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Givers & Shakers: Traci Des Jardins, La Empática

On the sunny patio of her new restaurant, Arguello, a Mexican eatery in the historic Presidio Officers’ Club, restaurateur Traci Des Jardins takes a sip of her hibiscus agua fresca and unleashes an impassioned defense of undocumented immigrants. “I think it’s appalling that we have not done more for the Latin American population. I think it’s a failure of our federal government not to recognize how much this population has contributed to our society. From an immigration standpoint, they get the short end of the stick. Absurd!”

Givers & Shakers: Daniel Lurie, The Robin Hood

Sotheara Yem has tears in his eyes. Formerly one of San Francisco’s homeless, the 27-year-old is recalling the day one of his mentors, Tipping Point Community founder Daniel Lurie, purchased a sharp navy-blue designer suit for him. Yem, a first-generation Cambodian American, was scheduled to deliver a speech in front of 900 people at the 2011 Tipping Point benefit gala, and Lurie, who had helped the amateur filmmaker secure housing and employment, knew that a blazer from the clearance rack at H&M wouldn’t cut it.

Givers & Shakers: Vanessa Getty, Patron Saint of Animals

The vanity license plate on the 26-foot van parked outside the Peninsula Humane Society & SPCA (PHS/SPCA) in Burlingame reads, “Fix Me.” The wordplay refers to the 900 free spay and neuter surgeries that have been performed inside the state-of-the-art mobile clinic each year since 2005, when the van was gifted to the organization by lifelong animal welfare activist Vanessa Getty. The reason? By fixing and vaccinating dogs and cats in low-income Bay Area communities, San Francisco Bay Humane Friends—an auxiliary of PHS/SPCA, founded by Getty—has greatly reduced the number of unwanted and stray animals on our streets.

Five Star Spirituality: Yoga in the Sky at the Mandarin Oriental

For the first installment in our Five Star Spirituality series (brainchild of 7x7 culture editor Brock Keeling), we head to the Mandarin Oriental San Francisco, which is the third tallest building in the city, making it a great place to view not just Fleet Week flybys and America’s Cup races (will we ever see those on our waters again?), but also to scan the windows of neighboring buildings for trysts (a pair of binocs in the room is practically a green light to practice voyeurism).

Groupon CEO Andrew Mason's New App Reveals Hidden SF Gems

Former Groupon CEO Andrew Mason has announced his latest venture, Detour, a company that creates audio city tours for the iPhone. We asked the newly minted travel insider for a preview of his favorite spots in San Francisco. 

'80s Icon and Art World Darling Keith Haring on Display at the De Young Museum

When pondering the meteoric career of pop artist Keith Haring, the phrase “flash in the pan” is often uttered, but its relevance is up for debate. Dr. Timothy Leary, late psychologist and LSD poster boy, appreciated this description of his friend, despite its anticlimactic connotations, saying that it was a “good place to start.” A mere decade in the making, Haring’s skyrocketing trajectory, tragically cut short by AIDS in 1990 when he was 31 years old, surely qualifies as fleeting, but then again, his work—easily recognizable by its strong lines and kinetic nature—still makes an impact. 

2014 Hot 20: Gary Friedman, the Dreamer

CEO of Restoration Hardware / age 57

Keith Haring: You're the Inspiration

To herald the forthcoming Keith Haring: The Political Line exhibition at the de Young Museum, tell us how Keith Haring has inspired you.

2014 Hot 20: Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen, the Philanthropist 2.0

Founder, Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen Foundation / age 44

ImagineNations Colors Our World with Decoupage Globes and Pictorial Wall Maps

Each month, San Rafael artist Wendy Gold painstakingly scours the Alameda Flea Market in search of vintage globes and wall maps for ImagineNations, the map-art studio she launched in 2010.

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