And now Matt Smith and the SF Weekly/New Times/Village Voice Media claim the progressives were soft on AIDS. Where in the world do they get this stuff?

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By Bruce B. Brugmann

I always read Matt Smith, the star columnist of the SF Weekly/New Times/Village Voice Media, with interest. But he often puzzles me. For example, in his column of May 30, he was banging away at his favorite target, those dread progressives, ("Lacking (Progressive) Definition, Lefty factions and a phony convention do not an effective political party make"). And he dropped this puzzling nugget:

"For more than a generation (liberals have been) opposing growth, while snubbing traditional liberal causes such as uplifting gays or African-Americans. Read more »

June is Bustin’ Out All Over

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By Bruce B. Read more »

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by Amanda Witherell

The best part of Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger's speech today in front of the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce came after the closing remarks when everyone was leaving and the guy sitting next to me said, "Did he even say anything about energy?" Good question, given that we were seated in the inner sanctum of PG&E's 77 Beale Street corporate headquarters. Read more »

Budget battle brews

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By Steven T. Jones
Mayor Gavin Newsom may be content with a "back to basics budget" that focuses on clearing the streets of trash, potholes, and poor people, but progressives are preparing to push for a more forward-thinking plan that addresses low-income housing and other long-term needs. Read more »

Ed Jew: "I don't spend my money this way and I'll bet you don't either."

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By Sarah Phelan

Cannot get enough of the Sunset Beacon!
In a recent "Update on District Affairs" column for the neighborhood paper, Jew writes about why he and Sups. Michela Alioto Pier, Sean Elsbernd and Geraldo Sandoval, opposed Sup. Read more »

Cowabunga! Yo La Tengo play KUSF benefit

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Plans have been afoot for a splashy headliner for the forthcoming KUSF benefit and now it's so, so out: Yo La Tengo will be doing the do, to raise proceeds for the beloved SF college radio station.

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The show will happen at Bimbo's 365 Club on Aug. 3. Expect this "very intimate show" to sell out so get tickets starting today at the KUSF site. Read more »

Ed Jew's definition of "now" and his love/hate relationship with trees

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By Sarah Phelan

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Everyone knows Ed Jew has a flower shop in Chinatown--the FBI raided it in May--but did you know that he stopped tree plantings in the Sunset District, which may or may not be where the District 4 supervisor lives?
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Ed Jew got back from China on Sunday, and while he is recovering from jet lag, word is spreading of a June column he wrote in the Sunset Beacon, in which he claims his family "now" liv Read more »

Give me soccer or give me death

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By Gazelle Emami

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During World Cup fever about this time last year, I found soccer the way some people find religion. Or maybe it was more in the vein of finding yourself with a drug addiction. Either way, once it’s in your blood, soccer becomes a way of life, and it can make you crazy.

So as my friends and I rushed to the stadium Saturday afternoon for the U.S. Men’s National Team (MNT) vs. Read more »

Kid tested, Bono approved

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By Sean Manning

Bono once alleged that Radiohead could be changing the way kids listened to music if only they weren’t so darned esoteric (obviously an extremely relative concept…) and if they just made themselves a little more appealing to the masses: No more death bears and no more blip-bloop-bleep solo albums. sm_Arcade_Fire_k_N5E9300.sized.jpg

Well, Radiohead’s probably not going to change on Bono’s account. Read more »

The convention was no bust

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Run, Ross, Run

By Tim Redmond

No, we didn't walk away with a candidate for mayor, and yes, that was disappointing to a lot of us. I actually thought for a brief moment that the chants of "Run Ross Run" as Sup. Mirkarimi took the stage late in the day would make a difference, that he would realize he has a constituency and that running for mayor would be a good move for him politically, but that didn't happen. Read more »