Politics Blog

Clean Energy -- tomorrow!

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The Board of Supervisors Rules Committee will hold a hearing tomorrow (Friday) to discuss the new clean-energy charter amendment. It’s a long-overdue measure that would give San Francisco control of its own energy future and set aggressive mandates for sifting to renewable resources for electricity.

The measure is sponsored by Supervisors Ross Mirkarimi and Aaron Peskin, and includes the following:

1. A mandate that 51% of the city’s electricity is generated from renewable resources by 2017, 75% by 2030, and 100% by 2040. Read more »

Weekly paper dies in Cleveland

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Curious deal creates alternative weekly monopoly

By Tim Redmond
I’m a little late on this, but it’s taken me a while to figure out the back story.

The parent company of the SF Weekly, which a few months ago sold off the East Bay Express, is shedding another money-losing paper -- in the process, ending alternative weekly competition in Cleveland.

Village Voice Media will sell the Cleveland Scene to Times Shamrock, a chain that owns five other alternative weeklies. Read more »

Towards Carfree Cities: Wrapup

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Bay Guardian City Editor Steven T. Read more »

Towards Carfree Cities: Treasure Island as case study

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Could Treasure Island go carfree? Read more »

The SF Democratic Party's future

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Lots of talk and some interesting action at the Harvey Milk LGBT Club meeting last night. Marc Salomon, Robert Haaland and I gave a presentation on the meaning of the June election, and what November’s going to be about, and I passed along my thoughts about the tremendous potential for a broad progressive coalition this fall.

But mostly, the discussion involved the Democratic County Central Committee.

See, in June, thanks to a well-organized slate effort, the progressives won enough seats to hold something close to a working majority on the DCCC. Read more »

The problem with city planning

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I'm always intrigued when civic-improvement types talk about the problems with city planning in San Francisco -- and harp on the fact that it takes too long to get anything done and that the same old naysayers are too powerful. The latest is a piece by David Prowler, former planning commissioner, that appeared on BeyondChron.

Among the Prowlerisms:

Forget about consensus. Read more »

PG&E lobbying doubletime

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image courtesy of www.opensecrets.org

PG&E spent almost $2 million on lobbying during the first quarter of 2008, according to an Associated Press report today. Last year they spent just under $4 million, which means they're pacing to spend double that this year. Read more »

The punishment of baby jesus

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Brock at sfist jokes that the San Bruno fire must be "baby Jesus totally punishing us for legalizing queer marriage."

I've been thinking about this whole punishment thing. Read more »

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 »