The endorsement tapes: Unedited, uncensored interviews with candidates for local office.
(For our 2006 endorsements, click here. )
Guardian endorsement interviews are, well, unusual: We bring in candidates for office, set aside as much as an hour or more, and quiz them about local issues. Sometimes we argue; sometimes the candidates yell at us. Nobody pulls any punches. They are lively political debates, fascinating discussions of political policy - and high political theater.
For the first time this year, we’re posting digital versions of these interviews, so our readers can get front-row seats for all the action.
Participants include Editor and Publisher Bruce B. Brugmann, Executive Editor Tim Redmond, City Editor Steven T. Jones and reporters Sarah Phelan, G.W. Schulz and Amanda Witherell. If you’re confused about who’s speaking, here’s a handy guide: If the question is long and involved and about tax policy, it’s probably Tim. If it’s about an incumbent’s record or personal style, it’s probably Steve. George asks about criminal justice a lot; Sarah has a British accent. Everybody knows Bruce’s voice; you can’t miss it. Enjoy.
Sup. Sophie Maxwell
“Redevelopment in the Bay View is different.”
Listen to the Maxwell interview 
Sup. Bevan Dufty
“I’m willing to piss people off on both sides of the [landlord-tenant] issue.”
Listen to the Dufty interview 
Jaynry Mak, candidate for supervisor, District 4
“I would have to look at it."
Listen to the Mak interview 
Alix Rosenthal, candidate for supervisor, District 8
“We’re going to make it extremely expensive to build market-rate housing, in terms of the community benefits.”
Listen to the Rosenthal interview 
Mauricio Vela, candidate for school board
“I probably would lean toward getting rid of [ROTC} … but it would be difficult.”
Listen to the Vela interview 
Marie Harrison, candidate for supervisor, District 10
“The one thing I did learn from Willie Brown is that an MOU means I understand that you understand that I don’t have to do a damn thing on this paper.”
Listen to the Harrison interview 
Starchild, candidate for supervisor, District 8, and Philip Berg, Libertarian candidate for Congress
“Nobody will invade Switzerland. Everyone has guns, M-16s and AK-47s and grenade launchers in their living rooms.”
Listen to the Starchild-Berg interview 
Bruce Wolfe, candidate for community college board
"When you ask where the money is, you want a trail where the money is, the answer you get is it's in a fungible account."
Listen to the Wolfe interview 
Kim-Shree Maufas, candidate for school board
"My kid was in JROTC .... I like the community, I liked the structure, I liked the commitment to family... I absolutely could not stand the military recruitment."
Listen to part one of the Maufas interview 
Listen to part two of the Maufas interview 
Hydra Mendoza, candidate for school board
"There are some schools that are not serving our children."
Listen to the Mendoza interview 
Krissy Keefer, Green Party candidate for Congress
"I'm running against a ghost"
Listen to the Keefer interview 
John Garamendi, candidate for lieutenant governor
"Phil Angeledes is wrong [about taxes] in the context of our time."
Listen to the Garamendi interview 
Dan Kelly, school board member
"I don't think JROTC is a terrific program ... it doesn't teach leadership skills, it teaches follow-ship skills."
Listen to the Kelly interview 
Rob Black, candidate for supervisor, District 6
"Developers have fancy lawyers and they know how to get around things."
Listen to the Black interview