Mecke second, Hoogasian third

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Here's an interesting chart, thanks to Marc Salomon, totalling the second- and third-choice votes in the mayor's race. SInce Newsom won a clear majority, ranked-choice voting never came in to play, but if it had, and just for fun and the permanent record, Quintin Mecke came in second, Harold Hoogasian third, Wilma Pang fourth. Chicken John didn't come close to his goal of being the Number Two candidate.

I think I'm reading this right.

Newsom's new tax

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When I first saw this press release, I thought: Wow. Gavin Newsom realizes that there's a $250 million budget deficit, and he's actually trying to do something about it. We tax cigarettes because they're unhealthy, why not tax carbon emissions, which are killing the planet -- and raise a little money in the process?

Well, damn: There's a problem. The key word here is "revenue neutral." Newsom's going to give tax rebates to anyone who has to pay this new tax. Read more »

Democrats again reveal their complicity in BushCo misdeeds

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Bay Area congressional Democrats Tom Lantos and Nancy Pelosi: fighting imperial excesses, one capitulation at a time.
So congressional Democrats are angry about the New York Times revelation that the CIA destroyed videotapes of their agents harshly interrogating (ne torturing) al Qaeda suspects. Read more »

Pollution for truth? Egads!

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By Benedict Sinclair

SF Tea Party for 9/11 Truth
Dec. 16, 1pm
Pier 39
415-451-8102
www.communitycurrency.org

Hoo, boy -- here come the truth fetishists. They’re still groping away at that mirage in the distance where we all get to know what actually happened on 9/11, who was behind it, and how to claim the tragedy for political means in order to replace one lame duck for another in that most outmoded of positions, "American president". Read more »

Polyamorous politicos

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This week, we reported on Sup. Michela Alioto-Pier’s divided love between San Francisco and St. Helena in Napa County where she maintains an additional home. But she isn’t the only local official who’s heart is torn. Read more »

Ammiano on "Big Love" Romney

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Mitt "Big Love" Romney denies he proposed to the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. Donnie and Marie? That was just a fling.

(From the answer machine of Sup. Tom Ammiano on Thursday, Dec. 06, 2007).

Stop holiday Media Giveaway

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Stop the FCC's Quiet Holiday Giveaway to the Big Media

By Bruce B. Brugmann

Since the Big Media are blacking out the story, let me pass along the news and the action plan to mobilize the message and the troops to stop the latest media giveaway by the Bush Administration. It's payback time for their support of the Iraq war and occupation.

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People across the country are building a wall to stop the FCC's plan to let Big Media swallow up more local stations. Read more »

PG&E FIRES PUC DIRECTOR!

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This is big, a clear sign of how Mayor Gavin Newsom is going to operate in his next four years: Susan Leal, the head of the Public Utilities Commission, is going to be fired because she's moving too fast toward public power.

Now keep in mind: Susan Leal is not by any means a radical public-power activist. Read more »

Folked up: Freight & Salvage wins $1.161 million grant to build new green venue

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This just in: Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse - the longest-running, full-time venue for folk and traditional music west of the Mississippi River - announced today it has been awarded a $1.161 million grant from the California Cultural and Historical Endowment (CCHE) to fund construction of its new green performance space, school, and café. Read more »

Sonic Reducer Overage: do or cry!

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Brian Miller contemplates the Lightning Bug Situation - he's responsible.

C’mon down and down some more choiceness along with that hard eggnog: you’d think this was high-music season with all the live sounds out there. Here’s what didn’t make it into print in this week's Sonic Reducer yet nonetheless stands out, shining like a friendly faux candle in a neighbor’s window.

Ghost of Curtis

We’ve lost Control again? Read more »