Politics Blog

Erin Brockovich hits Lennar in South Carolina

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Seems that Erin Brockovich is testing levels of methane and hazardous chemicals at a Lennar housing complex in South Carolina. The EPA previously tested the site and claimed all was well, but Brockovich is challenging those results. Read more »

Peaker Plan moving forward

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Early Monday morning about a hundred citizens gathered in front of City Hall to protest the construction of two natural gas-burning "peaker" power plants in the city -- one at the airport and one in the Bayview/Portero district. Representatives opposed to the plan, from a coalition of 20 different environmental and social justice organizations, articulated in so many ways that San Francisco should be moving toward green energy and away from fossil fuels. Read more »

Who's afraid of public nudity?

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George Davis, the naked former mayoral candidate , was arrested again -- on May Day, no less -- and has reached a scientific conclusion:

"From my field experience with public nudity, I can state that the only people who have emotional problems with public nudity are angry people, excessively authoritarian personalities, and fundamentalist religious nut cases."

Oh, and he thinks Pope John Paul II was a big fan of nudity.

You can read his entire letter after the jump.

Tipping your waiter health coverage

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Here’s another example of a restaurant passing on the cost of Healthy San Francisco to its patrons. The lady and I had brunch at the Slow Club in the Mission on Saturday and this is our bill. Healthy San Francisco is the program created by Sup. Read more »

ICE raids San Francisco restaurants

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We're receiving early reports from the Bay Area Immigrant Rights Coalition that federal immigration officials have raided restaurants around the Bay Area and are arresting undocumented workers including in the Haight. So much for our sanctuary city "awareness campaign" that San Francisco launched in April. Read more »

Postal workers go postal with picket

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*SEE UPDATED RESPONSE FROM RON MALIG BELOW*

A group of local postal workers are hitting the streets this afternoon, Friday, and going postal on their boss who they say won’t stop going postal on them. Okay, that’s not the best way to put it. Local postal carriers say there’s a guy working as a supervisor at the Bryant Annex Post Office in the Mission named Ron Malig who’s simply out of control. Read more »

No May Day party for day laborers

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Power tools, light fixtures, house paint, lumber, immigration raids. You can find it all at Home Depot. While everyone else was celebrating the May Day holiday of international solidarity and workers’ rights, a group of undocumented workers were either sitting in jail waiting to hear if they’d be permitted to stay in the United States or they’d already been deported. Read more »

Regulating marijuana slooooooooooowly

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San Francisco blazed a new trail back in 2005 when the Board of Supervisors approved comprehensive regulations governing the city's medical marijuana dispensaries, which numbered more than 40 back then. Fast forward to 2008 and not much has changed, with the 33 club operators and city officials still struggling to get these places permitted. On Tuesday, the board will consider a third delay of the deadline, pushing it back to Jan. Read more »

Merc circ up despite newsroom bloodbath

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How is it possible that one of the only major daily newspapers in the United States to show an increase in circulation over the last six months is the closest to up and dying? The San Jose Mercury News added 4,000 weekday copies over the last half-year, according to their most recent figures. Read more »

What's up with the restaurant surcharges?

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The last time I had lunch at the Slow Club, the check came with a little notice: $1 was added to the cost of every meal to cover the cost of complying with the city's new health-care mandate. That was fine -- if I can afford to eat at the Slow Club I can afford an extra buck so the people who work there can get health insurance. Read more »