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Jon Golinger

North Beach activist Jon Golinger was too clever by half when he finagled his way into writing the "opposing view" to the waterfront height limit measure he championed. This was bad PR for the slow-growth development critics enjoying a resurgence in this city. Other than that, however, the diminutive political giant-killer has had a hell of a run. He helped quash the 8 Washington development after a strenuous signature-gathering drive and a lopsided November vote. And now he and his allies have set their sights on forcing any major waterfront development to be sanctioned by the electorate. It's a measure all but certain to pass and even more certain to inspire righteous reams of litigation. Love him or hate him, and love or hate what he stands for, but destroying the city's powers-that-be at the ballot box portends well in this most political of cities.

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