Week Sauce: We're Staying Home From School

It’s gloomy in San Francisco today, one of those mornings you’d try and talk your mom into staying home sick from school so you could spend the day watching Monty Python and The Holy Grail on the couch with the cat. But here we all are on The Internet. Send me a cat pic or a story idea instead. » 5/18/15 9:30am 5/18/15 9:30am

What We Talk About When We Talk About Sex Workers In Silicon Valley

One sunny afternoon in 2012, when I could still afford to live in San Francisco, my work phone rang. I picked up and answered in the sultry voice I use when I speak to my clients. I’m a sex worker. These days, I mostly do porn and escorting, but back then I was hitting the erotic massage hustle pretty hard. To my… » 5/14/15 4:30pm 5/14/15 4:30pm

Recalls Are Expensive, Says Judge Possibly Facing Recall

Back in April, an Orange County Superior Court judge made headlines after choosing not to sentence the minimum state imposed 25 years in prison to a young man convicted of sodomizing his 3-year-old half-sister in a garage. The judge, Judge M. Marc Kelly, instead gave the defendant 10 years in prison, which quickly… » 5/13/15 3:27pm 5/13/15 3:27pm

The Broke New Yorker's Guide To Moving To California

It’s an election year, and so the cycle continues: Late 20/early 30-something New Yorkers, who’ve braved their last winter and dragged their last trunk of books-they-read-once up eight flights of stairs into the 300-square-foot closet they’re renting for $2,000 a month, contemplate if this, really, is all their life’s… » 5/12/15 12:58pm 5/12/15 12:58pm

Gun Buyback Programs Are Just Lamer Versions of Antiques Roadshow

Gun buyback programs seem like win-wins for politicians — even the most critical and cynical can’t argue against the benefits involved in an initiative that can possibly save a life. The reality is that these programs can’t even be attributed to a drop in crime, but are more just publicity stunts, trying to convince… » 5/11/15 4:34pm 5/11/15 4:34pm

Week Sauce: A Viennese Poop Hunt

We’re scaling back the turd pictures (only the finest shit on RatterSF from now on) but if you’ll indulge me I have an embarrassing poop story. I watched Before Sunrise for the first time this weekend and, would you believe it, I dreamed that night about walking through Vienna with a guy from San Francisco Public… » 5/11/15 9:30am 5/11/15 9:30am

Healthcare Nonprofit Sues Whistleblowers for Confidentiality Breach

A nationwide AIDS healthcare provider and several of its former employees are locked in a legal battle over who took more advantage of the patients. The former employees claim that the AIDS Healthcare Foundation used patients to defraud Medicaid and Medicare, while AHF claims its employees outed confidential patient… » 5/08/15 5:16pm 5/08/15 5:16pm

Malibu's Skylar Peak: The Handsome Skateboarding Bipolar Politician

It’s a warm July night in Malibu and city councilman Skylar Peak is running through a shopping center wielding a pair of scissors. He’s wearing only a black Speedo. He knocks over a chair, yelps, and keeps running. The security guards begin chasing him. Shortly after the pursuit, he’s sent for an involuntary… » 5/07/15 1:05pm 5/07/15 1:05pm

A Panhandler’s Hustle: The Demographics Of The Donors

Paul Curbow, 46, and Walter Choate, 61, are friends and panhandlers, though they’d argue with that label. Panhandlers bother people, they say — they’re just here to get enough money to get by, and maybe educate some San Francisco transplants about the effects of gentrification. They divide people into three camps: 98… » 5/06/15 10:21am 5/06/15 10:21am

Who Killed Chuck Philips?

Throughout all his investigations into hip-hop beef, one artist particularly impressed Chuck Philips, the now disgraced Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who made a name for himself chronicling the music industry in the late ‘90s and early 2000s. Tupac Shakur, Philips once wrote, “had all the makings of a true… » 5/06/15 9:30am 5/06/15 9:30am

Reports: Baltimore Police Shot Man In Back, Cops Say It Didn't Happen

Update: The Fox News reporter who described the shooting now calls it an “error.” Police say that the man they were chasing dropped a gun, which discharged when it hit the ground. » 5/04/15 3:36pm 5/04/15 3:36pm