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14 Dec 2017

You Can Help Stop Unfair Evictions

Come help stop unfair evictions in SF! Join us on Saturday at 11AM at 350 Alabama at 16th for a signature-gathering mobilization for No Eviction without Representation! Folks have been showing up in droves, but we need YOU if we’re going to get all 17K signatures we need to make

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14 Dec 2017

How Bad Is Stormtrooper Aim? A Statistical Analysis

A frame-by-frame examination of the existing canonical Star Wars films yields a true assessment of what comically poor aim the stormtroopers really have. We went through all of the Star Wars movies in which stormtroopers appear and compared their shots fired to their number of actual hits. While we have

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14 Dec 2017

ZooLights: When The Oakland Zoo Glows at Night

Thousands upon thousands of LED lights flicker against a towering backdrop of eucalyptus, cypress, pine, oak, and elm. Acrylic cobwebs wrap the palm trees, walkways, and exhibits of the Zoo in intoxicating color. It’s the perfect place to bring friends, family, or a first date.

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12 Dec 2017

RIP Mayor Ed Lee, My Sometimes Nemesis

When the alarm went off this morning I looked at my phone and saw I had eight texts, all from a variety of unconnected people. Considering my birthday is in four days, my first thought in that foggy, not quite awake state was “is it my birthday?” I looked at

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11 Dec 2017

An Amazing Night of Cheese Puns, Live Music & Grilled Cheese

This post is done in conjunction with The Melt. Wanna support an article on the site? Holler at Alex@BrokeAssStuart.com As you know, I teamed up with the fine folks at The Melt on Market Street and we did something incredible: The Greatest Grilled Cheese and Music Giveaway Ever! And the puns

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11 Dec 2017

Who Killed Oakland’s Electric Streetcars?

Progress isn’t always progress. When you sit in traffic tomorrow morning wondering how much it’ll cost to get your bashed-in rear window fixed, or how you’ll find a spot near work, just remember— it wasn’t always like this. The East Bay used to be the hub of a bustling, emission-free

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08 Dec 2017

Sanctuary Cities Aren’t the Cause of Violence, Guns Are

This originally appeared in my Broke-Ass City column in the SF Examiner. It has been slightly modified for republication. On March 30, 1981, a mentally ill man named John Hinckley Jr. tried to kill President Ronald Reagan and instead put a bullet in Jim Brady’s head. After years of scuffling

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