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Dick Meister: Green is good for us all

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By Dick Meister

Dick Meister, former labor editor of the SF Chronicle and KQED-TV Newsroom, has covered labor and politics for more than a half-century. Contact him through his website, www.dickmeister.com, which includes more than 350 of his columns.

Millions of American workers badly need jobs, and the owners of many thousands of commercial buildings badly need "green retrofitting" to improve their energy efficiency and thus cut operational costs while simultaneously helping clean up the environment.

The conclusion should be obvious: Let the retrofitting begin, for the benefit of everyone – those who need the work, the employers who want it done, and the rest of us , who would benefit greatly from it.

Details of what could and should be done – and why and by whom – are laid out in a new briefing paper from the well-regarded National Employment Law Project, otherwise known as NELP. Read more »

The Ed Kennedy project: Journalists push for two posthumous Pulitzer prizes

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    It is one of the great ironies of American journalism that Edward Kennedy, once vilified by colleagues, ejected from Europe by the U.S. Army and sacked by the AP for his exclusive report of Germany’s World War II surrender in defiance of  political censorship, is now the subject of two efforts to rectify a journalistic injustice by awarding him a Pulitzer Prize posthumously.

   One effort is a grassroots campaign launched from, of all places, Cedarville, CA in rural Modoc County by Ray A. March, editor of the Modoc Independent News monthly newspaper, to win a posthumous Pulitzer for hard news international reporting. March worked for Kennedy as a cub reporter at the Monterey Peninsula Herald half a century ago,

“After reading and reviewing 'Ed Kennedy’s War: V-E Day, Censorship & The Associated Press,' it was obvious to me that Kennedy had been denied a Pulitzer and it was time to correct an injustice,” March said, emphasizing that campaign supporters are professional reporters, editors, and photographers, and the campaign is catching fire.  Read more »

Cartoonist Louis Dunn: Welcome to Florida

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Louis Dunn, longtime Guardian cartoonist and graphic artist, comments on the upcoming Republican convention in Tampa Bay, Florida.

Eliana steals the show at Thursday's dueling City Hall rallies

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Eliana Lopez once again stole the show as the Ethics Commission Thursday debated the “ethical fate” of her husband Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi inside City Hall while the Stand With Ross forces and their opponents staged back to back rallies on the City Hall steps.Read more »

Dick Meister: The billionaire's bill of rights

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By Dick Meister

Dick Meister, former labor editor of the SF Chronicle and KQED-TV Newsroom, has covered labor and politics for more than a half-century. Contact him through his website, www.dickmeister, which includes more than 350 of his columns.

Billionaire corporate interests and other well financed anti-labor forces are waging a major drive to stifle the political voice of workers and their unions in California that is certain to spread nationwide if not stopped – and stopped now.

At issue is a highly deceptive measure, Proposition 32, on the November election ballot, that its anti-labor sponsors label as an even-handed attempt to limit campaign spending. But actually, it would limit – and severely – only the spending of unions while leaving corporations and other moneyed special interests free to spend as much as they like.

Unions would be prohibited from making political contributions with money collected from voluntary paycheck deductions authorized by their members, which is the main source of union political funds. Read more »

Stop the presses: Elaina is back and stands with Ross at a noon rally today at City Hall!

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Here is the latest advisory from the Stand With Ross forces.  Note below in particular the op ed piece in today's Examiner by Geoff Brown, former San Francisco public defender. He argues persuasively that "Ross Mirkarimi deserves another chance."  b3

Hello Friends of Ross,

Great news!!!  Elaina and Theo have returned from Venezuela to support Ross. Please join Eliana tomorrow, Thursday 8/16, at noon on the Polk Street side of City Hall to show your support for our sheriff. Wear your 'Stand With Ross' buttons (will be provided, if needed).  

RSVP here or at https://www.facebook.com/StandWithRoss so we have enough buttons – or just show up and Stand With Ross!!!

Please join us in support of our Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi -- in support of our sheriff, his family and our city!  

Read the great Op Ed in today’s Examiner by Geoff Brown “Ross Mirkarimi deserves another chance.Read more »

Stand with Ross at a major rally Thursday noon at City Hall

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The Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi forces put out a call to action Wednesday to mobilize their supporters for a show of force at a noon rally at City Hall on Thursday.

The rally is scheduled to be across Polk Street from the City Hall entrance because they fear that their opponents will be holding a rally on the City Hall steps with a sound system.

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Dick Meister: Obama needs labor--again!

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By Dick Meister

Dick Meister, former labor editor of the SF Chronicle and KQED-TV Newsroom, has covered labor and politics for more than a half-century. Contact him through his website, www.dickmeistersf.com, which includes more than 350 of his columns.

Organized labor, which played a major role in President Obama's 2008 election campaign, thankfully has launched what seems certain to become an even greater and perhaps decisive effort in behalf of Obama's re-election this year.

We should all be thankful for that, given the reactionary policies Mitt Romney and his Republican cohorts promise to put in place should they win, and the positive reforms Obama and the Democrats promise.

Four years ago, 250,000 AFL-CIO activists campaigned for Obama's election. But the AFL-CIO says the number of union volunteers campaigning for Obama and his Democratic allies in Congress this year will reach at least 400,000, and be waged among union and non-union members alike. Read more »

Calvin Trillin: Mitt Romney's tax returns

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Mitt Romney's tax returns

Demands come from left and right.

Mitt Romney, though, says he'll sit tight.

We've given you people enough,

Says Ann, sounding suddenly tough.

Conspiracy theories abound.

Mitt's critics relentlessly pound.

Why go through this sort of ordeal?

What doesn't Mitt want to reveal? Read more »

Impertinent question for Sup. Malia Cohen

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As attentive readers know, I get most annoyed when a "neighborhood" supervisor, who ran as a "neighborhood" candidate, gets to City Hall and then votes the Chamber of Commerce/big development line without gulping.  And so I pop off Impertinent Questions now and then to pin the "neighborhood" supervisor on key votes  to illuminate the issue.  My latest Impertinent Question went by email last Friday  to Sup. Malia Cohen of District l0 (Potrero Hill, Bay View, Hunters Point) on her swing vote to keep the developers' quarterback on the Planning Commission. Read more »