News

News and Politics | San Francisco Bay Guardian

The risk of honest planning

|
(0)

OPINION At the Nov. 1 meeting of the land use committee of the Board of Supervisors, a seemingly straightforward statement of policy will be heard. It simply requires that the city apply its own General Plan guidelines to future development in the eastern neighborhoods.
But the legislation, proposed by Supervisors Sophie Maxwell, Jake McGoldrick, Aaron Peskin, and Tom Ammiano, is creating quite a furor. A senior planning official has testified that if it's adopted, the entire development boom in the eastern neighborhoods may be halted. Read more »

Governor Hummer

Schwarzenegger claims to be an environmentalist, but his choice of vehicles and his endorsements out him as a hypocrite
|
(0)

steve@sfbg.com
If there is a single symbol of American wastefulness, military fetishism, and willful ignorance about what it means to be heating up the planet at the end of the age of oil, it is the Hummer. And if there is one American who is most closely associated with the Hummer, it is Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.
So why, in a state whose voters consistently rank environmentalism as one of their most important concerns, is Governor Hummer considered such a lock for reelection? Read more »

The Destroy California Initiative

Proposition 90 is being marketed as a way to stop Big Brother from taking your home. It might actually destroy everything that makes California livable
|
(0)

sarah@sfbg.com
If you knew there was an initiative on the ballot that would make it impossible for government to protect the environment, build affordable housing, raise minimum wages, and mandate health care, you'd vote no on it, right?
Especially if you knew this measure would force taxpayers to spend billions to prevent developers and private property owners from doing things that harm neighborhoods, communities, and the environment.
So why is Proposition 90, which does all this and more, still leading in the polls?
It's all about fear — and the ability of one wealthy real estate investor Read more »

Proposition 90 isn't about eminent domain

|
(0)

Here are some of the things that could be impacted if Proposition 90 passes: NEIGHBORHOOD PLANNING Developers could argue against providing additional community benefits, which are often mandated when increased building height or density is allowed. New zoning restrictions would be hit hard. LOCAL LAWS If Prop. 90 passes, it amends the state's constitution — and virtually nullifies a number of local antisprawl and smart-growth measures also on the November ballot. Read more »

Bayview's perspective

Residents and activists see flaws in Proposition 90 — but desperation is causing them to support it anyway
|
(0)

steve@sfbg.com
Consider the perspective of Marie Harrison and her political allies in Bayview — including the owners and writers at the San Francisco Bay View newspaper — whose support for Proposition 90 has put them at odds with the progressive political community.
Harrison, who is running for supervisor against incumbent Sophie Maxwell, lives on Quesada Avenue just off Third Street, in a diverse neighborhood bustling with vitality. Residents have transformed the wide median on her street into a gorgeous community garden. Read more »

The dirt in D6

Daly hit with stealthy attacks linked to the mentor of his main opponent
|
(0)

amanda@sfbg.comsarah@sfbg.com If you live in San Francisco's District 6, it's pretty difficult to avoid what some residents are calling a new filth polluting Tenderloin corners and SoMa streets. It's not overflowing trash bins or urine-stained door frames — it's the relentless election billeting that uses those images to support Rob Black and oppose Chris Daly for the district's seat on the Board of Supervisors. "We're tired of talk. Of loud, whining, condescending, offensive, abusive, lying, showcasing, arrogant talk," reads a recent poster on a telephone pole. Read more »

Welcome to the CSA

|
(0)

annalee@techsploitation.com
TECHSPLOITATION I love a good alternate history yarn for the same reason I love science fiction. Both genres analyze present-day trends by projecting them into another reality. That other reality might be the future or simply a transformed version of the present.
In the United States, there are two incredibly popular alternate history scenarios: 1. What if the South had won the Civil War? and 2. What if Germany had won World War II? Read more »

Still dizzy

|
(0)

andrea@altsexcolumn.com
Dear Andrea:
About what you said about infatuation — isn't it possible to be head over heels in love with someone and also have caring and mutual support? What would preclude it? I am not talking about commitment — there are lots of "committed" couples out there who don't care at all and take each other for granted, as well as couples in the starry-eyed stage (I hope) who care for each other deeply. Read more »

PG&E's candidates

|
(0)

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

|
(0)

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