Politics Blog

Peskin's political playbook

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By Steven T. Jones
Board of Supervisors president Aaron Peskin helped engineer the placement of some solid progressive measures on the fall ballot yesterday -- and unsuccessfully tried to derail one that would give sick days to all SF workers. Read more »

Cop measure headed for full board

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By Sarah Phelan
The San Francisco Board of Supes Rules Committee voted 2-1 to send a resolution opposing federal meddling in local police investigations and calling for support of California's reporter's shield law, as well as support of similar bills at the federal level that are currently working their way through Congress.

Farewell, Sue Bierman

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By Sarah Phelan
News that former San Francisco Sup. Sue Bierman died Monday afternoon after her car crashed into a dumpster in the Cole Valley, got the current supervisors sharing memories of her at the August 8 Board of Supes meeting.
Sup. Gerardo Sandoval said "volumes could be written about the accomplishments" of this woman, who was "probably a grandmother/sister figure to many of us."
Sup. Aaron Peskin called her "an incredible person, an FDR-type Democrat," who was behind the demolition of the old Embarcadero freeway."Said Sup. Read more »

Farewell, Sue Bierman

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I never had the honor of meeting Sue Bierman, but news that the former San Francisco supervisor died Monday afternoon after her car crashed into a dumpster in the Cole Valley, got the current supes sharing memories of her at the August 8 Board meeting. leaving me with the impression of a much loved, sometimes feared, outspoken and universally respected 82-year old.
Here's just a sampling of some of the many tributes made:
"Volumes could be written about the accomplishments of this woman," said Sup. Gerardo Sandoval said. "She was probably a grandmother/sister figure to many of us."
Sup. Read more »

Love thy Immigrant Worker

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It was cool to hear Sup. Read more »

Do you support the Olympic Games?

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Olympic Question
BY Sarah Phelan
"Do you support the Olympic Games?"
That 's the question that Sup. Gerardo Sandoval believes Mayor Gavin Newsom should, but is afraid, to ask.

""I love sports and I'd love nothing more than to have the Olympics come to San Francisco," said Sandoval at the Aug. 8 Board of Supes meeting. Read more »

Do you support the Olympic Games?

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Olympic Question
BY Sarah Phelan
"Do you support the Olympic Games?"
That 's the question that Sup. Gerardo Sandoval believes Mayor Gavin Newsom should, but is afraid, to ask.

""I love sports and I'd love nothing more than to have the Olympics come to San Francisco," said Sandoval at the Aug. 8 Board of Supes meeting. Read more »

The Pulitzer that keeps on giving

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By G.W. Schulz

Remember that "isolated" incident we discussed below? Uh, yeah. My Lai returns.

Dishonoring Merita

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By G.W. Schulz

As jaded as it sounds, it’s becoming increasingly difficult to be surprised when news accounts surface yet again of U.S. soldiers terrorizing civilians in Iraq, or anywhere else for that matter. We’re told they’re isolated incidents. We’re told they were initiated by twisted individuals.

That’s what we heard after My Lai. That’s what we heard after Abu Ghraib. Read more »

Lookin' for love in all the wrong places

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By G.W. Schulz

I cracked open the San Francisco Chronicle on Sunday genuinely excited to read it. I like going to the local section first, even if local sections across the country are seeing fewer and fewer available column inches; the Bay Area, and indeed, California, happen to be places that produce interesting local news.

What I found was hardly fulfilling.