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Pumping up awareness

Campaign to put climate change warnings at gas stations gains traction in Berkeley and San Francisco

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Warning! This is just a friendly reminder that your petroleum habit is hurting us all.Read more »

It's a trap

City College's accreditors offer the school a way out, but their past actions raise doubts whether they can be trusted

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joe@sfbg.com

As City College of San Francisco struggles to loosen the noose around its neck, this week its accreditors are slated to offer the college a new way out. But some skeptics are sounding the alarm: it's a trap.

The Accrediting Commission of Community and Junior Colleges is scheduled to vote on and announce a newly revised version of its "restoration policy," which some journalists have called City College's salvation.Read more »

Painting with more colors

Study finds city arts funding disproportionately goes to arts created by and attended by white people

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joe@sfbg.com

Not many plays feature an all-Latino cast, let alone all El Salvadoran. But Paul Flores' Placas placed brown actors and a brown experience center stage. The 2012 production explored a father and ex-gang member's struggle, leading his son out of a hard life of drugs, violence, and perhaps death.

The play garnered favorable but mixed reviews from critics, but among Salvadorans, it was a huge hit.Read more »

Proud of the whistleblowers

Glenn Greenwald's San Francisco appearance and Julian Assange's plea from exile crystallize a year of surveillance state revelations

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rebecca@sfbg.com

A lot has happened since June 2013, when famed Pentagon Papers whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg, then 82, donned a pink feather boa to lead an energized San Francisco Pride Parade contingent on behalf of US Army private Bradley Manning, who couldn't attend due to being held in federal custody.Read more »

Spotlight on transgender issues

This year's Trans March comes at a high-profile moment for the community

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Trans March, SF's largest transgender pride event, is happening Fri/27, starting in Dolores Park. This year's march will kick off with a Youth and Elder Brunch starting at noon and a stage show 3-6pm before beginning the march. It will conclude at the 100 block of Turk Street, where a San Francisco street will finally be named after a trans: pioneering drag performer and trans woman Vicki Marlane. The afterparty will benefit the Transgender Gender Variant, Intersex Justice Project.Read more »

Pride and prejudice

How the attack on teacher tenure echoes through the movement for LGBT rights

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joe@sfbg.com

As Pride celebrations across the country unfurl their rainbow flags this month, teacher tenure in California suffered a stunning blow from a Los Angeles Superior Court, undermining protections that have shielded the LGBT community from discrimination.Read more »

Sex behind bars

"Prison of Love" Pride party in the Armory raises concerns about celebrating prison rape

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Kink.com's pre-Pride party "Pride at the Armory: Prison of Love" on Sat/28 promises to create the "world's largest megaclub prison yard" as a backdrop for the festivities. However, this party is doing more than raising the roof — it's raising concerns about incarceration rates and prison assaults of LGBTQ peoples. Critics argue that the party fetishizes sexual assault in prisons.Read more »

Disrupting the classroom

Tech companies teach city kids programming skills

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joe@sfbg.com

Programmers-in-training line the work tables at HackReactor, a software engineering boot camp many in the tech community call a "university disruptor" due to its speed in training coders. Those hunched over computers are typing their way toward a goal: joining the ranks of the 12-week course's alumni, now employed at tech companies like Adobe, Beats Audio, Pandora, and Hipmunk. But walk past the rows of intensely driven (yet casually dressed) engineers and you'll also encounter the program's unlikely new trainees: San Francisco high school students.Read more »

Dangerous delays

Four years after the San Bruno disaster, PG&E still isn't fixing its potentially faulty natural gas pipelines on schedule

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rebecca@sfbg.com

Since we at the Bay Guardian published a story flagging Pacific Gas & Electric Co.'s odd behavior of stonewalling a developer who had basic questions about a high-pressure gas pipeline running beneath his Bernal Heights building lot (see "Bernal blows up," May 20), we've heard from others concerned about the company's practices regarding safety.Read more »

Breaking the chains

Rival measures updating SF's formula retail controls stir controversy and debate

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steve@sfbg.com

San Franciscans have always been wary of chain stores, more so than residents of any other major US city, none of which have taken on the ever-expanding national corporations and their homogenizing impact on local communities as strongly as San Francisco.Read more »