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Last Week, Next Year

by Larry Bush 11.18.2011

Bully Pulpit Rose Pak told the World Journal in a post-election interview that she may run for District 3 supervisor against incumbent David Chiu, who she says may be too weak to hold the seat for the Chinese American community because he failed to give due attention to his supporters. Pak states in the World […]

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What Happened to the 2011 Mayor’s Election?

by Larry Bush 11.07.2011

The 2011 Mayor’s Election seems to be spluttering to a close as a passionless citizenry prepares to do its duty, much like last-minute shoppers deciding they better find a drum for Johnny or a doll for Betty. Or is it really like that? Public financing and rank choice voting were supposed to generate greater voter […]

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What the Next Mayor Faces

by Larry Bush 11.01.2011

 (After CitiReport’s stunning success at forecasting in a recent issue (“Why the Chronicle Is Endorsing Ed Lee”), we concluded that our only option was to forge ahead with yet more of our insights and predictions) Campaign polling is rumored to place Ed Lee below25% as a first choice for voters (some actually have him elbowing […]

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Chronicle Endorses Ed Lee This Week…and here’s the reason why

by Larry Bush 10.11.2011

[What’s black and white and red all over? CitiReport after the Chronicle today endorsed David Chiu, not Ed Lee, for mayor. Upon reflection, we would call our post below as “courageous” in its willingness to predict that Tom Dewey would win the presidency. Here’s what the Chronicle actually wrote, available here: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2011/10/11/EDEJ1LG6JS.DTL] (rendering shows Chronicle’s expansion […]

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Campaign Notes: Under the Radar Not So Much

by Larry Bush 10.03.2011

Ed Lee Gives Us the Willies…The September 22 stealth reappointment of Willie Brown’s Executive Director for his Institute (and former top City Hall aide) Eleanor Johns to the Airport Commission signals that Lee is nervous about the Brown connection going into the election. The Airport Commission approves hundreds of millions in contracts, including pending action […]

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We Thought You Would Never Ask

by Larry Bush 04.20.2011

Yes, Dear Readers, we have answers to questions you never asked. In fact, you may never have wondered about at all. But why let that stop us? So here is our first edition of Questions You Never Asked. Number One: All is Good Now at the Ethics Commission with the Board’s New Appointee? If you […]

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SF Homeless Deaths: We Can’t Afford to Know

by Larry Bush 04.10.2011

When city leaders hunker down during the next few weeks over spreadsheets and numbers in the annual exercise to determine what the city can afford, one number won’t be on any of the spreadsheets. In fact, it has been left off and been uncounted year after year since 1999, more than a decade ago. It’s […]

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HUD: Case Study in Secret Shutdown

by Larry Bush 04.04.2011

The posters are going up at the Weaver Building, headquarters for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. They will go up in HUD’s 10 regional offices and 50 plus local offices across the nation. Individual employees are being encouraged to post stickers that carry the same message: “I Believe In HUD.” As members […]

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California: Ground Zero for Federal Shutdown

by Larry Bush 04.04.2011

Hundreds of thousands of Californians may be told not to show up for work sometime next week as California becomes Ground Zero in a federal government shutdown. More Californians – 355,000 at last count – work in civilian jobs in the federal government than in any other state, including the District of Columbia itself, according […]

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Elsbernd taps Lobbyists

by Larry Bush 03.26.2011

Supervisor Sean Elsbernd tapped City Hall lobbyists and businesses at $5,000 each to make charitable contributions to the Irish Immigration Pastoral Center in February. Elsbernd, as a member of the Board of Supervisors’ Rules Committee, currently is weighing the selection of the Board’s choice for the San Francisco Ethics Commission which oversees compliance and rules […]

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