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What's the Big Idea? Debating the Future of a Great Urban Park

Charles A. Birnbaum | Posted 03.09.2014 | Arts
Charles A. Birnbaum

The current, rather frothy debate about proposed development at Crissy Field in the Presidio at San Francisco's Golden Gate National Recreation Area, which arguably ranks in significance with New York's Central Park and Washington, DC's National Mall, deserves more national attention.

SF Media Mogul Goes On Angry Crusade Against Nancy Pelosi

Aaron Sankin | Posted 12.05.2012 | San Francisco

Todd Vogt is arguably the most powerful figure in the world of San Francisco media. And he has a message for House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi: re...

Friday Food: Goodbye to Another Time, Another Place, Another City

Christopher Caen | Posted 06.20.2012 | San Francisco
Christopher Caen

It's sad to see Sam Wo's go, but I hope that somewhere out there tonight, a group of cocky kids will find some other greasy table to gather around, push out their chests a bit too much and invisibly check off another rite of passage.

Friday Fantasy

Christopher Caen | Posted 05.23.2012 | Comedy
Christopher Caen

Every journalist has their Holy Grail. And ever since this whole Mirkarimi saga started, I have wanted to bust it wide open, and uncover what everyone was quietly talking about.

Friday Fielders

Christopher Caen | Posted 05.16.2012 | San Francisco
Christopher Caen

After what has seemed like the longest spring training in history, opening day is finally here. Nope, I'm not talking about baseball. I am talking about our sheriff, Ross Mirkarimi, and finally we can get this whole trial underway.

Friday Frustration: Pier 29 Hung Out to Dry

Christopher Caen | Posted 04.25.2012 | San Francisco
Christopher Caen

Some victory laps are expected, and some are not. S.F.'s agreement with the America's Cup organizers is finally going to the full Board of Supervisors next week. Many are relieved, but the manner of this victory lap is particularly odd.

Friday Future

Christopher Caen | Posted 04.18.2012 | San Francisco
Christopher Caen

As much as we talk about economic tax breaks, historical districts, and other "drivers" of our economy, the reality is the lifeblood of our future is these kids. Schools like De Marillac anchor a neighborhood in a way that no legislation ever will.

Friday Friends: The New Good Old Days

Christopher Caen | Posted 04.11.2012 | San Francisco
Christopher Caen

If there is one thing we San Franciscans love talking about, it's those hallowed days of yore. It makes me wonder: Did those people back then think they were in the good old days?

Friday Father: San Francisco at a Crossroads

Christopher Caen | Posted 04.04.2012 | San Francisco
Christopher Caen

What does it mean to be a native San Franciscan? Such an easy question, and yet I was unable to get my arms around it.

Friday Followers: Mayor Lee Needs to Take the Lead

Christopher Caen | Posted 03.28.2012 | San Francisco
Christopher Caen

Having fun yet Mister Mayor? Somewhere along the line, you must have realized that there is no grace period for this job. And worse, that there is no place to hide.

Is San Francisco Becoming San FranciscoWorld?

Christopher Caen | Posted 03.21.2012 | San Francisco
Christopher Caen

The Gold Dust Lounge is one of the venerable old watering holes downtown, which used to be littered with them. Now, like many other cities, downtown is turning into a glorified mall, and the saloon is being forced out for yet another clothing store.

Friday Finish: Sheriff Mirkarimi Indicted

Christopher Caen | Posted 03.14.2012 | San Francisco
Christopher Caen

Besides this being the possible end to a progressive golden boy, could this also be a Waterloo for the progressive movement in San Francisco?

Friday Footsteps: San Francisco Nostalgia

Christopher Caen | Posted 03.07.2012 | San Francisco
Christopher Caen

Any New Year's run through San Francisco is going to be as much a run into the past as a run into the future.

Friday Fettle

Christopher Caen | Posted 02.26.2012 | San Francisco
Christopher Caen

December 23 - Twas the night before Christmas, and all through the town... well, actually it's the night before the night before Christmas, and all th...

Friday Fishwrap

Christopher Caen | Posted 02.08.2012 | San Francisco
Christopher Caen

Apparently, we should all be happy these days because we were told this week that the budget shortfall is less than originally stated. This is good in a "the plane isn't diving into the ground as fast as assumed" way.

Did The City's Most Conservative Newspaper Just Take A Turn To The Left?

| Posted 02.01.2012 | San Francisco

This article comes to us courtesy of SF Weekly's The Snitch. By Erin Sherbert The San Francisco Examiner closed out the month of November with a...

Once, There Were the Irregulars...

Christopher Caen | Posted 02.01.2012 | San Francisco
Christopher Caen

I was a columnist for the SF Examiner, and I had the slightly deranged mission of writing about... well... whatever I wanted. But really, my editors knew there was only thing I wanted to write about: San Francisco.

Kids' Art Mentor Charged For Child Porn

Posted 08.06.2011 | Arts

Anthony Josef Norris, director of a San Francisco art education nonprofit group, has been charged with possession of child pornography. The City subse...

California Dreaming: The Old Days at Candlestick Park

Tim Wendel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Sports
Tim Wendel

During the 1987 National League Championship Series, the winds blew what appeared to be a sure foul ball fair, making for a big inning for the hometown team.

Hunter S. Thompson Once Shot Up A Mac

Silicon Alley Insider | Henry Blodget | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Annals from the dawn of digital business... We were shivering in the "unseasonably" frigid wind over dinner at the Online Publishers Association Summ...