Politics Blog

The Chron's skewed notions of water and rights

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by Amanda Witherell

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“Is there a right to water?” The San Francisco Chronicle’s editors asked today. The editorial outlined how water isn’t currently considered a human right by the UN, an issue the Guardian also recently covered. The Chron still found a way to Read more »

Politically courageous act of the year

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By Steven T. Jones

As the year winds down, I’d like to note what I consider to be the most politically courageous act of 2008: Attorney General Jerry Brown’s decision to reverse his position and urge the California Supreme Court to overturn Prop. Read more »

Whose house lost the most value?

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Text by Sarah Phelan

Produced by First American CoreLogic, using the real estate industry's home price index, this map is not a pretty sight, despite the pretty colors.

It shows that California remains the clear leader nationwide, in terms of highest home price depreciation. Read more »

Republicans are stupid

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By Steven T. Jones

Forgive the blunt headline, but it seems to me an inescapable conclusion based on the ridiculousness going on right now in Sacramento. Since writing about Republican legislators' illogically doctrinaire opposition to taxes in this week's paper, I've now watched the Democrats come up with a dishonest yet effective way around the blockade.

Even Gov. Read more »

HuffPo: The future of journalism, or its death?

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By Steven T. Jones

I've always had mixed feelings about the Huffington Post, and not just because of media-savvy founder Arianna Huffington's convenient conversion from neocon darling to progressive populist. No, for me, as a struggling newspaper journalist of 17 years (and with the debt to prove it), I'm bothered by a business model that relies on free content. Call me old-fashioned, but I believe writers -- even that subspecies known as bloggers -- should be paid for their work. Read more »

Republicans attack education

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By Tim Redmond

The GOP proposal to cut $10 billion out of K-12 education is unconscionable and the Democrats who control the Legislature will never go for it. Read more »

The layoff list

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By Sarah Phelan

Mayor Gavin Newsom's 409 mid-year layoffs mostly target front line staff, who make under $70,000 a year. And that almost 70 percent of these lay-offs (285 positions) are in the Department of Health.

You can read the list here.

(Reader beware! The list is, in itself, fairly impenetrable. So it helps to go online to the City's compensation manual. Read more »

Save Muntader al-Zaidi!

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By Tim Redmond

Okay, let's get this straight right away: I don't believe anyone should throw a shoe at the president. Read more »

Sharing the Budget Pain

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By Sarah Phelan

It wasn't pretty at Board President Aarom Peskin's mid-year budget cuts hearing.

(For starters, there wasn't enough room for all the people who showed up at today's meeting. Apparently, months ago, long before "Financial Armageddon" was a nationwide buzz word, the California Coastal Commission booked the Board's Chambers for today. Unfortunately, as a result, only a small percentage of folks managed to squeeze physically into today's budget hearing, while a huge crowd was left lingering discontentedly outside. This led to chants of "Let us in! Read more »

Republicans make one last stand to drown government

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By Steven T. Jones

Democrats in the California Legislature say they’re ready to take the gloves off and start aggressively attacking the longstanding “no new taxes” pledge that their Republican colleagues signed with American for Tax Reform, which threatens to shut down the deficit-plagued state government. Read more »