The vacationing mayor

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This hasn't been that big a deal in the local press, but isn't it pretty screwed up that the mayor of San Francisco, the day after an oil spill that was causing catastrophic environmental problems in his city. took off to Hawaii on vacation?

I mean, he's supposed to be in charge here, supposed to be a leader. He could have postponed his trip a few days, right?

True grace

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By Rita Felciano

Bay Area Odissi dancer Asako Takami died on November 3, 2007 in San Francisco after a four-year battle with ovarian cancer. She was 47 seven years old. Founder and artistic director of the East Bay-based Pallavi Dance Group, Takami was an exquisite dancer and much-revered teacher of who had lived in the Bay Area for fifteen years. Read more »

Ammiano: Wine with a whine!

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Today's Ammianoliner:

Golden Gate Restaurant Association produces new wine. "I don't want to pay health care."

(From the answering machine of Sup. Tom Ammiano on Nov. 12, 2007.) B3

Newsom's numbers back up

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Another set of election results are in, and now Gavin Newsom is up above 72 percent. Interesting that he's picked up as the precinct ballots are counted; obviously, the absentees were particularly conservative this time around.

PG&E's Tag on the Golden Gate

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photo courtesy of wmchu on flickr

I've ridden my bike across the Golden Gate Bridge hundreds of times, and often stopped to watch the sunset or to look down at the awesome power of the tide ripping by, but yesterday, for the first time, I walked all the way across. I noticed something I'd never seen before. Read more »

Extra! Rock Rapids 38 Carroll 0

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By Bruce B. Brugmann

Well, it isn't Rock Rapids High School any more and it isn't the almost famous Rock Rapids Lions. It's now a consolidated high school district and goes under the fancier nomenclature of Central Lyon. (The Central Lyon Lions just doesn't have it, does it? For the regular Bruce blog readers, you will realize that I am talking about my almost famous hometown of Rock Rapids, Iowa, a little town in northwest Iowa known as the Gateway to the West.)

Jim Wells just flashed me the final score: Central Lyon 35 Carroll 0. Read more »

Seeing Stars

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By Todd Lavoie

Breaking up, breaking down, pulling yourself together, and plunging back into the dating scene to start all over again - sound familiar? Most of us have trod down that road before - the avenue leading us through the entire tumultuous cycle of doomed romance. Oh, the drama! Read more »

Pay Back's A Bitch

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What’s newsworthy about Board of Supervisor President Aaron Peskin changing his vote three weeks ago on Sup. Michela Alioto-Pier charter amendment tightening laws controlling the Ethics, Elections and Sunshine Commissions?

Nothing—except the real reason the Chronicle’s running dogs of the press were dragged out of their kennel this weekend to tear into Peskin’s Oct. 23 change-of-heart vote: the Gap’s Don Fisher is pissed off that he poured $185,000 into Prop. H, only to see it fail on the Nov. 6 ballot. Read more »

The big news in Rock Rapids

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By Bruce B. Brugmann

There is no bigger news, nor more excitement, in Rock Rapids, Iowa, and the other little towns in the Midwest, than when their high school has a winning football season.
(Sometimes, it is basketball or baseball.)

Our football team at Central Lyon is now in the semi-finals in the state tournament in Cedar Falls, putting a 23 game winning streak on the line, and is playing right now this afternoon.

Jim Wells is flashing me the play by play. He reports that most of the town is at the game.

First play of the game: "WE LOVE IT!!!!! First play of the game. Read more »

What was the Coast Guard thinking?

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SFist has posted a link from BoatingSF that shows the path of the Cosco Busan, based on freely available data that even amateur boaters have. The Chronicle reports that the Coast Guard knew the ship was headed for the bridge. The Vehicle Tracking Service on Yerba Buena Island has sophisticated radar and GPS gear and can watch every damn boat on the Bay; why didn't anyone tell the captain and pilot to get back on course?