Tim Redmond

Labor, racetracks and Indian gambling

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By Tim Redmond

The February presidential primary ballot may have not one but a series of initiatives that deal with tribal gambling, reports Calitics. A couple of tribes that want more slot machines are pushing the compacts they've negotiated with the guv. Labor, mostly UNITE-HERE, and Bay Meadows, which sees the casinos as a threat to horse racing money, are on the other side. Lots and lots of money could be tossed around. Read more »

Will Earthlink bail on SF?

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By Tim Redmond

Earthlink, which is negotiating a contract to provide WiFi to San Francisco, may be in the process of bailing out of the deal – and whatever the mayor’s office or anyone else may say, it has little to do with the supervisors demanding more benefits.

Earthlink’s CEO announced yesterday that the company is changing its strategy on municipal wi-fi, and now wants cities to promise to buy a certa Read more »

Why gas costs so much

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By Tim Redmond

Just in case anyone out there is still wondering about the basic economics of the oil industry: When you raise the price of gas, the oil companies make more money. This has been true forever, and it's true today.

Gee, why would all these refineries be off line at the same time? Why would supplies be so tight? Is it because of those rotten environmentalists -- or do high gas prices and limited supplies actually make good business sense for Chevron?

Newsom runs terrified from Muni reform

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By Tim Redmond

Sup. Aaron Peskin has a new version of his Muni reform measure, and it includes an excellent provision to limit new parking downtown. This has Don Fisher's allies all atwitter -- and I hear Gutless Gavin is going to abandon his support for the measure, showing again that he's nothing more than an errand boy for downtown.

New rumblings in the alternative press

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By Tim Redmond

So many interesting and odd things going on in the world of alternative media. Read more »

Editor's Notes

The bad guys still haven't won
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Yeah, man, I was there: I saw the Grateful Dead play "Dark Star" on New Year's Eve. Heavy.

Only it wasn't 1967. It was 1981, becoming '82, and we were at the Oakland Coliseum, not the Panhandle. Read more »

The Chris Daly show

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By Tim Redmond

Oh, it's so easy to make fun of Chris Daly. You can even make fun of his beard.

Or you can watch his much-derided speech at the Board of Supervisors, and recognize that: 1. He's not a crazed nut; his points are cogent, well argued and entirely credible, and; 2. Read more »

New redevelopment chief

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By Tim Redmond

Lots of talk about who the new SF Redevelopment Agency chief will be after Marcia Rosen announced (in terse terms) her resignation, which sounds awfully suspect. (Whenever you hear "resigned to pursue new opportunities" think: Canned for political reasons.)

One persistent rumor is that Mayor Newsom wants an African American to head Redevelopment, at a time when the agency is under fire in Bayview- Hunters Point. Read more »

Editor's Notes

The reason city planning in this town is so screwed up
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EDITORS NOTES There was a fascinating moment July 11 at the San Francisco Board of Appeals meeting, a rare and revealing look into how city planning really works — and who calls the shots.

At issue was a proposal for two condo towers at Tenth Street and Market, one of which would soar 352 feet into the air — well above current height limits for the site. The developer also wants to put in 578 parking spaces, 399 more than the city Planning Code currently allows. Read more »

Why public broadband works

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By Tim Redmond

I just came across this wonderful report from the Institute for Local Self-Reliance called "Localizing the Internet: Five ways Public Ownership Solves the Local Broadband Problem." The folks at the Institute, which does great work, argue (as we have) that broadband is essential municipal infrastructure. They also say locally owned broadband is good for the economy. Read more »