Politics Blog

Towards Carfree: Depaving Day

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Steven T. Jones reports from the Towards Carfree Cities conference.
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San Francisco architect David Baker depaves.

Depaving Day opened the Towards Carfree Cities conference here in Portland yesterday. One might call it a soft opening, given today’s kickoff speakers, if not for the hard work involved. Read more »

Calling geeks about the White House emails

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Dear Geeks,

Never mind about the pressing matter of whether the White House should be required to turn over records about a stash of possibly missing e-mails. Read more »

Towards Carfree: Aboard a Portland-bound train

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Steve Jones reports from the Towards Carfree Cities conference.

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Our crew includes (from left) Jon Winston, Nancy Bodkin, Jason Henderson, and Brian Smith.

“We’ve got a runner,” the train conductor said over the PA system as we pulled out of Eugene, Oregon for the final leg of our overnight train from Oakland to Portland. Someone seeking good coffee had missed the train and was fruitlessly trying to catch up to us. Read more »

From dongs to ding-dong-dings

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OK, so this is it. This is the day I'm finally equal. No longer a "second class citizen" -- in California at least, the third biggest state with the largest population in the good ol' US of Gay. Today at 5pm, two precious octagenarian lesbians will legally tie the knot at San Francisco City Hall, and tomorrow I'll have access to the last state right denied to me on the basis of which side I butter my queer toast. Weird.

Will I suddenly walk taller? Will my shoulders expand and my chest inflate? Read more »

Lennar files for bankruptcy at Mare Island

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Just as folks in San Francisco are beginning to wonder if Lennar is planning to mothball the Hunters Point Shipyard in face of a $25 million funding gap (reportedly related to lowered land prices), comes word that folks in Vallejo are beginning to wonder what Lennar Mare Island’s June 8 bankruptcy will me Read more »

Oh, no -- not BUDWEISER!

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Egads! The company that makes my favorite beer may be taken over by a Belgian brewer!

And sales are down 1.4 percent this year!

I'm sorry, Mr. Read more »

What is carfree?

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Carfree – it’s a word that is not part of the American lexicon. Even breaking the word apart – car free – won’t much help the average automobile-dependent U.S. resident intuit its meaning. Read more »

Dufty to run for mayor?

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Stephen Seewer, the LGBT chair of the Commonwealth Club, called to tip me off to a big story that the media missed: Sup. Bevan Dufty announced on Monday at the Commonwealth Club that he's running for mayor of San Francisco! Read more »

Is Lennar mothballing Hunters Point Shipyard?

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The question may seem strange to voters who just gave Lennar the green light to redevelop the Shipyard and Candlestick Point by voting Yes on Proposition G. Read more »

Dead men walking to cost shit-tons more

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It’s one of California’s oldest prisons still in operation if not the oldest. The San Quentin State Prison was first built in July of 1852 at Point Quentin in Marin County just north of here on more than 400 pristine acres of Northern California land.

It’s history is illustrious. Johnny Cash performed a live concert there in 1969, you might have heard. Metallica shot the video for “St. Read more »