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A firsthand account of the 5-alarm blaze in the Mission

Editor’s note: We received this firsthand account from Ben Rosenfeld, who lives in close proximity to the site of yesterday’s 5-alarm fire. Read more about the blaze in the San Francisco Examiner. By...

Kids pushed through immigration court at lightning speed while supes debate legal aid funding

San Francisco’s efforts to provide legal services for unaccompanied youth who crossed the U.S. border from Central America is heating up as a point of contention between Sup. David Campos and Board President David...

How Big Oil is using front groups to attack global warming regulations

With California’s landmark measure addressing climate change, Assembly Bill 32, scheduled to begin covering automobile fleets and other transportation sources at the end of this year, Big Oil has been trying to sabotage that...

Activists form human barricade to protest crude-by-rail facility

This morning , at 7am in Richmond, Calif., four environmental activists used U-locks to fasten themselves by the neck to the fence of an oil shipping facility operated by Kinder Morgan. They were interlocked with...

Voters still in the dark on campaign funding

A legislative attempt to shed light on major funders of political campaign ads died in Sacramento last week, and the politics surrounding its demise reflect a split between groups who are normally allies on...

Norquist, tech titans, and whether Burning Man is positively affecting society

Is Burning Man really making Bay Area technology titans, right-wing ideologues, and other uber-capitalists more community-minded? Do they really come back from the desert feeling more goodwill toward their fellow humans and then push...

Taking a cue from SF, California Legislature bans plastic bags and offers paid sick leave

California lawmakers took two big steps forward last week, passing a statewide plastic bag ban and a measure providing workers with three sick days a year, both issues borrowed from San Francisco. California is...

He hates these cans! How helping Muni becomes hating nonprofits

While I’m reluctant to give this self-serving poverty pimp any more attention or web traffic, it’s hard to ignore the latest misleading hit piece that Randy Shaw has written on behalf of Mayor Ed...

SF-style cycletracks may spread throughout California under approved legislation

San Francisco-style cycletracks — bike lanes physically separated from automobile traffic — could proliferate in cities throughout California under a bill approved today by the Legislature, provided Gov. Jerry Brown decides to sign...

From tanks to scooters: The top five most and least intimidating SFPD vehicles

Our news feature story this week covered the militarization of police departments across the country, including the SFPD, and how the easy accessibility of "cool toys" like grenade launchers and armored vehicles encourages violence.But...

Ranks of opposition to 16th and Mission development grow as Plaza 16 pushes forward

In the sea of nonprofit leaders, career organizers, and rabblerousers, one old man put the Mission's struggle into context, last night . It was a majority Latino district even as recently as the '90s, he...

Predicting earthquakes, from 14-year-old prophets to train-stopping ShakeAlerts to lessons from disaster flicks

Earlier today, I called my mother, a natural disaster film junkie, and asked her, “Do you know of any movies where someone predicts natural disasters, but no one believes the guy, and so everything...

BART launches internal affairs investigation into tackling arrest of black man

The Bay Area Rapid Transit Police Department has launched an internal affairs investigation after an officer tackled and subsequently arrested a suspect, the Bay Guardian has learned. The nature of the complaint leading into...

Did Big Soda swing a key endorsement by a progressive democratic club?

Did the soda industry buy a prominent progressive political endorsement? Sunday's San Francisco Chronicle raised the question in a story by Heather Knight, who goes on to air a number of rumors propagated by...

Burning Man shark jump creates media pile-on

We seem to have tapped into the meme of the moment with last week’s cover story, “Burning Man jumps the shark,” which took issue with how this high-minded experiment has been sullied by the...

Federal complaint filed over death of Alex Nieto as supporters vow to keep fighting

Protests have sprung up throughout the week in San Francisco, Oakland, and nationwide in response to the police shooting of 18-year-old Mike Brown in Ferguson, MO. This afternoon , at the San Francisco Federal...

Koch brothers and other right-wing outsiders challenge Bay Area minimum wage measures

In recent months, San Francisco and Oakland have unveiled ballot measures that would raise minimum wage for workers currently struggling with the Bay Area’s rising cost of living. But as November draws closer, a...

Treasure Island challenge appealed to California Supreme Court

Critics of current plans to build 8,000 new homes and acres of commercial and office space on Treasure Island — despite the challenge of radiological contamination and rising seas — will now have one...

Sacramento Bee wins legal battle, UC Davis pepper spraying cops must be named

Nearly three years after UC Davis campus police pepper sprayed a line of peaceful, seated student protesters from the Occupy movement, The Sacramento Bee has won a legal battle to release the names of...

Department of Homeland Security issues security bulletin over peaceful protest

Apparently, the Department of Homeland Security takes the leaderless activist group Anonymous very, very seriously. But that doesn’t mean that the feds take what it says at face value. For instance, when Anonymous –...

Video of suspect in Feather beating released

The SFPD has released video footage of a suspect in the violent beating of Feather, aka Bryan Higgins, who died last week at SF General:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mWVZhlg4vKEPolice said they had the footage of the suspect during...

Who will run Gleneagles Golf Course? If it’s not the city, who cares?

As we watch today’s Recreation and Park Commission meeting on extending political insider Tom Hsieh’s no-bid contract to run the once-public Gleneagles Golf Course — which is being contested by a rival group headed...

Eyewitness claims victim of officer-involved shooting did not brandish Taser

A person claiming to be an eyewitness to the fatal shooting of Alejandro Nieto has come forward to say he did not see Nieto point a Taser at police officers before they opened fire,...

Researcher explores police and protester violence in the Occupy movement

As the nation's eyes watch police officers in Ferguson firing rubber bullets and tear gas into crowds of protesters, one UC Berkeley sociologist is exploring how and why such violent conflicts erupt in the...