Steven T. Jones

Zombie Alert!!!

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Beware, citizens, we've received word of an impending zombie attack in San Francisco. Our sources in the zombie world say they are likely to be gathered around 7:30 p.m. outside the main library, just as the crowd is leaving today's mayoral debate, apparently drawn to that spot by the large quantities of fresh brains inside. Read more »

Newsom and the chickens

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The chickens were back last night, come home to roost in front of Dede Wilsey's (the swell's chicken-in-chief) house, where she helped Mayor Gavin Newsom by hosting a fundraiser to stop Question Time from becoming enforceable law through Prop. E. Read more »

Yes, Chuck, enough is enough

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Is Chuck Nevius...
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...the new Ken Garcia?
It's bad enough that the San Francisco Chronicle and its columnist Chuck Nevius have been demonizing the homeless for months in a highly sensation and misleading fashion. Read more »

Greens court McKinney

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Cynthia McKinney, the former congressional representative from Georgia, became a sort of hero to progressives by opening calling for the impeachment of Bush and Cheney and for courageously calling for a real investigation of the 9/11 attacks when most of her Democratic colleagues were asking few hard questions and dutifully falling into line with the imperial ambitions Read more »

Why won't Newsom name Jew's real replacement?

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More and more City Hall watchers are focusing on the asterisk that the Mayor's Office has left next to the name of the newest member of the Board of Supervisors, Carmen Chu.

"She's an interim replacement," Newsom flak Nathan Ballard confirmed for me yesterday. In other words, she may just be a placeholder until the Board of Supervisors votes whether to remove disgraced Sup. Read more »

Jew out, Chu in. Who? Chu

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Mayor Gavin Newsom finally stepped up today, filing official misconduct charges against the twice-indicted Sup. Ed Jew, and removing him from office pending permanent removal by the Ethics Commission and Board of Supervisors. A PDF of the charge and related letters is available here. Read more »

Broken democracy

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The implications behind today's big news that San Francisco has an unreliable voting system are mind-boggling. It's bad enough that it's going to take weeks of hand-counting ballots before we'll know the results -- not just after this November's snoozer election, but also after the high-stakes February and June contests. Read more »

McGoldrick recall fails

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The Elections Department has notified proponents of move to recall Sup. Jake McGoldrick that their effort has failed. The campaign -- sparked by business interests who oppose the Geary bus rapid transit proposal and McGoldrick's sponsorship of Healthy Saturdays -- turned in 3,844 signatures on Sept. 14, according to Elections officials. Read more »

Is Ballard the new Byorn?

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Newsom press secretary Nathan Ballard -- who got the job after his predecessor was caught lying to reporters -- has always seemed to me a fairly robotic center-right spinmeister, delivering carefully scripted comments without much feeling or human warmth. Or maybe he just hates me and the Guardian, as I've heard from others at City Hall, which is why he's generally fairly unresponsive to our requests and terse when he finally does answer. Read more »

Newsom's rash purge creates legal mess

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Newsom's decision to ask for the resignations of hundreds of city employees and appointed commissioners was a impetuous one made with no legal advice, his press secretary has admitted to the Guardian. And now, the strange and sweeping gesture is raising troubling legal questions and potential long term problems for many city employees. Read more »