Politics Blog

Seeing Red

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By Sarah Phelan

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Red is for children: a color coded map shows where most kids (the red patches) now live in the City,

For all the crowing about the passage of Newsom's budget (we’ll get to that soon), the progressive majority remains in the driving seat when it comes to setting priorities and making decisions at City Hall.

Consider two key votes that the progressives won at yesterday’s Board of Supervisors’ meeting.

First, Sups. Read more »

Why public broadband works

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By Tim Redmond

I just came across this wonderful report from the Institute for Local Self-Reliance called "Localizing the Internet: Five ways Public Ownership Solves the Local Broadband Problem." The folks at the Institute, which does great work, argue (as we have) that broadband is essential municipal infrastructure. They also say locally owned broadband is good for the economy. Read more »

Earthquakes and nukes

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By Tim Redmond

Back in the early 1980s, San Francisco's Public Media Center did a campaign against PG&E's Diablo Canyon nuclear plant with a slogan that read:

"A nuclear plant on an earthquake fault? PG&E is making the mistake of our lives."

You see, Diablo's built right smack atop the active Hosgri Fault. Read more »

Are Migden's billboards illegal?

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By Tim Redmond

Lawyers hired by the state Senate campaign of Assembly member Mark Leno have concluded that those big, colorful billboards promoting Carole Migden all over town are in fact an illegal campaign contribution from Clear Channel Corp. Read more »

ACCREDITATION REPORT BLASTS NEW COLLEGE: “Clear and egregious violations of institutional integrity, academic integrity”

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By G.W. Read more »

Ed Jew's lawyer goes into ironic attack dog mode

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By Sarah Phelan

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In what could be the most ironic moment of the Ed Jew saga so far, Jew's attorney Steven Gruel is accusing the City Attorney's response to a recent public records disclosure request of being "woefully incomplete."

This from the attorney of the "D4" Supervisor, who still hasn't been able to prove that he actually lives in the district that he is supposed to be representing at City Hall.

Gruel's ironic accusation followed Jew's July 11 request that the City Attorney's off Read more »

This campaign money bill is nasty

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By Tim Redmond

Update on the :campaign-finance bill I mentioned a few days ago

This thing is pretty bad, and it's winging its way through Sacramento with very little opposition. Read more »

Migden: Clear Channel paid for the billboards

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By Tim Redmond

State Sen. Carole Migden just called me to answer the question I've been posing to her for a couple of weeks: Who paid for all those pro-Migden billboards?

Migden says it wasn't a secret donor; as far as she knows, Clear Channel, which owns the billboards, donated them, through the efforts of Michael Colbruno, a local Clear Channel exec who is a former Migden aide and remains close to the senator.

"My campaign paid for the printing," she said. Read more »

An attempt to wipe out local clean-money laws?

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By Tim Redmond

Calitics has this interesting report on a state bill (backed by both political parties) that could eviscertate loical campaign-finance laws.

No suprise, but still noteworthy

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By Tim Redmond

I'm impressed that Dr. Richard Carmona actually came out and said what everyone in Wsshington knew was going on -- that even doctors couldn't provide accurate and true information to the pubilc if it interfered with the Bush Administration's political agenda. The details are pretty stunning:

Carmona said he also ran afoul of politics on teen pregnancy prevention. Read more »