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#TBT: That time we called for California’s break-up

July 17, 2014
So another scheme -- in a long and rich history of such schemes -- is attempting to break California into more digestible parts, and...

Chiu mailer highlights Guardian praise, despite our Campos endorsement

Politics is dirty business, and I should never underestimate the willingness of politicians to turn any editorial praise they receive into an electoral advantage,...

Guardian Intelligence: May 21 – 27, 2014

May 20, 2014
P>Because nothing screams "invest in healthcare" like an aging Sammy Hagar: The former Van Halen rocker teamed up with Metallica's James Hetfield, Green Day's...

Ammiano’s Prop. 13 reform bill moves forward with unlikely business community support

Assemblymember Tom Ammiano’s (D-SF) legislation to close a state loophole that has allowed big corporations and other commercial property owners to avoid paying higher...

Guardian endorsements

Campos for Assembly, Yes on Props. B and 42, re-elect Gov. Jerry Brown — our recommendations for the June 2014 primary election

The price of growth

Development is booming in the eastern neighborhoods, but the money isn't there to cover the infrastructure needed to serve it

The trouble with compromise

"It takes no compromise to give people their rights... It takes no money to respect the individual. It takes no political deal to give...

City Hall must address rising rents

EDITORIAL Another flurry of public concern over rising rents in San Francisco — driven by one-bedroom apartments listed for almost $4,000, a well-attended forum...

Tech in schools

SFUSD is slowly but steadily working to bring more technology into the classrooms

Planning for displacement

Regional planners want to put 280,000 more people into San Francisco — and they admit that many current residents will have to leave

Why rent control works

May 13, 2013
I shouldn't even bother to talk about this, because all it will do is stir up the trolls, but I'm getting sick of all...

Is there hope for California?

April 17, 2013
Nothing cheers up an old tax-and-spend liberal than word that two major new sources of state revenue -- enough to begin closing the gap...

On KPFA, Gavin Newsom ducks the tough ones

March 21, 2013
Gavin Newsom sat down for an hour with Brian Edwards-Tiekert of KPFA's Up Front, and the show is remarkable. Brian was a little less...

Everybody likes Jerry; now what?

February 21, 2013
For the first time in many years, Californians seem to like their governor. Jerry Brown's approval rating is now above 50 percent; actually, it's...

The downside of Jerry Brown’s budget

January 10, 2013
The guv is quite proud of his new budget: He's eliminated the chronic deficits, he's giving some more money to the schools, and he's...

Willie Brown is so full of shit on Prop. 13

December 10, 2012
The Chron's conflict-laden columnist made an interesting admission Dec. 9: The multibillion-dollar tax loophole that allows corporations to avoid reassessments under Prop. 13 was...

Could we really fix Prop. 13?

December 6, 2012
Is it really possible? Could California be on the path to repair the damage of Prop. 13? Would Jerry go along?You wouldn't think so...

District surprises

Big-money efforts could unseat Olague -- but not Mar

Editor’s notes

Dems Gone Wild in Sacramento? We wish. 

Is the tax revolt over?

November 9, 2012
The most optimistic piece I've read on the results of the November election is on Calitics, where Robert Cruikshank argues that the tax revolt...

Demos control Sacramento. Completely.

November 7, 2012
The sleeper in this election is the apparent supermajority for the Democrats in both houses of the Legislature. This is huge news, if it...

Endorsements 2012: San Francisco propositions

Yes (sigh) on Prop B. And vote hell yes to deny corporations personhood -- that'd be Prop G

Endorsements 2012: State and national races

End the death penalty -- Yes on 34. Go Barack, and vote No on 35 for sexworker justice

How Jerry Brown got us here

September 17, 2012
Jerry Roberts, who has long been among the best political reporters in California, has a nice, detailed piece on CalBuzz about Jerry Brown's history...