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Private perils: Elliott Sclar

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Elliott Sclar, economics professor at Columbia University and the author of You Don't Always Get What You Pay For: The Economics of Privatization is one of the nation's leading experts on the consequences of turning public-sector programs over to private businesses and nonprofits. Read more »

Wow! SF is expensive!

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The Chronicle has discovered how expensive it is to live here. I have exactly one thing to say:

Years and years of refusing to promote affordable housing -- refusing to enact effective rent control, allowing evictions to go on without effective limits, building housing for the rich and not the rest of us -- has come back to haunt San Francisco.

And on all of those battles, the Chronicle was on the wrong side.

Nuns of the Above

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The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence make the archbishop squirm

I stopped going to Mass the minute I got my drivers license. Read more »

Martians for Fred

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Who knew the scramble of the Republicans for the White House in 2008 would yield such icky comedy? Read more »

Ken Garcia is right!

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Wow, never thought I'd write that sentence.

But Garcia picked up on a story today that I've been following, too, and he's got the point basically right: A property owner whose case is coming up tomorrow before the Board of Appeals claims that Clear Channel tried to shake him down, demanding he accept a lousy contract -- and when he didn't, the company pulled a billboard off his building and made sure that he could never lease the space to anyone else.

The building owner, Cheon Hool Lee, isn't exactly an impoverish Read more »

Whack-a-Murdoch

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This is really brilliant.

Examiner sells out San Francisco

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The San Francisco Examiner called Prop. H “a veritable minefield of unintended consequences. It could actually take away parking, harm business, reduce new housing and drive out neighborhood retail. Read more »

Not dead yet

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Guardian photo by Charles Russo
Chicken John Rinaldi's quest to become the first San Francisco mayoral candidate to qualify for a grant of taxpayer money is still lumbering along like the zombies that attacked him last week, more than a month after the Aug. 28 deadline for raising $25,000 from at least 250 city residents. Read more »

When US soldiers phone home

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Today’s New York Times features a photograph of soldiers phoning home from Iraq. The image reminds me of my son. Read more »

Robert Reich speaks up: "Supercapitalism"

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Tim Redmond recently reviewed former labor secretary Robert Reich's new book Supercapitalism -- below, he talks to Reich about economics, industry, and the pervasive creep of new capitalism's moral degradations.

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