Why no Newsom?

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So it looks as if two former mayors -- Willie Brown and Dianne Feinstein -- are going to be the chairs of a campaign for a new 49ers stadium. It's a bit odd, especially since the chief consultant to the current mayor, Gavin Newsom, is helping run the campaign ... does Eric Jaye think Feinstein and Brown play better in the city right now than his main client, who just got re-elected with more than 70 percent of the vote?

We only got penciled in?!?

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So, there's this cool thing called the Sunshine Ordinance, which allows people to access public records generated by our dear city family, including the daily calendars of the Mayor, City Attorney, and all department heads.

A group of Sunshine activists have been trying to get copies of Mayor Gavin Newsom's ca Read more »

Caetano Veloso stirs up Nob Hill

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O Caetano. Photo by Fernanda Negrini.

By Benedict Sinclair

Despite his age, Caetano Veloso refuses to slow down. Showcasing his latest album, (Nonesuch), on Nov. 17 at the Masonic Center, Veloso clattered around on stage - dancing between verses, jogging in place, invigorating each section of the audience with jumping and waving. Read more »

No censure for DiFi

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Well, the move to censure Dianne Feinstein was shot down by the Democratic Party, but not before party Chair Art Torres was forced to give a painful, embarassing speech about it.

Non grata in Venezuela

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By Bruce B. Brugmann

Well, I'm non grata in the Venezuela of Hugo Chavez and so are hundreds of other members of the InterAmerican Press Association (IAPA), a hemispheric free press organization based in Miami.

I'm off early tomorrow morning, Nov.17, as a member of an IAPA delegation visiting Venezuela to try to put some pressure on Chavez and his accelerating crackdown on press freedom.

Earl Maucker, IAPA's president and editor and senior vice president of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel in Ft. Read more »

Ammiano on Bonds

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The indictment is in: the bases were loaded and so was Barry.

(From the answering machine of Sup. Tom Ammiano on Friday, Nov. l6, 2007.) B3

Goodbye, Jim Rivaldo

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The City Hall rotunda was packed last night for the Jim Rivaldo memorial. I knew him as a political guy, a campaign consultant and activist with a strange and wonderful sense of humor and a big heart. But many of the people who spoke, including Judge Ellen Chaitin, her husband, defense lawyer V. Read more »

Hot for krautrock? New club Sauerkraut premieres this weekend

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All us krautrock lovers have been hurting for far too long - no more: this weekend will see the launch of a new krautrock and cold wave club, Sauerkraut, at Retox Lounge. Expect Erase Errata's Jenny Hoyston - a creative powerhouse if there ever was one - to take the stage as Paradise Island and Weed Wolf on Sunday, Nov. 18. Read more »

Hearing on corporate welfare for airlines

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A disingenuous ploy (reported by us but mostly ignored by the other media outlets in town) by the Hotel Council and Sup. Michela Alioto-Pier to have San Francisco taxpayers give millions of dollars in corporate welfare payments to the national airlines will be heard Monday at 11 a.m. by the Board of Supervisors Government Audit and Oversight Committee. Read more »