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News, The Snitch California Passed A Lot of New Laws This Year. Here Are the Ones You Should Know.

California Passed A Lot of New Laws This Year. Here Are the Ones You Should Know.

It was a busy year for California’s legislature, which signed 807 bills into law in 2015. Some were almost laughably niche (Spanish moss was designated the state’s official lichen), while others were game changers (doctors can now prescribe lethal doses…
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News, The Snitch Californians Just Scored a Victory in a Lawsuit Against Twitter, Whether They Know it or Not

Californians Just Scored a Victory in a Lawsuit Against Twitter, Whether They Know it or Not

Remember that time you beat Twitter in a class action lawsuit? You don’t? Weird, because it happened just a few days ago. This isn’t the strangest lawsuit to come along (we’re talking about California, after all), but it’s probably…
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News, The Snitch City College Debates Whether to Arm Campus Police

City College Debates Whether to Arm Campus Police

Should campus cops carry guns? That’s the question being debated at City College of San Francisco, where a would-be shooter forced the school library to evacuate last month. On Oct. 13, an altercation between three students spilled into the…
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News, The Snitch Report: California Less Corrupt Than Other States, But Still Pretty Shameful

Report: California Less Corrupt Than Other States, But Still Pretty Shameful

Under most ordinary circumstances, a grade of C- wouldn’t be encouraging, but according to a sweeping new report on state integrity, California’s middling score puts it in second place nationally. The Center for Public Integrity, a nonprofit investigative reporting…
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News, The Snitch What Does This Year's "Monster" El Niño Have in Store for Us?

What Does This Year's "Monster" El Niño Have in Store for Us?

The Kid is on its way. El Niño, the blockbuster storm system weather event that occasionally wreaks havoc in California, unleashing everything from torrential floods to landslides, is on track to be a “monster” this year. As the Los…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist New on Video: Agnès Varda in California

New on Video: Agnès Varda in California

Agnès Varda first came to California in 1967, when Hollywood summoned her fellow-director husband Jacques Demy after his The Umbrellas of Cherbourg became an international hit. Varda wasn’t sure how long she’d stay, but the place just smelled like cinema, mixed…
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Dining, SFoodie Jerry Brown Wants Healthier Vending Machines

Jerry Brown Wants Healthier Vending Machines

On the Simpsons episode that follows a college-age Lisa falling in love with a British student (which aired in 1995 and took place in a far-off 2010), she goes to a campus vending machine for a “soy-based snack” to…
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News, Your Humble Narrator Without Feathers: The Flap Over Native American Regalia at the Ballpark Reveals a Deeper Hypocrisy

Without Feathers: The Flap Over Native American Regalia at the Ballpark Reveals a Deeper Hypocrisy

At your humble narrator's first baseball game, Dwayne Murphy made three scintillating outfield catches, each more breathtaking than the last. But, these 30 years later, the score — or any trappings of athletic competition — has been long forgotten. The…
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Dining, Fresh Eats

Ume Brings a Refined California-Japanese Sensibility to Oakland

A couple of months ago, Daniel Patterson closed the doors on his Oakland hideout Plum, only to kick them open a few days later with his Japanese-flavored reinvention, Ume — a more casual iteration to suit the neighborhood's enthusiasm for…
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Culture, The Whore Next Door Red Alert: The Feds Shut Down an Escort Site

Red Alert: The Feds Shut Down an Escort Site

Last month, thousands of Californians lost their jobs overnight. On June 25, I began getting frantic phone calls from friends and colleagues about the shutdown of the sex work advertising platform, MyRedbook.com. By the afternoon, I had reporters calling me…
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Dining, Eat Schroeder's: One of San Francisco's Oldest Restaurants Gets the Small Plates Treatment

Schroeder's: One of San Francisco's Oldest Restaurants Gets the Small Plates Treatment

A German restaurant named Schroeder's has been open in downtown San Francisco for the past 121 years, though the merchants and sea captains who frequented the original lunch counter would be hard-pressed to recognize the California-German gastropub that it has…
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News, Sucka Free City Doused: Ocean Beach's New Fire Pits Can Be Used Only Until They're Most Useful

Doused: Ocean Beach's New Fire Pits Can Be Used Only Until They're Most Useful

Compared to the high bar set by other shorelines in California, Ocean Beach fails to fulfill the core expectations of a beach. It's frigid and windswept, and anyone who ventures into the surf is straddling the line between bravery and…
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News, Chem Tales New Weed Order: California Cops Are at Last Willing to Make a Dope Deal

New Weed Order: California Cops Are at Last Willing to Make a Dope Deal

As uneasy peaces go, it's not quite Israelis and Palestinians holding hands or dogs and cats living together. But it is close. California's legal-marijuana supporters and the state's powerful police lobby — sworn enemies from the dawn of drug prohibition…
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Dining, Eat 4505 Burgers & BBQ and Smokestack: Styles of Barbecue Continue to Mingle in San Francisco

4505 Burgers & BBQ and Smokestack: Styles of Barbecue Continue to Mingle in San Francisco

There is no food more fraught, more contentious, in this country than barbecue. Sure, people will debate the relative merits of deep dish or New York pizza, hot dogs with or without ketchup, chili with or without beans, but never…
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Dining, Recent Openings

Recent Openers June 25-July 1, 2014

Aveline: Casey Thompson's (Top Chef) new spot in the Warwick hotel features an open kitchen where all the new Californian cooking happens. Expect dishes like succulents, pepperoni, and fried chicken; kimchi powder with pickled vegetables; and abalone with wood ear…
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Dining, Eat Have a Pleasant Stay: Two Updated Hotel Bars Show Different Sides of S.F.

Have a Pleasant Stay: Two Updated Hotel Bars Show Different Sides of S.F.

There's something about hotel bars. Something more special than your average bar down the street. They're often old — hotels provide a captive audience willing to pay lots of money for a drink — but it's more than just age…
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News, Sucka Free City Statue of Immunity: Police Knew of the Danger that Led to a Child's Death

Statue of Immunity: Police Knew of the Danger that Led to a Child's Death

The city was shocked by the death of 2-year-old tourist Kayson Shelton, who was killed when a statue he was climbing upon outside a Fisherman's Wharf art gallery toppled onto him. But it was no surprise. "For a couple of…
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Dining, Recent Openings

Recent Openers June 18-24, 2014

Aveline: Casey Thompson's (Top Chef) new spot in the Warwick hotel features an open kitchen where all the new Californian cooking happens. Expect dishes like succulents, pepperoni, and fried chicken; kimchi powder with pickled vegetables; and abalone with wood ear…
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News, The Snatch

The Snatch: Opportunity Launches an App that E-Knocks

"Single Startup Seeks Wench" High tech has met low tech — on Craigslist, naturally — as a coterie of designers took to the web to seek a 21st-century scullery maid to cook their food, clean up their messes, interact with…
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Calendar, Night&Day Printed Populace

Printed Populace

Tiny Splendor is the anti-snob resource for artists. The local print collective believes art should be accessible to all, so it offers free artwork and zine printing. The not-for-profit is organized by local artist Sanaa Khan. "One major idea…
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