Politics Blog

Newsom prioritizes politics over parks

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After starting his day by warning the Mayor’s Open Space Task Force not to propose a big expenditure for new parks in San Francisco, Mayor Gavin Newsom then canceled a noontime rally and press conference in support of the big parks bond on Tuesday’s bond, Proposition A, in order to attend tonight’s Democratic presidential debate in Los Angeles.

“We are all about collaborative innovation,” Newsom told a room filled with department heads, parks advocates, and leading academics, clutching a disposable Starbucks coffee cup as he spoke. Read more »

Year of Rat meets the SFPD

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Cool image, courtesy of the SFPD's website.

BG v SFW lawsuit: I take the stand

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I took the witness stand today to testify in the Guardian's lawsuit against the SF Weekly and its parent, Village Voice Media, the chain formerly known as New Times. I talked about why I worked for the Guardian, why I'd stuck around for more than 25 years and why I believe in the paper's misssion.

The point I tried to make: The Guardian is a community institution. We care about this city; we care about people and issues and arts and culture, and whether you agree or disagree with our political stands, we're part of San Francisco -- and our readers have always known that. Read more »

Guardian lawsuit: Opening statements

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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 »

Car Feebates! Brilliant!

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The California State Assembly is expected to vote this week on a plan to give rebates to people who buy little, awesome, eco-happy cars and tax the folks with Napoleon complexes. Read more »

Tale of two transportation agencies

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While the San Francisco Metropolitan Transportation Agency's politically intimidated leaders have allowed public transit funds to be used as Mayor Gavin Newsom Read more »

Obama rising

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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 »

The Times' tortured endorsement

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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 »

Us v. SF Weekly: Some perspective

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Well, jury selection is almost complete in the Bay Guardian lawsuit against the SF Weekly. It now appears that opening arguments could begin Monday morning in Judge Marla Miller's courtroom in San Francisco Superior Court. Read more »

Attempted Power Grab at the Planning Commission

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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 »