Politics Blog

Tolls going up at Golden Gate

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Officials at the Golden Gate Bridge are pondering a $7 toll. In early April, we brought you a story outlining why the bridge district was facing a $91 million long-term deficit. Read more »

Rising rents in San Francisco

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I've accomplished a difficult feat that may become impossible in coming years: I rented a room in a decent neighborhood in San Francisco for $550. It wasn't easy. Searching Craigslist, spamming my friends, and looking at about 20 apartments over the last couple weeks has been like having another part-time job. And my success story was only the result of finding a tiny room in a rent-controlled four-bedroom apartment where some good friends live. Read more »

Another peaker analysis

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Steven Moss, of SF Community Power, an organization that does energy efficiency work with small businesses, sent us an analysis showing we don’t need the peaker power plants.

Check it out. (It’s an Excel file.)

“This is all publicly available data,” Moss told us. “And all the data is right there. Read more »

Woolsey endorses Leno

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Just heard from Mark Leno that Lynn Woolsey, the popular Democratic Congressional Rep. from the North Bay, has endorsed him for state Senate. I suspect Woolsey, like many of us, has come to believe that, for better or for worse, this is a two-person race at this point between Leno and Joe Nation.

Hillary Clinton, CTD

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Among the most fascinating items in a day when the pundits declared the race over, no less than George McGovern told Clinton to drop out and Drudge reported that superdelegates don't want to meet with her: CNN says Dianne Feinstein, a superdelegate and Clinton loyalist, has been trying to reach the candidate for two days and Read more »

Oaklanders pissed about robberies

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Just got a call from the folks over at Uhuru Furniture & Collectibles in Oakland. They're involved with a press conference that will take place today at noon calling on the city of Oakland to deal with a spate of recent aggressive robberies on Grand Avenue. Uhuru endured a takeover robbery on Sunday that left eight customers and two employees short of $1,000 in cash. Silver Screen Video at 3850 Grand Ave. Read more »

How many San Franciscans are there?

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The U.S. Census Bureau estimates there were about 765,000 people living in San Francisco last year, down from about 777,000 in 2000. But a pro business non-profit group called Social Compact came out with a study a few months ago that claims our population is closer to 865,000 -- and that we're wealthier than official estimates because of our underground economy and other factors -- so Mayor Gavin Newsom has announced that he's challenging the Census figures to try to get us some more money. Read more »

Erin Brockovich hits Lennar in South Carolina

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Seems that Erin Brockovich is testing levels of methane and hazardous chemicals at a Lennar housing complex in South Carolina. The EPA previously tested the site and claimed all was well, but Brockovich is challenging those results. Read more »

Peaker Plan moving forward

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Early Monday morning about a hundred citizens gathered in front of City Hall to protest the construction of two natural gas-burning "peaker" power plants in the city -- one at the airport and one in the Bayview/Portero district. Representatives opposed to the plan, from a coalition of 20 different environmental and social justice organizations, articulated in so many ways that San Francisco should be moving toward green energy and away from fossil fuels. Read more »

Who's afraid of public nudity?

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George Davis, the naked former mayoral candidate , was arrested again -- on May Day, no less -- and has reached a scientific conclusion:

"From my field experience with public nudity, I can state that the only people who have emotional problems with public nudity are angry people, excessively authoritarian personalities, and fundamentalist religious nut cases."

Oh, and he thinks Pope John Paul II was a big fan of nudity.

You can read his entire letter after the jump.