Tim Redmond

Unseal the court files

The lawsuit that seeks to stop the monopolization of daily newspapers in the Bay Area isn't just a business dispute.
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The lawsuit that seeks to stop the monopolization of daily newspapers in the Bay Area isn't just a business dispute. Real estate investor Clint Reilly argues that he would be personally harmed by the deal (which gives him standing to sue), but in reality, this is about the future of mainstream news media in one of the nation's largest and most politically active markets. If the Hearst Corp. Read more »

Dean Macris madness

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By Tim Redmond

So City Planning Director Dean Macris thinks the San Francisco skyline is not distinctive enough. Today's Chron quotes him supporting an 80-story tower next to the new transbay terminal:

"The current skyline is very flat, and needs some peaks to create a more distinctive look.''

Excuse me: Dean Macris is responsible for much of what the skyline looks like today. Read more »

Well, officially un-official

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By Tim Redmond

UPDATE: Mark Leno has written a letter to Fog City Journal saying that his run against Carole Migden isn't really official yet.

So I just called Leno to check it, and he says he won't make a final final decision until mid-January. But "I'm looking at it very seriously," he said, and added: "I'm getting a lot of encouragement from local labor leaders."

I told him that, from everything I'm hearing, it's seems pretty clear to me that he's in the race. Read more »

Leno v. Migden: It's official

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By Tim Redmond

The news that I knew was coming is now apparently official: according toFog City Journal, Assemblymember Mark Leno announced at the Harvey Milk Club holiday party that he will, indeed, challenge state Senator Carole Migden in 2008.

It's going to be a wild ride.

Already, the shit is flying: Migden, Luke Thomas reports, said that Leno is "a little nuttly, and he's out of a job. Read more »

Migden and Ammiano

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By Tim Redmond

Well, within a few minutes after my blog on Mark Leno and Carole Migden was posted, Eric Potashner, Migden's aide and political advisor, called me to say that Migden has endorsed Tom Ammiano for state Assembly and to poo-poo all the talk of a heated Leno-Migden race, which he says he isn't worried about.

Okay, I believe him. Read more »

Leno v. Migden: The mind reels

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By Tim Redmond

Well, the info I picked up last night was a bit off; Matier and Ross haven't run anything yet on the poll Mark Leno has done to evaluate his chances in a possible race against Carole Migden for state Senate in 2008.

But word about the race is all over town. The BAR checked in today with a story by Matthew S. Read more »

Leno v. Migden: The Poll

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By Tim Redmond

Look for Matier and Ross to report on the Chronicle tomorrow (Thursday) that Mark Leno's team has taken a poll on how he would fare in a challenge against Carole Migden for state Senate in 2008.

The poll, I'm told, was encouraging to the Leno camp. The Assemblyman will make up his mind in January, but I'm getting the strong sense that this is going to be a go.

And what a political free-for-all it will be.

EDITOR'S NOTES

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tredmond@sfbg.com
Gavin Newsom loves to talk about the will of the voters. He put his Care Not Cash plan on the ballot when he was running for mayor — not, he insisted, as a campaign ploy but to get the voters to speak on a plan his colleagues on the Board of Supervisors rejected. Even when it was clear the plan wasn't working, he stuck to it — because, after all, that was the will of the voters. Read more »

Taking on Tauscher

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By Tim Redmond

Ellen Tascher, the conservative East Bay Democrat, is under fire all over the web and there are signs that she will face a primary challenge next year.

Robert Haaland has a good line on why she's already in trouble with progressive Dems. A district to watch.

Leno vs. Migden in 2008? Maybe

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By Tim Redmond

This is still at the early whisper stages, but there are a number of people urging Mark Leno to run for state Senate against fellow Democrat Carole Migden in 2008 -- and the word is that Leno is actively considering it.

Talk about wild campaigns.

Both are formidable fundraisers and good campaigners, both have had strong bases of support in the city -- but Leno seems to be more on the political upswing these days. Read more »