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Celebrating independence, embracing wage slavery

On the eve of Independence Day, too many San Franciscans seem eager to give up on the very idea of independence, instead willingly buying...

Community awaits benefits as Lennar finally breaks ground in Hunters Point

More than five years after San Francisco voters approved a massive redevelopment plan for the Hunters Point Shipyard and much the southeast part of...

Thunder from West Portal: Quentin Kopp savages the Warriors’ Embarcadero Wall and its $220 million taxpayer subsidy

(Scroll down to read Kopp's column from the Westside Observer) When then State Sen. Quentin Kopp was appointed to the bench in San Mateo...

Zynga implosion shows the danger in SF’s technophilia

We’ve long been skeptical of the overblown and self-interested claims by tech titans and their political allies that this dot-com boom changes everything and...

Dianne Feinstein and 8 Washington: The letters

Here's a fascinating little bit of history that relates to the 8 Washington project.In 1984, the owners of Golden Gateway proposed to build a...

Ed Lee’s “no social service cuts” budget

So Mayor Ed Lee is going to spare social services, and apparently at least part of the Department of Public Heath, from any further...

Da Mayor, local hire advocate

Even as Sup. John Avalos continues to be raked over the coals by San Francisco Examiner columnist Melissa Griffin for his so-called “peacocking, disrespectful...

The Chron discovers the lack of waterfront planning

So the Chronicle's John King (who's generally not a bad architecture critic and really seems to understand city planning) finally discovered something that some...

How SF politics (and journalism) really works

The internal report on SF Housing Authority management berates ousted director Henry Alvarez as a jerk and a bully, somone who made racist and...

Ammiano’s on a roll

Willie Brown, the former mayor and current unregistered lobbyist, has been trying to undermine Assemblymember Tom Ammiano for years. But take a look at...

Chiu and Herrera roll up their sleeves for spring cleaning in City Hall

For some time now, oft-labeled “power brokers” with undue influence in San Francisco city government have taken heat for failing to register as lobbyists....

Ron Lanza, queer impressario, dies at 78

Ron Lanza, a pioneer in San Francisco’s gay rights movement and an impressario who promoted queer arts through the worst of the AIDS crisis,...

Paying for the mayor’s China trip

You'd think the mayor would know better by now. After all the allegations of cronyism and undue influence, you'd think that he'd make sure...

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...

Tech Bubble 2.0

Ah, but here we go again

Willie Brown and Ammiano’s pot bill

Assemblymember Tom Ammiano’s new medical marijuana bill seems pretty straightforward. Almost everyone in the medpot biz thinks there ought to be some sort of...

Editor’s Notes

The mayor makes bad deals

Next, the Treasure Island sellout

Now that he's done such a bang-up job negotiating a deal for the CMPC hospital, leaving the supervisors to clean up the mess, does...

Should city employees be commissioners?

Mayor Ed Lee had to do something radical with the Housing Authority, and I'm glad he did. The commissioners who oversee this mess, particularly...

Harvey Milk and Cesar Chavez

The Chron continues its jihad against Harvey Milk Airport today, arguing that the price tag airport administrators came up with -- $4 million --...

Ed Lee’s State of the City: What evictions? What displacement?

Mayor Ed Lee punctuated his State of the City speech with a nice little quip: "Every San Franciscan deserves a clean, safe place to...

Editor’s notes

Naming the airport after Harvey Milk is a must-do

The (bad) Warriors deal, by the numbers

Rudy Nothenberg, who ran Muni and the city’s water system, was chief administrative officer, negotiated the deal for the Giants ballpark, and served under...

Harvey Milk airport!

First of all, it's a great idea.Major airports get named after people who have had a major impact on society (LaGuardia, Kennedy) or heros...