Politics Blog

Bye-bye, Buster’s

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Despite the clear need for a 24-hour drop-in center for homeless people to get off the streets and out of the elements, Buster’s Place was still put on the bloody budget block and closed its doors yesterday at 5 p.m.

For weeks, staff at Buster’s have been counseling the 150 to 200 people they see everyday on different places to go. Read more »

To China, with (tough) love.

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"If there is not alarm, if there is not protest, that too would be news, that would be San Francisco complicit," said Sup. Read more »

New Deal Feted

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By David Carini

The New Deal turned 75 yesterday, March 31st. About 150 people turned out to the Koret Auditorium in the main SF library to mark the occasion and to listen to a six-person panel discuss the series of landmark government initiatives. Read more »

Do you hear what I hear?

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Just an FYI for those of you who follow PG&E as rabidly as we try to. Their head honcho will be speaking to the moneyed masses of investors tomorrow. Tune in to the web cast at 10:10 tomorrow morning:

http://www.pgecorp.com/investors/investor_info/presentations/index.shtml

Home Depot, good riddance

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So Home Depot has pulled out of its plans to build a giant store on Bayshore Boulevard. Read more »

The parasitic blog

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Eric Alterman has a detailed assessment of the tie that binds newspapers and blogs in this week’s New Yorker. The Nation-blogger, prof and journo, known for his books on the media, democracy, and Bruce Springsteen, takes us back to the 192 Read more »

Gorilla escapes from San Francisco zoo

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According to a statement posted today, a gorilla has escaped from the San Francisco Zoo and officials have not yet located the animal. Read more »

Raise your voice for nightlife!

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There's some heinous new legislation targeted at pretty much killing independent nightlife in the city coming up, folks. Read more »

Torch debate: still burning

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By Megan Ma

Under pressure to reject any official welcome of the Olympic torch relay when it comes through town on April 9th, SF supervisors plan to vote on two competing resolutions tomorrow, April 1st, that will set the tone for the city's stance on the controversy.

Board members have been wrangling over wording of potential resolutions for the past few weeks. On March 20th Sup. Read more »

Give me a break, Matt Smith

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I’m starting to wonder how many times I’m going have to fight this battle.

For five weeks, as our predatory-pricing case against the SF Weekly was in trial, Andy Van De Voorde, the Denver-based hit man who works for Village Voice Media, attacked me, attacked the Guardian, attacked our witnesses and attacked the whole idea that an independent paper had the right to go to court to fight a predatory attack by a national chain. Read more »