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What's the Sexiest Hotel Room in Los Angeles?

In honor of the month of amor, sister site California Home + Design is running a "Design Democracy" voting for the sexiest hotel room in L.A. Got a favorite? Head over there and weigh in.



Marimekko + Converse = a perfect Valentine

There's nothing better than two of your favorite things coming together at once: a mashup of Aretha Franklin and The Scissor Sisters, Baz Luhrmann directing The Great Gatsby or these cute new kicks, a one-two combo from Converse and Marimekko.

Parking Tips: The Romantic Side of Parking

It's no secret that parking in the city is a bitch. So we've enlisted local parking guru and author of Finding the Sweet Spot, David LaBua, to dish out weekly tips on navigating the ins and outs of city parking.

Says David: It being Valentine’s Day soon, I thought it would be a good time to take a look at the romantic side of parking your car in San Francisco.  Here are some of my favorite romantic spots to park and umm…talk. 

Ask A Vet: How Do You Fix Terrible Dog Breath?

Welcome to our weekly 'Ask a Vet from the SF SPCA' feature on They've enlisted their Co-President, Dr. Jennifer Scarlett, to answer your questions every week. Got a question for Dr. Scarlett? Ask away in the comments!

Q : My lovely doodle has horrible breath! What is the best way to brush/clean his teeth? Also, what are the dangers putting a pup under to get a full cleaning? And what other options do we have?

Transported: TransportationCamp Comes to SF in March

Welcome to "Transported," our weekly series about getting places in San Francisco, whether you take the bus or the BART, bike or drive. Come here to find the skinny on secret parking spots, the new bike lanes and how to get across town on Muni without losing your mind.

Billed as an "unconference" spanning the entire weekend of March 19th, TransportationCamp is the perfect opportunity for Muni/BART/AC Transit/bicycle/car-obsessed San Franciscans to nerd out together and make change happen.

Photos: The Big Lebowski Party @ CELLspace

Here are some photos from the 8th Annual Big Lebowski party on Saturday night at Cell Space in the Mission. The party was part of the annual SF IndieFest. Read more here.


Photos by Joseph Schell

Caltrain Putting the Brakes on Service?

Caltrain has suffered from financial problems for years, but it looks like things are worse than ever. Facing a $30 million deficit at the current level of service, the Caltrain Board of Directors is set to vote on a declaration of fiscal emergency. Before taking action, however, the Board will give riders the opportunity to speak at four community meetings and a public hearing (more details). The proposed cuts include axing all non-weekday commute hour service—meaning the end of mid-day, weekend and post-Giants game service—and cutting service to "up to" 7 stations, including Bayshore, Burlingame, and Santa Clara. They would also need to eliminate some trains from the commute hours and possibly increase the base fare by 25 cents.

Parking Quiz: Understanding Confusing Curb Colors & Signs

It's no secret that parking in the city is a bitch. So we've enlisted local parking guru and author of  Finding the Sweet Spot, David LaBua, to dish out weekly tips on navigating the ins and outs of city parking.

Says David:

Signs and curbs are straightforward and easy to understand, right?  Not always. And, the 1,932,416 parking citations issued last year confirm it. Have you ever gotten a ticket and felt that it was unwarranted, but after carefully reading (then re-reading) the wording on the sign or curb, you finally realized that you were indeed in the wrong? Quiz yourself on just how many restricted curbs are out there. We'll break down the answers right after your lunch break!

How many restrictive curbs are there in SF? Put these curbs in order from most to least.

Scenes of the City: Street Portraits in the Castro District

For this week's Scenes of the City, we went to the Castro District and captured a dozen or so street portraits of the people passing by near Castro and Market streets.


All photos and words by Joseph Schell

Weekend Getaway: Mendocino Crab and Wine Days

Crab season is upon us, and unless you're ready to grab a net and spend a day on the pier, you'll have to enjoy the fruits of someone else's labor. The weather looks clear this weekend, so pack your overnight bag and head up to Mendocino for a weekend of crab and wine.

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