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News, Your Humble Narrator Developer Mel Murphy's House Tumbles, and a Metaphor for S.F. Arises

Developer Mel Murphy's House Tumbles, and a Metaphor for S.F. Arises

All too often, it feels like San Francisco just ain't that friendly of a town. Folks on your block, or even in your building, may not bother to say hello. Why would they? They don't know your name and you…
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News, Sucka Free City Checking Out: America's Cup Didn't Pack the Hotels Quite Like It Promised

Checking Out: America's Cup Didn't Pack the Hotels Quite Like It Promised

Like a maître d' overseeing a disastrous banquet, the organizers of the America's Cup kept promising that the next course would be better. The next course would justify the entire endeavor. The Cup is now complete, with only its economic…
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News, Sucka Free City Nothing Ventured: Gavin Newsom Didn't Exert Himself to Pay off America's Cup Costs

Nothing Ventured: Gavin Newsom Didn't Exert Himself to Pay off America's Cup Costs

It was pretty easy to tell who won or lost an America's Cup race. The boat crossing the finish line first won. The boat that didn't, didn't. Oracle Team USA managed to do the former eight consecutive times to win…
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News, A Tale of Two Billionaires: Contrasting Warren Hellman and Larry Ellison

A Tale of Two Billionaires: Contrasting Warren Hellman and Larry Ellison

With the notable exception of the movie Deliverance, the banjo has a benevolent place in American society. It's a happy instrument that makes a happy sound and, it would seem, is plucked by happy people. You don't hear so much…
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News, Sucka Free City Boat Drinks: Yet Another Toast to Excess!

Boat Drinks: Yet Another Toast to Excess!

Shortly after Team Oracle's victory last week, an ebullient Mayor Ed Lee issued press statements congratulating Larry Ellison for "the greatest comeback in America's Cup history." He also promised to fete the billionaire-backed team at City Hall, at a future…
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SF Weekly Letters October 9-15, 2013

Yacht IKEA Outfit your home with America's Cup furniture: This is laugh out loud funny. I had no idea about this; in the next few years I will need a new refrigerator ["Everything Must Go!" Joe Eskenazi, Sucka Free City,…
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News, Sucka Free City Everything Must Go!: Own a Piece of Civic Mismanagement

Everything Must Go!: Own a Piece of Civic Mismanagement

The America's Cup finally concluded last week. Its years of unmet promise and cynical exploitation of the city were temporarily obscured by a thrilling on-the-water conclusion and a historic comeback for Oracle Team USA. San Francisco, if only for a…
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SF Weekly Letters October 2-8, 2013

Riding Into the Wind Feature on America's Cup provides insight into San Francisco: I would like to thank writer Joe Eskenazi — and the SF Weekly — for publishing such an in-depth and interestingly (even amusingly) written piece on the…
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News, The Snitch Warriors Arena: 13 Percent Interest Rates Assailed as "Outrageous"

Warriors Arena: 13 Percent Interest Rates Assailed as "Outrageous"

Update: City responds to criticism. See below. For those without clear memories of the 1970s, the specter of double-digit interest rates on loans is something one would likely associate with a dead fish being left on your doorstep. There'll be…
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News, The Snitch Red Bull Flugtag Brings Out the Brave and the Brainy (Video)

Red Bull Flugtag Brings Out the Brave and the Brainy (Video)

If you missed the colorful human-powered flight show at McCovey Cove this weekend, no worries, we have this recap video of those daring folks who attempted to defy gravity.More than 100,000 people came out to watch the annual Red Bull…
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News, The Snitch America's Cup: Straddled by the Big Boats

America's Cup: Straddled by the Big Boats

Sailing club members taking a boat out this weekend to observe the America's Cup races while  being dive-bombed by the Fleet Week aircraft were handed a good-sized pamphlet. It could have been titled "How to Navigate the Armada of Drunken,…
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News, The Snitch Your Guide to the WeekEnd of the World

Your Guide to the WeekEnd of the World

The Transitpocalypse is upon us, and we have all prepared as much as we possibly can. Once the chaos descends, though, you'll want to have your resources all near at hand, whether they be food, apps, directions, mind-altering substances, or…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Don't Panic: We've Planned the Busiest Weekend Ever For You

Don't Panic: We've Planned the Busiest Weekend Ever For You

For a city that prides itself on being a cultural epicenter, we sure freak out when there's more than one big event happening in a weekend. The San Francisco Calendar Crisis of 2012 has reached such epic proportions that Mayor…
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News, The Snitch America's Cup: A Day at the Races

America's Cup: A Day at the Races

Sunday was about as glorious an afternoon as San Francisco ever hosted. The sun shone brightly and the weather was Northern California perfect. Beautiful people and their dogs were everywhere. That there was an America's Cup World Series race taking…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Video of the Day: We Hope to See Crashes Like This at America's Cup

Video of the Day: We Hope to See Crashes Like This at America's Cup

The America's Cup is here in San Francisco. Some are worried the city will be invaded by crowds. Others are excited for some high-class racing. Personally, we just want to see some gnarly crashes.…
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News, The Snitch America's Cup: "Team USA" Devoid of Americans

America's Cup: "Team USA" Devoid of Americans

Glancing out the window here at SF Weekly, we saw a graceful AC45 catamaran featuring a large tricolor on its sail was just towed toward today's race. Apparently, we are supposed to root against this French interloper into San Francisco's…
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News, The Snitch America's Cup: Will Crowds of Yachting Fanatics Invade San Francisco?

America's Cup: Will Crowds of Yachting Fanatics Invade San Francisco?

Lo, the America's Cup is upon us -- yet we have not been run off the road by a pack of folks resembling Thurston Howell III. Tourists are still cramming the F-Line and eating chowder out of bread bowls, as…
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News, The Snitch Fire Department Determines Cause for Pier 29 Blaze

Fire Department Determines Cause for Pier 29 Blaze

Firefighters say it was welding work that started the massive four-alarm fire that destroyed Pier 29 last month. Mindy Talmadge, spokeswoman for the Fire Department, said workers were welding a ladder to the outside of the building when sparks flew…
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News, The Snitch Pier 29 Fire: Officials Identify Two Possible Causes

Pier 29 Fire: Officials Identify Two Possible Causes

After digging through rubble and ash from the Pier 29 fire that broke out Wednesday afternoon, the San Francisco Fire Department says it has identified two potential causes that sparked the blaze: an electric malfunction, or a glitch in…
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News, The Snitch Pier 29 Fire Causes More Than $2 Million in Damages

Pier 29 Fire Causes More Than $2 Million in Damages

Firefighters still don't know what caused the four-alarm fire that ripped through the roof of Pier 29 yesterday afternoon, stopping traffic along the Embarcadero, and hypnotizing tourists near the Wharf. What they do know is that it caused more than…
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