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Street Threads: Look of the Day

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Today's Look: Cortland and Andover

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SFBG Radio: Johnny and Tim on the Whitman clan and class privilege

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Today, Johnny and Tim talk about the Whitman family -- and why the rich are different from you and I. Not to mention some choice GOP oil spill commentary. You can listen after the break. Read more »

No traffic lights on Market Street!

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No stop signs, either. Just an amazing collection of horses, cars, trolleys and -- yes! -- bicycles crowding the city's main drag, just four days before the 1906 quake. Check out the footage here. 

Bicycles sharing the street with cars (and also horses, and people who just run right out in front of traffic), police foot patrols, multi-modal transportation ... good times. It's great film, and fun to watch.

From the email Larry Fahn, former Sierra Club president sent me:Read more »

The Daily Blurgh: Ethnic Frensing, a bear suns in Oakland

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Fake trend alert! "Ethnic Frensing." Quick! Get it into circulation before Tyra Banks tries to copyright it.

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WTF Headline of the day: "Ghoulish cargo of 60 severed heads found at airport."

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SF mayoral analysis in the NY Times misses the mark

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I have praised Bay Citizen's early work and I think Gerry Shih is a smart young reporter, but I think their analysis of who will be San Francisco's next mayor – which ran in today's New York Times – was off the mark and shows they don't yet have a good grasp of this city's political dynamics. Read more »

The Gaza resolution

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I know that the discussion over the John Avalos/Sophie Maxwell resolution on the Gaza flotilla took a long time, and kept the supervisors and assorted city employees at work until midnight, and Sweet Melissa says that cost the city some money. And she makes the same argument we hear all the time when these things come up:Read more »

Following Recology’s $$$ to Environment Commission and DCCC

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If you've been looking for a financial connection between the city's tentative decision to award the next landfill disposal contract to Recology, which plans to dispose of our trash in Yuba County, then you'll be interested in this campaign finance item: Because records show that Recology contributed $5,000 last year to SF Forward, a San Francisco Chamber of Commerce political action committee, which also got Money  from Bechtel, Medjool, PG&E, Charles Schwab, and Shorenstein Realty.

Recology Vice President and Group Manager John Legnitto is Chamber’s Chair Elect. Read more »

The public-employee pension fight

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Public employees are getting attacked on all fronts, and one of the major issues is pensions. Forum did a show on it this morning, and all the usual suspects were there arguing that the public is outraged, that pensions are out of control, that nobody in the private sector gets these kinds of deals and that high pensions are damaging the very social programs that progressives love. Read more »

Turning Clinton's words into Brewer and Whitman's problem

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"Obama Admin has decided to sue AZ and we had to learn about it through Ecuadorean TV. Outrageous!"
So tweeted accidental Arizona Governor Jan Brewer, after Sec. of State Hillary's Clinton admitted that the US DOJ has decided to sue Arizona over SB 1070. 
Brewer, who faces a gubernatorial primary August 24,  is betting that  talk about immigration, will help her win the race.
"This is no way to treat the people of Arizona," Brewer said.

But wasn't that exactly the point Clinton was making?Read more »

Street Threads: Look of the Day

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Today's Look: Corrin, 18th Street and Valencia

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Feliz cumple, Tamale lady!

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Jack Daniels and I were hanging out late last week at the 500 Club when in she came. No one was particularly hungry, but when the Tamale Lady's there, the Tamale Lady's there, so we ate. And along with my cheese and rajas 'male, she passed me a flier. “Virginia, it's your birthday next week?” It was, and to celebrate, her traditional fiesta/documentary is going down at Zeitgeist Mon/21. Read more »

Newsom's plan for DCCC domination

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Gavin's not quite ready to take over the world, or even California, but he's not leaving office without trying to mess up the progressive majority on the Democratic County Central Committee. The plan he hatched June 15: Ban elected city officials from sitting on the DCCC. The idea: Get rid of Supervisors David Campos, David Chiu, John Avalos and Eric Mar. Read more »

SF's bike project ban is coming to an end

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Despite high-profile recent improvements to San Francisco's bicycle network – including a half-dozen new bike lanes since last fall, a green bike lane on Market Street separated from cars, and new on-street bike parking on Valencia and Divisidero streets – the city is still prevented by a court injunction from creating bike lanes that have been sought for a decade. But that could change as early as next week. Read more »

Muni workers and common sense

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I'm never the one arguing that city workers should take pay cuts, furloughs, benefit cuts or layoffs when there are ways to bring in new revenue. Remember: Layoffs and furloughs are, by definition, service cuts. And it's a good thing to have city employees make enough money to live in San Francisco, raise families, send their kids to college etc. Maintaining a middle class in San Francisco through public-sector jobs is a fine use of taxpayer dollars (particularly if those dollars can come from the rich).Read more »

A very cinematic Juneteenth: previews from the SF Black Film Festival

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General Gordon Granger could hardly have known that by signing General Order No. 3 into effect that sunny June 19th, 1865 in Galveston, Texas, he'd be providing an occasion for San Francisco's young black filmmakers to share their artistic voice. He (most likely) didn't appreciate that Juneteenth - as the day would come to be called - would mark a time for Bay area African Americans to reflect on the past, present, and future of their community. Probably not. But we get it. Read more »