Tim Redmond

Editor's Notes

Time to turn our housing policy upside down
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Allow me to postulate a few axioms that will help define the way we think about housing in San Francisco and put our cover story this week in context. Some of these laws are easily provable with existing data; the others, I admit, are loaded with political values. So be it.

Axiom number one: There are already too many rich people in San Francisco.

Socioeconomic diversity is essential to a healthy urban environment. Read more »

Who will SEIU endorse for prez?

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Since this is one of the fastest-growing unions in one of the fastest-growing sectors of the workforce -- and since it's president, Andy Stern, is a leader in the rebel group that walked out of the AFL-CIO, this should be a fascinating choice.

Robert Haaland is there, live blogging it.

A nuclear lottery

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In today's New York Times Magazine, two smart writers, Stephen J. Dubner and Steven D. Levitt, make a really stupid mistake when they talk about nuclear power. Read more »

Project censored -- some new suggestions

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One of the bloggers at DailyKos linked to our Project Censored story, and the comments include a lot of other suggestions for stories that the mainstream media ignored. Check it out.

Editor's Notes

Where is the leadership?
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tredmond@sfbg.com

I was talking the other day to the mayor's chief political advisor, Eric Jaye, who thinks we should endorse his client for reelection. "Gavin Newsom," he told me, "is the most progressive mayor in San Francisco history."

Well, I haven't been here for all of them, but in my 25 years or so, the competition hasn't been terribly stiff. Newsom vs. Dianne Feinstein? That's a no-brainer. Newsom vs. Frank Jordan? Uh, what was the question again? Newsom vs. Willie Brown? Read more »

A new planning director from Seattle

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Meet the new boss, John Rahaim

In theory, the San Francisco city Planning Commission gets to decide who runs the department, but in practice, it's up to the mayor -- who has announced today that the new Planning Director will be John Rahaim, who now holds that same job in Seattle. Rahaim has apparently informed the folks in Seattle that he's accepted the job, although I don't think the commission has formally offered it to him. Read more »

The war without end

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The essence of what General David Petraeus said today is that the Bush Administration has no plans to end the war. Read more »

General Betray Us speaks

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Here's a pretty good summary timeline I particularly love Ambassador Ryan Crocker's discussion of "post-kinetic environments" -- which are places that have been leveled by the U.S. military and thus are no longer threats.

Iraq, Iran, Al Qaeda .... Iraq, Iran, Al Qaeda ...

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I've been listening to Gen Petraeus go on and on and on, and it's stunning: He keeps talking about Iran and Al Qaeda. I'm having a very bad flashback here .... The whole message seems to be, things are getting better, the surge is working, and now we need to "defeat AL Qaeda" and (gasp) deal with Iran.

When he talked about the threat of Iran, one woman stood up in the chamber and shouted "That's a lie." She was quickly removed.

But here we go again ... Read more »

Leno, Migden and Sacramento madness

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Migden, Leno: Who's killing the bills?

By Tim Redmond
It’s been a wild few days in Sacramento.

On Thursday afternoon, the state Senate narrowly passed a terrible campaign finance bill that could strictly limit the ability of local governments to control political money. Read more »