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Light rail trains and state Senate campaigns
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tredmond@sfbg.com

It's funny: the transcontinental railroad was born in San Francisco, and it transformed California. But the West Coast has pretty much lost the train thing. You want to go from here to Los Angeles, there are pretty much two choices: you can fly or you can drive. In theory, you can ride Amtrak, and I've done it, but it doesn't run very often and takes about 12 hours. Fun, if you like that sort of thing, but not at all practical.

But on an early Sunday morning last week, I was traveling from Washington, DC, to Philadelphia, and between 8 a.m. Read more »

Newsom needs to come clean

The cover up is almost always worse than the crime
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EDITORIAL It's no surprise that Mayor Gavin Newsom doesn't want to answer any more questions about his affair with Ruby Rippey-Tourk. The polls suggest that most of the voters have either forgiven him or never really cared in the first place, so it's in his interest to move on and try to keep this from becoming a campaign issue.

And if it were just about sex, that would be fine with us too.

But from the start this sordid episode had some bad elements that are every bit a matter of public interest. Read more »

A little help from their friends

Reporters say Delancey Street gets no money from the government. They're wrong.
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The San Francisco Chronicle’s intrepid reporters have insisted repeatedly in recent weeks that the Delancey Street Foundation accepts absolutely no government funds. “Instead, it relies on donations and the profits from its commercial enterprises,” San Francisco’s paper of record wrote on Feb. 6.

A simple search of the city’s vendor database, however, confirms that several local agencies in San Francisco paid Delancey Street amounts totaling well over $1 million for the last two fiscal years alone. Read more »

San Francisco's erupting skyline

Why erect higher barricades?
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San Francisco has always been a city defined by its hills and the bay. Our city has an image and character in its urban pattern that depend especially on views, topography, streets, building form, and major landscaping.

The bay is a focus of major views. Hills allow the city to be seen and, more than any other feature, produce a variety that is characteristic of San Francisco. Read more »

Guardian Casualty Report (02-22-07)

26 Iraqi civilians killed, including women and children
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Casualties in Iraq

Iraqi civilians:

26 civilians killed when U.S. troops battled Iraqi insurgents, according to the New York Times.

Source: http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/world/AP-Iraq.html?_r=1&oref=slogin

3 civilians killed in second chlorine bomb attack in two days feeding concerns that insurgents are developing new methods of attack, according to Reuters. Read more »

Politics blog: Leno vs. Migden

It's official: Leno vs. Migden for State Senate. Let the fight (and possible bloodbath) begin!
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The Guardian Casualty Report (2-20-07)

Over 100 Iraqi civilians killed since Sunday. 2 U.S. soldiers killed on Presidents Day
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Casualties in Iraq

Iraqi civilians:

Saturday: 11 killed in double bombing on an Iraqi street, according to the Associated Press.
Source: http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/ap/world/4561621.html

Sunday : 63 killed in three separate bombings of Iraqi open-air market, according to the Associated Press.
Source : http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/ap/world/4563491.html

Today: At least 16 killed today and over 100 Iraqi civilians killed since Sunday. 7 mourners killed at funeral by a suicide bomber. Read more »

Noise Pop: Midlake of the storm

Midlake make a logical afternoon appearance
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It makes sense that Denton, Texas, quintet Midlake will be giving an afternoon performance at Noise Pop. Not only do their music videos, which often feature strange creature masks and nightmarish situations just on the edge of reality, stay with me well into the next day's daydreams, but their music deserves our full attention. After they were signed by the United Kingdom's Bella Union, they started playing Europe, and the castles-and-robbers imagery in their "Bandits" video may come from sneaking into the hills while on tour. Read more »

Spectator pumps

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andrea@altsexcolumn.com

Dear Andrea:

Most of the sex I've had with my girlfriend has been pretty bad, all thanks to my stupid brain. I go back and forth between impotence and premature ejaculation. Initially, I thought it was physical, but it's become evident that it's primarily a mental thing. You know how if someone says, "Don't think about elephants," all you can think about are elephants? This is the same idea. Read more »

The other shoe

Records reveal more fallout from the Newsom affair, despite his refusal to talk about it
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steve@sfbg.com

Mayor Gavin Newsom has never answered questions about his illicit affair with his appointments secretary Ruby Rippey-Tourk — and even now, with city money involved, he's sticking to the stonewall.

The Guardian on Feb. 15 broke the story that the city had paid Rippey-Tourk more than $10,000 months after she left her job (see "Newsom Aide Got Paid," www.sfbg.com/blogs/politics).

But the mayor refused to even acknowledge questions I directly put to him earlier that day, just as he has since he confirmed media reports of the affair Feb. Read more »