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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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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 »

Towards Carfree Cities: Everybody into the streets!

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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 »

Is Newsom's Baby Savings Bond for Suckers?

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When Newsom introduced plans during his January 2008 inauguration speech to deposit $500 for every baby born in San Francisco, I was left wondering how many people who give birth in San Francisco today will manage to keep that child housed, clothed and fed in the City for the next 18 years, which is just one of the requirements for those hoping to eventually cash in on Newsom's proposed Baby Bond.

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The June Sucker in the indicator species for the health of the Read more »

OK, maybe it's more like 5:1.

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Just got off the phone with SEIU 1020's RObert Haaland, who apologized for misreading the data, which we have now posted online, so all you budget wonks can go nuts and help us ordinary morals understand the City's hiring trends over the past decade.

Haaland now believes Newsom's manager to worker hiring ratio is more like 5:1, not 10:1, as previously blogged.

As Haaland told me, Controller Ben Rosenfeld just clarified that it's impor Read more »

What's in the air?

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I realize that the fires burning around the Bay have put a lot of wood smoke in the air, but when I walked outside this morning, I was hit with what seemed like a strong chemical smell. I thought it might just be something local, but it was the same at home in Bernal Heights and outside the Guardian Building in Potrero Hill.

I know the smell of woodsmoke. This was more like dry-cleaning fluid. Am I the only one who noticed it?