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Wednesday, December 2, 2015

David Chiu Wants to Hear Your Ideas for New Laws

Posted By on Wed, Dec 2, 2015 at 11:16 AM

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Ever wanted the glory of being a politician without any of the bullshit? If you live in California’s 17th Assembly District (which includes San Francisco), you’ll soon have your chance.

Assemblyman David Chiu, who represents the district, today launched a new initiative/contest called “There Ought to be a Law,” whereby average taxpayers like you and me can finally moonlight as lawmakers. Chiu is asking constituents in his district to propose new legislation for the 2016 legislative year, noting, “Some of the most interesting pieces of legislation I have worked on throughout my career came directly from constituents who are dealing with challenges or see opportunities in their everyday lives.”

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Monday, September 22, 2014

San Francisco Is Crowdsourcing Ideas for a New Market Street

Posted By on Mon, Sep 22, 2014 at 2:04 PM

Theater hot spot. Redlight district. Line of boarded-up buildings and squats. Aspiring Champs-Elysees or 42nd Street. Tax-dodging tech corridor. Newly rejuvenated arts artery. Intersection point for so many battles over demography, redevelopment, and ultimately, the soul of San Francisco.

It seems the only thing that's consistent about Market Street is that it's consistently being reimagined, fraught with new symbolism, and transformed to fit whatever current vision the city has for itself. In 2005, San Francisco's Redevelopment Agency tried to rehabilitate the area by using eminent domain to convert vacant properties into affordable housing or retail; the plan flopped. In 2009, real estate mogul David P. Addington introduced an abortive ballot measure to put billboards on the properties between Fifth and Seventh streets. And in 2010, then-Mayor Gavin Newsom smugly acknowledged that Market Street "is not the Champs-Elysees," though he pledged to keep working at it.

Now, the Mayor's Office is asking residents for more ideas for the ever-changing corridor. Next year, the city will host its first Market Street Prototyping Festival, featuring installations that depict new visions for Market Street, all along the city's sidewalks. Urban designers have until October 10 to submit their proposals and compete for funding and workspace that might bring their ideas to fruition.

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Thursday, March 21, 2013

Check Out Your Mr. Marina Contestants Getting Hot on Stage (Photos)

Posted By on Thu, Mar 21, 2013 at 2:22 PM

Last night the immodest men of the Marina took to the stage at Ruby Skye where they competed amongst each other to become the king of the city's douchiest district.

The Mr. Marina contest was exactly what it aimed to be -- fun, farcical, and fund-raising. But if you missed out the chance to see these 10 contenders, don't worry, we snapped some revealing shots for you to see:

  • Godofredo Vasquez

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Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Mr. Marina Contender Talks About the Event That Declares One Beautiful Beefcake to Rule All

Posted By on Wed, Mar 20, 2013 at 1:30 PM

Saturday morning douchery in the Marina
  • Saturday morning douchery in the Marina

While San Francisco gets a bad rap for being dirty, grungy, and chock-full of panhandlers -- the city also boasts a softer side, a better coiffed and more dapperly dressed side. We call it the Marina.

Later tonight, one fine (competitive) man will be crowned Mr. Marina and get all the fist-pumpin' swag that goes with it. While the Marina gets dubbed as the district filled with the drunken douchebags, this cancer charity event might make you think twice before lashing out at these guys.

SF Weekly got the chance to have a quick pre-contest confab with Johnny Affourtit, one of 10 final contenders who'll be showing off their biceps and much more at Ruby Skye among 1,000 adoring fans.

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Thursday, February 14, 2013

Students to Help San Francisco Solve Bicycle Parking Problems

Posted By on Thu, Feb 14, 2013 at 9:12 AM

You see the problem now?
  • You see the problem now?

Hey, students, here's your chance to garner a decent amount of fame and money before the age of 30.

Yerba Buena Community Benefit District is teaming up with the Bicycle Coalition and city planners to sponsor a student-only competition asking the city's budding architects to design a portable on-street bike corral that could be deployed in San Francisco's Yerba Buena neighborhood as needed.

The idea is to help cyclists find a place to park by blending the on-street bike corral idea with mobile open space infrastructure like the Parkmobiles which, if you have not noticed, are throughout downtown.

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Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Here's Your Chance to Love San Francisco While Still Hating Valentine's Day

Posted By on Tue, Feb 5, 2013 at 7:43 AM

Well that's definitely under 140 characters
  • Well that's definitely under 140 characters

If you can't be with the someone you love on Valentine's Day, then love the one you'e with, as Stephen Stills would sing.

And that'd be San Francisco. Who else do you spend all your money on?

Now, it's time to declare your love for this city, even if you can't afford it. Thankfully, the S.F. Travel Association has come up with a cheap way for all you broke city-lovers to express your deep affection for Fog City on that Hallmark holiday.

Obviously, San Francisco doesn't want a card, but the environmentally conscious, tech-happy city would much prefer its love letter via Twitter. That means you will have to toss your Shakespearean sonnets and find a way to profess your devotion in 140 characters.

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Thursday, December 6, 2012

Check Out These Winning Anti-Bullying Videos Made by Awesome Kids

Posted By on Thu, Dec 6, 2012 at 1:03 PM

Would never win a video contest
  • Would never win a video contest

The votes are in and the District Attorney has announced the winning videos of the "Bye Bye Bullying" contest for San Francisco students.

With the obvious goal being to increase public awareness about bullying among students, a total of 58 videos were submitted from students all over the city, including Lincoln High School, Visitacion Valley Middle School, and Rooftop Elementary School.

But only a handful of kids took home the winning prize: a free iPad and a baseball signed by Barry Zito.

So here are the winning videos:

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Monday, October 1, 2012

Stop Bullying, Get a Free iPad

Posted By on Mon, Oct 1, 2012 at 12:34 PM

Will probably steal your free iPad
  • Will probably steal your free iPad

San Francisco's District Attorney is trying to give kids something to do besides pick on each other.

In honor of National Anti-Bullying Prevention Month, District Attorney George Gascón is working with the community to launch "Bye Bye Bullying," a video contest for students of local middle- and high schools.

Here's how it works: Contestants will create a 60-second video clip with one of the following themes:

See also: Giants Release It Gets Better Video

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Thursday, July 12, 2012

See's Candy Tries to Break World Record With 7,000-Pound Lollipop

Posted By on Thu, Jul 12, 2012 at 3:45 PM


It will be like a scene from Willy Wonka. Next week, See's Candy plans to ring in National Lollipop Day 2012 by unveiling its freakish 7,000-pound sucker in San Francisco.

Now that would certainly satisfy your oral fixation.

The famous candy manufacturer isn't inventing this grossly large lollipop for its, er, health. See's hopes this sucker will break the Guinness World Record and become the largest lollipop on the planet.

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Friday, June 22, 2012

U.S. Open Jungle Bird Squawks Again -- But This Time With a Logo Contest

Posted By on Fri, Jun 22, 2012 at 12:00 PM


Andrew James Dudley, the drunken bird-noise-maker at the U.S. Open this week, is capitalizing on his new fame and needs your help.

After Dudley, who is also known as the British Jungle Bird, was released from police custody on Sunday following his avian antics, he went over to 99 designs and decided to start this contest: picking a new logo to end deforestation.

And what better way to get people excited about deforestation than a T-shirt contest?

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