Politics Blog

PG&E offers Newsom a blank check

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Gavin Newsom is a mayor who hates to make the tough decisions, and the proposal for three new power plants in Southeast San Francisco is his worst nightmare.

Newsom's own Public Utilities Commission is pushing the plan, and he's backed it in the past. Read more »

Two former mayors help Mirkarimi launch campaign

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As I predicted, Friday’s campaign kickoff event for Sup. Ross Mirkarimi wasn’t simply about whether he’ll be reelected to the Board of Supervisors. Read more »

Three missing letters in the Chron's peaker editorial

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The San Francisco Chronicle came out today against the plan to build three combustion turbines, known as "peaker" plans, at the foot of Potrero Hill.

But while the editorial quoted both sides in what I agree is a complicated issue, the editors ignored one of the most alient points: The campaign agains the peakers is being funded largely by the Pacific Gas and Electric Company.

Three missing letters, people: PG&E.

PG&E is underwriting the Read more »

State Senate update: The newspaper endorsements

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Carole Migden got the Bay Area Reporter, which is a significant achievement since the B.A.R. Read more »

Joe Nation, the landlord's man

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The Marin Organizing Committee held a rally May 8th in San Rafael that attracted all three state Senate candidates to discuss issues of social welfare in the county. More than 600 people showed up, and by Marin standards, that’s a huge crowd.

Among the top issues: Prop. Read more »

Whining at the Weekly

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My old pal Andy Van De Voorde is back. Read more »

McCain's next preacher problem

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Okay, John McCain has yet another problem with his connections to crazy bigoted preachers. Read more »

Guardian poised for legal victory

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Judge Marla Miller appeared poised May 9th to finalize a $15.6 million award to the Bay Guardian and to issue an injunction barring SF Weekly from continuing to sell ads below cost.

In a post-trial hearing on the Guardian’s lawsuit against the Weekly and its chain parent, Miller said she was inclined to rule that some, but not all of the damages a jury awarded to the Guardian in March should be trebled. Read more »

More than just Mirkarimi's kickoff

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Image from sfgreenparty.org

Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi kicks off his campaign for reelection this evening at Yoshi's Jazz Club in the heart of the Fillmore. Read more »

The new San Francisco Planning Commission

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By Marc Salomon
Sweet turnabout at the Planning Commission last evening. Read more »