Politics Blog

Tune in to this week's Alternative Ink, Mission Playground soccer-pocalypse edition

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The Guardianistas are at it again. Sunday night on our news and music internet radio show, Alternative Ink, we gabbed about the viral news of the moment: the Mission Playground turf tussle.Read more »

THE GUARDIAN CLEAN SLATE 2014

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Welcome to the November 2014 edition of a decades-long Bay Guardian tradition: the Clean Slate.

The following is a result of many hours of endorsement interviews with candidates and ballot measure proponents and opponents, along with additional research to arrive at our picks, some involving difficult decisions.

For a full analysis of the candidates and propositions, head to our Endorsements 2014 guide

Print the following out and take it with you to the polls: 

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Mission Playground is not for sale! Rally against park privatization Thursday at City Hall

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By the San Francisco Latino Democratic Club

There are many things for sale in the beautiful city of San Francisco – often times with the goods going to the highest bidder. But what is certain in the community is that there are goods that are not for sale: Mission Playground being one of them. But this is all much bigger and much more nuanced than just Mission Playground.Read more »

Forum begins to bridge the housing-transportation divide

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Advocates for sustainable transportation and affordable housing in San Francisco — who have been pitted against each other in this election — discussed their differences and found some common ground for a post-election agenda during a community forum last night [Thu/9] hosted by the Bay Guardian and San Francisco Transit Riders Union.Read more »

UPDATED Dropbox employees drop money for Mission soccer field, kick out neighborhood kids

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Mission neighborhood tension has never been higher. The tech fueled boom has predominantly white and Asian newcomers butting heads with Latino neighbors who are long-time residents. 

The newest scuffle is over a small patch of green: Mission Playground's soccer field, located on Valencia between 19th and 20th streets.Read more »

Remembering Gary Webb, the fallen messenger resurrected on film

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I always enjoy seeing fellow journalists and their work celebrated in a Hollywood blockbuster such as Kill the Messenger, which opens tomorrow. It’s even more exciting when that journalist is someone that one knows and admires, as I did the film’s protagonist, the late Gary Webb, author of the explosive “Dark Alliance” series connecting the CIA to cocaine trafficking in the ‘80s and early ‘90s.Read more »

The battle for BART board

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The race for BART board of directors in the upcoming November election has been highly contested this year. As we previously reported, incumbent James Fang faces a challenge from investor and former solar company entrepreneur Nicholas Josefowitz, a Harvard graduate in his early 30s.Read more »

ACCJC dismissal rebuffed, City College goes to trial for its life in 18 days

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The courtroom saga between City College of San Francisco and its accreditors reached a new milestone yesterday [Wed/8] , as Superior Court Judge Curtis Karnow rejected the accreditors' motion to dimiss the City Attorney's Office's case against the decision to close the college, yet again. 

Like Charlie Brown's decades-long effort to kick the football from Lucy's hands, the accreditors keep trying to get the case dismissed and they keep failing.Read more »

CPUC head Michael Peevey is stepping down

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The head of the California Public Utilities Commission, Michael Peevey, has announced that he will step down once his term comes to an end in December.

As the scandal of inappropriate emails between high-ranking CPUC officials and Pacific Gas & Electric Co. executives continues to grow, more and more people have called for Peevey to be fired. Read more »

Strange bedfellows: Moderate Mark Farrell endorses progressive David Campos for Assembly

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Political moderate Supervisor Mark Farrell announced his endorsement of Supervisor David Campos for Assembly today. It's a real shocker, here's why. Read more »