As anticipated, a state Senate committee has voted to name the western span of the Bay Bridge after Willie Brown -- the man whose policies and practices spurred many San Franciscans of moderate means to depart via said bridge and never return. Following a recess of some nine hours between the measur ... More >>
San Francisco voters are a forgiving lot. Local politicians can make huge messes, solve them years later -- and reap the credit for tackling the problems of their own making. Over the weekend, Willie Brown offered his advice on how to address one of the most burdensome and unfair rules of Propositio ... More >>
If Supervisor Chris Daly has taught us anything about San Francisco, it's that we really don't give a fuck how bad a potty mouth our city leaders have. But for some (political) reason, District 5 supervisor candidate London Breed's profanity-laced diatribe against Willie Brown has not sat well w ... More >>
It hardly takes a deft mind to liken the ongoing Ross Mirkarimi domestic violence saga to the telenovelas his wife used to star in. Yet yesterday's testimony from ex-Mirkarimi flame Christina Flores was broad and prurient to an extent that would scare off even a soap opera sponsor. Per Flores, fr ... More >>
With a March 10 eviction around the corner, owners of the Gold Dust Lounge are making every last-ditch effort to keep the iconic watering hole open. This week, they released this information-packed video and are hosting a random singalong with former Mayor Willie Brown tonight, hoping the entertainm ... More >>
Hello, operator? During Herb Caen's heyday, he shared lunch with Willie Brown every week. When the Chronicle tabbed the latter to fill the former's long-empty shoes three years ago, the paper was desperately hoping it could, once again, win readers with an eccentric man about town. Brown, of cour ... More >>
Cake Picture Gallery Lou Reed set the bar rather low with his idea of the perfect day: sips of sangria in the park, a trip to the zoo, a movie. "It Was a Good Day" also kept it simple, with Ice Cube's ideal 24 hours consisting of mom's home cooking, playing craps, and a Lakers victory. Nigeri ... More >>
Da Mayor has competitionThe Deseret News has raised some eyebrows with its decision to make the sitting mayor of Utah's second-largest city a columnist. West Valley City Mayor Mike Winder is apparently excited about this new platform to share his great ideas, which include the recent establishmen ... More >>
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 >>
Darcy Brown's first job as a San Francisco campaign consultant won't be an easy oneOn Monday, the Chronicle revealed that consultant Jim Stearns is being tapped to lead labor's charge against Jeff Adachi's Prop. B pension reform measure -- a move that was all but inevitable. Stearns is labor and ... More >>
High speed rail: more aerodynamic than my hairGroundbreaking ceremonies might just be the most mind- numbingly predictable of all political events. Yet this morning's christening of the imminent demolition of the Transbay Terminal and seven-year construction of the new Transbay Transit Center was ... More >>
Hopefully, this won't be a problem in the Presidio.New campground opens in the Presidio. [SF Citizen]Who's into naming Third Street after Willie Brown? Possibly just Willie Brown. [SFAppeal]Banksy piece turned into Frank Chu piece. [Mission Mission]Vote for McLaren Park if you want to give the pl ... More >>
What'll it take to get Willie Brown quoted in the Chronicle?If you were penning an article for the Chronicle about whether Willie Brown was a viable candidate to serve as San Francisco's interim mayor, you'd think the following quote from Hizzoner himself would be somewhat relevant: "I have no in ... More >>
Don FeriaPolice escourt a woman from NBC General Contractors' Oakland offices during a May raidIf you're looking for the Lord Voldemort of local labor, Bay Area union officials have a nomination: Monica Ung. The owner of NBC General Contractors has been charged by Alameda County prosecutors with ... More >>
What can Brown do for you? If you're Parsons Engineering, he can get your bill passed in the Assembly -- but not, thus far, in the Senate.Last week, we reported how former Mayor Willie Brown sponsored a legislative bill that would have changed the state's conflict of interest laws to retroactively o ... More >>
Have you seen this man? The Chronicle can't seem to find him. A week ago, SF Weekly reported on the curious case of former mayor -- and current Chronicle columnist -- Willie Brown carrying the water for a massive engineering firm that the city shut out of a Hetch Hetchy irrigation project. In a nuts ... More >>
Why was Willie Brown -- that's him on the left -- involved in sponsoring an Assembly bill the city's Board of Supervisors is madly hoping to derail?It probably wasn't really Mark Twain who said "Whiskey is for drinking; water is for fighting over." But until the day 80-proof distilled spirits ... More >>
Eight years after being swept into office, a once-disorganized band of neighborhood leftists tries to create a citywide political machine.
The party's leaders are putting their lack of ethics on display once again
The Rev. Moon has opened an unexpected front in his struggle to win a broader audience for his messianic pretensions: African-American churches and their preachers
Willie Brown acknowledges his cronies fed at the city trough? Now that's funny.
Good for you and just plain good, too: the organic and delicious philosophy at Jack Falstaff
Breathing in sleaziness at the rarefied and urbane levels of San Francisco political life
Why the new mayor should resist political pressure from the new shadow ayatollah of San Francisco politics, real estate mogul Clint Reilly
How better to say goodbye to Willie Brown than with an exhibit of wicked political cartoons?
We hope Gavin Newsom follows through on promises to shake up the Film Commission
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The public career path of Andrew Lee explains a lot about what's wrong with Willie Brown's style of politics and governance
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She's smart, she's experienced, and she's running for DA. But she's Willie Brown's ex-girlfriend, and her opponents are trying to crucify her for that.
Bad stuff's hitting the fan out at the airport. Can mayoral confidante Eleanor Johns help keep the smell down?