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Forget the Mayan calendar -- what is going on in 2011?

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tredmond@sfbg.com

Does anybody else feel as if the whole country is collapsing around us?Read more »

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We can't entrust our environment to private business

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The real issue in the Housing Element isn't density — it's affordability
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Tredmond@sfbg.com

The San Francisco City Planning Department is revising its housing plan, and there's a lot of indignation on the west side of town. See, the Housing Element of the city's General Plan calls for a little bit of increased density in some of the neighborhoods that have fought density for years.Read more »

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Taxing the rich never seems to be on the table

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tredmond@sfbg.com

Calling for painful spending cuts, it turns out, is the easy part. Calling for relatively painless tax increases requires real political courage.

— The New York Times, March 13

The Times is hardly a crazy socialist rag; it's always been the voice of the establishment, more Democrat than Republican but never even close to radical. The Gray Lady certainly can't be accused of fomenting class warfare.Read more »

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What happens when Twitter goes public -- and its employees get very, very rich?

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tredmond@sfbg.com

The numbers in the Twitter tax-break deal just keep getting bigger. And the politics keep getting stranger.

City Editor Steven T. Jones went through hundreds of pages of city records on the Twitter negotiations; the results of his investigation are in this issue.Read more »

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There are some nice concepts floating around for bringing in more city revenue

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But somehow, it's all your fault. You are the ones bleeding the resort dry.

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tredmond@sfbg.com

I've been trying to think of a good metaphor for the public-employee pension story, a way to explain what's going on without making it so complicated that it becomes a battle of political slogans. Here's what I've come up with.Read more »

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Warren Hellman says the rich are undertaxed

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tredmond@sfbg.com

"Taxes," Warren Hellman told me last week, "are the third rail of American politics." The billionaire financier was talking about my Feb. 16 column. I complained that Hellman and a group working on reforming San Francisco's pension system were asking city employees to take more cuts — but nobody ever seems to ask the rich to take cuts.Read more »

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San Francisco has cut hundreds of millions in city spending -- but we haven't asked the rich to give up anything

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tredmond@sfbg.com

In a heartwarming Valentine's Day blog, Paul Krugman, the Nobel Prize-winning economist, talks about an old cartoon that ran in the 1980s showing Democrats trying to develop a centrist economic policy that cut spending on social programs. "How is this different from Republicans?" one Democrat asks. The answer: "We care about the victims of our policies."Read more »

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I just solved the state's budget crisis -- and Jerry Brown should start drinking heavily

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tredmond@sfbg.com

I had fun with the state budget the other day. The Sacramento Bee has a pretty good online simulation that lets you pick programs to cut and revenues to raise to see if you can get rid of a $26.4 billion deficit, and I gave it a shot. It took me exactly seven minutes to turn the red ink into a $2.1 billion surplus. Read more »