Politics Blog

Ed Jew throws a one-two punch at the PUC--then flies to China

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Guardian photo of Ed Jew by Charles Russo
By Sarah Phelan
Before leaving the country at 1am this morning for the home of his ancestors, beleagured Supervisor Ed Jew managed to find time--in between luggage packing and driving to the airport--to dash off a letter to City Attorney Dennis Herrera, requesting an inquiry into "the apparent willful disclosure of confidential personal information by an employee or employees of the Public Utilities Commission."

Wow. Read more »

Rescuing the sinking Shipyard

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Artist's rendering of Jim Mason's Mechabolic project
By Steven T. Read more »

Hogarth doth protest too much

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By Steven T. Jones
Even before reading the article about Club Six's conflict with neighbors that I wrote for tomorrow's paper, Paul Hogarth (a half-time housing activist with Tenderloin Housing Clinic and half-time managing editor for THC's Beyond Chron blog) has concluded that I'm being terribly unfair to the SRO residents of Sixth Street, all because Club Six advertises with us. Apparently he's psychic. Read more »

Prisons and schools

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No bookcase.

By Tim Redmond

Here's one of the saddest statistics I've seen in a long time: California will soon spend more money on prisons than on its university system.

Everyone in Sacramento seems to agree this is wrong. Read more »

Was there $20,000 in Ed Jew's safe?

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Guardian photo of Ed Jew by Charles Russo
By Steven T. Jones
The Examiner today repeats their big scoop in the FBI raid of Sup. Ed Jew's office: that agents found $20,000 in his safe that had come from a constituent seeking help with regulatory issues. Read more »

Ed Jew and the FBI

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By Tim Redmond

I'm not going to jump to any conclusions here; I'm an innocent-until-proven-guilty kind of guy. But I will say that there's some very funky looking stuff in the daily papers right now about Sup. Jew. The Chron had the basics in its first-day story, but raised more questions than it answered, especially around the fact that Jew doesn't seem to be living in the house that he owns in the Sunset. Read more »

The East Bay Express: Independent again

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By Tim Redmond

The good news -- and it's very good news -- is that the East Bay Express is no longer a member of the Village Voice Media chain that owns the SF Weekly. I'm a day late with this news; it's taken me a bit to process, because our ad director (and my good friend) Jody Colley has left the Guardian to go work with the new ownership. Read more »

Bikes rule!

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Me and Newsom at last year's Bike to Work Day
By Steven T. Jones
San Franciscans pedaled past an important milestone during yesterday's Bike to Work Day: on the morning commute along Market Street, bicycles outnumbered cars for the first time. Traffic engineers counted 647 cyclists riding eastbound on Market near Van Ness from 8-9 a.m., or 54 percent of the total traffic. Read more »

Chronicle to slash newsroom staff

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By Steven T. Jones
The San Francisco Chronicle is planning to lay off about a quarter of its editorial staff -- 20 managers and 80 rank-and-file journalists -- in the next two weeks, according to sources at the paper. Read more »

Tomorrow's honorees

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By Steven T. Jones
Last night's San Francisco Tomorrow 37th annual dinner on Fisherman's Wharf offered a who's who list of environmentally engaged political leaders and activists -- a testament to the important role this venerable organization has played in creating the San Francisco of today (full disclosure: my sweetie, Alix Rosenthal, recently joined the SFT board). Read more »