Politics Blog

Ammiano gets no respect

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Supervisor Tom Ammiano has been all over the news recently and has a couple of major accomplishments, including a restaurant-nutrition requirement and legislation that sets standards for care in homeless shelters.

And yet he’s still getting a beating from the Chronicle, which seems to think that something as basic as asking chain restaurants like McDonalds to tell you h Read more »

Eviscerating the SF Weekly's legal arguments

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I had nothing to do with this, I swear. I don't even know who the "non partner track associate at Altweeklydeathwatch LLP" is. But there's a brilliant analysis of the Village Voice Media's grounds for appealing our court victory here.

The blog post goes through a recent SFW/VVM piece on the verdict and takes it apart, line by line. Read more »

Rally Against Pink Slips

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Hundreds of people-- teachers, administrators, school staff, parents, children, union members, state and city officials-- gathered in front of the State Building at McAllister and Van Ness, to demand job security for educators and to put education at the top of California's priority list.
Governor Schwarzenegger's 2008-09 budget proposes a $4.8 billion cut in state education funds. Read more »

Moth Flap Heightens

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More big news on the Light Brown Apple Moth front:

California Certified Organic Farmers, one of the nation’’s oldest and largest third-party organic certifying agencies, has revoked its support of aerial spraying of organically approved pheromones.

CCOF took this decision due to what its Board of Directors describe as “potential human health and environmental concerns.”

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Instead, CCOF will support diversified ground integrated pest management approaches toward LBAM and is urgin Read more »

Governors these days ....

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So Eliot Spitzer got nabbed hiring a $1,300-an-hour hooker from New York who met him in a DC hotel room.

That's a lot of money. Read more »

Progressive power play for the DCCC

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The word from the San Francisco Elections Office is that all hell has broken loose as the city's top progressive political leaders file to run for the Democratic County Central Committee in a bold and surprising move to seize control of the political body from moderates like Mayor Gavin Newsom, Rep. Nancy Pelosi, and U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein. Read more »

Has Newsom lost his mind?

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It's one thing for Mayor Gavin Newsom to bash the Board of Supervisors, something we're likely to see a lot of this year as he angles to get a few more allies on the board this fall. But it's quite another thing for the city's top elected leader to urge his business community buddies to sue the city, which is just downright irresponsible and could even be considered official misconduct. Read more »

Moth Protest Rally and Hearing

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Opposition to the aerial spraying of Light Brown Apple Moth pheromones continues to grow.

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Hard on the heels of a report that claims the moth threat has been overstated comes the news that Sen. Read more »

Got moths? Read Dr. Harder's debunking report

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Dr Daniel Harder, one of the authors of the report into integrated pest management practices in New Zealand, told me that he was motivated to go to New Zealand to carry out research on the Light Brown Apple Moth, because he is the executive director of UC Santa Cruzs arboretum, which has over 10,000 species in its plant collections that are from New Zealand and Australia, and therefore wants to protect these collections.

"We have a long standing relationship with people in those countries and so we called t Read more »

Is the Moth Menace overstated?

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Last week, during my research into this week's Light Brown Apple Moth story, a couple of sources spoke off the record about research that they intimated will prove that the LBAM risk is overstated. Read more »