Steven T. Jones

A vote for Edwards

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Christopher Cook, one of my predecessors as city editor of the Bay Guardian, sent out one of the more intriguing appeals that I've read today (among the many election eve missives that have been sent my way). It's a call to vote for John Edwards, even though Edwards dropped out of the race. Read more »

Sandoval picks his target

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You read it here first that Sup. Gerardo Sandoval has decided to run for judge in June, and now we can report that he has picked a target: Judge Thomas A. Mellon Jr. This seems like a fine choice given that Sandoval has made his run about challenging a "bench that does not reflect San Francisco in any meaningful way." Mellon was appointed to the slot by former Gov. Read more »

Newsom prioritizes politics over parks

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After starting his day by warning the Mayor’s Open Space Task Force not to propose a big expenditure for new parks in San Francisco, Mayor Gavin Newsom then canceled a noontime rally and press conference in support of the big parks bond on Tuesday’s bond, Proposition A, in order to attend tonight’s Democratic presidential debate in Los Angeles.

“We are all about collaborative innovation,” Newsom told a room filled with department heads, parks advocates, and leading academics, clutching a disposable Starbucks coffee cup as he spoke. Read more »

Who wants change?

Local endorsements of Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama fall along familiar ideological lines
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steve@sfbg.com

On the rainy afternoon of Jan. Read more »

Tale of two transportation agencies

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While the San Francisco Metropolitan Transportation Agency's politically intimidated leaders have allowed public transit funds to be used as Mayor Gavin Newsom Read more »

Obama rising

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Barack Obama still trails Hillary Clinton in polling from delegate-rich California, but Obama seems to have enough momentum on his side to perhaps win it. After decisively winning South Carolina and taking a principled stand in favor of letting illegal immigrants obtain driver's licenses (which is both good policy and good politics in courting the state's Latino vote), Obama will surely get a bump from Sen. Ted Kennedy not only endorsing him, but naming him the inheritor of JFK's legacy. "It's time for a new generation of leadership. Read more »

How Weird bounces back

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The Guardian's city and culture editors getting down at How Weird last year. Read more »

Newsom takes a trip...and all the credit

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Last year in Davos, Newsom's avatar was interviewed in Second Life, the highlight of his trip. Read more »

Choicers snake lifers in SF

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I just had to chuckle at the phone message I got from a representative of this weekend's fourth annual Walk for Life, complaining that the Bay Area Coalition on Reproductive Rights had pulled city permits to gather in Justin Herman Plaza before the anti-abortion folks could secure their usual gathering spot. The pro-lifers now plan to gather on the nearby grassy knoll. Tee-hee. Read more »

Daly's affordable housing power play

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Sup. Chris Daly appears to be coming up just short in a power play to force affordability standards on the 10,000 housing units that Mayor Gavin Newsom, Lennar Corp., and other top power brokers are trying to build through a June ballot measure. Read more »