Politics Blog

Endorsements: Local offices

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We're having some trouble with our Web site -- until it's fixed, here's our complete local offices endorsements for the Nov. 6 elections. For more endorsements, please visit our 2007 Guardian Election Center, or for quick refence see our Clean Slate printout guide.

Mayor

1. QUINTIN MECKE

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Step it Up!

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Tomorrow! Go to Dolores Park at noon and for the National Day of Climate Change. Woo hoo!

March or ride in the parade of bikes and electric cars and other great, green stuff that's going down to UN Plaza. Carole Migden, Aaron Peskin, Chris Daly and Ross Mirkarimi are going to be there, as well as mayoral candidates Quintin Mecke, Josh Wolf and Chicken John Rinaldi.

According to the press release, "UN plaza will be transformed into a carnival-like atmosphere complete with a Recycle That! Read more »

What is torture, really?

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Cambodian waterboarding photo by Johah Black from Read more »

Halloween in the Castro: A scary kind of "success"

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Photo from www.sfpartyparty.com
Was Halloween in the Castro this year a scary police state and fear-based waste of public resources, or was it an "incredible success" that San Franciscans should be proud of, as Mayor Gavin Newsom's press secretary Nathan Ballard argues? Read more »

We're peaking

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Oh, how I wish that the SF Public Utilities Commission meetings brought me to such a brink...

Not so much. But as far as the peaker power plants are concerned there were some interesting developments today. Mayor Gavin Newsom is definitely playing the white knight in this scenario, and he's now brokering a deal in which the city fronts all the money to build the power plant, skirting the public-private partnership deal that's been floated to date. Read more »

Anti-war movement is back

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Guardian photo by Neil Motteram
Apparently, most people aren't buying the inevitability of the endless Iraq War or the defeatist fatalism expressed by the major political parties and the mainstream media, if Saturday's massive anti-war march in San Francisco was any indicator. Read more »

Campaign debts hide donors' identities

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By Sarah Phelan

Moments after this week’s edition of the Guardian went to press, I got through to “notorious campaign attorney Jim Sutton,” as we describe him in this week’s article about campaign finance.

I’d been playing phone tag with Sutton since last week, wanting to ask him about all the accrued funds, or outstanding debts in this year’s election, and their role in hiding the identity of donators from the voting public, until after the election.

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Mayor moving on peaker deal

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The Board of Supervisors had a little shake-up today in the middle of a conversation on the city's deal to build a new peaker power plant.

One of the biggest selling points from proponents of the $230 million natural gas fired power plant has been that it will receive the "Reliability Must Run" contract from CA-ISO, the state energy agency that dishes out those kinds of things. Read more »

PG&E dropping the dime

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Last bus to Oakland! Read more »

Good-bye Peakers, Hello Wi-Fi!

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This is brilliant. A tech company in Mississippi has bred wi-fi technology with electricity meters, and Burbank, CA, which has a power grid owned by the city is using the technology to cut down usage during peak times.

Why can't San Francisco put $60 million toward this instead of bringing another fossil fuel power plant into the world?

As Naomi Graychase reports in Read more »