We know the important role the print weeklies play in creating that pulpy mush that gathers in gutters and clogs storm drains in wet weather like this, so we wanted to make sure you got the gist of their features this week from the dry, ink-free comfort of your desks.
This week's cover story by Peter Jamison explores the role that family courts play in giving custody rights to unfit parents, and sometimes child molesters. As one Oakland attorney quoted in the piece puts it, "Family courts are the ugly stepchild of the law," where rookie judges do their time on benches they don't want to be on for a year or two, and aren't held accountable for decisions they make that can have disastrous affects on children. The headliner case here is of one Karen Anderson who suspected that her ex-husband was molesting their daughter, but a Santa Clara County court failed to properly investigate and dismissed her suspicions as paranoid.
Food: Jonathan Kauffman devotes his column space this week to explore the shark fin controversy. Not only does he go taste some shark's fin soup at a restaurant in Chinatown (Spoiler: He kind of likes it, at least the extraordinary texture), but he interviews people like legendary S.F. restaurateur Cecilia Chiang, now 92, who admits that it's more a symbol of status than it is a delicacy, but it's nonetheless important to the Chinese as a luxury.
Politics: Chris Roberts goes after Jane Kim, accusing her of being less progressive than she'd seemed during the campaign, because she's back-burnering the idea of a safe injection site/needle exchange in the Tenderloin.