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Our biggest employer is not in the private sector

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tredmond@sfbg.com

The private sector that Republicans see as our economic savior has been creating jobs. Not a lot, a few hundred thousand a month, but some. And yet the unemployment rate remains stubbornly high.

There's a reason for that, one politicians from San Francisco to Washington D.C. don't want to talk about. But the New York Times put it nicely in a Dec. 5 editorial:

"While the private sector has been adding jobs since the end of 2009, more than half a million government positions have been lost since the recession..."Read more »

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"It's crowded, it stinks like the piss of 5,000 doomed cows, and it goes on forever." (No, not the Republican primary, but close.)

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tredmond@sfbg.com

I want to take a few Republicans on a road trip.

A few days after the GOP-led Congress cut off funding for high-speed rail in California, I drove to Los Angeles for Thanksgiving. I wish the critics of the project were with me in the car, with two kids fighting in the back seat, constant traffic delays, and about as unpleasant an automobile excursion as you can imagine.Read more »

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Occupy demands for concrete change -- not just Justin Herman Plaza

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tredmond@sfbg.com

Occupy Oakland has been very good at exposing one local problem — police brutality. The first raids, and the tear gas and rubber bullets that flew afterward — showed the world how poorly trained the Oakland cops are and how unprepared they were for a largely peaceful demonstration.Read more »

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Occupy Oakland doesn't need broken windows to get its message across

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tredmond@sfbg.com

I really can't get that upset about the broken bank windows in Oakland. This is minor stuff, a tiny part of what has been largely a peaceful Occupy movement. The windows have been replaced, the banks and their insurance companies have paid for it, the Occupy people helped clean up ... whatever.Read more »

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Camping really can cause change

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tredmond@sfbg.com

One cool October day in 1985, when I was a young reporter at the Guardian, a friend who was visiting from New York where she was working with Gay Men's Health Crisis, called me with an urgent message:Read more »

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Ed Lee's stance on corruption speaks volumes about him as mayor

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tredmond@sfbg.com

I say it over and over again, because some people clearly aren't paying attention:

Corruption matters.

When the mayor of San Francisco surrounds himself with people who don't show any respect for campaign finance or ethics regulations, who think it's fine to skirt (and possibly break) election laws, it undermines faith in local government.Read more »

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After nearly 30 years at the Guardian, Tim Redmond reflects on Willie's World

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tredmond@sfbg.com

I feel like was just getting over the 40th anniversary party, and now here comes 45. Guardian anniversaries are like birthday parties; they keep creeping up on you. Except that, in this case, getting older isn't something to worry about. It's a sign of strength that a weekly paper founded with a little money scraped together by two Midwesterners in 1966 has survived, grown, and become a standard-bearer for the alternative press in America.Read more »

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Leninists? Hardly -- Occupy Wall Street protesters are all about consensus

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tredmond@sfbg.com

It's nice to see that the days when you could get away with calling protesters commies are back. CNBC says that the Occupy Wall Street activists are "anarchists" who are "aligned with Lenin." Actually, none of the anarchists I know are remotely Leninist. The communists of old were all for the creation of a powerful state. Lenin read Bakunin in his early years, but later declared that anarchists were "bourgeois revolutionaries."Read more »

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Hey Mr. Mayor, we need to hear your thoughts

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tredmond@sfbg.com

Every mayoral candidate who wants the progressive vote showed up for the Guardian forum Sept. 21. Everyone except Mayor Ed Lee.

Yeah, the mayor's a busy guy. But state senators and city attorneys and public defenders and city assessors and supervisors are busy, too, and those people managed to get to the LGBT Center, where more than 100 people were packed into the fourth floor room.

Jeff Adachi made a point of talking about "showing up" — and everyone knew exactly what he was saying. Where was Ed?Read more »

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Is Obama's tax on the rich too little, too late?

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So the people who advise President Obama have finally figured out that he was on the road to becoming a one-term president — and the United States was on the road to ruin under President Perry. Whatever combination of self-preservation and fear was at work, it worked, at least for the moment.Read more »