Tim Redmond

The adulation of the technoriche

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It’s hardly news at this point that billionaire tech mogul Sean Parker tore up a public campground to build the sets for his $10 million fantasy wedding in Big Sur. And it’s been widely reported that Parker paid a $2.5 million fine to the Coastal Commission, which he tried to spin as a wonderful environmental gift to improve the state park system.Read more »

Go, New Zealand

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Imagine if Larry Ellison lost the America's Cup.Read more »

The Warriors Arena: Art Agnos v. Gary Radnich

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Here's a fun one: former Mayor Art Agnos debating the Warriors arena with Gary Radnich and Larry Krueger. Radnich has always been my favorite sports guy, ever since his days on KRON TV (although Kruk and Kuip are the best live-action announcers), and Agnos is my favorite ex-mayor. (Lord, I gave him a hard time when he was in office, and he sometimes deserved it, but he's been great as a former.)Read more »

Google and Wikileaks: The takedown

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By now half the Internet has read the New York Times piece Julian Assange wrote on Google. In theory, it's sort of an analysis of "The New Digital Age," a book by Google Chairman Eric Schmidt and former State Department official Jared Cohen, which got a lukewarm review in the Times a month ago. Read more »

Some wins, some losses in Sacto

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The state Assembly and Senate passed the usual flurry of bills on May 31, the last day for initial-house approval, with some unusual drama that temporarily sidelined a medical-marijuana bill by Assemblymember Tom Ammiano.

By the time it was all over, several other Ammiano bills passed, a measure by Assemblymember Phil Ting to ease the way for a Warriors arena on the waterfront won approval, and state Sen. Mark Leno got most of his major legislation through.Read more »

Ed Lee's "no social service cuts" budget

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So Mayor Ed Lee is going to spare social services, and apparently at least part of the Department of Public Heath, from any further budget cuts. That's good. Lives will be saved.Read more »

Guardian event on Plan Bay Area

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There's going to be profound change in San Francisco over the next 25 years. If regional planners have their way, we're talking 280,000 more people -- and massive displacement of existing populations. Is that ok? What should we do about it? Is there any alternative, a better way to plan for growth?Read more »

I agree with a three-star General

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I don't find myself in agreement with military leaders that often, but Lt. General Karl Eikenberry and historian David M. Kennedy have a fascinating piece in the New York Times that I have to say makes a lot of sense.Read more »

Planning for displacement: Short takes

Tidbits on planning from around the Bay you need to know

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Regional planning hits Chinatown

When regional planners at the Metropolitan Transportation Commission funded a study to create a bus-rapid transit system on Van News Avenue, they decided, in the interest of speeding the buses along, to allow only one left turn — onto Broadway.Read more »