Tim Redmond

About those whales ...

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By Tim Redmond

Yeah, I'm all for saving the whales and I even worked for Greenpeace once. But I have to say: Coast Guard boats and helicopters. Camera crews from all over. Front-page headlines. Read more »

Editor's Notes

Choosing a mayor might just prove the wonderful-but-young progressive movement has legs
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tredmond@sfbg.com

Ken Garcia, who just loves to bash the left, announced in his Examiner column May 15 that the progressives in San Francisco are in disarray because we don't have a candidate for mayor. That's one way to look at it.

The other way — and, like many things in politics, it's not entirely true but certainly not false — is that the process for choosing a candidate in this wonderful yet still pretty young progressive movement isn't like anything Garcia would understand.

These days most candidates for public office tend to select themselves. Read more »

Rescuing the sinking Shipyard

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Artist's rendering of Jim Mason's Mechabolic project
By Steven T. Read more »

Prisons and schools

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No bookcase.

By Tim Redmond

Here's one of the saddest statistics I've seen in a long time: California will soon spend more money on prisons than on its university system.

Everyone in Sacramento seems to agree this is wrong. Read more »

Ed Jew and the FBI

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By Tim Redmond

I'm not going to jump to any conclusions here; I'm an innocent-until-proven-guilty kind of guy. But I will say that there's some very funky looking stuff in the daily papers right now about Sup. Jew. The Chron had the basics in its first-day story, but raised more questions than it answered, especially around the fact that Jew doesn't seem to be living in the house that he owns in the Sunset. Read more »

The East Bay Express: Independent again

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By Tim Redmond

The good news -- and it's very good news -- is that the East Bay Express is no longer a member of the Village Voice Media chain that owns the SF Weekly. I'm a day late with this news; it's taken me a bit to process, because our ad director (and my good friend) Jody Colley has left the Guardian to go work with the new ownership. Read more »

Editor's Notes

Can a mayoral nomination convention save the city's soul?
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tredmond@sfbg.com

Sup. Chris Daly has kind of a cool idea: he wants to hold a progressive convention to pick a candidate and a platform for mayor. The date is June 2, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The place is the Tenderloin Community School. Read more »

Jerry Falwell is dead

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By Tim Redmond

Back in the early 1980s, after Sister Boom Boom ran for supervisor on the "nun of the above" ticket, Jerry Falwell sent out a mass mailing to raise money for the Moral Majority featuring the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence. Read more »

Low-fi wi-fi

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By Tim Redmond

Quite the hearing yesterday on the mayor's wi-fi plan. Newsom has a lot riding on this, and he got out his troops to insist that even slow wi-fi is better than no wi-fi in addressing the digital divide.

I have a real problem with turning over a crucial part of the city's future infrastructure to private companies. Read more »

Is John Edwards a progressive?

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(Edwards in Allendale, S.C. 4/26/07 Photo by Rachel Feierman.)

By Tim Redmond

I've been dubious all along of a candidate who wasn't exactly a left-wing leader when he was in the U.S. Senate. But these days he's at least willing to talk about taxing the very rich. Read more »