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Make It Rain: The Lusty Lady's Ousted Money-Man Wants His Due

Scott Farrell's dalliance with the Lusty Lady strip club was a shotgun marriage that quickly went up in flames. He came on board four months ago at the behest of veteran stripper Prince$$, who wanted someone to handle accounting and…
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News, Feature Power Play: San Francisco's Plan for Clean, Local Energy Lacks One Detail: Everything.

Power Play: San Francisco's Plan for Clean, Local Energy Lacks One Detail: Everything.

A platoon of union workers in loud, matching outfits is nearly as regular a City Hall sight as bridal parties in loud, matching outfits. And, on a recent Monday, members of the Laborers' Local No. 261 gathered outside Room…
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News, Feature Body Politic: Scott Wiener Strips Down City Bureaucracy

Body Politic: Scott Wiener Strips Down City Bureaucracy

Photo illustration by Audrey Fukuman with photograph of Scott Wiener by Anna Latino The wall thermometer says it's barely 55 degrees inside the Glen Canyon Recreation Center. The assembled community members wear socks with their sandals. But then, they…
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CleanPowerSF: Coercion Allegations Taint PUC Vote

The Board of Supervisors' adoption last week of the long-planned CleanPowerSF program was a major milestone for those who've toiled to break San Francisco of its addiction to PG&E. Advocates of the pricey renewable energy program spoke of a new,…
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Prop. B: Tracking the Money Poured into the Coit Tower Battle

Even in an era when top hats and monocles have given way to blazers with jeans and loafers, it's still swell to be a swell. The trappings of wealth may change, but the access to it — that's a constant.…
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Calendar, Night&Day Hope and Despair

Hope and Despair

The impact of Kevin Epps’ 2003 documentary Straight Outta Hunters Point runs so deep in the neighborhood where it was filmed, kids who have never met the director have the title of his film tattooed on their arms and backs.…
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News, <i>Guardian</i> pick Leland Yee Also Wins Approval from PG&E

Guardian pick Leland Yee Also Wins Approval from PG&E

Throughout his long political career, state Sen. Leland Yee has demonstrated a remarkable ability to not only play both sides of an issue, but to find third and fourth sides — and elicit their financial support. Yet, in what could…
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List: Why We Should Believe that PG&E Won't Kill Us All

PG&E is reassuring state lawmakers that its new natural gas project really will be safe. Why should we believe them? • Because they haven't killed a customer in, like, months • They know where you live • PG&E hired Willie…
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Top San Francisco Headlines of 2010

What were the top San Francisco headlines of 2010? • Gavin Newsom running for something • GIANTS!!! • Progressives feud • PG&E blows up local homes because it's cheaper than doing maintenance on pipes • Muni now Greek tragedy •…
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News, Matt Smith Castro merchants say PG&E mishandled gas leak

Castro merchants say PG&E mishandled gas leak

In the early afternoon of Thursday, Oct. 21, Cliff's Variety manager Terry Asten noticed construction workers sprinting away from the front of her Castro District store screaming "Run!" Next, "I heard a loud whooshing," Asten says. "It was so loud…
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List: What else does PG&E want you to pay for?

In the tragic wake of the gas line explosion in San Bruno, PG&E is supporting a new state regulation that would require its customers to pay for damages from any future explosions that aren't covered by its insurance. What other…
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Power Surge: Program could raise your electric bills

While San Francisco has struggled in recent months with record budget deficits, public-transportation problems, and scandal over police officers' criminal backgrounds, a momentous program has been rolling out with little public debate. Whether you've heard of it or not, the…
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News, Sucka Free City Will PG&E's SmartMeters smoke out pot growers?

Will PG&E's SmartMeters smoke out pot growers?

The Pacific Gas and Electric Company is many things to many people. It is the Bay Area's electricity provider; it is bogeyman, bane, and raison d'être for some in the local press; and it is an active player in the…
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News, Sucka Free City Growing pot in S.F. poses more than just legal risks

Growing pot in S.F. poses more than just legal risks

Earlier this month, as the San Francisco Fire Department worked to put out a fire at a house on the 200 block of Ortega Street in the Inner Sunset, the battalion chief approached a police officer on the scene and…
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SF Weekly Letters

Scheming PG&E Don't believe the green hype: Reading "Green Scheme" by Peter Jamison had a very familiar feel. I've watched PG&E conduct a vile campaign in Marin County in an attempt to scare people away from Community Choice…
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News, Feature Green Scheme

Green Scheme

On the afternoon of Friday, Dec. 12, consultant Paul Fenn stood in a hearing chamber before San Francisco's Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCo) — an obscure but influential panel that oversees the city's energy policy — trying to explain why…
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News, Sucka Free City <i>Bay</i> <i>Guardian</i>: Newspaper or Political Action Committee?

Bay Guardian: Newspaper or Political Action Committee?

If you're a regular Bay Guardian reader, you know that the paper believes PG&E is the Antichrist and that municipal power is what God intended for the good people of San Francisco. With Proposition H, yet another public power measure,…
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Empty Nest

Of all the old-school, kitschy "theme" bars in San Francisco, few hold the same place in people's hearts as the Owl Tree at the corner of Post and Taylor. Robert "Bobby" Cook ran the establishment for more than 30 years,…
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Bunny News

OK, so we'll give our self-righteous rivals at the Bay Guardian the benefit of the doubt: We'll take your word that you haven't pimped yourself out to a celebrity's narcissism, even though evidence would seem to suggest otherwise. As our…
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Letters to the Editor

Tales From the Dark Side ASIAN Inc. responds: The article "Power Failure" contained many inaccurate and misleading statements despite the fact that reporter Mary Spicuzza received timely changes and clarifications before printing. Instead, the reporter intentionally misstated and…
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