• An aerial photo shows the destruction of the Crestmoor residential neighborhood in the City of San Bruno neighborhood following a September 9 PG&E gas pipeline explosion.  Eight people were killed as a result of the explosion and inferno.  Photo via FEMA.
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  • California Senator Mark Leno.  File photo by Luke Thomas.
  • An aerial photo shows the destruction of the Crestmoor residential neighborhood in the City of San Bruno neighborhood following a September 9 PG&E gas pipeline explosion.  Eight people were killed as a result of the explosion and inferno.  Photo via FEMA.
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  • A musical play produced and performed by Krissy Keefer's Dance Brigade at Dance Mission Theater Hemorrhage captures the current crisis of world affairs by focusing on the connection between global warming, war, racism and the continued attack on the rights of women. Photos by Luke Thomas.

A Latino man, aged 24, lies dead on the streets of San Francisco following a gangland-style shootout in the Tenderloin, 7/20/13.  Photo by David Elliot Lewis.

Another Gangland Shootout in the Tenderloin: One Dead, One Wounded

July 22, 2013 | 14 Comments

Another death in the Tenderloin. I heard over a dozen shots between what sounded like two different caliber guns. Fear struck hard. It sounding like a gunfight. A real one. Curious but frightened, I came downstairs to find a dead body on the sidewalk outside my apartment building.

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Helen Thomas, RIP. Photo by Luke Thomas.

Helen Thomas: Dead at 92

July 20, 2013 | No Comments

On July 20, headlines reported the news. The doyen of the White House House press corps was gone. After a long illness, the Gridiron Club and Foundation announced her passing. She ended decades covering presidential press conferences saying, “Thank you, Mr. President.”

Posted in Media, News, Politics

San Francisco Botanical Garden: What was once a publicly-owned jewel in Golden Gate Park, has been privatized.  Photo: Harry S. Pariser.

How the Wealthy Stole 55 Acres of Golden Gate Park

July 20, 2013 | 6 Comments

Visiting the San Francisco Botanical Garden at Strybing Arboretum is not what it used to be. Locals used to enter as late as seven in the evening or later behind the Hall of Flowers. While never well-maintained or administered, it afforded a rustic charm, a lovely wabi and sabi respite from the commercialism of the Avenues.

Posted in Land Use, Opinion, Politics

Lt, Dan Choi will make the keynote address at the 37th annual Harvey Milk LGBT Democratic Club dinner on Wednesday, July 24. Photo courtsey SeanMD80 at en.wikipedia

Lt. Dan Choi to Deliver Keynote Address at Annual Milk Club Soirée

July 19, 2013 | No Comments

U.S. Army Lieutenant Dan Choi, staunch advocate for the successful repeal of the U.S. military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy affecting LGBT service members, will be the keynote speaker at the Harvey Milk Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual/Transgender Democratic Club’s thirty-seventh Annual Dinner and Gayla at Roccapulco Supper Club on Wednesday, July 24th from 7-10 pm.

Though George Zimmerman was acquitted of 2nd degree murder and manslaughter in a criminal trial, the neighborhood watch coordinator's legal troubles are not over. Photo via WikiPedia.

Will Zimmerman Face a Second or Third Round of Litigation?

July 19, 2013 | 1 Comment

The world now knows that George Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch coordinator, was acquitted of shooting and killing Trayvon Martin on February 26, 2012. The teen was walking inside a gated community in Sanford, Florida, where he and his father were visiting his father’s fiancée.

Posted in Crime, Law, Opinion, Politics

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New Report Showcases Massive Amount of Bike Theft in San Francisco

July 19, 2013 | 4 Comments

Today, the City of San Francisco released a comprehensive report about bike theft. The report, compiled by the Budget and Legislative Analyst, highlights the staggering amount of bike theft in our city as well as suggestions for how to combat this growing epidemic of bike theft in San Francisco.

Posted in Crime, News, Transportation

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Bay Guardian Announces New Leadership, Community Partnership Goals

July 18, 2013 | 2 Comments

San Francisco Newspaper Company has named Marke Bieschke as publisher and Steven T. Jones as editor of the San Francisco Bay Guardian, elevating two longtime Guardianistas into the top spots, guaranteeing them editorial autonomy, and letting them work with the community to chart its future.

Posted in Media, News

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A (not so) Dream Vacation in La Belle

July 05, 2013 | 6 Comments

America has become La Belle in many aspects. Take the food system, for example. Rather than fresh food being delivered from farms to consumers, we have created this complex web of middlemen and industry practices that insist upon genetically modifying the food, spraying billions of pounds of dangerous pesticides, herbicides and fungicides, radiating our food, adding preservatives, flavors, dyes, fake fat, fake salt, fake sugar, and any of the other tens of thousands of unregulated chemicals that can be used freely.

Tenants and supporters rally in front of landlord Rick Holman's South Park office.`

‘Eviction-Free Summer’ Campaign Protests Landlord Over Mission District Evictions

July 03, 2013 | 2 Comments

Packing the upscale South Park neighborhood with protest signs, loud chants of “No more evictions!” and flyers calling for landlord Rick Holman to “stop evicting San Francisco tenants,” more than 50 tenants and supporters launched their “Eviction-Free Summer” campaign Tuesday to put landlords, developers and speculators on notice that they will defend tenants who are being pushed out.

Posted in Housing, News

As many as 1100 marched in support of whistleblower Bradley Manning during Sunday's SF Pride Parade.  Photos by Ida Mojadad.

Over 1000 March for Manning at SF Pride

July 02, 2013 | 1 Comment

An estimated 1,100 supporters marched at SF Pride Parade Sunday honoring gay WikiLeaks whistleblower Pfc. Bradley Manning, despite the Pride board of directors’ refusal to name him 2013 Grand Marshal.

Photographer Rodney Lough.

Rodney Lough Jr. Wilderness Photographer

June 24, 2013 | 7 Comments

Originally from Jacksonville, Florida, Rodney Lough received a camera at a young age and began capturing Mother Nature’s beauty. In later years while hiking in Colorado, Rodney had a moment of clarity where he realized his true calling was photography.

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Angelina’s Mastectomy & Media’s Lobotomy

June 21, 2013 | No Comments

Angelina Jolie’s decision to get a preventative double mastectomy was covered by the media in a very unusual way – a lot of the coverage was very emotional, and some of it misleading. Because of this high-profile event, it is reasonable to predict that many more women will now sign up for genetic testing, and some of them are going to end up having preventative mastectomies

Derek Cressman, former Common Cause VP, announced his candidacy, 6/18/13, for California Secretary of State.  Photo by Luke Thomas.

Cressman Announces Candidacy for Secretary of State

June 19, 2013 | No Comments

Derek Cressman was joined by his family and 20 community supporters in Sacramento, Tuesday, to officially announced his candidacy for Secretary of State in 2014

Posted in News, Politics

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Politicians and Pundits Want to Know: Where’s the Outrage?

June 17, 2013 | 2 Comments

Having been bombarded lately with one scandal after another, it’s understandable that they may have canceled each other out, numbing our reaction to otherwise serious issues. But there may be more to the public’s lack of fury besides information overload. Americans simply don’t trust their government…

Posted in Opinion, Politics

Private First Class Bradley Manning.

The Bradley Manning Matter

June 15, 2013 | 3 Comments

Bradley Manning, a U.S. Army soldier, admitted sending 700,000 government documents to Wikileaks in 2010. It was the biggest leak of classified information in U.S. history.

Posted in Opinion, War

San Francisco Bay Guardian Editor Tim Redmond was fired today by San Francisco Newspaper Company publisher Todd  Vogt.  Photo by Luke Thomas.

Vogt Fires Bay Guardian Editor for Refusing to Cut Half of News Staff

June 14, 2013 | 23 Comments

Todd Vogt, co-owner of the San Francisco Newspaper Company, which owns a growing portfolio of San Francisco print publications, today fired longstanding San Francisco Bay Guardian editor Tim Redmond.

Posted in Media, News

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Whistleblower Explains Motives Behind Exposing NSA Surveillance Program

June 09, 2013 | 2 Comments

The individual responsible for one of the most significant leaks in US political history is Edward Snowden, a 29-year-old former technical assistant for the CIA and current employee of the defence contractor Booz Allen Hamilton. Snowden has been working at the National Security Agency for the last four years as an employee of various outside contractors, including Booz Allen and Dell.

Posted in Politics, Technology