Steven T. Jones

How Weird bounces back

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The Guardian's city and culture editors getting down at How Weird last year. Read more »

Newsom takes a trip...and all the credit

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Last year in Davos, Newsom's avatar was interviewed in Second Life, the highlight of his trip. Read more »

Choicers snake lifers in SF

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I just had to chuckle at the phone message I got from a representative of this weekend's fourth annual Walk for Life, complaining that the Bay Area Coalition on Reproductive Rights had pulled city permits to gather in Justin Herman Plaza before the anti-abortion folks could secure their usual gathering spot. The pro-lifers now plan to gather on the nearby grassy knoll. Tee-hee. Read more »

Daly's affordable housing power play

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Sup. Chris Daly appears to be coming up just short in a power play to force affordability standards on the 10,000 housing units that Mayor Gavin Newsom, Lennar Corp., and other top power brokers are trying to build through a June ballot measure. Read more »

Jew resigns; Newsom cagey about replacement

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Sup. Ed Jew, shown here at a previous court appearance, has been under pressure to resign since last May. Read more »

Challenging Newsom's power grabs

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In the wake of Mayor Gavin Newsom's meddling with the leadership of the supposedly independent San Francisco Public Utilities Commission and San Francisco Metropolitan Transportation Agency Board of Directors, activists and members of the B Read more »

Health justice

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A three-judge panel of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that San Francisco employers must support the city's new universal health care plan after all, setting aside enforcement of a judge's ruling that the mandate violated federal law, noting that the city has a strong likelihood of winning its appeal of the lawsuit challenging the plan brought by the Golden Gate Restaurant Association. Read more »

Sandoval to run for judge

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Sup. Gerardo Sandoval tells the Guardian he will run for San Francisco Superior Court judge this June, creating the first contested judge's race in many years. Sandoval, who is termed out this year and says he will complete his term on the Board of Supervisors, still hasn't decided which of the 52 judges (a third of which are up for reelection this year) he will challenge, a decision he needs to make by the end of the month when he files his paperwork. Read more »

More Newsom changes

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City Hall sources tell us that Mayor Gavin Newsom has named Controller Ed Harrington as the new director of the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission, his former budget director Ben Rosenfield as the new controller, and close confidante Mike Farrah at head of the Office of Neighborhood Services, although Newsom's spokespersons have not yet confirmed the news. Read more »

Newsom taps law-and-order Republican

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Mayor Gavin Newsom's decision to hire former U.S. Attorney Kevin Ryan to head the Mayor's Office of Criminal Justice speaks volumes about his administration's philosophy and priorities. Read more »