Lydia Sviatoslavsky

16 Feb 2022

Masks Off, California

Masks off, California.  As of today, California has lifted indoor mask mandates for vaccinated residents, with the exception of Santa Clara county.  Vaccinated residents can now shed their masks in restaurants, movie houses, and retail businesses. However, individual businesses can continue to request that patrons wear masks if locally preferred. 

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16 Feb 2022

What They’re Not Telling You About Bay Area Starbucks Closures

Is your neighborhood Starbucks closed?  According to local news reports, several Starbucks locations are struggling with “staffing shortages.” Considering that we’re still in the midst of a global pandemic, this seems plausible. But there’s a larger story at play here that’s not making headlines.  Last December, employees at the Elmwood

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08 Nov 2021

How to Get $300+ Worth of Free Stuff at Rad Bay Area Restaurants

I am extremely excited to announce the release of The Delicious Card! Delicious cardholders get awesome deals at over 37 delectable Bay Area eateries! Membership is a great way to explore new places, support local businesses, AND support local journalism. And all you gotta do is join the Broke-Ass Stuart Patreon for $10

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16 Feb 2022

How I Discovered The Art of Doing Nothing: Part Two

Last week, I left you with skepticism.  After years of resistance, I picked up Jenny Odell’s How to Do Nothing. I was admittedly prepared for a predictable read.  I was ready to meet another advocate for mindfulness in these pages, repackaging the message of Eckhart Tolle and Alan Watts for

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09 Feb 2022

How I Discovered the Art of Doing Nothing: Part One

How to Do Nothing: Resisting the Attention Economy by Oakland-based writer Jenny Odell had taunted me from bookstore shelves for years.  I was drawn to the title because I was drawn to the premise: To do nothing.  It was attractive, but almost cruel in its simplicity.  Nothing? How could I

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09 Feb 2022

Meet the Girl Scout Troop that Empowers Homeless Girls

If you’re hankering for a cookie fix, look no further than Troop 6000’s Girl Scout cookies.  Troop 6000 is a Girl Scout program designed to serve houseless girls in the New York City Shelter System. The troop meets weekly in shelters across the city, led by community volunteers and women

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07 Feb 2022

This Popular San Francisco Playground is Crawling with Rats

Although we have yet to see residents falling into rat-infested sinkholes, San Francisco has no shortage of rats. In fact, San Francisco ranks as the fifth “rattiest” city in the U.S., according to an Orkin Pest Control report released in 2020. Just yesterday, several rat sightings were reported by families

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02 Feb 2022

You Can Now Ride in a Driverless Car in San Francisco

San Francisco may be the first city to experience the advent of driverless cars.  Just yesterday, Cruise announced it would extend its driverless car service to the general public.  Cruise was founded by Kyle Vogt in San Francisco in 2013, and was acquired by General Motors in 2016. Since General

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02 Feb 2022

“They Stole My Damn Cat!”: SoCal Couple Swipes Beloved Bay Area Cat, Nubbins

Last December, Troy Farrell received a call from VCA Los Altos Animal Hospital. A veterinarian had discovered a microchip that identified Farrell as the owner of Nubbins, a sweet tabby cat. However, Farrell had no knowledge of this vet visit, and Nubbins had inexplicably traveled from Sonoma to Long Beach within

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