Politics Blog

City College chancellor steps down; Christmas ruined for thousands

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How can the people of San Francisco make it through the holiday season without crying uncontrollably over the just-announced departure of San Francisco City College Chancellor Phil Day? Read more »

Tsk, Tsk...babies on the rise

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photo courtesy of Tony on flickr

The Washington Post reports today that the US fertility rate is back up to replacement level. Read more »

"Insurance is not care."

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If you want a little perspective on the Governor's health plan, take a minute and read this amazing story (thanks, Calitics) about a massive protest organized to get a desperately ill 17-year-old girl a liver transplant. The liver was available; the doctors were ready. Read more »

Bike ballot measure shelved

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The San Francisco Bicycle Coalition has abandoned plans for a June ballot measure that would approve some bicycle projects and bypass the court injunction that is blocking all bike system improvements until 2009 at the earliest. SFBC director Leah Shahum tells us the group had been working hard on the ballot measure, enjoying good political support and doing a poll that showed wide public support. "But it started to look uglier and uglier from a legal perspective," she said. Read more »

Everyone loves Kucinich

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Well, not everyone, but there's a fascinating bit of political polling intelligence here. The site, designed by Matt Waterman, allows you to select positions on key issues and then matches the positions of the various candidates to see who comes closest to your opinions.

It's no surprise that Dennis Kucinich was the winner when I did the survey; I knew I agrred with Kucinich on almost everything. Read more »

There goes the boat

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So the Coast Guard announced today that the Cosco Busan can leave San Francisco and head off to someplace where there will be no liens on it, no legal controls, and no way to assure that the city or people who have been harmed by the oil spill ever get any money.

Thanks to sfist for this sad tip.

See, I have been convinced from the start that the Read more »

And they say it can't be done

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A small town in Italy has been getting all of its energy from renewable sources for the last six years, and now generates three times more than it needs, netting them a half a million dollar rebate from the private company that owns the grid. Read more »

The candidates on nuclear power

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Insight, the Nuclear Energy Institute's monthly pro-nukes pamphleteer, did a survey of the presidential candidates positions on nuclear power. The only one that's explicitly against more nuclear power plants is John Edwards. Fred Thompson managed to answer the question without really answering the question. Read more »

High speed rail's collision course

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The California High Speed Rail Authority will convene tomorrow in Sacramento and could decide on the system's Bay Area track alignment, but Chairman Quentin Kopp tells the Guardian that they probably won't be able to make that crucial decision yet. Read more »

FOIA reform bill passes!

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After five years of effort, a group of ten media organizations called the Sunshine in Government Initiative has succeeded in getting Congress to pass a much-needed reform bill that addresses some of the worst problems with the Freedom of Information Act. It now goes to the president -- but since there are Republican co-sponsors and it passed pretty overwhelmingly, there's a chance he'll sign it.

Here's the official statement:

U.S. Read more »