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News, The Snitch Bottled Water Ban Proposed in San Francisco

Bottled Water Ban Proposed in San Francisco

In the near future, enjoying a soda on city property while pouring bottled water out for your pet dog may become impossible. On the heels of a ban on vending machines on city property selling soda and a proposed ban…
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News, The Snitch SF Dem Values: Friendship Don’t Mean Shit

SF Dem Values: Friendship Don’t Mean Shit

By Will Harper There were a lot of interesting story lines in the contentious election for chair of the Democratic County Central Committee the other night. But what I think we can say we all learned from it is…
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Public Power Grab

After a decade of trying, San Francisco is still a long way from stopping the diesel smoke that spews over the city's eastern neighborhoods from a power plant west of Potrero Hill. Why? Haven't politicians for years been making grandiose…
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News, The Snitch Newsom to SF: You Will Get Turbines, and You Will Like Them.

Newsom to SF: You Will Get Turbines, and You Will Like Them.

Mayor Gavin Newsom wants to push ahead with a plan to submerge giant turbines under the Golden Gate Bridge despite potential problems, according to an article in today's Chronicle. Initially it was believed the turbines could generate 38 megawatts of…
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News, The Snitch Ex-Utility Head Says She is Rubber, Newsom Glue

Ex-Utility Head Says She is Rubber, Newsom Glue

When General Manager of the Public Utilities Commission, Susan Leal, was ousted Wed., she was offered $400,000 and no explanation as to why she got the boot. But Leal told the Chronicle on Saturday that she has a pretty…
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News, Matt Smith

Demo Sale

Proverbs 16:19 — "Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall"—is more than a biblical verse. It's a political axiom. In 1980, Willie Brown became Assembly speaker and flamboyantly ratcheted up Sacramento's pay-to-play tradition. The Democrats soon…
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News, Matt Smith Dirty Money

Dirty Money

In times past it was possible to prop up a flimsy, ill-conceived, or downright disingenuous idea by adding the appellation "dot-com." Now the proper way to burnish hokum involves tacking on the words "against terrorism." Take, for example, George Bush's…
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The Grid

Peeling Onions Susan Leal, the new city treasurer, is answering questions in precisely measured speech informed with a certain degree of exasperation and black humor. Her bemusement is understandable. She's been trying to deal with the situation she inherited when…
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The Grid

Checking Accounts However badly you have mangled your personal finances -- however often you have used one maxed-out credit card to make the minimum payment on another -- you are probably one up on the city and county of San…
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Unspun

Merger in the Dark San Francisco state Sen. John Burton has just completed an amazingly cynical bait-and-switch performance with the passage of his legislation on public access to the newly merged UCSF and Stanford medical centers. That merger, consummated Friday,…
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Gavi-Davi-Pyyeeewwww Back in March, Supervisor Susan Leal got into a tangle with a new board colleague, restaurateur Gavin Newsom, who was trying to kill Leal's proposal to raise inspection fees on food service establishments. The fee increases -- which finance…
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Demon Dumb Last June, when S.F. Supervisor Mabel Teng heard that a popular ice cream parlor in her Inner Sunset neighborhood was being forced out of business by a steep rent increase, she reacted as lawmakers are wont to react.…
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Banishments and Blandishments The Board of Supervisors meeting Dec. 9 -- the last substantive session of the year -- provided a window on a centrist trio in the making and hints of how legislative power may flow in the year…
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