Remembering Ernesto ‘Xe’ Gonzalez Acosta, 1989-2013
Feb26

Remembering Ernesto ‘Xe’ Gonzalez Acosta, 1989-2013

By Sara Bloomberg At the end of a warm winter day, more than 200 friends, family and community members gathered at Alamo Square Park to honor Ernesto “Xe” Gonzalez Acosta, who was shot and killed Feb. 10 in San Francisco near Hayes and Webster streets. He was 23 years old. Xe was a City College student and helped organize the annual Mexica New Years Celebration held at Mission campus since 2008. Incense wafted through the park, as...

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News briefs
Feb26

News briefs

Local news briefs By Sara Bloomberg Colleges removed from sanction The Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges removed three colleges from their respective sanctions this month. Cuesta College and College of the Redwoods were both on “show cause” and the commission moved them up to less severe sanctions. Cuesta is now on “warning” status and Redwoods is now on probation, according to official commission documents. The...

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Have your say: Do you feel safe riding a bike in San Francisco?
Feb26
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Parklets delight on sunny Mission days
Feb21

Parklets delight on sunny Mission days

Alex Reyes The Guardsman Dane Ohri plays an original song on his thin, “backpacker” Martin guitar. A harmonica is strapped around his neck. Alice Leroy, Kari Koller and Gigi, Koller’s Maltese poodle, listen as the lean, young, pork-pie hat-sporting Ohri sings, “A smile goes a long way/It makes the green grass grow.” Koller, in a T-shirt, is dressed simply compared to her furry beribboned and vest-wearing companion. “We like the...

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Steven Soderburgh’s new film is  A Tough Pill to Swallow
Feb21

Steven Soderburgh’s new film is A Tough Pill to Swallow

Gina Scialabba The Guardsman A woman claims prescription drugs drives her to kill. That’s the plot of Steven Soderbergh’s latest and reportedly last film. It begins with a clear vision—a noir Hithcockesque “whodunit.” This movie has all the elements of a solid, clever picture. The heavyweight cast includes Jude Law, Rooney Mara (“The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo”), Channing Tatum, (yes, the stripper from “Magic Mike,” also a Soderburgh...

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