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From Miles to Melville: The Scene at Glen Park’s Bird & Beckett

“The store exists because of the largesse of people who support it,” said Eric Whittington, proprietor of Glen Park’s Bird & Beckett’s Books and Records.

‘The Gazelle of San Quentin’

Seven years into a life sentence, Markelle Taylor was 36 and realized continued survival at San Quentin State Prison would require some spiritual help.

Man tapped to lead SF emergency department arrested in Stockton for spousal abuse

San Francisco’s newest top emergency official was arrested in Stockton, CA on…

Mayor Breed’s teacher housing plan lacks key supporters — teachers

The Mayor’s Office turned in paperwork to the Department of Elections for a major teacher housing ballot initiative.

Taking a day to let San Francisco wash over us

It’s not often that I wake up with nothing on my agenda.

The angst of the taximeter

The Central Freeway is like a noose.

Don’t rubberstamp Verizon wireless antenna proposal

Last week’s hearing at the San Francisco Board of Appeals was reminiscent of the mythical battle between David and Goliath.

Rec and Park bypasses community before changing dog park hours

One of the foundations of our government is the idea that the public gets to weigh in on policy matters.

SF supervisor candidate Dean Preston to ‘rogue’ landlords: ‘We should run you out of town’

Sometimes two political candidates are so similar, it’s a toss-up. Why even…

Playing the airport taxi game

I’ve never been much of an airport player. I prefer to work The City.

How chasing dragonflies relates to Trump’s merit-based immigration proposal

During summer holidays, my brother and I would come home from our respective Catholic boarding schools and spend lazy days reading and exploring.

San Franciscans cannot take the heat

As I write this I’m sitting in a hotel lobby in Downtown San Francisco simply because they have air conditioning.

Trees are necessary for San Francisco’s future

Earlier this week, San Franciscans had the rare opportunity to leave their light sweaters at home and take their shorts out for a spin.

SF Lives: Guy the flower man

Selling his bundles of lilies, freesias and peonies on the corner of Noe and 15th Streets for 38 years, Guy Clark has seen San Francisco at its finest and not-so.

Sometimes it’s hard to be a liberal taxi driver

While waiting for the light to change at Fourth and Mission with a fare going to Davies Symphony Hall, a horde of Democrats crosses the street in front of my cab.

Let’s be more patient with those who are not woke

A couple weeks ago my girlfriend Kayla and I were lying in bed trying to figure out what to watch on Netflix.

Today’s kids are working to save the planet

Room 205b at Grattan Elementary School in Ashbury Heights looks like the classrooms I sat in as a kid.

More feral cats could die in San Francisco following policy change

For over 20 years, the San Francisco SPCA and the City’s municipal shelter, Animal Care and Control, pioneered groundbreaking programs to manage feral cats.

There’s always something to say about San Francisco

Venturing into Fisherman’s Wharf while the sun’s still out is a fool’s errand.

Ed Lee: The Man Behind the Mayor

“My dad was a behind-the-scenes guy … when he decided to run, it was one of the greatest decisions he made.”