Politics Blog

The Chron discovers what's wrong with SF

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It's taken long enough, but the San Francisco Chronicle has finally figured out the biggest story in town, a story that's been the single most important part of the city's political and social landscape for more than a decade: Housing prices are ">driving the middle class out of town.

There's lots of handwringing and comments from people like Roberta Achtenberg:

"It's not very healthy for the city's social fabric or the city's economy," said Roberta Achtenberg, an economic de Read more »

Is Newsom's Baby Savings Bond for Suckers?

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When Newsom introduced plans during his January 2008 inauguration speech to deposit $500 for every baby born in San Francisco, I was left wondering how many people who give birth in San Francisco today will manage to keep that child housed, clothed and fed in the City for the next 18 years, which is just one of the requirements for those hoping to eventually cash in on Newsom's proposed Baby Bond.

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The June Sucker in the indicator species for the health of the Read more »

OK, maybe it's more like 5:1.

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Just got off the phone with SEIU 1020's RObert Haaland, who apologized for misreading the data, which we have now posted online, so all you budget wonks can go nuts and help us ordinary morals understand the City's hiring trends over the past decade.

Haaland now believes Newsom's manager to worker hiring ratio is more like 5:1, not 10:1, as previously blogged.

As Haaland told me, Controller Ben Rosenfeld just clarified that it's impor Read more »

What's in the air?

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I realize that the fires burning around the Bay have put a lot of wood smoke in the air, but when I walked outside this morning, I was hit with what seemed like a strong chemical smell. I thought it might just be something local, but it was the same at home in Bernal Heights and outside the Guardian Building in Potrero Hill.

I know the smell of woodsmoke. This was more like dry-cleaning fluid. Am I the only one who noticed it?

Newsom’s manager to worker hiring ratio? 10:1.

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Does Newsom show more love to managers than workers?
photos and text by Sarah Phelan

SEIU Local 1021’s Robert Haaland says the City has a pattern of hiring way more managers than front line workers over the last decade.

“Over the last ten years, the City has hired managers to front line workers at a rate of ten to one, “says Robert Haaland, SEIU Local 1021’s political coordinator. “That means 1,000 managers to 100 front line workers. Read more »

No food for you

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Jan Lundberg, who just resigned from San Francisco's Peak Oil Task Force, has written a great essay on the end of cheap food and what it means for the cities.

Hustlers and peace treaties: This week's cover

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“It’s something bout a block boy that push that line, ride for the peace treaty and hustle at the same time, looking out for my brah brahs cause life’s too short, especially when the suckas telling and got homies in court.”

-JT the Bigga Figga on the Fillmore neighborhood

For this week’s cover story on the Ella Hill Hutch Community Center, the Guardian did a few things we thought might strengthen the reporting for the piece. We read hundreds of pages of law-enforcement records filed by the city attorney in last year’s gang injunction cases. Read more »

City sues ExxonMobil

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440 Jefferson St. to Exxon: "Clean me!"

Man...city attorney Dennis Herrera is on a roll these days. Gay marriage out of the way, he’s now moved on to the largest corporation in the world. Hot.

The city is suing ExxonMobil for its “defiant refusal to address environmental damage caused by decades of disposal and release of hazardous petroleum products on property owned by the Port of San Francisco in the City's Fisherman's Wharf area,” according to a press release. Read more »

Moth Spray stopped! Sterile moths, instead, in urban areas

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Visceral images, like the one posted above, helped build public awareness of and opposition to the aerial spraying of synthetic moth pheromones over urban areas like San Francisco. Read more »