Steven T. Jones

Politicians look beyond SF

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By Steven T. Jones

Is it too much to ask that our top elected officials focus on San Francisco rather than their political careers? Perhaps so. After all, if they can make it here, in this rough and tumble city, they can probably make it anywhere, or so their thinking goes. Read more »

The future is on track

Voters narrowly approve high-speed rail bond measure after a perilous run-up to the election
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On the day after the election, retired judge Quentin Kopp was finally able to exhale and enjoy his martini, even though there's still much work to be done in the coming years creating a high-speed rail system for California.

"I feel relaxed for the first time since June," Kopp, the proud father of high-speed rail in the state, told the Guardian at the Thirsty Bear brewpub in San Francisco shortly after arriving to an enthusiastic ovation from the large crowd of project engineers and contractors who had gathered to celebrate on the night after the elec Read more »

The people's election

On (almost) every level, the grassroots beat the establishment and the progressives beat the big money
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By midnight Nov. 4, the drama was long over: John McCain had conceded, Barack Obama had delivered his moving victory speech — declaring that "change has come to America" — and the long national nightmare of the Bush years was officially headed for the history books.

But in San Francisco, the party was just getting started.Read more »

Nader sullies his legacy

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Conservative SF capitalists waste $633,000

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High speed rail coming to SF

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By Steven T. Jones

Amid all the hoopla about last night's big election, many people are overlooking another big win for San Francisco: the narrow approval of Prop. 1A, the $10 billion bond measure that is the first huge step to bringing high-speed trains into San Francisco. Just imagine walking, biking, or taking BART or Muni to the Transbay Terminal in downtown San Francisco, buying a $77 ticket, hopping on a sleek train that reaches up to 220 mph, and then arriving a Union Station in Los Angeles two and a half hours later. Read more »

Dancing in the streets

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By Steven T. Jones

The Mission District was jubilant tonight, with champagne-wielding, Obama-cheering groups of celebrants roaming the streets and woo-hooing at the constantly honking cars and jingling bikes, and then finally gathering by the hundreds at the intersection of 19th and Valencia shortly after 10 p.m., where they remained for at least an hour, dancing, soaking in the moment, unmolested by police that were nowhere to be found. Read more »

Corporations do

Chevron faces landmark human rights trial and angry voters just as profits peak
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No amount of feel-good advertising can counter the perfect populist storm that has been brewing around Chevron, the giant Bay Area-based oil company that for the last month has spent $15 million plastering billboards and the airwaves with slick, heartwarming appeals to use less energy.

Few expect the greenwashing campaign to do much good in a political climate that has had everyone from Barack Obama to Sarah Palin bashing "Big Oil." And in the week leading up to an historic presidential election, Chevron was looking bigger and badder than e Read more »

Avalos looks strong in key D11 race

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By Steven T. Jones

John Avalos and his small army of campaign volunteers entered Bottom's Up bar as Barack Obama was giving his televised acceptance speech. It was a buoyant moment. Read more »

Obama wins!!

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Rassela's Jazz Club just went nuts as the word came down that the West Coast results put Obama over the top. Our long national nightmare is finally over and everyone just expressed their unbridled sense of happiness and relief. Now the hard work really begins. Well, tomorrow it does. Tonight we celebrate and hope for good results on the local and state levels.