Steven T. Jones

Poll canceled after Ron Paul backers crash the party

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Last night at the Holiday Inn in San Francisco, an event and straw poll staged by the San Francisco Republican Alliance (a group started by former local GOP committee member and sacrificial Assembly candidate Gail Neira after she battled with local party leaders) that seemed geared toward supporting presidential candidate Fred Thompson was abruptly canceled when dozens of Ron Paul supporters showed up to vote. Read more »

War and law

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The San Francisco-based War and Law League has just released a survey of this year's presidential candidates, who are actively questioning whether the U.S. is now conducting an illegal war in Iraq that should be ended or properly authorized immediately. Or least that was the basic position taken by the only three candidates to respond: Democrats Dennis Kucinich and John Edwards and Republican Ron Paul. Read more »

Protecting air quality, by car only

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Now this is truly outrageous: a local blog called Bikescape has unearthed a Bay Area Air Quality Management District memo banning employees from using bicycles while carrying out their duties of promoting clean air. The memo states, "While biking to work is an option that the District supports, employees are not to ride their bikes in the course of their work duties. Read more »

Young people and their ideas for SF

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Everyone gets all misty about kids. They're the future and our greatest natural resource, blah, blah, blah -- or so they say. That's why voters placed Prop. H a few years ago, which sent tens of millions of dollars in city money over to the school district. But are we willing to actually listen to what young people have to say? Because they have some pretty good ideas sometimes. Read more »

Cut the cleaners

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In stories on the $229 million budget deficit that San Francisco could be facing next year, both the Chronicle and the Examiner used the same telling quote from Mayor Gavin Newsom's press secretary, Nathan Ballard: "Although he wants to trim the fat, the mayor made it abundantly clear he doesn't want to see a r Read more »

Obama's new Iraq position

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Barack Obama strongly and eloquently opposed the Iraq war from the beginning, but his careful positions on what to do about it now have been disappointing to some in the antiwar movement who have pushed for a speedy withdrawal and no permanent military bases in the country.

But over the course of this year, his stance for peace has gotten stronger. During his Nov. 14 speech in San Francisco, Obama said, "As president, I will end the war in Iraq. I will bring our troops home. They'll be home in 16 months. I will close Guantánamo. I will restore habeas corpus. Read more »

Obama's moment

Presidential candidate finds his voice in San Francisco — but can he still turn the race around?
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Barack Obama came to San Francisco with some pretty heavy baggage Nov. 14. Read more »

Milking it

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Here are a few things I learned at Saturday's debate among the three Senate candidates, which was sponsored by the Harvey Milk LGLT Democratic Club:
- Mark Leno is desperately seeking Milk's endorsement and thinks he can get it by pointedly attacking and trying to discredit incumbent Carole Migden (a strategy that may backfire).
- When shoved, Migden shoves back hard (also a strategy that may backfire).
- Joe Alioto-Veronese doesn't belong on the same stage as Leno or Migden -- and, frankly, doesn't seem ready for Read more »

Hearing on corporate welfare for airlines

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A disingenuous ploy (reported by us but mostly ignored by the other media outlets in town) by the Hotel Council and Sup. Michela Alioto-Pier to have San Francisco taxpayers give millions of dollars in corporate welfare payments to the national airlines will be heard Monday at 11 a.m. by the Board of Supervisors Government Audit and Oversight Committee. Read more »

Obama rocks SF

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Presidential hopeful Barack Obama's speech last night in Bill Graham Civic Auditorium looked more like a rock concert than political rally, with a crowd of about 7,000 snaking through San Francisco for almost a mile and taking several hours just to get inside, past the metal detectors and large contingent of Secret Service agents. Read more »