Steven T. Jones

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.

Strong start

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By Steven T. Jones

Democrats have already picked up three new U.S. Senate seats by beating back Republican stalwarts Liddy Dole and John Sununu, and Obama has won Pennsylvania and Michigan and is looking good in the battleground states of Ohio and Florida (which would mean "game over" for the McCain).
With two hours of voting still to go in California, the winds of change are already starting to blow our way from the east. But it's not enough to win -- for the change we need, this election has to carry with it a strong mandate for fundamental reform. Read more »

Election day luncheon in SF

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Former Mayor Willie Brown, with luncheon co-hosts Angelo Quaranta (left) and Alex Clemens (right) behund.

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Election night parties in SF

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By Bay Guardian News Staff

There will probably be hundreds of parties in the Bay Area marking this historic election. But with 22 local ballot measures and seven of the 11 seats on the Board of Supervisors up for grabs, there are more official campaign parties than ever before (which we'll do our very best to cover as we bring you our usual live election coverage here on this blog).
All the parties are free and they generally start around 8 p.m. when the polls close. So take a look at our list so far and feel free to add to it in the comments section with the ones we're missing. Read more »

Competing political narratives in SF

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By Steven T. Jones

San Francisco looks very different depending on where you stand. And that point is certainly being driven home this election season as voters hear two very different political narratives about The City. Read more »

McCain will die

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By Steven T. Jones

There's a great website, He's Going to Die, focused on the likelihood that John McCain would die while serving as president -- leaving us with the absolutely frightening prospect of President Palin. Yikes!
It features actuarial tables and links to lots of stories about the poor health of the man who seeks to be the oldest president in American history. Read more »

Where to celebrate or drown your sorrows

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We're in the process of pulling together a complete list of election night parties that we'll post here before Tuesday (feel free to send me yours at steve@sfbg.com). In the meantime, if you're not looking to party with local political luminaries and just want to find a public spot to drink and watch the returns roll in, our intern Katie Baker has found some spots for you.

By Katie Baker

Is it really almost over? I feel like I'm living in some kind of alternate reality, where we'll be analyzing poll results and fretting over swing states until the end of time. Read more »

The stealth candidate

Ahsha Safai tries to be all things to District 11 voters -- but he refuses to explain his many contradictions and false statements
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Ahsha Safai is hoping to be elected to the Board of Supervisors without answering questions about his padded political resume of short-lived patronage jobs, greatly exaggerated claims of his accomplishments, history as a predatory real estate speculator, connections to and coordination with downtown power brokers, shifting and contradictory policy positions, or the many other distortions this political neophyte is offering up to voters in District 11, a crucial swing district that could decide the balance of power in city government.

Safai has refused numerous r Read more »

PG&E's blank check to exceed $10 million

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By Steven T. Jones

Pacific Gas & Electric has shattered previous campaign spending records by giving more than $9.7 million in cash and services to defeat Prop. H, the Clean Energy Act, as of Oct. Read more »

Anniversary Issue: Beyond the automobile

The road to sustainability has lanes for more than just cars

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Transportation is the linchpin of sustainability. Fix the transportation system, and almost every other aspect of the city's ecological health improves: public health, conservation of resources, climate change, economics, and maintaining our culture and sense of community.Read more »