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Dick Meister: Good news–and bad–about jobs

July 30, 2012
By Dick Meister Dick Meister, former labor editor of the SF Chronicle and KQED-TV Newsroom, has covered labor and politics for more than...

The worst archibishop ever

July 27, 2012
As they say ... Jesus!The new archbishop of San Francisco isn't just a conservative. All the bishops appointed by this pope are conservatives. The...

There goes the SF Democratic Party

July 27, 2012
We all knew that the progressives didn't win a majority on the Democratic County Central Committee, but for a while there it looked as...

Governor signs high-speed rail funding bill at Transbay Terminal

The mood was jubilant at the Transbay Terminal construction site in downtown San Francisco this afternoon as political leaders gathered to watch Gov. Jerry...

Guest opinion: RCV is good for progressives

Since San Francisco began using ranked choice voting in 2004 and public financing of campaigns in 2002, the city has been a leader in...

Guardian Voices: The case against RCV

July 13, 2012
“The Cure for the Ills of Democracy is More Democracy”                                 -- old Progressive Party sloganMy friends here at the Guardian have elevated support...

Olague’s antics on RCV alarm her progressive supporters

As Sup. Christina Olague was being appointed to the District 5 seat on the Board of Supervisors by Mayor Ed Lee in January, we...

RCV repeal effort gets tricky with three alternatives

The Board of Supervisors is scheduled to vote on July 10 whether to place a controversial charter amendment on November’s ballot that would largely...

Davis launches D5 campaign with fortuitous timing

When progressive activist Julian Davis formally launched his District 5 supervisorial campaign late last week with a well-attended kickoff party at the Peacock Lounge...

Abs! Abs! Abs! And a few other new movies…

As a nation reacts with faux-surprise to the news of TomKat's demise, one question remains: what movie to see this weekend to ease the...

Why do Lee, Chiu, and others want to stifle economic growth?

Why do Mayor Ed Lee, Board of Supervisors President David Chiu, and San Francisco's two major daily newspapers want to punish success? Because that's...

Hospital standoff

A skeptical Board of Supervisors opens hearings on the massive, high-stakes CPMC project

An absolute must-read on taxes (by Stephen King)

April 30, 2012
A lot of things drive me crazy (people making a left turn on 16th and Bryant at 5 p.m., backing up traffic for an...

Guardian endorsements for June 5 election

Sure, the primaries are a joke -- but your vote still matters. Our take on the trash wars, the DCCC race, and more local elections

Social liberalism beats economic populism?

April 9, 2012
Eric Alterman, who writes on media for The Nation, has a book out on the history of liberalism in America and a fascinating essay...

Does Malia Cohen want to dump Potrero Hill?

March 30, 2012
Since the dawn of district elections in the 1970s, Potrero Hill and Bayview have been part of the same district. Of the four supervisors...

The legacy of racism

Killing the Messenger explores Black Muslim ideology and the cycles of brutality

Hot sexy events: March 9-14

March 9, 2012
I have been trying my very hardest to ignore the various fascist blowhards currently preening themselves through the Republican primary season. Let them twerk...

Cannabis’ unlikely new crusader: Pat Robertson?

File this one under #OKsure: Televangelist and all-around dubious individual Pat Robertson has come out in support of the decriminalization of marijuana.Of course, it's...

Have conservatives hijacked the Small Business Commission?

February 24, 2012
Is the Small Business Commission really advocating for small businesses, or has the commission been hijacked by bankers and real estate developers aggressively pushing...

Bubbles, rising rents, and the politicians who fuel them

February 17, 2012
After neither Mayor Ed Lee nor Sup. Jane Kim were willing to return my calls to discuss the implications of their economic development policies...

Sundance Diary, volume three: docs!

In a series of posts, Midnites for Maniacs curator-host and Academy of Art film-history teacher Jesse Hawthorne Ficks reports on the 2012 Sundance Film...

Louis Dunn: Christian conservatives boo Ron Paul’s ‘Golden Rule’

January 23, 2012
Guardian graphic by Louis DunnRep. Ron Paul, in the  Jan. 17th  debate in  Myrtle Beach in the  Bible Belt of  South Carolina,  proposed that...

Gov. Brown backs high-speed rail and other big ideas

January 18, 2012
California Gov. Jerry Brown this morning used a big portion of his annual State of the State speech to promote the construction of a...