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Roger Waters' Ultra-Progressive & Unpopular Stance on Ukraine

Roger Waters' Ultra-Progressive & Unpopular Stance on Ukraine

Roger Waters performs on stage at Rogers Arena on September 15, 2022 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. | Photo by Andrew Chin/Getty ImagesAs Pink Floyd’s bassist, primary lyricist and co-lead singer, Roger Waters has never been one to beat around the bush when it comes to politics. During the band’s peak in the 1970s, Waters peppered his songs with pointed political sentiments. From Dark Side of the Moon through The Wall, Waters took aim at societal malaise, vulture capitalism, class warfare and the intergenerational trauma caused by war.But as Floyd fans prepare for Waters’ upcoming...

Sep 21
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City Attorney Finds Mayor’s Secret Resignation Letters ‘Inconsistent’ With SF Law

City Attorney Finds Mayor’s Secret Resignation Letters ‘Inconsistent’ With SF Law

Mayor London Breed watches as City Attorney David Chiu speaks at a press conference in San Francisco City Hall on Aug. 4, 2022. | Camille Cohen/The StandardMayor London Breed didn’t explicitly break the law by directing her appointees to sign secret, undated resignation letters.But is “inconsistent” with the City Charter, and could threaten the independence of her appointees from her “undue influence,” City Attorney David Chiu’s office concluded .“For these reasons, appointing authorities should not require resignation letters before or as a condition of appointment for commissioners who...

Sep 27
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San Francisco Police Are Spying on Drug Dealers From Office Buildings, Apartments

San Francisco Police Are Spying on Drug Dealers From Office Buildings, Apartments

An SFPD vehicle sits in the Mission Police Station in San Francisco, Calif. on Wednesday, May 25, 2022. | Camille Cohen/The StandardSan Francisco police have been given access to private offices and apartment buildings to spy on drug dealers, according to correspondence seen by The Standard from a building involved.The communications seem to offer further evidence that the city is in the wake of an unprecedented drug crisis.According to the property’s management, a plainclothes cop asked to come to their office multiple times a week, while other buildings had given the permission to enter...

Sep 26
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2 Killings Went Cold for 20 Years Until a Confession Broke the Case. But Was It a Lie?

2 Killings Went Cold for 20 Years Until a Confession Broke the Case. But Was It a Lie?

A Google Street View of Hotel des Arts at 447 Bush Street in San Francisco, formerly the Alisa Hotel. Police believe Roy Donovan Lacy stabbed Kameron Sengthavy at Alisa Hotel in 1999. Roy Donovan Lacy has recently confessed to the killing.In the span of a page, the letter promised new details about a pair of unsolved killings that had stumped San Francisco police for two decades. The prisoner who penned it in 2018, Roy Donovan Lacy, was in a Florida prison for robbing banks in the Sunshine State. What he wrote prompted two semi-retired inspectors to spring into action, leading to a...

Sep 26
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Where Are All the Undergrads? College Student Population in SF Drops by 10,000, New Data Shows

Where Are All the Undergrads? College Student Population in SF Drops by 10,000, New Data Shows

Few members of San Francisco State Faculty and student body wander campus on Jan 26, 2022. | Camille CohenNew numbers confirm what : that college and university enrollment would be hard-hit by the pandemic. In San Francisco, the prediction rings especially true. From 2019 to 2021, according to the U.S. Census Bureau’s latest (ACS), college undergraduate enrollment in SF fell by 21%, while graduate or professional school enrollment dropped by a more modest 8%. Undergraduate enrollment in 2021 barely topped 41,000 students, while 2019 saw enrollment numbers pass 51,000, according to...

Sep 16
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San Francisco Grapples With Influx of Asylum-Seekers: ‘It’s Never Been This Busy’

San Francisco Grapples With Influx of Asylum-Seekers: ‘It’s Never Been This Busy’

Their days start around sunup, in a cramped room with an expansive view of the Bay. Vanessa Puris, 37, and husband Cesar Pisfil, 32, crammed their entire lives into the small space after fleeing shakedowns from a deadly gang in Peru, they said.Since arriving in San Francisco in mid-July, they’ve shared the gray room with their children Romina, 11, Luana, 9, and Misael, 3, in a flat divided among a few other migrant families. Weekdays for Vanessa and Cesar usually involve waking up early enough to use the unit’s upstairs bathroom so they can ready their kids for the long day ahead....

Sep 21
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Mayor Breed to End Practice of Making Appointees Sign Undated Resignation Letters

Mayor Breed to End Practice of Making Appointees Sign Undated Resignation Letters

Mayor London Breed speaks at a press conference in San Francisco City Hall of on Thursday, August 4, 2022 in San Francisco, Calif. Breed has announced she will stop requiring signed and undated resignation letters from her appointees. | Camille Cohen/The StandardMayor London Breed will stop making her appointees sign secret, undated letters of resignation after on Friday and supervisors threatened her with legislative action.Facing concerns that she was depriving her appointees of their independence, Breed announced Sunday that she would cancel any outstanding letters of resignation and...

Sep 25
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Legal Threat Averted? SF Schools Pause Plans to Call Off Class for Muslim Holidays

Legal Threat Averted? SF Schools Pause Plans to Call Off Class for Muslim Holidays

Students and community members urge the San Francisco Board of Education to maintain a previous vote that observes Muslim holidays on the academic calendar at a public meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2022 in San Francisco. | Ida Mojadad/The StandardThe San Francisco public school district will take a step back on calling off class for additional holidays, superseding an earlier vote to add Muslim holidays to the academic calendar. Under the proposal by Superintendent Matt Wayne to , the would instead develop a criteria for adding holidays to the academic calendar. The district will not...

Sep 21
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Folsom Street Fair Returns to SoMa This Weekend

Folsom Street Fair Returns to SoMa This Weekend

Puppy play is a form of consensual role-play where people dress up as and embody canines. Two attendees wear neoprene puppy hoods while posing for a photo. | Joel Aguero/The StandardLeather prom is finally upon us—a time when anyone can be a queen, a king, or whatever they desire. The SoMa’s 39th celebration of kink and alternative sexuality takes over the blocks between Eighth and 13th Streets on Sunday, making room for a matrix of dungeons and dance parties that form what is often identified as the world’s largest outdoor fetish festival. There are at least a dozen satellite parties...

Sep 23
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Housing Denial: Concerns Over Apartment Size Kill 57 Units

Housing Denial: Concerns Over Apartment Size Kill 57 Units

A Google Street View of empty lot at 1010 Mission St. in San Francisco, Calif. A housing project was halted in this parking lot.San Francisco is back at it with housing denials, this time killing 57 units planned for a 15-spot parking lot in the city’s South of Market district.A conditional use authorization for the 1010 Mission St. project was denied at the last week in response to concerns from local community groups, who argued that the units were too small and that too few of them, at 13, would be considered “affordable” with even fewer set aside for the lowest-income people in the...

Sep 19
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