Politics Blog

Behind the redevelopment initiative

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By Tim Redmond

I just said something nice about Randy Shaw, so it's time to slap him a fast one. The big story in today's BeyondChron is a gushing testimonial to the efforts of one Biran Murphy O'Flynn to block the city's redevelopment plan for Bayview Hunters Point. Read more »

Wal-Mart for President!

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by Amanda Witherell

This week Wal-Mart cranked up the PR knob with a new bout of ads touting the company's social worth with the gloss of a dirty politician trying to spin some positive image. According to The New York Times the spots make a point of the $2,300 an average family saves shopping at Wal-Mart and paint Sam Walton as a red-knuckled entrepreneur of yesteryear.

Unfortunately, that image in no way resembles the $312.4 billion, Fortune 500 corporation of today.

1000 years of fuck

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By Tim Redmond

You learn something new every day. I just learned from The Philadelphia Inquirer that fuck has been part of the English language for more than 1,000 years.

I guess they worry about those sorts of things in Philly.

Who's going to control Congress?

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By Tim Redmond

Chris Bowers offers a pretty detailed analysis on the state of the battle for control of the House at MyDD.com. Hard to read without my glasses on, but worth checking out as the campaign continues.

Democratic madness

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By Tim Redmond

The Democratic County Central Committee can sometimes be a zoo, but it's no joke: The endorsement of the panel gives tremendous credibility to local candidates and issues, since it represents the official position of the San Francisco Democratic Party. The Aug. 21st meeting was particularly crazy; Zak Szymanski has a good report in the BAR on the committee's almost non-endorsement of Community College Board member Lawrence Wong, who got blasted for appearing at a hotel that was under union boycott. Read more »

Daly hit piece

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By Steven T. Jones
We knew that SFSOS and other front groups that shill for downtown and right-wing interests would go hard after Sup. Read more »

Is Josh Wolf in jail because of federal laziness?

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By Sarah Phelan

An amicus brief filed this week in support of jailed freelance reporter Josh Wolf argues that federal common law already recognizes a reporter's privilege, that it should be applied to Wolf's grand jury case, and that before a journalist be compelled to divulge unpublished material in response to a subpoena, the requesting party must demonstrate "a sufficiently compelling need for the journalist's materials to overcome the privilege."
'At a minimum, that requires a showing that the information sought is not obstainbable form another source," argues the brief, which points out Read more »

Politics in moderation

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G.W. Schulz

The state Dems staged a media event yesterday as part of their ongoing attempts to link incumbent Schwarzenegger to the Bush White House. A commentator from CSU Sacramento called it a flawed strategy, and he’s right to the extent that campaigns shouldn't be filled with everything but healthy political discourse.

Asking for a clean fight, however, is a bunch of wide-eyed, quixotic bullshit.

City Attorney sues major San Francisco landlord

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The City Attorney’s Office announced today that it’s suing one of San Francisco’s biggest landlords, Skyline Realty, aka CitiApartments.

Some of you may remember our three-part series on the company, published in March, in which current and former rent-controlled tenants claimed either in lawsuits or during interviews that they were victims of a patterned attempt to oust them from their apartments.

Why WiFi?

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By Steven T. Jones
Mayor Gavin Newsom and his administration are so intent on following through with their promise to deliver free wireless Internet to SF residents that they've basically dispensed with seeking input from the public or Board of Supervisors, locked into private and protracted negotiations with Google and Earthlink, and simply decided not to do the board-approved study of Sup. Tom Ammiano's plan for a municipal broadband system. Read more »