Steven T. Jones

Chasing the church

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By Steven T. Jones
Toward the end of Christopher Hitchens' wonderfully caustic anti-tribute to Jerry Falwell on Slate today, he chides the Democratic Party for trying to follow the Republican Party in pandering to the religionists. That's a very real fear that has the potential to do immense damage to this country and its constitutional separation of religion from government. Read more »

Out of downtown

Out of downtown: Wealthy financier Warren Hellman has crossed his big-business allies to help progressive causes

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steve@sfbg.com

It wasn't going well for Ted Strawser, predictably. The alternative transportation activist faced an uphill battle March 14 trying to convince a San Francisco Chamber of Commerce committee to endorse Healthy Saturdays, a plan to ban cars from part of Golden Gate Park.Read more »

Stationary biking

Bike to Work Day creates new cyclists, but the city still can't make them safer
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This year's Bike to Work Day, set for May 17, comes as San Francisco's cycling network lies dormant in a court-imposed coma. The city isn't allowed to make any physical improvements to promote safe bicycling until late next year at the earliest, more than two years after the injunction began. Read more »

Ding dong, Falwell's dead

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By Steven T. Jones
We all hate to speak ill of the dead, but my reaction to the news that Rev. Jerry Falwell have died was: Whoopee!!! Apparently, I'm not alone in wanting to dance on this hatemonger's grave. Check of the comments to the NYT blog. My favorite was "bury him deep."

Berkeley shutting down art and alt-energy center

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By Steven T. Jones
Just as I was writing about wanting to get back into covering the fantastic alternative energy creations now being developed by Burning Man artists, Berkeley officials were in the process of shutting down an important hub for this work. Read more »

Dr. Dean's cure for division

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Noticing Burning Man's new green hue

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By Steven T. Jones
The New York Times has noted Burning Man's burgeoning environmental activism, which is building to a head for the Green Man themed event this August. Read more »

Noticing Burning Man's new green hue

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By Steven T. Jones
The New York Times has noted Burning Man's burgeoning environmental activism, which is building to a head for the Green Man themed event this August. Read more »

Arnold's high-speed spin

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By Steven T. Jones
After being called out by the Guardian as the main obstacle to building a high-speed rail system in California, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger wrote an op-ed in the Fresno Bee over the weekend claiming to enthusiastically support the project. Read more »

How Weird, how wonderful, how sad

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By Steven T. Jones
San Franciscans threw an epic dance party on the streets of SOMA yesterday, one that was unfortunately cut down in its prime by official San Francisco. The How Weird Street Faire drew about 10,000 costumed fun-seekers to bop to some of the city's best DJs and soak in the warm sunshine. Read more »