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Editorial
Ending state secrecy

Cloudy California
The state's open-government laws have eroded to the worst level in 50 years but the sunshine forces have a bold new plan to fight back.

By Savannah Blackwell

Paying for secrecy
Your tax dollars fund the dominant state lobby against freedom of information and open government.

By Rachel Brahinsky

Shady dealings
S.F. city departments are spending millions on noncompetitive contracts – and keeping them under wraps.
By Cassi Feldman

Bills to watch
Key 2002 legislation that could affect your right to know.
By Rachel Brahinsky

FOI winners
Presenting the winners of the 17th annual Society of Professional Journalists James Madison Freedom of Information Awards

Freedom of Information Awards Dinner
San Francisco Writers Workshop

Freedom of Information resources

Opinion
The case for SCA 7
By Terry Francke

Last week's issue


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In this issue
By Tim Redmond

First, the Bad News
By Tali Woodward

Taking stock
Candidates who lined up against the Brown-Burton machine fared well March 5, but S.F.'s power vacuum is evident
By Tim Redmond and Savannah Blackwell

Editorial
Another airport cover-up

Life during Wartime

Sick tower?
Study shows Sutro Tower may cause cancer
By
Savannah Blackwell

Building opposition
Bigger isn't better when it comes to S.F.'s juvenile hall construction plan
By
Tali Woodward


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Kissing Jessica Stein
Frothy queer romantic comedy leaves Charles Herman-Wurmfeld floating to the top.
By Susan Gerhard

The paramount Mary J. Blige has it her way in Oakland and at the Grammys.
By Johnny Ray Huston

Elmore's world People talk about Elizabeth Elmore do you think she gives a damn?
By Jimmy Draper

Quiet Riot

'The Most Fertile Man in Ireland'

'Art vs. Prison'

Script Doctor

'CO-LAB: New Generations'
Fine Arts Gallery, through Thurs/21; San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery, through March 30

School Sucks
By Amanda Nowinski

liner notes
By Lynn Rapoport

last exit
By derk richardson

Electric Habitat
By Amanda Nowinski

Script Doctor

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'Working' girl
By Andrea Nemerson

culture shocked
Loving self-loathing
By Katharine Mieszkowski

The Nessie Files
The strange case of Atabrine
By nessie

Dine
The world is made of glass ... and brick
By Paul Reidinger

Without Reservations
The empire eats out
By Paul Reidinger

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By Dan Leone

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By Tom Tomorrow

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By Sally Cragin

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SCA 7: The Open Government Sunshine Amendment
SCA 7 is legislation that would place a Constitutional Amendment on the ballot to allow voters to strengthen the public's right of access to government deliberations and records. SCA 7 would have to pass both the Senate and Assembly by a two-thirds majority before being placed on the ballot. A majority of voters would then have to approve the addition to the state constitution.
01.29.02

Following up on public power

The shame of Hearst
Editor's Note
By Bruce B. Brugmann, 11.14.01

Media Beat
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By Norman Solomon

 

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Picture this
Miriam Wolf describes a passel of new photo books, comic collections, and coffee-table books are as easy to give as they are on the eyes. PLUS: Middle-earth in the balance, Land of the free ... agent, and more in December Lit.

Anniversary Issue
The case for MUD: A public power agency could cut electric rates by 20 percent – and still make millions of dollars.