Funding for public transportation has never been based on population in San Francisco, believe it or not. That might all change in November if a new charter amendment passed by the Board of Supervisors this week makes it to the general ballot.…

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Author: Leif Haven
Posted: July 25, 2014, 11:49 pm



Happy Friday! Have a look at what we're reading, viewing, and gawking at on the internet.…

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Author: Mollie McWilliams
Posted: July 25, 2014, 11:15 pm

In the weirdest marketing strategy we've seen in a while, Reebok — yes, the sneaker company — is now selling bacon to appeal to the hip and happening paleo and CrossFit crowd. 

Not only is the shoe manufacturer shipping boxes of smoked, uncured, nitrate, MSG- and sweetener-free bacon, it's also serving up different bacon dishes for each day of the CrossFit Games in Carson, Calif. Today's special is bacon-wrapped, chorizo-stuffed dates. While the bacon hasn't been released to the public yet, 74 boxes packed in dry ice were sent to athletes participating in the Games.

Reebok's website advertises the pair as "together at last."…

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Author: Tiffany Do
Posted: July 25, 2014, 10:29 pm
It's July 25, 2014, the day that would have been Warren Hellman's 80th birthday. Sadly, the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass founder is now strumming at the big jam session in the sky.…

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Author: Ian S. Port
Posted: July 25, 2014, 10:21 pm
How do things get worse for disgraced state Sen. Leland Yee, who was already accused of corruption, money-laundering, and attempting to pull together a bizarre, international arms deal sending shoulder-fired rockets to Filipino jihadis?

Here's how: Yee is now an alleged racketeer. 

A grand jury today indicted the Sunset District politico — along with his erstwhile bagman, Keith Jackson, and Chinatown gangster Raymond "Shrimp Boy" Chow — on a host of new charges. Tacked onto the eight felonies Yee was already facing are one count of “conspiracy to conduct the affairs of an enterprise through a pattern of racketeering activity,” and two counts of conspiracy “to obtain property under the color of official right."

That could tack 20 more years onto the already serious time Yee is facing. 

Yee et al. were the targets of an elaborate, five-year federal probe involving millions of dollars of federal money being laundered by oblivious accused criminals and the state senator, via wiretaps and recorded conversations, purportedly influence-peddling, shaking down donors, and setting up arms deals with agents posing as mafiosis. 

Intriguingly, today's indictment includes an accusation that Yee offered to help an unidentified National Football League team owner to push through legislation making it more difficult for out-of-state athletes to collect workers' comp in California. 

Yee and Jackson — a political consultant who, decades ago, served alongside Yee on the school board — are accused of  “Extorting individuals and professional sports teams related to the passage of legislation governing the ability of professional athletes to collect workers compensation for injuries in California.” 

An undercover agent posing as a go-between for Yee and the team owner purportedly asked the senator how much his vote could be obtained for.…

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Author: Joe Eskenazi
Posted: July 25, 2014, 10:09 pm
An SF Weekly writer was surprised last night when a cab driver punched her fare into his cell phone, claiming his credit card machine was down. 

Shortly thereafter, she received an email receipt via the Square app, indicating that $17.50 had been transferred directly to the driver's personal account. 

Evidently, Square is changing the nature of cab payments, just as it's enabled farm stands and other small businesses to run transactions without using a normal credit card system. But in the cabs' case, its legality is questionable.

Technically, any cab fare paid via a credit card has to be processed through a meter in San Francisco, and the SFMTA fines drivers $150 for saying  their credit card systems are down.…

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Author: Rachel Swan
Posted: July 25, 2014, 10:04 pm

We all love secret things: passages, menus, and stories. Even the most mundane gets a sheen of intrigue when it's secret, although most noteworthy when it yields something exclusive.…

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Author: Lou Bustamante
Posted: July 25, 2014, 9:00 pm
The rule of thumb when dealing with too-amazing-to-be-true offers is "The large print giveth; the small print taketh away.

So, while the notion of the San Francisco Giants providing a safe haven for fans allergic to that ballpark staple of peanuts sounds amazing, what's really amazing is the disclaimer for the July 30 event

In 100 magical words crafted by the best peanut-minded lawyers in the realm, the Giants note that their special "peanut-controlled zone" is, in a very legally enforceable way, neither special nor peanut-controlled. 

To wit: 


Please Note: FANS SHOULD BE AWARE THAT A PEANUT-CONTROLLED ZONE DOES NOT MEAN THAT THE ZONEOR THE OTHER SECTIONS IN AT&T PARK WILL BE OR ARE PEANUT- OR NUT-FREE.…

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Author: Joe Eskenazi
Posted: July 25, 2014, 8:45 pm


A San Rafael real estate attorney, Brian Russell Kirchoff aka "Cat Daddy" died in Marin at 63 and left the greater part of one million dollars to our feline friends. The Marin IJ notes that Kirchoff’s will dictated that after the sale of his home, possessions, and porsche,"any cash proceeds left shall be donated to the Marin Humane Society for the express benefit and use of their cat fund for the benefit of all the cats which come into their care."…

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Author: Jenny Singer
Posted: July 25, 2014, 8:07 pm
At first blush, some of the fantastic tales about cannabis oil — a distillation of the entire marijuana plant, leaves and all, down to a viscous oil that purportedly has incredible palliative potential for humans — are hard to believe. Marijuana cures cancer, stops epilepsy ... and solves the deficit?…

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Author: Chris Roberts
Posted: July 25, 2014, 7:56 pm
As San Francisco neighborhoods go, the Excelsior’s relatively inexpensive and under-the-radar. (It’s also, if you’re sympathetic to this line of thinking, still largely free of those f—-ing hipsters.)…

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Author: Pete Kane
Posted: July 25, 2014, 6:19 pm
So there is a fluttering ghost with an expression like a Mexican wrestling mask, and everything is pink or orange, and there's a cloud with kind of a face in it, and morphing demon-like running figures, and a perpetual (seeming) left turn in a car, and green pills coming out of something's head, and more running, and a bosomy pony-tailed lady that seems to — aw, wait, shit, we give up. These attempts are inadequate.…

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Author: Ian S. Port
Posted: July 25, 2014, 6:14 pm
On Sunday is Up Your Alley, aka Dore Alley, the so-called “Dirty Little Brother” to the Folsom Street Fair. Minus the hordes of tourists and the Leather Pride flags up and down Market Street, Up Your Alley is an otherwise identical fetish bonanza spread over some of the same few blocks of Western SoMa, dedicated to San Francisco’s hometown queers (and nudists, and bondage enthusiasts, and looky-loos).

Amid the pornographers, the single-tail booths, and the beer stands, there will be something else that might make the American Family Association cringe a tiny bit less than usual: Yarnesses.…

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Author: Pete Kane
Posted: July 25, 2014, 5:46 pm
"If I want to see porn, I'll fuckin' put a mirror next to my bed. There's 7 billion people on the planet, right?…

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Author: Rae Alexandra
Posted: July 25, 2014, 5:15 pm
“We’re making waves in LA!” said Big Galoot #1, Jason. Oh yes you are — Paris Hilton can’t wait to invite you to her pool party, bro.…

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Author: Katy St. Clair
Posted: July 25, 2014, 5:00 pm
Iranian-American diplomatic relations might be at an all-time low (which is really saying something). But Persian-San Franciscan dining experiences just took a big step towards rapprochement now that Anar — Farsi for “pomegranate” — is open in central SoMa.…

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Author: Pete Kane
Posted: July 25, 2014, 4:00 pm
Update: Fire authoriteis say there were actually several small fires inside the apartment and that it appeared to be a "hoarding situation."

An unidentified woman was found dead this morning amid heavy smoke and flames after broke out at an apartment complex in the Park Merced neighborhood.

Deputy Chief Mark Gonzales tells us that fire crews rushed to an apartment building at 55 Chumasero Drive at about 5:07 a.m. where a fire was burning. The blaze was "very small" however the smoke inside was heavy.…

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Author: Erin Sherbert
Posted: July 25, 2014, 3:42 pm
Update 8:16 a.m.:  BART spokesman Jim Allison says someone overheard a bomb threat this morning at about 7:40 a.m., forcing police to evacuate the entire station. Trains are stopping before the Coliseum station and officials are trying to set up a bus bridge to help commuters get to work. 

Original Story 7:59 a.m.: We just got word from BART that the cops have closed down the Coliseum Station in Oakland, causing "major delays" throughout the BART system. 

Details are scant right now, as BART officials did not define what kind of "police activity" is happening at the Coliseum Station. 
No trains are running though the closed station and delays are affecting the Fremont Line in the Dublin / Pleasanton, Fremont, Richmond and San Francisco directions.

We'll tell you more when we know more. 



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Author: Erin Sherbert
Posted: July 25, 2014, 2:59 pm
The San Francisco Dungeon opened this summer, but their larger than life cast is still growing. They just acquired 16 new actors, only these actors are not people: they’re rats.…

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Author: David Mariuz
Posted: July 25, 2014, 2:54 pm
A former San Francisco State University professor has been charged with videotaping 15 students in his apartment bathroom.

Mark Landis, who was an associate professor of accounting in the College of Business, has been charged with 15 counts of invasion of privacy, according to a district attorney’s office spokesman Alex Bastian.

He is currently out of custody on $100,000 bail.
According to the Examiner, the former accounting professor allegedly invited over several current and former SFSU students for a party. He then secretly filmed them while they used the bathroom, authorities said.…

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Author: Erin Sherbert
Posted: July 25, 2014, 2:23 pm
Belo Cipriani's Blind: A Memoir is the kind of book that should have made Oprah's Book Club — it's a life-changing read. Cipriani, an openly gay Bay Area resident, chronicles the harrowing night in 2007 when he was brutally assaulted by a group of former friends.…

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Author: David-Elijah Nahmod
Posted: July 25, 2014, 2:10 pm
San Francisco police say it was Marckys Mendez, a 20-year-old San Bruno man, who gunned down four people in the Bayview neighborhood earlier this month in two separate shootings that occurred hours apart.

On July 6, two men were standing on the 1700 block of La Salle Street when Mendez allegedly fired multiple rounds, striking both victims in the chest and back. Police say 37-year-old Antonio Cortez died three hours later at a local hospital; the second victim was taken to San Francisco General Hospital and survived.

Officer Gordon Shyy says Mendez is also connected to a second shooting that occurred earlier that same day on the unit block of Cameron Way where another two people were gunned down.…

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Author: Erin Sherbert
Posted: July 24, 2014, 10:43 pm
Sad news broke last night that much-respected local chef Chris L'Hommedieu has died. The 44-year-old chef succumbed after a battle with a rare appendix cancer (coincidentally, the same that caused the death of Zuni Cafe's Judy Rodgers last November).…

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Author: Anna Roth
Posted: July 24, 2014, 10:30 pm

It’s been a pretty good month for Tony Gemingani. Last week, Forbes crowned Tony’s in North Beach as the “The Best Pizzeria In America”; and tomorrow, he will open Slice House at AT&T Park.…

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Author: Omar Mamoon
Posted: July 24, 2014, 9:30 pm


It had to happen eventually, the episode wherein the gals go back to high school.

After myriad allusions to all the Lifetime movies they’ve starred in and their bygone days of sluttiness, it’s only fitting that the producers would put them in West Beverly High for an undercover adventure.…

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Author: Katy St. Clair
Posted: July 24, 2014, 9:15 pm