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News, The Snitch Who Understands Ranked-Choice Voting? Nobody.

Who Understands Ranked-Choice Voting? Nobody.

The one thing that makes perfect sense about ranked-choice voting is that nobody seems to understand it. And a new poll validated this notion recently. According to a Chamber of Commerce poll, more than half of those who responded indicated…
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News, The Snitch Werewolf, Leland Yee, Join Forces to Protest Prop. B

Werewolf, Leland Yee, Join Forces to Protest Prop. B

Jim HerdLeland Yee, right, and a werewolf would like to talk to you about the upcoming election​Sen. Leland Yee and what appeared to be a werewolf who just stepped out of the shower were on hand today in the Inner…
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News, The Snitch Phil Davison, Legend

Phil Davison, Legend

Like many users of this here Internet, I was transfixed by video of Phil Davison attempting to wrest away the Republican nomination for treasurer of Stark County, Ohio. Stark County seems a nice enough place -- but it's a long…
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News, The Snitch Good News For Gavin Newsom! Former Flack Votes For Him.

Good News For Gavin Newsom! Former Flack Votes For Him.

With today's projected turnout at 33.3 percent -- a palindrome, and all-time low -- it means the record amount of money spent will be spread over a potential record few number of voters.So, every vote counts. And, in a bit…
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News, Sucka Free City

Will a big-name Dem run away with the attorney general's race?

Last week, on the very day District Attorney Kamala Harris fired off a press release crowing she had raised $1 million over the past six months for her attorney general campaign, a poll was leaked to the San Francisco Chronicle…
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News, The Snitch Bay Links: Ballard, Booksellers, & Santa

Bay Links: Ballard, Booksellers, & Santa

The best new buildings…
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News, The Snitch Mirkarimi: Mayor's Departing Spokesman Shouldn't Be Replaced

Mirkarimi: Mayor's Departing Spokesman Shouldn't Be Replaced

Older politicians and older political reporters pine for the days when dueling politicos could check out at the end of the day like Ralph and Sam the coyote and sheep dog in old Looney Tunes shorts ("Morning Frank." "Morning Sam.").…
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News, The Snitch Newsom Spokesman Nathan Ballard Says His Piece, Quits

Newsom Spokesman Nathan Ballard Says His Piece, Quits

The upside of having multiple spokesmen is that when one leaves, others can announce it. That's what happened today, when Mayor Gavin Newsom's chief spokesman, Nathan Ballard, announced he's leaving the mayor's employ. Ballard and Newsom praised one another in…
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News, The Snitch Republican Committee Accuses Nancy Pelosi of Cutting Sweetheart Deals for Her 'Nephew,' Gavin Newsom -- Who Is Surprised to Discover He's Pelosi's Nephew

Republican Committee Accuses Nancy Pelosi of Cutting Sweetheart Deals for Her 'Nephew,' Gavin Newsom -- Who Is Surprised to Discover He's Pelosi's Nephew

A blustery Friday release from the National Republican Congressional Committee accused Rep. Nancy Pelosi of playing hardball politics to wrest Treasure Island away from the Navy. No surprise there -- that's not the first we've heard of that. But the…
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News, The Snitch Mayor's Spokesguy Says Newsom NOT a Co-Sponsor of Proposal to Screw Newspapers

Mayor's Spokesguy Says Newsom NOT a Co-Sponsor of Proposal to Screw Newspapers

Last week Matt Smith wrote about a bloc of lefty supervisors proposing a budget-reform charter amendment that would, among other things, eliminate the requirement that the city advertise public notices in local newspapers like the Chronicle. After the story appeared,…
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News, The Snitch SEIU's New Pact With City Looks Remarkably Like Old Pact -- But Won't Save Jobs of 288 Workers Dismissed Today

SEIU's New Pact With City Looks Remarkably Like Old Pact -- But Won't Save Jobs of 288 Workers Dismissed Today

For the SEIU Local 1021, it may be time to paraphrase The Who: Meet the new wage concessions package, same as the old wage concessions package. Specific details for the deal weren't immediately available -- the bargain was only cut…
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News, The Snitch Posterized: Public Defender Takes Budget Battle To the Streets

Posterized: Public Defender Takes Budget Battle To the Streets

In this space we've detailed the increasingly strident and -- at times -- surreal game of "budget chicken" between Public Defender Jeff Adachi and the mayor and his allies. Mayor Gavin Newsom is set to submit a budget on June…
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News, The Snitch Civil Grand Jury Finds 'Lack of Leadership' From Mayor Newsom, Who Governs Via Press Release. Also: Sky Is Blue And Sea Is Green.

Civil Grand Jury Finds 'Lack of Leadership' From Mayor Newsom, Who Governs Via Press Release. Also: Sky Is Blue And Sea Is Green.

Fortunately for Gavin Newsom, no one pays attention to Civil Grand Jury reports. Unfortunately for the people of San Francisco, according to the Civil Grand Jury, Newsom isn't paying attention to following through on his grand plans, making it damn…
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News, The Snitch Mirkarimi Jumps on the Marijuana Express -- and Our Bowl Runneth Over

Mirkarimi Jumps on the Marijuana Express -- and Our Bowl Runneth Over

Coming on the heels of Tom Ammiano's marijuana legalization bill in the Assembly, Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi's Tuesday proposal that San Francisco jump into the medical pot dispensary game was a bonanza for media types and marijuana nay-sayers: Everyone got to…
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News, The Snitch Public Defender Still Showing Up Every Day at Community Justice Center, 'Keeping Streets Safe From Perfume'

Public Defender Still Showing Up Every Day at Community Justice Center, 'Keeping Streets Safe From Perfume'

Jeff Adachi is walking through the Polk Street doors of the city's new Community Justice Center every day. The folks he's supposed to represent? Not as often. For the last two weeks -- in what is, depending upon whom you…
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News, The Snitch Public Defender Says Stint at Community Justice Center Is No Stunt -- Pledges to Return Every Day

Public Defender Says Stint at Community Justice Center Is No Stunt -- Pledges to Return Every Day

It would raise eyebrows around the city if the fire chief grabbed a hose and doused a burning building, the planning director checked in for work behind the permitting counter, or the head of the Department of Public Works hosed…
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Quality of Hype

Mayor Gavin Newsom has been busy unveiling new proposals recently, in a rush to show voters how much he will improve their quality of life if they re-elect him in November. The community court proposal is at the top of…
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Muni-Me

In City Hall it's good to be the boss, but it pays better to be Stuart Sunshine. Sunshine, Mayor Gavin Newsom's new deputy chief of staff, is pulling in $213,980 a year — that's nearly $24,500 more than Newsom himself…
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