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“Ten more Ron Conways” would destroy San Francisco

As I reported in this week's cover story, San Francisco has lost its balance under Mayor Ed Lee, with economic development pushing sustainability –...

Mayor Lee’s trip to China raises questions of ethics and influence

Mayor Ed Lee barely had time to unpack from his recent political junket to Paris before he was off on his current trip...

DA’s office makeover may have skirted the rules

April 1, 2013
In a San Francisco Chronicle article published March 31, District Attorney George Gascon was quoted as saying he would not “even bother to defend”...

Lyft to take on Muni routes

April 1, 2013
In an announcement that could transform transportation policy in San Francisco, the startup company Lyft is prepared to take over some of the most...

Does Mayor Lee support Airbnb dodging its $1.8 million tax debt to SF?

My story in this week's Guardian about how Airbnb appears to be refusing to pay the hotel taxes it owes to the city has...

Airbnb isn’t sharing

Visitors to San Francisco aren't paying the required hotel tax on "shared housing."

Plan C, and the C stands for Condo conversions

February 21, 2013
No politically savvy San Franciscan has ever really bought the rhetoric espoused by the so-called “moderate” political action group Plan C that it's all...

Friends of London Breed

February 8, 2013
Got an interesting email invite: A group of the most pro-downtown, pro-landlord, conservative folks in town is holding a fundraiser for Sup. London Breed,...

Lee ducks tough questions about Alvarez and diversifying SF’s economy

December 11, 2012
For a career bureaucrat who was appointed mayor supposedly as a sort of straight-shooting un-politician, Mayor Ed Lee today once again demonstrated a real...

The plutocrat

Tech mogul Ron Conway is trying to buy San Francisco politics and sell his pro-business agenda

SF’s newest political pole gets a new name: Moderate progressives

November 19, 2012
A Daily Kos blogger known as Kurykh has posted an interesting and insightful “crash course in San Francisco politics,” in which he correctly identifies...

Sorting out a strange election

What the Nov. 6 results mean -- and don't mean

What the fuck, Chuck: No, Ed Lee is not God

November 8, 2012
So who were the big winners in the election? You could argue Ron Conway; you could argue surprise D5 winner London Breed. But to...

Election makes the Board of Supervisors tougher to predict

November 7, 2012
I'm still a bit too bleary-eyed for serious political analysis on D5 or other races today, but I'll offer a few of my own...

D5 race displays key SF political dynamics

November 7, 2012
There’s so much to say about the District 5 supervisorial race, whose top five finishers’ parties I attended tonight, gathering interesting perspectives from each...

The practice of politics

It isn't just about issues and ideology; it's about the way we fight

Vote early and often

November 6, 2012
The most expensive, ugliest, longest and most money-dominated election in my memory is finally winding down, and unless something really weird happens, Obama's going...

Follow the election night parties and results with SFBG

November 6, 2012
Happy election day! Yes, the barrage of political propaganda will soon give way to celebrations, concessions, ruminations, and spin, spin, spin. As always, the...

So-called DV group doing PG&E’s dirty work

November 3, 2012
Any pretense that the group called San Francisco Women for for Responsibility and an Accountable Supervisor is anything more than a downtown sham vanished...

The billionaire attack on D5

November 2, 2012
The attack on Sup. Christina Olague, funded by a couple of right-wing billionaires, is in full swing in District 5, with mailers, robocalls, a...

Olague attacks led by billionaires and a consultant/commissioner with undisclosed income

October 31, 2012
Understanding how political activists are being paid is important to understanding what their motivations are. For example, is Andrea Shorter – a mayor-appointed former...

Man for the moment?

John Rizzo's calm demeanor and steady progressivism may be the antidote to the sordid D5 supervisorial race

The sleazy money typhoon

October 29, 2012
CORRECTION: This article has been updated to correct inaccurate information. The flood of money into the San Francisco elections over the past month is mind-boggling....

Realtors and tech spending big to flip the Board of Supervisors

October 26, 2012
Wealthy interests aligned with Mayor Ed Lee, the real estate industry, big tech companies, and other downtown groups are spending unprecedented sums of money...