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City College's latest abomination

Our very own City College is now proposing a 17-story, 238-foot glass monstrosity at the corner of Kearny and Washington streets.
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OPINION Battles to preserve the unique character of San Francisco's neighborhoods are nothing new. Read more »

The next big fight

Supervisors seek to prioritize affordable housing in the eastern neighborhoods
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steve@sfbg.com
San Francisco's eastern neighborhoods — the Mission District, Potrero Hill, Showplace Square, Dogpatch, the Central Waterfront, and SoMa — are shaping up to be a prime battleground in the fight over who will determine the city's future.
Can city officials, working with community groups, set development standards that will create adequate housing for all income groups, protect the job-generating businesses that use light-industrial property, and include enough open space and other community benefits? Read more »

Editor's Notes

The City's 250K economic development plan may be coming close to missing the point
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San Francisco is spending $250,000 to create an economic development plan, and that's probably a good thing. The city's economy is changing; development pressure is threatening small businesses and light industry; local people can't find jobs; and more and more residents are working out of town — it's exactly the sort of situation that calls for some intelligent planning.
The current project, sponsored by the Mayor's Office, is the result of a ballot measure approved two years ago that requires the city to measure the economic impact of policy decisions. Read more »

Gavin Newsom's datebook

Just how is the Mayor spending his time?
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EDITORIAL Kirsten Gillibrand, a newly elected member of Congress from Hudson, NY, has made a simple promise that could have dramatic impacts — and that should serve as a model for public officials like Mayor Gavin Newsom. Gillibrand, according to the New York Times, has promised to post her work calendar — all of it, including the names of lobbyists she's met with — on the Web at the end of every day. It's hardly an onerous task — any competent staffer can do the work in a matter of minutes. Read more »

Pass Maxwell's housing bill

San Francisco doesn't need to build more housing that's totally out of sync with what residents and small businesses need.
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EDITORIAL Every city in California has to keep a general plan on its civic shelf, and every 10 years the plan — a detailed outline of future growth and development goals — has to be dusted off and updated. Read more »

Unseal the court files

The lawsuit that seeks to stop the monopolization of daily newspapers in the Bay Area isn't just a business dispute.
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The lawsuit that seeks to stop the monopolization of daily newspapers in the Bay Area isn't just a business dispute. Real estate investor Clint Reilly argues that he would be personally harmed by the deal (which gives him standing to sue), but in reality, this is about the future of mainstream news media in one of the nation's largest and most politically active markets. If the Hearst Corp. Read more »

Margaret Cho's Good Vibes XXX-Mas striptease

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Powell, Baker, Hamilton -- Thanks for Nothing

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When Colin Powell endorsed the Iraq Study Group report during his Dec. 17 appearance on “Face the Nation,” it was another curtain call for a tragic farce.

Four years ago, “moderates” like Powell were making the invasion of Iraq possible. Now, in the guise of speaking truth to power, Powell and ISG co-chairs James Baker and Lee Hamilton are refueling the U.S. war effort by depicting it as a problem of strategy and management.

But the U.S. Read more »

Is the USA the Center of the World?

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Some things don’t seem to change. Five years after I wrote this column in the form of a news dispatch, it seems more relevant than ever:

WASHINGTON -- There were unconfirmed reports yesterday that the United States is not the center of the world.

The White House had no immediate comment on the reports, which set off a firestorm of controversy in the nation’s capital.

Speaking on background, a high-ranking official at the State Department discounted the possibility that the reports would turn out to be true. Read more »

The meaning of spam

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annalee@techsploitation.com
TECHSPLOITATION I spend an inordinate amount of time wondering why my spam looks the way it does. Until quite recently, I received about 20,000 spam e-mails every day. The poor little Bayesean filter in my Thunderbird e-mail program couldn't keep up and would routinely barf when confronted with such huge piles of crap from "Nuclear R. Accomplishment" with the subject line "$subject" and a message body full of random quotes from Beowulf.
Before I finally fixed my spam problem — oh blissfully small inbox! — I developed a few vaguely paranoid theories. Read more »