Politics Blog

Merc circ up despite newsroom bloodbath

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How is it possible that one of the only major daily newspapers in the United States to show an increase in circulation over the last six months is the closest to up and dying? The San Jose Mercury News added 4,000 weekday copies over the last half-year, according to their most recent figures. Read more »

What's up with the restaurant surcharges?

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The last time I had lunch at the Slow Club, the check came with a little notice: $1 was added to the cost of every meal to cover the cost of complying with the city's new health-care mandate. That was fine -- if I can afford to eat at the Slow Club I can afford an extra buck so the people who work there can get health insurance. Read more »

PUC adds two cents on peakers

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Actually, it's more like 200. Kinda lengthy, and a PDF, but here's what to expect from the SFPUC at next Monday's meeting on the issue of building two power plants in the city.

Huffman clarifies on CCA

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I just spoke with Assemblymember Jared Huffman, who was concerned about my post the other day suggesting he’d be up for changing the rules for Community Choice Aggregation. Read more »

Historic day

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Today's various May Day celebrations and demonstrations in San Francisco are unique. Never before have we seen the labor, immigrant rights, youth, and anti-war movements joined so closely and seamlessly into a coalition that is demanding a fundamental shift in U.S. foreign and economic policies. The messages from the podiums in Civic Center, Dolores Park, Justin Herman Plaza, and the ILWU Hall sounded surprisingly similar and unifying themes, making common cause of their struggles for a more just world that empowers all people, regardless of the artificial borders that separate them. Read more »

Leno's next move

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Mark Leno called today to thank us for endorsing him. Read more »

CA's horrible net metering law

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Up until now, net metering has been a sort of mythical to me. I understand how it works – you put up solar panels or wind generators and the utility company rebates you for the power you make – to an extent. You can’t be paid for any extra power you generate. I get that, but I’d never actually seen what it looks like. Read more »

Happy May Day!

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May Day is the most peculiar of the American non-holiday holidays. Throughout Europe, South America, and much of the world, it is known as International Workers Day, a day celebrating labor solidarity that marks the 1886 Haymarket massacre in Chicago. Ironically, it never really caught on in the U.S., with our fears of all things even a bit Red. Read more »

Finally a fix for Fell-Masonic

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I and other bicyclists and pedestrians have long been urging the city to do something about the dangerous intersection of Fell and Masonic, and that pressure yesterday yielded a small but signi Read more »

Migden-Leno: Did we get it right?

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We took the State Senate District 3 endorsement seriously, and agonized over it for weeks. What do you think -- did we get it right?