Politics Blog

Guess how many hotel rooms there are in SF?

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By Sarah Phelan

10,000? 30,000? 100,000?

If you guessed 32, 952 rooms, you're correct--and must be digesting the same economic reports that I’ve been calling bedtime reading this week.

According to a report fresh out of the Controller’s office, the lowest point, in terms of filling all those rooms, was the winter of 2001-2002, when 50 percent were vacant. (Remember, that was the grim post 9/11 moment, when people were afraid to fly to the USA, in case they ended up being flown into a hotel high-rise, instead of staying in one.)

The highest point? Read more »

Maxwell to Mirant: Abandon Potrero Power Plant

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by Sarah Phelan

Sup. Sophie Maxwell has introduced a resolution urging Mirant Corporation to abandon permanently its efforts to operate the Potrero Power Plant, and reaffirming the City’s commitment to closing the plant as soon as feasible, and urging all interested State and federal agencies to facilitate the closure, so the site may be developed in a manner more in harmony with surrounding neighborhoods and sound public and environmental health.

Sean is Queen ‘til February

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by Sarah Phelan
Today was the first official Question Time at City Hall and, since Mayor Gavin Newsom was not in town, being tied up, among other things, at economic forums in Switzerland, Board Chair Aaron Peskin asked Sup. Sean Elsbernd, who Newsom has appointed as Acting Mayor in his absence. if he wanted to address the policy questions, instead.

“I’m not sure how hard I should laugh right now,” sputtered Elsbernd. “If we took this logically, I could stand up here and have a conversation with myself.”

“Most substitute mayors don’t exercise the full mayoral powers,” interjected Sup. Read more »

The SOTU response

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By Tim Redmond

--It says a lot about the state of the media when Sen. Dick Durbin decides that instead of doing TV interviews, he'll respond to the speech by blogging on DailyKos. Complete with some really dopey pictures. (Look, look, here I am, blogging! I may be a U.S. Senator but I can actually type on a computer, like the real people! I'm a blogger! Read more »

The State of the Union is ....

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By Tim Redmond

Pathetic.

It's as if nothing that has happened over the past four years has made any difference to the president. He started off by saying that the private sector, and tax breaks, were going to solve the health-insurance crisis, which is demonstrably wrong. Read more »

State of the union, uncensored

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By Tim Redmond

This is pretty funny.

Pop Matters hates the new Village Voice

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By Tim Redmond

I know all this talk about what New Times has done to the Voice can get a bit tiresome, but I can't resist any article that calls Mike Lacey "a Philistine who hates New York City." Enjoy.

Hell to the chief

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By Tim Redmond

The president's state of the union speech doesn't start for another few hours, but already anyone who cares already knows what he's going to say. But it's not going to be easy to talk about Iraq the same day that his new commander in the region calls the situation "dire."Read more »

How to Make a Pigeon Burrito

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By Sarah Phelan

No, this isn’t my secret recipe for surviving life in the city on a tight budget. Instead, this is my not-so-secret recipe for helping get wild birds out of spaces they’d rather not be in—like trapped in the bay window of Farley’s coffee house on Potrero Hill, which is what happened last week when I was having lunch in the famed establishment and a pigeon flew through the door, then tried to escape, but hit the window, instead.

Understandably, everyone panicked at the sight of a pigeon flying into a window. Read more »

Newsom loves the poor. Huh.

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By Tim Redmond

I'm a little late on this; somehow, I missed it when it came out. Read more »