Politics Blog

Key housing vote on tuesday

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By Tim Redmond

The supervisors will vote Tuesday on whether to allow high-end condos and (another!) Walgreens in the Mission at 3400 Cesar Chavez. Leftinsf has a good summary of the issue. Read more »

Labor, racetracks and Indian gambling

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By Tim Redmond

The February presidential primary ballot may have not one but a series of initiatives that deal with tribal gambling, reports Calitics. A couple of tribes that want more slot machines are pushing the compacts they've negotiated with the guv. Labor, mostly UNITE-HERE, and Bay Meadows, which sees the casinos as a threat to horse racing money, are on the other side. Lots and lots of money could be tossed around. Read more »

Will Earthlink bail on SF?

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By Tim Redmond

Earthlink, which is negotiating a contract to provide WiFi to San Francisco, may be in the process of bailing out of the deal – and whatever the mayor’s office or anyone else may say, it has little to do with the supervisors demanding more benefits.

Earthlink’s CEO announced yesterday that the company is changing its strategy on municipal wi-fi, and now wants cities to promise to buy a certa Read more »

Residents use Yacht Club to complain about robberies

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By Sarah Phelan

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Sup. Michela Alioto-Pier represents the well-heeled Marina district

The story in today’s Chron--about the police officer who says the Board’s foot patrol plan prevented him from responding to robberies in the Marina--didn’t mention that Sup. Michela Alioto-Pier arranged for the meeting to be held at the St. Francis Yacht Club.

Why gas costs so much

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By Tim Redmond

Just in case anyone out there is still wondering about the basic economics of the oil industry: When you raise the price of gas, the oil companies make more money. This has been true forever, and it's true today.

Gee, why would all these refineries be off line at the same time? Why would supplies be so tight? Is it because of those rotten environmentalists -- or do high gas prices and limited supplies actually make good business sense for Chevron?

Newsom runs terrified from Muni reform

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By Tim Redmond

Sup. Aaron Peskin has a new version of his Muni reform measure, and it includes an excellent provision to limit new parking downtown. This has Don Fisher's allies all atwitter -- and I hear Gutless Gavin is going to abandon his support for the measure, showing again that he's nothing more than an errand boy for downtown.

New rumblings in the alternative press

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By Tim Redmond

So many interesting and odd things going on in the world of alternative media. Read more »

The Chris Daly show

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By Tim Redmond

Oh, it's so easy to make fun of Chris Daly. You can even make fun of his beard.

Or you can watch his much-derided speech at the Board of Supervisors, and recognize that: 1. He's not a crazed nut; his points are cogent, well argued and entirely credible, and; 2. Read more »

New redevelopment chief

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By Tim Redmond

Lots of talk about who the new SF Redevelopment Agency chief will be after Marcia Rosen announced (in terse terms) her resignation, which sounds awfully suspect. (Whenever you hear "resigned to pursue new opportunities" think: Canned for political reasons.)

One persistent rumor is that Mayor Newsom wants an African American to head Redevelopment, at a time when the agency is under fire in Bayview- Hunters Point. Read more »

Guess Who has Ed Jew's Number(s)...?

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By Sarah Phelan

...mayoral candidate Grasshopper Alec Kaplan, that's who!
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Grasshopper pictured, playing guitar atop his taxi cab, which is wheelchair accessible, just in case you're wondering.

Just when you think things couldn’t get worse for beleaguered “District 4” supervisor Ed Jew, someone goes and unscrews the numbers from his house at 2450 28th Avenue. Read more »