Tim Redmond

Wow! SF is expensive!

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The Chronicle has discovered how expensive it is to live here. I have exactly one thing to say:

Years and years of refusing to promote affordable housing -- refusing to enact effective rent control, allowing evictions to go on without effective limits, building housing for the rich and not the rest of us -- has come back to haunt San Francisco.

And on all of those battles, the Chronicle was on the wrong side.

Nuns of the Above

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The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence make the archbishop squirm

I stopped going to Mass the minute I got my drivers license. Read more »

Editor's Notes

A point-by-point list of Newsom's privatization fumbles
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tredmond@sfbg.com

These are some of the things that Mayor Gavin Newsom has moved to turn over to the private sector in the past four years:

Housing for the mentally ill

Public golf courses

Camp Mather

The entire city broadband infrastructure

The city's new power plants

Homeless outreach

Environmental cleanup

Recreation programs

Jail health services

Security guards at public institutions

Development of tidal energy

Reconstruction of public housing

And, of course, Pacific Gas and Electric Co. Read more »

41st Anniversary Special: The privatization of San Francisco

The city should be a loud, visible, proud, and shining example of a different kind of America
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tredmond@sfbg.com

William M. Tweed was one of the greatest crooks in American political history, a notorious Tammany Hall boss in New York who managed in the course of just a few years, starting in 1870, to steal more than $75 million (the equivalent of more than $1 billion today) from the city coffers. The way he did it was simple. Read more »

Ken Garcia is right!

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Wow, never thought I'd write that sentence.

But Garcia picked up on a story today that I've been following, too, and he's got the point basically right: A property owner whose case is coming up tomorrow before the Board of Appeals claims that Clear Channel tried to shake him down, demanding he accept a lousy contract -- and when he didn't, the company pulled a billboard off his building and made sure that he could never lease the space to anyone else.

The building owner, Cheon Hool Lee, isn't exactly an impoverish Read more »

Whack-a-Murdoch

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This is really brilliant.

The Sean Penn-Matt Gonzalez rumor

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Wokette's got this lovely nutty rumor that Sean Penn would give Matt Gonzalez $5 million to run against Gavin Newsom -- as a Democrat. SFist picked up, wondering if it's a joke.

Coupla problems with the item. First of all, Wonkette refers to Gonzalez as a "deputy mayor under Willie Brown," which would be news to both of them. Second, folks, the deadline for filing as a candidate for mayor passed quite some weeks ago. Read more »

Fast, cheap, and out of control

Former labor secretary Robert Reich examines the heavy price we pay for prospering as consumers in "Supercapitalism"
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tredmond@sfbg.com

Click here for the Guardian's interview with Robert Reich.

The fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 led a lot of pundits to talk about “the end of History.” The big battle of our lives, the defining philosophical and political conflict of the century, was over. Communism lost. Read more »

SFist thinks we're commies

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So the folks at SFist have decided that we're all commies over here because we think it's okay to tax the rich and provide services for the homeless.

I thought we were all too intelligent in these circles to resort to stupid quips about the "proletariat," and I've posted a response on SFist. But since I've had to have this fight since I was an economics major at Wesleyan way back in the dark ages, I have to make a point here:

The Soviet Union as we knew it in the post-War era was not built by Karl Marx. Read more »

Another housing plan

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Randy Shaw checks in today with another housing action plan for the city. I'm getting a real sense of urgency on this, all over town, a feeling that San Francisco needs some sort of comprehensive housing legislation. I still like a prop. Read more »