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JUUL drops $7 million more into pro-vape SF ballot measure

JUUL is setting cash on fire to beat back a vaping ban…

The SF Public Library cleared late fees for 260,000 patrons. I was one of them.

When the San Francisco Public Library said they’d forgive all overdue fees…

How San Francisco can fix a glaring loophole in California tenants rights legislation

State law gives new protections, but there’s still more to be done

Here we go again – new dog rules in Golden Gate National Recreation Area

The GGNRA released a 2019 Superintendent’s Compendium that makes significant changes that appear to implement parts of the ill-fated Dog Management Plan.

Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence patch things up with leather fair organizers

The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence and organizers of S.F.’s leather fair have patched things up.

A chaotic week of cab driving

Despite feeling out of synch most of the week, there was also a weird synchronicity at play.

Housing Rights Committee celebrates 40th anniversary

You could say the Housing Rights Committee was born from tenants’ prayers.…

Any plan by Trump to deal with homelessness should scare you

We’ve seen how the Trump Administration deals with human beings it considers “undesirable.”

Language used as a weapon to exclude at U.S. borders

Research found that the asylum seekers came from 28 different countries, and spoke 36 different primary languages.

Compostable containers don’t end up where you think they do

For years, San Franciscans have used compostable plastic containers, cups and cutlery because it’s supposed to be the better environmental choice.

Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence may pull out of Folsom Street Fair

San Francisco’s iconic Folsom Street Fair could soon see a high-profile departure:…

Kathy Peck spares musicians and their fans from hearing loss

Kathy Peck is a Texan who arrived here just in time to be among the first wave of ‘70s punk musicians

How sea anemones feel the pinch of climate change

The climate crisis throws many things into disarray — in tidepools, a tiny yet crucial relationship is strained.

Chase carmageddon avoided, but what about SFO?

Down at SFO, they were closing one of the three runways for 20 days to make repairs.

A letter to the Florida mayor who trashed our fine city of San Francisco

The mayor of tiny Vero Beach, Florida wrote a letter, on official letterhead, lambasting San Francisco and the Board of Supervisors.

Is reuseable ware in the future of takeout food?

A new business will offer restaurants and food trucks reusable stainless steel containers to replace disposable foodware starting in October.

Hurricane brought out the good in people who helped after the devastation

Chella Phillips runs a refuge for stray and abandoned dogs in Nassau in the Bahamas.

What happens when union organizing crosses the line?

So what happens when union organizing crosses the line? And by “the…

Legacy Film Festival brings fresh take on aging

The films are about resiliency, hope, and overcoming loneliness.

Tourists arrive in “San Fran” with some foggy notions

Some people come to the The City with more preconceived ideas than changes of clothes.