Tim Redmond

This is chilling

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By Tim Redmond

Check this out, which I first saw on Daily Kos. Watch all the way through to the end; it's only a couple of minutes.

Hidden in the Chron

Story buried on page B9 explains the latest in the Singleton merger case
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It was the lead item on the widely-read Romanesko media news column, but you had to dig deep into the Bay Area section of the San Francisco Chronicle to find it: There’s breaking news in the deal that would give Dean Singleton’s Media News Group near-monopoly control of daily newspapers in the Bay Area.

Clint Reilly, a former mayoral candidate, is the only one doing what the U.S. Read more »

Now THIS is scary

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By Tim Redmond

THe Bush Administration is quietly moving to give an eight-member panel appointed by the president the ability to kill any federal program or agency -- unlilaterally. Read more »

Dufty wants to cancel Halloween

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By Tim Redmond

Yeah, it's true: Sup. Bevan Dufty wants to cancel the official Halloween celebration in the Castro.

Of course, nobody -- not even a district supervisor with the full backing of the Police Department and the mayor -- can actually cancel Halloween in the Castro. I doesn't work that way. Read more »

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tredmond@sfbg.com
I started down Valencia Street around 8:30 last Thursday morning, trying to get to Mission and Embarcadero for a 9 a.m. radio show, and I caught up with two other bicyclists at a red light around 23rd Street. None of us said anything, but we rode more or less together for a couple more blocks, then picked up a few more riders here and a few more there, and by the time we hit Market Street, there were probably 15 of us, riding along in some sort of impromptu Critical Mass–style convoy. Read more »

Come on, Mr. Sheriff

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By Tim Redmond

Here's a great idea: Supervisors Tom Ammiano and Ross Mirkarmimi are pushing for a resolution that would call on the San Francisco sheriff to refuse to carry out Ellis Act evictions. Read more »

Why land trusts work

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By Tim Redmond

We've been watching the community land trust concept for years, and I've personally pushed this as a major solution to the housing crisis in the city. And now even the Chronicle is noticing: In a recent Chinatown deal, tenants are able to buy their apartments for just $10,000 -- and those units will be affordable forever.

The beauty of a land trust is that it takes housing entirely out of the speculative market. Read more »

So I'm not the only crackpot ...

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By Tim Redmond

... who thinks that this latest heat wave means global warming is here.

More mess at New Times

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By Tim Redmond

Catch the Seattle Times story on the ongoing meltdown at the Seattle Weeklyl. Read more »

Blackouts

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By Tim Redmond

We knew this was coming, but the California authorities just announced that there may be rolling blackouts today as the searing heat overwhelms the state's creaky old electricity grid.

That's lovely: It's 115 degrees in the Central Valley and senior citizens are going to lose their air conditioning.

Two things:

1. Global warming is here. Read more »