Steven T. Jones

Republicans are stupid

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By Steven T. Jones

Forgive the blunt headline, but it seems to me an inescapable conclusion based on the ridiculousness going on right now in Sacramento. Since writing about Republican legislators' illogically doctrinaire opposition to taxes in this week's paper, I've now watched the Democrats come up with a dishonest yet effective way around the blockade.

Even Gov. Read more »

HuffPo: The future of journalism, or its death?

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By Steven T. Jones

I've always had mixed feelings about the Huffington Post, and not just because of media-savvy founder Arianna Huffington's convenient conversion from neocon darling to progressive populist. No, for me, as a struggling newspaper journalist of 17 years (and with the debt to prove it), I'm bothered by a business model that relies on free content. Call me old-fashioned, but I believe writers -- even that subspecies known as bloggers -- should be paid for their work. Read more »

Conservatism's last stand?

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As Tom Ammiano moved from the San Francisco Board of Supervisors to the California Assembly at the start of the month, he went from the budgetary frying pan right into fiscal fire, a place where the Republican Party's "no new taxes" pledge has finally turned the political heat up to an unbearable level.

"I think the state's road is very, very difficult, and the city's road is very difficult," Ammiano told the Guardian. "There is a failure of leadership on [Gov.] Arnold [Schwarzenegger's] part. Read more »

Republicans make one last stand to drown government

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By Steven T. Jones

Democrats in the California Legislature say they’re ready to take the gloves off and start aggressively attacking the longstanding “no new taxes” pledge that their Republican colleagues signed with American for Tax Reform, which threatens to shut down the deficit-plagued state government. Read more »

Mustaches (for Kids) abound in San Francisco

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By Steven T. Jones

Does it seem there are more mustaches than usual in San Francisco? There are. Read more »

Breaking ground

The Transbay Terminal project moves forward — without funding for its rail component
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The long-awaited process of rebuilding the Transbay Terminal formally begins Dec. 10 with a groundbreaking ceremony led by Mayor Gavin Newsom. Read more »

Newsom swears in Campos

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By Steven T. Jones

A day after appointing David Campos to fill the Board of Supervisors seat vacated by new Assemblyman Tom Ammiano (which Campos won in last month's election), Mayor Gavin Newsom marveled at the huge and enthusiastic crowd that showed up at City Hall for Campos's swearing in ceremony.

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"Thanks for coming here on remarkably short notice," Newsom said. Read more »

Sheehan's strange coporate media crusade

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By Steven T. Jones

Anti-war activist Cindy Sheehan got a respectable 44,804 votes (16.2 percent of the total) against Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi. Read more »

Cue the clowns

San Francisco's burgeoning indie circus scene revives and updates an old-time antidote for trying times
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The circus doesn't come to San Francisco, but its performers do, sexy and talented dreamers who bring a creative energy that has transformed the city's nightlife and counterculture. Read more »

Comrade Newsom slices and dices

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By Steven T. Read more »