Politics Blog

Ken Garcia is right!

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Wow, never thought I'd write that sentence.

But Garcia picked up on a story today that I've been following, too, and he's got the point basically right: A property owner whose case is coming up tomorrow before the Board of Appeals claims that Clear Channel tried to shake him down, demanding he accept a lousy contract -- and when he didn't, the company pulled a billboard off his building and made sure that he could never lease the space to anyone else.

The building owner, Cheon Hool Lee, isn't exactly an impoverish Read more »

Whack-a-Murdoch

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This is really brilliant.

Examiner sells out San Francisco

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The San Francisco Examiner called Prop. H “a veritable minefield of unintended consequences. It could actually take away parking, harm business, reduce new housing and drive out neighborhood retail. Read more »

Not dead yet

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Guardian photo by Charles Russo
Chicken John Rinaldi's quest to become the first San Francisco mayoral candidate to qualify for a grant of taxpayer money is still lumbering along like the zombies that attacked him last week, more than a month after the Aug. 28 deadline for raising $25,000 from at least 250 city residents. Read more »

When US soldiers phone home

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Today’s New York Times features a photograph of soldiers phoning home from Iraq. The image reminds me of my son. Read more »

Robert Reich speaks up: "Supercapitalism"

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Tim Redmond recently reviewed former labor secretary Robert Reich's new book Supercapitalism -- below, he talks to Reich about economics, industry, and the pervasive creep of new capitalism's moral degradations.

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Show of hands for Halloween Porta Potties

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CItizens for Halloween report that at the Police Commission hearing, Martha Cohen, who is coordinating Halloween for the Mayor's Office, indicated that the City might be willing to reconsider its decision to forbid portable toilets this year.

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If you would like toilets placed in the Castro on Halloween, C4H urges you to cont Read more »

The Sean Penn-Matt Gonzalez rumor

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Wokette's got this lovely nutty rumor that Sean Penn would give Matt Gonzalez $5 million to run against Gavin Newsom -- as a Democrat. SFist picked up, wondering if it's a joke.

Coupla problems with the item. First of all, Wonkette refers to Gonzalez as a "deputy mayor under Willie Brown," which would be news to both of them. Second, folks, the deadline for filing as a candidate for mayor passed quite some weeks ago. Read more »

Arnie takes over ferries, does Newsom take ferry?

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Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's calvacade zoomed past me today as I left Alameda island. Read more »

Trans Iran with Afsaneh Najmabadi

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Still from Daisy Mohr and Negin Kianfar's 2006 documentary "The Birthday," about sex changes in Iran

One of the weirder outcomes of combining fundamentalist religion with national governance is that you have the leader of your country say things like “There are no gays in Iran. Read more »