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San Francisco Goes Boom

San Francisco Goes Boom

By Rafael Mandelman Sign of the times: The front page of a recent issue of the Chronicle had a story about a luxury residential project slated to break ground at…

President Mandelman, LGBT Soiree, Violence Report, and Shame on BART

President Mandelman, LGBT Soiree, Violence Report, and Shame on BART

Shame on Them Shame on the BART Board of Directors. On Thursday, February 12, the Board voted to ask the Alameda County DA to criminally prosecute the #blacklivesmatter protesters who…

Good News for City College, District 3 Blues, Changing of the Guard at Alice and Milk

Good News for City College, District 3 Blues, Changing of the Guard at Alice and Milk

Restoration Granted to City College The new year has brought good news for City College of San Francisco. On January 14, the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges announced…

A Clear Path for San Francisco’s Unlikeliest Mayor, Mirkarimi and the Left, and City College Update

A Clear Path for San Francisco’s Unlikeliest Mayor, Mirkarimi and the Left, and City College Update

To the disappointment of some and the relief of others, State Senator Mark Leno will apparently not be running for Mayor next year. “After significant consideration and examination,” Matier and…

Democracy at City College, A Hell of a Campaign, President Tang, and Battles Ahead

Democracy at City College, A Hell of a Campaign, President Tang, and Battles Ahead

Congratulations to my newly elected colleagues on the City College Board of Trustees. Newcomers Amy Bacharach, Brigitte Davila and Thea Selby joined veteran member John Rizzo in winning seats, giving…

Election Day Cometh

Tuesday, November 4, is Election Day here in California. This year brings the opportunity to elect or re-elect all of our statewide constitutional officers: Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Secretary of State,…

Some Reflections on the Demise of the Bay Guardian and the Death of Ted Gullicksen

Some Reflections on the Demise of the Bay Guardian and the Death of Ted Gullicksen

October 14, 2014, was an awful day, the kind of awful you remember for years. I had flown down to Los Angeles that morning to speak to an audience at…

Realtors Behaving Badly

Realtors Behaving Badly

The Realtors are pissing me off. Not as individuals, mind you. After all, it’s an industry of professionally charming people. And beyond being charming, in my experience most realtors care…

Down and Out on the Streets of San Francisco

Down and Out on the Streets of San Francisco

San Franciscans hate homelessness. Some of us blame the homeless themselves for their circumstances. Others see, in the disorder in our BART stations and on our sidewalks, the obscene consequences…

November Election Preview

November Election Preview

Greetings political nerds! Remember those happy bygone days when the voter information handbook was nearly as thick as a phone book? More recently, some of us may have come to…

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