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Wow! 29 Latinos for Meg Whitman

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I wonder which is more remarkable -- that there are only 29 members of the Latinos for Meg Whitman page -- or that there are actually 29 Latinos for Meg Whitman. I mean, a candidate who over and over again insists that she really, really doesn't want to do anything to allow people who have been living and working in this country for many years to get a chance at citizenship? I think it's safe to say that won't be her strongest base of support in November.

SFBG.COM Radio: Tim and Johnny on the real threat to business in California

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Today, Johnny and Tim talk about the huge health insurance rates facing small businesses in California -- and why that's more of a threat to the viability of small business than tax increases. You can listen after the jump. Read more »

Memorial Day in Rock Rapids, Iowa, circa 1940s-50s

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When I was growing up in my hometown of Rock Rapids, Iowa, a farming community of 2,800 in the northwest corner of the state, Memorial Day was the official start of summer.

We headed off to YMCA camp at Camp Foster on West Okiboji Lake and Boy Scout camp at Lake Shetek in southwestern Minnesota. The less fortunate were trundled off to Bible School at the Methodist Church.Read more »

Public employees step up; when will Newsom and downtown?

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With news that Muni union leaders are backing salary givebacks to help close San Francisco's $483 million budget deficit, all city employees are now making sacrifices to preserve city services that we all rely on. But as we eagerly await the release of the mayor's budget on June 1 – in which some city departments have been asked to make cuts of up to 30 percent – the question is whether Mayor Gavin Newsom will find the courage to ask other San Francisco entities to help. Read more »

Birds & Batteries move out of the fog and into the bright light

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Part haunted house, half honky-tonk and a lot of freak funk, the sounds emitted via San Francisco band Birds & Batteries-- playing Fri/28 at Rickshaw Stop-- is a mixed bag of awesome that seems to come from a questionable place. Drug trade, mental instability and disturbing sadness inhabited the streets below band member Mike Sempert's former apartment in the Tenderloin and crept into his songwriting with dark undertones. Now that he's officially transplanted to greener grass in Oakland, the only thing creepin' into the band's new tunes is a little sunshine. 

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Street Threads: New York City

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Today's Look: Well, it's the always fashionable Naked Cowboy from Times Square

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Party Radar: Strap yourself in for the long weekend

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This week, I took advantage of our Video Issue to gush in the Super Ego column about some digital developments in Clubland that fascinate me. But of course upon us comes the three-day bonanza known as Memorial Weekend to the outside world (Blackout McBlackety-Blackout Weekend to party peeps). So here's a few picks to guide you tipsily down the Memorial Hole. Rat your wig and grip that PBR, because here we go. And check out our Weekly Picks for more craziness.

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Tasty bytes at the Guerilla Dining Collective

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“You're experiencing a dish crawl in a single room," chirped the beguiling CEO of Battledish, Tracy Lee. Lee's Interweb gig entails cataloguing SF dish-by-dish for the pleasure of adventurous food obsessed individuals, a Sisyphean task she says has her organizing the city's restaurants' specialties down to taste. To highlight this spirit of culinary safari, Battledish was taking part in and helping to organizing a dinner assembled by graffEats of some of the finest underground food purveyors in the Bay last night to create eight courses of delicately prepared plates, each paired with glasses of Phelps Creek, Oregon wines hitherto unreleased on the Californian market. Read more »

Fees rise in SF, but some supervisors prefer taxes

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By Brittany Baguio

 The Board of Supervisors this week voted to impose non-resident fees for admission into Botanical Gardens in an effort to help alleviate the city's $483 million budget deficit, as requested by the Mayor's Office. But even supervisors who supported it say they hope to end the fees if they can find some general revenue sources, a process that will begin next week after Mayor Gavin Newsom releases his budget on June 1. Read more »

Why is SFUSD signing on to Race to the Top?

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The Obama administration, to its credit, is actually paying attention to, and putting money into, urban public education. But Arne Duncan, the education secretary, is using some of the money to push a broad agenda that, frankly, drives me nuts and undermines a lot of what public education ought to be about.Read more »

Poll: PG&E is in trouble

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Internal polls by Pacific Gas and Electric Company's consultants show that Prop. 16 -- the scandalous attack on public power and community choice -- is still trailing, despite $45 million in advertising, a source familiar with the polling told me today.Read more »

FCC seeks input on new media ownership rules

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By Kaitlyn Paris

The Federal Communications Commission filed a Notice of Inquiry on May 25 asking for public input on its changing media ownership rules. Citizens concerned about proposals to expand corporate control of local television, radio, and print should submit their views within 30 days via the FCC website. The list of 107 topics can be found here, along with Commissioner's statements outlining the intent and scope of the rules and comments. Read more »

Another new model for newspaper ownership

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Well, maybe it's not entirely, new, but I haven't seen it around here. The Point Reyes Light, a legend in West Marin, was just sold to a community-based group that's almost, sortof a nonprofit. It's actually called a "low-profit limited liability company" (not a bad name for most newspapers these days), and it's going to be operated as a community trust, of sorts. Mark Dowie, the well-known investigative reporter, is involved, so that's good news. Read more »

Street Threads: New York City

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Today's Look: Cenia, Times Square

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Is Secure Communities opt-out still an option?

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Immigrant rights attorney Francisco Ugarte, who works for SFILEN,  just talked to me about why it’s critical that folks raise their concerns about immigrant rights with their elected officials in the face of Secure Communities, a program ICE is planning to bring to San Francisco June 1, and to all U.S. jails by 2013, without the openness and transparency that we have come to expect under the Obama administration. Read more »