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More Newsom changes

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City Hall sources tell us that Mayor Gavin Newsom has named Controller Ed Harrington as the new director of the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission, his former budget director Ben Rosenfield as the new controller, and close confidante Mike Farrah at head of the Office of Neighborhood Services, although Newsom's spokespersons have not yet confirmed the news. Read more »

Newsom taps law-and-order Republican

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Mayor Gavin Newsom's decision to hire former U.S. Attorney Kevin Ryan to head the Mayor's Office of Criminal Justice speaks volumes about his administration's philosophy and priorities. Read more »

Obama, hope .. and fighting

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Everybody loves Barack Obama today. That's good; he's generating tremendous hope and energy in the Democratic Party, he's got young people excited about politics, he's given Hillary Clinton a wallop ... and of course, of course, this country could do way worse than President Barack Obama.

His speech last night in Iowa was inspirational, full of the sort of stirring rhetoric that makes you want to drop everything and go to New Hampshire to knock on doors.

But I'm still a little nervous. Read more »

Nuclear fuel casks, safe and sturdy?

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This is in response to a comment from a reader assuring us of the safety of nuclear fuel casks. Sorry the video is a little soft and fuzzy, but you'll get the drift. Read more »

An Obama stunner

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Actually, not such a stunner -- we all knew Obama had a hell of a political team in Iowa and was swimming in momentum. But this is a big deal -- a state that's about 90 percent white voted for a black candidate. A voice for change (that's how he sells himself, anyway) won by ten points, suggesting that people in the nation's heartland are impatient with the state of American politics. Read more »

And they're off

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Early results from the Iowa caucus -- the first presidential poll that counts -- show a tight pack, with Edwards leading, trailed closely by Clinton and Obama. It's virtually a three-way tie and it could stay that way because nobody else really has any votes, so the Iowa provision of voters whose candidates get less than 15 percent of the vote getting to revote won't matter much.
BTW, local Obama supporters are gathering in a few minutes over at Tosca in North Beach, so head on over if he's your guy and you're looking for kindred spirits.

Yucca Mt. bitch deadline: Jan. 10

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Known as Snake Mountain to the Shoshone, the Dept. of Energy wants to choke it with nuclear waste

Sharpen your pencils, folks. Only one week left to tell the government what you think about the plan to bury 70,000 metric tons of radioactive waste in a leaky tunnel in the middle of a sacred mountain in Nevada. Read more »

Unhealthy San Francisco

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San Francisco city lawyers head back to court in the morning, trying to persuade the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals to set aside last week's court ruling that the city can't require employers to help pay for Healthy San Francisco. It's disgraceful that the Golden Gate Restaurant Association challenged the employer mandate on this innovative plan to provide universal access to health care, the product of a compromise between Sup. Read more »

Who should run for Lantos' seat?

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Newsom, Leno, Kopp -- it's a wide open field

The current field may not be thrilling, but potentially there are so many good choices.

Remember: Under the Constitution, you don't actually have Read more »

After Tom Lantos: The scramble

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Lantos, Speier, Yee: The mad rush is on

I'm sorry to hear that Rep. Tom Lantos has cancer, and I wish him well. Read more »