EDITORIAL The last time the George W. Bush administration began the saber-rattling that would take the nation into war, the Democratic leadership in Congress was afraid to say a word in opposition. It was that period of fear-driven politics just after 9/11, but even then, the evidence was pretty clear that Saddam Hussein and Iraq had never attacked the United States. Read more »
EDITORIAL Pacific Gas and Electric Co. will get a huge political windfall if the San Francisco Controller's Office moves forward with a wildly inaccurate estimate of the cost of the Clean Energy Act.
In an Aug. 7 letter sent to the Department of Elections, Controller Ben Rosenfeld wrote that the costs to the city of acquiring PG&E's local distribution facilities are "likely to be in the billions of dollars." That's a scary figure, the sort of information PG&E will use to attack the measure. Read more »
EDITORIAL The San Francisco Chronicle reported Aug. 2 that Pacific Gas and Electric Co. is almost certain to miss the state's deadline for increased renewable energy generation. It's a pretty modest goal: 20 percent of the company's electricity is supposed to come from renewable sources by 2010. Read more »
EDITORIAL There are some clear and compelling things San Francisco needs to be doing to protect the environment and reduce its carbon footprint, such as converting to renewable electricity sources and promoting alternatives to the automobile. But as the past couple of weeks at City Hall have demonstrated, city officials are letting petty politics interfere with working together to do the right thing.
Obviously, the most important step toward combating climate change is to convert the power portfolio of city residents to renewable energy sources. Read more »
EDITORIAL The traditional kick-off date for fall campaigns is Labor Day, but in San Francisco, the candidates for supervisor have been in full campaign mode for months now, and some of the races are beginning to take shape. As political groups start making endorsements, it's worth looking at what's at stake here and what the candidates ought to be talking about.
For starters, it's going to be a crowded fall ballot, and there's the potential for a broad progressive coalition to come together around a clear agenda for the future. Read more »
EDITORIAL A progressive measure that would make San Francisco one of the greenest cities in the nation will be on the ballot this fall. It's designed to lower energy costs, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and promote green-collar jobs. It has all the elements that Mayor Gavin Newsom has been talking about in his high-profile speeches, press conferences, and celebrity appearances. It's a perfect vehicle for a mayor who wants to stand out as a candidate for governor of California. It has the backing of some of Newsom's close allies, like state Sen. Read more »
EDITORIAL The San Francisco Democratic County Central Committee was the sleeper election in June: The Mark LenoCarole MigdenJoe Nation contest for state Senate got a lot of attention, and the BayviewHunters Point redevelopment project got a huge amount of money, but only a small percentage of the voters got to the bottom of the ticket and chose the 24 people who will set policy for the local Democratic Party for the next two years. But a progressive slate won a significant number of seats. Read more »
EDITORIAL Working with environmentalist cover, Mayor Gavin Newsom and Pacific Gas and Electric Co. have moved aggressively to derail a move that would have given the city control over some local power generation. Instead, the mayor is now pushing to keep Mirant Corp. Read more »
EDITORIAL According to City Attorney Dennis Herrera, if San Francisco wants to see the Potrero Hill power plant, which spews pollution over the southeast part of the city, close down next year, the city's going to have to operate its own fossil fuel plants in the neighborhood. Read more »
EDITORIAL Shortly before he left on a trip to Israel last week, Mayor Gavin Newsom quietly vetoed a bill that would have greatly expanded public access to the workings of San Francisco government. The supervisors need to override that veto as quickly as possible.
The measure, by Sup. Ross Mirkarimi, seems so simple that it's hard to imagine why it would be controversial. Read more »