We need to be talking about what happened to Angelo Quinto

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Photo: KTVU FOX 2 San Francisco via YouTube

Two months ago, police in Antioch — a midsized city in the East Bay—reportedly kneeled on the neck of Angelo Quinto, a 30-year-old Navy veteran, for five minutes after responding to a call to his home, according to his family. The controversial police tactic (now illegal in California) left him unresponsive, and he died three days later.

This is the same knee-on-neck hold that police used to kill George Floyd in Minneapolis last summer, setting off a national conversation around police brutality and social injustice, and what led California to ban this type of carotid restraint last year.

And yet…


The Bay Snapshot

That’s the number found to be an actual ‘livable wage’ in the Bay

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Minimum wage workers and activists outside Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s office in downtown San Francisco. All photos courtesy of Matt Charnock.

“The Bay Snapshot” is a series from The Bold Italic that showcases the current mood of the Bay Area in a picture. If you have a tip for a future post in the series, email us or DM us on Twitter or Instagram.

Nowhere in the country can you rent a two-bedroom, one-bathroom apartment while living on federal minimum wage, which still sits at an abysmal $7.25 an hour. Here in San Francisco, where the minimum wage is set at $16.07 an hour, it still falls short of what experts believe is a “living wage.” That figure is $24.66, …


The Bay Snapshot

This Reddit upload proves San Francisco is still a surf town

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Hanging 10 underneath the GGB. Photo: u/Maxsposure via Reddit

“The Bay Snapshot” is a TBI series that showcases the current mood of the Bay Area in a picture or series of pictures. If you have a tip for a future post in the series, email us or DM us on Twitter or Instagram.

If a picture’s truly worth a thousand words, then this recent Reddit upload from u/Maxposure of a surfer tackling a gnarly wave underneath the Golden Gate Bridge at Fort Point is a whole-ass Zadie Smith novel.

The image wows not just because of the great composition, light, and timing — but because it makes you go…


A creative way to fight landlord exploitation

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Photo: My Old Apartment via Twitter

Ever wonder how much the tenants before you paid for rent — and how much you’re being screwed over by your landlord? If you’ve lived in the Bay Area — or any gentrifying city — in the past decade, then the answer is yes.

Well, a Canada-based initiative, My Old Apartment, is helping Canadians fight rent increases in the most creative way we’ve seen: via good old-fashioned “snail mail.”

The idea is that people send cards to their former rental addresses to let the new tenants know how much they were charged in rent and if what the new…


You can now sign up to support the efforts

A red-brick wall painted over with a large mural of a parrot with long, sweeping wings and tail feathers on a yellow background.
A red-brick wall painted over with a large mural of a parrot with long, sweeping wings and tail feathers on a yellow background.
Mural in Oakland’s Chinatown at 10th and Webster Streets, as seen in 2018. Photo: Boortz47 via Flickr/CC BY-SA 2.0

Hate crimes against Asian Americans, particularly the elderly, have increased since the pandemic began — a topic our vice president addressed last week. Physical and verbal abuse against Asian Americans were fueled by former President Trump’s rhetoric around Covid-19, calling it on more than one occasion the “Chinese virus” and blaming the Chinese government for failing to contain the coronavirus’s spread.

Sadly, as of late, the violence has worsened in the Bay Area. Earlier this month, three Asian American seniors were assaulted in Oakland’s Chinatown. There have been more than two dozen incidents in total in the Bay Area recently…


The Weekend Wind-Down

McNab Lake’s hidden treasure

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Part of the ‘floating’ walkway at McNab Lake. Photo by Matt Charnock for The Bold Italic.

“The Weekend Wind-Down” is a series from The Bold Italic highlighting ways to explore the Bay Area and wind down from your stressful week. If you have an idea or tip, email us, or DM us on Twitter or Instagram.

The seven-by-seven never ceases to delight with quirky gems that sit in broad daylight. One such spectacle is located in McNab Lake, a shallow, man-made lake in the Excelsior that’s a bastion for waddling ducks and the odd red-eared slider turtle. It’s designed in a figure-eight (with a small island in the middle populated by the aforementioned fauna) and continues…


The park project in the Presidio will feature sweeping views of the Bay

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Gateway Plaza of the Presidio Tunnel Tops project. Photo: James Corner Field Operations

Construction is an incredibly male-dominated industry. The idea of cladding together wood, steel, and cement still sits in the minds of many as a “man’s job,” never mind the fact that women working in construction trades is at its highest point in 20 years. Now, one of San Francisco’s newest large-scale land projects — Presidio Tunnel Tops—is helmed by an all-female team.

The Presidio Tunnel Tops project — deemed essential and on track for a debut this fall — will comprise 14 acres of new national parkland inside the Presidio. Described by the team as a soon-to-be “iconic must-see” San…


Pandemic Dating Diaries

The good, the bad, and the ambivalent of going from FaceTime dates to IRL hangs

Two people wearing face masks, riding a very long tandem bicycle. Coronavirus molecules float above them. Illustration.
Two people wearing face masks, riding a very long tandem bicycle. Coronavirus molecules float above them. Illustration.
Credit: Nuthawut Somsuk/iStock/Getty Images Plus

The Pandemic Dating Diaries is a series from The Bold Italic that features moments in love, dating, and sex during Covid-19 directly from our readers. Have a story you’d like to submit? Email us or DM us on Twitter or Instagram.

Finding love amid the Covid-19 pandemic (that’s now marked by even more contagious variants of the pathogen responsible for the novel disease) is tricky business. In a day and age marked by dating apps and FaceTime dates, love has shown us it isn’t dead — it just shape-shifted a bit.

Those among us who remain chronically single — despite…


The Bay Snapshot

These John Welsh-designed flats are as gorgeous as their Alamo Square soul sisters

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The Von Schroeder-Welsh block at Capp and 22nd streets. Photo: u/Shalaco via Reddit

The Bay Snapshot is a series from The Bold Italic that showcases the current mood of the Bay Area in a picture or series of pictures. If you have a tip for a future post in the series, email us or DM us on Twitter or Instagram.

The Painted Ladies — San Francisco’s collection of repainted Victorian and Edwardian houses that line Steiner Street, shouldering Alamo Square — usually get all the architectural adoration. (Granted, often from tourists who believe the city exists in a time capsule of the 1980s, per reruns of Full House.) But have you seen the…


Not having to ride during a pandemic is a privilege

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An SF/Daly City-bound BART train waiting for passengers at a station. Photo: Devrimb/iStock/Getty Images Plus

BART is getting sassy. And we sure do love to see it.

Last week, a stellar individual (who are you? please come forward) behind the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART)’s Twitter account replied a snarky, statistics-filled rebuttal to a tweet from KCBS’s political reporter… who, essentially, insinuated no one was riding BART.

The reality is that, for people who used to do the commute but can now work from home, they can forget that others don’t have that option. …

Matt Charnock

"We find ourselves, and our shared humanity, through stories." SF transplant, coffee shop gypsy. iPhone hasn’t been off silent mode in seven or so years.

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