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News, Sucka Free City Gender Bender: Why Female Drivers Prefer Car-Hire Start-Ups Over Cabs

Gender Bender: Why Female Drivers Prefer Car-Hire Start-Ups Over Cabs

If there's one thing Tara Housman gleaned from driving taxis for 29 years in San Francisco, it's that she'd rather work the night shift. "The streets are clearer," Housman says, chattering into her cellphone from the cab line in front…
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News, Chem Tales Accounts Still Denied: Banks Won't Touch Pot

Accounts Still Denied: Banks Won't Touch Pot

A great way to be treated like a criminal is to act like one. And one way to act suspiciously is to deal entirely in cash — large amounts of it, for all of your daily transactions. So if marijuana…
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Extracurricular Activities: Public Servant Misconduct in 2012

This year, employees of the Department of the Environment were not nabbed running a Styrofoam ring. The Historic Preservation Commission didn't raze any historic buildings, and the Board of Supervisors Public Safety Committee failed to gather in neutral zones wearing…
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News, Feature The Dispossessed: Bayview Homeowners Fight Foreclosures

The Dispossessed: Bayview Homeowners Fight Foreclosures

Illustration by Brian Stauffer. A crowd has gathered around Geary Brown and his letter. "Look what I got," he says, almost in a whisper. Heads peer over his shoulder. They see the Bank of America masthead and the curt,…
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Calendar, Night&Day Finish Line in the Sky

Finish Line in the Sky

Benefit sporting events are often good ways to raise money, awareness, and heart rates at the same time. But today’s Fight for Air Climb offers participants more than just a cardio workout and a t-shirt. It ends with a dynamite…
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News, Matt Smith The Parmalat Syndrome

The Parmalat Syndrome

There is a huge unfolding American corporate scandal that U.S. officials don't seem to consider an American corporate scandal, a scandal so massive it compares with WorldCom, Global Crossing, and other high-profile corporate frauds in terms of scope, complexity, and…
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News, Sidebar Case Study: Christopher Taylor

Case Study: Christopher Taylor

On the afternoon of Aug. 28, 1997, an African-American man wearing a black windbreaker and dark jeans robbed a Bank of America in east San Jose. Brandishing a black semiautomatic gun, the thief jumped over the counter, ordered the tellers…
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Best of San Francisco, Arts & Entertainment

Four Best Bars With a View

The only thing more beautiful than a beautiful panorama is a beautiful panorama with a cocktail in the foreground, and San Francisco has plenty of both. The town's lousy with gorgeous views: Between the hills, the bay, the ocean, and…
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Support Your Local Embezzler

When NationsBank plunked down $60 billion last summer and bought San Francisco's Bank of America, ripples of apprehension coursed through the city. A revered institution -- indeed, one of the city's undisputed cores of financial and political power -- was…
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Beanie Bubble

America's banking system appears to be in trouble lately. Some of the nation's biggest financial institutions are heavily exposed in Asia -- $22.5 billion in the case of Bank of America alone. In Silicon Valley, banks sit atop a market…
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The Grid

Peeling Onions Susan Leal, the new city treasurer, is answering questions in precisely measured speech informed with a certain degree of exasperation and black humor. Her bemusement is understandable. She's been trying to deal with the situation she inherited when…
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Dog Bites

Tired: Wired Death Watch Media gloating over Wired's troubles continues, and we're starting to experience a strange sense of deja vu. How many times can anyone turn the same set of facts into anything even slightly resembling a fresh story?…
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The Grid

Checking Accounts However badly you have mangled your personal finances -- however often you have used one maxed-out credit card to make the minimum payment on another -- you are probably one up on the city and county of San…
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Letters

BofA vs. S.F. Peter Byrne's cover story ("The Great Bank Thievery," Dec. 31) on the city's lawsuit charging Bank of America with defrauding the public treasury of millions -- perhaps billions -- of dollars was a lucidly written examination of…
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The Great Bank Thievery

This spring, San Francisco City Attorney Louise Renne held a press conference to announce the city had joined a lawsuit that accuses the Bank of America of cheating California governments out of hundreds of millions -- and perhaps billions --…
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Dining, Eat

The Great Indoors

With nearly 4,000 restaurants of various shapes and sizes operating in this city, a distinguishing angle or characteristic for new entries is all but indispensable. Fizz Supper Club, across the street from Bank of America's Dark Tower, has certainly got…
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A Message to Our Customers

April 1, 1996 Dear Valued Customer, You may have already heard about Wells Fargo Bank's recent acquisition of First Interstate and our proposed merger with Bank of America and Great Western Bank to form a new entity, Monolithic Bank N.A.…
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