Politics Blog

THERESA SPARKS TAKES OVER LEAD CHAIR OF POLICE COMMISSION; LOUISE RENNE GETS PISSED AND RESIGNS

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By G.W. Schulz

Remember how when Nancy Pelosi ascended to the speakership of the House, you were all proud because it happened in your lifetime? “A woman has come mightily close to the presidency,” you told yourself. “Slowly but surely, we’ll get over this whole ‘women in positions of power scare the living shit out of us, but we’re afraid to admit it’ thing.’”

But remember, too, how that cynical voice inside of you also said “Yeah, sure, it happened in my lifetime, but Pelosi is as cold and calculating as every other creep inside the beltway. Read more »

Stop Breeding

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by Amanda Witherell

I don't know how you were feeling after you saw Al Gore's An Inconvenient Truth, but my first thought was, "Wow, I'm definitely not having children. The year 2050 is going to suck for them."

Some Brits agree.

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 »

Nancy Pelosi wants energy independence

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By Tim Redmond

Rep. Nancy Pelosi is going to announce an energy independence plan by July 4.

Gee: I wonder if she'll include a gas tax, which even Business Week thinks is a smart move.

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 »

Don't Trash California

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By Sarah Phelan

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Slow is how I was feeling in all this heat, as I drove towards the Bay Bridge, direction San Francisco, and maybe it was because I was driving slowly, too, that I saw the huge illuminated "Don't Trash California" sign that's been newly installed on the approach to the toll gates.
Brought to us by Toll Roads, an Orange County and SoCal-based organization that has partnered with Caltrans, the sign is obviously intended to stop people trashing our state (at Read more »

BVHP referendum remains in legal limbo

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By Sarah Phelan
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This map shows just how huge the redevelopment project ( the yellow area) in Bayview Hunters Point has grown.

San Francisco Superior Court Judge Patrick Mahoney heard arguments in the Bayview Hunters Point redevelopment referendum case—then told both sides to file briefs more focused on the narrower question: namely, which documents should signature gatherers have attached to their petitions last summer, as they tried to put the Redevelopment Agency’s plan for Bayview Read more »

We've got the right wing agitated

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By Tim Redmond

I just thought I was asking a presidential candidate an obvious question, but my query to John Edwards about taxes -- and his hardly radical answer -- has gotten the conservatives all in a wad.

The San Diego Union even devoted an entire editorial to denouncing Edwards. My friends at San Diego City Beat asked me to respond; you can see my comments 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 »

Police commission politics

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By Tim Redmond

Theresa Sparks, a transgender activist who was honored as Woman of the Year by the state Assembly, called today to tell me she's going to run for president of the Police Commission, challenging former City Attorney Louise Renne, who currently holds the job and shows no signs of w Read more »