It’s Getting Hot in Here

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It’s Getting Hot in Here
Sarah Phelan
Hours before all hell broke loose over at City hall over news that he'd been having an affair, Mayor Gavin Newsom showed up at the SFPUC's Climate Change summit to endorse long overdue efforts to combat global warming.

“God’s delays are God’s denials,” began Newsom, blissfully unaware that his former appointments secretary Roby Rippey-Tourk was about to confess to her husband Alex Tourk about the affair, and that Tourk would immediately confront the mayor--and resign from his post as Newsom's campaign manager. Read more »

Unsolicited advice to the mainstream press covering alternative press stories

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Never try to sabotage a story when the facts can come back to haunt you. Read more »

Bavarian cream: Herzog blogged

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I'm sure you Herzophiles have been languishing for days now, waiting for the rest of this interview (the best niblets made it into the paper here). Here are the ready-for-blogging-goggles portions. A veritable, unsugary feast of Bavarian whimsy.

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SFBG: There are some awe-inspiring landscape images in The Wild Blue Yonder. Read more »

NOISE: Thee More Shallows sell out to Anticon

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Our longtime faves, the underappreciated Thee More Shallows, are making a break for a whole 'nother kinda big time. The top-notch indie rockers have signed to Bay Area out-hip-hop imprint Anticon.

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Could such a deal have come to pass because a certain TMS band member is the landlord of another certain Anticon reg? Read more »

An actual issue

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By Tim Redmond

I don't care about the mayor's sex life. Frankly, I'd rather not think about it. If he had an affair with a good friend's wife, that's between them. Makes him look like a jerk, but whatever.

There is, however, a more serious issue here, which is that Ruby Tourk was Newsom's employee. An at-will employee who could be fired at any time, at the mayor's call. That's why the city may well get sued here, and why this is really kind of a problem.

It really was, to quote the mayor, a lapse in judgment for the chief executive of a major city. Big time.

Wolf Still Caged -- 163 Days!

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by Amanda Witherell

U.S. District Court Judge William H. Alsup has again denied release of Josh Wolf, the 24-year-old journalist in jail. Wolf's attorneys had filed a Grumbles motion which argued that no matter how long Wolf is in jail, he will not change his position. Therefore, his incarceration is undue punishment and illegal. Read more »

Department of Public Works...Works!

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by Amanda Witherell

I ride my bike. A lot. And I've learned to avoid the treacherous ravine that is 17th Street where PG&E has been wrecking some serious havoc for the past few months. But the very end, between Texas and Mississippi is still my preferred way to approach Guardian headquarters and there's one final ditch that stretches across the entire width of the road and, in very unavoidable fashion, has been doing it's best to warp my nimble rims. Read more »

NOISE: Shake it with Social Studies

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No studies, just fun times last week - at the Rickshaw Stop's anniversary series of shindigs and then Social Studies on Jan. 26 at Bottom of the Hill. J'adore those kiddie tambourines that were distributed to the audience for those bang-along songs.

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Came in just in time for Magic Bullets whose vocalist was a deadringer/-singer for Robert Smith. Read more »

No joy

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By Steven T. Jones
Contrary to the demented hopes of conservative ideologues like the Examiner's Ken Garcia, there is no joy on the left over the sordid sex scandal that has now engulfed Mayor Gavin Newsom. Sure, it opens up this year's mayor's race and illustrates some of the character flaws of Newsom's administration, which have manifested themselves in how he conducts himself professionally, not just personally. Read more »

Wolf still caged - 163 Days!

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by Amanda Witherell

U.S. District Court Judge William H. Alsup has again denied release of Josh Wolf, the 24-year-old journalist in jail. Wolf's attorneys had filed a Grumbles motion which argued that no matter how long Wolf is in jail, he will not change his position. Therefore, his incarceration is undue punishment and illegal. Read more »