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Watch These Videos and Decide: Is This The Best of San Francisco?

October 9, 2012 | 1:19 pm

Watch These Videos and Decide: Is This The Best of San Francisco?

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Update: Brant Ozanich has nominated this video by his relative, Dylan Ozanich, in our “best of San Francisco” contest. “Here’s what I think is a pretty good take on a early 20-something’s life in a SF,” he writes. “Not quite as detailed as the other video, but there sure is ‘grittier’ parts than just the […]

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6 Reasons to Live in ‘Miserable’ Stockton While Working in ‘America’s Best City’ San Francisco

September 28, 2012 | 1:20 pm

6 Reasons to Live in ‘Miserable’ Stockton While Working in ‘America’s Best City’ San Francisco

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I live in what’s been described as one of California’s most miserable and most violent communities. I work in what’s been described as America’s best city. My job is in San Francisco, which this week was named America’s best city for 2012 by Bloomberg Businessweek. Things are so good in the city by the Bay […]

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OccupyArt: Posters That Make the Movement Pop

September 17, 2012 | 9:20 am

OccupyArt: Posters That Make the Movement Pop

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Usually, you have to wait a few years for a museum to get around to evaluating the defining art of a political movement, but the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco jumped right in with “Occupy Bay Area.” In fact, it’s a fair bet the exhibit will end (October 14th) before the […]

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Influenced by Scandal, State Parks Legislation Lands on Governor’s Desk

September 4, 2012 | 5:59 pm

Influenced by Scandal, State Parks Legislation Lands on Governor’s Desk

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Now that we’re all back from Labor Day weekend and nursing sunburns, this seems like a good time to review two key bills related to the future of state parks: AB 1589 and AB 1478. Bear in mind everything parks-related moving through Sacramento now references the summer scandal that exploded when the Sacramento Bee reported […]

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What’s Next for the $54 Million California State Parks Surplus?

July 23, 2012 | 1:37 pm

What’s Next for the $54 Million California State Parks Surplus?

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It might sound like the funding woes facing California’s state parks have been addressed. A $54 million surplus has been found in the Parks Department budget – hallelujah! That’s more than enough to cover the $22 million budget deficit that had state officials planning to eliminate funding to 70 state parks. So parks supporters can pop […]

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State Parks Chief Resigns – Department Found Sitting on $54 Million Surplus

July 20, 2012 | 1:50 pm

State Parks Chief Resigns – Department Found Sitting on $54 Million Surplus

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Ruth Coleman resigned this morning and her second in command has been fired. The Sacramento Bee first broke the story. The inciting incident? The department has been sitting on nearly $54 million in surplus money for as long as 12 years. A rainy day fund, perhaps? The moves come in the wake of a scandal, […]

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Luxurious $3.2M Yacht Sinks in Lake Tahoe Marina

July 10, 2012 | 9:59 am

Luxurious $3.2M Yacht Sinks in Lake Tahoe Marina

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SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. (AP) — Witnesses say a three-story yacht that recently sold for $3.2 million sunk in a Lake Tahoe marina. It’s not clear what sent the 86-foot Sierra Rose vessel underwater at the Tahoe Keys Marina by Monday morning, although neighbors report hearing the sound of tearing metal Sunday night. Witness Heather […]

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Deadline? What Deadline? More State  Parks Stay Open

June 28, 2012 | 2:05 pm

Deadline? What Deadline? More State Parks Stay Open

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This just in: the state Department of Parks and Recreation says it’s got 65 deals going to keep parks open. Forty of those deals are signed; 25 more are still in the negotiation phase. Candlestick Point in San Francisco, recently left for dead, is now annotated as “California State Parks Foundation exploring options” on the […]

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Portola Redwoods State Park Off The List

June 25, 2012 | 10:23 am

Portola Redwoods State Park Off The List

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In case you missed this in last Thursday’s Mercury News, the 2,800-acre Santa Cruz Mountains getaway southwest of Cupertino became the 31st park officially saved from the list of 70 parks. The article quotes Ruth Coleman, the head of California’s Department of Parks & Recreation, saying “We are over 30 now. I would expect we […]

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SF Mayor Announces Moscone Convention Center Expansion

June 22, 2012 | 10:11 am

SF Mayor Announces Moscone Convention Center Expansion

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SAN FRANCISCO (BCN) San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee announced today plans for a major expansion of the city’s Moscone Convention Center. Exhibit space at the center could double with the expansion, the first phase of which is expected to be completed by early 2018, Lee said. “Conventioneers were telling us they need more exhibit space,” […]

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