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The great Skrillex mystery: How did SF pull off a 25,000-person show seemingly overnight?

Turns out, the show wasn’t an overnight success—just a secret one. Preparations had been ongoing behind the scenes for several months.

Breed’s budget nightmare: Plugging an $800 million deficit while fighting for her job

If one were forced to choose a time to look down the barrel of a nearly $1 billion budget deficit, Mayor London Breed would probably not choose this week.

Illegal fireworks are traumatizing SF’s children, pets and autistic residents: report

The city's civil grand jury members urged staffers at multiple departments to coordinate responses, track incidents and educate the public.

The renegade sushi chef of SF serves up the ‘seafood’ of the future

Erik Aplin of Chisai Sushi Club prepares for a fishless future with a delicious, all-vegan alt-omakase.

‘Heartbreaking’: New restaurant’s opening delayed by $20K theft

Xebec was due to open on Tuesday in Hayes Valley. But before the owner arrived that morning, a chef called to say they'd been robbed.

Crime drop is fake news, say businesses. They’re trying to help the cops prove it

Is minor crime down—or just too hard to report? A new app may help settle the debate.

YIMBY group sues Bay Area city, accusing it of stuffing its housing plan with junk

A unique lawsuit in San Mateo has opened a new legal front in the increasingly contentious housing war in California.

Muni boss on the hot seat as San Francisco mayor’s race heats up

Jeff Tumlin has served as San Francisco’s transportation chief for nearly five years. But the number of people who want him canned is growing.

Sky’s the limit as Daniel Lurie will use his deep pockets for mayor’s race

Speculation has been building that Daniel Lurie—who might be a centimillionaire—would self-fund his campaign for San Francisco mayor.

‘The pain will just kill me’: Newsom blasted for cutting acupuncture in state budget

Gov. Gavin Newsom gutted state subsidies for acupuncture treatment, infuriating patients and San Francisco's Chinese American community.

People keep checking into hospitals for ODs and dying anyway

At least 10 people over the past three years have fatally overdosed while under medical care at hospitals in San Francisco.

A quiet power rises in SF politics: Chinese grandparents

In an election year when Chinese American voters are being sought after aggressively, Chinese seniors are becoming increasingly visible in local politics.

This advertising firm’s Doom Spiral Bar is a cheeky message to San Francisco haters

Unable to fight the doom-focused narrative around the city, Duncan Channon has decided instead to subvert it.

Amid FBI bribery probe, a Fisherman’s Wharf restaurant may be forced to leave

City officials ordered a suspension on Nick’s Lighthouse Thursday, putting its lease with the Port of San Francisco at risk.

Second Nintendo store in U.S. could be coming to a beleaguered street in SF’s Union Square

Super fans of Mario and other Nintendo favorites can expect a two story store with company merchandise in 2025.

‘Absurd’: Fisherman’s Wharf businesses slam lawsuit against city from closed restaurants 

Fisherman's Wharf business owners are calling foul on a new lawsuit against the city brought by the owner of two shuttered restaurants

Why this blighted theater sits empty after 17 years

With its former structural engineer in prison and one of the property owners dead, a century-old movie theater’s future is unknown.

Readers respond to the call to create a new, permanent park along the Great Highway

Opinion

Opponents of a new park cite pollution and congestion as reasons not to close Great Highway. Supporters say it’s time to open the space to all.

Meet the San Francisco parking crusaders who call 311 on their neighbors

How a given San Franciscan regards the informants’ work is a Rorschach test for the relationship they think the city should have with cars.

Why this blighted theater sits empty after 17 years

With its former structural engineer in prison and one of the property owners dead, a century-old movie theater’s future is unknown.

Photos: Carnaval parade fills, thrills the Mission in San Francisco

Classic cars, ornate costumes and dazzling dance troupes delighted thousands at the celebration of indigenous heritage.

Snitch City: The joy of nosing through your neighbor’s trash

We welcome more submissions in the snitch box—readers with receipts go to the top of the pile! 

‘Sinking ship vibes’: Dining at California’s worst-rated Red Lobster

Despite its worst-in-the-state status, the San Bruno location was spared when Red Lobster corporate announced a slew of closures.

Welcome to the San Francisco Standard’s Sushi Week

Get ready for a seven-day deep-dive into San Francisco's sushi awakening.

The renegade sushi chef of SF serves up the ‘seafood’ of the future

Erik Aplin of Chisai Sushi Club prepares for a fishless future with a delicious, all-vegan alt-omakase.

10 top San Francisco chefs on where they go for cheap, quick, satisfying sushi

Every night is not a $150 omakase night. Sometimes, it’s about a $15 hand roll and a game of bingo.

The Big O: Where to score the greatest omakase in SF  

Over the past two months, the Standard dined at what we’ve deemed the best of the best of San Francisco sushi. Get ready to blow both mind and wallet.

Readers respond to the call to create a new, permanent park along the Great Highway

Opponents of a new park cite pollution and congestion as reasons not to close Great Highway. Supporters say it’s time to open the space to all.

Super Smash Francisco: Recasting the city’s icons as classic Nintendo characters

As San Francisco gets its own Nintendo store, we get to imagine some Donk City dopplegangers.

‘Safer with a bear’: Women in SF politics are done with being silenced about abuse

Women pick being alone with a bear over a man. In San Francisco, two high-profile cases highlight ongoing failures to address sexual misconduct.

The future of the Great Highway: A coastal park for all or a road to nowhere?

San Francisco faces a choice: Turn the crumbling, costly Great Highway into a 17-acre oceanfront park or keep a road separating neighborhoods from the coast.

The great Skrillex mystery: How did SF pull off a 25,000-person show seemingly overnight?

Turns out, the show wasn’t an overnight success—just a secret one. Preparations had been ongoing behind the scenes for several months.

School shooting opera to premiere in San Francisco

Two worlds play out on its split-level rotating set. A wedding celebration set in the present and the school shooting a decade earlier.

As the San Francisco Symphony struggles, another classical ensemble catches fire

At a time when the city's larger and more famous symphony is embroiled in controversy, the San Francisco Philharmonic is going in the opposite direction. 

Noise complaints be damned, SF’s Portola Festival is back for September

Justice, RÜFÜS DU SOL, and M.I.A. are all confirmed for Pier 80’s electronic-heavy festival—the same weekend as the Folsom Street Fair.