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Downtown’s deceptions

By Steven T. Jones The rancorous debate over providing health care to all San Franciscans finally comes to the Board of Supervisors for a vote tomorrow, culminating a truly ugly political spectacle. The business community...

B. Taylor loves Star Wars

by Tim Redmond Gack! I just turned on the TV and saw Barbara Taylor interviewing Sup. Gerardo Sandoval on the City Desk Newshour program. She felt the need to beat him up (like most of...

Dist. 8 heats up

By Tim Redmond Alix Rosenthal, who is challenging Bevan Dufty in District eight, has been getting some (electronic) press; BeyondChron has interview in which, among other things, she talks about keeping San Francisco weird....

Commissioner Haaland

By Tim Redmond Not much daily press on this, but Robert Haaland, longtime LGBT and labor activist, is headed for a seat on the Board of Appeals. The San Francisco Sentinel story focuses on...

The Mexican election

By Tim Redmond Not a huge amount of furor (yet) in San Francisco over the apparent theft of the Mexican elections. John Ross has all the background here. Randy Shaw has some thoughts on...

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Swanson beats Russo

By G.W. Schulz With all districts reporting, Sandré Swanson has overcome Oakland city attorney John Russo by 7 percentage points in his primary bid for the 16th Assembly District, which Wilma Chan has held since...

Wow! Unity!

By Tim Redmond Amazing, but not unexpected: Steve Westly joined with Phil Angelides today in L.A. to announce a unified campaign for the fall. Westly, who had blasted Angelides for allegedly dumping waste into Lake...

Binder’s analysis

By Steven T. Jones Pollster David Binder's day-after election luncheon at SPUR is a tradition of the season and a must-attend for the wonkiest of political wonks. Among his insights: * In an otherwise lackluster...

Progressive power in Oakland

By G.W. Schulz All of Alameda County’s precincts have now reported, but absentee and provisional ballots are still not counted. The Alameda County Registrar of Voters couldn’t confirm for us how many such ballots remained....

Partying for Laguna Honda

By G.W. Schulz Perhaps the most obscure and complex of the four local measures that appeared on Tuesday’s ballot was Proposition D, a land-use initiative designed to prevent San Francisco County health officials from allowing...

A take on A

By Steven T. Jones The biggest heartbreak on election day -- Measure A being defeated by just over 1,000 votes -- should become the biggest opportunity for progressives now that this election is done. This...

Dellums’s outlook

By Sarah Phelan At Ron Dellums Party, Kimball's Carnival Leaving San Francisco, we could feel the temperature rise as we crossed the Bay Bridge. By the time we got to Kimball's, the party for Ron Dellums...

Endorsements for Nevin

By G.W. Schulz At Mike Nevin's Election Party At District 8 State Senate candidate Mike Nevin's election party, the mood is subdued. At the front of the wood-paneled meeting hall of the Steam Fitters, Plumbers, and...

Reilly leaves the stage

By Steven T. Jones Janet Reilly finally came to the stage just before 10:30 to concede a race that wasn't as close as many expected. "I am so proud of our efforts today and what...

Bad news for Prop. A

By Tim Redmond City Hall Prop. A seems to be falling behind, although an hour ago it looked like a winner. A very sound measure addressing a real civic crisis -- and it goes down because...

Hope and resolve

By Steven T. Jones Sharen Hewitt -- the SF activist perhaps most associated with finding solutions to street violence -- was being honored with a rose when I walked into the Prop. A party at...

What it all means

By Tim Redmond At City Hall This was an excellent night for labor and tenants, and to a certain extent, for Gavin Newsom. It was a lousy night for Carole Migden, Tony Hall, Joe O'Donoghue, and...

Canvas with the Reilly people

By Steven T. Jones The mood at Canvas Cafe is a little glum and doesn't seem to fit the artsy, airy interior. They all know that it's over, and they can't stand to have lost...

“Fabulous Fiona”

By Tina Rodia At Fiona Ma party, Irish Cultural Center At 9:09 p.m., with 17 percent of the precincts reporting, Fiona Ma already had 59 percent of the votes. Supporters at the party, which is about...

more fun at City Hall

By Tim Redmond Well, we keep crunching numbers here, and they keep looking grim for Janet Reilly. The latest, with more than half the votes in, shows Ma getting almost 60 percent of the election-day...