Politics Blog

Newsom's green words for Obama

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by Amanda Witherell

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photo courtesy of Green Guerrillas against Greenwash

Environmental news web site, Grist, tapped a short list of people perceived as environmentalists and asked them to "imagine they found themselves in an elevator with the president-elect -- giving them one minute of his undivided attention."

Top of their list: our Mayor Gavin Newsom. Read more »

The Chron notices Prop. H -- when it loses

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By Tim Redmond

Isn't it interesting that the Chronicle, which mostly ignored the Clean Energy Act when it was on the ballot, suddenly gives it a big headline -- lead story on the local page -- when PG&E beats it?

Ya think the result might have been different if the daily had covered the issue all along like this and reported on PG&E's big-money lies? Ya think?

High speed rail coming to SF

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By Steven T. Jones

Amid all the hoopla about last night's big election, many people are overlooking another big win for San Francisco: the narrow approval of Prop. 1A, the $10 billion bond measure that is the first huge step to bringing high-speed trains into San Francisco. Just imagine walking, biking, or taking BART or Muni to the Transbay Terminal in downtown San Francisco, buying a $77 ticket, hopping on a sleek train that reaches up to 220 mph, and then arriving a Union Station in Los Angeles two and a half hours later. Read more »

Late night on the Prop. 8 watch

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Anna Rendall reports:

Now that The First Big Win was out of the way, the happy masses thronged down the halls of the Westin St. Francis Hotel to the next meeting room where the focus was on No on 8. That was before 10 p.m.

By midnight, the halls were cleared and in the ballroom, scattered couples danced leisurely to “New York, New York” as others booed and hurrahed the overhead projector, which showed poll results from different counties in California. Read more »

Yee and Fewer enthused about elections

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By Alex Jacobs

Norman Yee and Sandra Fewer's campaign party kicked off with a bang as Barack Obama was announced the President Elect at 8pm. Displayed on an enormous flat screen television, the news was met with wild applause and jubilant cheers. Both schoolboard candidates were ecstatic about the Obama victory.
"It's so exciting," said Sandra Lee Fewer.
Fewer told the Guardian that running in this historic election was a wonderful experience.
"I am very hopeful for this country, for this city, and hopeful that there will be change," said Fewer.

A coupla sobering moments

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By Tim Redmond

WIth all the celebrating going on, it's worth noting that Prop. B -- the affordable housing measure -- is still too close to call, and Prop. 8 -- the attack on same-sex marriage -- is still ahead.

And there are still 100,000 absentee ballots to be counted in San Francisco.

The new school board

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By Tim Redmond

Looks like the new school board will be .... new. Three of the four seats elected will go to newcomers. Norman Yee was re-elected, but longtime incumbent Jill Wynns apparently didn't make it. The new members will be Sandy Fewer, Bobbi Lopez and Rachel Norton.

Rodel Rodis, a longtime member of the Community College Board, didn't make the cut either; Milton Marks was re-elected, and so was Natalie Berg (boo), but progressive Chris Jackson won, along with Steve Ngo, who is kind of a question mark.

So more change.

A night for progressives

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By Tim Redmond

The amazing thing tonight is that district elections -- celebrated in the Harvey Milk movie, brought back by Tom Ammiano -- continues to work.

I ran into Republican consultant Chris Bowman early this evening, and he told me that he thought the 2000 election, which brought a progressive majority to the Board of Supervisors, was an unusal event, driven by anger at then-Mayor WIllie Brown. This time around, he was expecting a more moderate slate to win.

But guess what: Organizing on the ground still beats big money when you elect supervisors by district.

Hope in the streets

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By Tim Redmond

San Francisco is going crazy. I haven't seen this much excitement in the streets since we shut down the city when the Iraq war began. But this time, we actually have something to celebrate.

Spontaneous parties broke out at 16 and Guerrero and 19th and Valencia; the cops closed the streets (and told me they weren't going to break up the parties -- for a while). Read more »

Dancing in the streets

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By Steven T. Jones

The Mission District was jubilant tonight, with champagne-wielding, Obama-cheering groups of celebrants roaming the streets and woo-hooing at the constantly honking cars and jingling bikes, and then finally gathering by the hundreds at the intersection of 19th and Valencia shortly after 10 p.m., where they remained for at least an hour, dancing, soaking in the moment, unmolested by police that were nowhere to be found. Read more »