Steven T. Jones

Vega leaving the Chron for KGO-TV

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Cecilia Vega -- who covers Mayor Gavin Newsom for the San Francisco Chronicle, where she broke big stories ranging from the big sex scandal to the mayor's extravagant spending during hard times -- has taken a job with KGO-TV Channel 7 covering Oakland City Hall. Read more »

A hollow victory for urban gardening movement

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When I first heard about current plans to build a "Victory Garden" in Civic Center Plaza -- which will be officially planted tomorrow at 10 a.m. in a ceremony featuring Mayor Gavin Newsom and Alice Waters, the pioneering restaurateur who founded Slow Food Nation -- I thought it was a really cool idea. Read more »

Newsom political loyalist to head staff

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In another sign that Mayor Gavin Newsom is increasingly looking past San Francisco's needs into his own political future as a candidate for governor, he has announced the resignation of chief of staff Phil Ginsburg, a competent manager and bureaucrat who appears to have been forced out for not having sharp enough political teeth. Read more »

High speed rail moves forward

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The California High Speed Rail Authority, during a meeting this morning in San Francisco, voted unanimously to set the Bay Area route through the Pacheco Pass and up the peninsula into the Transbay Terminal and to approve the related environmental documents. Read more »

Local Heroes

Best of the Bay 2008
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Del Martin and Phyllis LyonRead more »

Nader questions Obama's blackness

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This is the kind of thing I feared when I criticized Matt Gonzalez for joining Ralph Nader's latest run for president. Read more »

Fighting for the right to party

Proposed ballot measure would make it city policy to better facilitate concerts and street fairs
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steve@sfbg.com

It's become increasingly difficult and expensive to stage street fairs, concerts, or other parties in San Francisco, a trend chronicled by the Guardian over the past two years (see "Death of fun," 05/23/06 and "Death of fun, the sequel," 04/25/07). Read more »

The carfree challenge

The international Towards Carfree Conference in Portland didn't just spin its wheels
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>>For our complete Towards Carfree Cities conference coverage, including video, interviews, and pics, click here.

steve@sfbg.com

GREEN CITY A large group of San Francisco's top alternative transportation advocates traveled to Portland, Ore., for the Towards Carfree Cities international conference June 16-20, marveling at a transportation system widely considered to be the most progressive in the United States.

"Portland is light-years ahead of everyone e Read more »

Burning Man film revives key conflict

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A new film about Burning Man – Dust & Illusions, which has its first public screening tomorrow night at CELLspace in a benefit for the fire arts collective Flaming Lotus Girls – revives questions about whether the rapidly growing event has missed an opportunity to transform itself from the best party on the planet into an important and enduring sociopolitical movement. Read more »

Towards Carfree Cities: Wrapup

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Bay Guardian City Editor Steven T. Read more »