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The Prop. 90 problem
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tredmond@sfbg.com
There's something scary happening in Bayview–Hunters Point, and it's not the redevelopment bulldozers.
For some reason that I find hard to understand, community leaders like Willie Ratcliff and Marie Harrison, who are opposed to the Redevelopment Agency's plan for that neighborhood, have signed on with a frightening gang of radical right-wing property rights advocates. Read more »

Divorcing Columbus

The Italian-American dilemma
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OPINION This year may go down in history as the one new immigrants reignited a civil rights mobilization in the United States. Their efforts, like those of the black liberation movement of the ’60s, will certainly become a catalyst for progressive action from many communities. As southern Italian Americans, this Columbus Day we have to ask our community the age-old question — which side are we on? Unfortunately, many of us have chosen exactly which side we are on: supporting racist immigrant bashers, whether they are legislators in the halls of Congress or vigilante Minutemen. Read more »

Why does the OES fear KGO-TV?

The controversy over obtaining copies of San Francisco's disaster plans
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KGO-TV news reporter Dan Noyes and producer Beth Rimbey have been trying for the last 15 months to acquire copies of San Francisco's disaster plans from the Office of Emergency Services. Despite firm deadlines set by the city's Sunshine Ordinance and public promises made by Mayor Gavin Newsom and OES chief Annemarie Conroy, not all of the requested documents have been released.
In fact, OES officials won't even talk to KGO anymore.
"We're only allowed to speak to the Mayor's Office," Rimbey said at a Sept. 26 Sunshine Ordinance Task Force hearing on the issue. Read more »

Shades of green

The West Coast Green conference highlights San Francisco for its leadership — and shortcomings — in environmentally sensitive building
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An assembly of the nation's premier green architects, engineers, academics, and policy makers was gathered Sept. 28 in the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium, patiently awaiting a keynote address from Mayor Gavin Newsom. Read more »

Hip buzz phrases

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annalee@techsploitation.com
TECHSPLOITATION Usually I don't let the PR e-mails get to me. My standard procedure is to review and delete these missives from alternate marketplace universes where people care about incremental changes to the graphic user interface in a piece of useless software. Read more »

Be a liver

By Andrea Nemerson
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andrea@altsexcolumn.com
Dear Andrea:
Many years ago, I contracted the Hepatitis C virus (HCV). I had many partners before tests became available. None, to my knowledge, has contracted HCV from sexual contact with me. I know it's possible to pass it through sexual contact but it's very rare. It requires blood to blood contact: someone would need to stick their bloody penis in some equally bloody orifice on my body — not gonna happen! I'm always safe when it comes to anal sex. As for oral, well, that does give the opportunity to examine my partner more closely. 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 »

The people's program

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OPINION San Francisco progressives have spent years getting on the political power map. We have achieved amazing victories, such as the 2000 sweep that defeated the Brown machine and ushered in an independent Board of Supervisors. At times we've gotten mired in sectarian clashes that have prevented unity around a common vision. However, such obstacles and stumbles have taught us valuable lessons that can be the building blocks for a vibrant people's movement. To be successful, we progressives need to have a clear vision and to keep asking ourselves questions. Read more »