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Our top stories of 2023, from Dianne Feinstein to Japanese sandos

Your support helped us produce 1100 stories this year, showing an unmatched breadth of news, arts, and cultural coverage

Thanks to our tremendous readers and supporters, it was another banner year for 48 Hills, a decade in, as we continued to grow and cover the stories that big media chains won’t and can’t. We produced more than 1100 stories this year, providing work for dozens of local journalists, reviewers, artists, and creators, and promoting thousands of local arts, music, film, stage, nightlife, and cultural events, festivals, and productions. Our news coverage was often the lone voice questioning the dominant neoliberal, pro-billionaire, pro-developer, pro-police state media and City Hall narrative, while shedding light on the corruption and backroom deals that still shape city policy.

Below are some of our biggest stories of a very busy year. They offer an unmatched breadth of coverage from a local independent news site with a tiny staff and a minuscule budget. We would love to double this coverage in 2024. Please support us here if you can, tell your friends to subscribe to our daily newsletter, follow us on the evil but still unfortunately necessary Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram (with more channels to come, we promise). Thank you for all your support, shout out to all of our contributors, let’s keep the soul of this city alive and kicking!

NEWS & POLITICS

A rally against criminalizing homelessness outside the federal court.

BILLIONAIRES FILE LEGAL BRIEF ATTACKING THE UNHOUSED IN SF

THE LOCAL RECORD AND LEGACY OF DIANNE FEINSTEIN

CEASEFIRE NOW: VIOLENCE AND OPPRESSION IN THE MIDDLE EAST MUST END

BREED SAYS SHE WANTS EVEN MORE POWER

ARROGANT DEVELOPER INFURIATES MISSION ACTIVISTS

CHESA BOUDIN TALKS CRIME, JUSTICE—AND WHAT’S HAPPENED TO SF UNDER BROOKE JENKINS

AN EVICTION ON LAKE STREET RAISES QUESTIONS ABOUT THE PRICE OF RELOCATING TENANTS

LONG COVID HAS REACHED THE ‘RUSSIAN ROULETTE’ STAGE IN THE US

THE STORY BEHIND THE GARDEN-HOSE ASSAULT OUTSIDE A NORTH BEACH GALLERY

NO, THE CLOSURE OF A WHOLE FOODS DOES NOT MEAN THE CITY IS HEADED FOR COLLAPSE

REPARATIONS TASK FORCE MEMBER SPEAKS OUT—ABOUT SOME VERY BAD PRESS COVERAGE

SHOULD DEVELOPERS BULLDOZE 100,000 HOUSES ON THE WEST SIDE OF TOWN?

THE BOB LEE MURDER AND THE MEDIA PROBLEM

UCLA’S SECRETIVE NEOLIBERAL HOUSING CONFERENCE

WHO ARE THE ‘TOXIC’ LOCAL DEMOCRATS, REALLY?

THE TRAGIC TOXIC LEGACY OF THE HUNTERS POINT NAVAL SHIPYARD

THE HOUSING CRISIS SCOTT WIENER CREATED

WE’RE REOPENING THE STUD—HERE’S WHY IT MATTERS

SURPRISE PRICE HIKE SPURS TALK OF VIDEO GAME DEVELOPERS ORGANIZING

ANTI-PROGRESSIVE MICHAEL SHELLENBERGER HAS ALARMING TRANSPHOBIC TWEETS

POLICE CRACKDOWN AT DOLORES SKATE PARTY RAISES ALL SORTS OF TROUBLING QUESTIONS

LIES, DAMN LIES, AND THE NEW ‘REPORT’ ON SAN FRANCISCO GOVERNMENT

AN ONGOING, PRIVATE LIGHT SHOW IN GOLDEN GATE PARK? WHO KNEW?

A FINAL DECISION—FOR NOW—ON THE FATE OF THE CASTRO THEATER

ARTS & CULTURE

Fungus Fair art by Maya Pham

RIDE THE SHROOM BOOM (AND EXPAND YOUR MIND) AT THE 51st SF FUNGUS FAIR

CHRISTOPHER OWENS QUIETLY LEAVES SF—AND A HOLE IN OUR HEARTS

SF DRAG LEGEND HEKLINA REPORTEDLY HAS PASSED AWAY

BRINGING SEXY BACK? IRA SACHS ON HIS STEAMY, UNRATED NEW ‘PASSAGES’

Artist Dave Yoas in his studio. Photo by Philip Cohen

TIN MAN FROM EL SOBRANTE: DAVE YOAS TURNS THE ANTIQUATED UPSIDE-DOWN

SCREEN GRABS: SEX, TECH, AND GODZILLA—WHO COULD ASK FOR ANYTHING MORE?

IN ‘PORTAL,’ JOHN KING TELLS THE STRANGE AND WONDROUS SAGA OF THE FERRY BUILDING

SF OPERA’S ‘THE (R)EVOLUTION OF STEVE JOBS’: A DIAL-UP PORTRAIT OF A COMPLEX GOLIATH

Echigo Home Chef’s pork katsu sando. Photo by Tamara Palmer

GOOD TASTE: SURVEYING SF’S JAPANESE SANDOS

‘JEOPARDY!’ CHAMP AMY SCHNEIDER DOES NOT WANT TO BE YOUR FAVORITE TRANS PERSON ON TV

WITH ANCHOR’S CLOSURE, SF LOSES MUCH MORE THAN A BREWERY

AN ODE TO THE FABULOUS NEW RESTROOMS OF EL RIO

Natalie Gabriel’s new mural of Carol Doda

TOPLESS LEGEND CAROL DODA SHINES ONCE MORE IN NORTH BEACH

HOW THE B-52’S 1982 EP ‘MESOPOTAMIA’ BECAME A BLACK RADIO LODESTAR

SWANS’ MICHAEL GIRA: ‘SUCCESSFUL MUSIC IS A RIVER OF BLOOD, URINE, AND SEMEN. SWIM!’

DEPECHE MODE BRINGS SAN JOSE TO ITS FEET, THEN TO TEARS

Folsom Street Fair 2023. Photo by Jon Bauer

LIVE SHOTS: THE AGONY AND THE ECSTASY OF FOLSOM STREET FAIR 2023

PUFF: THE CASE FOR THE CANNABIS LOUNGE

CAN BURNING MAN EVER BE CARBON NEUTRAL?

FROM RANCHOS TO DISNEYLAND: FOUR CENTURIES OF CALIFORNIA CARTOGRAPHY

ON POLK STREET AND IN THE TENDERLOIN, A FAMILY OF HUSTLERS AND PRIESTS

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Marke B.
Marke B.
Marke Bieschke is the publisher and arts and culture editor of 48 Hills. He co-owns the Stud bar in SoMa. Reach him at marke (at) 48hills.org, follow @supermarke on Twitter.

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