Government and Politics

  • Blogs

    January 13, 2012

    Could a Soda Tax Save Lives?

    ​In April last year, the California state Assembly Committee on Revenue and Taxation shot down AB 669, Assemblymember Bill Monning's attempt to pass a penny-per-ounce tax on all sweetened beverages, such as sodas, energy drinks, and sweetened fruit-juice drinks. Monning's office estimated that the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 14, 2011

    Mayor Ed Lee Defends His Friendship with Willie Brown, Rose Pak

    So what if he is a puppet, get over it!​The mayor's race might be over, but the deep tensions that often defined the candidates are still very much there. On KQED this morning, Forum host Michael Krasny reminded Mayor Ed Lee that his political rivals, namely state Sen. Leland Yee, are still beatin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 7, 2011

    Adachi Campaign Alleges Lee Door Hangers Violate Campaign Finance Law

    Ed Lee​Interim Mayor Ed Lee is facing new allegations of wrongdoing on the eve of the election, capping a slew of ethical complaints that has dogged his campaign this fall.Public Defender and mayoral contender Jeff Adachi says he filed a complaint with the San Francisco Ethics Commission this morn ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 27, 2011

    LA Times Just Now Figures Out That Ed Lee Isn't Running for S.F. Mayor

    Los Angeles Times takes the new out of news​For as prestigious a paper as the Los Angeles Times is, we have to wonder how the reporting staff missed the news that Mayor Ed Lee says he isn't running for San Francisco mayor. Admittedly, we don't follow every story in the Los Angeles area, but if we ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 10, 2011

    Cesar Ascarrunz Would Have Spiced Up Mayoral Candidate Forum

    Hmmmm. How could we make the mayor's race a little spicier!​Cesar Ascarrunz, the legendary nightclub impresario and current mayoral candidate, blasted the University of San Francisco for excluding him from a recent candidate forum."They're afraid, because they know I'm going to win the election," ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 14, 2011

    Gay Couples to Stage City Hall Sit-In to Celebrate Valentine's Day

    Love hurts​For many San Francisco gay couples, Valentine's Day is just a bitter reminder of what they don't have -- marriage certificates. So expect a huge turnout at San Francisco City Hall for the hallmark holiday today; gay couples across the nation will celebrate their love with a little civil ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 20, 2011

    Ed Lee Still Doesn't Want to Be Mayor

    Ed Likes Policy, Not Politics​Mayor Ed Lee never wanted to be mayor of San Francisco in the first place. In fact, he had to be convinced and cajoled by powerful people in the Chinese-American community to take the job when it was offered. Knowing that, it has been interesting to watch him bounce a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 7, 2010

    Tom Ammiano Makes It Official: He Won't Be Next Mayor

    Count me out, says Tom Ammiano​Assemblyman Tom Ammiano told SF Weekly, in no uncertain terms, he doesn't want to be the next damn mayor. He told his former board colleagues the same. He hasn't yet hired out a pilot to do skywriting -- but his drift is unmissable. Supervisor Chris Daly remains unda ... More >>

  • Culture

    May 19, 2010
  • Blogs

    May 14, 2010

    Rapper Mo Wiley Wants to be San Leandro's Next Mayor

    ​This could give a whole new meaning to Mo Wiley's finger-shaking warning, "You Can't Touch It Unless I Say So." Wiley, an East Bay gangsta rapper and mother of three whose given name is Sara Mestas, hopes to clean up San Leandro from the Mayor's Office on down. Because really, what's more g ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 7, 2010

    Guardian Editors Would Benefit from Prop. 13 Legislation They Endorsed

    It's always nice to get in the game early and pull up the ladder after you...​On Nov. 3, 2003 the Wall Street Journal published a letter from Warren Buffett in which the Nebraska billionaire explained his negative view of California's Proposition 13, the 1978 law that limits property tax assessmen ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 20, 2010

    Will Tea Partiers Kill Pro-Marijuana Measure?

    Fibonacci BlueSo paranoid. So uptight. So stiff. What could cure this? Hmmm...​On today of all days, marijuana is on everyone's mind. But that goes doubly for politicians: Just last week, state Democratic Party chairman John Burton told media that he and fellow Dems (like that Jerry Brown guy) ... More >>

  • News

    April 14, 2010
  • Blogs

    April 12, 2010

    What Do You Get For Being Mayor of S.F. Library on Foursquare?

    The once and future mayor...​Maybe you know someone -- maybe you are someone -- who must compulsively whip out a phone whenever entering a cafe, restaurant, or bar in order to ensure he or she will remain mayor of said establishment on foursquare. It's a fitting metaphor for San Francisco, where m ... More >>

  • News

    April 7, 2010
  • Blogs

    April 7, 2010

    On Cue, Lt. Gov Candidate Hahn Plays Race, Gender, S.F. Cards vs. Newsom

    Too white and San Franciscan to win? ​Less than 24 hours after lieutenant governor candidate Gavin Newsom trumpeted an endorsement from Sen. Dianne Feinstein -- giving him statewide cred and appealing to female voters -- his opponent released polling data she commissioned claiming Newsom is a liab ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 5, 2010

    Healthy San Francisco's Long Lines Slim Down

    Yours, sooner...​No sooner did SF Weekly report that the city's universal health care program Healthy San Francisco had contributed to long lines at public clinics, than a new city report came out this week showing that waits had been reduced during recent months.According to the the San Francisco ... More >>

  • News

    March 10, 2010

    Distressed Properties

    The state's quick budget fix of selling off public buildings is a horrible idea.

  • Blogs

    February 23, 2010

    Letter to the Media: Stop Coddling Tea-Party Crazies

    But not to stop tea-partiers' batshit lunacy​Those who pick up their news exclusively from such esteemed outlets as The Economist magazine, the Web site Politico, or ABC television could be forgiven these days for having a charitable view of the new American political force known as the Tea Party ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 23, 2010

    Explained: The Clusterfuck That Lost the Proposition 8 Campaign

    ​During testimony, filings, and deliberations in the Proposition 8 trial, an unasked question reverberated through the federal courthouse in San Francisco: Why, exactly, are we here?A step outside into the reality of still separate and unequal California provided an answer: An inept anti-Prop. 8 c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 22, 2010

    Frantic E-Mail Bemoans Scant Submissions For Mayor's Teacher, Principal Awards

    When it comes to submissions, the mayor's office has got it bad, got it bad, got it bad...​An urgent e-mail fired off to every member of the Board of Supervisors and other government officials pleads with them to drum up entrants for the Mayor's Teacher of the Month and Principal of the Year Award ... More >>

  • News

    February 17, 2010

    Stimulating Debate

    S.F.'s employment rate is relatively good, but city leaders can still create more jobs. Here's how.

  • Blogs

    February 12, 2010

    Leno: Even if Maldonado Becomes Lt. Gov, Republican Voters Won't Back a Latino

    La respuesta del Senador Maldonado en español from CA Senate GOP on Vimeo. Sen. Mark Leno, the sole San Francisco legislator to vote in favor of installing Republican Abel Maldonado as the state's next Lieutenant Governor, said he has good reasons for casting his vote the way he did. But he said M ... More >>

  • News

    November 25, 2009


    A lawsuit against the city highlights an affordable-housing program's decades of mismanagement — and the middle-class homeowners who lost out as a result.

  • Blogs

    November 3, 2009

    Oh Yes, There's an Election Today. A Guide For the Last-Minute Voter.

    Hey, lazy! It ain't too late to turn in that absentee ballot! ​Here at SF Weekly, we make a point of not telling you how to vote. Well, I'm going to break that taboo today. But not really. I'm not telling you who or what to vote for. I'm going to, literally, tell you how to vote. When we spoke wit ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 27, 2009

    Clerk of Board of Supervisors Falls on Sword, Claims Supes' Failure to Obey Law Was All Her Fault (Even Though It Wasn't)

    As noted previously on this page, we've always admired Board of Supervisors Clerk Angela Calvillo's professionalism and steadiness when dealing with deranged lunatics during public comment sessions at meetings. And now we add that we can add that we admire her candor in claiming total responsibility ... More >>

  • News

    March 11, 2009


    How Federal Home Loan Banks and their execs exacerbated the banking meltdown.

  • Blogs

    February 18, 2009

    Ain't That the Mayor's SUV Blocking Two Handicapped Access Ramps and Crosswalks?

    Yesterday we wrote about how Mayor Gavin Newsom's taxpayer-funded Chevy Tahoe Hybrid gets awful mileage, is only marginally more efficient than a regular Tahoe, and costs scads more. We also noted that a would-be neighbor of the mayor's was rankled by the mayor's tendency, like those featured in Los ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 12, 2009

    Introducing a New Recurring Feature: Correcting the Mayor's Corrections Page

    This week, as part of its ongoing effort to avoid any give-and-take with an entity it does not control, the mayor's office unveiled a "corrections page" of media stories on Gavin Newsom's city Web site. On this page, Nathan Ballard, the mayor's spokesman, promises "When the media publishes inaccurat ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 11, 2009

    A 'Gold Mine' Denied: Ethics Commission Spurns Rule Changes That Would Have Eased Big Donations -- For Now

    Like a bloody steak, the Ethics Commission earlier this week sent back a bevy of proposed rule changes for more cooking and seasoning. Along with good government types, even some members of the commission were flummoxed by the staff-generated proposed changes to the Campaign Finance Reform Ordinance ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 11, 2009

    Déjà Vu? Newsom's Big Announcement: He Wants to Cut Payroll Taxes -- Which David Chiu Proposed Two Weeks Ago

    The "economic forum" Gavin Newsom needed to attend rather than accompany the mayors of San Jose, San Diego, and Los Angeles to Washington, D.C. to stump for federal funds turned out to be this morning's San Francisco Business Times' annual breakfast.The mayor made nice on the $95-a-head, business-fr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 12, 2009

    Marriage Equality Non-Profit Publishes Stories of Psychological Fallout from Prop 8

      Since Proposition 8 passed, Marriage Equality USA, an Oakland-based non-profit, has been surveying people online and around California about the effects of the initiative's campaign on their lives. Today, MEUSA published a report entitled, "Prop 8 Hurt My Family -- Ask me How," w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 24, 2008

    Fong Retires with "Dignity"? Nope: Try "Perjury."

    Every time I think the Mayor's office couldn't take 100 homicides any less seriously, he one-ups himself with a stunt like this. By Benjamin Wachs There's lies, damn lies, and then there's the stunt that Gavin Newsom and Heather Fong just pulled. Silent Fong's supporters are going on about how SF' ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 19, 2008

    Iraqi Shoe Guy Disses San Francisco

    By Matt Smith When Muntadar al-Zaidi of Cairo-based al-Baghdadia TV threw his size 10 shoes at President George Bush, San Franciscans were thrilled. It now appears, however, that it's not just George W. Bush who was knocked down a notch by Zaidi's impressive pitching. His filthy flying apparel ma ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 9, 2008

    Mayor Proposes 712 Job Cuts in SF Government

    Hand it to Mayor Gavin Newsom's office for upholding the bureaucratic tradition of euphemism. In a statement today outlining the mayor's plan for addressing San Francisco's revenue shortfall this year, estimated at up to $125 million, Newsom calls for "solutions" -- in the form of spending cuts and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 20, 2008

    Campaign for California Families' Efforts to Intervene in Prop 8 Litigation Denied

    By Ashley Harrell The California Supreme Court's reentry into the Prop 8 war satisfied almost everybody. Yes on 8 and its supporters figure that the three new court cases, which challenge the legality of a same-sex marriage amendment to the state constitution, don't stand a chance. No on 8 and it s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 5, 2008

    San Francisco Voters are Smarter Than They Look

    By Benjamin Wachs Last night's results are rolling in, and David Chiu, Eric Mar and John Avalos look to have pulled off the trifecta, while public power, the George W. Bush Sewage Treatment Plant and affordable housing die on the vine, and JROTC walked off with strong public support. So let me g ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 23, 2008

    The Big One Could Destroy SF Rent Control

    The Examiner reported yesterday on something else you can add to your list of things to be scared of should the Big One hit: loss of rent-control. Should you survive, you still might have to move in with your parents because the price tag on your house won't. That's because right now there's no law ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 6, 2007

    Warrants? We don't need no stinking warrants!

    Who needs a warrant? It's open season on welfare homes - walk right in.

  • Blogs

    November 26, 2007

    Van Sant's 'Milk' Locked, Loaded while 'Mayor of Castro St.' Cock-Blocked By Writer's Strike

    Daily Variety had this juicy bit last Monday: "Milk" has beaten "The Mayor of Castro Street" to the greenlight. ... Focus is moving forward with Gus Van Sant's biopic about late gay-rights activist Harvey Milk, with Sean Penn in the title role. The film, co-financed by Groundswell Prods., will begin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 12, 2007

    The Cosco Busan Oil Spill Clean-Up as PR? One reader wants to know

    We just got this from a reader who wanted to lend a helping hand, but feels manipulated by the Mayor's office. Hit it!: Editor: Something smelled a little oily at the mayor's 'volunteer event' Sunday. After an email from the Mayor's Office urged me to help 'collect stressed birds and assist with ha ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 10, 2007

    Does SF Media Hate Illegal Immigrants? Do you know who Judge Chesney is?

    By Benjamin Wachs Go ahead “activists,” hold all the die-ins you want. Sure, Board of Supervisors: you go ahead and pass resolution after resolution calling for an end to the war and condemning talk show hosts for their anti-immigrant bile. Wake me up when you’re done. It’s two members ... More >>

  • Calendar

    July 25, 2007
  • News

    August 23, 2006

    Mexico Burning? Don't believe it.

    S.F.'s Global Exchange wins publicity by pushing a vote recount Mexico doesn't need

  • News

    November 9, 2005

    The Deal With Treasure Island

    Tony Hall's firing casts the spotlight on a real estate mega-deal that slogs along under a veil of secrecy

  • News

    October 19, 2005

    S.F. Hosing Authority

    City government promised Katrina victims a haven, then it gave some of them the shaft

  • News

    December 19, 2001

    The Spybots Among Us

    How the NSA tracks terrorists in the United States through the Internet

  • News

    May 9, 2001


    Newly released documents indicate the Navy dumped far more nuclear waste than it's ever acknowledged in a major commercial fishery just 30 miles west of San Francisco. Why won't the government even study the Farallon Islands Nuclear Waste Site?

  • News

    May 2, 2001


    How nuclear researchers handled -- and grossly mishandled -- the Cold War's most dangerous radioactive substances at a top-secret lab inside the Hunters Point Shipyard. The same shipyard the city wants to remake as San Francisco's newest neighborhood.

  • News

    February 7, 1996

    Bitch, Bitch, Bitch

    Politicos, prudes, and the paranoid protest the programming heard on Bay Area radio stations to the highest authority in the land -- the Federal Communications Commission

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