Steven T. Jones

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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Download the the transportation roundtable discussion (DivShare)

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 »

Following the money, made easy

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By Steven T. Jones

The San Francisco Ethics Commission takes a lot of heat (some of it from us), but the employees there have created a great resource for easily following the independent expenditures that are seeking to buy the Board of Supervisors on behalf of the city's wealthy interest groups, an effort that bodes ill for the San Francisco's workers and renters. Read more »

The two Colin Powells: Obama’s and W’s

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Colin Powell and Jeffrey Wright

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Sparring with Garcia

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I was honored to be a guest on KQED's Forum with Michael Krasny this morning, but I was once again dismayed by the conservative political spin of Examiner columnist Ken Garcia, another guest on the show. Read more »

Downtown's dirty tricks

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By Steven T. Jones

So everyone knew that downtown financial interests (such as the Committee on Jobs, Chamber of Commerce, Police Officers Association, the Association of Realtors, BOMA, PG&E, etc., not the mention their enablers at the Chronicle and Examiner) would be spending big money this election to try to buy the Board of Supervisors. And we knew they’d fight dirty, particularly in the swing districts of 1, 3, and 11. Read more »

Newsom proposes marijuana crackdown

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By Steven T. Read more »