Politics Blog

Olympic schemes

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By Steven T. Jones
Kudos to Sup. Gerardo Sandoval for his voicing skepticism about whether San Francisco should want to host the Olympics in 2016, as Mayor Gavin Newsom is pushing. Read more »

Newsom's pal Daley

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Gavin Newsom happily hosted Chicago Mayor Richard Daley on a working tour of the city today, but as Willie Brown (who is no stranger to cronyism and corruption charges) pointed out on the Will and WIllie Show this morning, Daley might not be the person who an ambitious young Democrat really wants to be linked to right now. Read more »

Continuing bike battles

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By Steven T. Jones
OK, this entry is just adding some touch-up work to the one below: "Bike battles continues." I've heard some firsthand reports from last weekend's mini-confrontation between Mayor Gavin Newsom and a bicycle community upset over how the Gav didn't keep his promise to seek a compromise to the Healthy Saturdays measure he vetoed a couple months ago. Newsom won't even meet with the bike people to discuss things (big surprise...we hear Newsom is checked out and has been cancelling his regular department head meetings and other gigs. Why? Read more »

Daly's re-election

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By Tim Redmond

Pat Murphy at the Sentinel has a nice recap of a party for Chris Daly, sponsored by Jane Morrison and Agar Jaicks, who are longtime stalwarts of the local Democratic Party. Murphy reports on the usual plaudits from the likes of Tom Amminano and Aaron Peskin, who talked about Daly's fighting spirit.

I missed the party, but let me add a point. Daly is a political pugilist, of course, and sometimes a bit prickly (he wouldn't talk to me for weeks after we declined to endorse his Transbay Terminal proposal). Read more »

The hemp chronicles

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Assemblyman Mark Leno's industrial hemp bill is headed for the state Senate, and the OC Weekly's staff blog has a wonderful interview with the "joint" author, Republican Chuck DeVore. Devore, a lieutenant colonel in the national guard and hardly a pot-smoking San Francisco liberal, just thinks the bill makes good policy sense. Read more »

FEMA gets a makeover

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By G.W. Schulz

The major news organizations hardly touched it, but a congressional appropriations provision reorganizing and renaming FEMA passed the Senate 87 to 11 last week. To his begrudging credit, Sen. Read more »

Bike battles continue

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By Steven T. Jones
It was two months ago this Saturday that Mayor Gavin Newsom vetoed Healthy Saturdays, which would have extended the Sunday Golden Gate Park road closures through the weekend. At the time, he did the political thing and said he was looking for a compromise. But since then, he's done nothing to follow up or even agree to meet to bike advocates. Read more »

Lawsuit over newspaper merger

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By Steven T. Jones
Big but buried news from today's Examiner: Clint Reilly (with help from attorney Joseph Alioto) is suing to block the big newspaper merger that put most Bay Areas rags under the tight-fisted control of MediaNews (and the unsettling business partnership role in the Hearst Corp., owner of the Chronicle, in the deal). Read more »

What Can Brown Do For You?

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By Sarah Phelan

Someone needs to take the UPS Poster that says "What Can Brown Do For You" and seriously adbust it, in the light of all the crazy posturing around "illegal" immigration.

Not that I'm inciting anyone, but speaking as a "legal" immigrant, it's hard to stay silent as Americans build a fence to keep out the people who they underpay to prop up the American "white picket fence" dream.

Good luck with that surreality...

Jason Leopold inspires yet another correction

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By G.W. Schulz

When the controversial journalist Jason Leopold botched a story last May for lefty media purveyors Truthout.org, the Columbia Journalism Review took him out to the woodshed. Read more »