Politics Blog

SF Weekly loses a big one

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SF Weekly loses a big one

It's no news to most of you that the Guardian has sued the SF Weekly and its parent company for predatory pricing. We're arguing that the Weekly, owned by Village Voice Media (which used to be New Times), has been selling ads below cost for the purpose of injuring the locally owned competitor.

Back in July, SF Weekly managing editor Will Harper wrote a long, rather nasty story that sought to portray the suit as groundless. Read more »

Meet the Candidates: Michael Powers

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The Bay Guardian is profiling the candidates for the 2007 elections. We'll be updating this entry as more information comes in. Post your thoughts or comments below.

Mayoral candidate Michael Powers

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www.powersforthepeople.com

"As a candidate for Mayor it is my intent to accomplish the following tasks for my fellow residents. Read more »

When Clear Channel Attacks Prop. K...

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...they do it dirty and big time

A bunch of huge billboards and fliers popped up all over San Francisco yesterday, like some kind of overnight pox, trying to persuade people to vote against Prop. K

Prop. Read more »

American Journalism Review decries Chronicle as vile cesspool of incomplete chores

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Remember last year when Business Week, in a cover story about Digg.com, described our offices as "grungy," and several major arteries located in the neck of our boss, Bruce Bruggman, nearly exploded? They also hilariously misidentified us as the SF Weekly.

The lack of imagination in American journalism makes for strange bedfellows, it turns out. Read more »

Milk Club tonight -- Leno and Migden

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The harvey Milk LGBT Democratic Club meets tonight to consider a parliamentary procedure that could lead to an an early endorsement for state Sen. Carole Migden, who faces a challenge in next June's primary from Assemblymember Mark Leno. Not surprisingly, the sleaze is flying

We haven't endorsed in this race, and we won't until next spring, but I have said, repeatedly, that both sides ought to play fair and keep it clean and try to avoid doing long-term damage to the progressive community. Read more »

Why Vancouver sucks

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Look at all the pretty condos

I'm sick of hearing San Francisco planners, the folks at SPUR and SF Weekly columnists talk about how wonderful Vancouver is, what with all of the slender downtown condo towers that provide walkable neighborhoods, bike paths and a "new urbanist" approach to housing.

Here's a bit of reality: The New York Times reports that h Read more »

Halloween Specials

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Well, ain't this special!
A Special Report from the Controller and the Legislative Analyst is recommending the establishment of an Office of Special Events.
The impetus for this special study came, says the report, from Sup. Bevan Dufty in the wake of Mayor Gavin Newsom’s decision to cancel a City-sponsored Halloween this year. Read more »

Free speech in Phoenix

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I've had, to say the least, some fights with the company that publishes the SF Weekly. We're suing the bastards for predatory pricing. Read more »

Clear Channel loses a big one

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The San Francisco Board of Appeals did the right thing last week and blocked Clear Channel from using its corporate power to shake down small property owners. The board sided with Cheon Hool Lee, a retired Korean immigrant dentist who owns a building on Market Street, who lost a billboard because Clear Channel yanked it down when he demanded fair rent.

The legal issues were tricky, but the principle wasn't: The giant conglomerate was acting like the mob. Read more »

Sutter's assault on the Mission

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So as some of us expected, Sutter Health now wants to effectively shut down St. Luke's hospital in the Mission and turn it into an abulatory clinic.

That's terrible news for the southeast neighborhoods; St. Luke's is the only hospital other than SF General in the Mission area, and when St. Read more »