Tim Redmond

The homeless sweep won't work

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By Tim Redmond

I came to San Francisco in 1981, and there were people sleeping in Golden Gate Park. Dianne Feinstein, who was the chief exec back then, would periodically try to get rid of them. Art Agnos and Frank Jordan did the same thing. At one point in the 1990s, when Willie Brown was mayor, he discovered the shocking fact as if for the first time, and had a team sweep the campers out. Read more »

McGoldrick lets us down

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By Tim Redmond

Jake McGoldrick was the swing vote on the wrong side on the 3400 Cesar Chavez project. Some interesting comments and debate here.

I don't think McGoldrick is corrupt (as one commenter says at leftinsf), and I'm not going to support the attempt to recall him (as another proposes), but I'm deeply disappointed. Read more »

Editor's Notes

The San Francisco cab industry works as a medieval class system
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tredmond@sfbg.com

There's a new move afoot, this time through a lawsuit, to change the way taxicab permits work in San Francisco. Rachel Stern lays out the story on page 14, but allow me to offer a bit of political background:

The San Francisco cab industry works as a medieval class system. There are members of the landed gentry — people who have medallions, or operating permits — and there are serfs, people who drive cabs but don't have permits. Read more »

Senate energy bill helps nukes

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By Tim Redmond

The New York Times reports today that the Senate energy bill contains huge government subsidies for new nuclear power plants. This is no joke, folks: As we've been reporting in the Guardian, these folks are back. Read more »

Duuude -- a top pot cop?

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By Tim Redmond

The Examiner's having fun with front-page headlines today ("Better sit down for this -- Muni removes benches"), but my fave is the interview with the co-chair of the Marijuana Offenses Oversight Committee. I've known Michael Goldstein, fomrer Harvey Milk Club president, for years, and I don't think he ever expected to be called the city's "Top Pot Cop."

Why Gonzalez didn't run

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By Tim Redmond

So it looks as if there won't be much of a mayor's race this fall after all. I know that Matt Gonzalez took a hard look at it; he met with a good campaign consultant, talked to possible supporters and donors, took a poll ... and decided that he wasn't going to win.

Gonzalez didn't want to run a symbolic campaign. Read more »

Bill Walsh. Bill Walsh. Bill Walsh

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By Tim Redmond

Last night, KTVU devoted 14 minutes at the top of the hour to the death of Bill Walsh. The Mercury News did a special eight-page section on him.

Okay, the guy was brilliant. I've been watching him since the 1970s, when poor Greg Cook threw out his arm trying to run a Walsh offense as a Cincinatti Bengals rookie. Walsh was one of the best coaches in NFL history, built one of he best teams in NFL history, recruited and trained the best quarterback in NFL history ... but come on: he was a football coach.

There was other news this week, no?

Oooh, he's toast

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By Tim Redmond

The Post Office has gotten into the Ed Jew story, and this looks very bad

No politics in the parks?

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By Tim Redmond

This is a fascinating tale, from Fog City Journal. It sounds like the Redevelopment Agency (officially, anyway) wants to call this all a misunderstanding, but I can see it becoming a much bigger problem if Newsom succeeds in privatizing more city parks.

Key housing vote on tuesday

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By Tim Redmond

The supervisors will vote Tuesday on whether to allow high-end condos and (another!) Walgreens in the Mission at 3400 Cesar Chavez. Leftinsf has a good summary of the issue. Read more »