Politics Blog

Why Gonzalez didn't run

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By Tim Redmond

So it looks as if there won't be much of a mayor's race this fall after all. I know that Matt Gonzalez took a hard look at it; he met with a good campaign consultant, talked to possible supporters and donors, took a poll ... and decided that he wasn't going to win.

Gonzalez didn't want to run a symbolic campaign. Read more »

Bill Walsh. Bill Walsh. Bill Walsh

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By Tim Redmond

Last night, KTVU devoted 14 minutes at the top of the hour to the death of Bill Walsh. The Mercury News did a special eight-page section on him.

Okay, the guy was brilliant. I've been watching him since the 1970s, when poor Greg Cook threw out his arm trying to run a Walsh offense as a Cincinatti Bengals rookie. Walsh was one of the best coaches in NFL history, built one of he best teams in NFL history, recruited and trained the best quarterback in NFL history ... but come on: he was a football coach.

There was other news this week, no?

Oooh, he's toast

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By Tim Redmond

The Post Office has gotten into the Ed Jew story, and this looks very bad

No politics in the parks?

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By Tim Redmond

This is a fascinating tale, from Fog City Journal. It sounds like the Redevelopment Agency (officially, anyway) wants to call this all a misunderstanding, but I can see it becoming a much bigger problem if Newsom succeeds in privatizing more city parks.

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.