Update: The sale of the Guardian to the SF News Company LLC, which owns the Examiner, was made much closer to official this afternoon. Publishers Bruce Brugmann and Jean Dibble have retired, and Tim Redmond, the paper's executive editor, is now its publisher, too.
The Bay Guardian has been a vocal opponent of development in the city, railing against highrise construction, luxury housing, and zoning rules that favor tech and knowledge-based companies over more traditional blue-collar jobs. Ironically, it was UPC that assembled and did the early planning on one of the most prominent highrises built in downtown San Francisco in the last decade: Tishman Speyer's two-tower Infinity project at 300 Spear St. UPC also developed a data center at 365 Main St., built a luxury residential loft project at 150 Powell St., and repositioned SoMa buildings like 330 Townsend St. and 840 Brannan St. for dot-coms. The company also completed a condo conversion of a former rental building in Alamo Square -- the sort of project that the Guardian routinely opposes in the interest of protecting the city's rental housing stock.Our calls to UPC were not returned. SF Weekly's attempts to get a hold of Brugmann at his home and favorite bar have thus far come up short. Reached for comment, Guardian executive editor Tim Redmond noted that, "for better or for worse," he is uninvolved in this transaction, and pledged to pass on a message to someone who is.