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Upfront: The Bong Show

It’s been a mixed legislative bag for supporters of Proposition 64 this year, as the California State Legislature is poised to close out its...

This Week in the Pacific Sun

This week in the Pacific Sun, Jonah Raskin reports from the underground-ag scene in Napa County where, believe it or not—they don't just grow...

Cover Story: Underground Ag

 Olamae Combellack was four years old in 1924 when she arrived in Napa from Grand Prairie, Texas, with her mother and 10 siblings. The...

Feature: Oh, Francis Where Did Ye Land?

Could Sir Francis Drake have discovered San Francisco Bay, 190 years before history books say Gaspar de Portolá did? Amateur historian Duane Van Dieman...

Spotlight on San Rafael: Tree House and Cafe

 For parents of toddlers, everyday reality can sometimes seem stripped of aesthetic pleasures. Bluntly colorful playgrounds and strikingly color-blocked Gymborees are the norm, while...

Blockchain Gains

Even the most charismatic heroes are destined to be supplanted by their more stable, if less flashy, contemporaries. This seems to be hard-boiled into...

Feature Story: Leave it to Beavers…

Bill Ostrander was showing his brother-in-law around his Kenwood vineyard one summer day last year when the tour turned totally horror-show, from the perspective...

Feature Story: The Sword and the Shield

The landmark California Environmental Quality Act of 1970 was intended as a shield against construction projects that imperiled the environment. But in a case...

Feature: Tip of the Spear

It’s called spearfishing, but it’s really spear-hunting. The fish don’t come to you. You must go to them, with your finger on the trigger.That...

Feature: Mindful Foraging

On a recent late afternoon in Ross, I make my way up a lush trail bursting with horsetail, wild strawberries, yerba buena, trillium, wild...