By Steven T. Jones
Mayor Gavin Newsom may be content with a "back to basics budget" that focuses on clearing the streets of trash, potholes, and poor people, but progressives are preparing to push for a more forward-thinking plan that addresses low-income housing and other long-term needs. Read more »
Cannot get enough of the Sunset Beacon!
In a recent "Update on District Affairs" column for the neighborhood paper, Jew writes about why he and Sups. Michela Alioto Pier, Sean Elsbernd and Geraldo Sandoval, opposed Sup. Read more »
Everyone knows Ed Jew has a flower shop in Chinatown--the FBI raided it in May--but did you know that he stopped tree plantings in the Sunset District, which may or may not be where the District 4 supervisor lives? Guardian photo of Ed Jew by Charles Russo
Ed Jew got back from China on Sunday, and while he is recovering from jet lag, word is spreading of a June column he wrote in the Sunset Beacon, in which he claims his family "now" liv Read more »
No, we didn't walk away with a candidate for mayor, and yes, that was disappointing to a lot of us. I actually thought for a brief moment that the chants of "Run Ross Run" as Sup. Mirkarimi took the stage late in the day would make a difference, that he would realize he has a constituency and that running for mayor would be a good move for him politically, but that didn't happen. Read more »
Late this afternoon, I'm hearing rumblings that Ross Mirkarimi is, indeed, reconsidering his options and might possibly be considering a mayor run, after all. Maybe he'll show up at the convention tomorrow and announce. I'm only talking rumors here; I can't reach Mirkarimi himself, and he has come pretty close to ruling himself out in the past few weeks. Read more »
I had high hopes that Chris Daly's progressive convention would force one of the reluctant candidates (Matt Gonzalez, Ross Mirkarimi, Aaron Peskin) to come forward an announce a campaign for mayor, but that doesn't seem to be happening. And now, according to BeyondChron, Daly is saying the convention may close with nobody formally seeking or getting the nod.
Which is fine -- and right now, is probably the best outcome. Read more »
I like to check news outlets on Fridays, because that's when further installments in the Bush Scandals tend to hit.
This Friday's installment is the resignation of Tim Griffin, the ex-aide to Rove who was shoehorned into the US Attorney's Office, following the firing of Bud Cummins. Today, Griffin says he's leaving his position as interim U.S. Read more »
The new owners of the East Bay Express are settling into their offices -- and already, the current and former ownership has become something of an issue. The Berkelely Daily Planet last week quoted Express editor Steve Buel -- who ran the paper when it was owned by Village Voice Media (formerly New Times) and is now part of the independent ownership group -- saying some rather unkind things about his former bosses: