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Kim's affordable housing ballot measure gutted then approved

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Housing is out of whack in San Francisco, and Sup. Jane Kim's affordable housing ballot measure would've gone a long way towards fixing it. But that was then. Now, things are more uncertain. Read more »

Homeless in transit

A night at Powell Station shows how BART rousts the homeless in enforcing its new ban on sitting and lying

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For most people, the Bay Area Rapid Transit system's stations are just that: transitory. Walk into Powell Station, zip down the escalator and glide out on a train, destination somewhere. But for homeless people drawn to BART stations, the agency is a place to be stationary, a home and safe haven from the elements, muggings, and other hazards of sleeping on streets.

But now, BART intends to reclaim the T in its name. It wants the homeless to be transitory and get out of the stations.Read more »

Republican guru Grover Norquist headed to Burning Man

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The man who has sometimes been called "the most powerful man in Washington," anti-tax crusader Grover Norquist, is headed to Burning Man.

He made the announcement yesterday, via Twitter. 

"It's official. Samah and I are off to 'Burning Man' this year. Scratch one from the Bucket List," Norquist tweeted. Read more »

Exposing PG&E's other "cozy relationship," with Mayor Ed Lee

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News outlets from Sacramento to Los Angeles are crowing about Pacific Gas & Electric Company's alleged "cozy relationship" with the utlity that oversees it, the California Public Utilities Commission.Read more »

How you can help the 1,900 Central American child refugees in the Bay Area

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There are at least 1,900 child refugees in the Bay Area from Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador, according to federal immigration data. These teens and young children are fleeing gang violence, kidnapping, and countries that have the highest murder rates in the world.

"We need to keep in mind the reason why these children left," Clarisa Sanchez, a legal representative at Catholic Charities CYO told us. "They didn’t want to leave their pueblos and small cities, they’re coming here by force."Read more »

Twitter releases diversity figures: mostly white, mostly male

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Surprise, shock, flabbergasting awe -- these are all completely invalid responses to Twitter's revelation of its diversity figures, which the disruptive San Francisco tech company released today (in a tweet, of course).

Twitter divided its diversity statistics into three categories: tech, non-tech, and leadership. Guess which area had the most white folks? If you guessed tech, you get a (vanilla) cookie.Read more »

Photo Gallery: Graffiti artists tagging in the sunshine at Precita Park

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Normally the sound of 20 or so artists rattling and spraying aerosol cans would be quickly followed by the sound of sirens. But Sat/19 the fades went up with gusto. 

Artists tagged free standing art boards at Precita Park for the Urban Youth Arts Festival, an event that brings the ultimate underground art into a safe space. Attendees munched on burgers and listened to some good tunes at the festival, which is now in its 18th year.

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Big Soda's big money

Pepsi and Coke may spend millions to defeat SF's sugary beverage tax

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Big soda industry players including Pepsico and Coca Cola spent at least $2.5 million two years ago to defeat Richmond's sugary beverage tax initiative, which lost in a landslide. Richmond's ballot measure to tax sodas and curb obesity drowned in a sweet, carbonated tide of money.Read more »

Refugee crisis hits home

Waves of child immigrants await court dates in San Francisco, facing deportation back to their violent home countries without legal representation

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In the small, colorful Precita Valley Community Center, a woman clutches a black ceramic goblet, circling a teenage girl with wisps of incense, and repeats the act with the 60 or so attendees. The spiritual cleansing ritual is much needed. Afterward, the San Franciscans will set their minds to saving the lives of children.Read more »

Guardian Intelligence: July 23 - 29, 2014

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J-POP ROCKED

The annual J-Pop Summit in Japantown drew a lively crowd of anime and other Japanese pop culture treasures to Japantown last weekend (including Shin, pictured). This year's festivities included a Ramen Festival portion, featuring noodle cooks from around the world — and lines up to two hours long to sample their rich, brothy creations. PHOTO BY REBECCA BOWE

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