Maria Dinzeo

Moment of truth

The Eastern Neighborhoods Plan could determine whether San Francisco retains its working-class residents
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The controversial and long-awaited Eastern Neighborhoods Community Plan — which includes a thicket of thorny planning and financing issues that will largely determine San Francisco's socioeconomic future — has finally arrived before the Board of Supervisors.

Neither developers nor community activists are happy with the plan approved Aug. 7 by the Planning Commission, which sets zoning, policies, and funding levels for new development in the Mission District, eastern SoMa, Potrero Hill, and the Central Waterfront.Read more »

Cash from cabbies

Yellow Cab pushes driver prepayment plan that city officials say is illegal
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The largest taxicab company in San Francisco is trying to squeeze more money from its drivers, who say they're already being hit hard by increased gate fees and rising fuel costs.

Yellow Cab has ordered its drivers to prepay for the privilege of driving each month, amounting to thousands of dollars for full-time drivers. Read more »

Tie the same-sex knot

The Queer Issue: Get married already, why don't you? A guide to quickie queer nuptials
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For opposite-sex couples, getting married never had to be difficult; it was as simple as a jaunt to City Hall for a marriage license or a flight to Las Vegas for a midnight ceremony.

As of June 17, San Francisco became a worthy competitor for same-sex couples. Since the California Supreme Court ruling legalized same-sex marriages that day, choices for weddings have begun to expand.

Indeed, if you're in town for Pride Weekend and you feel the urge, the decision to marry may not call for any planning at all. Read more »