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The Performant: Rite of autumn

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It might have been unannounced, but there’s a ritual aspect to all this the Giants-Halloween-Dia de los Muertos mayhem all the same. And like any great autumnal rite, the cathartic frenzy implies a greater narrative -- one last big harvest before the little death of winter, the rebirth of spring. How appropriate to the season then, was the Ragged Wing production “Persephone’s Roots” a site-specific re-imagining of the Persephone myth at Berkeley’s Cordornices Park. Read more »

What beard does Newsom fear?

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Mayor Gavin Newsom seemed to jokingly endorse Giants closer Brian Wilson for mayor at the parade Nov. 3rd (and Wilson might have endorsed his BDSM-loving neighbor), but maybe the mayor's words have been misinterpreted. Maybe he was referring to another local player when he proclaimed the words "fear the beard." Just a thought.

 

 

Ranked choice vote tallying starts tomorrow

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With four of the five Board of Supervisors races awaiting ranked-choice voting tallies, the San Francisco Department of Elections says it will run a preliminary ranked choice voting tally tomorrow (Friday) afternoon.

The department says there are still at least 52,000 ballots left to count (14,000 provisional ballots and 38,000 absentee ballots dropped off at the polls), plus an unknown number of absentee ballots still arriving by mail, so tomorrow won't be the final word on who wins. But it will give a good idea where people's second choices are going.Read more »

Live Shots: Dia de los Muertos 2010

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OK somewhere between Giants madness and the election frenzy, this happened: one of our favorite, uniquely SF civic holidays went down in the Mission. Photographer Charlie Russo was there to capture all the morbid beauty, serene remembrance, and ghoulish fun.

Newsom endorses Wilson, who endorses "the machine"

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As Mayor Gavin Newsom prepares to leave San Francisco for the Lieutenant Governor's Office in Sacramento, he has burned enough bridges here that he's not going to have much of a role in picking his successor. But he made a play today during the Giants World Series celebration at City Hall that just may resonate with local voters and elected officials alike.Read more »

SFBG Radio: The election bloodbath

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Today Johnny and Tim talk about Congress -- what happened, and why, and how (and whether) Obama can turn things around. Check it out after the jump. Read more »

Free Goldies 2010 Party!

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Come celebrate the Bay arts scene with our 2010 Goldies winners at a special FREE party on Wed/10!

Live on stage, the gifted entertainer Myles Cooper serenades the crowd with "We Are Not Alone," his follow-up to "Gonna Find Boyfriends Today."Read more »

Election 2010: SF's season of political madness

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You can draw -- or not draw -- all sorts of conclusions about the meaning of last night's national election, but I can tell you what the state and local results mean: A season of political madness. As of the first week in January, San Francisco will have a new mayor and (probably) a new district attorney, and neither will be elected by the voters. And if some pundits are correct and Nancy Pelosi decides to retire rather than taking a seat on the back bench, then a once-in-a-lifetime change to take a safe seat in Congress will open up. And man, will the mad scramble be on.Read more »

Steve Moss, sorehead

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Steve Moss spent a lot of money -- and had a lot of money spent on his behalf -- but at this point is in 4th place in the D10 race. Not out of the running -- none of the top four contenders, Moss, Tony Kelly, Malia Cohen and Lynette Sweet, are finished, since ranked-choice voting will decide the outcome and anything could happen -- but he's certainly not in a commanding position. And he's not being a good sport about it.Read more »

$100,000 -A-Year Women

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Dick Meister, former labor editor of the SF Chronicle and KQED-TV Newsroom, has covered labor and politics for a half-century. Contact him through his website, www.dickmeister.com, which includes more than 250 of his columns.

Unfortunately, as we all know – or should know – working women generally make less than working men, currently 77 cents for every dollar earned by men. But now come new census figures showing that in at least one regard, women are forging ahead of their male counterparts. They're doing much better than men among higher paid workers.

It turns out that the number of women with six-figure incomes is rising at a much faster pace than is the number of men making six-figure incomes. Read more »

Election 2010: Labor and progressives dodge a bullet

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Bucking a national conservative, anti-government political trend, San Franciscans stayed with some fairly progressive politics on election night, rejecting a measure to demonize public employees (Prop. B), giving progressive John Rizzo far more votes than his City College of San Francisco board rivals, and taking far more liberal positions in state ballot measures and candidates than California voters, who were already far to the left of national voters. Read more »

Election 2010: Jim Meko's "not going anywhere"

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D6 candidate Jim Meko was with campaign volunteers Jake Dues and Anthony Faber at his print shop on 10th Street near the end of the night on Nov. 2.

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Election 2010: A last sit on Haight Street

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I guess sit-lie supporters don't party that late. I arrived at Hobson's Choice, the Haight Street election party central for Civil Sidewalks at 11:30 p.m. only to find the triumphant contingent long gone. "Oh yeah, the last couple guys just left," the bartender tells me. "There was a ton of people here."Read more »

Election 2010: Debra Walker holds out

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San Francisco Democrats milled about the Great American Music Hall, where a screen displaying election results was the centerpiece of the room. D6 candidate Debra Walker was thanking campaign volunteers and hugging supporters when we caught up with her.

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Election 2010: Progressives keep D6 seat

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While the outcome of the D6 supervisorial race won’t be known until all the ranked choice ballots get counted, it is clear that the seat will stay with the progressives as Jane Kim and Debra Walker vie to see how many voters liked them second best. And that was good enough news for Board President David Chiu.
“Given where Debra and Jane are, I’m glad that we’re going to keep this a progressive seat,” Chiu, a Kim supporter, told us at their election night party in the new club Public Works, which is right next to Kim’s Mission Street campaign headquarters. Read more »