Summer Reading and Film Picks

Posted July 2, 2015 by

The summer reading season has begun. I read a lot of books, and wanted to share my choices that might have escaped your attention. All came out in the past year. In no particular order:     I’ve been a fan of
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The Persuaders: CA Restaurant Association

Posted July 2, 2015 by Bobbi Murray

“Something always seems to be starting in California,” Angelo Amador, an attorney and vice president for the National Restaurant Association, told Bloomberg News. It was 2012 and his remark was prompted by a California state Supreme Court decision favoring an
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Tenderloin Museum Website Now Live

Posted July 2, 2015 by

The Tenderloin Museum opens July 16. Its website ( is now live. Please let us know what you think. The website is not in final form but we wanted to get it up now as its answers many common questions
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Lessons from Gay Marriage

Posted June 30, 2015 by

When a movement for progressive change win such a mammoth victory as has occurred with gay marriage, we must ask what other campaigns can learn from this success. Some, like the immigrant rights movement, have already applied the hard won
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A coal fired power plant on the Ohio River just West of Cincinnati. (Photo: Robert S. Donovan/cc/flickr)

US Supreme Court Backs Coal Profits Over Public Health

Posted June 30, 2015 by Lauren McCauley

Campaigners warn that power plant ruling threatens to delay critical safeguards, fails to account for savings to human health and environment. Placing the interests of Big Coal over public health, the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday refused to back the
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Increased police presence removed drug dealers from lower Turk Street

Yes, Police Can Reduce Crime

Posted June 29, 2015 by

Last week, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors debated whether adding more police would reduce crime. In backing this position, the Board’s “moderate” majority sought to raise the city’s number of mandated cops; progressives argued that adding police does not
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Several cities are experimenting with traffic light technology that would sense cyclists and make the road safer for them. Photo: GibsonPictures/iStock

Cities Are Exploring Innovative, Bike-Friendly Traffic Light Tech

Posted June 29, 2015 by Stephen Krcmar

Austin, Denver, and London are investigating devices that can detect cyclists to address the growing number of riders on the road. Many traffic lights don’t recognize cyclists. They rely on inductive loops—basically giant metal detectors—buried underground that are set to
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New Book Touts Community Building in Chinatown

Posted June 26, 2015 by

When Gordon Chin and fellow activists formed the Chinatown Community Development Center (CCDC) on April 1, 1977, San Francisco’s Chinatown was at risk. Powerful interests were out to transform the neighborhood, and that August saw the mass eviction (and later
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