Politics Blog

Fisher and his powerful friends

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Why does Republican billionaire Don Fisher have such influence in San Francisco? Read more »

Jerry Brown gives City green light to sue Jew

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Photo by Charles Russo

The sun may be shining, but it's raining legal cats and dogs for suspended Sup. Ed Jew.

On the eve of a preliminary hearing by the City's Ethics Commission into charges of official misconduct by Supervisor Jew, California Attorney General Edmund G. Brown Jr. Read more »

More parking = more cars = gridlock

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I attended a Transportation Authority workshop last night on its new Mobility, Access, and Pricing Study (which, among other things, might recommend a fee to drive downtown, just like London, Rome, and Stockholm have) -- and I came away more convinced than ever that San Francisco is screwed if downtown greedheads fool people into Read more »

The late great Jim Rivaldo

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Jim Rivaldo, who was Harvey Milk's first campaign manager and was involved in progressive politics in San Francisco for more than 30 years, died last night. He was a remarkable guy, a rare political consultant who had high ethics, a real sense of progressive political ideology, and a sweet personality. He never had a mean word to say about anyone.

There's a good story about him here. I'll have a lot more this week. Read more »

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.