By Steven T. Jones
When I criticized Mayor Gavin Newsom’s latest budget plan as bad economics that will do more harm than good to San Francisco, Newsom spokesperson Nate Ballard said I (and the sources I relied on, from Moody’s to congressional Democrats to President Obama) didn’t know what I was talking about.
“OK, so you think he's wrong. The City's chief economist Ted Egan thinks he's right. Read more »
Editor’s Note: Joe Lynn served on the Ethics Commission staff (1998-2003) and later as a commissioner (2003-2006), and has since been a knowledgeable watchdog of the agency.
By Joe Lynn
“The question we ask today is not whether our government is too big or too small, but whether it works…Those of us who manage the public's dollars will be held to account — to spend wisely, reform bad habits, and do our business in the light of day — because only then can we restore the vital trust between a people and their government. Read more »
Civil rights leaders today delivered about 20,000 petitions to Alameda County District Attorney Tom Orloff urging him to prosecute BART police officer Tony Pirone for punching passenger Oscar Grant shortly before Grant was shot to death on New Year’s Day by fellow officer Johannes Mehserle, who Orloff has charged with murder.
The activists were led by ColorOfChange.org, which released a statement criticizing Orloff "failing to uphold California law in his refusal to bring charges against BART police officer Tony Pirone," who was captured on video punching Grant in Read more »
When Mission residents mounted an opposition campaign to an American Apparel opening a store on Valencia Street, the chain didn't respond very well and ended up being denied by the Planning Commission last week. Read more »