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Chris Roberts has spent most of his adult life working in San Francisco news media, which is to say he's still a teenager in Middle American years. He has covered marijuana, drug policy, and politics for SF Weekly since 2009.

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News, Feature The Great Eliminator: How Ronald Reagan Made Homelessness Permanent

The Great Eliminator: How Ronald Reagan Made Homelessness Permanent

At Christmastime 1982, fed-up religious leaders called a press conference. The Rev. Paul Moore, New York City's Episcopal bishop, was furious. Standing next to Methodist and Catholic bishops, a rabbi and a Muslim, Moore laid into the source of his…
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News, Chem Tales Big Money and Bigger Risks

Big Money and Bigger Risks

Mendocino County is back in the marijuana business. Not that its citizens ever stopped growing, and not that the Emerald Triangle's cash-rich economy found another cash crop. But after a few years' hiatus, Mendocino is again using cannabis as a…
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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, The Snitch Big Day For Airbnb: Sues City, Seeks Funding at $30 Billion

Big Day For Airbnb: Sues City, Seeks Funding at $30 Billion

Airbnb is all growed up. The San Francisco-based company — which was a literal air mattress in its co-founders' apartment just a few years ago — is now an international juggernaut offering hotel alternatives in 200 countries (where in…
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News, The Snitch VIDEO: Pride Trashes Dolores Park Into Submission, Evokes Dystopian Metaphors

VIDEO: Pride Trashes Dolores Park Into Submission, Evokes Dystopian Metaphors

The above is video footage captured in Dolores Park this morning, in the not-too-distant, post-Pride present, in a reality where humans have abdicated their responsibilities and where trash is the dominant life form. Instead of green space, there is…
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News, The Snitch Police Presence Leads Social Justice Groups to Exit Social Justice-Themed Pride

Police Presence Leads Social Justice Groups to Exit Social Justice-Themed Pride

Pride weekend is here, and it's secure: Metal detectors will greet visitors to Pride's main stages at Civic Center on Sunday and all festivities will include a heightened police presence, measures taken following the June 12 slaughter of 49…
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News, The Snitch S.F. Cop Union Supported Death Penalty Measure, Even Before There Was a Measure

S.F. Cop Union Supported Death Penalty Measure, Even Before There Was a Measure

California's various police officers don't necessarily love one another — L.A. cops look down at SFPD as a loose outfit, whereas SFPD scoffs at LAPD as a band of paramilitary, Hollywood-wannabe showboats — but they can agree on one…
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News, The Snitch "Sleeper Hold," Cops Shooting At Cars Central To Dispute Over S.F. Police Use of Force Policy

"Sleeper Hold," Cops Shooting At Cars Central To Dispute Over S.F. Police Use of Force Policy

Nationally, San Francisco police have a reputation as lovable, fuzzy pussycats. That's according to the San Francisco Police Officers Association, the city's police union, who have traditionally resisted most any change to the way they do business out on…
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News, Feature Stepping Out: "Freedom" For California's Famous Trans Inmate

Stepping Out: "Freedom" For California's Famous Trans Inmate

Tall and lean in a waist-length buttoned sweater, Michelle-Lael Norsworthy takes large steps in her thigh-high booted feet. But as the sun cracks through the morning fog at the Palace of Fine Arts, she breaks her stride — straight and…
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News, Chem Tales Why Inspect When You Can Raid?

Why Inspect When You Can Raid?

Last Wednesday in Sonoma County, officials responded to a report of workplace safety violations with armed law enforcement officers in Kevlar and camouflage. Until that day, a major cannabis company called CBD Guild had been producing cannabis oil cartridges, cannabis…
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    Sub Pop recording artists 'clipping.' brought their brand of noise-driven experimental hip hop to the closing night of 2016's San Francisco Electronic Music Fest this past Sunday. The packed Brava Theater hosted an initially seated crowd that ended the night jumping and dancing against the front of the stage. The trio performed a set focused on their recently released Sci-Fi Horror concept album, 'Splendor & Misery', then delved into their dancier and more aggressive back catalogue, and recent single 'Wriggle'. Opening performances included local experimental electronic duo 'Tujurikkuja' and computer music artist 'Madalyn Merkey.'"

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