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by Peter Leinfellner Wiener (vē-nə): n. A man from Vienna. Hey! How are you? Coming back to the States again (I lived in Ohio for a bit of time in the 1990s) I instantly remembered how friendly Americans are. It is so easy here to talk to and interact with total strangers. Wandering the...
Bay Area Beats Above: “One Love” by Playing for Change The week after the San Francisco Free Folk Festival and the Haight Street Fair typically prove to be a bit quieter in terms of large musical gatherings. However, there are several shows this week at small and independent venues around the Bay...
For school-aged students around the Bay, these are the final weeks of the school year. Summer vacation is around the corner, but that doesn’t mean families are likely to get a holiday from the bad news about their schools. Headlines about massive staff and program cuts, student protests and...
When you enter the great orange spires of the Golden Gate Bridge, you’ll most likely see lots of tourists taking photographs. Which is one reason the city by the Bay is reportedly the third most photographed city in the world, behind New York and London.   San Francisco’s connection to...
Photography is fun. And smart phones have recently made it ever-present. This was not true when the oldest photographs in the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art's major retrospective, "The View from Here," were taken.  Those images date back to the well-known year of 1849, when the city of San...
In Episode #11, Berkeley Law Professor Frank Zimring discusses New York City's remarkable crime decline in the past twenty years and the related policy implications. Zimring Interview Highlights Zimring on the Unprecedented Decline in New York City's Crime Rate: “Four-fifths of the crime rate in...
In recent years, Americans have become increasingly aware of microfinance as a tool for helping poor people in developing countries to help themselves. While microfinance has actually been around since the 1970’s (and arguably, longer), it has been rocketed to prominence of late by Muhammad Yunus’...
  California has long been a laboratory for legislation that later is adopted by other states, or the federal government. Just as Broadway producers often refine their plays in San Francisco before taking them to New York, California has been a springboard for policy on its way to the...
So BART has started the process of procuring a new fleet of rail cars (you can read all about it here), which raises the obvious question: Should we get rid of the scrofulous fabric seats? Let’s face it, when a blue seat cover turns black due to an accumulation of head cheese and discarded...
If there was any doubt about continuing anger and frustration among some in the ethnic Chinese community over the beating and killing of a San Francisco Chinese immigrant man allegedly by two African American teenage males on an uptown Oakland (California) street in broad daylight, an Oakland...
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