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Local noir cinema is “The Stuff that Dreams are Made Of” at the Old Mint

While The Birds and Vertigo may be some of the more obvious classic films featuring the Bay Area, a new exhibit showing at the Old Mint building in San Francisco is exploring the obvious, the not so obvious, and the downright obscure. The exhibit is entitled “The Stuff that Dreams are made of: San Francisco and the Movies,” and […]

The vibrant ‘muralismo’ of San Francisco’s Mission District

Street art has long been at the heart of San Francisco’s Mission District. With its colorful wall murals, it has been called the largest concentration of public painting in the world, embodying culture, passion, and activism. It would be quite a treat if you could see hundreds of the Mission’s murals in one place – […]

Looking up with SETI’s Jill Tarter in her search for extraterrestrial life

Outgoing SETi director Jill Tarter COURTESY OF SETI If you think back to the 1997 film Contact, you’ll recall a scene where Jodie Foster, playing alien-hunting astronomer Ellie Arroway, lies on her car hood with huge headphones on her ears, in a field of towering white satellite dishes. She’s waiting for something. A signal. She lies still, […]

Update on the Chevron refinery fire with reporter Sean Maher

Large fire at Chevron’s Richmond refinery. August 6 2012. From the Berkeley hills. FLICKR USER D.H. PARKS, UNDER CC LICENSE / HTTP://WWW.FLICKR.COM/PHOTOS/PARKSDH/ Last night’s fire at the Chevron refinery in Richmond put city residents in a state of panic. The fire sent up a huge plume of black smoke, stopping traffic, closing bridges, and shutting […]

The pension problem: California cities search for solutions

Under CC license from 401kcalculator.org/Flickr Thousands of Californians spent years working for city governments and are now collectively owed billions of dollars in retiree health care benefits. But a new studyby the nonprofit research group California Common Sense finds that many cities, including Oakland and San Francisco, haven’t ever set aside money to pay these costs. […]

Juvenile parolee bill sits on Governor’s desk

State Senator Leland Yee, sponsor of SB9 Courtesy: Office of Leland Yee New legislation has reached the Governor’s desk that would change the way juveniles are sentenced. Senate Bill SB9, introduced by State Senator Leland Yee of San Francisco introduced the legislation ,which would allow people who are serving life without parole for crimes they […]

Sonoma Developmental Center under fire for patient abuse

Sonoma Developmental Center Courtesy: Wikimedia Commons The California Department of Health has issued a scathing report about a board-and-care home for people with disabilities in Sonoma County. The Sonoma Developmental Center houses about 500 patients in the city of Eldridge. California Watch obtained a copy of the nearly 500 page document which details numerous citations of neglect […]

Governor announces public pension plan

Earlier today Governor Jerry Brown announced that he had reached a deal with state lawmakers that would mean sweeping changes for California’s public pensions system, and affect hundreds of thousands of state workers. The new rules would cap pensions while increasing the amount employees pay in; they would also increase the retirement age by up […]