Politics Blog

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by Amanda Witherell

The best part of Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger's speech today in front of the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce came after the closing remarks when everyone was leaving and the guy sitting next to me said, "Did he even say anything about energy?" Good question, given that we were seated in the inner sanctum of PG&E's 77 Beale Street corporate headquarters. Read more »

Budget battle brews

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By Steven T. Jones
Mayor Gavin Newsom may be content with a "back to basics budget" that focuses on clearing the streets of trash, potholes, and poor people, but progressives are preparing to push for a more forward-thinking plan that addresses low-income housing and other long-term needs. Read more »

Ed Jew: "I don't spend my money this way and I'll bet you don't either."

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By Sarah Phelan

Cannot get enough of the Sunset Beacon!
In a recent "Update on District Affairs" column for the neighborhood paper, Jew writes about why he and Sups. Michela Alioto Pier, Sean Elsbernd and Geraldo Sandoval, opposed Sup. Read more »

Ed Jew's definition of "now" and his love/hate relationship with trees

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By Sarah Phelan

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Everyone knows Ed Jew has a flower shop in Chinatown--the FBI raided it in May--but did you know that he stopped tree plantings in the Sunset District, which may or may not be where the District 4 supervisor lives?
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Ed Jew got back from China on Sunday, and while he is recovering from jet lag, word is spreading of a June column he wrote in the Sunset Beacon, in which he claims his family "now" liv Read more »

The convention was no bust

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Run, Ross, Run

By Tim Redmond

No, we didn't walk away with a candidate for mayor, and yes, that was disappointing to a lot of us. I actually thought for a brief moment that the chants of "Run Ross Run" as Sup. Mirkarimi took the stage late in the day would make a difference, that he would realize he has a constituency and that running for mayor would be a good move for him politically, but that didn't happen. Read more »

The good side of Daly for Mayor

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By Tim Redmond

Late this afternoon, I'm hearing rumblings that Ross Mirkarimi is, indeed, reconsidering his options and might possibly be considering a mayor run, after all. Maybe he'll show up at the convention tomorrow and announce. I'm only talking rumors here; I can't reach Mirkarimi himself, and he has come pretty close to ruling himself out in the past few weeks. Read more »

PG&E LOVES ME!!!!

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by Amanda Witherell

That's the only explanation I can come up with. They love me. They're fascinated by everything I write about them and they're dying to get to know me better. That must be it.

Or at least that's what it seemed like the other night at this little shindig I went to at the Monte Cristo Cafe down at the Embarcadero. Read more »

No mayor candidate tomorrow? That's okay ...

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By Tim Redmond

I had high hopes that Chris Daly's progressive convention would force one of the reluctant candidates (Matt Gonzalez, Ross Mirkarimi, Aaron Peskin) to come forward an announce a campaign for mayor, but that doesn't seem to be happening. And now, according to BeyondChron, Daly is saying the convention may close with nobody formally seeking or getting the nod.

Which is fine -- and right now, is probably the best outcome. Read more »

More About Zoellick

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By Sarah Phelan

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Just in case any one thinks Paul "We Are the World Bank" Wolfowitz replacement Robert Zoellick ain't that bad, check out his campaign contributions record: aside from backing Sen. Read more »

Friday Specials

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By Sarah Phelan

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TGIF: Tim Griffin Is Former

I like to check news outlets on Fridays, because that's when further installments in the Bush Scandals tend to hit.
This Friday's installment is the resignation of Tim Griffin, the ex-aide to Rove who was shoehorned into the US Attorney's Office, following the firing of Bud Cummins. Today, Griffin says he's leaving his position as interim U.S. Read more »