The Guardian v. SF Weekly trial swung into high gear today with both sides presenting opening statements and the first Guardian witnesses taking the stand. The early presentations gave a clear sense of where the trial will go.
Ralph Alldredge, representing the Guardian, laid out the essence of the case:
Over the past 11 years, the SF Weekly, later joined by the East Bay Express, have systematically sold ads below cost. Read more »
Barack Obama still trails Hillary Clinton in polling from delegate-rich California, but Obama seems to have enough momentum on his side to perhaps win it. After decisively winning South Carolina and taking a principled stand in favor of letting illegal immigrants obtain driver's licenses (which is both good policy and good politics in courting the state's Latino vote), Obama will surely get a bump from Sen. Ted Kennedy not only endorsing him, but naming him the inheritor of JFK's legacy. "It's time for a new generation of leadership. Read more »
I finally read the entire New York Times endorsement editorial tonight. I'm not surprised the paper endorsed the hometown senator, and I respect the logic (the two top candidates have similar policy positions, but at a time when things are a godawful mess in this country, you need someone who can hit the ground running etc etc.). I disagree, but I understand.
Still, as someone who has been writing editorials for 20 years, and reading NY Times editorials even longer, I have to say: This is the most tortured, inelegant work I've seen out of that shop in a long time. Read more »
A mayoral power grab was narrowly thwarted at the San Francisco Planning Commission in a 4-3 vote, Jan. 17.
Commission Vice President Christina Olague led the counter charge against perceived interference from the Mayor's Office, questioning why there was a proposal to continue election of the Commission’s President and Vice President to Feb. Read more »
Lawyers for the SF Weekly failed today to get a delay in the trial of the Guardian's lawsuit against the paper and its chain parent, Village Voice Media. So jury selection will begin Thursday morning.
The Weekly's lawyers, H. Sinclair Kerr and Ivo Labar, argued a computer file the Guardian had turned over to them last week amounted to a huge new pile of data that would take considerable time to review. Read more »
Sup. Chris Daly has a juicy item on his blog. He’s uncovered that Lennar has already spent $500,000 to try and qualify a mixed-use development at Candlestick Point and Hunters Point Shipyard for the June 2008 ballot. Read more »