Steven T. Jones

New film celebrates Burning Man

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Tis the season in San Francisco to get ready for Burning Man...and apparently for the release of films about the beloved and bemoaned event. Read more »

The challenge to Newsom...and all of us

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Photo from Portland's recent ciclovia by Steven T. Jones

It's not easy to create carfree spaces in automobile-obsessed California, even temporary ones, as Mayor Gavin Newsom is starting to learn. Read more »

High speed rail on track

Bay Area alignment chosen as project heads to voters this November
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steve@sfbg.com

It's crunch time for high speed rail in California, a project 12 years in the planning that will finally go before voters in November, following a controversial July 9 vote in San Francisco on the system's Bay Area alignment and ongoing political struggles in Sacramento.

As envisioned by project proponents, riders would be able to board the sleek blue-and-gold trains in San Francisco's remodeled Transbay Terminal and travel at speeds of up to 220 mph down the Peninsula, cutting over Pacheco Pass into the Central Valley, and arriving at Union Station in Los Ange Read more »

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 »