Peter Lawrence Kane

17 Jan 2020

California’s $220 Billion Budget is Doing What Trump Refuses to Do

As recently as 2009, California was virtually broke. Facing a $24 billion deficit on a budget of approximately $100 million, the state furloughed employees, paid I.O.U.’s instead of tax refunds, and used every type of financial chicanery to move stuff around. At one point, the deficit was feared to be

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14 Jan 2020

Giant East Bay Ranch May Become California’s Next State Park

Bay Area legislators have been urging the governor to snap it up before someone else does.

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09 Jan 2020

Don’t Be a Tacky Asshole With Your WWIII Memes Just Cause Trump Sucks

Sooner or later, Northern California will experience a major earthquake. Statistically, it’s likely to be on the Hayward Fault, which means less-affluent parts of the Bay Area like Oakland and Richmond may bear the brunt of the destruction. The recovery will be arduous, and decades-long, and it will almost certainly

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07 Jan 2020

Donald Trump Is Tweeting Us into WWIII. But Is It Even Him?

“There’s always a tweet” has been the axiom of the Trump era, the definitive proof that almost any ridiculous thing the president says or does will have been preceded by an accusation that someone else was doing it. It’s as true as “There’s always a bigger fish” or “There’s always

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31 Dec 2019

Beach Blanket Babylon’s Sound Guy Says the Show Doesn’t Have to Close

Sam Jordan’s Bar wasn’t the only long-running San Francisco institution whose street got renamed for it that closed in 2019. Tonight, New Year’s Eve, marks the final curtain call for Steve Silver’s Beach Blanket Babylon, which has been running at North Beach’s Club Fugazi since 1974. The world’s longest-running musical

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30 Dec 2019

The New York Times Is Trolling SF and California Again and it’s Garbage

The New York Times positively lives to troll San Francisco. Sometimes, it’s a prurient examination of the lives of people who rummage through trash for a living, as if that yields valuable insights about us. Other times, it’s about how dirty streets are apparently unique to this city. Still other times,

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26 Dec 2019

Don’t Let Mike Bloomberg Use California to Win the Nomination

While a lot of the online left has trained its ire on Mayor Pete Buttigieg, the biggest revelation of the Democratic primary pertains to a different mayor. It turns out that Michael Bloomberg, who only apologized in November for his mayoral administration’s 12-year history of favoring invasive and unconstitutional stop-and-frisk

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19 Dec 2019

S.F.’s Saddest Closures of 2019

2019 was known for a lot of disappointments, from the Mueller Report to Days of Our Lives firing its cast en masse, but in San Francisco, a lot of beloved places closed.  There are stirrings of hope, such as how The Punch Line got saved to the return of Blowfish

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