Politics Blog

Migden: in for the long haul

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An update to my earlier post on Migden's court win yesterday:

I just got off the line with a source at the Eastern District courthouse. He told me the soonest Migden's case could be heard would be 6 weeks from now. That would be mid-May, only 2-3 weeks from the election. Any sooner than that, he said, would be "extremely unlikely." He wouldn't go on the record with a guess as to when it would be litigated, but from what I gathered, it could be as far down the road as three months from now. Read more »

More on Home Depot pulling up stakes

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As Tim Redmond blogged yesterday, Home Depot has notified the city that it will not be opening a store on Bayshore Blvd. – ten years after the land entitlement process began. Guardian intern Michael Leonard spoke with several people involved in the process:

Supervisor Sophie Maxwell, whose District 10 would have hosted the outlet expressed regret at the giant retailer’s decision, “People were certainly looking forward to the jobs and the convenience…and the sales tax dollars," Maxwell said. Read more »

Migden finally wins one ...

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Yesterday, after a bruising month and a potentially devastating weekend in which she failed to win the nomination of the California Democratic Party, incumbent State Senator Carole Migden finally saw something go her way - at least for now. Judge Edmund Brennan of the Eastern District Court for California in Sacramento ruled that she should be allowed access to over $600,000 in funds the state's campaign finance watchdog had barred her from spending.

Last month, Midgen sued the Fair Political Practices Commission to gain access to the cash. Read more »

Bye-bye, Buster’s

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Despite the clear need for a 24-hour drop-in center for homeless people to get off the streets and out of the elements, Buster’s Place was still put on the bloody budget block and closed its doors yesterday at 5 p.m.

For weeks, staff at Buster’s have been counseling the 150 to 200 people they see everyday on different places to go. Read more »

To China, with (tough) love.

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"If there is not alarm, if there is not protest, that too would be news, that would be San Francisco complicit," said Sup. Read more »

New Deal Feted

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By David Carini

The New Deal turned 75 yesterday, March 31st. About 150 people turned out to the Koret Auditorium in the main SF library to mark the occasion and to listen to a six-person panel discuss the series of landmark government initiatives. Read more »

Do you hear what I hear?

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Just an FYI for those of you who follow PG&E as rabidly as we try to. Their head honcho will be speaking to the moneyed masses of investors tomorrow. Tune in to the web cast at 10:10 tomorrow morning:

http://www.pgecorp.com/investors/investor_info/presentations/index.shtml

Home Depot, good riddance

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So Home Depot has pulled out of its plans to build a giant store on Bayshore Boulevard. Read more »

The parasitic blog

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Eric Alterman has a detailed assessment of the tie that binds newspapers and blogs in this week’s New Yorker. The Nation-blogger, prof and journo, known for his books on the media, democracy, and Bruce Springsteen, takes us back to the 192 Read more »

Gorilla escapes from San Francisco zoo

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According to a statement posted today, a gorilla has escaped from the San Francisco Zoo and officials have not yet located the animal. Read more »