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Now THIS is scary

By Tim Redmond THe Bush Administration is quietly moving to give an eight-member panel appointed by the president the ability to kill any federal program or agency -- unlilaterally. I'm not joking; Rollling Stone broke...

Dem Greens

By Steven T. Jones So the Bay Area's best and brightest liberals continue to leave the Democratic Party in frustration, the most recent being gubernational candidate, author, and anti-death penalty activist Barbara Becnel, who fought...

Come on, Mr. Sheriff

By Tim Redmond Here's a great idea: Supervisors Tom Ammiano and Ross Mirkarmimi are pushing for a resolution that would call on the San Francisco sheriff to refuse to carry out Ellis Act evictions. Sheriff...

An itemized bill for murder

By G.W. Schulz Both the Contra Costa Times and the Sacramento Bee ran large Sunday features on their front pages chronicling gun violence in the East Bay and Sacramento County. The Bee published part two...

Private-prison blues

By G.W. Schulz Nashville is known mostly as a home for some of the best and worst artists country music has to offer. But the city has quietly played host to something else over the...

World War III

By Tim Redmond It's not news that Newt Gingrich announced last week that World War III has begun. Some people in the progressive blogosphere are taking this seriously, saying it signals a new GOP...

Jesus built my veto … It’s a love affair

By G.W. Schulz This week’s presidential veto may not have been signed if Bush were forced to call each and every American suffering from a debilitating spinal-chord injury to explain his position on federal funding...

Make those donuts …

By Tim Redmond Wow! A committee chaired by two former police chiefs thinks the police chief should have more power in disciplinary cases. Go figure. As Joe Pop-O-Pie says, make those donuts with extra grease ....

The rent-control lie

By Tim Redmond I've been hearing this shit now for more than 20 years: Landlords say the reason there's no new rental housing built in San Francisco is because of rent control. Never mind that...

Olympic schemes

By Steven T. Jones Kudos to Sup. Gerardo Sandoval for his voicing skepticism about whether San Francisco should want to host the Olympics in 2016, as Mayor Gavin Newsom is pushing. Also, a belated shout...

Newsom’s pal Daley

Gavin Newsom happily hosted Chicago Mayor Richard Daley on a working tour of the city today, but as Willie Brown (who is no stranger to cronyism and corruption charges) pointed out on the Will...

Continuing bike battles

By Steven T. Jones OK, this entry is just adding some touch-up work to the one below: "Bike battles continues." I've heard some firsthand reports from last weekend's mini-confrontation between Mayor Gavin Newsom and a...

Daly’s re-election

By Tim Redmond Pat Murphy at the Sentinel has a nice recap of a party for Chris Daly, sponsored by Jane Morrison and Agar Jaicks, who are longtime stalwarts of the local Democratic Party. Murphy...

The hemp chronicles

Assemblyman Mark Leno's industrial hemp bill is headed for the state Senate, and the OC Weekly's staff blog has a wonderful interview with the "joint" author, Republican Chuck DeVore. Devore, a lieutenant colonel in...

FEMA gets a makeover

By G.W. Schulz The major news organizations hardly touched it, but a congressional appropriations provision reorganizing and renaming FEMA passed the Senate 87 to 11 last week. To his begrudging credit, Sen. Trent Lott, a...

Bike battles continue

By Steven T. Jones It was two months ago this Saturday that Mayor Gavin Newsom vetoed Healthy Saturdays, which would have extended the Sunday Golden Gate Park road closures through the weekend. At the time,...

Lawsuit over newspaper merger

By Steven T. Jones Big but buried news from today's Examiner: Clint Reilly (with help from attorney Joseph Alioto) is suing to block the big newspaper merger that put most Bay Areas rags under...

What Can Brown Do For You?

By Sarah Phelan Someone needs to take the UPS Poster that says "What Can Brown Do For You" and seriously adbust it, in the light of all the crazy posturing around "illegal" immigration. Not that...

Jason Leopold inspires yet another correction

By G.W. Schulz When the controversial journalist Jason Leopold botched a story last May for lefty media purveyors Truthout.org, the Columbia Journalism Review took him out to the woodshed. Ironically, however, CJR was forced to...

Windfalls and compromise

By Steven T. Jones For anyone who could sort through the sometimes mind-numbing minutiae of land use economics and regulation, today's Board of Supervisors Land Use Committee contained some interesting insights. Sup. Chris Daly...

Healthy Compromises

Sup. Tom Ammiano and Mayor Gavin Newsom took another step today towards making health care accessible to all uninsured San Franciscans. The San Francisco Health Care Security Ordinance, which Ammiano and Newsom announced...

The taxi “thief”

By Tim Redmond This is front-page news in the Chronicle? A weeks-old story that an assistant to a department head was convicted of stealing a $100 necklace 15 years ago? Let's check out the facts. The...

Jane Mayer in The New Yorker

By G.W. Schulz Jane Mayer’s exceptional profile of David Addington in the July 3 New Yorker admittedly confirms much of what we already knew about this presidential administration. But Addington for some time has managed...

A solution in search of a problem

By Tim Redmond I don't really know where this comes from; do people have nothing better to do than whine about their neighbors? But I know that in neighbhorhoods like Chinatown, North Beach and yeah,...