Steven T. Jones

Two former mayors help Mirkarimi launch campaign

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As I predicted, Friday’s campaign kickoff event for Sup. Ross Mirkarimi wasn’t simply about whether he’ll be reelected to the Board of Supervisors. Read more »

More than just Mirkarimi's kickoff

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Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi kicks off his campaign for reelection this evening at Yoshi's Jazz Club in the heart of the Fillmore. Read more »

The new San Francisco Planning Commission

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By Marc Salomon
Sweet turnabout at the Planning Commission last evening. Read more »

Hot Jew-on-Jew action

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We're getting word of a big standoff going on right now at San Francisco's Jewish Community Center on California Street, where 30 Jewish activists protesting Israel's policy toward Palestinians have blockaded the doors during an event celebrating the 60th anniversary of the establishment of the state of Israel. Police have reportedly shown up on the scene of the "No Time to Celebrate" protest, which also includes another 40 or so Jewish and Palestinian supporters, and arrests are expected. Read more »

Rising rents in San Francisco

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I've accomplished a difficult feat that may become impossible in coming years: I rented a room in a decent neighborhood in San Francisco for $550. It wasn't easy. Searching Craigslist, spamming my friends, and looking at about 20 apartments over the last couple weeks has been like having another part-time job. And my success story was only the result of finding a tiny room in a rent-controlled four-bedroom apartment where some good friends live. Read more »

No peace, no work

Union shuts down West Coast ports to protest Iraq War, but the media misses the historic story
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Workers, students, immigrants, and antiwar activists came together in historic fashion on May Day in San Francisco, but it was hard to tell from the next day's mainstream media coverage, which adopted its usual cynical view of the growing movement to end the war in Iraq.Read more »

How many San Franciscans are there?

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The U.S. Census Bureau estimates there were about 765,000 people living in San Francisco last year, down from about 777,000 in 2000. But a pro business non-profit group called Social Compact came out with a study a few months ago that claims our population is closer to 865,000 -- and that we're wealthier than official estimates because of our underground economy and other factors -- so Mayor Gavin Newsom has announced that he's challenging the Census figures to try to get us some more money. Read more »

How Weird, hell yeah!

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How Weird Street Faire is the best annual party in San Francisco, bar none, particularly on days like this Sunday when the sun is scheduled to shine brightly. I'll be among thousands of people dancing my ass off to some of this city's best DJs and generally mixing it up in a way that I'll probably regret on Monday, particularly with the plethora of cool after parties around the epicenter of Howard and 2nd streets. Read more »

Regulating marijuana slooooooooooowly

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San Francisco blazed a new trail back in 2005 when the Board of Supervisors approved comprehensive regulations governing the city's medical marijuana dispensaries, which numbered more than 40 back then. Fast forward to 2008 and not much has changed, with the 33 club operators and city officials still struggling to get these places permitted. On Tuesday, the board will consider a third delay of the deadline, pushing it back to Jan. Read more »

Historic day

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Today's various May Day celebrations and demonstrations in San Francisco are unique. Never before have we seen the labor, immigrant rights, youth, and anti-war movements joined so closely and seamlessly into a coalition that is demanding a fundamental shift in U.S. foreign and economic policies. The messages from the podiums in Civic Center, Dolores Park, Justin Herman Plaza, and the ILWU Hall sounded surprisingly similar and unifying themes, making common cause of their struggles for a more just world that empowers all people, regardless of the artificial borders that separate them. Read more »