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Slush Daddy

Although former California Sen. John Burton has filed papers to run for state schools superintendent in 2010, politicians here and in Sacramento probably hope he isn't serious. That's because the crusty San Francisco Democrat and longtime power broker has become…
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Making Nice

After months of foot-dragging and finger-pointing, San Francisco elections officials – with a boost from California Secretary of State Kevin Shelley – at last appear ready and willing to get an instant runoff voting system up and running in time…
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Blowing It

In March 2002 local voters approved a system of instant runoff voting that supporters and detractors alike insisted would forever alter the way San Francisco chooses its political leaders. Proposition A was supposed to change the rules of the road…
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Rays of Hope

In January 1998, Janet Wright took her mother to a Peninsula nursing home to recover from surgery on a broken right heel. The recovery went slowly. By August, the 73-year-old music teacher was still suffering from what seemed like a…
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Cothran

Jurisprotuberance A few months back, some friends and I were having some beers at Kate O'Brien's on Howard Street, and we couldn't stop staring at the cop at the bar smoking and drinking on duty, in uniform, with a service…
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Times Two

While Stanford University and the University of California at San Francisco move to combine their hospitals into one health care behemoth, the spin doctors are working at a furious pace to win over a largely skeptical medical staff. The result…
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Chalk Fight

Democracy is nothing if not interesting. And when democracy finally hits one of the city's most entrenched labor organizations, it can be extraordinarily interesting. Exactly how much more interesting, Joan Marie Shelley, grand dame of San Francisco teachers, is about…
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Mulch

IOU on Y Japanese-American community leaders have issued a challenge to the San Francisco YWCA: Surrender title to the Japantown Y next month, or face a lawsuit. Earlier this year, the Y tried to sell the building at 1830 Sutter…
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The Grid

New Spigots, Same Hose One of the enduring developments of this year's election cycle is that leading lights of S.F.'s Democratic Party -- Assemblywoman Carole Migden and newly elected Assemblyman Kevin Shelley and state Sen. John Burton -- turned their…
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Dog Bites

Mime-Boggling If the San Francisco Mime Troupe could telegraph its plight, its players would flash a semaphore for "Help!" The collective's free summer production in city parks is in trouble: Budget cuts at the National Endowment for the Arts mean…
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