Steven T. Jones

Comrade Newsom slices and dices

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SF slowly pedals forward

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By Steven T. Jones

City officials finally released the Draft Environmental Impact Report for the San Francisco Bicycle Plan, and while I'm still working my way through this 1,353-page tome, the pre-ordained conclusion seems painfully obvious: bicycling is good for the environment, and facilitating more bicycling is even better for the environment. Read more »

Tyranny of the majority

Supreme Court makes the Prop. 8 debate about equal protection and separation of powers
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When the California Supreme Court agreed last week to decide the legality of Proposition 8 — which a slim majority of Californians passed Nov. Read more »

Progressive Victory Party in SF

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Sup. Chris Daly displays finger puppets that look like supervisors-elect John Avalos, Eric Mar, and David Chiu, mocking efforts during the campaign to assert that they would be nothing but his puppets.

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It's now about equal protection, not gay marriage

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By Steven T. Jones

The California Supreme Court's decision to hear legal challenges to Proposition 8 moves the debate about same-sex marriage toward a more basic legal question: Can a majority vote to take away the constitutional rights of a minority? "The passage of Prop. Read more »

Supreme Court takes Prop. 8 challenge

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Breaking news: The California Supreme Court has agreed to hear the challenge to Prop. 8 and to directly decide the question of whether a simple majority of Californians may use the initiative process to take away marriage rights from same-sex couples.

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Politics behind the picture

The Milk Issue: Would Harvey Milk be happy with San Francisco today?
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The new Harvey Milk movie, which opens later this month, begins as a love story, a sweet love story about two guys who meet in a subway station and wind up fleeing New York for San Francisco. But after that, the movie gets political — in fact, by Hollywood standards, it's remarkably political.

The movie raises a lot of issues that are alive and part of San Francisco politics today. The history isn't perfect (see sidebar), but it is compelling. And while we mourn Milk and watch Milk, we shouldn't forget what the queer hero stood for.Read more »

High-speed derailment?

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By Steven T. Jones

After navigating a political gauntlet on the way to the momentous Nov. 4 voter approval of the California high-speed train project that he set in motion 14 years ago, you might think Quentin Kopp would savor a moment of conflict-free peace. You’d be wrong. Read more »

Top consultant leaves Team Newsom

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By Steven T. Jones

Sometimes I love Facebook. I quickly find when people I know post interesting photos or break up with their boyfriends. Read more »

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 »