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The Infiltrator Who Proved Nothing!

Help, we've been infiltrated. Yes, it did come as a bit of a shock when San Francisco-based polygraph experts called us to point out that Harmon Leon (heretofore known to us as Hank Leon) was indeed a writer known as…
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News, Postscript What's Matt Smokin'?

What's Matt Smokin'?

I enjoy Matt Smith's wit and humor as much as he seems to enjoy my legislative work. His unique perspective is not always one that I share but is consistently intriguing, intelligent, and bemusing. At times, Matt is perfectly confounding.…
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Market Economics

"Reviving Market" has been a San Francisco opium dream for as long as the city's main street has felt sullen with strip joints and shuttered storefronts, which is to say for most of its life since World War II, and…
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News, Postscript Municipalizing Bruce

Municipalizing Bruce

Now that voters have decided San Francisco's public-power ballot measure, Proposition D, it's time to examine another burning public-policy question: the compelling case for public ownership of the San Francisco Bay Guardian. Yes, the Guardian. Though it's surprising to many,…
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News, Postscript Dying to Know

Dying to Know

From our table at a sidewalk cafe in August 2000, my partner Mark and I took turns pointing out things that made us smile: a young couple pushing a baby stroller, a rambunctious puppy tugging at his leash, an elderly…
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News, Postscript Pet Peeve

Pet Peeve

If one more person asks if my dog is friendly, I think I might bite him or her myself. Owning a pit bull is hard enough on a day-to-day basis -- fighting all the misconceptions of the breed -- but…
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News, Postscript Old Wounds

Old Wounds

When I first heard about the tragic death of Diane Whipple, who was attacked by a vicious dog inside her apartment building, I was horrified along with the rest of America. My heart went out to Whipple and her family;…
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News, Postscript Revenge of the Wimp

Revenge of the Wimp

Where's Alex? In the midst of the closest presidential election in U.S. history, at a time when the eyes of the world are riveted on South Florida, our sexy little mayor is nowhere to be found. And I'm concerned. I…
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"The fire department will have little trouble quenching any conflagration that may arise within its walls," wrote the San Francisco Call about the Old Mint, or what was then the rather new Mint, in 1874, "and unless an earthquake gives…
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You may have seen the bronze, compasslike Barbary Coast Trail plaques embedded in sidewalks around the city. Each shows a clipper ship, some old buildings, and a smiling hatted miner holding a pan of gold. Along with a book by…
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Here's a story that has more baroque Russian names and funny twists than a Dostoevski novel, so read carefully: Sam Budovsky and Luba Troyanovsky are an unmarried couple who live in a terra-cotta-roofed mansion in the Sea Cliff with a…
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Many of my fellow cabbies picked up the SF Weekly and read Matt Smith's views ("Cracker Morons Who Maim," May 10) on how there is a great plot among S.F. drivers to kill, maim, and run off the road all…
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Two weeks ago, the World Bank dismissed Joseph Stiglitz while he was out of the country. If you don't know why that matters, you haven't been paying attention. Stiglitz wrote a damning essay about the International Monetary Fund in The…
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News, Postscript Comrades of the People's Republic

Comrades of the People's Republic

Not far from where Mao Zedong is preserved under glass for the thousands of flower-bearing Communists who parade past his body every day, a different kind of comrade gathers on the edge of Tiananmen Square. This variety hasn't yet caused…
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News, Postscript Market Economics

Market Economics

Market EconomicsAt one edge of the San Francisco Shopping Centre's facade at Fifth and Market hangs a weathered, unobtrusive brass plaque, embossed with lots of writing and mounted in 1989 by then-members of the school board. "This site was dedicated…
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News, Postscript Playing Monopoly

Playing Monopoly

Playing MonopolyIt's springtime, when a boy's thoughts naturally turn to Barry Bonds bay-water slams out of Pacific Bell Park. And to TV interviews of Willie Mays, ensconced in his Pacific Bell skybox. And to Kirk Rueter fastballs, hurtling toward home…
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News, Postscript How I Learned to Love Hate Radio

How I Learned to Love Hate Radio

"Would you please TELL BARBARA that she can thank HER HERO, RONALD REAGAN, for the illegal drug trade?" It's the car-phone guy in Santa Rosa. He hates the radio station. He hates Barbara Simpson. But he's always out there, listening.…
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News, Postscript Missing in Action

Missing in Action

Where's Pete? Where's the sour, dour, career gay-basher from Palmdale who cooked up Proposition 22? With the March 7 election less than a month away, promoters of Republican state Sen. Pete Knight's ballot initiative to ban recognition of gay marriage…
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News, Postscript Beautiful Dreamers

Beautiful Dreamers

I love it when guys like John and Tom Henning muscle their way into California politics. John, 37, is a button-down Century City business lawyer. His 34-year-old brother, Tom, teaches physics at an inner-city high school in San Francisco. But…
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Beautiful Dreamers

I love it when guys like John and Tom Henning muscle their way into California politics. John, 37, is a button-down Century City business lawyer. His 34-year-old brother, Tom, teaches physics at an inner-city high school in San Francisco. But…
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