Politics Blog

Huffman clarifies on CCA

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I just spoke with Assemblymember Jared Huffman, who was concerned about my post the other day suggesting he’d be up for changing the rules for Community Choice Aggregation. Read more »

Historic day

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Today's various May Day celebrations and demonstrations in San Francisco are unique. Never before have we seen the labor, immigrant rights, youth, and anti-war movements joined so closely and seamlessly into a coalition that is demanding a fundamental shift in U.S. foreign and economic policies. The messages from the podiums in Civic Center, Dolores Park, Justin Herman Plaza, and the ILWU Hall sounded surprisingly similar and unifying themes, making common cause of their struggles for a more just world that empowers all people, regardless of the artificial borders that separate them. Read more »

Leno's next move

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Mark Leno called today to thank us for endorsing him. Read more »

CA's horrible net metering law

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Up until now, net metering has been a sort of mythical to me. I understand how it works – you put up solar panels or wind generators and the utility company rebates you for the power you make – to an extent. You can’t be paid for any extra power you generate. I get that, but I’d never actually seen what it looks like. Read more »

Happy May Day!

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May Day is the most peculiar of the American non-holiday holidays. Throughout Europe, South America, and much of the world, it is known as International Workers Day, a day celebrating labor solidarity that marks the 1886 Haymarket massacre in Chicago. Ironically, it never really caught on in the U.S., with our fears of all things even a bit Red. Read more »

Finally a fix for Fell-Masonic

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I and other bicyclists and pedestrians have long been urging the city to do something about the dangerous intersection of Fell and Masonic, and that pressure yesterday yielded a small but signi Read more »

Migden-Leno: Did we get it right?

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We took the State Senate District 3 endorsement seriously, and agonized over it for weeks. What do you think -- did we get it right?

We've been greenwashed!

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Ha! I love this. Somebody over at Venables Bell, PG&E's big greenwashing firm, isn't paying attention at all. What a gaffe. And last year the corporation paid them $5,678,182 from a $6,855,643 ad budget. Five million bucks and you run ads in the Bay Guardian? Whoops. I hope we're charging top dollar.

Weigh in on the peakers

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The city’s proposal to build two fossil-fuel burning “peaking” power plants on our precious peninsula (one in Portrero/Bayview, the other at the airport) has become a hot topic.

On one side we have Supervisors Michela Alioto-Pier, Chris Daly, and Ross Mirkarimi, allied with PG&E and a host of environmental groups and activists like the Sierra Club, GreenAction, SPUR, and Van Jones, who think building any fossil fuel plants – even if they burn the cleanest fuel available – is a bad idea. Read more »

Dede Wilsey is an idiot

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And you wonder why Phil Bronstein, whose blog is quite pathetic, even pays attention to her. But Phil is always down with the swells, and now he is promoting Dede's plan to repeal district elections.

Let me remind you, Phil, since you haven't been covering City Hall in a long time, that the district-elected supervisors are far, far better, despite their occasional foibles, than any previous board in the 25 years I've been watching. Read more »