Richard Blum

  • Blogs

    December 27, 2010

    Why Is It a Secret Who's Buying California's Government Buildings?

    Uh, that'd be us. And we're paying for it, too. ‚ÄčThe Bay Citizen this past weekend followed up on our series of scoops begun in February about Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's rotten deal to sell prize California government buildings for an upfront payment, and then lease them back at exorbitant cost. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 15, 2010

    Report: Plan to Sell off State Buildings Will Cost Taxpayers Billions

    But there are many bad ideas to go 'round...‚ÄčInvestigation reveals plan to patch budget shortfall by selling California buildings includes hidden deal-sweeteners that gouge taxpayersIn March we reported that the state of California fired a San Francisco official who protested a plan to raise money ... More >>

  • News

    April 9, 2008


    By most accounts, David Kessler's four years as UCSF's medical school dean were a rip-roaring success. So why was he fired?

  • News

    January 9, 2008

    Attention SF Giants, DiFi - Matt Smith's New Year's Resolutions Others Ought to Follow

    DiFi's husband and the Giants' owner should resolve to do better in the coming year

  • News

    February 8, 2006

    Is Anybody Watching?

    In its struggle for cable eyeballs, Al Gore's S.F.-based Current TV is off to a rocky start

  • News

    April 6, 2005

    Requiem for a Pension Fund?

    Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger launches an attack on CalPERS. The giant pension fund's Democratic allies aren't taking it lying down

  • News

    March 2, 2005

    Anus, Already

    Uniquely positioned to exert positive influence on public debate, San Francisco's business lobbies instead choose to act like, well, assholes

  • News

    July 28, 2004

    Looking Inside INdTV

    Al Gore and ex-Stanford prof Joel Hyatt say their S.F.-based cable news channel for twentysomethings won't be ideological. But do the Democratic moneymen behind the venture know that?

  • Calendar

    September 3, 2003

    Playing the Field

    On a horse, of course

  • News

    March 22, 2000

    San Francisco International Airpork

    How the SFO construction program went $1 billion over budget. Yes, billion. With a B.

  • News

    January 28, 1998

    Boondoggle by the Bay

    Why the tacky political giveaway called Pier 39 shouldn't be used as a model for the coming redevelopment of San Francisco's waterfront

  • News

    November 5, 1997

    Checchi's Checkered Record

    Megamillionaire Al Checchi thinks he piloted Northwest Airlines so well that you should elect him governor. Actually, he sucked in public subsidies, strong-armed unions, reneged on promises -- and still almost flew the firm into the ground.

  • Calendar

    May 7, 1997
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