Editorial

Winning in 2006 — and beyond

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EDITORIAL There are plenty of Democrats running for the House and Senate this fall who don't exactly qualify as liberals. Howard Dean, the (somewhat) grassroots-oriented, progressive party chair, has been largely aced out of a meaningful role in the fall campaigns, which are being run by Rep. Rahm Emanuel (D-Ill.) and Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY), who have said repeatedly that they're willing to eschew a coherent program or ideology because what they want to do is win. In fact, there isn't much of a clear Democratic Party platform at all.
But in a way, that doesn't matter. The Nov. Read more »

Prosecute election theft

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EDITORIAL There's no doubt at all that a group of downtown businesses operating through a series of supposedly independent political committees organized in part by attorney Jim Sutton have used every tool at their disposal to influence the outcome of the District 6 supervisorial election. Read more »

PG&E's candidates

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EDITORIAL We've seen plenty of allies of Pacific Gas and Electric Co. on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors. We've seen a few PG&E bagmen, PG&E shills, and PG&E fronts. But there's never been anyone elected to the board in our 40 years who was actually a paid attorney for PG&E.
This year there's at least one and possibly two candidates who have worked as PG&E lawyers — and that alone should disqualify them ever from holding public office in San Francisco. The most obvious and direct conflict involves Doug Chan, the former police commissioner who is seeking a seat from District 4. Read more »

Save Daly — and the city

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EDITORIAL The sleaze in District 6 is utterly out of control. Read more »

Defeating Pombo

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EDITORIAL One of the half-dozen worst members of the United States Congress represents a district less than 50 miles from San Francisco. Republican Richard Pombo of Tracy chairs the House Resources Committee and has used that post to attempt to eliminate the Endangered Species Act and gut a long list of environmental regulations. He's been an ally of Tom DeLay and Jack Abramoff. He's rabidly antichoice. Read more »

Same-sex marriage: On to the Supreme Court

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EDITORIAL It's hard to take the California Courts of Appeal decision on same-sex marriage seriously. It reads like some sort of joke, the product of a bad old mind-set that this country put behind it almost 40 years ago when the US Supreme Court struck down bans on interracial marriage. Read more »

Tidal (public) power

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EDITORIAL Mayor Gavin Newsom, perhaps looking for a big issue to bring to a star-studded environmental meeting in New York City last week, suddenly discovered the value of tidal energy. There's actually nothing new about the idea: although Newsom didn't give anyone but himself credit, the plan was first floated by Matt Gonzalez in the 2003 mayor's race. It was picked up by Supervisors Jake McGoldrick and Ross Mirkarimi and has been on the agenda at Mirkarimi's Local Area Formation Committee (LAFCo) for more than a year.
But whatever — if the mayor's on board, fine. Read more »

Save KQED! Vote No!

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EDITORIAL KQED, San Francisco's venerable public radio and television outlet, is trying to summarily abandon internal democracy. The station's management is sending out letters this week asking its 190,000 members to vote on a bylaws change that would eliminate direct election of board members and shift complete control of the station's operations to a self-appointed board. Read more »

Editor's Notes

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tredmond@sfbg.com
So much going on this week: the cops and the San Francisco Police Commission are heading for a battle over secrecy, the cops and the supervisors are headed for a battle over foot patrols — and Mayor Gavin Newsom is heading for a battle with homeless advocates over a new round of sweeps at Golden Gate Park. The mayor and the local gendarmes can't win any of this without community support and would do far better to stop trying to fight these battles.
Then there's redevelopment and the city attorney ... Read more »

District 6 sleaze

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EDITORIAL The fall campaign season has only begun, and already the District 6 race is getting really ugly. A downtown-funded operation, hiding behind anonymous mailers and front groups, is spending gobs of money to smear Sup. Chris Daly, and thanks to the city's campaign-spending laws, Daly's ability to fight back is limited. Read more »