Politics Blog

Don't Trash California

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By Sarah Phelan

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Slow is how I was feeling in all this heat, as I drove towards the Bay Bridge, direction San Francisco, and maybe it was because I was driving slowly, too, that I saw the huge illuminated "Don't Trash California" sign that's been newly installed on the approach to the toll gates.
Brought to us by Toll Roads, an Orange County and SoCal-based organization that has partnered with Caltrans, the sign is obviously intended to stop people trashing our state (at Read more »

BVHP referendum remains in legal limbo

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By Sarah Phelan
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This map shows just how huge the redevelopment project ( the yellow area) in Bayview Hunters Point has grown.

San Francisco Superior Court Judge Patrick Mahoney heard arguments in the Bayview Hunters Point redevelopment referendum case—then told both sides to file briefs more focused on the narrower question: namely, which documents should signature gatherers have attached to their petitions last summer, as they tried to put the Redevelopment Agency’s plan for Bayview Read more »

We've got the right wing agitated

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By Tim Redmond

I just thought I was asking a presidential candidate an obvious question, but my query to John Edwards about taxes -- and his hardly radical answer -- has gotten the conservatives all in a wad.

The San Diego Union even devoted an entire editorial to denouncing Edwards. My friends at San Diego City Beat asked me to respond; you can see my comments Read more »

How Weird, how wonderful, how sad

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By Steven T. Jones
San Franciscans threw an epic dance party on the streets of SOMA yesterday, one that was unfortunately cut down in its prime by official San Francisco. The How Weird Street Faire drew about 10,000 costumed fun-seekers to bop to some of the city's best DJs and soak in the warm sunshine. Read more »

Police commission politics

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By Tim Redmond

Theresa Sparks, a transgender activist who was honored as Woman of the Year by the state Assembly, called today to tell me she's going to run for president of the Police Commission, challenging former City Attorney Louise Renne, who currently holds the job and shows no signs of w Read more »

David Arquette and the Republican's trippy Reagan fetish

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By Sarah Phelan
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When I saw David Arquette’s The Tripper at the Santa Cruz Film Festival, I was a tad grossed out.
The screening, which follows the classic Slasher Movie format, occurred three days after the Virginia Tech massacre, and I wasn’t in the mood for carnage. Read more »

Fox news can't handle penises

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By Tim Redmond

Or even a coupla pretty tame crotch shots. Check out the anchor having a laughing fit.

Exposing the Big Con

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By Steven T. Jones
As the Republican presidential candidates debate one another tonight (Thursday), they're all likely to try to position themselves as "Reagan conservatives," as distinguished from the corrupt and incompetent conservatism of George W. Bush. Read more »

This morning my Muni driver told me to get a car

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By Paula Connelly

When I saw that it was rainy this morning at 8:00AM I decided to take the 48 Quintara line bus rather than walk, as I usually do. After waiting just shy of an hour for the bus, two arrived at the same time and half way through the ride the less crowded one reached a spontaneous end-of-the-line. When my bus driver told me that I should run if I want to catch the first bus, I explained why that was bothersome. She told me, "Get a car." Et tu, bus driver?? I have been a city girl my whole life, never had a car, and don't plan on getting one. Read more »

Challengers to Newsom

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Steven T. Jones
There's been much fretting among Mayor Gavin Newsom's critics that no serious candidate has yet stepped forward to challenge him. But that's not to nobody is challenging him. In fact, according the Elections Department, a baker's dozen of San Franciscans have filed for a potential run (the list won't be finalized until August). They are Cesar Ascarrunz, Rodney Hauge, Lonnie Holmes, Kenneth Kahn, Grasshopper Kaplan, Robert McCullough, Matthew Mengarelli, David Merlin, Antonio Mims, Malinka Moye, Robert Myers, Frederick Renz, and Ahimsa Porter Sumchai. Read more »