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Dangerous delays

Four years after the San Bruno disaster, PG&E still isn't fixing its potentially faulty natural gas pipelines on schedule

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rebecca@sfbg.com

Since we at the Bay Guardian published a story flagging Pacific Gas & Electric Co.'s odd behavior of stonewalling a developer who had basic questions about a high-pressure gas pipeline running beneath his Bernal Heights building lot (see "Bernal blows up," May 20), we've heard from others concerned about the company's practices regarding safety.Read more »

Breaking the chains

Rival measures updating SF's formula retail controls stir controversy and debate

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steve@sfbg.com

San Franciscans have always been wary of chain stores, more so than residents of any other major US city, none of which have taken on the ever-expanding national corporations and their homogenizing impact on local communities as strongly as San Francisco.Read more »

Streetcar standoff

Muni sickout echoes earlier labor clashes and economic inequities

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joe@sfbg.com

San Francisco's municipal transportation system stood still, stranding middle class riders. Riots raged throughout the city as over 1,500 streetcar drivers, known as carmen, literally fought with bottles and stones for higher wages. Left with few options, stranded San Franciscans took to other means to get to work: by foot, by bicycle, and by horse-drawn carriage.Read more »

Cristina Lopez, East Bay Recycler

Recycling workers, in their own words

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"I first applied for a job at the Select agency in 2000. A lot of people had told me that this job was really bad. At first they put me on the cardboard line. That didn't seem so bad because it's not so dirty. It's just that the cardboard stacks up so fast. But then they put me on the trash line, which was a lot dirtier. But the thing is, I needed the job. So I worked hard, and the years passed, and I was still there.Read more »

Luis Valladares, East Bay recycler

Recycling workers, in their own words

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"My father is a farmer in Chiapas, and grows corn, mangoes, and bananas. Our land wasn't enough to support our family, though. The little we were able to grow was just to eat.

"When I was 16 I left home and school, and went to Mexico City. Parents never want their children to leave. But we ... can't stay. The majority of young people in my town have left, like me, looking for a way to help their families survive.Read more »

"E" is for "evidence"

Mayor Ed Lee drafts a policy allowing him to delete emails deemed "routine."

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Former Mayor Willie Brown was infamous for keeping the workings of San Francisco government secret. Now his successor, Mayor Ed Lee, has codified government secrecy into written policy.

A Bay Guardian review of Lee's newest public records retention schedule found the mayor granted himself the ability to destroy public records with broad power: deleting emails deemed "routine," drafts of legislation, and records of telephone calls to the office of the mayor.Read more »

Trading favors?

Randy Shaw quietly gets city funds for his Tenderloin Museum from a Mayor's Office he loudly promotes

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Randy Shaw is a Tenderloin power broker who has a cozy relationship with the Mayor's Office, regularly promoting its interests and perspective on his blog, BeyondChron, and through other avenues. In return, Shaw quietly gets tremendous city support — including big infusions of public funds — for his projects and initiatives.Read more »

At the crossroads

A community is left reeling by sudden changes at Intersection for the Arts, San Francisco's oldest alternative non-profit arts space.

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By Jolene Torr

On May 23, the city's oldest alternative nonprofit art space announced that it would suspend programming due to a fragile financial situation. Indefinitely.Read more »

Political insider targeted for possessing explosives

Ryan Chamberlain described history of depression, being burned by political losses in cryptic note

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San Francisco PR consultant Ryan Chamberlain was apprehended by the SFPD on the night of June 2. The well-connected social media and campaign consultant allegedly possessed explosives in his apartment, and was described as being on "armed and dangerous." But in a letter he wrote to personal contacts via iCloud that many interpreted as a suicide note, Chamberlain recalled the road to his depression.Read more »

THE GUARDIAN CLEAN SLATE

Our voting guide to take to the polls for the June 3 election

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GOVERNOR
Jerry Brown

LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR
Gavin Newsom

SECRETARY OF STATE
Derek Kressman

CONTROLLER
Betty Yee

TREASURER
John Chiang

ATTORNEY GENERAL
Kamala Harris

INSURANCE COMMISSIONER
Dave JOnes

SUPERVISOR OF SCHOOLS
Tom Torlakson

BOARD OF EQUALIZATION
Fiona Ma

ASSEMBLY, DISTRICT 17
David CamposRead more »