Cover Story

Team Avalos

As a mayoral candidate, Sup. John Avalos casts himself as a movement builder

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When Supervisor John Avalos chaired the Budget & Finance Committee in 2009 and 2010, his office became a bustling place in the thick of the budget process. To gain insight on the real-life effects of the mayor's proposed spending cuts, Avalos and his City Hall staff played host to neighborhood service providers, youth workers, homeless advocates, labor leaders, and other San Franciscans who stood to be directly impacted by the axe that would fall when the final budget was approved. Read more »

Ecological rewind

Environmentalists want to tear down O'Shaughnessy Dam and restore the Hetch Hetchy Valley, but does their plan hold water?

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rebeccab@sfbg.com

Follow the trail from Yosemite National Park's Rancheria Falls up along dusty switchbacks and down through a canopy of pines and madrones for roughly three miles, and you will reach Tiltill Valley.Read more »

The Guardian Guide to Burning Man

Our guide leads you to the best art and parties on the playa -- and helps you prepare for the journey of a lifetime

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It's a Burning Man world

Burning Man dominates August in the Bay Area. It's everywhere, almost impossible to escape, even if you try. That's a never-ending source of irritation to those who don't go, particularly for those who are the rare holdouts in social circles filled with burners, where playa preparation, anticipation, and exaltation can unexpectedly snake their ways into any conversation.Read more »

BEST OF THE BAY 2011

From Best Burrito to Best Strip Club - our 37th annual celebration of the best people, places, and things in the Bay Area

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Welcome to the Guardian's Best of the Bay 2011! This is our 37th annual celebration of the people, places, and things that make living here such a great experience — from Best Burrito and Best Local Band to Best Strip Club, Best Shoe Store, Best Drag Queen, and beyond.Read more »

BEST OF THE BAY 2011

From Best Burrito to Best Strip Club - our 37th annual celebration of the best people, places, and things in the Bay Area

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Welcome to the Guardian's Best of the Bay 2011! This is our 37th annual celebration of the people, places, and things that make living here such a great experience — from Best Burrito and Best Local Band to Best Strip Club, Best Shoe Store, Best Drag Queen, and beyond.Read more »

Girls just want to have fun

The SF girls of Leather  cute kink and breaking down stereotypes

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culture@sfbg.com

SEX It was their first official slumber party and a late-night run to the grocery store for pink hair dye was in order. Decked out in a combination of pink, pajamas, and leather, the San Francisco girls of Leather shrieked and giggled as they wandered the aisles searching for anything rosy-colored. The girls could easily have been mistaken for a freshman herd of coeds soaked in Malibu and cheap vodka, but as the group's president, Leland, remembers, they were "just high on girls."Read more »

The Queer Issue 2011

Ride over the rainbow with Kreayshawn, Roaddawgs, Susie Bright, the annual Hot Pink List and our mega-guide to hot Pride action. 

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Every year we bring it for Pride -- attempting to represent the incredibly varied and creative community we call queer. This is an impossible task, of course, but that doesn't mean we don't try! We really try. So strap on those rainbow knickers, hop on a unicorn, and let's dive in. 

>>EDITOR'S NOTES

Queer youth and you

By Marke B.Read more »

Chiu's choice

The man who presided over the end of the Progressive Era at City Hall needs to decide whose side he's really on

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For 10 years — from 2000 to 2010 — progressives controlled the San Francisco Board of Supervisors. It was a defining era in city politics, with the left-leaning board not only providing a check on the power of downtown-backed mayors Willie Brown and Gavin Newsom but producing a long list of important reforms that, generally, sought to level the playing field between the haves and have-nots.Read more »

2011 Small Business Awards

The Guardian's annual small business awards celebrate the entrepreneurs who keep this city lively

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Everyone loves to talk about the value of small business. There's a National Small Business Week, proclaimed by the president, and San Francisco Small Business Week, proclaimed by the mayor. There are conferences and speakers and programs. Even the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce — the mouthpiece for giant corporations in town — periodically hails the value of the little entrepreneur.Read more »

2010 Offies!

"We can't compete with China if we're all stoned!" Presenting our annual Off Guard Awards for the worst of a very bad political year

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tredmond@sfbg.com

When a major conservative political movement starts using a name that typically refers to the act of scrotal fellatio, you know it's morning again in America. In 2010, the teabaggers came home. They nominated candidates who think masturbation is selfish and wonder why monkeys aren't still evolving into humans. They held rallies urging the government to "get out of my Medicare," which happens to be a government program. Their leaders praised dictators and urged women who had been raped to look at the bright side of things.

And those were just the headlines.Read more »