Posts Tagged: politics

SF Politics 2017: The Year in Review

SF Politics 2017: The Year in Review

Posted December 19, 2017 by

My annual year in review story follows the tragic December 12 death of San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee. Having written last week about Lee’s historic legacy, this story instead focuses on the year’s political events. I will write about post-Lee
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Next Steps for CA Housing Advocates

Next Steps for CA Housing Advocates

Posted October 3, 2017 by

Costa-Hawkins Repeal, More Dollars on Table? At last Friday’s historic housing bill signing ceremony, legislators insisted that 2017 was not a one-time deal. Every speaker said that tackling the housing crisis required further action in 2018, and even Governor Brown
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SF’s Unfair Budget Process

SF’s Unfair Budget Process

Posted June 27, 2017 by

San Francisco’s budget process was very unfair this year. So says the fable of the little red hen. The little red hen finds a grain of wheat and asks her fellow farm animals– a pig, cat, rat, duck, goose, dog,
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What’s Behind SF Housing Fight?

What’s Behind SF Housing Fight?

Posted April 27, 2017 by

Today’s Planning Commission hearing on San Francisco’s new inclusionary housing rules starts weeks of battling over rival proposals. The real test comes at the May 8 Board of Supervisor’ Land Use hearing and the subsequent vote at the full Board.
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Super Bowl Politics

Super Bowl Politics

Posted February 6, 2017 by

Trump Values Dominate the NFL No, the Patriots 34-28 Super Bowl win was not a victory for Donald Trump. I realize that many progressive saw the game in political terms. They were united against the Patriots due to the friendly
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Are SF’s Key Races Tightening?

Are SF’s Key Races Tightening?

Posted October 17, 2016 by

As absentee voting has begun and Election Day nears, some key San Francisco races may be tightening.  Unfortunately, the tightness of these contests have led to increasingly negative campaigning. This is particularly true in the D9 and D11 supervisor races
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SF Supes Races Missing Issues

SF Supes Races Missing Issues

Posted September 26, 2016 by

Voters in the upcoming San Francisco Supervisor elections face a hard task differentiating between candidates on the issues.  Instead of candidates promoting their positions on future key legislation, the races are about slogans. Candidates are vowing to “stand up to
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City Hall Plays Let’s Make a Deal

City Hall Plays Let’s Make a Deal

Posted July 18, 2016 by

Among the best game shows of the 1960’s and 1970’s (and in syndication decades later) was Monty Hall’s Let’s Make a Deal. It worked like this: after a contestant was given a refrigerator, sofa or similar prize, Hall would entice
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