Tim Redmond

California Democratic Convention, 6 pm

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By Tim Redmond

I just spent an hour with the star of the day, the former senator from Alaska, Mike Gravel who made news at last night's debate by asking Barack Obama who he's going to nuke.

Gravel is a character. He says the other candidates are "frightening," largely because he seems to think any of them might drop a nuclear bomb on Iran. Read more »

California Democratic Convention, 4 pm

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By Tim Redmond

There's a lot of talk and excitement at the Progressive Caucus. A few years ago, there were only a handful of people showing up for this meeting; today, the room is totally packed.

But the real political action is at the Resolutions Committee, where the rebels in the party are demanding more accountability, sunshine -- and, in the end, more of a say in where state party money goes. Read more »

California Democratic Convention, 3 pm

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By Tim Redmond

I'm down in San Diego for the state Democratic convention, which Bob Mulholland, longtime political director for the CA Democratic Party, told me is "the start of the campaign to elect a Democrat to the White House." Seven presidential candidates will be here, more than have ever attended a state convention. Read more »

Will the newspaper barons back down?

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By Tim Redmond

The Chronicle today went to great effort to suggest that Clint Reilly didn't actually get the concessions he claimed at his press conference on the settlement of his lawsuit against the big newspaper publishers. Read more »

Important tenant alert -- call Leland Yee!

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By Tim Redmond

A critical piece of tenant legislation is heading for the floor of the state Senate, and so far, San Francisco Senator Leland Yee hasn't taken a position on it. The bill would dramatically reduce the number of Ellis Act evictions in the city and save the homes of thousands of low-income renters and seniors.

The bill number is SB 464, by Sen. Sheila Kuehl (D-L.A). Contact Yee's office today and demand that he support it. Read more »

What's wrong with America, in one simple stat

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By Tim Redmond

The New York Times reported yesterday that the 25 top hedge fund managers in the United States earned a combined $14 billion last year — "enough to pay New York City’s 80,000 public school teachers for nearly three years."

Think about it. Read more »

Editor's Notes

Loners, misfits, and social nightmares
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I knew a lot of sick puppies in high school and college - loners, misfits, and social nightmares who wrote short stories and poems about death and destruction and suicide and drew grisly cartoons of people with brains spattered and organs hanging out and strangely mangled genitalia. These days, I fear, a lot of them would have been sent to the campus counseling service. Back then it was all just art.

None of these people (to my knowledge) have ever done any physical harm to anyone. I'm almost certain that none of them have turned into mass murderers. Read more »

Small Business Awards 2007: Community Institution Award

Modern Times Bookstore
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It started in 1971, with a handful of people who worked for Socialist Revolution magazine and wanted to sell books that would give the Movement - and back then it had a capital M - some historical and theoretical perspective. The magazine's editor, Jim Weinstein, provided the rag with a free 900-square-foot space in a building he owned. Read more »

The end of the Blue Angels

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By Tim Redmond

I know the show is cool (even though I'm never chosen as the journalist who gets to fly in one of the planes). And I hate to be a killjoy or anything. Read more »

Can we stop media monopoly?

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By Tim Redmond

With Clint Reilly's case against the Bay Area's newspaper barons heading for a trial that will start April 30, it's interesting to note that there's actually a bill in Congress to limit media ownership.

I suspect this isn't going anywhere soon -- the Read more »