Politics Blog

Why no Newsom?

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So it looks as if two former mayors -- Willie Brown and Dianne Feinstein -- are going to be the chairs of a campaign for a new 49ers stadium. It's a bit odd, especially since the chief consultant to the current mayor, Gavin Newsom, is helping run the campaign ... does Eric Jaye think Feinstein and Brown play better in the city right now than his main client, who just got re-elected with more than 70 percent of the vote?

We only got penciled in?!?

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So, there's this cool thing called the Sunshine Ordinance, which allows people to access public records generated by our dear city family, including the daily calendars of the Mayor, City Attorney, and all department heads.

A group of Sunshine activists have been trying to get copies of Mayor Gavin Newsom's ca Read more »

No censure for DiFi

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Well, the move to censure Dianne Feinstein was shot down by the Democratic Party, but not before party Chair Art Torres was forced to give a painful, embarassing speech about it.

Goodbye, Jim Rivaldo

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The City Hall rotunda was packed last night for the Jim Rivaldo memorial. I knew him as a political guy, a campaign consultant and activist with a strange and wonderful sense of humor and a big heart. But many of the people who spoke, including Judge Ellen Chaitin, her husband, defense lawyer V. Read more »

Hearing on corporate welfare for airlines

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A disingenuous ploy (reported by us but mostly ignored by the other media outlets in town) by the Hotel Council and Sup. Michela Alioto-Pier to have San Francisco taxpayers give millions of dollars in corporate welfare payments to the national airlines will be heard Monday at 11 a.m. by the Board of Supervisors Government Audit and Oversight Committee. Read more »

All Barry, all the time

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Yes, this is news. The guy who broke the all-time home run record has been indicted. It even belongs on page one of the local paper. But is it the most important thing happening in the world right now, worth two-thrids of the entire Chronicle front page, the top six or seven minutes of the evening newscasts and all the talk shows?

No, it's not. Read more »

Obama rocks SF

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Presidential hopeful Barack Obama's speech last night in Bill Graham Civic Auditorium looked more like a rock concert than political rally, with a crowd of about 7,000 snaking through San Francisco for almost a mile and taking several hours just to get inside, past the metal detectors and large contingent of Secret Service agents. Read more »

BONDS INDICTED

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Fifty-three comments in 20 minutes. Extraordinary. Here's the original press release from the U.S. Read more »

Leno wants a piece of the ship

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Assemblymember Mark Leno told me yesterday that he's going to pursue one of the suggestions in our oil-spill editorial and see if the state can put a lein on the Cosco Busan. Read more »

Lightly Oiled Plovers in Hawaii...

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...may be a bad joke, but this is funny!