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News, Sucka Free City A Tale of Two Yees: Norman Yee May Have Unwittingly Benefitted from Leland Yee

A Tale of Two Yees: Norman Yee May Have Unwittingly Benefitted from Leland Yee

There was a time when having the surname "Yee" was an asset for a San Francisco politician. No alleged ties to Filipino jihadis or a crime boss named for a crustacean. Back then, Leland Yee was an energetic state senator…
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News, The Snitch Norman Yee: Are Voters Confusing Him With Leland Yee?

Norman Yee: Are Voters Confusing Him With Leland Yee?

In the abysmal 1992 flick The Distinguished Gentleman, a character played by Eddie Murphy ascends to higher office thanks to having the same name as a longtime office-holder. Could it happen here? Perhaps. District 7 Supervisorial candidate Norman Yee turned…
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News, Sucka Free City Map Game: Redistricting May Make Neighbors of Voters

Map Game: Redistricting May Make Neighbors of Voters

The western neighborhoods can feel a world apart from the rest of San Francisco, particularly when fog muzzles the street lights and paints the empty avenues a desolate yellow. As it happens, another world is just a few blocks away…
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News, The Snitch Occupy Movement Losing Support in San Francisco

Occupy Movement Losing Support in San Francisco

The Occupy Movement is still making headlines, four months after it took root in New York City. But it's only front-page news because of the damage it's been causing, not because of its success. Perhaps that explains the latest sentiment…
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News, The Snitch What Will It Take for Ross Mirkarimi to Lose the Sheriff's Race?

What Will It Take for Ross Mirkarimi to Lose the Sheriff's Race?

Barring a miracle, Ed Lee is on his way to becoming the next mayor --it's now the hotly contested sheriff's race that is the one to watch. As of this morning, Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi had a narrow, 10 percent lead…
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News, The Snitch San Franciscans Are Too Negative

San Franciscans Are Too Negative

How quickly we take for granted our city by the bay. Never mind the fact that we live with the beautiful backdrop of iconic places like the Golden Gate Bridge. Forget that we won the World Series last year, or…
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News, The Snitch David Chiu Has 'Good Shot' at Mayor, Political Rivals Admit

David Chiu Has 'Good Shot' at Mayor, Political Rivals Admit

As expected, Supervisor David Chiu, the board president who riled progressives when he helped elevate Mayor Ed Lee into his position, says he plans to announce his bid for San Francisco mayor later today.Chiu -- who considers himself progressive --…
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News, The Snitch Is Ed Lee A Moderate? Ask The Chamber Of Commerce

Is Ed Lee A Moderate? Ask The Chamber Of Commerce

Progressives say City Administrator Ed Lee is a moderate, while moderates claim he is a progressive. The San Francisco Chamber of Commerce today endorsed Lee for interim mayor. Now you do the math.…
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News, The Snitch Leland Yee's Sarah Palin Crusade Strikes 'San Francisco Gold'

Leland Yee's Sarah Palin Crusade Strikes 'San Francisco Gold'

For the record, Sen. Leland Yee has always claimed that his ongoing Sarah Palin crusade is not a politically motivated operation. If some other figure with a penchant for charging $100,000 per speech were slated to appear at California State…
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News, The Snitch Feinstein Endorsement Gives Newsom What He Needs, When He Needs It

Feinstein Endorsement Gives Newsom What He Needs, When He Needs It

When then-gubernatorial candidate Gavin Newsom in September dropped the news that President Bill Clinton was endorsing him, local political analysts told SF Weekly "this doesn't suck!" And yet, within a month and a half, larger problems led to Newsom abandoning…
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News, The Snitch Which Is Worse? Newsom Boycotting Press, or Newsom Blowing off Substantive Questions and Being Nasty?

Which Is Worse? Newsom Boycotting Press, or Newsom Blowing off Substantive Questions and Being Nasty?

By now many of you have seen the cringe-worthy Gavin Newsom/Hank Plante interview, an experience every bit as unpleasant as watching Ricky Gervais as David Brent pontificate and condescend in the British version of The Office. Most folks will remember…
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Bill Clinton Throws Weight Behind Gavin Newsom. 'This Doesn't Suck,' Quips Political Analyst.

The big political news of the day is that President Bill Clinton will officially endorse Mayor Gavin Newsom's campaign for governor of this state. You don't have to be a conspiracist to see the politics in these politics: Newsom was…
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Would Gay Marriage Not Being on the 2010 Ballot Help or Hurt Gavin Newsom? The Answer: Yes.

Being emotionally charged up can certainly affect how demonstratively one waves his or her placard in a street protest, but it's of less use in the voting booth. No matter how emphatically you punch your ballot, it still only counts…
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So, Would City Unions Really Cut Back Hours to Stave Off Layoffs Like Obama Wants? This Union Head Says Yes

To say San Francisco is enthralled with our new president is putting it a bit mildly. If, during his inaugural address yesterday, he'd have instructed us to shout "I'm as mad as hell and I'm not going to take this…
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News, The Snitch Political Consultants Give Obama Speech High Marks -- But Wonder if You Can Be Memorable When No One Remembers Anything You Said

Political Consultants Give Obama Speech High Marks -- But Wonder if You Can Be Memorable When No One Remembers Anything You Said

It's hard to be nostalgic when you can't remember anything. And a handful of San Francisco's top political consultants are now pondering if it's possible for President Barack Obama to have delivered a "memorable" address when they had trouble recalling…
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He's No Menace

As the implosion of the No on Prop. 8 campaign devolves into a melee of finger-pointing — Blacks! Mormons! Black Mormons! — the issue of same-sex marriage has probably hurt Mayor Gavin Newsom's aspirations for higher office, whether he likes…
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