Steven T. Jones

Betting on the mayor

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By Steven T. Jones
I'll be the first to admit that I barely understand the complexities of futures markets, but I'm proud to say that I've already made a few hundred bucks off this fall's mayor's race. OK, it isn't real money, and this market for who will be our next mayor is a contrivance of the SF Usual Suspects. Yet it's a fun and interesting new way to handicap the upcoming race. BTW, I'm swimming in Ross Mirkarimi shares in case anybody wants to make me a good offer. Read more »

Little green burners

Why is Jim Mason fighting bureaucrats instead of working on his alternative fuel project?
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steve@sfbg.com

GREEN CITY Today's environmental problems — global warming, peak oil, drastically dwindling biodiversity, an unsustainable economic system that pollutes and consumes too much — are big. And there are many big solutions proposed by big governmental bodies, big individuals, and big corporations.

A major commitment is truly needed, but perhaps it's the million small innovators and gestures that are most likely to add up to the most fundamental shift. Read more »

Star studded Milk Club event

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By Steven T. Jones
Last night's annual dinner of the Harvey Milk LGBT Democratic Club was a truly memorable event that stands as testament to the strength, vitality, depth, and verve of this city's progressive movement. Read more »

Fury over sound

City threatens to suspend popular SoMa nightclub after its neighbors complain about loud music
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steve@sfbg.com

Club Six is a popular nightclub that has invigorated the seedy Sixth Street corridor, attracted new businesses nearby, and generally made it safer to walk that area at night. Read more »

Hogarth doth protest too much

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By Steven T. Jones
Even before reading the article about Club Six's conflict with neighbors that I wrote for tomorrow's paper, Paul Hogarth (a half-time housing activist with Tenderloin Housing Clinic and half-time managing editor for THC's Beyond Chron blog) has concluded that I'm being terribly unfair to the SRO residents of Sixth Street, all because Club Six advertises with us. Apparently he's psychic. Read more »

Was there $20,000 in Ed Jew's safe?

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Guardian photo of Ed Jew by Charles Russo
By Steven T. Jones
The Examiner today repeats their big scoop in the FBI raid of Sup. Ed Jew's office: that agents found $20,000 in his safe that had come from a constituent seeking help with regulatory issues. Read more »

Typical Hummer owner

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By Steven T. Jones
A local Hummer owner apparently just read my Governor Hummer piece from last year and sent me this e-mail. Read more »

Bikes rule!

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Me and Newsom at last year's Bike to Work Day
By Steven T. Jones
San Franciscans pedaled past an important milestone during yesterday's Bike to Work Day: on the morning commute along Market Street, bicycles outnumbered cars for the first time. Traffic engineers counted 647 cyclists riding eastbound on Market near Van Ness from 8-9 a.m., or 54 percent of the total traffic. Read more »

Bikes rule!

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Me and Newsom at last year's Bike to Work Day
By Steven T. Jones
San Franciscans pedaled past an important milestone during yesterday's Bike to Work Day: on the morning commute along Market Street, bicycles outnumbered cars for the first time. Traffic engineers counted 647 cyclists riding eastbound on Market near Van Ness from 8-9 a.m., or 54 percent of the total traffic. Read more »

Chronicle to slash newsroom staff

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By Steven T. Jones
The San Francisco Chronicle is planning to lay off about a quarter of its editorial staff -- 20 managers and 80 rank-and-file journalists -- in the next two weeks, according to sources at the paper. Read more »