Politics Blog

Mixed verdict on SFPUC appointments

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Guardian reporter Sarah Phelan reports from City Hall that the Board of Supervisors has voted 8-3 (with supervisors Michela Alioto-Pier, Sean Elsbernd and Carmen Chu in dissent) to reject the reappointment of Ryan Brooks to the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission. But in a surprising and inexplicable move, Sup. Chris Daly flipped his vote on the reappointment of Dick Sklar, providing the swing vote in favor of the nominee of Mayor Gavin Newsom. Read more »

Newsom's Friday Special

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Budget Analyst Harvey Rose says he couldn’t believe it when he got a call from the San Francisco Chronicle reporters on Feb. Read more »

Mike Lacey ducks the big ones

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I missed the trial on Friday, so if the SF Weekly’s hit man, Andy Van De Voorde, wants to take a swing at me for posting information on the testimony, fine: I’m smiling, Andy. (I’m also not the only person in the courtroom from the Guardian who knows what’s going on and can take notes.)

But before we get to the day’s events, let me do my all-too-regular Van De Voorde correction file. From his most recent blog:

“What’s your official title?” asked Weekly attorney H. Sinclair Kerr Jr. Read more »

Predatory pricing: A primer

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The jury in the Guardian's lawsuit against the SF Weekly got a primer today on how prdatory pricing by a big chain works.

Guardian controller Sandy Lange took the stand, and outlined the results of information she'd compiled on below-cost sales by the Weekly and the East Bay Express. Read more »

"Never surrender!" Romney surrenders

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Welp, the boardroom Mormon is out, and now it's up to Bridge Over River McCain and Huckabee Hound to feast on his Republican delegates' innards. (I think. Read more »

Gee, the SF Weekly is bored

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Some interesting evidence emerged in the Guardian's lawsuit against the SF Weekly and its corporate parent today, most of it in the form of depositions from witnesses. If you were looking for the kind of drama we had yesterday, this was fairly mundane stuff -- but if you listened to what a former publisher of the Weekly said in his depositions, it showed exactly why this case has gone to trial.

Before I start on that, though, one note: I'm trying to play this fairly straight, and not get into personality stuff, but I have to say: The Weekly's hit man, Dandy Andy Van De Voorde, is ... Read more »

Obama Girl didn't vote

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What?!? Amber Lee Ettinger, Ms. "I Got a Crush on Obama," didn't even turn in a ballot?

Up until now, I took her commitment to politics so seriously ...

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Original title: "I Got a Crush on Free Publicity"

How Obama and Clinton split California

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We know that Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton basically split California, with the latter winning the popular vote by about 10 percentage points. But it's interesting to look at how they split the Golden State using this map.

Clinton's margin of victory seems to be counties with lots of Latino voters, which have been slow to warm to Obama. Read more »

Weekly tries a "gotcha" -- and fails

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It was a wild day in court in the Guardian’s lawsuit against the SF Weekly. Bruce Brugmann took the stand. Read more »

Photos from Obama's party at the Fairmont

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The crowd here grumbled loudly when CNN announced that Hillary had a substantial lead in California. But the state is far from lost to Clinton. A massive portion of California's voters submitted absentee ballots that have not been counted. And as we pointed out earlier, even if the rest of the state's Democratic establishment goes for Hillary, San Francisco would rather share a tumbler of bourbon with Obama. Read more »