Guardian v. SF Weekly update

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I wasn’t in court today in the Guardian’s lawsuit against the SF Weekly and its corporate parent – the lawyers for Weekly wanted me to stay out of the courtroom because they might call me back as their own witness later (I look forward to it, guys). Read more »

Ammiano: Super Bowl at City Hall

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Today's Ammianoliner:

Super Bowl at City Hall. The mayor fumbles, illegal use of hands on Muni funds.

Peskin stumbles, phone it in.

(From the home answering machine of Sup. Tom Ammiano on Jan. 31, 2008). B3

Personal note to Tom: Watch your enunciation. You are going to back to your old bad habits.

Sandoval picks his target

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You read it here first that Sup. Gerardo Sandoval has decided to run for judge in June, and now we can report that he has picked a target: Judge Thomas A. Mellon Jr. This seems like a fine choice given that Sandoval has made his run about challenging a "bench that does not reflect San Francisco in any meaningful way." Mellon was appointed to the slot by former Gov. Read more »

Newsom prioritizes politics over parks

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After starting his day by warning the Mayor’s Open Space Task Force not to propose a big expenditure for new parks in San Francisco, Mayor Gavin Newsom then canceled a noontime rally and press conference in support of the big parks bond on Tuesday’s bond, Proposition A, in order to attend tonight’s Democratic presidential debate in Los Angeles.

“We are all about collaborative innovation,” Newsom told a room filled with department heads, parks advocates, and leading academics, clutching a disposable Starbucks coffee cup as he spoke. Read more »

ZZ top -- the return of Zidane: A 21st Century Portrait

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The loaded title of Douglas Gordon and Philippe Parreno's Zidane: A 21st Century Portrait promises a rendering of the iconic and volcanic footballer and of the century in which we reside. This Friday, Gordon and Parreno's one-of-a-kind film begins a return engagement at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. Read more »

Year of Rat meets the SFPD

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Cool image, courtesy of the SFPD's website.

BG v SFW lawsuit: I take the stand

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I took the witness stand today to testify in the Guardian's lawsuit against the SF Weekly and its parent, Village Voice Media, the chain formerly known as New Times. I talked about why I worked for the Guardian, why I'd stuck around for more than 25 years and why I believe in the paper's misssion.

The point I tried to make: The Guardian is a community institution. We care about this city; we care about people and issues and arts and culture, and whether you agree or disagree with our political stands, we're part of San Francisco -- and our readers have always known that. Read more »

Ammiano: the gloves are off!

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Today's Ammianoliner:

Barack, Hillary. The gloves are off and, if you want my vote, they better match your shoes.

(From the home answering machine of Sup. Tom Ammiano on Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2008). B3

Late local rocker Evan Farrell rhapsodized by Japonize Elephants in Bloomington, Ind.

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Postcard from Bloomington: Japonize Elephants perform at a tribute to Evan Farrell at Bluebird Nightclub on Jan. 20.

By Dina Maccabee

A lot of emotions have been pouring out during the last month over the loss of once-Oakland-based musician Evan Farrell. I'm not even sure if the details that have been circulating on the Internet about what happened on Dec. Read more »