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For City Parks, 2014 Was the Year That Was (Great)!

Adrian Benepe | Posted 12.26.2014 | Green
Adrian Benepe

Well, 2014 was certainly the "Year That Was" for parks and open space, with many cities finding places to build new parks by creatively reusing abandoned or underperforming infrastructure as parks, and with record levels of new public and private investment in some states and cities.

Five Tips for International Gifting

Terry Kelhawk | Posted 12.19.2014 | Impact
Terry Kelhawk

Over decades of international gift-giving I've gathered a few pointers which might put more ho than humbug into your holidays if internationals are on your list. My motto is, "Be generous, but appropriate." Here's how...

It's an Accessible Life: My 24-Hour Journey

Sally Swanson | Posted 12.17.2014 | Arts
Sally Swanson

The white Christmas I'm thinking about this season has nothing to do with snow. Rather, it's all about a site specific art installation that occurred this October.

Winter Storms Mean Deadly Peril for Wildlife -- But These WildCare Patient Survived!

Alison Hermance | Posted 12.17.2014 | Green
Alison Hermance

Some people braved the storm, maybe to walk a dog or just to witness the mayhem first-hand. Fortunately for several wild animals in dire straits, these people became rescuers and brought the animals to WildCare.

Why I Took My Baby to #MillionsMarchSF

Brandon L. Greene | Posted 12.16.2014 | Black Voices
Brandon L. Greene

Growing up, I learned of how my grandmother taught in segregated schools and my mother attended them, prior to witnessing the race riots that accompanied integration. Though they were before my time, these events, and the role my family played in them, have shaped me.

Cash Out or Stay Put

Geri Spieler | Posted 12.15.2014 | San Francisco
Geri Spieler

With real estate prices skyrocketing in Silicon Valley, some of my friends are deciding to cash in on their homes, grab the extra bucks and take a hike out of town or out of state and live the good life somewhere else with lots of money to spare.

The New Rules for Retail Workers

David Morris | Posted 12.15.2014 | Business
David Morris

The human cost in disrupted lives is enormous. Uncertain schedules undermine workers' efforts to fulfill their caregiving responsibilities or maintain stable childcare or pursue education or training or juggle a second part time job.

How Has the Face of Homelessness Changed Since the Global Financial Crisis?

Kevin F. Adler | Posted 12.15.2014 | Impact
Kevin F. Adler

Foreclosures, lay-offs, medical bills, and perpetual unemployment have left millions of Americans particularly vulnerable since the great recession. ...

Lilly Workneh

'Everyone Has A Stake In This': Tens Of Thousands Mobilize Across America

HuffingtonPost.com | Lilly Workneh | Posted 12.15.2014 | Black Voices

As thousands of people rallied in the nation’s capitol and demonstrated through the streets of New York on Saturday, protesters in other cities ...

Spike in Tiny Number of Gay Men on PrEP Abandoning Condoms Hardly Represents 'All' Gay Men

John-Manuel Andriote | Posted 12.12.2014 | Gay Voices
John-Manuel Andriote

A Dec. 8 blog post in the San Francisco Business Times has sparked another furor over gay men using the HIV drug Truvada to prevent infection with the deadly virus. "San Francisco men shed condoms in favor of Gilead's HIV prevention pill," alleges the title of SFBT reporter Ron Leuty's opinion piece.

Baby, It's Cold Outside

Jeffrey Braverman | Posted 12.16.2014 | Arts
Jeffrey Braverman

I'm fascinated by the way technology simultaneously connects and isolates people. My series, Encounter, explores some of the ordinary and intriguing men behind their online identities.

Huge California Storm Causes Power Outages, Delays Flights

AP | By MARTHA MENDOZA and ELLEN KNICKMEYER | Posted 12.12.2014 | Green

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A powerful storm churned down the West Coast on Thursday, bringing strong gales and much-needed rain and snow that caused wides...

How San Francisco Is Getting to Zero On HIV

Mehroz Baig | Posted 12.10.2014 | San Francisco
Mehroz Baig

San Francisco, once the epicenter of the HIV/AIDS epidemic, has since made great strides in reducing HIV transmission and implementing prevention policies. On this year's World AIDS Day, San Francisco's Getting to Zero Coalition unveiled a draft strategic plan.

6 Hotels That Have All Your Bases Covered (For Once You've, Er, Rounded the Bases)

Oyster | Posted 12.09.2014 | Travel
Oyster

Whether you've booked the room with the sole purpose of getting down with your significant other, or waves of passion spontaneously overtake you, the following hotels have everything you need to stay happy after you get lucky.

4 Things I Learned After Viewing Kinky Boots

Elizabeth Ann Thompson | Posted 12.12.2014 | Black Voices
Elizabeth Ann Thompson

On Dec. 7 I saw Kinky Boots at the SHN Orpheum Theatre in San Francisco. Words cannot describe how extraordinary it is.

The Dark Ages of Queerdom

Katie Gilmartin | Posted 12.09.2014 | Gay Voices
Katie Gilmartin

For my graduate research I interviewed "Bernie" and other lesbians about their lives in the 1940s, '50s, and '60s. Their stories have haunted me since. These stories, and the experiences of gay men, bisexuals, and transgender people told to me by friends and friends of friends, are woven throughout my first novel, Blackmail, My Love.

Building the Next Silicon Valley: Your Regulations Are My Opportunity

OpedSpace | Posted 12.08.2014 | Technology
OpedSpace

Combined with sufficient talent and capital, the cities that host pioneering new businesses in their first deployments have every advantage in the world to become home to the Amazon of tomorrow.

What Is It Like to Grow Up in the Silicon Valley Right Now?

Quora | Posted 12.08.2014 | Education
Quora

I'm going to come at this from the perspective of a teenager that's currently growing up in Palo Alto. I attend Palo Alto High School. There are many Pros and many Cons.

Friday Talking Points -- 'Tis The Season

Chris Weigant | Posted 12.05.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

It's that magical time of year when the wee folk of Capitol Hill actually get something done. These brief bursts of activity only happen very rarely, of course, and always immediately proceed another one of the many, many long vacations Congress takes during the year.

The Archivist's Dilemma: Q&A With Oddball Films' Stephen Parr

Michael Nirenberg | Posted 12.05.2014 | Arts
Michael Nirenberg

While working on my new film in the Bay Area this summer, I had the good fortune of being introduced to Stephen Parr and his massive 6000 sq. ft. archive aptly named Oddball Films.

She's Beautiful When She's Angry

Frank Browning | Posted 12.05.2014 | Women
Frank Browning

Ten minutes into She's Beautiful When She's Angry I was transfixed. Funny, poignant and fast-moving but most of all open-hearted and smart, this visually intense 90 minutes brought back the sounds, scenes and voices that had made it so exciting to be alive during the years of hope, dreams and passion of the 1960s and early 70s.

Too Much Attention On the Sideshow in Oakland: Enough Is Enough!

Lee Bycel | Posted 12.03.2014 | Media
Lee Bycel

Most people are good, hard working and caring people. We want to know about both the good and the bad, the cutting edge events and the problems -- but come on, "breaking news" stories about the sideshow in Oakland is over the top.

AIDS: The Early Years

Leon Acord | Posted 12.03.2014 | Gay Voices
Leon Acord

I can barely remember a time before AIDS. I graduated high school in May 1981 at age 17. The day after graduation, I moved to Indianapolis to escape both farm life and parents unable to handle an out son. When I got there, I was shocked not only to discover so many others like me.

To Fight AIDS, End Stigma and Advance Equality

Christine Pelosi | Posted 12.01.2014 | Politics
Christine Pelosi

I hesitate to say "lost to AIDS" because the term is too benign -- as if, like car keys or cell phones, people are "lost" randomly and accidentally to a disease. No, AIDS patients are killed by disease abetted by stigma, their immune systems compromised and vulnerable to opportunistic infections.

How Competition Brought Us Closer This Thanksgiving

Cristina M. Regalado | Posted 11.26.2014 | Women
Cristina M. Regalado

As an immigrant, I appreciated the importance of the Thanksgiving holiday as a uniquely American tradition. Our extended family adapted to the fervor that came with preparations for this holiday.