Politics Blog

The big housing lie

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By Tim Redmond

This is big news.

Marc Salomon, a local activist, has done something that the City Planning Department should have done years ago: He's carefully tracked who's moving into new housing in San Francisco, using voter registration data. His conclusion: Fully two-thirds of the people moving into the new market-rate units are from out of town. That is, the vast majoirty of the new housing the city is allowing developers to build does nothing for the San Francisco renters who want to buy homes, the familes who are being driven out of town .... Read more »

Rudy G's MySpace profile is set on private

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By Sarah Phelan

By now, everyone knows that all the presidential candidates have posted their profiles at MySpace (Current most popular: Barack Obama with 75754 friends. Poor Hillary: 3355 friends -- Ed.)

But did you know that Rudy Giuliani’s MySpace profile is set to private—meaning you have to be one of his “friends” before you can read all about him. Read more »

Alice Club endorsement -- no debate?

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By Tim Redmond

The Alice B. Toklas LGBT Democratic Club may wind up endorsing Mark Leno for state Senate next month without even hearing from his opponent, Carole Migden.

The club voted March 12 to go ahead and suspend the normal rules to allow an early endorsement of Leno, who is challenging Migden for state Senate. Frankly, it's not a big surprise -- everyone knew that Alice would wind up backing Leno. That club is very much his political base. Read more »

Jerry Brown loses his records

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By Tim Redmond

The CoCo Times has this beauty of a report on the missing records from the mayoral administration of Jerry Brown. This kind of crap has been commonplace in San Francisco -- exiting officials grab anything that might be negative or incriminating and flee with it -- but I didn't expect that from Jerry, who is not the state's attorney general. Bad news.

Public power football

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By Tim Redmond

The City of Santa Clara has a lot that the San Francisco 49ers find attractive: A nice site for a stadium, a local fan base -- and, it turns out, $200 million in cash. That money, which the team has its eyes on, is sitting in the bank -- it's the surplus from the city's municipal electric utility. Read more »

Newsom's latest hypocrisy

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By Tim Redmond

Gavin Newsom has a slick new website, which his campaign team has decided to call actlocallysf.org, I guess to give the impression that it's more than flackery for the mayor. Read more »

No Oil War at Chevron's Front Door

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Intern Sam Devine reports from Monday morning's Chevron protest

At approximately 6:30 a.m. on March 19, 2007, the fourth anniversary of the Iraq War, nine activists locked themselves in a human chain across the main entrance to Chevron-Texaco’s corporate headquarters. They tied ropes and carabineers to their wrists. The carabineers where then attached to metal rods concealed inside empty oil drums and large red pipes, both covered with slogans. By 8:30, five more people had willingly joined the chain. Read more »

Let the niners go?

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Glenn Dickey has an interesting hit on the 49ers stadium problem: The hell with it, he says; let 'em go.

I still like the idea of a San Francisco football team, but then, I also like Candlestick Park, and I always have. I even liked it when the Giants played there. But I have to say, Dickey's got the economics right. He's horribly harsh about the neighborhood ("There's nothing at Candlestick Park; Hunters Point ... Read more »

Everyone's against the war ...

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By Tim Redmond

... Even Donald Trump . He says Bush is a liar, the war is a disaster and the U.S. should immediately withdraw. He's ahead of Nancy Pelosi!

G.W.: You're fired

Where are the protesters?

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By Tim Redmond

That's the question ABC news is asking It's always annoying when this sort of stuff comes from the mainstream media, which always tend to downplay the size of protests. Read more »