Amanda Witherell

Cheer on the dance floor

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Live report from Amanda Witherell

A big cheer from the mixed-bag crowd just drowned out the DJ at DNA Lounge on 11th Street. Someone just announced from the balcony that Daly has the edge on Black, 49 to 39, with about 10,000 votes in and
88 percent of the precincts reporting. The mood instantly lightens and the dance floor numbers swell.

OMG -- "This Prop was Made for You and Me"

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Live report from Amanda Witherell

Slim's is hosting a party for local ballot measure Prop A, the bond for SF schools. The bar is aswirl with San Francisco's school crowd -- those that are of age, at least, meaning current board members and hopefuls.

Proposition 90 isn't about eminent domain

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Here are some of the things that could be impacted if Proposition 90 passes: NEIGHBORHOOD PLANNING Developers could argue against providing additional community benefits, which are often mandated when increased building height or density is allowed. New zoning restrictions would be hit hard. LOCAL LAWS If Prop. 90 passes, it amends the state's constitution — and virtually nullifies a number of local antisprawl and smart-growth measures also on the November ballot. Read more »

The Sentinel's Lobbyists

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by Amanda Witherell

It's no secret that the San Francisco Sentinel has really slipped since Luke Thomas struck out on his own with Fog City Journal, but an article this past weekend represents a new low. "Has Anti-Incumbent Fever hit San Francisco?" makes reference to three polls showing Rob Black leading Chris Daly in the District 6 race for Supervisor. Read more »

The dirt in D6

Daly hit with stealthy attacks linked to the mentor of his main opponent
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amanda@sfbg.comsarah@sfbg.com If you live in San Francisco's District 6, it's pretty difficult to avoid what some residents are calling a new filth polluting Tenderloin corners and SoMa streets. It's not overflowing trash bins or urine-stained door frames — it's the relentless election billeting that uses those images to support Rob Black and oppose Chris Daly for the district's seat on the Board of Supervisors. "We're tired of talk. Of loud, whining, condescending, offensive, abusive, lying, showcasing, arrogant talk," reads a recent poster on a telephone pole. Read more »

Don't go on the boat!

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by Amanda Witherell

Seven protesters were disarmed of their placards and arrested Sunday when they crossed from public to private property at Pier 33 1/2. Arrests have been made for two weekends in a row as dozens of protesting union employees have continued to gather on the Embarcadero in front of the pier, which is the new launch and ticketing station for the ferry service to Alcatraz Island. Read more »

No on Jessica's Law

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by Amanda Witherell

If we didn't convince you enough that Prop 83 is just a somewhat timely law designed to make Democrats look like the ones who are soft on sexual predation (Ahem, Mark Foley) the New York Times ran an article today illustrating how similar legislation in New York has created nodes of sexual predators that are giving neighbors the willies and inspiring some to take the law into their own hands. Read more »

Does Beauty Ravish You?

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by Amanda Witherell

Did it ravish you, compel you, confuse you last night on the corner of 24th and Mission? That's what a 20x30 foot red banner, spontaneously unfurled around 8 pm from the rooftop of "Chinese Food and Donuts," was asking of many a surprised Mission hipster and inspiring the itinerant BART station population to look up and wonder why? Read more »

Ex-pats Beware!

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by Amanda Witherell

The New York Times reported on Wednesday that software is being developed to scan overseas newspapers for content critical of the United States. You can read more here. How long do you think we have until the CIA integrates the new technology into its domestic survellience arsenal?

Why does the OES fear KGO-TV?

The controversy over obtaining copies of San Francisco's disaster plans
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KGO-TV news reporter Dan Noyes and producer Beth Rimbey have been trying for the last 15 months to acquire copies of San Francisco's disaster plans from the Office of Emergency Services. Despite firm deadlines set by the city's Sunshine Ordinance and public promises made by Mayor Gavin Newsom and OES chief Annemarie Conroy, not all of the requested documents have been released.
In fact, OES officials won't even talk to KGO anymore.
"We're only allowed to speak to the Mayor's Office," Rimbey said at a Sept. 26 Sunshine Ordinance Task Force hearing on the issue. Read more »