Bruce Blog

Why isn't Frank Rich doing a Sunday morning talk show or working in the White House press corps?

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By Bruce B. Brugmann

I ask this question week after week when I read Rich's splendid column in the Sunday NewYork Times.
Perhaps, if he were on the Sunday talk shows or in the White House press corps, he would be asking the tough questions that are so painfully needed nowadays as the surge doesn't surge and the Iraq war escalates. .

For example, he writes in his lead, "By this late date, we should know the fix is in when the White House's top factotums fan out on the Sunday morning talk shows singing the same lyrics, often verbatim, from the same hymnal of spin. Read more »

Ammiano sends out an Ammianoliner for the Pride Parade on Sunday

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"Vatican warns against driving under the influence of gay. Oh, my God. That hat. Those shoes." B3

Ammiano sends out an Ammianoliner for the Pride Parade on Sunday

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"Vatican warns against driving under the influence of gay. Oh, my God. That hat. Those shoes." B3

The Ammianoliner of the day...

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Ooops. We missed an Ammianoliner earlier this week.

"49ers reject Ed Jew's bid for stadium in Burlingame." (The message on Tom Ammiano's home telephone.)

What is the new new "low" in city politics? It sure isn't Daly, Newsom, and the cocaine use charges. Public Power SOS: scroll down for the news and the action alert

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By Bruce B. Brugmann

On the front page of today's San Francisco Chronicle, June 2l, Mayor Gavin Newsom is pictured, grim, scowling, arms clenched, over this caption:

"Mayor Gavin Newsom denies Supervisor Chris Daly's suggestion that he has used cocaine. "That's how low politics now has gotten in this city, and I seriously thought it couldn't get much worse."
The story by City Hall Reporter Cecilia M. Read more »

Tidal power

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Click here for Chronicle coverage of tidal power study.

Click here for Examiner coverage of tidal power study.

Ammiano says today...

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"In honor of gay pride, Supervisor Daly and Mayor Newsom will have makeup sex." B3

The PG&E/Raker Act Scandal: the biggest urban scandal in U.S. history just got a lot bigger!

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By Bruce B. Brugmann

Sup. Ross Mirkarimi, the veteran public power advocate, flashed the word from City Hall by email at ll:42 a.m. Tuesday, June l9.

"I just learned," Mirkarimi wrote, "that the mayor is announcing a deal on tidal power today. I view this as a direct launch to derail or at least distract from community choice power. (PG@E has another poll in the filed on cca as of Sunday.) I'm going to try to blunt his move with the introduction of a tidal power ordinance so that we can hopefully
control the design protocol."

Then, at ll:35 a.m. Read more »

Ammiano: the deadline comedian

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By Bruce B. Brugmann

Yesterday June 12, there was no joke and no message on Ammiano's voice mail. Just a blackout. (See my early blog on his Tony Soprano joke.)

Today June 12,
Ammiano quipped on deadline. "ED Jew busted for a TUI. Tapioca under the influence." B3

Free Carolyn Knee! Free Carolyn Knee from the unethical clutches of the Ethics Commission!

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By Bruce B. Brugmann

There is a phrase I like to use to describe the power that PG&E has exercised in City Hall since the beginning of time, or at least since the federal Raker Act was passed in l9l3 mandating that San Francisco get public power from its Hetch Hetchy dam.

When PG&E spits, City Hall swims.

That is the phrase I used when I testified Monday night June ll at the Ethics Commission hearing in the infamous Carolyn Knee case. “You’re all swimming in it,” I told the commission. Read more »