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California's tough regs reputation undeserved

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Big business loves complaining about California’s famously “tough” regulations. But if they exist mostly on paper and there’s no one around to enforce them, than what the hell is big business whining about?

The state legislature gets the best of both worlds as a result. Read more »

When zombies attack politicians

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Last night's mayoral debate wasn't terribly exciting, at least until the zombies attacked attendees as they left. Read more »

SFist thinks we're commies

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So the folks at SFist have decided that we're all commies over here because we think it's okay to tax the rich and provide services for the homeless.

I thought we were all too intelligent in these circles to resort to stupid quips about the "proletariat," and I've posted a response on SFist. But since I've had to have this fight since I was an economics major at Wesleyan way back in the dark ages, I have to make a point here:

The Soviet Union as we knew it in the post-War era was not built by Karl Marx. Read more »

Pro-car crowd draws first blood; breaks deal with Peskin

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Photo of Don Fisher by Luke Thomas, www.fogcityjournal.com, used with permission
Gap founder Don Fisher and other proponents of Prop. Read more »

Zombie Alert!!!

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Photo from www.cecilbfeeder.com
Beware, citizens, we've received word of an impending zombie attack in San Francisco. Our sources in the zombie world say they are likely to be gathered around 7:30 p.m. outside the main library, just as the crowd is leaving today's mayoral debate, apparently drawn to that spot by the large quantities of fresh brains inside. Read more »

Tom's of Colgate-Palmolive?

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In some ways, I feel totally cheated by this. I had no idea Tom's of Maine sold the farm to Colgate. I've been brushing my teeth with their toothpaste for years, I've been to their headquarters in Kennebunkport (which is a bonanza of free/cheap products), and I frickin' love their gingermint flavor. Love it. Read more »

Newsom and the chickens

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The chickens were back last night, come home to roost in front of Dede Wilsey's (the swell's chicken-in-chief) house, where she helped Mayor Gavin Newsom by hosting a fundraiser to stop Question Time from becoming enforceable law through Prop. E. Read more »

Homeless = without a home

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This morning on Forum Michael Krasny hosted Jennifer Friedenbach from the Coalition on Homelessness and CW Nevius, columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle, discussing the homeless sweeps in SoMa and the vitriol stirred up by the Chron's coverage of life on the streets by pointing at the shit, the needles, the trash, the insanity.

Near the end of the piece, Nevius says Read more »

Another housing plan

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Randy Shaw checks in today with another housing action plan for the city. I'm getting a real sense of urgency on this, all over town, a feeling that San Francisco needs some sort of comprehensive housing legislation. I still like a prop. Read more »

Let's Hear from Newsom on Lennar

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Wade Crowfoot of the Mayor's Office looks on as School Board member Eric Mar hands him the school board's unanimous resolution asking for a temporary shutdown of Lennar's site until health testing can be done. Crowfoot promised to "pass the message along" to Mayor Gavin Newsom...

Sup. Read more »