Politics Blog

The right to bear arms in Virginia

|
(0)

By Tim Redmond

I'm surprised that this hasn't gotten more attention: Immediately after hearing of the horror at Virginia Tech, President Bush express his condolences for the victims -- then made a point of commenting about "the right to bear arms."

The president believes that there is a right for people to bear arms, but that all laws must be followed. Certainly, bringing a gun into a school dormitory and shooting ... Read more »

Shooting spree suspect named

|
(0)

By G.W. Schulz

Virginia rampage shooter identified. Love kills. Gun opponents are pissed, while NRA supporters are keeping quiet.

shooter1.jpg

*Photo from Virginia State Police via SFGate

Bernal owl dies

|
(0)

owl2.jpg

By Tim Redmond

Sad news. For months now, all of us in the neighborhood have enjoyed watching a pair of Great Horned owls, who had made their home in a tree on Bernal Hill. Read more »

Newspaper execs pose uncomfortably for camera

|
(0)

By G.W. Schulz

Dean Singleton is fuckin' stoked! Check him out below! That's him on the right there. He's the CEO of MediaNews Group, beloved by laid off reporters and editors everywhere, some who adore him so much, they throw empty beer cans at him.

singleton1.jpg
Dean Singleton (right) with dreamy blue eyes
and conservative red tie.
Read more »

For those keeping track ...

|
(0)

Pulitzers announced. Weeklies still in the game.

pulitzer1.gif
Joe Pulitzer

The fun keeps dying

|
(0)

By Steven T. Jones
How Weird Street Faire's fate got even worse since my last post, with the San Francisco cops now saying the organizers need to cough up $23,833 in fees, to be paid before the May 6 event. What is this, a shakedown? Somebody call a cop. Or maybe someone at City Hall should call off the cops. Read more »

Dr. Jang for mayor!

|
(0)

drjang.jpg

By Tim Redmond

You've seen the late-night cable-TV ads. You've seen the drag queens portraying him on Halloween in the Castro. Read more »

Leno-Migden, Round 1

|
(0)

By Steven T. Jones
Mark Leno lost the debate, but won the vote, showing that Carole Migden has some work to do if she's going to keep her Senate seat. The takeaway here is that charm and gravitas are not good substitutes for the attentiveness to constituents and diligent relationship building that have been Leno's strong suits, particularly in the last couple years. The two candidates squared off in front of the San Francisco Young Democrats for their first debate last night, and Leno initially appeared tentative, apologetic, and inarticulate, almost as if he was scared of Migden. Read more »

Contractors accuse Lennar of Extortion

|
(0)

By Sarah Phelan
Lennar has been giving contractors a choice between a rock or a hard place: reduce your unpaid invoices by up to 20 percent—or be excludedfrom bidding work for a minimum of six months. Read more »

Unions intervene in GGRA lawsuit

|
(0)

By Sarah Phelan
Last week, a judge granted four unions--The S.F. Labor Council, SEIU Local 1021, SEIU United Healthcare Workers West and Unite Here Local 2—an intervention in the suit that Golden Gate Restaurant Association, a non-profit trade association, has brought against the City and County in the matter of the soon-to-be implemented San Francisco Health Care Security Ordinance.
GGRA is arguing that the mandatory aspect of this local ordinance is preempted by federal law. Read more »