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 »
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 »
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 »
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.
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »