Politics Blog

The wifi hoax

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By Tim Redmond

The mayor continues to push forward with his wifi plans, but check out this Mercury News piece on how Newsom-style programs aren't working out so well in other places.

Should Daly run for mayor?

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By Tim Redmond

Sup. Chris Daly, who unequivocally was not running for mayor a few weeks ago, is now actually talking about it again. The journalist in me says that’s a wonderful idea – raise some issues, stir up a fuss, force Newsom to face a real challenger in a real debate …. Makes for great stories.

The San Francisco progressive in me is a bit more nervous.

Daly’s not going to win, not without some sort of stunning event. Read more »

No parking

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By Steven T. Read more »

Free ice cream

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By Tim Redmond

Sasha at leftinsf has the right line on the mayor's sudden move to put a nonbinding wifi measure on the ballot: The guy never approved of nonbinding resolutions before (he's ignored Question Time), but now he wants one of his own. And it's going to be so simple: Free wifi for all. Who can be against that? (As long as you don't look at the details.)

Can Migden spend her money?

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By Tim Redmond

The Fair Political Practices Commission is investigating whether state Sen. Carole Migden violated campaign finance laws. Read more »

Spy on me, Alberto!

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Greatest career path, ever. Mental note: little flag pins.

By Marke B.

I love it. Really! Congress has just voted in a basic legal carte blanche for the Administration to spy on Americans' emails and phone convos without any court review. Read more »

Slowly derailing high speed rail

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By Steven T. Jones
Our political leaders in Sacramento apparently still can't muster the courage to create a high-speed rail system for California, which is perhaps the single most important public works project for addressing climate change and the hopelessly congested freeways and airports we'll otherwise see in coming decades. Read more »

Lennar, asbestos, ATSDR, El Dorado, BVHP

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By Sarah Phelan

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ATSDR's Region 9 office covers a lot of ground, including San Francisco's Hunters Point Shipyard.

Susan Muza works at the Region 9 office of the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry. Read more »

Wi-Fi on the ballot?

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By Tim Redmond

Here's a classic Gavin Newsom idea: Since he can't get the supervisors to sign off on a baldly flawed wi-fi plan (which the prime contractor may be ready to abandon anyway), there's talk that the mayor will simply put his wi-fi plan on the ballot.

That way Earthlink and Google (if they still want to do this thing) can put up a bunch of money, and newsom can use it to claim he's trying to get something done (a Read more »

Chicken vs. Wolf

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By Steven T. Jones
There's still one more week for candidates to get into the mayor's race -- and I wouldn't be at all surprised if more people jump in now that Matt Gonzalez has bowed out. Read more »