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News, Sucka Free City Crime Doesn't Pay, Even for Shrimp Boy

Crime Doesn't Pay, Even for Shrimp Boy

Alicia Lo was hit with two blows last week. First, her boyfriend, Raymond "Shrimp Boy" Chow, was sentenced to life in prison for ordering the murder of a rival and for running an organized crime outfit out of a fraternal…
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News, Sucka Free City District 9 Candidates Split Over BART Plans

District 9 Candidates Split Over BART Plans

Latina community leader Gladys Soto thinks nobody cares about where she lives, in a Mission Street corridor that snakes south of Cesar Chavez Street but not quite in the Outer Mission. "I want a real solution for the neighborhood," Soto…
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News, Sucka Free City Smoking Weed Is Smartest Thing Aldon Smith Has Ever Done

Smoking Weed Is Smartest Thing Aldon Smith Has Ever Done

Aldon Smith has made some bad decisions. In 2015, the NFL suspended the current Raider and former 49er for a calendar year for violating the league's substance abuse policy. Smith has largely been an afterthought during that time, someone throwing…
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News, Sucka Free City The Furor Over Remembering Mario Woods

The Furor Over Remembering Mario Woods

In February, San Francisco's police union published a curious cartoon. Its illustrators drew a judge looking down at a lawyer swearing in the witness: a cellphone. "So you swear to show the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the…
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News, Sucka Free City Pokemon in the Age of Distraction

Pokemon in the Age of Distraction

Last week some strange things happened in San Francisco. Some were bad, like the appearance of legitimate recruitment fliers for the KKK. Others were worse, even if they did not directly involve white supremacists. Pokemon Go took over the town.…
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News, Sucka Free City Lowriders: From Low to Love

Lowriders: From Low to Love

Glittering. Gliding. Bouncing. Hundreds of lowriders with lowered chassis and jumping hydraulics drove through the Mission District on Sunday on their way to the second year of the "King of the Streets" competition. The contest's aim is simple: Measure which…
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News, Sucka Free City An Exorcism of Queerness

An Exorcism of Queerness

Like a construction stud supports a wall, The Stud bar has supported queer San Francisco for 50 years. But bad news hit the bar just days after the glittering club hosted its golden anniversary bash. A letter arrived informing bar…
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News, Sucka Free City Is Scott Wiener a Giraffe

Is Scott Wiener a Giraffe

The June election had no shortage of drama, from Bernie's last stand in the California primary to the emergence of progressive control of the usually obscure Democratic County Central Committee. But despite the flood of campaign fliers clogging mailboxes around…
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Jail Inmates in Crisis

With 35 to 40 percent of inmates needing treatment, the County Jail system is San Francisco's largest mental health facility. And while the inmate population has decreased by up to 8 percent annually since 2008 through alternatives to incarceration and…
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, 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, 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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News, Sucka Free City S.F. Giants Play Lowball Hardball

S.F. Giants Play Lowball Hardball

AT&T Park is one of the finest places in America to watch baseball. Sportswriters even in Los Angeles can't deny it, recently voting the San Francisco Giants' home ballpark the league's finest. But according to the Giants, AT&T Park is…
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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, Sucka Free City The Gun Lobby's Rainbow Coalition

The Gun Lobby's Rainbow Coalition

When Nicki Stallard moved to Fresno from San Jose, she brought her pistol with her. Not that Stallard, an out trans woman, was packing because she's worried about trans- or homophobia in the Central Valley — "I haven't had an…
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Money Can't Buy You Votes

A funny thing happened on the way to the ballot box last week. Ungodly, record-breaking sums of money were raised to buoy candidates for an obscure-yet-influential office — and on Election Day, that money promptly got its ass kicked. Ninety-five…
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News, Sucka Free City Fear of a Frisco Planet

Fear of a Frisco Planet

To strike fear into the heart of the Portlander, you need only utter two words: "San Francisco." The Bay Area and its marquee city are the model for everything that's gone wrong with urbanism in America today — lack of…
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News, Sucka Free City Closing Time For a Homeless Shelter

Closing Time For a Homeless Shelter

It's closing time for San Francisco's emergency homeless shelter at Pier 80, where many denizens of the former "Tent City" went when their shantytown was demolished following the Super Bowl. But city officials say the shelter is closing on a…
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News, Sucka Free City The End of Crab Season

The End of Crab Season

Even with the neurotoxin-shortened season, 2016 has been a good year to be a commercial crab fisherman. "It's better than it's ever been," says Fisherman's Wharf-based crabber John Mellor, who has been gathering Dungeness crab from the waters outside the…
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News, Sucka Free City Bloomberg Invests in S.F. Soda Tax

Bloomberg Invests in S.F. Soda Tax

If San Franciscans ever vote to tax soda and other sugary beverages, we will have Michael Bloomberg to thank. The billionaire media mogul and former New York City mayor gave $150,000 on April 15 to support a campaign dubbed "San…
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