Politics Blog

Omar's Post

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A few months ago we profiled an Iraqi journalist named Omar Fekeiki, who escaped Baghdad to attend j-school at UC Berkeley, with the hope of returning to Iraq to be with his family and start his own newspaper. Read more »

Political Art of the Week

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Will the pro-parking Prop. H remain on the ballot?

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Livable City executive director Tom Radulovich has asked the city Elections Department to remove the controversial pro-car measure Prop. H from the fall ballot after discovering a fairly significant misstatement of city law in the ballot summary that its downtown advocates circulated to get on the ballot. The measure, funded by Republican Don Fisher and condo developer WebCor, invalidates most city parking policies and drastically expands people's rights to build parking spots. Read more »

High-speed rail's split decision

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The California High Speed Rail Authority will hold a hearing in San Francisco City Hall tomorrow (Thursday/23) at 4 p.m. to take public input on the study of two possible Bay Area alignments for the high-speed rail line, the first of six such meetings in Northern California. Read more »

Wicked, wicked wikis

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by Amanda Witherell

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OK, who read the NY Times article about wikiscanner, the new website that makes it possible to track who's editing Wikipedia entries?

Very interesting. Read more »

Talk about needing to "move on ...."

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By Tim Redmond

I can think of a lot of people I'd like to indict for conspiracy to commit terrible crimes in the period of time that we now call "the Sixties." Henry Kissinger would be near the top of my list. But I had kind of thought the country was ready to put that all behind us .... and then I read this. And I just keep shaking my head.

Te quiero lavado de verde

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by Amanda Witherell

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Pardon my ninth grade Spanish, but it looks like PG&E's having a little fiesta at Limon this Wednesday. Last time I ate there it seemed thick with hipsters, not Latinos, but greenwashing is equal opportunity, non? Read more »

Joe Alioto to take on Big Oil in court

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By G.W. Schulz

Just received early word that in-your-face antitrust lawyer and local swell Joe Alioto will be filing a gargantuan class-action suit tomorrow in federal court against some of the largest players in the global oil racket accusing them of fixing gasoline prices and destroying documents that showed evidence of the collusion.

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The defendants will include Shell Oil Company, Chevron Corporation and Saudi Refining, Inc. Read more »

Naked Ambition and the Mayor's Race: Full Frontal

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By Sarah Phelan
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George "Naked Yoga Guy" Davis started to take off his clothes the minute he filed for the Mayor’s Race, but last night he gave us the full scoop, beginning with the apron he wore during the mayoral debate that featured a full frontal shot of Michelangelo’s David, then getting down to his birthday suit inside City Hall around 7 PM, outside R. Read more »

Where's our mayor?

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Photo by Robert Altman from www.altmanphoto.com
By Steven T. Read more »