Tim Redmond

The taxi "thief"

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By Tim Redmond

This is front-page news in the Chronicle? A weeks-old story that an assistant to a department head was convicted of stealing a $100 necklace 15 years ago?

Let's check out the facts. The man, Tristan Bettencourt, is now the assistant to the director of the Taxi Commission. Read more »

A solution in search of a problem

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By Tim Redmond

I don't really know where this comes from; do people have nothing better to do than whine about their neighbors? But I know that in neighbhorhoods like Chinatown, North Beach and yeah, Bernal Heights, where I live, it's going to be tough on some people who have neither garages nor alleys and could be asked to stick their trash cans in the front hall.

But I have an answer: Paint them wild colors, and call them public art.

Unsportsmanlike behavior

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By Tim Redmond

The Chron picked up the New York Times story on the world cup, by Jere Longman, which includes this line:"star midfielder Zinedine Zidane was ejected in overtime for committing an astonishing act of unsportsmanlike behavior." Longman later described the head-butt as "a flagrant abuse of any notion of fair play and perhaps permanently stained a soccer career that many considered to be the world's pre-eminent of the past 20 years."

I mean, hasn't Longman ever been to a Read more »

World cup. Dolores Park. Amazing

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By Tim Redmond

That was one great party Sunday in Dolores Park. Some former teacher from Germany named Jens-Peter Jungclaussen organized it, and with nothing (as far as I could tell) except word-of-mouth and email promotion, at least 10,000 people showed up.

So yeah, soccer has hit the big time in San Francisco. But I have to wonder: why did some guy whose life's work is called Teacher With the Bus have to organize this? Read more »

B. Taylor loves Star Wars

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by Tim Redmond

Gack! I just turned on the TV and saw Barbara Taylor interviewing Sup. Gerardo Sandoval on the City Desk Newshour program. She felt the need to beat him up (like most of the rest of the media) for the not-so-radical-at-all idea of demilitarizing America, which is to be expected, but she went way, way beyond. In times like these, when North Korea is shooting off missiles, she said, we all should be glad for a military with missiles that can shoot them down.

Uhhh..... we don't actually have any missiles that can shoot anything down. They don't work. Read more »

Dist. 8 heats up

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By Tim Redmond

Alix Rosenthal, who is challenging Bevan Dufty in District eight, has been getting some (electronic) press; BeyondChron has interview in which, among other things, she talks about keeping San Francisco weird. A sample quote: "I love how freaky it is. I love the freaks, and I include myself in the freaks."

She also talks about real issues, about affordable housing, condo conversions, the loss of the city's middle class. Read more »

Commissioner Haaland

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By Tim Redmond

Not much daily press on this, but Robert Haaland, longtime LGBT and labor activist, is headed for a seat on the Board of Appeals. The San Francisco Sentinel story focuses on the triumph for the TG community and notes that this was the seat that Harvey Milk once held. Read more »

The Mexican election

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By Tim Redmond

Not a huge amount of furor (yet) in San Francisco over the apparent theft of the Mexican elections. John Ross has all the background here. Randy Shaw has some thoughts on the Mexican left in BeyondChron, but he doesn't talk to much about the local scene either. There's an awful lot of Mexican nationals in San Francisco, and Ross says they were badly disenfranchised. Read more »

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Why the mayor could use some "question time"
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tredmond@sfbg.com
Just about everybody in the "respectable" news media is going to call Sup. Chris Daly's latest charter amendment a crackpot idea, so I might as well join the crackpots right now. I think it's wonderful.
Daly wants to require the mayor of San Francisco to appear once a month at a Board of Supervisors meeting and answer questions. That's it — no decisions get made, no policies change. Read more »

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tredmond@sfbg.com
The local daily newspapers haven't paid much attention to it, but there's a ferocious fuss going on in the blog world over political power and journalistic ethics, and it's all swirling around a 34-year-old who runs the world's most popular political blog out of his home in Berkeley.
It's a fascinating story because of what it says about the revolution that's taking place in media and politics today.
Markos Moulitsas Zuniga runs the blog DailyKos, which started off as just another liberal political blog by a liberal political activist (who used to be a political consultant Read more »