Steven T. Jones

Bikes rule!

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Me and Newsom at last year's Bike to Work Day
By Steven T. Jones
San Franciscans pedaled past an important milestone during yesterday's Bike to Work Day: on the morning commute along Market Street, bicycles outnumbered cars for the first time. Traffic engineers counted 647 cyclists riding eastbound on Market near Van Ness from 8-9 a.m., or 54 percent of the total traffic. Read more »

Chronicle to slash newsroom staff

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By Steven T. Jones
The San Francisco Chronicle is planning to lay off about a quarter of its editorial staff -- 20 managers and 80 rank-and-file journalists -- in the next two weeks, according to sources at the paper. Read more »

Chronicle to slash newsroom staff

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By Steven T. Jones
The San Francisco Chronicle is planning to lay off about a quarter of its editorial staff -- 20 managers and 80 rank-and-file journalists -- in the next two weeks, according to sources at the paper. Read more »

Tomorrow's honorees

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By Steven T. Jones
Last night's San Francisco Tomorrow 37th annual dinner on Fisherman's Wharf offered a who's who list of environmentally engaged political leaders and activists -- a testament to the important role this venerable organization has played in creating the San Francisco of today (full disclosure: my sweetie, Alix Rosenthal, recently joined the SFT board). Read more »

Newsom's personal columnist

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By Steven T. Jones
The Examiner's Ken Garcia just loves to sneer at progressives and puff up Mayor Gavin Newsom, as he did again yesterday. In fact, this seems to be Garcia's sole raison d'etre. Yet the problem with Garcia disguising his mayoral flackery as independent journalism is that some ill-informed readers might actually believe what he has to say, no matter no bogus his points or flawed his logic.

Chasing the church

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By Steven T. Jones
Toward the end of Christopher Hitchens' wonderfully caustic anti-tribute to Jerry Falwell on Slate today, he chides the Democratic Party for trying to follow the Republican Party in pandering to the religionists. That's a very real fear that has the potential to do immense damage to this country and its constitutional separation of religion from government. Read more »

Out of downtown

Out of downtown: Wealthy financier Warren Hellman has crossed his big-business allies to help progressive causes

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It wasn't going well for Ted Strawser, predictably. The alternative transportation activist faced an uphill battle March 14 trying to convince a San Francisco Chamber of Commerce committee to endorse Healthy Saturdays, a plan to ban cars from part of Golden Gate Park.Read more »

Stationary biking

Bike to Work Day creates new cyclists, but the city still can't make them safer
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This year's Bike to Work Day, set for May 17, comes as San Francisco's cycling network lies dormant in a court-imposed coma. The city isn't allowed to make any physical improvements to promote safe bicycling until late next year at the earliest, more than two years after the injunction began. Read more »

Ding dong, Falwell's dead

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By Steven T. Jones
We all hate to speak ill of the dead, but my reaction to the news that Rev. Jerry Falwell have died was: Whoopee!!! Apparently, I'm not alone in wanting to dance on this hatemonger's grave. Check of the comments to the NYT blog. My favorite was "bury him deep."

Berkeley shutting down art and alt-energy center

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By Steven T. Jones
Just as I was writing about wanting to get back into covering the fantastic alternative energy creations now being developed by Burning Man artists, Berkeley officials were in the process of shutting down an important hub for this work. Read more »