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It’s Official: Aardvark Books Will Close in January - October 30, 2018 - SF Weekly
Aardvark’s impending closure marks the end of another independent bookstore in San Francisco. There are about 57 left in the city, according to the city’s Office of Economic and Workforce Development, a figure that includes comic-book shops, museum gift shops, and retailers with small book selections
sanfrancisco  books  business  reading  economics  economy  jobs  work  culture  bayarea 
december 2018 by allaboutgeorge
The Beat Generation: Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Gary Snyder, Diane di Prima look back at an American cultural movement - Washington Post
More than a half-century after their emergence, the Beats still offer up wild style, a sense of freedom and wonder for the natural world almost unrivaled in postwar literature. But their work has perhaps been more misinterpreted than nearly any literary group in history — partially because there was no consistent ideology binding them. As Ferlinghetti put it succinctly: “The Beat Generation was just Allen Ginsberg’s friends.”
arts  poetry  1950s  1960s  sanfrancisco  bayarea  writing  history  literature  california 
july 2017 by allaboutgeorge
The 420 Founding FathersSF Evergreen | SF Evergreen
Where'd come from?

A year ago I met the guys who coined it...The Waldos!
420  BayArea  from twitter_favs
april 2016 by allaboutgeorge
Where'd come from?

A year ago I met the guys who coined it...The Waldos!
420  BayArea  from twitter_favs
april 2016 by allaboutgeorge
RT : Getting reports from across the , thanks!
Periods of light to mod rain sliding toward now.
Oakland  cawx  BayArea  from twitter
march 2016 by allaboutgeorge
Hey everyone I report on Sundays now!

Send me some rainy day photos in today? Watcha all up to?
SF  BayArea  from twitter_favs
march 2016 by allaboutgeorge
RT : As expected...a break in the rain across most of the . Moderate to heavy rain returns this afternoon.
cawx  BayArea  from twitter
march 2016 by allaboutgeorge
How are we doing in terms of rainfall totals so far this season? Here's a look.
CAdrought  ElNino  BayArea  from twitter_favs
december 2015 by allaboutgeorge
Modern Luxury | San Francisco magazine | An Unholy Union?
During his long—and some would say checkered—history as a newspaper executive in Canada and the United States, Vogt, along with his private-investor friends, has shown a willingness to hunt almost anything that moves. In his first few months here, Vogt made it known that he was interested in a few Bay Area newspapers owned by Media-News Group, but they weren’t for sale. He tried to buy the Tracy Press and two smaller titles out of bankruptcy, only to be outbid by a company in Texas. And his group made the final cut to buy the Santa Rosa Press Democrat from Florida–based Halifax Media Group last year before losing out to other investors.
newspapers  bayarea  journalism  media  sanfrancisco 
february 2013 by allaboutgeorge
Kind of Blue | Feature | Oakland, Berkeley & Bay Area News & Arts Coverage
Of course, the Bay Area will never be able to rival New York, if only because of sheer density. With 7 million residents, New York can sustain countless venues that stay open late. Few people have cars. Everything is laid out specifically to generate a vibrant nightlife scene.

In the Bay Area we have sprawl, a lower population density, and a subway system that shuts down at midnight. No matter how much lip service we pay to the idea of nightlife — in any form, not just jazz — we're topographically set up to inhibit it.
jazz  music  livemusic  bayarea  nyc 
may 2011 by allaboutgeorge
Unusual Homicide Patterns Puzzle Oakland Officials - The Bay Citizen
According to new data from Measure Y, the city's violence-prevention program, homicide victims this year are, on average, older than the victims of years past, and slightly more homicides are occurring on weekdays, rather than Friday and Saturday nights.

Authorities are hard-pressed to assign meaning to the new patterns. Measure Y authorities say the numbers could mean that anti-violence efforts targeting youth are working, while crime analysts and homicide detectives say the numbers are the result of normal fluctuations.
Oakland  crime  data  information  BayArea 
april 2011 by allaboutgeorge
New ranking combines print-digital reach of metro papers, reveals surprising winners | Poynter.
The list includes several groups of papers with common ownership and common market geography. Those are MediaNews’s clusters in the San Francisco Bay and Los Angeles area and the Chicago Sun-Times group, including its suburban papers. Also, in these figures the Philadelphia Inquirer and Daily News are treated as two editions of the same newspaper for purposes of audience measurement.
MediaNews  journalism  media  news  bayarea  lonsangeles  chicago 
march 2011 by allaboutgeorge
Allen Willis, African American filmmaker, dies
"He did certain films that were very timely. He definitely had his finger on the pulse."
film  bayarea  from twitter
march 2011 by allaboutgeorge
“There’s a lot of pressure to play for the short term”: The Bay Citizen’s editor on its $15 million future » Nieman Journalism Lab » Pushing to the Future of Journalism
“The partnership, I think, has tended to push us in a little bit more traditional direction than we might have gone otherwise,” Weber told me. “There’s definitely an issue of orientation. If you’re thinking about something as a New York Times story, you think about it differently than if it’s just going to run on I think it’s made the coverage feel a little bit more traditional in its approach.” Were it not for the partnership, quite possibly, “we would be further along in developing the kind of voice and style of our own kind of journalism.”
entrepreneurs  journalism  media  bayarea  news  nytimes  reputation 
january 2011 by allaboutgeorge
The shakeup at MediaNews: Why it could be the leadup to a massive newspaper consolidation » Nieman Journalism Lab » Pushing to the Future of Journalism
The tip of the iceberg of consolidation shows in rumors of a possible merger between Freedom and MediaNews. This would be of strategic value particularly in California, where MediaNews already controls about 26 percent of the newspaper market by circulation through its California Newspaper Partnership created by Singleton and Lodovic. MediaNews, Gannett and Stephens Media Group all contributed newspapers to the partnership, in which each firm holds a proportionate equity stake and profit share, but which is controlled and managed by MediaNews. Combining MediaNews and Freedom would add another 7 percent, bringing the total to 33 percent. Antitrust is unlikely to be a big hurdle, since the MediaNews and Freedom holdings compete only at territorial margins and the continuing decline in newspaper revenue and circulation is a sufficient argument for the need to consolidate.
newspapers  media  journalism  medianews  bayarea  deansingleton  business 
january 2011 by allaboutgeorge
San Francisco's New Wave of New Media | 7x7
For publishing to survive, it needs the kind of idealists and experiments that this city cultivates. Inevitably, San Francisco’s expanding new-media test kitchen will produce something that sticks. When it does, you can say you were there.
media  journalism  magazines  newspapers  online  sanfrancisco  blogging  bayarea 
october 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Yahoo CEO Carol Bartz: 'creepy' Facebook is biggest rival -
Q: You are starting a local news operation for San Francisco. Tell us about your plans to offer local information.

A: We all live in a place. You live in small communities, and you are very interested in what happens in those communities from police blotters to what happened in the city council or the neighborhood watch. It is interesting to the consumer.

And it is interesting to the advertiser because it is the ultimate target. Statistics are 95% of our purchases are (made) within 2 miles of our house, 5 miles of our house.
media  local  journalism  yahoo  technology  mobile  marketing  information  news  sanfrancisco  bayarea  community  facebook  social 
october 2010 by allaboutgeorge
New Music’s Tireless Advocate - The Bay Citizen
“I talked to composers because I was trying to understand the Bay Area new music scene, and they began asking me to perform their music,” said Cahill, whose composer friends at that time included Larry Polansky, Evan Ziporyn, Amirkhanian and Adams. “Premiering these pieces gave me a feeling that I never had while playing Beethoven and Brahms. I felt like I was introducing something new.”
classical  classicalmusic  newmusic  oakland  baycitizen  nytimes  art  bayarea  music  livemusic 
june 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Jake Shimabukuro, 'Hendrix of ukulele,' hits Bay Area for 3 shows -
"I always believe that music should bring joy. That's my whole thing. And I really believe that the ukulele is an instrument that makes people happy," he says. "You can just mention its name and people will smile. I really believe that the ukulele is the instrument of peace. If everyone played the ukulele, the world would be a better place.

"Sometimes I'll come home and, if I'm having a bad day, I'll just take that thing out of the case and strum a few chords, and it's like, 'Man.' It's like a whole yoga session in one strum."
ukulele  music  livemusic  hawaii  peace  beauty  oakland  bayarea 
march 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Monopoly mergers, or die? | Steve Greenberg
Would I buy and read the mega-paper? Yes, because I’m a life-long newspaper reader, but there are ever-fewer of us. Would I work for the mega-paper? Not sure… the employment picture at newspapers right now is somewhere between insecure and downright miserable.

Would William Dean Singleton come out well in a mega-paper? No doubt. Hey, there’s at least some good news for somebody in all this.
medianews  media  journalism  newspapers  california  business  losangeles  bayarea  sanfrancisco 
january 2010 by allaboutgeorge
SFGate: The intentional renters: An Alameda couple reflects on the hidden costs of home ownership
"In stress and worry, in the recurring midnight terrors, in the job decisions I made to feed the beast, in the days of hopelessness and snapping at my family, in the shows not seen and trips not taken, in the humiliation of calling friends and family, begging to borrow money -- no. It most definitely wasn't worth it," he wrote. "Buying a house was perhaps the most damaging, stupidest thing I've ever done in my life. It was a lousy investment in every sense; that dream of 'owning a house!' turned into a decade-long nightmare."
realestate  business  finance  bayarea  alameda 
january 2010 by allaboutgeorge Oakland gets a taste for gourmet
The best part, Hackett said, is that doing business in Oakland is about a third of the price of San Francisco, where the minimum wage is $1.79 more an hour. In addition, San Francisco businesses with more than 20 employees are required under the Health Care Security Ordinance to pay $1.23 an hour extra per worker. That amount goes up 8 cents in January, and rises to $1.96 for San Francisco restaurants with more than 100 employees. The city also requires restaurants to compensate full-time staff nine days of sick pay.
eastbay  bayarea  oakland  food  restaurants  marketing  sanfrancisco  business  employment  work  jobs 
october 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Football As Shakespeare - Ta-Nehisi Coates
The 49ers were always consummate professionals - both on and off the field. On the field, they were efficient, unselfish, and always making the clutch play when needed. Off the field, they always said the right things, dressed the part, and never got into trouble. They were the guys who told you to work hard, study, eat your vegetables, drink your milk, etc., and then maybe you too would become a Super Bowl winning quarterback and marry a model.

The Raiders, on the other hand, were the exact opposite. They were "different." They were tough. They had swagger. They said what they felt like, and didn't care what anyone else thought. They talked the talk and walked the walk. The Raiders from the mid-1960's to the mid-1980's were a team of misfits, malcontents, and non-conformists... and they won games. They were a team composed of individuals, and the implied message was, "it's okay to be different." That is a beautiful thing.
football  sports  bayarea  aesthetics  identity 
september 2009 by allaboutgeorge
StoryCorps Project comes to San Francisco's Contemporary Jewish Museum -
"If you were an alien dropped down on earth and watched popular or tabloid media, you might think we are a country of Internet sex predators and spoiled children of billionaires and want-to-be reality contestants," says Isay, a MacArthur fellow who has won five Peabody awards for his radio documentaries. "That is not who we are as Americans. The real Americans are the vast majority of people who care about their families and communities and live lives defined by quiet acts of courage and kindness."
story  public  bayarea  sanfranciso  judaism  history  nonfiction  radio  documentary 
may 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Are you prepared?
I'm not prepared. I need to get there this spring.
bayarea  reference  diy  health  sanfrancisco  california  outdoors  earthquake  disaster  safety 
april 2009 by allaboutgeorge
MediaShift Idea Lab . Life After Newspapers: One Reporter Takes on the Island of Alameda | PBS
I've found covering local news to be a lot more challenging than I expected, and in some respects a little more challenging than covering an issue beat.

For one, you have to be able to speak intelligently on everything from education policy to municipal finance to, in my case, environmental cleanup issues. And people are so invested in these local issues they aren't shy about letting you know when they think you've messed up -- in the most personal and derogatory terms possible, I might add.

That's another thing that I think was a shock for me in moving from print to online - the shift in what your readers want and expect from you in terms of their psychic needs (which shift from information to attention-getting, sometimes) and the kind of engagement they anticipate. I figure it'll take a lot of work for me to fine-tune that engagement level.
journalism  alameda  media  medianews  eastbay  bayarea  blogging  online  entrepreneurs  writing  parenting  wordpress 
march 2009 by allaboutgeorge
New president Maeda vows to make RISD a force - The Boston Globe
"I believe that every Silicon Valley entrepreneur I've met is an artist. The ability to invent is at the core of both, and we haven't connected the dots."
technology  art  creativity  education  boston  bayarea  twitter 
december 2008 by allaboutgeorge
California Media Collaborative: What a Tribune Company bankruptcy could mean for California
Singleton's approach -- which is to buy up newspapers in a single market area, and then share reporters, editing staff, office space, and other costs -- may be the only new potentially viable business model to have emerged from the catastrophic restructuring that the media industry is currently undergoing. This approach does not guarantee journalistic quality -- but it does offer strategy, albeit a despressing one, for how to cut costs.

What's significant is that 29 of Singleton's daily newspapers are in Northern California,and only 16 are in Southern California -- where the majority of Californians live.

Bringing together the LA Times, the San Diego Union Tribune and the Orange County Register would, in effect, replicate in Southern California Singleton's organizational structure in Northern California, but on a more ambitious scale than anything he has thus far attempted.
newspapers  media  news  medianews  california  business  corporations  losangeles  sandiego  bayarea 
december 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Movie Review - 'Milk' - Freedom Fighter in Life Becomes Potent Symbol in Death -
[...] “My name is Harvey Milk, and I want to recruit you.” That was an opening line that the real Milk often used in his speeches to break the tension with straight audiences, but the film shows him deploying it with mostly gay crowds as well, with a slightly different inflection. He wants to recruit them into the politics of democracy, to persuade them that the stigma and discrimination they are used to enduring quietly and even guiltily can be addressed by voting, by demonstrating, by claiming the share of power that is every citizen’s birthright and responsibility. [...]
gay  politics  sanfrancisco  1970s  bayarea  reviews  film  cinema  movies  government  voting  power  speech  identity 
november 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Take Action: Fight Anti-Union Retaliation Against Newest Journalists' Unit
I signed because ... well, let's just say I've got several dogs in the fight. If you live in the Bay Area, care about the future of journalism or know what it means to organize and be active, step up and get some!
labor  unions  jobs  work  medianews  journalism  newspapers  media  bayarea  eastbay  activism 
august 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Data shows nearly even racial mix in Silicon Valley - San Jose Mercury News
"A mix like the Bay Area's is rare. Alameda County could argue that its racial mix is even more balanced than Santa Clara's, because it has a more significant black population, although Santa Clara has larger Asian and Hispanic populations."
race  ethnicity  alamedacounty  santaclara  california  data  information  bayarea 
august 2008 by allaboutgeorge Rebecca Rosen Lum's "Life after layoff: New opportunities, new frustrations"
"If the newspaper business really is stumbling toward extinction as some experts believe, a few of us laid-off newsroom workers are getting an early glimpse of our next evolutionary phase."
newspapers  media  journalism  unions  work  jobs  writing  bayarea  eastbay  sanfrancisco  medianews 
july 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Paul Graham: Cities and Ambition
"A city speaks to you mostly by accident—in things you see through windows, in conversations you overhear. It's not something you have to seek out, but something you can't turn off."
cities  urban  berkeley  nyc  paris  power  sanfrancisco  environment  demographics  culture  community  boston  bayarea  location 
july 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Richtel gives reading outside shuttered Cody's
"We writers and readers still have our books and shared passions, the idea that we have a common bond that extends beyond our personal interpretations of what we write and read, but in the future we may have to work harder to find each other."
books  reading  authors  writing  novels  berkeley  bayarea  business 
july 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Newspaper layoffs announced -
No one's tapped me on the shoulder yet, but today and the run-up to July 11 is sucking.
medianews  media  newspapers  journalism  bayarea  unions 
june 2008 by allaboutgeorge
How Valleywag trumps Gawker -- and enlivens Silicon Valley - MarketWatch
"You don't have to be a hateful person to report the truth. Some people say Valleywag will stab you in the back. That's a lie. Valleywag will stab you in the face. We say what's necessary."
technology  journalism  media  online  blogging  bayarea  california 
april 2008 by allaboutgeorge
San Francisco Peninsula Press Club: MediaNews sales decline -- even online
"[R]evenues from its Internet operations decreased 8.3% in the quarter (as compared to the same quarter in 2007)."
business  corporations  medianews  bayarea  journalism  online  media  newspapers 
february 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Poynter Online - Romenesko - BANG Jobs Cuts
"We are not announcing the number of job eliminations. ...But I will say this: The number of jobs that will be eliminated will be significant."
medianews  journalism  bayarea  media  newspapers  news 
february 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Tell Her Story: Lesbian Bars in the San Francisco East Bay
A great essay revealing historical ley lines across the local landscape
gay  oakland  eastbay  bayarea  cities  drinking  alcohol  community 
january 2008 by allaboutgeorge
A New Gourmet Ghetto -
"Temescal is the hottest-growing area in the city. Right now it's a place that young urbanists can move into. Eventually it'll get too expensive."
california  realestate  food  photography  oakland  bayarea  cities  urban 
december 2007 by allaboutgeorge
San Francisco Weekly - News - Paper Chase
"It's like a pink, cross-eyed elephant is walking on two legs through the newsroom and everyone is afraid to mention it."
newspapers  media  medianews  bayarea  eastbay  journalism  labor  work  jobs 
december 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Fray Issue 1: Busted! - Hobo Balls by Eric Spitznagel
"Everything changed, however, when I moved to Sonoma, a quaint small town in Northern California in an area better known as The Wine Country."
shortstory  wine  bayarea  beverages 
december 2007 by allaboutgeorge
E&P: Guild Tries For Reinstatement at MediaNews Papers
"As soon as the employees want it to happen, it is up to the employees. We have a lot of support in the old ANG group."
labor  unions  medianews  journalism  newspapers  bayarea  bang 
october 2007 by allaboutgeorge
San Francisco magazine: Oakland
"As would-be San Francisco homeowners and businesses chafe at the cost of living and operating there, Oakland finds itself on a relentless drive toward a modern-day revitalization akin to what happened south of Market in the ’90s [...]"
oakland  magazines  sanfrancisco  bayarea 
october 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Dana Gioia Online - Fallen Western Star
"In 1899 San Francisco was a major literary center–a city where influential new trends emerged and young writers achieved national reputations."
literature  bayarea  sanfrancisco  usa  writing  fiction  journalism  media  california 
september 2007 by allaboutgeorge
E&P: Will Consolidation at MediaNews Group Kill Guild?
“There is going to be a significant movement of people. Probably 60 or 70 people. But no layoffs because of this.”
media  journalism  newspapers  labor  jobs  work  bayarea  medianews  contracostatimes 
august 2007 by allaboutgeorge
E&P: Bronstein Launches New 'Journalism of Action' After Big Cuts
"It is more about solutions, helping them understand what they can do about things,. Yes, there are murders in Bayview, and Muni is broken down. But what can you do about it?"
journalism  activism  media  newspapers  sanfrancisco  bayarea  aesthetics  identity 
august 2007 by allaboutgeorge
When Do You Stop The Presses?
"WHEN, EXACTLY, do you junk something that no longer works? And which major paper should go first—not today, but within the next 18 or 24 months? San Francisco Chronicle, I'm looking at you."
journalism  media  newspapers  online  marketing  news  corporations  sanfrancisco  bayarea 
july 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Mule Design Studio's Blog: How To Visit San Francisco
"In San Francisco, should you make eye contact with someone and either nod or say hello you should expect them to turn their head slightly away from you, turn their nose up a bit and pucker their mouth as if you’ve just inserted a small lemon into it."
california  travel  bayarea  humor  sanfrancisco 
july 2007 by allaboutgeorge
News - Immigration debate, with an Irish spin -
"They'd never imagine that the San Francisco nanny feels a special bond with millions of others, most from Latin America or Asia, who are illegal immigrants -- just as she is."
immigration  ireland  sacramento  bayarea  mexico 
february 2007 by allaboutgeorge
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