Politics Blog

Choicers snake lifers in SF

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I just had to chuckle at the phone message I got from a representative of this weekend's fourth annual Walk for Life, complaining that the Bay Area Coalition on Reproductive Rights had pulled city permits to gather in Justin Herman Plaza before the anti-abortion folks could secure their usual gathering spot. The pro-lifers now plan to gather on the nearby grassy knoll. Tee-hee. Read more »

Daly's affordable housing power play

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Sup. Chris Daly appears to be coming up just short in a power play to force affordability standards on the 10,000 housing units that Mayor Gavin Newsom, Lennar Corp., and other top power brokers are trying to build through a June ballot measure. Read more »

Coming of Age in Iraq/Iran

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The author's son, munching on the contents of a care package sent to troops in Iraq.

Today, my son turns 21 in Iraq, where he is serving in the US Army. Happy 21st Birthday, son!

And, in an odd case of history repeating itself, I’m reminded that, three decades ago, I turned 21 across the border from Iraq, in Iran. Read more »

A deal on UC Extension?

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Well, it looks as if Sup. Ross Mirkarimi and state Sen. Carole Migden have managed to squeeze some real concessions out of the developers of the old UC Extension site. This is still preliminary, and the details are not confirmed, but I'm told that the percentage of affordable housing could be increased from 16 percent to more than 35 percent, a total of 80 more affordable units.

There are still issues here and the players haven't all agreed, but this is progress.

Iran and Vietnam

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Why does this remind me, eerily, of the Gulf of Tonkin incident?

Jew resigns; Newsom cagey about replacement

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Sup. Ed Jew, shown here at a previous court appearance, has been under pressure to resign since last May. Read more »

Internal investigation of City College complete

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Remember those stories from Lance Williams at the Chronicle that surfaced awhile back about City College of San Francisco improperly diverting public funds to a campaign committee? The school's Board of Trustees promptly called for an internal probe, and all 232 pages of it are now publicly available. Read more »

Hugues de la Plaza's autopsy unveiled

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San Francisco's Medical Examiner is refusing to rule the gruesome June 2 death of French national Hugues de la Plaza a homicide, releasing an autopsy only recently after the man's friends and family waited six months for its conclusion.

There's no doubt de la Plaza's life ended due to multiple stab wounds, but the December report describes the manner of his death, i.e. Read more »

Challenging Newsom's power grabs

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In the wake of Mayor Gavin Newsom's meddling with the leadership of the supposedly independent San Francisco Public Utilities Commission and San Francisco Metropolitan Transportation Agency Board of Directors, activists and members of the B Read more »

Newsom's gambit

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Gavin Newsom, flanked by his sister, Hillary Newsom Callan, her two young daughters and his fiancee, Jennifer Siebel, prepares to be sworn in for a second term as Mayor of San Francisco by his father, retired Judge William Newsom.

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Promises, promises. Read more »