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.
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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.
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »