Politics Blog

Annemarie Conroy lands on her feet ... again

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You might remember local political cog Annemarie Conroy from such films as The Career Hack and How to Get Inexplicably Bigger Job Titles in San Francisco Without Real Credentials. After disappearing for a while, she's back. Joe Russoniello, U.S. Read more »

Where Rainbow Grocery $ really goes

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Happy Earth Day everyone! Here's a little present for you to print out and hang on your fridge.

GOOD Magazine put together a very handy guide to the big bad corporations that have co-opted the natural food companies you know and love. It's sad, folks. Some, like the Odwalla-Coca Cola connection aren't breaking news, but man, I didn't know Dagoba was in bed with Hershey. Read more »

Green dreams

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As we celebrate Earth Day in this era of all things green, it's worth contemplating whether our enviro-guilt has gotten the better of our skepticism and critical thinking. Is "Green=Good" our sole metric these days, making us susceptible to self-serving spin from our politicians and corporations? After all, our Governator seems to have gone from bad to good simply by donning verdant armor and signing a landmark global warming measure that he long fought and watered down. Read more »

Mercury Interactive CFO indicted

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In January of 2007, we brought you the story of a Silicone Valley company called Mercury Interactive, which was trying to bar media access to a detailed civil court complaint filed by shareholders against the company.

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Mercury Interactive for months has been waste deep in the stock options backdating scandal, defined in the simplest terms possible as a version of card counting in which c Read more »

VERY FUNNY oil spill video

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Okay, as afar as I can tell this is NOT a real interview, but an Australian TV skit. Still, it's a really, really funny commentary on an oil spill.

I'm back

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After an epic five-week trip to Bolivia and Peru, I'm back manning the news desk here at the Guardian and trying to catch up on what's happening. And it seems the biggest things that have changed in my absence are my perspective and energy levels. Read more »

Newsom's wind shifts Obamaward?

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This morning I attended the grand opening ceremony of the pretty incredible-looking Hotel Essex, an 84-unit rehab completed by Community Housing Partnership and Mercy Housing that now houses 84 formerly homeless people in their own apartments (complete with kitchenettes!), with on-site counselling, recovery, and job-training services available. Read more »

Leno on Newsom's budget cuts

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Assemblymember Mark Leno, who is challenging state Sen. Read more »

Take that, PG&E!

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And congratulations go out to San Joaquin Valley Power Authority, which has reached a settlement agreement with PG&E over how the utility company has been behaving itself with regards to Community Choice Aggregation (CCA.) Best part: PG&E has to pay. Read more »

Moth Bills, Moth Balls

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The Assembly Agriculture Committee passed two pieces of legislation today authored by Assemblymember John Laird (D-Santa Cruz) and related to the Light Brown Apple Moth controversy.

“We need to back up and walk through each outstanding issue in a science-based, clear way using neutral third party experts," said Laird, who has been dealing with the LBAM furor since last summer, and has one of the best website's in terms of tracking the progression of arguments and lawsuits related to the moth.

So, just what will Laird's leg Read more »