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Safety Nets on the Golden Gate

Safety Nets on the Golden Gate

by Diani Ellis

March 24, 2020

Since it’s opening day in 1937, the bridge has had on average about 30 people each year take their lives by climbing over the edge and leaping off. Recently, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors has decided to go further with building a barrier to prevent suicidal jumpers. With figuring out the ...

Capturing Life From The Half-Pipe

Capturing Life From The Half-Pipe

Story by Andrea Williams

March 24, 2020

The entrance to the darkroom at San Francisco State University feels more like an entrance to a time machine than a printing room. The door consists of a small circular space, just big enough for about three people, with spinning metal walls that enclose its travelers in complete darkness before ope...

A Day in the Dirt

A Day in the Dirt

Photo story by James Wyatt

March 20, 2020

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For the people, by the people

For the people, by the people

by Patrick Tamayo, archival photos courtesy of El Tecolote archives

March 20, 2020

A San Francisco plainclothes officer was shot and killed May 1, 1969. The officer and his partner had approached and confronted a group of men they suspected of possessing stolen items. A struggle ensued and one of the officers was shot dead. Several days later — like the start of a bad joke — four ...

Honey, let’s not shrink the bee population

Honey, let’s not shrink the bee population

by Clara Applegarth

March 18, 2020

The honey bee is the glue that holds ecosystems together through pollination. An insect so small, but so gargantuan in its purpose. But honey bees are being threatened as the climate grows more extreme and human interaction, in the form of deadly pesticides, harms them. In July, President Trump pu...

TUNED-OUT

TUNED-OUT

Story and Illustration by Andrea Williams

February 25, 2020

It is election season — again. Back to the constant chatter of campaigns, candidates and fundraising. Back to exciting campaign rallies and hope for the future. But also back to being force-fed political ads and our news feeds being incessantly flooded with media coverage of candidates attacking each ot...

Reality Bites at the Housing Precipice

Reality Bites at the Housing Precipice

Paul Kelly

February 25, 2020

If one, by chance or misfortune, happens upon the Sunset District, draped in its customarily melancholic clouds, how often would the horizon be broken with the height of something new? With ease one would find a neat, unbroken row of single-family homes stretching to the sea, this line interrupted only...

Cosmic Caveman

Cosmic Caveman

Story by Ryce Stoughtenborough and Photos by Maddison October

February 24, 2020

Brett Vanhorn was sitting in his Honda Fit Sport on the corner of Castro and 18th Street. He was shoveling globs of peanut butter into his mouth with the help of the handle of a plastic fork. Vanhorn is an artist, and it is not hard to tell from his car. Lilac, yellow and electric green paint smudge...

The irreversible approaches

The irreversible approaches

Story by Karishma Patadia and photo by Sandy Scarpa

February 18, 2020

As temperatures and sea levels rise toward irreversible levels, individuals are becoming more aware of ways to maneuver their lives in a sustainable manner. Globally there is a push to demand change in plastic pollution by pushing people in power toward a sustainable lifestyle. We all have heard that plastic...

Beneath the leather and Latex

Beneath the leather and Latex

By Andrea Williams and Photos by James Wyatt

February 18, 2020

Editor’s note: There’s an erect penis in this story. Read our content warning about it. Nudity, leather, whips and bondage: there is nothing like San Francisco’s Folsom Street Fair. For one Sunday a year, a portion of Folsom Street in the SoMa district transforms into a kinky wonderland. For decades, thousands of people have come together to celeb...

Support local music scenes! A look at independent music venues in San Francisco

Support local music scenes! A look at independent music venues in San Francisco

By Amy Bigelow and Photos by William Wendelman

February 18, 2020

As yellow lights scatter patterns of squares all across the 7,700-square-foot venue, onstage, a band is running through their setlist and tuning instruments. At Mezzanine, soundcheck for Ginger Root is nearly finished and its members are ready to captivate concertgoers with their opening performance. F...

Freedom, Politics, and RVs on Lake Merced

Freedom, Politics, and RVs on Lake Merced

By David Sjostedt and Photos by Harrison Rich

February 18, 2020

“They’re just going to try and kill freedom,” says Michael Stoddard as he stared at the dirt beneath his fingers. His hands are clasped in the air, as if holding a powerful orb he can’t take his eyes off of. “There’s going to come a time when they’re going to try and corral people. I lo...

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