Local Politics

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    July 17, 2012

    Oakland City Leaders Are Picking Marijuana Over Murders, Chronicle Columnist Says

    What the hell are Oakland city leaders smoking these days? As the Chron's Chip Johnson astutely notes this week, Oakland city leaders' priorities are completely ass backwards, as evidenced by their reaction to the two biggest news stories in the last few weeks, involving pot clubs and murders.When t ... More >>

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    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

    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 >>

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    February 16, 2011

    Ross Mirkarimi Says Talk of Mayoral Run is 'a Leap'

    Running for mayor?​After reading Willie Brown's column on Sunday, reporters started peppering Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi with calls about whether he plans to run for mayor. Why? In his column, Brown leaves readers to believe that the District 5 supervisor is planning not only a run for sheriff but ... 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 >>

  • News

    September 9, 2009

    The Wrong Stuff

    Candidate Newsom is “narcissistic,” “thin-skinned,” “disloyal,” and “friendless.” And that’s from his former supporters.

  • Blogs

    July 22, 2009

    San Francisco Has a Budget -- and Chris Daly Has Left the Building

    Once more, for old time's sake. Lost somewhere between the news of Sacramento's impending raid upon municipal revenue streams and President Obama's comfy jeans, San Francisco's Board of Supervisors yesterday passed the city's contentious, agonizing $6.6 billion budget. This wasn't done without Super ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 16, 2009

    Mayor's Truthiness Is Lacking When It Comes to Proposed Daly Charter Amendment

    But who's counting, Mr. Mayor?The other day, the San Francisco Chronicle noted that Mayor Gavin Newsom doesn't seem to be using Earth-years to calculate his government tenure. He's been helping to rule this city since 1996, but has been repeatedly prefacing his statements of late with the qualifier ... More >>

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    August 18, 2008
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    January 22, 2008
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    October 31, 2007
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    July 5, 2007
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    April 18, 2007

    A Step Forward

    Whether it's Agnos or Gonzalez, one of them needs to jump into the race

  • News

    April 11, 2007


    Gavin Newsom may be the city's top official, but he's not its highest paid--not even in his own office

  • News

    April 4, 2007

    Coming to Terms

    Pols weigh how to sell voters term-limit extensions. How about adding Gavin to the mix?

  • News

    March 8, 2006

    Missed Connection

    The multiuse Transbay Terminal project may have shrunk into a really expensive bus station

  • 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 26, 2005

    The Money Went Fore What?

    As parks funds were moved -- behind the scenes -- to a golf tournament, Gavin Newsom was out front seeking the spotlight. It's what he does best.

  • News

    October 19, 2005

    S.F. Hosing Authority

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

  • News

    September 14, 2005

    Letters to the Editor

    Week of Wednesday, September 14, 2005

  • News

    June 1, 2005

    The Daily Lickspittle

    Journalism has a lot of problems, but too many of them are manifestations of a sycophantic attitude toward the big-e Establishment

  • News

    June 16, 2004

    Tower Inferno

    Mayor Newsom aids a developer at the apparent expense of the Transbay Terminal project, raising a question: Is the new boss just like the old boss?

  • News

    April 28, 2004

    Museum Quality

    The new de Young Museum is an architectural marvel; its parking garage shows what's wrong with S.F. development policy

  • News

    April 21, 2004

    Looking Ahead

    Aides insist that Mayor Gavin Newsom is focused on City Hall; his sudden celebrity has spawned speculation about higher office. Much higher.

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    December 3, 2003

    A Pair of Aces

    Either Newsom or Gonzalez will make a good mayor, but Gonzalez has the creative edge

  • News

    October 1, 2003

    Vapidity Fair

    Gavin Newsom's anti-homeless campaign is disgusting, but he's the only mayoral candidate talking substance

  • News

    August 20, 2003

    The Chick Factor

    He's idealistic, he's good-looking, and he's even a great listener

  • News

    November 20, 2002

    Laborer Pains

    The San Francisco Day Labor Program loses city funding amid a labyrinthine dispute between its political supporters and the Mayor's Office

  • News

    November 21, 2001

    Dog Bites

    What's $100 Million When You're Homeless?; We Feel Safer Already

  • News

    November 1, 2000

    Down on Brown

    Many blacks in Bayview/Hunters Point say they feel ignored by the mayor. In this election, they are returning the favor.

  • News

    November 10, 1999

    Breaking Ranks

    Union leaders endorsed Willie Brown, but the rank and file has other ideas

  • News

    November 3, 1999

    Political Theater

    A strange mix of art, politics, and economic policy stalls renovation of the York Theater and revitalization of the Mission District

  • News

    October 20, 1999


    Ammiano's Surprise, and Promise

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    August 4, 1999
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    July 21, 1999
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    July 7, 1999

    Habitat for Inanity

    Charity unwittingly sucked into fight over housing low-income elderly

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    June 23, 1999
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    March 24, 1999
  • News

    April 29, 1998

    Dream Candidate

    Front-running mayoral candidate Jerry Brown offers Oakland vague, pretty solutions to its real, ugly problems

  • News

    September 17, 1997

    This Old Screwed-Up House (The Sequel)

    Will the government ever fix Ora Nance Lewis' home?

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    July 9, 1997
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    May 21, 1997
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    October 23, 1996
  • News

    July 24, 1996

    Weak Foundation

    The post of homeless coordinator may be so much window dressing

  • News

    May 8, 1996

    Charlotte's Web

    The mayor's plan for City Hall could net the city's protocol chief millions in taxpayer-financed rent

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    November 1, 1995
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    May 31, 1995
  • News

    May 3, 1995

    Dollars Without Sense

    For 25 years, Harvey Ross has rooted out the waste and lies of politicians and bureaucrats. But some say he's too lost in the line items to see the big picture

  • News

    March 8, 1995

    The Dark Prince of City Hall

    First Larry Bush was a politician. Then he was a journalist. Then he was a politician. So now as editor and publisher of CitiReport, a hard-hitting journal with a private agenda, what the hell is he?

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