Politics Blog

Earthlink/Google, here we come

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By Tim Redmond

The Ex reports this morning that Mayor Newsom claims he's just "seconds away" from cutting a deal with Google and Earthlink to provide free WiFi in the city. Read more »

Cute and cuddly crime statistics

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By G.W. Schulz

Sorry to piss on everybody’s parade, but a slight drop in the homicide rate isn’t exactly an excuse to break out the coke and booze. Then again, it doesn’t take much to get the frat brothers in the mayor’s office amped up for a party. Bro.

With murders down slightly in 2006 compared to the previous year, Gavin Newsom is preparing for a walk down Divisadero with Police Chief Heather Fong, an area where cops say crime has dropped. Read more »

Executions are gruesome shit

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By Tim Redmond

If you haven't seen the truly grim footage of Saddam Hussein's hanging, you can view it here. Luke Thomas posted it on Fog City Journal, but I don't think any of the other local sites have links up.

I understand why people avoid this sort of thing: It's really nasty to look at. Read more »

A new "golden age?"

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By Tim Redmond

The bloggers are having a bit of fun with The Chronicle's front-page New Year's Eve assertion that San Francisco's Golden Age is here again. I have to agree with Beyond Chron -- the story was an embarassment that quoted only conservative, wealthy San Francisc Read more »

Apple knowingly falsified documents. And that is a crime.

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By G.W. Schulz

So let's get this straight. In 2001, Bay Area-based Apple Computer Inc. gave 7.5 million stock options to its CEO, Steve Jobs. The options were approved by the company's board of directors at a meeting that never actually happened. Read more »

More reporters facing jail

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Josh Wolf may soon have company: Two more reporters have been ordered to testifyin a court hearing, and neither one of them seems about to give in

Sarah Olson, an Oakland freelancer who writes for Truthout, and Dahr Jamail, who has done some a Read more »

No reprieve

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By G.W. Schulz

The most recent newsletter from the Tenderloin police station shows yet again what has been one of California’s worst criminal-justice problems – recidivism.

California has one of the highest recidivism rates in the country, an ongoing crisis that has remained a vexing political issue for the governator. We love putting people behind bars over and over again, and nowhere in San Francisco is that more startlingly clear than in the Tenderloin, which alone boasted 4,200 arrests last year, the highest in the city. Read more »

How campaign consultants built a highrise

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By Tim Redmond

The line between campaign consultant and lobbyist has always been far too fuzzy -- but now the Center for Public Integrity has issued a report on how the revolving door can lead to terrible public policy. Read more »

My, how the rumors swirl

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By Tim Redmond

Well, now I'm not the only one speculating about the possibility of Carole Migden deciding to run for mayor. Sasha at LeftinSF floated it out Tuesday, and SFist weighed in on it today.

All of this, of course, goes back to the story that Read more »

Preparing for nuclear attack

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By Tim Redmond

I grew up in the 1960s, the era of elementary school bomb drills and "duck and cover." I thought we'd gone beyond all of that, but apparently not: i just received from the federal Department of Health and Human Services a "Wallet guide for the media" called "Preparing for terrorism and other public health emergencies." It folds out into a nice handy tip sheet on what to do if we're attacked by mustard gas, nerve gas, antrax or a number of other awful things. Read more »