As San Francisco enters a season of political upheaval in which more than $300 million must be cut from the city's budget, just as voters prepare to choose a new mayor, we can expect to find our local political sharpies stepping to the fore. Behind-the-scenes activists will begin wheedling and cajoling to preserve their favored piece of the pie as bureaucrats cut millions from departmental budgets. And as local political relationships are upended with Willie Brown's departure later this year, we'll see the city's players seek to preserve their turf by bullying,... More >>>