Politics Blog

Look inward, Mr. Nevius

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The attack by a homeless person on a 26-year-old German exchange student was horrific by any standard. A violent act by a possibly deranged person now charged with attempted rape shouldn't be seen as any sort of reflection on homelessness in San Francisco; it was just awful.

But when C. W. Nevius starts talking about too many homeless people appearing in the Sunset, he needs to start a bit of self-reflection. Read more »

The Alcatraz Conversion Experience...

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....is one helluva trippy trip, one of those moments that makes me truly thankful to be covering politics in San Francisco.

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It's not just the bejeweled image of a converted Alcatraz by night, or the the image of a white-domed daytime Alcatraz 'Peace Center" Island that got me tripping.

No, to get the full impact of the trippy conversion experience, scroll down the Global Peace Foundation's website to their YouTube vide Read more »

Protecting air quality, by car only

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Now this is truly outrageous: a local blog called Bikescape has unearthed a Bay Area Air Quality Management District memo banning employees from using bicycles while carrying out their duties of promoting clean air. The memo states, "While biking to work is an option that the District supports, employees are not to ride their bikes in the course of their work duties. Read more »

GOP initiative backer says gays are "loony"

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A Republican initiative that would split California's electoral vote and almost certainly give the White House to the GOP is still alive, according to the Brad Blog, which has a remarkable interview with one of the measure's chief backers.

Anthony F. Andrade Jr. told the blog's Brad Freidman that the measure could still make the June ballot. Read more »

Young people and their ideas for SF

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Everyone gets all misty about kids. They're the future and our greatest natural resource, blah, blah, blah -- or so they say. That's why voters placed Prop. H a few years ago, which sent tens of millions of dollars in city money over to the school district. But are we willing to actually listen to what young people have to say? Because they have some pretty good ideas sometimes. Read more »

Cut the cleaners

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In stories on the $229 million budget deficit that San Francisco could be facing next year, both the Chronicle and the Examiner used the same telling quote from Mayor Gavin Newsom's press secretary, Nathan Ballard: "Although he wants to trim the fat, the mayor made it abundantly clear he doesn't want to see a r Read more »

Angels and Demons

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For as long as humans have been migrating, but not conquering their host countries, they have been demonized. Check out the Jews under Hitler. The Arabs in France. The Pakistanis in England. Read more »

Some questions for Jackie Speier

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I’m told Jackie Speier is making calls to local elected officials seeking support in her unofficial but very active campaign to unseat Rep. Tom Lantos. I’m sure it’s not an easy decision for some folks: Speier is probably going to run to the left of Lantos, especially on the war – but Lantos will get the support of Speaker Nancy Pelosi and, I suspect, most of the rest of the Bay Area Congressional delegation. Read more »

The left and Ron Paul

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It's tempting to want to promote the GOP's dark-hourse phenon, Rep. Ron Paul, because all he can do in the primaries is beat up and damage the front runners. And in fact, he's gotten a lot of unexpected support, particularly from young people, because he's so strongly against the war (and because he's a libertarian sort who hates the war on drugs and supports medical marijuana). Read more »

Newspaper editor briefly seized by rationale

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Another of Dean Singleton's editors has hit the dust. Here's what Santa Cruz Sentinel editor Tom Honig -- who stepped down after more than 35 years -- had to say about the matter. Read more »