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They deported my mom

A personal tale of how immigration laws divide families


Eight months ago, I kissed my mother goodnight and walked down the hall to my bedroom. Eight months ago, I was a few weeks away from attending Seattle University. Eight months ago was the last time I saw my mom.Read more »

Watchdogs in action

A look at the winners of this year's Freedom of Information Awards


The Society of Professional Journalists, Northern California, will honor the following James Madison Freedom of Information Award winners during a March 20 banquet. Details on their work and the dinner are available at

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Barroom backchannel

Can tech workers and progressive activists cooperate in the fight against displacement? Maybe, but don't tell their bosses.


Amid the political turmoil in the city around evictions of longtime San Franciscans, tech workers and progressive political activists are beginning to come together to brainstorm ways to address displacement.Read more »

Crooked cops

SFPD officers indicted for abusing and stealing from the poor


It's a bombshell police scandal befitting San Francisco's restive mood, dropping at a time when simmering class tensions have been making national news, and one more example of how the poor are getting trammeled by those with power.Read more »


No coal for Oakland, Newsom missed the train, and an app for SF's homeless


No coal for Oakland Port

A company that operates a coal mine in Colorado has been looking to ship its fossil fuel products to Asia via the Port of Oakland.

A coalition of environmental organizations sounded the alarm that the Board of Port Commissioners was considering a lease proposal from Bowie Resource Partners to operate a coal export facility at Oakland's Charles P. Howard Terminal.Read more »

Neighborhood news hole

Mission Local dropped by its fiscal sponsor, continuing the decline in city reporting resources


The San Francisco Chronicle and the San Francisco Examiner are the city's largest mainstream newspapers, but their reporting staffs have been gutted by layoffs over the last couple decades, leaving hyperlocal blogs and community newspapers to fill the reporting gaps. But now it appears the hyperlocal blogs, a good source of neighborhood news, are also facing hard times.Read more »

Don't be a Glasshole

Google Glass bar fights aren't about class warfare — they're about privacy


If one Googled "etiquette for wearing Google Glass" last week, the top search result was news of an incident involving Sarah Slocum, a social media consultant who achieved overnight international fame for winding up in a bar fight.

It started Feb. 22 when Slocum popped into the Lower Haight bar Molotov's sometime before last call. She was wearing Google Glass, a wearable computer that can surf the web, live stream, and record through a computerized prism positioned on a set of glasses in front of the right eye.Read more »

Staying alive

Support group addresses AIDS Survivors Syndrome and the challenges of cheating death


By all accounts, Tez Anderson shouldn't be alive today. When he contracted HIV in 1981, doctors gave him only two years to live. Somehow, he managed to outlast that prognosis by three decades.

"People ask me how I'm still here, and honestly, I don't know," he told the Guardian during an interview in his small office above Harvey's Restaurant in the Castro. "I would get these little reprieves — two more years here and there — and I just got used to living like that."Read more »

Facetime found

Randi Zuckerberg on Google bus blockades, digital overload, and the "uterus lottery"


It's rare for a member of the tech elite to sit down with the Bay Guardian for candid discussion on how the region's burgeoning technology industry is impacting San Francisco. Despite our frequent attempts to obtain comment from Silicon Valley venture capitalist Ron Conway, for instance, the billionaire investor never seems to have a free moment to chat.Read more »

Climate fight is a street fight



Prolonged warm-weather droughts seem a normal part of California life, but the intensity of drought impacts — shrinking snowpack, intense wildfires, crop failures, and the devastation of wildlife habitat and fisheries — is likely accentuated by global warming.Read more »