mile" between 21st and 22nd streets is awash in green light. The marquee of the New Mission Theater, rechristened as a location of national brew-and-movie chain Alamo Drafthouse, which reopened on Dec.…
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News, The Many Scandals of Police Chief Greg Suhr

The Many Scandals of Police Chief Greg Suhr

The amount of shit that has rolled off San Francisco Police Chief Greg Suhr's back would have buried many a less well-connected and less politically savvy top cop long ago. Suhr's tenure as a police leader has been as scandal-ridden…
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News, SF's Short-Lived Experiment with Gang Injunctions has Permanent Consequences

SF's Short-Lived Experiment with Gang Injunctions has Permanent Consequences

In the Section 8-subsidized housing on Oakdale Avenue in the heart of Hunters Point, a stone's throw from the Grace Tabernacle Church, there's a wall. On the wall, in green graffiti-style paint, are the words, "HAPPY BIRTHDAY CHEAP CHARLIE." Below,…
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News, After the Police Killing of Mario Woods, SF is "That Kind of Town"

After the Police Killing of Mario Woods, SF is "That Kind of Town"

In the video, the man shuffles and lurches uncertainly against a nondescript garage door. Bystanders scream. A group of police officers — at least ten — surround the man, weapons raised, in an arrangement that at least one elected official…
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News, Trans Suicide Hotline Founder Heeds the Call

Trans Suicide Hotline Founder Heeds the Call

It is uncommon for someone to wake up for work each morning and immediately set about looking for ways to terminate her own employment. But that is exactly what Greta Gustava Martela does — every day — passionately. Martela, 46,…
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News, The Dangers of "Downloading While Asian"

The Dangers of "Downloading While Asian"

In the early morning of May 21, Xiaoxing Xi, his wife, and their two daughters were awakened when a dozen FBI agents stormed their house in Penn Valley, Pa., a suburb 10 miles north of Philadelphia. The agents, dressed in…
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News, Cryotherapy is Coming to SF. Does it Really Work?

Cryotherapy is Coming to SF. Does it Really Work?

In the future, everyone will freeze for three minutes. And pay good money for the pleasure. That, anyway, is the ambition of Glacé Cryotherapy, a Carmel-based company that's marketing itself as America's premiere retailer of boutique cryotherapy. Cryotherapy, in which…
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News, As Crime Goes Up And Arrests Down, Police Blame the DA

As Crime Goes Up And Arrests Down, Police Blame the DA

San Francisco police are the best-paid cops in California. An entry-level officer in San Francisco earns a minimum of $6,782 a month — $1,100 more than the statewide average and $1,500 more than a rookie cop in L.A. (though San…
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