Politics Blog

Working in the East Bay

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By G.W. Schulz

Both the issues of fair compensation for hotel workers and immigration rights merged this week in the East Bay with an emergency picket and a call to the police. Read more »

Skate or die

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By G.W. Schulz

Gavin Newsom has made a lot of promises during his tenure. He’s even come up with a few half-baked plans to contend with the city’s highest homicide rate in 10 years. Read more »

No limits

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By Steven T. Jones
Well, the gloves have come off in the District 6 supervisorial race. The Ethics Commission has just announced that the voluntary spending caps have been lifted in that race, responding to complaints that the tens of thousands of dollars in hit pieces on Sup. Chris Daly have effectively blown the caps. Daly, Rob Black, and the other major candidates had agreed to limit their campaign expenditures to $83,000 or less, and both Black and Daly have already spent about half that, according to just filed campaign finance statements. Read more »

Ex-pats Beware!

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by Amanda Witherell

The New York Times reported on Wednesday that software is being developed to scan overseas newspapers for content critical of the United States. You can read more here. How long do you think we have until the CIA integrates the new technology into its domestic survellience arsenal?

Back to Black

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By Steven T. Jones
These are busy days, so I suppose I'll just have to dump out the District 6 dirt just a little at a time. That's cool, considering tomorrow's deadline for filing pre-election campaign statement will allow me to plow into the freshest compost for y'all. We're also having a few technical difficulties in getting the audio from Rob Black's endorsement interview with us online, but that problem should be solved in the next couple days. Read more »

Pot. Kettle. Black.

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By Steven T. Jones
District 6 supervisorial candidate Rob Black called a press conference this afternoon to accuse incumbent Sup. Chris Daly of "illegal campaigning." The charges involve the letters that Daly and other supervisors send to their constituents. Frankly, I don't have time right now to fully get into all the dimensions of this incident, which is rich with good color and hypocrisy. I'll spin the full tale for y'all tomorrow. Read more »

DARK DAYS

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by Amanda Witherell

Despite the liberal signing spree that's left most of the Dems in the state giddy with success, the guv dropped his darkened Terminator-era specs over open government by vetoing Mark Leno's AB2927. The bill, which had unanimous approval from the House and Senate, would have improved online services for public records requests on all state agency websites, including a simple form to fill out and file electronically. It also would have allowed citizens with denied requests to appeal to the Attorney General for a review and written decision within 20 days. Read more »

Youth and Dan Kelly

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By Tim Redmond

Peter Lauterborn, former member of the San Francisco Youth Commission, weighs in on the School Board race at BeyondChron. His message: It's time for Dan Kelly to go.

More on Prop. 90

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By Tim Redmond

Interesting item in the Califonria Progress Report about the unsually broad coalition that's come together to oppose prop. 90 -- and the very narrow well-funded interests behind it.

You can find out more about this hideous measure here.

Really scary

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By Tim Redmond

I had a really scary moment tonight.

it started well -- I was moderating a discussion on immigration politics at New College, featuring Justin Akers Chacon, who has written a new book called "Nobody is Illegal." Renee Saucedo, a longtime advocate for immigrants and day laborers, was on the panel, too, and we had a great discussion -- until the very end, when Saucedo starting talking about how she was trying to build coalitions between immigrants and African Americans in Bayview Hunters Point, organizing around opposition in that neighborhood the the redevelopment plan.

And ou Read more »