Well, the Democrats in Sacramento have finally decided that they aren't completely terrified of tax hikes; they're proposing a $5 billion package to help make the bloody cuts for next year a little less horrible. It's mostly stuff that a majority of the voters would approve -- a modest income tax hike on high earners, an increase in the vehicle license fee, and the reduction of some corporate tax breaks. And it's nowhere near enough -- but it's a start. In fact, politically it's a huge deal, because it puts the debate in the right place: Tax cars and rich people, or devastate public education, public safety and social services.
So here's the question: Now that the leaders of the not-terribly-progressive state Senate are willing to talk about new sources of revenue, where is the mayor of San Francisco?