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If President-elect Donald Trump does as he says, the climate apocalypse will be upon us. (Courtesy photo)

Whiteness cooks the planet

The climate news is so horrendous as to be incomprehensible. Each week…

If President-elect Donald Trump does as he says, the climate apocalypse will be upon us. (Courtesy photo)
(Jessica Christian/S.F. Examiner)

Scott Wiener, chartered

In a rare break from scapegoating homeless people, the San Francisco Chronicle…

(Jessica Christian/S.F. Examiner)
Here’s a tip for reading your ballot: You can figure out pretty much whatever you need to know by following the money. (Courtesy photo)

Who do you believe, the Realtors or your own lying eyes?

On behalf of all San Francisco voters, I demand an apology for…

Here’s a tip for reading your ballot: You can figure out pretty much whatever you need to know by following the money. (Courtesy photo)
Politics in San Francisco are about to get ugly. (Natasha Dangond/2015 Special to S.F. Examiner)

Negative campaign season in San Francisco

October means our interminable tedious campaign season is about to get ugly.…

Politics in San Francisco are about to get ugly. (Natasha Dangond/2015 Special to S.F. Examiner)
All that Ahsha Safai can be judged on is his donors and his actual record of public service, the latter of which seems to consist of nothing.  (Courtesy Ahsha Safai)

Ahsha Safai’s distinguished record of not much

News site 48Hills recently reported something that would appear shifty if it…

All that Ahsha Safai can be judged on is his donors and his actual record of public service, the latter of which seems to consist of nothing.  (Courtesy Ahsha Safai)
Jessica Christian/S.F. Examiner

The visible hand pulling strings in San Francisco (It’s money)

The dirty secret of political comedians is that most “political comedy” is…

Jessica Christian/S.F. Examiner
Joshua Arce, candidate for the District 9 seat on the Board of Supervisors Candidate Joshua Arce, speaks at a news conference about his plan for a new BART station at 30th and Mission streets on July 28. (Rachael Garner/Special to S.F. Examiner)

The underwhelming candidacy of Joshua Arce

The Realtors, Airbnb and sundry like-minded oligarchs who govern San Francisco through…

Joshua Arce, candidate for the District 9 seat on the Board of Supervisors Candidate Joshua Arce, speaks at a news conference about his plan for a new BART station at 30th and Mission streets on July 28. (Rachael Garner/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Bernie Sanders supporters who are unwilling to give up the fight are best served shifting their attention to Senate races. (Courtesy photo)

Time to Bern the Senate

As of this writing, the Delphic Oracle of the millennium, Nate Silver,…

Bernie Sanders supporters who are unwilling to give up the fight are best served shifting their attention to Senate races. (Courtesy photo)
Republican Presidential Candidate Donald Trump speaks on the final day of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland. (Carolyn Kaster/AP)

It could always be worse

When I was young, one of my favorite books was the Yiddish…

Republican Presidential Candidate Donald Trump speaks on the final day of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland. (Carolyn Kaster/AP)
Brisbane residents want commercial development with no housing at the site of the Brisbane Baylands because they want to preserve their “small-town feel.” (Courtesy photo)

Declaring war on Brisbane

On a recent visit to Los Angeles for some fancy show business…

Brisbane residents want commercial development with no housing at the site of the Brisbane Baylands because they want to preserve their “small-town feel.” (Courtesy photo)
(Jessica Christian/S.F. Examiner)

Supervisor Farrell builds a wall to nowhere

According to the recent On Guard column, the 9,000 Know-Nothings who voted…

(Jessica Christian/S.F. Examiner)
Nato Green, left, snaps a selfie with Bernie Sanders during the senator’s San Francisco visit on Monday. (Courtesy Nato Green via Instagram)

BerNato in the Mission

Now that the collective waterboarding of the primaries is behind us, I…

Nato Green, left, snaps a selfie with Bernie Sanders during the senator’s San Francisco visit on Monday. (Courtesy Nato Green via Instagram)
Gov. Jerry Brown’s support of Assembly Bill 2501 tips the scales toward developers and Realtors so they don’t have to negotiate with dumb community people who don’t even wear suits. (Rich Pedroncelli/AP)

‘By right’ done wrong

Negotiations are underway in Sacramento over housing. Here’s what’s up. San Francisco…

Gov. Jerry Brown’s support of Assembly Bill 2501 tips the scales toward developers and Realtors so they don’t have to negotiate with dumb community people who don’t even wear suits. (Rich Pedroncelli/AP)
Former police Chief Greg Suhr has parted ways with the Warriors less than 48 hours after it was announced he was hired as the team's head of security. (Jessica Christian/S.F. Examiner)

San Francisco at the ramparts

I guess Ed Lee just hates the Dead Kennedys. And Santana. And…

Former police Chief Greg Suhr has parted ways with the Warriors less than 48 hours after it was announced he was hired as the team's head of security. (Jessica Christian/S.F. Examiner)
Prince performs in the Galgenwaard Football Stadium in Utrect, the Netherlands, on June 19, 1987. (Barbara Walton/AP)

Losing sleep for funk

In 1998, my lady and I were broke. I was working at…

Prince performs in the Galgenwaard Football Stadium in Utrect, the Netherlands, on June 19, 1987. (Barbara Walton/AP)
In San Francisco politics, Assemblyman David Chiu may be the unprincipled lapdog of Ron Conway, but the so-called “moderates” in Sacramento are beholden to just about everyone else. (Noah Berger/2012 AP)

The Sacramento Problem

In San Francisco, we contort ourselves crafting ambitious policies to solve problems…

In San Francisco politics, Assemblyman David Chiu may be the unprincipled lapdog of Ron Conway, but the so-called “moderates” in Sacramento are beholden to just about everyone else. (Noah Berger/2012 AP)
Birds may like Bernie Sanders as much as you do, but if Hillary wins the nomination, Democrats should support her. (Steve Dykes/AP)

Bern down the White House

The Bernie Sanders primary campaign is simultaneously an inspiring populist movement against…

Birds may like Bernie Sanders as much as you do, but if Hillary wins the nomination, Democrats should support her. (Steve Dykes/AP)
Displacement and affordability crises, including continued housing development in the Mission, afflict cities worldwide. (Eric Risberg/AP)

Housing debates are dumb

It’s time to accept that nobody knows what to do about housing.…

Displacement and affordability crises, including continued housing development in the Mission, afflict cities worldwide. (Eric Risberg/AP)
Larry Muraoka, 67, holds an abatement notice from Department of Public Health on Feb. 25 to clear his tent from 13th and Division streets. (Ekevara Kitpowsong/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Homelessness is like broccoli

As a kid, I disliked broccoli. I spread it around my plate…

Larry Muraoka, 67, holds an abatement notice from Department of Public Health on Feb. 25 to clear his tent from 13th and Division streets. (Ekevara Kitpowsong/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia's death left many of his rulings up in the air. One case gives unions an unexpected reprieve, but the attacks on unions won't stop. (Jim Mone/2015 AP)

Scalia’s death helped unions — until we join him

The overdue death of Antonin Scalia increased the chances that progressives Sandy…

Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia's death left many of his rulings up in the air. One case gives unions an unexpected reprieve, but the attacks on unions won't stop. (Jim Mone/2015 AP)