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News, The Snitch Oops, They Did It Again -- Public Campaign Finance Advocates Bemoan Latest 'Raid'

Oops, They Did It Again -- Public Campaign Finance Advocates Bemoan Latest 'Raid'

Public campaign financing isn't just a political football here in San Francisco -- it's a football so frequently kicked, punted, or otherwise buffeted the laces have come undone. And is there any money to fix it? Don't ask! The latest…
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News, Matt Smith Business Conductor

Business Conductor

These are trying economic times — unless you're Michael Tilson Thomas, the baton-waving tycoon at the head of the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra. He is one of a troika of symphony honchos who, when you include money allocated to agents…
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Senior Memories

"I am a self-proclaimed radical, but my definition is one who gets to the roots of issues, not someone who is a firebomb thrower." — Chris Daly before being elected to board of supervisors in a December 2000 runoff. "Although…
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News, Sucka Free City First Offender Prostitution Program Punishes Victimless Crime

First Offender Prostitution Program Punishes Victimless Crime

San Francisco's First Offender Prostitution Program (FOPP) has been copied in more than a dozen municipalities nationwide. But Supervisor Jake McGoldrick says we may need to make sure our own house is in order. He's accused the program of potentially…
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News, The Snitch

Who do you trust less to run your transit system? MUNI, or the City?

Raise your hand if you’ve been stuck on MUNI lately. I know, I know -- that many hands being raised that fast can cause accidents. It was irresponsible of me. But it illustrates the point: we’re all in this together.…
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Letters to the Editor

Signals Crossed Free Internet ain't free: Given that the SF Weekly considers advocacy uncool, it's not surprising that Matt Smith slammed those who would apply the city's Precautionary Principle before getting on the free Wi-Fi bandwagon ["Making (Radio) Waves," March…
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Daly: A Four-Letter Word

Love him or hate him, most people can agree that Supervisor Chris Daly gives good cuss. He once described ex-Mayor Willie Brown as "full of shit" and publicly told a landlord advocate to "fuck off." Last year, while arguing with…
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News, The Apologist

Cuss and Conquer

Supervisor Chris Daly is again making headlines for his outrageous comments in public meetings, only a few months after avoiding a rare censure motion brought against him by his colleagues. Since his election as District 6 supervisor in 2000, Daly,…
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News, Matt Smith

Moral Inferiority

At 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 2, I pulled off the Embarcadero near the Ferry Building and sat silently with my mother, listening to election returns on the radio. About a quarter of exit poll respondents said their most pressing…
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News, Matt Smith In-laws You Can Live With

In-laws You Can Live With

I have a fantasy about my neighbors. Mind you: I don't have any real reason to believe they're anything more or less than ordinary people. But I like to imagine the family that recently bought the apartment building next to…
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News, Bay View Fear Factor

Fear Factor

Last Wednesday morning, Shirley Fong-Torres, who teaches Chinese cooking and leads walking tours of Chinatown, sat at a desk in her Commercial Street storefront, greeting customers arriving for that day's stroll. She had observed the principles of feng shui in…
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News, Matt Smith Political Relativity

Political Relativity

Just as X-rays can't pass through lead, time cannot penetrate a stasis field. And so it was on Tuesday, July 9, that City Hall departed from the spacio-temporal continuum. For hours, the giant dome of City Hall seemed to echo…
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News, Matt Smith Urine a Bad Spot Because  of Them

Urine a Bad Spot Because of Them

Last Tuesday was a beautiful evening to be running through Buena Vista Park and its verdant web of trails on the north slope of Twin Peaks. It was foggy, but only enough to infuse the air with a leafy, oceanic…
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News, Dog Bites

Dog Bites

The Law of Unintended Consequences So, Supervisor Jake McGoldrick has introduced an ordinance making it illegal for candidates to knowingly make false statements in their campaign literature within three months of an election. We're intrigued by the idea in theory,…
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