Politics Blog

Bechtel and Newsom: a fine pair

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What do Newsom and Bechtel have in common?

They both oppose Prop. E, which requires the next Mayor of San Francisco to appear before the Board of Supervisors for public policy discussions.

Up until now, Newsom has been framing Prop. E as work of Sup. Chris Daly that will only lead to “political theater.”

Then, boom, four days before the election, Bechtel goes and plonks down $5,000 to defeat Prop. Read more »

Don Fisher attacks the supes

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The Chron story Sunday portrayed the battle over transportation policy in San Francisco as Don Fisher vs. Aaron Peskin, but actually, Fisher is going further. Read more »

That Guardian doorhanger

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Just for the record, because there’s always some confusion this time of year:

The Guardian doesn’t distribute doorhangers or political fliers. We don’t print them, we don’t pay for them.

We don’t object to them, either.

Every year, someone we’ve endorsed wants to get the word out, and prints up a guardian slate card. That’s fine with me; I want our endorsements distributed as widely as possible. Read more »

Dean Singleton still hates your stupid union

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The Denver Post, flagship paper for Dean Singleton's MediaNews chain, went on a blinding-mad rampage against Colorado's governor in a rare front-page editorial Nov. 4.

If there was any doubt in your mind that Dean "Pinkerton" Singleton hates labor unions, this should be enough to dispel it right away. Read more »

Election roundup

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I was on KPFA talking about the election this morning, along with Beyond Chron's Randy Shaw, and he put out there his prediction that Prop. H is going down, a point he repeated in a column today. Read more »

Endorsements: Local offices

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We're having some trouble with our Web site -- until it's fixed, here's our complete local offices endorsements for the Nov. 6 elections. For more endorsements, please visit our 2007 Guardian Election Center, or for quick refence see our Clean Slate printout guide.

Mayor

1. QUINTIN MECKE

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Step it Up!

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Tomorrow! Go to Dolores Park at noon and for the National Day of Climate Change. Woo hoo!

March or ride in the parade of bikes and electric cars and other great, green stuff that's going down to UN Plaza. Carole Migden, Aaron Peskin, Chris Daly and Ross Mirkarimi are going to be there, as well as mayoral candidates Quintin Mecke, Josh Wolf and Chicken John Rinaldi.

According to the press release, "UN plaza will be transformed into a carnival-like atmosphere complete with a Recycle That! Read more »

What is torture, really?

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Cambodian waterboarding photo by Johah Black from Read more »

Halloween in the Castro: A scary kind of "success"

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Was Halloween in the Castro this year a scary police state and fear-based waste of public resources, or was it an "incredible success" that San Franciscans should be proud of, as Mayor Gavin Newsom's press secretary Nathan Ballard argues? Read more »

We're peaking

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Oh, how I wish that the SF Public Utilities Commission meetings brought me to such a brink...

Not so much. But as far as the peaker power plants are concerned there were some interesting developments today. Mayor Gavin Newsom is definitely playing the white knight in this scenario, and he's now brokering a deal in which the city fronts all the money to build the power plant, skirting the public-private partnership deal that's been floated to date. Read more »