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After eight years and nine months as a staff writer and columnist at SF Weekly, I have decided to move on, to pursue, as they say, other interests. This column will be my last act of journalism -- for a…
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Here's a stomach-turning little tale about how corrupt San Francisco has become under the auspices of Mayor Willie Brown: A young man is tackled, shoved, choked, and gagged inside City Hall by two prominent supporters of the mayor, and the…
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Off the Preservation About a year ago, some folks in North Beach, including the city's poet laureate, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, and one of the city's pre-eminent architectural historians, Anne Bloomfield, thought they'd come up with a fairly commonplace idea. They wanted…
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Go, Team, Go Last week, I marveled at the moxie of longtime mayoral pal Jacqueline Besser, telling a little story about what seemed to be funny business at the Municipal Railway involving controversy over a $66 million city contract to…
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The Sacred and the Profane It seems that you need goat entrails, tea leaves, the blood from roosters slaughtered at the stroke of midnight on All Hallow's Eve, and various other tools of mystic ritual to figure out what's going…
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What You Get When You Cross Night of the Living Dead With Being There So I read in the papers that people are really going to run Frank Jordan for mayor, which just confirms something I've long suspected about this…
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The Existential Bus-Based Karma Test On July 24, at Pier 93 in San Francisco, more than 100 Muni bus drivers will gather and, in a series of competitive exercises, test their driving skill, knowledge of safety rules, and other abilities…
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Is This Really a Hate Crime? If Edgar Mora had any intents and purposes on March 12 of last year as he went on his violent odyssey through San Francisco, they were rudimentary in the extreme: He was out-of-his-tree drunk,…
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Mainstreaming the Panthers A group of earnest young twentysomethings from the East Bay Conservation Corps gathers this early, sunny June morning at a public library branch in West Oakland. In a matter of minutes, they'll begin a three-hour tour that…
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Rescue Muni to the Rescue The Rescue Muni city charter amendment heading for the November ballot would, if passed, accomplish some modestly important reforms. The amendment attacks inane union Muni work rules, creates a politically insulated agency to run public…
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Cases of Incompetence Neither Matt Gonzalez nor Steven Castleman has the slightest experience in electoral politics. Neither is the preternaturally ambitious sort who works his way up through customary political avenues backslapping and glad-handing the usual suspects until everyone who…
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So, UCSF Stanford Health Care, the offspring of an illegal merger between UCSF and Stanford hospitals in 1997, is bleeding to death. Strange turn of events, that. Didn't the rich folk who supported the merger of the two private Stanford…
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Judge McBride's "Special" Treatment So when does a small marital scuffle -- one in which both parties seem to be culpable for the ensuing minor injuries -- become a criminal case that endangers a distinguished career? Answering that one's easy:…
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Meet the New Reform, Same as the Old Reform Under Willie Brown, we have become a city of convenient virtues. Our highest acts of probity are limited to those that don't ruffle the powerful, especially if they are friends of…
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The Problem With Grampa Politics The desperate search for candidates to challenge District Attorney Terence Hallinan this November continues. With predictable and instructive results. A few weeks ago, some folks from the City Democratic Club -- attorney Peter Hanson and…
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Questions of Faith For more than three years, John E. McInerney III has been battered by a constant barrage of charges regarding his ethical conduct. The drubbing began in 1996, almost as soon as Mayor Willie Brown appointed McInerney to…
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Community Development The one-story building at the corner of Diamond and Wilder in Glen Park has always been homely. Since it was damaged by a fire last November, 2815 Diamond St. has been a shuttered, soot-stained wretch of a place.…
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Sisters of Perpetual Conspiracy Satire relies for its effectiveness on context and delivery. An otherwise-hilarious joke can fall flat, or give offense, if delivered at the wrong time or in the wrong way. Let me show you what I mean:…
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Cort of Last Resort Debbie Cort is an intense and difficult woman. The 35-year-old San Francisco real estate developer doesn't have conversations; she has confrontations. Cort and her mother, Vera, manage seven commercial and residential properties, worth approximately $10 million…
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End of an Era Next week, Peter Pastreich will relinquish his post as executive director of the San Francisco Symphony. After 40 years as an orchestra manager, 21 of which were spent with the SFS, the 60-year-old Pastreich says he…
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