Politics Blog

Compassionate crackdown

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By Steven T. Jones
Mayor Gavin Newsom has been flailing this year, so apparently he's going back to what's worked politically for him before: cracking down on the homeless. This week, he ordered police and other city staffers to place notices around Golden Gate Park warning the homeless to move on or have their stuff confiscated. Read more »

No, your honor

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G.W. Schulz

If you haven't caught up with the New York Times in a while, don't miss the intense three-part, investigative series the paper launched on Monday. Links for all three stories are now up on their site.

The series is about the completely out-of-control rural magistrates that populate New York State. Read more »

Angelides says bring our troops home

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By Jonathan Beckhardt
Trailing by as much as 20 points in his race for governor, Democrat Phil Angelides has turned to the Iraq War -- the issue supposed to galvanize the nation's left -- and made it a state issue by today vowing to "do everything in [his] power" to bring home the approximately 800 California guard troops deployed in Iraq.
"A Governor's first responsibility is to ensure the safety of the people of California," Angelides said at a rally at San Francisco State University devoted to the issue. Read more »

Maybe Pelosi is the real devil

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By Steven T. Jones
Like many Americans concerned about this country's imperial ways, I was thrilled to hear Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez denounce U.S. President George Bush during a speech to the United Nations General Assembly. It was biting, funny, insightful, and right on target. Read more »

City attorney and the cops

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By Tim Redmond

City Attorney Dennis Herrera released his official opinion on how the Police Commisison has to respond the the utterly horrible California Supreme Court decision on secrecy in police discipline cases. I'm not happy.

I realize that the Supreme Court has spoken on this, and that the city attorney of San Francisco can't just openly defy the Supremes. Read more »

Police foot patrols get green light

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In the face of raised levels of violent crime in San Francisco in recent months, the Board of Supes voted on September 19 to look into expanding a pilot police foot patrol program.
The program was first suggested by Sup. Read more »

Jesus -- not again

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By Tim Redmond

Mayor Gavin Newsom and the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission are interested in pursuing tidal energy off the Godlen Gate. This is an excellent development, something that Matt Gonzalez pushed for when he was running for mayor. Read more »

Will Herrera fight the cops?

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By Tim Redmond

The Police Commission held a long, long closed session tonight, and I'm sure they were discussing the big issue of the day -- the California Supreme Court decision that the cops insist makes all cases of discipline against peace officers totally secret.

I have no idea how the behind-closed-doors discussion went -- but I do know that Commission vice-president David Campos, who is acting as a courageous champion of public access here, told me several days ago that he was going to push his colleague Read more »

Reconsidering redevelopment

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By Steven T. Jones
My head is spinning after reading both the City Attorney's Opinion that struck down the successful referendum drive challenging the Bayview Hunters Point Redevelopment Plan, and the redevelopment plan itself. Reading the actual 62-page plan and its supporting documents is what Herrera contends voters needed to be able to do before signing the referendum. Read more »

Fuzzy police math

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By Tim Redmond

After ducking the question for weeks, the San Francisco police chief has finally announced that she doesn't want foot patrols in high-crime areas because it will harm response times. Read more »