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Parking in SF: An Expensive Game of Inches

Parking Goal Line

Dear Parking Guru,
On Sunday, I was towed for "blocking" a driveway. I was parked in one of the relatively small curb spots between two driveways, but my car fit completely within the spot (i.e. no part of my vehicle entered the portion of the curb that starts to slope downward into either driveway). I am confident of this because I, along with three friends, made a thorough examination of the car's position before deciding the parking spot was safe. One of the driveways had the edges of their curb painted red on both sides, and my back bumper did break the plain of the red line (my tires did not), but I figured it wouldn't be a problem since the driveway was clearly unobstructed. When I came back the car was towed.

Tips for Keeping Your Pets Safe This Christmas

Santa Dog Portrait

Welcome to our weekly 'Ask a Vet from the SF SPCA' feature on Dr. Jeannine Berger, DVM, DACVB is a board certified veterinary behaviorist who counsels guardians whose pets’ issues are beyond the scope of training. Think of her as a pet shrink…at your service. Ask your own questions in the comments!

Five Reasons to Head to Bodega Bay in Winter

Bodega Bay beach

The holidays may be right around the corner, but instead of spending your weekends shopping, give yourself a gift: A getaway to the beach. Whether it's for the day or the weekend, being able to spend a typical winter Saturday on the beach is a huge Bay Area perk. One of my go-to favorite beaches is Bodega Bay.

Seven Favorite Things: Men's Outwear from Maas & Stacks

Baby, it's cold outside. It's time to treat yourself -- or a loved one -- to a sleek new winter coat. Our suggestion? You can't go wrong with the winter wool, leather and cashmere collection at Maas & Stacks

Seven Homegrown Gems from the Found Footage Festival

Still from the Found Footage Festival

Youtube be damned. Since they started collecting tapes in 1991, Found Footage Festival curators Nick Prueher and Joe Pickett have an abiding relationship with oddball VHS tapes (and their "stars") culled from thrift stores, garage sales, and, sometimes, dumpsters that's led them all the way to the Late Show with David Letterman, a twice-weekly spot on the Onion's AV Club, and around the country for the last six years and counting.

Four Parties to Celebrate the New Year and the End of the World

Juan MacLean

With the world apparently coming to an end very soon, mark these holiday happenings on your calendar (regular or Mayan) and get out there and have some fun. Of course, if the world doesn’t end, expect this column and more dope music to resume in 2013.

Five Places to Grab a Drink After a Day on the Slopes in Tahoe

After Ski Drink

So, you've just spent the day busting pow, playing in the park, hitting the bump runs or racking up a gazillion vertical feet cruising the groomers, and your stoke level–and not to mention thirst–is high. It's time to find a good apres watering hole, preferably a short walk from the base of the lifts.

Stylish Gifts for the Bike Lover on Your List

Atomic 22 Phil Wood Set

It’s not easy to find a gift for the bike-obsessed person on your holiday list. Chances are, if they wanted it they already got it for themselves. But with so many bike shops in San Francisco, and the bike industry exploding with new stylized gear, there’s still a lot that the gear head in your life may not even know about. I searched the city to find some of the coolest, most stylish gear gift ideas. Here are my picks:


Look of the Week: Home Decor Gifts from Local Boutiques

Look of the Week

And now, a little something for all of the aspiring chefs, interior decorators, gardeners and crafters in your life. Show them some holiday love with these fun finds from local boutiques. 

Pop-Up Pantry: Helping America Eat (Very) Well

Hoisin Ginger Braised Shortribs

America deserves an alternative to dinner at the strip mall. No one should have to book a special trip to experience world-class dining,” explains David Hauslaib, co-founder of Pop-Up Pantry. With upscale subscription services on the rise, one born out of LA is determined to bring gourmet meals to American doorsteps.

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