Steven T. Jones

Epic union struggle enters its endgame

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SEIU's Andy Stern (left) is clashing with UHW's Sal Rosselli (Guardian photo of Rosselli by Charles Russo)
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Transportation bonanza

Inauguration Issue: The first year of Obama's term could see the biggest federal investment in transportation projects since the creation of the interstate highway system
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GREEN CITY The first year of President Barack Obama's term could see the biggest federal investment in transportation projects since the creation of the interstate highway system, so there's now a mad scramble to determine where — both geographically and in terms of transportation modes — that money will go.

Transportation activists were already geared up for this October's omnibus transportation bill reauthorization, the first serious chance in four years to alter federal policies and spending priorities. Read more »

A speech worth reading again

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By Steven T. Jones

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The mood was buoyant at this morning’s Brunch You Can Believe In, one of countless house parties around San Francisco celebrating U.S. regime change. Read more »

Kudos to "A Burning Opera"

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By Steven T. Jones, aka Scribe

A couple months ago, when I heard first about “A Burning Opera: How to Survive the Apocalypse,” I rolled my eyes. Burning Man has inspired some very good and very bad art and for some reason I assumed that a musical telling the story of the event would hew toward the latter category.

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Boy, was I wrong! Read more »

Bicyclists sound off

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By Steven T. Jones

San Francisco bicyclists have become increasingly pissed off about the San Francisco Metropolitan Transportation Agency's decision last week to try to remove the bike lane at Market and Octavia. They've written angry letters, placed irate phone calls, and will tomorrow be holding a rally at the site during the morning commute. Read more »

Burning Man Ticket Clusterfuck 2009

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Photo of last year's tickets by m.klynstra.

By Steven T. Jones

Burning Man tickets went on sale today at 10 a.m. Read more »

Street fighters

Green City: StreetsBlog throws an edgy curve into San Francisco bicycle coverage
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StreetsBlog (www.streetsblog.org) isn't your average blog, but rather a well-funded institution that helped promote and propel a major transformation that has taken place on New York City streets since the site was founded in 2006, sparking rapid and substantial improvements for bicyclists and pedestrians.

In the process, StreetsBlog — which is part of the Livable Streets Network, along with StreetFilms and the StreetsWiki, started by urban cyclist Mark Gordon, founder of the popular file-sharing site LimeWire — developed a loyal following among alter Read more »

Six aren't enough

The Board of Supervisors' new progressive majority won its first big vote, but rougher roads lie ahead
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The historic Jan. 8 vote electing Sup. David Chiu as president of the Board of Supervisors — rare for its elevation of a freshman to the post and unprecedented for a Chinese American — clearly illustrates the ideological breakdown of the new board.Read more »

Inauguration parties!

Our list of the hottest (and often charitable) Obama-fests on Tuesday, January 20
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TUESDAY, JAN. 20

The inauguration of Barack Obama as the 44th president of the United States is a historic event, with the rise of the first African American president coinciding with the end of perhaps the worst presidency in US history. So it's time to celebrate, and here's where you can do so on Jan. 20.

Sock it to me

NextArts has reserved the space outside City Hall for a simulcast of the inaugural proceedings and what it's calling a Sock It To Me Concert. Read more »

Will supervisors support SF's parking policies?

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By Steven T. Jones

The new San Francisco Board of Supervisors holds its first regular meeting today, following last week’s big leadership vote. The agenda is pretty sparse, but there are two items that will be a big test of the board’s progressive leadership and values.
The first is a veto override on legislation requiring conditional use permits and hearings when housing units are being eliminated. Read more »